Our team is built on the same core values that you will find in a baseball dugout. We like to have fun, we like to tell stories, we like to slap hands, we like to cheer each other on, and we love working together to ensure you know you are the most important part of our dugout. No order is too small or too large - we love earning your business, so much so - that we would take a 3-0 fastball down the middle of the plate to earn it. That's saying a lot.
President & Founder
Randall started playing the game of baseball at 5 years old and eventually got paid to play thanks to the Toronto Blue Jays. From a very young age, he always had two unexplainable loves: baseball and being creative. Filled with concepts and ideas (some better than others) he eventually combined the two and founded Dugout Mugs®, and introduced the Dugout Mug, the Wined Up, and the Knob Shot to the baseball world. In his free time, Randall likes to play tetherball and read about patent and trademark law.
Randall's Favorite Quote:
"It's not about what it is - it's about what it can become."
CEO & Partner
Kris "PROMO" Dehnert bats "clean-up" for Dugout Mugs®, and is always swinging for the fences! With a background in business growth and development, Kris brings the ability to get mugs to the masses by networking and collaborating with some of the industry's biggest brands! He believes that a company is only as strong as its leaders, so you will often find him talking with customers, attending events, and staying extremely active in the day-to-day business operations.
Kris's Favorite Quote:
"Life is not just the passing of time. Life is the collection of experiences and their intensity!"
Nate took his weird talent as a submarine pitcher from his home in Massachusetts, to college in South Carolina, and to summer ball in Alaska and Cape Cod. After throwing his last pitch, Nate realized his eagerness to stand out from the crowd played well in the fields of marketing and branding. Now, married and living in Greenville, SC, Nate is thrilled to be taking the mound for the Dugout Mugs marketing team!
Nate's Favorite Quote:
"Losers lose. Winners win."
Nate "The Laser" Bearden
Laser Tech & Product Advancement
Nate was born and raised in central Florida. As a kid he fell in love with music and acting. These outlets soon grew to ambitions, which helped reach his goals in academics, music composition, and theater. After those adventures - he found himself wondering what the next step would be. Suddenly as if the universe heard his call, he found LASER ENGRAVING!!!!! Once he dove into this field, he couldn't get or learn enough about it. It truly is his passion and he enjoys everyday that he comes into work. So even though you won't see him at the game - he is always at the dugout.
Nate's Favorite Quote:
"If music Be the food of love, play on."
Chris "Chalupa" Matha
Matha was born in Cuba in a Military family. He is in charge of day to day operations at the Dugout. He loves to cook and fish in his free time. He is a big comic book fan and will often quote cult classic movies.
Chris's Favorite Quote:
"You get hurt, hurt 'em back. You get killed....walk it off"
Philip ("Phil") is a graphic designer from Venezuela! He is behind creating, editing, and repairing logos for Dugout Mugs®. He loves his profession and is always learning more about the game of baseball. If you can dream it, he can create it.
Philip's Favorite Quote:
¨You can go wherever your mind allows you. It's all about creativity."
Director of Special Projects
A mix of logic and creativity, Tito is passionate about graphics, photography and web development. His job is to make sure that things not only look cool but that they work! He graduated Florida Tech with a degree in Marketing. Tito's brief baseball career ended after he try to steal bases in Tee-Ball but still didn't hold back his love of the game. He is a huge FLORIDA Marlins fan and still has collectibles from that era. When he lived in Nicaragua he would passionately watch games from the local teams. On the side he owns a Nicaraguan Food Truck and builds Mandalorian armor because "This is the Way!"
Tito's Favorite Quote:
"Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing"
John C. Sumner
Director of Shipping
John is an Army Veteran born and raised in Central Florida. While serving he got the opportunity to travel to South Korea where he became a fan and bought season tickets for the Samsung Lions in Taegu.
He oversees all shipping and fulfillment. While not working John is an amateur cosplayer, prop maker and a Disney fanatic with over 700 visits to Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
John's Favorite Quote:
"A laugh can be a very powerful thing. Why, sometimes in life, it's the only weapon we have."
As a child, Todd grew up in Central Florida, and was a batboy for the Houston Astros in Spring Training and their minor league team the Kissimmee Cobras. He brings over a decade of sports media experience to the Dugout. His career started covering high school sports at the NBC in affiliate in Orlando before covering track and field for FloSports. Todd is passionate about storytelling and is honored to share the Dugout Mugs story with the rest of the world! In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife Stacy and two children Gavin and Lila. Whether it is playing sports, cheering on his local Tampa Bay teams, or hanging out at the beach, he is always down for an adventure!
