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Ken Babby – Owner/CEO Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp
Ken Babby became the Owner and CEO of Jacksonville’s Minor League Baseball club in September 2015, and introduced the team’s new identity as the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp on Nov. 2, 2016. Babby, 37, is the youngest multi-team professional sports owner, owning the Akron RubberDucks since October 2012. Prior to then, the Potomac, Maryland, native spent 13 years in marketing positions with the Washington Post and its online and social media counterparts. He was named one of Sports Business Journal's 2016 "Forty Under 40," recognizing excellence and innovation in sports business careers, and he was an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award winner.
Before the Jacksonville franchise’s first home game under Babby’s ownership, he invested more than $1.8 million into the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville to add the Budweiser Tiki Terrace, renovate all the private luxury suites, develop the Firehouse Subs Hot Corner group hospitality area, expand the suite-level lounge, and improve other ballpark areas.
Babby’s two-fold mission is to create a memorable, unique, affordable and enjoyable fan experience, and maximize the opportunity to create change in the community through charitable, wellness and education initiatives. Babby is a member of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Jacksonville University Board of Trustees, Jewish Community Alliance Board of Directors, Baptist Hospitals of Florida Board of Directors, Visit Jacksonville Board, and Jacksonville Civic Council. He is also the chair of the Baseball Internet Rights Company (BIRCO). Ken has a 9-year-old son, Josh.
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