New Stadium in the Cards For the Chattanooga Lookouts as They Announce New Investors
Chattanooga-(WDEF-TV) A new stadium is very much in the near future for the Chattanooga Lookouts. The Lookouts welcomed 11 new owners Wednesday. At the announcement, managing owner Jason Freier said the next step is to build a new facility. Major League Baseball told the Lookouts that needs to be the team’s number one priority.
Said Freier: “We know the existing facility here has challenges for both fans and players. Major League Baseball has made clear that AT&T Field falls short of its standards and that to preserve affiliated baseball in Chattanooga long term, we’re going to need to radically improve the facility situation. That is going to be our biggest challenge moving forward.”
Here’s a list of the Lookouts new investors:
John Foy is the Chairman, CEO and owner of Noon LLC, and Chairman of Noon Management LLC, an investment company headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Upon his retirement from CBL where he served as CFO, John formed a group of companies under Noon LLC, specializing in various industries including business strategy and consulting, wealth management, capital investing, real estate development and health care.
Tom Griscom is Founding Partner and Chief Strategist of Chattanooga-based Q Strategies. Griscom previously served as Executive Editor and Publisher of the Chattanooga Times Free Press and has extensive experience in crisis management, government relations, and media relations. His experience includes service as Director of Communications for President Ronald Reagan and Press Secretary for Senator Howard Baker.
Wade Hinton is CEO and Founder of Hinton & Company, a Chattanooga-based firm focused on helping organizations creating a more inclusive workplace. Wade previously served as City Attorney for the City of Chattanooga, Deputy General Counsel at Volkswagen, and Vice President of Inclusion and Diversity at Unum.
Bryan Johnson serves as Chief of Staff at U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Inc. Johnson most recently held the role of Hamilton County Schools Superintendent. During his four-year tenure, he was named the top superintendent in the state of Tennessee and was one of four finalists for the top superintendent in the entire nation in 2021.
Bill Kilbride serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority. A long-time Chattanooga resident, Kilbride most recently was the President and CEO of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce. He previously served as the President of the Home Division of Mohawk Industries after earlier holding positions with both Dean Witter Reynolds Financial Services and the New York Stock Exchange. Kilbride is active in the Chattanooga community and serves on the board of several non-profit and for-profit organizations.
Travis Lytle serves as Senior Vice President, Director of Community Development and Community Reinvestment Act Officer at SmartBank. He is a graduate of Leadership Chattanooga, the Young American Professional Leaders class at Harvard University and has almost 20 years of banking experience. Lytle is currently a board member for Co-Lab of Chattanooga and the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce. He also served as Commissioner of the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority and is a member of the UTC Chancellor Multicultural Advisory Council.
Todd Phillips serves as the President and Co-Founder of Noon Management and continues in his role as the founder of Wealth Preservation Advisors. He is a financial professional with more than 16 years of investment experience and works to grow companies under Noon Management in various industries including business strategy and consulting, wealth management, capital investing, real estate development and health care.
James Wingard is the President and CEO of Wingard Quality Supply, a second-generation minority-owned company. WQS is headquartered in Chattanooga, TN. WQS specializes in large volume tire and wheel assembly, warehousing, logistics management and procurement for the world’s largest automotive companies, including Volkswagen and Toyota. To date, WQS has assembled over 30 million tires.
Three senior Lookouts’ executives are also joining the team’s ownership group.
Rich Mozingo is the President of the Chattanooga Lookouts and has worked in professional baseball for more than 27 years. Rich is in his second stint in Chattanooga—first with the Lookouts from 1993-1999 and returning as President in 2011. Rich serves on the boards of numerous local groups, including Chattanooga Goodwill, the Cherokee Area Council of Chattanooga Boy Scouts, and the Chattanooga Rotary.
Andrew Zito is the Vice President of the Chattanooga Lookouts. Andrew began as an intern with the team in 2012. Andrew is a graduate of Leadership Chattanooga, the past-president of the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce North Chattanooga Council, an Advisory Board member and past-Chair of the Emerging Leaders group of the United Way, and a member of the Friends of the Festival Board.
Jennifer Crum is a manager for the Chattanooga Lookouts, overseeing accounting and retail functions as well as working with ticket partners. Jennifer is a member of the Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute, the board of the United Way Emerging Leaders and has served as Vice-President and Secretary for the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce Southside Council. She has also received multiple awards for her conservation work, including from the Tennessee Association of Conservation Districts and the Hamilton County Soil Conservation district.