The Chicago Cubs have hired Justin Piper as general manager, Mesa Spring Training Operations, reporting to Mark McGuire, executive vice president, Business Operations.
In this role, Piper will oversee all business activity at the new Cubs Spring Training Facility, including sales, marketing, facility operations and community affairs. He will ensure the needs of Cubs baseball management and players are met while treating guests to a best-in-class experience.
Piper joins the Cubs from the Reno Aces Baseball Club, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the Pacific Coast League. As executive vice president of business operations, he was responsible for the day-to-day business operations of the team including sales and marketing, guest services, facility operations and serving as Diamondbacks’ liaison. Piper came to Reno after spending more than two years as corporate partnerships manager at Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment, where he was responsible for new business development for the NHL’s San Jose Sharks, HP Pavilion, SAP Open Tennis Tournament, Strikeforce MMA and other sports and entertainment properties. Piper has previous experience in the Pacific Coast League, as he served as director of ticket sales for the Sacramento River Cats between 2003 and 2006.
Prior to his career in professional sports, Piper was a senior consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he specialized in process analysis and integrated management and technology solutions for the world’s largest corporations and government agencies.
Piper attended Boston College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Operations and Strategic Management. He and his wife, Leigh, recently moved to Mesa with their daughter, Fiona, and son, Graham.