Mike Pinto begins his thirteenth season as Miners manager in 2019, and his fourth in a dual role of manager and Chief Operating Officer. He joined the team for the inaugural 2007 season and has led the Miners to a 663-486 record over twelve seasons, with the Miners’ .577 winning percentage standing as the best mark in the history of the Frontier League for teams that have lasted more than one season. Pinto is also the league’s all-time leader in wins by a manager, surpassing the previous record held by Frontier League Hall-of-Famer Fran Riordan with his 626th victory on June 2nd, 2018 against the Evansville Otters. He has guided the team to seven playoff appearances (2008, 2010-12, 2014-16) and four division titles (2010, 2014-16) along with the 2012 Frontier League Championship.
During 2010, the Miners set a new Frontier League benchmark when they put together a record 20-game winning streak. In 2012, after managing the Miners to their first ever Frontier League Championship, he was named the 2012 Minor League Manager of the Year by the Pitch and Hit Club of Chicago. From 2014-16, Pinto led the Miners to three straight division championships (the second time in league history that had been accomplished) and three straight 60-win seasons (which no team in league history had ever achieved).
In his twelve years in Southern Illinois entering the 2019 campaign, 52 Miners players have signed affiliated contracts. In addition, three former coaches have also had the opportunity to join a MLB organization, while two have moved on to manage other independent league teams. Three former Miners (Clay Zavada, Tanner Roark and Brandon Cunniff) have reached the major leagues.
Mike’s business career has taken him from his early years as a booking agent and manager with Beacon Artists and Paramount, guiding the careers of major music industry artists. He transitioned years later as the music industry shifted and became a successful real estate broker and then sales manager for DuVal Caruso Realtors who became part of the renown Baird and Warner Company. Mike went on to become National Sales Manager for Tom Hopkins International, the nation’s leader in sales training.
In 1990, Pinto began his career as a consultant and professional speaker. He has done more than 1,000 presentations as the keynote speaker at corporate conferences and conventions throughout North America, speaking to more than a half-million people. His presentations on Brand Strategy, Corporate Culture and Client Experiences have consistently received rave reviews. Companies like Merrill Lynch, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, Ameriprise, Hyatt Hotels and many others have used Mike’s presentations regularly to inspire their employees and management teams.
Mike has also created comprehensive strategic brand initiatives for companies like John Hancock and NorthStar Financial as well as brand collateral for hundreds of financial professionals.
His focus on the business side of the Miners is to guide the organization to creating a “Disney-like” fan experience, extraordinary customer service and rewarding partnerships with area companies.
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