One of Ripken Baseball’s core concepts is to provide a Big League experience for youth baseball and softball players across the country at each of the unique Ripken Experience complexes. Like any ball club, Ripken relies on a strong front office to bring that Big League experience to life and guide the team toward a successful future. Diane Erickson, Sr. VP of Finance, has brought nearly 40 years of experience to the Ripken Baseball front office, and supports the team on a number of initiatives.
“No two days are alike, and that’s what keeps things exciting. Our team is really great about stepping up and helping whenever and wherever asked. We see teamwork in action with our corporate staff just as much as we see it out on the baseball field throughout the summer,” Diane said.
A Minnesota-native, Diane has worked in a variety of industries in finance, marketing, and business-related roles. She says the energy and comradery of working in the sports industry has made the last seven years of her career special.
“Everyone who works here is so passionate about what they do, and it shows,” she said. “Whether it’s the employees who are down on the field with teams or business-oriented team members, we bring enthusiasm every day.”
Diane’s strong passion for baseball and dedication to the industry can be tied to her love of competition. Diane says that these characteristics bring the team together, and provide a positive edge for Ripken Baseball as a whole.
“There’s a competitive drive that resonates down from Cal and Bill throughout the entire company. Everyone wants to succeed,” she said.
Quick to provide words of encouragement as great leaders do, Diane hopes more people pursue their passions in the work force.
“Go after it and reach for your dreams,” she said. “’Thrilled’ is the word I use to describe how I feel heading to work every day, and I hope as many people as possible are as excited about their jobs. That passion and happiness will shine through in your work and only push you higher.”
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