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Quad Cities Baseball President Speaks on Sports Business

Kevin Krause, president of the Swing of the Quad Cities minor league baseball team, spoke to a full house at the Bedell Entrepreneurship Learning Laboratory on the morning of November 12.

The presentation, titled "Full Count – A Sports Eye for the Business Guy," was sponsored by the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center as part of the Sandage Entrepreneurial Speaker Series. Krause spoke about minor league baseball being more about the experience, the outing, and less about the game. He sees a key component of his job being promotion of the game and the ball park as an event and destination that people from the community can take part in and enjoy.

More than 100 University of Iowa students and faculty attended the event. Following his presentation, several audience members had the opportunity to speak directly with Mr. Krause about his experiences as president of the Swing.

Krause has been the president of the Swing baseball team since 1998. Prior to his position with the Swing, Krause was president of Liberty Bank and Trust in Mason City, IA. From 1988-1991, Krause was the president/general manager of the Continental Basketball Association's (CBA) Cedar Rapids Silver Bullets. During his tenure, he negotiated a naming rights agreement with Coors Light, which was the largest sponsorship in CBA history.

Krause serves on the Kum and Go Board of Directors, Scott County YMCA Board, Quad Cities Junior Achievement, Friendly House and the Quad Cities Sports Commission. He is on the Executive Committee and is the first Vice President of the UI's National I-Club Board of Directors. He is also the incoming president of the National I-Club.

Kevin graduated from the University of Iowa in 1982 and the UI College of Law in 1985.

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