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Front Office

Ownership

The "Oldest First Base Coach in Minor League Baseball," Art Silber was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, in the shadow of Ebbets Field. As a child he would walk his boyhood idol, Jackie Robinson, through the players' entrance of his hometown ballpark. Today, Silber wears No. 42 in honor of Robinson. As someone who wore the number prior to its retirement, Silber is one of only two people in all of professional baseball who is permitted to wear it.

Silber retired at age 55 as President/CEO of Sterling Bank in Baltimore, Maryland, and has been the team owner since 1990. Silber's two children, Lani and Seth, serve as team president and treasurer, respectively.

Management

Nick Hall joins Fredericksburg as the Executive Vice President and General Manager for the FredNats.

Nick got his debut 12 years ago into the sports world while working for the legendary basketball coach, Pat Summitt, as a student manager for the women's basketball team at the University of Tennessee. Upon graduation, he started as an intern for the Jackson Generals, the AA Affiliate of the Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks.

Originally a mascot, Nick worked his way through the ranks over the last decade. In 2015, the Generals were named the league's Henry H. Moss Award Winner for Community involvement. Following the 2016 season, he was named General Manager of the Jackson Generals, becoming the youngest General Manager in the AA Southern League history. After winning two AA Southern League Championships in 2016 and 2018, along with 10 total years with the club, Nick moved to Amarillo, TX, to help lead the Amarillo Sod Poodles during their inaugural season. Once again, Nick accumulated another AA Championship, earning three league championships in the last four years, before moving to Fredericksburg.

The St. Louis native spends his downtime with his newly wed wife, Tabitha. Most importantly, Nick spends his off-season Saturdays yelling at a TV while attempting to cheer on the Tennessee Volunteers. Go Vols.

Sales

David Woodard joins Fredericksburg as the Director of Ticketing for the FredNats.

This is David's fifth MiLB franchise that he has worked for, having started in 2014 as a Ticket Representative for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. After his stint in Myrtle Beach, David worked in Group/Hospitality Sales for the Reno Aces before becoming the Inside Sales Manager for the Charlotte Knights. During his time in Charlotte, David was part of a Ticketing Department that led all of Minor League Baseball in attendance in 2018. Most recently, he worked as Director of Ticket Sales for the State College Spikes in State College, Pennsylvania.

David is very happy to be returning to his home state as he is a resident of Lebanon, VA. In 2013, he received his degree in Business Administration from Old Dominion University.

David is a fan of the DC sports teams including his beloved Washington Football Team. He is also is an avid movie buff, loves to run/hike, and is a terrible golfer. He is very excited about serving this great community at the ballpark this season!

Chris is in his first full season with the Fredericksburg Nationals. He is from Mechanicsville, Va. He attended East Carolina University on a swimming scholarship and graduated from Old Dominion University in 2016.

Before joining the FredNats, Chris was an inside sales representative with the Peoria Chiefs, a group sales coordinator with the Oklahoma City Dodgers, and an account executive with the Delmarva Shorebirds.

He is very excited to be joining the FredNats and meeting the fans!

Derick is beginning his first season with the Fredericksburg Nationals. He graduated in 2015 from Washington State University with a Sport Management degree, and then earned a Masters Degree in Sport Management from the University of San Francisco in 2018.

Prior to coming to the Nationals, he most recently served as the Director of Ticket Operations for the University of San Francisco in 2019 and was an Account Executive of Ticket Sales and Service for UC Berkeley (Cal) in 2018.

Derick is a native of Lafayette, California located about 30 miles east of San Francisco. He likes to spend time with friends and family, passionately cheering on the San Francisco 49ers, Oakland A’s, and his beloved Washington State Cougars.

Bio coming soon!

Operations

Creative Services

Zhancheng Wu was born in Nanning City, China. He oversees and creates all the video/motion graphics of the ballpark and social media. Before he came to Fredericksburg, he worked as the Video Production Assistant for the Tulsa Drillers, AA Dodgers, and Tulsa Roughnecks, the USL soccer team in Tulsa.

Wu came to America from China in 2016 to pursue his post-graduate degree in Sports Journalism at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. He said the reason he came to the States is that it is where baseball is everywhere.

As a big baseball fan, he likes to spend his free time in batting cages and playing catch all the time. He also likes to take pictures of his dog, Vandy.

Joe grew up in Fredericksburg, Virginia and has been into sports since he was a kid. His grandparents have had season tickets to the UVA football and basketball games his whole life, so it’s safe to say he's a Cavalier at heart.

Joe did an internship with the Big South and learned all about what goes on behind the scenes to make the games go live for others and loved it. He graduated from Longwood University in May 2020 with a Bachelors Degree in Communication with a concentration in Digital Media. Joe is happy and proud to be a part of the FredNats production team and is looking forward to the season!