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Dr. Chris Hanners is owner of the Chillicothe Paints franchise & the Rockford Aviators. He helped establish the Frontier League in 1993, where he served as league President from 1993 to 2003 & chairman of the board from 2004 to 2008. Since 2011, Hanners has been been the owner of the Rockford Aviators. In the fall of 2008 Hanners founded the Prospect League, a collegiate summer baseball league comprised of college players from North America and beyond. In 2014, Hanners became one of six inaugural inductees in the Frontier League Hall of Fame for his contributions toward making the Frontier League what it is today.


Michael Zimmerman is Chief Executive Officer of Zimmerman Ventures and the newly formed MKE Sports and Entertainment both focusing on early stage or "ground up" investment and business building opportunities in healthcare or sports oriented themes.

Since 2004, Michael has built 7 successful healthcare companies, which are now working collectively with over 80 percent of our nations hospitals. Zimmerman has been featured in articles from HFM Magazine, HealthLeaders, Modern Healthcare, AAHAM and The Wall Street Journal.

Michael’s newest venture MKE Sports & Entertainment was formed in Spring of 2014. MKE Sports and Entertainment is a fund and management company, which includes ownership and management of a ski hill, MTB park (recently awarded best bike park in the Midwest), youth and adult baseball field complex, a professional indoor soccer team (Milwaukee Wave), the Kokomo Jackrabbits (Prospect League Team), the Rockford Aviators, an independent minor league baseball team, and the Jamestown Jammers (Prospect League Team).

In Spring of 2013, BizTimes Media awarded Michael Zimmerman the Bravo! Entrepreneur Award, Regional Spirit Award.

In 2015, Michael was a recipient of the Milwaukee Business Journals 40 under 40 Award.

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MKE Sports & Entertainment is always looking for outstanding, hardworking individuals to join our team. The Rockford Aviators are currently hiring for the following positions:
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