Todd's Favorite Quote:
"Fight. Grind. Repeat."
Quality Control Manager
Blaise graduated from Florida Tech in the spring of 2020 with his degree in sports management and played collegiate baseball for 5 years. Baseball has been a huge part of his life all growing up and his grandfather is Roger Maris, the man who broke Babe Ruth's single season homerun record. He is involved in many areas of the company but holds the self-appointed title of quality control manager. His favorite team is the New York Yankees.
Blaise's Favorite Quote:
"There is no such thing as a problem, only an opportunity for a solution"
Christina is bringing a background in marketing from a Fortune 500 company to the Dugout! When she's not replying to customers' questions and comments, she spends her time traveling and hanging out with her family!
Christina's Favorite Quote:
"In the end, we only regret the chances we didn't take."
Jackson "J" Gates
Social Media Manager
Jackson is Originally from Dobson, NC he graduated from the University of South Carolina is currently living in Charlotte, NC and working on his MBA at UNC Charlotte.
He is a Diehard Carolina Panthers and Gamecock sports fan, loves baseball. Played baseball and football his whole life. His hobbies include collecting vinyl records, smoking cigars, reading. He follows baseball religiously but doesn't claim a team his favorite players include Mike Trout, Tim Anderson, and Whit Merrifield.
Jackson's Favorite Quote:
“Are you trying to say Jesus Christ can’t hit a curveball?”
Director of Customer Service
A family man and a proud Army veteran from Maryland. Although he wont know a thing about baseball if asked, he knows his stuff when it comes to serving Dugout Mugs customers.
Brad's Favorite Quote:
“Obstacles are those things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.”
Vivian once hit a baseball in middle school and managed to aim it right at the pitcher's crotch... which is why she decided to stick to soccer instead. The world just isn't ready for that level of skill. With several years in customer service and marketing, she is a force to be reckoned with. In her free time, you can find her traveling, making a new outfit, or curled up with a book and some tea.
Vivian's Favorite Quote:
"Not all those who wander are lost"
Currently a Polk State Student specializing in Digital Media: Video Production and Graphic Design. Has always loved to create, whether drawing, writing, or crafts, she enjoys the colorful world. Z enjoys many activities, such as playing video games, tabletops, watching TV series, anime, or reading manga. She always hopes to brighten anyone's day with a smile. Easy going, good listener, optimistic and dedicated. She joined our company and began as a laser tech, now working with Customer Service, no matter what her position is she loves her job.
Zaira's Favorite Quote:
"The limits of the possible can only be defined by going beyond them into the impossible."
Sami was born in Massachusetts, moved to the Florida as a teenager. She loves Disney and loves being part of the team where she feels like being part of the family
Sami's Favorite Quote:
"You will face many defeats in life, but never let yourself be defeated."
Tony was born in the Midwest, he is a retired Veteran from the US Army with 20 years of service. Moved to Florida, worked as a citrus inspector. Found Dugout Mugs and loves the job and the people. He thinks it's an interesting and fun job!
Tony's Favorite Quote:
"Another Day in Paradise"
"Kentucky" Joe Sinnott
Joe is from Lexington, Kentucky, which is why we call him Kentucky Joe.
He's been in Florida since 2009.
He likes to build computers and play games such as Call of Duty and Fortnite. He loves listening to a wide variety of music but surprisingly is not a fan of country. He loves his job working with lasers.
"Kentucky"'s Favorite Quote:
"It matters not what someone is born but what they grow to be"
Jacob "JT" Lees
JT is our Fulfillment Manager, he is in charge of making sure orders get to where they need to go. When he is not working he is usually the Game/Dungeon Master for the office's Dungeons and Dragons Night. His interests include Food and RPGs.
Jacob's Favorite Quote:
He who does not walk quietly, does not walk for long"
Fulfillment Specialist and Blaise's Boss
Jared is from and has lived in Lakeland Florida all his life. If there is one thing he is passionate about it is baseball. He has played since he was 4 years old and made a couple state championship runs with his high school team before he decided to hang up the cleats. In his free time he runs up the net in spikeball.
Jared's Favorite Quote:
"There must be steroids’ in macaroni"
Tina loves concerts and her family! When not working on our fulfillment team she loves spending time with her grandbabies who make her life more interesting and fun.
Tina's Favorite Quote:
"God never puts anything on your shoulders you can't handle"