Rafters hire de Vries as general manager
For the City Times
WISCONSIN RAPIDS – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters has named Chloe de Vries as the fourth
general manager in franchise history. De Vries rejoins the Rafters after spending three seasons
with the organization.
De Vries, 23, started her career with the Rafters in 2018 as a marketing intern and on-field emcee
under current Green Bay Rockers Vice President and General Manager John Fanta’s leadership.
She fills the position that was vacated by former Rafters General Manager Andy Francis, the current
assistant general manager with the South Bend Cubs.
“We are thrilled to have Chloe returning to the Rafters as our new general manger,”
owner, Vince Fonti stated. “The passion and love that she has for the Rafters and the City of
Wisconsin Rapids is infectious. Chloe has proven herself over the past two years with her
professionalism and hard work and is ready to make this jump. I am so proud of her development
and excited to see her lead the Rafters for many years.”
“I could not be more eager and honored to assume the role of general manager and follow in the
footsteps of some incredible mentors,” de Vries said. “During my time in Rapids, the
community has been so welcoming and their enthusiasm towards the team is what makes this
position so rewarding. The success of this organization is based on this community, and I can’t
wait to continue to put our best product on the field in 2022.”
De Vries graduated from Chapman University in the spring of 2020 with a degree in
communication studies and minor in broadcast journalism. During her time at Chapman, she
interned with the Los Angeles Clippers for two seasons in the public relations department.
De Vries served as the seasonal marketing manager for the 2020 Rafters season before
assuming the role of the marketing and public relations manager heading into 2021.
She joined Francis and Hannah Jurgens, becoming the first female dominated front office in Northwoods
League history. After the season, she left to return to her alma mater as the assistant sports
information director before accepting the general manager position.
“Chloe has a great can-do attitude, and she is continually striving to improve,”
owner, Joe Fonti added. “Our team is in great shape with the hiring of Chloe as our general
manager. We owed it to the great fans in the Wisconsin Rapids area to hire an excellent general
manager to continue the tradition of strong organizational leadership.”