The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Oakland Athletics to host a first-of-its-kind event in Pleasanton. "A Luncheon with the Oakland A's," featuring outfielder Stephen Piscotty, Chris Giles (chief operating officer) and David Rinetti (vice president, stadium operations) is set for next Tuesday (Dec. 11) at the Marriott Pleasanton.
The A's right fielder and these top executives, who all live in Pleasanton, will be speaking about the A's 2018 season and postseason appearance, the recent stadium announcement, new premium seating and hospitality experiences, and everything they look forward to in 2019. The luncheon will be moderated by A's television broadcaster Glen Kuiper.
Piscotty, who hit a career-high 27 homers in 2018, grew up in Pleasanton, graduated from Amador Valley in 2009 and continued his playing career at Stanford before being drafted in the first round in 2012 by the St. Louis Cardinals. Last December, the Cardinals traded Piscotty to the A's, so he could be closer to home and aid in his mother Gretchen's care after she was diagnosed with ALS. Piscotty's mother died in May.
Giles, as COO for the A's, oversees organization-wide strategy and the daily operations for the club's revenue-generating functions, including sales, marketing, partnerships, PR and community engagement. Prior to joining the A's, Giles was the head of sales and marketing for the NFL's On Location Experience, overseeing sales and marketing efforts for Super Bowl LI. Through the 2015 NFL season, Giles served as the San Francisco 49ers' vice president of sales and strategy.
Rinetti coordinates event management, oversees all game-day employees, including ushers, security officers, ticket takers, parking attendants and grounds crew, and assists in all construction-related issues at the Oakland Coliseum.
A longtime A's employee, Rinetti began his career with the team in 1981, serving as stadium operations assistant, where he organized in-stadium promotions and giveaways. From 1987-93, he managed game-day operations and maintenance of the A's luxury suites. In 1994, he was promoted to director of stadium operations and was elevated to vice president in March 2000.
The public is invited to attend next Tuesday's luncheon event. Cost to attend is $40 per person, and tickets are on sale now at www.pleasanton.org.
Two East Bay Athletic League players will be joining the Loyola University of Chicago men's volleyball team in the 2019-20 academic year.
The two -- one from Amador Valley and one from Monte Vista -- are part of a seven-player group of incoming freshmen that has Loyola coach Mark Hulse excited.
"I thoroughly enjoyed recruiting each of these guys, not just because we think they will have a big impact on the program, but because they are outstanding young men," Hulse said. "They are all used to competing at a high level, and we look forward to having them as part of our program."
Colton Brooks of Amador comes to Loyola as a two-time league champion, and brings a plethora of leadership experience, captaining both his high school and club teams. His success with the Bay-To-Bay Volleyball Club earned him national recognition on the VolleyballMag.com Top 25 Underclassmen to Watch list, and he had the opportunity to showcase his skills in the Boys Junior National Championships, where he won a gold medal.
"I chose Loyola because of the incredible campus, programs and people. The atmosphere in Chicago is one that I can see myself enjoying for many years, and I look forward to playing under such experienced coaches and players," Brooks said.
Diablo resident Colman Chadam is a four-year letter winner in volleyball at Monte Vista. He is a team captain and was named First Team All-Conference for the 2018 season. The 6-5 outside hitter has been a member of the Pacific Rim Volleyball Academy since 2017 and was a 16 Open bronze medalist that same year.