Vice President, Facility Planning and Engineering
Joe Abernathy is currently the Vice President, Facility Planning and Engineering for the St. Louis Cardinals. He is responsible for all day-to-day facility operations and game-day event management activities at Busch Stadium, including ushering, guest services, security, medical services, maintenance, clean-up, grounds-keeping, and parking. Joe manages a staff of 25 full-time Front Office employees and game-day staff of up to 800 part-time employees and contractors. Abernathy is responsible for managing the collective bargaining agreements with the labor unions employed by the Cardinals. He is responsible for the project management of capital improvement projects at Busch Stadium.
Joe's career with the St. Louis Cardinals began in 1995 as Director of Stadium Operations. He was promoted to Vice President in 1997. Since that time the Cardinals have made the post season 10 times and have hosted 50 post-season games, including 9 World Series games and 23 National League Championship games. Busch Stadium and the Cardinals was the host of the 2009 Major League Baseball 80th All-Star Game.
Joe was a member of the design team and was responsible for the commissioning and start-up of the new Busch Stadium for the 2006 season. He has also assisted in the development of the Cardinals' Jupiter, Florida Spring Training Facility opened in 1998.
Joe graduated from the University of Missouri, Rolla in 1977 with a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He immediately went to work at Anheuser-Busch Companies managing engineering and construction for capital projects at a wide variety of corporate facilities. He attained a Master's in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University in 1985. From 1991 to 1995 he managed engineering and construction projects at Busch Stadium for the St. Louis Cardinals, then an operating subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch Companies. In October of 1995 he joined the St. Louis Cardinals full time as Director of Stadium Operations. He was promoted to Vice-President in 1997.
Joe is currently the Past President of the Board of Directors of the Stadium Managers Association. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Green Sports Alliance. He also serves on the Stadium Operations Advisory Committee for Major League Baseball and is Co-Chairman of the Sustainable Operations sub-committee. In this role he is spearheading the benchmarking of sustainable operations metrics for all MLB facilities. He currently resides in south St. Louis County with his wife Jeanne, and three sons, Philip, Kevin and Justin.