Chris Almendarez is a baseball dad and has served as the President of the Round Rock Express since October 2015. Prior to that, he was Assistant General Manager/Senior Vice President for one season and General Manager for two seasons. He joined the Express as a Senior Account Executive in October 2009. As President, Almendarez oversees all business-related aspects of the club while serving as the team’s liaison for Pacific Coast League matters. He also works closely with ownership to expand the Express’ footprint in the Central Texas community and maintain the club’s highly-respected standing in the baseball industry.
Chris was named the Pacific Coast League Executive of the Year in 2016 and during his leadership, the franchise was awarded Minor League Baseball’s John Henry Moss Community Service Award as well as Baseball America’s Bob Freitas Triple-A Organization of the Year Award. While Chris was honored to be named Executive of the Year, he is most proud of the work his staff has done to capture both the John Henry Moss and Bob Freitas Awards in 2016.
Active in his Alumni Association, Chris attended the University of Houston on a baseball scholarship and graduated in 1996 with a BA in Mass Communications. He participates in the annual University of Houston baseball alumni game. Prior to his time at Houston, Chris played baseball for two years on scholarship at Howard Junior College in Big Spring, Texas. He also served as the Student Body President during his time at HJC.He and his family reside in Round Rock. His oldest son Chase played baseball at the University of Houston-Victoria while his youngest son, Luke, recently graduated Round Rock High School, played on the baseball team and will continue to play in college. Chris is active in youth sports in the Round Rock area and has coached over 40 teams in last 12 years.
In this episode we discuss:His journey from college baseball to President of the Round Rock Express His special connection to Nolan Ryan, Reid Ryan and the Ryan Family What he has done to help both his boys reach their dreams of playing baseball in college How the opportunity to teach baseball helps you learn the game of baseball The best advice he has ever received about baseball & business The two+ things he looks for in every team player Which baseball players past, current and future have truly impressed him.
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