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Washington Nationals Major League Baseball Club Director of Baseball Media Relations Mike Gazda Join

Former Media Director for the Sacramento River Cats Returns to Capital

SACRAMENTO – Randle Communications (Randle), Sacramento’s top ranked locally owned public relations firm, announced that Mike Gazda, Director of Baseball Media Relations for the Washington Nationals Major League Baseball Club, has moved back to Sacramento to join the firm as a Senior Account Executive. His experience includes working with several of the world’s most recognized professional athletes to successfully navigate a diverse array of challenging issues including performance-enhancing drug allegations, human abduction and identity fraud. Gazda also played a leading role in the media plans promoting the opening of Raley Field in Sacramento and Nationals Park in Washington, DC. His experience complements the firm’s public affairs practice with his executive messaging, media relations and crisis communications experience.

“Randle Communications’ culture is to build a great team of talented professionals and we are thrilled that Mike Gazda is bringing his unique experience to our public affairs and public relations clients,” Randle President & CEO Jeff Randle said. “Mike excelled nationally and locally, including being a key member of the Sacramento River Cats organization. We’re adding another home-run hitter to Sacramento’s hardest working and most talented public relations team.”

Gazda worked for the Nationals since 2008, executing all facets of baseball communications. He implemented successful media plans launching the public profiles of All-Stars including pitcher Stephen Strasburg and outfielder Bryce Harper. He has advised on complex issues including high-profile personnel changes as well as the controversial decision to shutdown Strasburg in the midst of the 2012 pennant chase. Gazda is experienced in traditional and new media and joins Emmy-Award winning journalist and Randle Senior Vice President Kevin Riggs as part of the Randle News Team, to deliver strategic initiatives, including News-Style Impact Videos, a tool Riggs developed to help communicate issues in a more powerful and effective way.

“I’m fortunate to have had my dream job for almost a decade, working in Major League Baseball, but I always knew that Sacramento is where I wanted to return with my family,” Gazda said. “I have a passion for public affairs and identified Randle Communications as the firm I wanted to join and grow with. I am excited to be part a great team that does exceptional work for its clients.”

Gazda played an instrumental role launching and establishing the Sacramento River Cats brand with media and community leaders. His work in the capital earned a promotion to join the Florida Marlins Baseball Club in 2005, where Gazda served as Media Relations Manager until 2008. Gazda began his public relations career as Director of Media Relations for the Lake Elsinore Storm from 1999-2000. He is a Pennsylvania native and attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania, earning his degree in journalism.

About Randle Communications: Jeff Randle and Mitch Zak created Randle Communications in 2001 to give clients great service from senior-level professionals. Randle is Sacramento’s top ranked locally owned public relations firm, specializing in strategic planning, public affairs, media, coalitions, social networking, campaigns and crisis management. he Sacramento Business Journal has named Randle an A+ Employer every year since 2010. Meet their award-winning team at RandleCommunications.com or follow @randlecomm.