PAT GILLICK - Chico Heat
A native of Chico, Pat Gillick retired from playing and began his front-office career in 1963, when he became the assistant farm director with the Houston Astros. He would eventually work his way up to the position of Director of Scouting before moving to the New York Yankees system in 1974, as a Coordinator of Player Development. In 1976, he moved, this time to the expansion Toronto Blue Jays, becoming their Vice President of Player Personnel, and in 1977, their Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager. In 1984, he was named Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations.
As Toronto's general manager, Gillick won five division titles (1985, 1989, 1991, 1992 and 1993) and led the club to their first World Series championships in 1992 and 1993. Shortly after Gillick resigned in 1994, the Blue Jays went into decline, not finishing higher than third place until 2006, and failing to make the playoffs until 2015.
In 1995, Gillick was named the general manager of the Baltimore Orioles. He guided the Orioles to the playoffs in 1996 and 1997
Gillick then became the general manager of the Seattle Mariners (2000-2003). The Mariners made back-to-back playoff appearances for the only time in franchise history in 2000 and 2001, and the 2001 team, with a 116–46 record, tied the 1906 Chicago Cubs for the all-time Major League Baseball record for most wins in a single season.
On November 2, 2005, Gillick was named the Philadelphia Phillies' general manager. Gillick retired from his position as general manager after leading the Phillies to a World Series championship in 2008 but has remained with the organization as a senior advisor to the Phillies president David Montgomery.
He won a national championship in college while pitching for the University of Southern California (USC). Gillick was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997, the National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 24, 2011, and the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.
CLIFTON TAYLOR - Lincoln Potters
Clifton Taylor is Vice-President at Richland Communities. Based in Richland’s Roseville, office, Clifton Taylor manages a variety of the company’s Northern California assets in the Sacramento region, Bay Area and San Joaquin Valley. Mr. Taylor’s primary focus is on entitlement and regulatory permitting of master-planned communities.
Mr. Taylor has worked successfully with federal, state and local agencies on numerous complex regulatory permitting matters in locations including Lathrop, Elk Grove, Lincoln, Sacramento and West Sacramento. He also has played a leading role on development of the Placer County Habitat Conservation Plan, serving most recently as a member of the Finance Committee. In 2005, Mr. Taylor led a team that received a California Department of Conservation Director’s Award and San Joaquin Council of Governments Regional Excellence Award for its work on the largest Williamson Act easement exchange in California history.
Prior to joining Richland, Mr. Taylor worked on entitlements and acquisitions for Centex Homes in Roseville. He began his career as a planner for the County of Yuba, serving as Zoning administrator and secretary of the County Fish & Game Commission. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Mr. Taylor is active in the community, serving on the Sutter Roseville Medical Center Foundation board of directors and the California Irrigation District board of directors. He also is a founding member of the Urban Land Institute Young Leaders Group in Sacramento.
He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara
KEVIN KNIGHT - Marysville GoldSox
Kevin Knight is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Knight Transportation.
Founded by Knight and his brother and two cousins in 1990, Knight Transportation is a multiple truckload services transportation provider with a nationwide network of service centers and approximately 6,000 associates. A publicly-traded company, Knight Transportation was named to Forbes Magazine’s list of Top 200 Best Small Companies 15 years in a row (1994 to 2009).
From 1975 to 1984 and again from 1986 to 1990, Mr. Knight served at Swift Transportation Co., Inc. ('Swift'), where he served as an Executive Vice President and President of Cooper Motor Lines Inc., a Swift subsidiary.
He serves as a Director of the Arizona Motor Transport Association and the American Trucking Association. He has been the Executive Chairman of the Board at Knight Transportation Inc. since May 1999 and its Director since 1990. He served as a Director of Universal Technical Institute Inc. from February 2004 to February 27, 2008. In 2001, Mr. Knight was named one of the 50 best Chief Executive Officers’ in America by Worth Magazine.
BILL YUILL - Medford Rogues
Bill Yuill is Chairman and CEO of The Monarch Corporation, a private investment company with corporate offices in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada. The Company has four operating divisions in communications, transportation, real estate investments and sports properties.
