Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots and Mack Staffing have named Mark Monaco of Clinton, NJ as the 2013 Somerset Patriots Kid CEO.
The announcement was made at the Saturday, May 4th game at TD Bank Ballpark. The five finalists, selected from interviews conducted at the team’s Fan Fest before the season, addressed the crowd before the game on why they should be selected as the Kid CEO.
“I was shocked. I felt everyone was very good down on the field. Everyone deserved it. I’m proud of myself and I’m happy to be chosen,” Monaco said after the announcement.
The other four finalists were Harrison Malkin, a ninth grader from Basking Ridge; Jenna Sweetman, a sixth grader from Bridgewater; Maya Jarkowsky, a sixth grader from Lincoln Park; and Alex Halpin, a fifth grader from Fanwood.
As the Kid CEO, Monaco will follow front office staff members during the games to learn about ticketing, merchandising, promotions, media, marketing, and ballpark operations. Monaco will sit in on Patriots staff meetings and write about the experiences he has in the position. He will also receive a personalized Somerset Patriots jersey, tickets to five games, a ceremonial first pitch for a game, and a meet and greet with Sparky Lyle and the players. This is the sixth year that the team has named a Kid CEO.
“I wanted to be Kid CEO because it will be an incredible experience to learn about how a large organization like the Patriots works. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone involved and to be a part of the Patriots organization,” Monaco added.