New Baseball Franchise Expands Team Ownership

New Baseball Franchise Expands Team Ownership

The Lake County Corn Dogs baseball franchise has added four new minority owners to its organization: Jim Masters, David Padilla, Alex Teodosi, and Samantha Salzeider.

Ralph Flores, the Corn Dogs’ majority owner, is a former sports marketer with more than a decade of experience working with NBA players and related sports organizations.

Flores said the Corn Dogs’ minority owners have unique professional backgrounds that will add to the success of the baseball franchise.

“All four of our new minority owners bring exciting perspectives and career experiences that will enhance our new team’s leadership. I’m very excited to welcome Jim, David, Alex, and Samantha,” Flores said.


Meet the minority owners

Jim Masters, of Griffith, IN, spent much of his professional career as a journalist working for newspapers in the region, producing breaking news coverage on government, politics, crime/courts, sports, and human-interest topics. Since 2005, he has served as an internal corporate communications manager for a global Fortune 100 technology and management consulting company.

David Padilla brings over twenty years of experience in marketing and corporate sponsorships. In 2005, he joined a global Fortune 100 technology and management consulting company. Padilla has lead efforts in innovation centers, client centric marketing campaigns, and corporate sponsored events including professional golf tournaments. He currently is the content, data, and campaigns manager for the North America marketing units.

Alex Teodosi is an accomplished sports executive, having spent more than six years with the 2021 WNBA Champions the Chicago Sky. Teodosi is currently the vice president of sponsorship for the Chicago Sky. He enjoys attending Chicago sporting events and loves to travel.

Samantha Salzeider has been with the WNBA Chicago Sky for six years and is currently the director of operations, events, and merchandise. In her free time, Salzeider enjoys giving back to the community through her family’s charity, the Salzeider Family Charity.

The Lake County Corn Dogs are part of the recently rebranded Northern League and will compete at Legacy Fields at Center Ross Park in Crown Point.

Sam Salzeider

Jim Masters

Dave Padilla

Alex Teodosi














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