Since 1977 the sports property division, CSH International Inc., has owned and operated numerous sports franchises in various leagues in both the USA and Canada. Beginning with a franchise in Medicine Hat, Alberta (Pioneer League of Professional Baseball and affiliate of the Oakland 'A's, and then the Toronto Blue Jays), the company expanded to include franchises in Florence, South Carolina (Toronto Blue Jays, A), Ft. Myers Florida (Kansas City Royals, A), Chattanooga, Tennessee (Seattle Mariners, AA), Tucson, Arizona (Houston Astros AAA), Fresno, California (San Francisco Giants, A). The Company then moved on to joining a semi professional basketball league, the World Basketball League, with the Las Vegas Silver Streaks. In 1989, the Company acquired a franchise in the Western Hockey League, the Seattle Thunderbirds and subsequently (2002) moved to establishing an expansion WHL franchise in Everett, Washington (Silvertips). In addition to the Silvertips, the company currently operates the Bloomington Thunder (United States Hockey League), the Amarillo Bulls (North American Hockey League), the North Iowa Bulls (North American Tier III Hockey League), four summer collegiate baseball teams (Chico Heat, Marysville Gold Sox, Medford Rogues, and Yuba City Bears) in the Great West League and the Peoria Pines Golf Course in Arizona.
Bill presently is a Director of two Canadian public companies – Shaw Communications Inc., Calgary, Alberta and The Western Investment Company of Canada, High River, Alberta. He serves as a Director of McKenzie Meadows Golf Club, is a member of the Foundation of St. Andrew’s College in Aurora, Ontario and serves as a Governor of the Western Hockey League.
Bill and his wife, Elizabeth, reside in Medicine Hat, Alberta.
ALLAN MILLAR - Portland Pickles
Alan Miller has over 20 years’ experience in entertainment and cultural marketing.
Over that time, he founded COLLiDE Agency, Culture Collide festival, Travel with Purpose media network and co-founded influential music and culture magazine FILTER. Since 2014, COLLiDE agency has developed marketing campaigns for innovative companies including Landmark Theatres, E&J Gallo, Converse, MARS, Dr. Martens, Macy’s and dozens more.
ZORAN RAJCIC - Yuba City Bears
Zoran is the Chief Operating Officer of Consolidated Sports Holdings (CSH) International, Inc. Currently CSH has ownership interest in the Everett Silvertips (Western Hockey League), Amarillo Bulls (North American Hockey League), Bloomington Thunder (Unlisted States Hockey League), Medford Rogues (Great West Baseball League), Chico Heat (Great West Baseball League), and the Marysville Gold Sox (Great West Baseball League). CHS also owns and operates Peoria (AZ) Pines Golf Course. He was a central member of the Silvertips organization since the club’s inception in 2002. Always a driving force behind the team’s front office success; his performance was recognized in 2010 with the WHL Marketing/Business Award. He was promoted from Director of Business Operations to Assistant General Manager in October 2011 and added the title of Executive Vice President in July 2012.Rajcic’s primary responsibilities with the Silvertips revolved around the business and marketing affairs of the club, which have been among the strongest in the WHL over the past 14 seasons. His direction has helped the Silvertips draw over two million fans to XFINITY Arena and build a strong community presence throughout Everett and its surrounding communities.
Hailing from Lethbridge, Alberta, Rajcic is a graduate of the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor’s degree in Management and a major in Marketing. Upon graduation, Rajcic was named the school’s Director of Athletic Marketing and was recognized by the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators as the Marketer of the Year in 2000.
Prior to his work in Everett, Rajcic spent three years with the Baton Rouge Kingfish of the ECHL, serving as the Director of Corporate Sales for one season before being promoted to Vice-President / General Manager during his second season.
The Great West League is one of the premier summer collegiate wood bat leagues in North America, poviding a professional, minor league-like atmosphere for top college players seeking professional baseball careers. The league also provides affordable family entertainment, enriching its member communities in California and Oregon.