As VP of Community and Retail Operations for the Colorado Rockies, Jim Kellogg oversees functions that reach from the baseball club into the community
Name: James P. Kellogg
Marital status: Married to Cheli
Children: Daniel and Amanda
Career: Vice President of Community and Retail Operations for the Colorado Rockies
Hometown: Littleton, Colorado
Where do you call home today? Highlands Ranch
Jim Kellogg is a name in the Colorado Rockies that few average baseball fans know well. However, Kellogg’s and the Rockies’ efforts, particularly with respect to charitable contributions are deeply appreciated in the Colorado community. Kellogg is in his eighth year as vice president of community and retail operations after being named to the post on January 1, 2006. This year marks Kellogg’s twentieth season with the Rockies organization.
In his current role, J.K. Mullen and Regis University graduate Kellogg is responsible for directing the Rockies' retail operations as well as heading up the Community Affairs department. Kellogg works directly with players and coaches as the liaison between the front office and the community. Though reluctant to talk about himself and his own accomplishments, his community work reflects the Rockies' contributions to youth education and health. Kellogg is integral in overseeing the Colorado Rockies Baseball Club Foundation as well as the Colorado Rockies Charity Fund. These charitable organizations work with an emphasis toward underprivileged and at-risk youth through programs for youth baseball and softball, education and literacy and drug and alcohol-abuse awareness and prevention. Kellogg and the Colorado Rockies Baseball Club are a terrific example of the positive impact local sports make in the community.
CE: What took you down this career path?
JK: I really believe that we have a greater being in charge of our lives. Hard work, blessings and a little luck got me where I am today!
CE: Who do you most admire?
JK: My wife, Cheli; she has an extraordinary life story. She is an incredible wife, mother, and teacher.
CE: Favorite Denver metro restaurant?
JK: Del Frisco’s
CE: What are your hobbies?
JK: Spending time with my family, working out, and organizing things!
CE: Are you involved with any charities outside of the Colorado Rockies?
JK: Not really, I spend my time working on charities that are related to the Rockies, most of which would be our charity of choice.
CE: How do people describe you?
JK: That is a difficult question for me to answer—I have never asked anyone to describe me.
CE: What was the last great book you read?
JK: The One Year Uncommon Life Daily Challenge, by Tony Dungy, (former head coach of the Indianapolis Colts and current NFL analyst.)
CE: What is your most memorable Colorado experience?
JK: The Colorado Rockies 2007 playoff run, along with our team going to the World Series that year.
CE: What one word describes Coloradans to you?
CE: What is one thing that you absolutely can’t live without?
CE: What was your last major purchase?
JK: A quad venti latte.
CE: What gadget can you not live without?
JK: My iPhone.
CE: What is your biggest fashion faux pas?
JK: I dress how I feel comfortable, and I do not follow seasonal fashion rules.
CE: What was the greatest challenge with respect to reaching out to the community for a major league baseball club?
JK: We are responsible for raising all of the funds that we give back to the community. We appreciate the support that our fans give to us in our fundraising events.
CE: What is your most memorable experience working for the Colorado Rockies Baseball Club?
JK: It is really about working with so many smart and talented individuals. We really have solid people here that care about each other and we know it takes all of us to win!
CE: What has been your favorite project over the last several years?
JK: Last year we coordinated a spring training trip for kids with cancer from Children’s Hospital Colorado. Troy Tulowitzki funded the trip. It was awesome!
CE: What sets the Colorado Rockies Charity Fund apart from other big league charity funds?
JK: We have a great partnership with the McCormick Tribune Foundation out of Chicago. They provide matching dollars for the funds we raise, and so far, we have been able to give $24 million back to our community.
CE: How has the rise of social media changed the way you do your job?
JK: Social media has allowed us to reach more fans in a timely manner.
CE: What do you hope to accomplish with the Colorado Rockies Baseball Club Foundation in the next ten years and how can Coloradans help?
JK: We hope to continue to make an impact in the areas of health, education and sport for those who need it the most. Our fans can continue to donate to the Colorado Rockies charities.
CE: What is your prediction for the success of the Rockies next year?
JK: We will have a great season both on the field and off the field. Our players and staff will come to work every day and strive to build a championship organization. We hope that our fans continue to have memorable experiences working and interacting with everyone involved in our organization.
BIO: Scott S. Evans is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Virginia School of Law and is now business litigation attorney, writer and high school lacrosse coach living in Centennial. Scott has freelanced for various newspapers, magazines, journals and academic publications including the Wall Street Journal and the Manchester Union Leade r.