When opportunity came knocking, Mike Ramshaw answered
LONDONDERRY - As an avid football enthusiast, Michael Ramshaw never thought he'd end up working for a baseball team.
But seven years ago when the Londonderry father was happily working as the key account development manager for Nestle' Waters (under the brand Poland Spring) and awaiting the birth of his second child, opportunity came knocking at his door.
"I was hesitant in the beginning," admitted Ramshaw, a 1992 graduate of Pinkerton Academy. "Then I realized this was truly a business position in the truest sense."
Knowing it was time to seize the moment, Ramshaw began his duties as the New Hampshire Fisher Cats Baseball Club's vice president of sales, and he's never looked back.
"A huge part of my responsibilities involve being out in the community and that's what I love best," he said. "I love people and I love building relationships with them . and I couldn't think of a better place for doing that."
As the community face of the state's minor league team, Ramshaw relishes in knowing he's touched many lives along the way. Some of his proudest moments, he said, have come from paying it forward.
Since 2006 the N.H. Fisher Cats have made a whopping $2.5 million in charitable donations, assisting over 3,500 nonprofit groups.
Hearing the firsthand accounts of those who've benefitted is definitely one of his favorite job perks, Ramshaw said.
"You get emails from people. Some of them are looking to make some of their last moments with a loved one special," he said.
After hearing from a Granite State woman whose husband was diagnosed with terminal cancer, Ramshaw knew he had to help in whatever way possible.
Knowing the man had a weakened immune system from chemotherapy, Ramshaw and his co-workers offered up one of the stadium's private suites so the family could enjoy a night at the ballgame last year.
Though that baseball fan has since passed away, Ramshaw said his surviving family members have formed lasting relationships with the Fisher Cats crew.
With preparations now well under way for opening day April 4, which also coincides with the team's 10th anniversary, Ramshaw's life is somewhat hectic these days.
His fourth child will arrive in early March, so there will be little time for rest before then.
"People don't realize all the preparation involved before opening day, but we're all so busy with promotions, with sponsorships . there's just so many moving pieces," he said. "It's all about the little things that go a long way."
Fortunately, Ramshaw's wife, Tracey, his high school sweetheart, has been his steadfast supporter every step of the way.
"She works full time, takes care of the kids and is working toward her master's degree," he said. "And in the summer months, she's basically a single mother. I couldn't do what she does."