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Bells Under New Ownership

10/29/2010 9:05 AM The Bellingham Bells Baseball Club (www.bellinghambells.com) of the West Coast League have a new owner as Bellevue businessman Eddie Poplawski has purchased the franchise from Brett Sports & Entertainment, who have owned the team since January 2008.

Poplawski is the former president/CEO/chairman of Anderson Chamberlin, Inc. (now known as Anderson Daymon Worldwide), Costco’s in-house manufacturer’s rep firm, and the co-founder of CommercialCondos.com.

In addition to his business ventures, Poplawski currently serves on the board of two non-profit organizations (The Moyer Foundation and Global Partnerships), and three privately held companies. Poplawski also served on the Management Board for the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, where he earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees.

“I want to thank Bobby Brett and the previous ownership group, as well as the City of Bellingham, for all of their help in making this sale come together,” Poplawski said. “Owning a baseball team is something I’ve always dreamt about, but everything had to be just right for me to take on a project of this magnitude. The Bellingham Bells have everything I was looking for.”

In addition to having family ties in Bellingham, Poplawski already has a handful of business relationships in the area through his involvement with the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).

“I love the game of baseball and I love the platform that it provides coaches and front office personnel, especially at this level, to positively impact the lives of young players both on and off the field,” Poplawski said. “Bellingham is a special community that has all the right ingredients to make the Bells one of the premier summer wood bat franchises in the country. I’m truly excited about the future of this organization.”

Members of the former ownership group, including Bobby Brett and Andy Billig, will serve as advisors to Poplawski during a transition period while Justin Stottlemyre, who served as the general manager of the Bells under Brett Sports ownership, will also stay on board until the new management team is in place.

“Eddie has a lot of enthusiasm and energy that he is going to bring to Bellingham,” said Brett. “He reminds me a lot of myself when I bought my first team in Spokane 25 years ago. After having a number of conversations with Eddie, I know he’s going to be able to give the Bells the local ownership it needs in order to reach that next level.”

“I want to express my gratitude to our fans, our partners, the city, and everyone who made our three-year ownership of the Bellingham Bells such a success. I am extremely confident that the Bells will continue to build their brand of excellence, and their great relationship with the City of Bellingham while making Joe Martin Field an amazing place to watch baseball for years to come.”

With the sale of the franchise, Poplawski becomes the fourth owner of the team since its formation in 1999. The team begins its 13th season within the nine-team West Coast League (www.wccbl.com) in June 2011.

Individuals and companies with inquiries about season tickets, corporate sponsorship opportunities, or other information are encouraged to contact the Bellingham Bells offices at (360) 527-1035, or via email at bells@bellinghambells.com.

About the Bellingham Bells
The Bellingham Bells are a professionally operated collegiate summer baseball team in the West Coast League striving to provide their fans, sponsors, and partners with the very best in competitive baseball and affordable entertainment in a family-friendly atmosphere. The team is comprised of college baseball players from across the country. In recent years, the Bells have helped produce a number of major leaguers including Jeff Francis of the 2007 National League Champion Colorado Rockies and Whatcom County natives Ty Taubenheim and Kevin Richardson.

About the Bellingham Bells

The Bellingham Bells are a summer collegiate, wood bat baseball team and a member of the West Coast League.  During the months of June, July & August, the Bells compete in a 57-game season, playing home games at Joe Martin Field in Bellingham and traveling to compete with other WCL teams in Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. The Bells strive to contribute to a strong and vibrant community through affordable, family-friendly entertainment. 

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Joe Martin Field 

1220 Civic Field Way 

Bellingham, WA 98229

(360) 527-1035