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Kathy Hale (left) watches National Anthem auditions on March 23. Photo via and the Akron Beacon Journal
Pause for a quick Pit Stop with the Akron Racers
Welcome to Pit Stop, a special feature where we slow things down in the offices of the Akron Racers and give you a chance to learn more about the people off the field and behind the scenes in the Akron Racers organization.
Meet Kathy Hale, Director of Operations for the Akron Racers. You may not know this, but if you’ve eaten a burger at Firestone Stadium, you have tasted one of the best ballpark burgers out there, courtesy of Kathy Hale’s secret style of grilling. Kathy began with the Racers in 2004 as a part-time food and beverage employee and worked her way up to additional responsibilities with the Racers. Since 2007, Kathy has been the Director of Operations, wearing the many hats of accounting, purchasing, scheduling, staffing and many more.
Take a look and learn more about Kathy!
Do you play a musical instrument? If so, what is it?
I took piano lessons as a child. I also played the guitar a little.
What sport are you best at?
What is your favorite TV show?
Storage Wars and The Voice
Favorite movie?
Pretty Woman
What are your 3 biggest pet peeves?
Lazy people, people that take so much for granted, people who say they will do something and then don’t.
What was your first car?
A used Mustang
Where did you go to college & what did you study?
University of Akron, BA- Child Development
Do you have any pets?
One cat- Duke, one dog- Babee (Shegal)
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Working part time and being a Gram ma the other part.
How did you get started working in sports?
Worked in concessions for a summer. Then Joey offered me full time.
Do you have any hidden talents?
What famous actor would play you in a movie?
None - I don’t like being out front. I’m “behind the scenes person.”
Where is your favorite place to vacation?
Do you have any weird habits?
Who have you met that is famous?
Team USA
Do you collect anything?
I like old things- milk bottles, crates, tins
Aside from working with the Racers, what is the best job you’ve ever had?
Being a mom
If you weren’t working in sports, what would you want to be doing?
Working in a office.
Favorite restaurant in Ohio?
That is a very large area. It would depend on type of food being craved.
Favorite 2011 Racers memory?
Providing fans with excellent tasting, affordable food at the ballpark each game
What are you most looking forward to during the 2012 Racers season?
Opening Day!
Favorite baseball team?
Cleveland Indians
NPF Championship Series – Who is in it, who is winning it?
Chicago vs Racers- Racers!
4 things most people don’t know about you:
1. I’m shy
2. I love to work!
3. If I had played softball in college, Joey would have been my coach.
4. I also work for an auctioneer and I love it!!
Sports in High School?
Softball and Volleyball
Finish this sentence: Growing up my fantasy job was:
Being a mom. I was blessed to be able to stay home and do that for 18 years.
My favorite bands/singers/musicians are?
James Taylor, Rascal Flats… too many to list

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