2020 Brings Crew Lineup Changes for Best Team Ever

Sep 6th, 2020

We are always looking to recruit & build the best lineup. Below are promotions and/or changes so far this year.

Palmer Thompson

PALMER THOMPSON is our new WAREHOUSE LEAD in order fulfillment. Palmer recently graduated from the University of Louisville and was the Cardinal Football Team's Head Student Equipment Manager. He is responsible for your orders going out on-time and accurately.

Hunter Fry

HUNTER FRY has taken on the position of BUYER. He will work with suppliers to make sure what you need and want is in stock. He will perform double-duty, typical here, and will continue in his role as liaison to Minor League Baseball and other groups.

Ty Unthank

TY UNTHANK, a college and high school umpire, was promoted earlier this year to SOCIAL MEDIA & SERVICE SPECIALIST. Ty oversees our social media accounts where we have seen substantial audience, activity and engagement growth. You've probably seen him most in our library of videos on site and YouTube channel.

Brad Bishop

BRAD BISHOP is a different type of lineup change. He is our first full-time, in-house WEB DEVELOPER after serving in that role since 2015 at the marketing agency Oohology. They were a victim of COVID-19, and he became a great waiver wire pick-up.

Brandon Lawson

BRANDON LAWSON a multi-sport official, and longest-term employee has moved to part-time to focus on his growing memorabilia business. Having worked in multiple departments from order fulfillment to inventory receiving to purchasing, he will serve in the new role SUPPORT SPECIALIST providing service, support and back-up across all departments.

We are always looking for ways to match the staff talents and skills with our company needs while allowing our crew to use their employment to support their optimal work-life balance. It is no wonder we were named a "Best Place to Work in Louisville" by Business First Magazine. This is without a doubt the best team we've ever had. More great things ahead. Stay tuned.

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President Jim Kirk

Jim is a leading expert, educator and author on umpire gear, safety & appearance. After playing baseball at Centre College, he worked as a high school umpire. He became involved in E-Commerce while working on an MBA in the early 2000s and bought Ump-Attire.com in 2006, He eventually led it to the leading umpire gear & attire retailer worldwide, a “Best Places to Work in Louisville” honor in 2020 & 2021 and a National Association of Sports Officials (NASO) Preferred Vendor. He maintained a long-standing relationship with Minor League Baseball Umpire Development & Training Academy for 10 years. He serves as an adviser to UMPS CARE Charities, the charity of MLB umpires, served as a 2-term board of director from 2012-2018, and was named their 2015 Ambassador Award recipient. A supporter since the inception of the Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy, he was named to their Board of Directors in 2020.


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