Joe Doud named Vermont Lake Monsters general manager
The Vermont Lake Monsters have announced that Joe Doud has been promoted to General Manager, becoming the sixth GM in the New York-Penn League team's 22-year history. Doud, who has served as the team’s Assistant General Manager for the past four seasons, will focus on the organization’s day-to-day operations.
Nate Cloutier, who has been the team’s General Manager for the past five seasons and been an integral part of the organization since 2002 will now shift his focus on the continued growth of the business and the brand, as the Executive Director of Sales and Marketing.
“I am very excited for Joe and the Vermont Lake Monsters.”, said Lake Monsters Vice President Kyle Bostwick. “This is a great opportunity for Joe and Nate to focus on their strengths as we continue to provide the best in summertime entertainment”.
Over the past couple of seasons, the Lake Monsters have seen steady growth, due in part to privately-funded facility improvements to the tune of over $2-million, a successful team rebranding, and a strong organizational nucleus that will remain intact throughout these organizational changes.
Doud will work closely with Bostwick, along with the rest of the organization to continue the growth of the organization with a goal to provide affordable, family entertainment in the Vermont area.
Doud, a Colchester High School graduate and 2009 graduate of Colby-Sawyer College is entering his sixth season with the Lake Monsters, climbing his way through the organization since his beginnings as a summer intern in 2008. After completing a season as a Group Sales Representative, Doud was promoted to the Assistant General Manager in September of 2010.
Doud has been active in the community during his time with the Lake Monsters. He currently sits on the board of directors for Everybody Wins! Vermont, a reading mentorship program and is also the Chair of Membership & Development for the Burlington Young Professionals. In 2013, Doud was named a ‘Rising Star’ of 40 professionals under age 40 in the state of Vermont by Vermont Business Magazine.
“The leadership structure from Kyle and Nate has allowed the organization to take the next step. I am very excited for this opportunity and am looking forward to sharing our continued successes with the great people I work with in the office as well as our fans in the community” Doud says.
The Lake Monsters open the 2015 season on Friday June 19th.
Vermont Lake Monsters release their 2015 schedule
PASS Coming to Thunder Road in 2015
Thunder Road International Speedbowl officials announced that the Pro All Star Series (PASS), based in Naples, Maine, will make their first ever appearance at Thunder Road in Barre, VT during the 53rd Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic on Sunday, May 24, 2015.
The Super Late Models of PASS will join Thunder Road’s ACT Late Models in the Memorial Day twin bill. The PASS Super Late Models will race 150 laps, and the Thunder Road Late Models will race for the Mekkelsen Memorial Day Classic 100 honors.
“This is exciting news for our Thunder Road fans. Having the return to Thunder Road’s high banks with Mike and Ben Rowe, joined by Cassius and Johnny Clark, DJ Shaw, and Glen Luce should be a lot of fun to watch. There is also a possibility to see ACT Champions like Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., Brian Hoar, and Wayne Helliwell, Jr. bringing their PASS cars to Thunder Road for this event,” said Thunder Road promoter Tom Curley.
Thunder Road has run the Memorial Day Classic event with just about every kind of stock car available. From the early days of the flathead coupes and high horsepower modifieds, to the Flying Tigers in the 1960’s, then the NASCAR-type Late Models of the 70’s, and into the 80’s with ACT Pro Stocks, variety has dictated Thunder Road’s Memorial Day Classics. Since 1996, the ACT Late Models have carried on the Thunder Road tradition of opening the summer season with the Memorial Day Classic 100. The twin bill featuring the PASS Super Late Models in a 150-lap event is sure to add another dimension to the race program in 2015.
“I know there is going to be a lot of support and excitement for this show at Thunder Road from both our fans and competitors,” said President of PASS, Tom Mayberry. “I know that numerous times over the past 10 years I have had racers and fans ask me what the chances were that we could race at Thunder Road. It should be a great show, and we are all looking forward to our first time at the tough ¼ mile high banks.”
The American Canadian Tour (ACT) and Pro All Star Series (PASS) are working together to bring both traveling groups to new events during the 2015 race season. An earlier announcement that the first-ever combination event between the two premiere touring series in the Northeast, PASS and ACT, would take place as the opening event of the Oxford Plains Speedway season in Oxford, Maine on Saturday, April 18, 2015. That announcement alone has created a positive outlook for the coming race season. The addition of a second event with PASS at Thunder Road in Barre, VT should add to the anticipation and excitement for the 2015 race season in the region.