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Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 6:00 am

The Tucson Padres have announced their local investors for 2011. The Padres are the Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, and begin the 2011 Pacific Coast League season in April.

The common thread for these investors is their long-time commitment to the Tucson community.

“When I finalized a management agreement with North County Baseball LLC and formed Tucson AAA Baseball LLC for the business operation of the Tucson franchise, I knew we needed local people with deep roots in Tucson,” said Mike Feder, vice president and general manager of the Tucson Padres. “Almost all of our investors attended high school here so they have experienced Triple-A baseball most of their lives.”

Joining Feder are:

Jerry Carbonari

Carbonari moved to Tucson in 1979 from Detroit and opened the A.B. Dick Products Company in April 1979. He has been very active with the Arizona Small Business Association and was the first Tucson member to ever serve on the Phoenix board, serving as their President. He is a current board member of the Fiesta Bowl Committee in Phoenix.

Bill Cox

Cox has been in the gas station business in Tucson since 1980. His family business is Coxco Fuel. A native Tucsonan, he attended school at Sunnyside and the University of Arizona. His family has been very active with Angel Charity for Children.

Corey Cox

A 47-year-old Tucson native and Amphi High School graduate, Corey Cox currently is involved with the family’s Coxco Corporation. He also has a construction company. His investment in the Tucson Padres isn’t his only role in baseball; he coaches club baseball teams and his son’s Little League team.

Jack Furrier Tire & Auto Care

Furrier opened his first store on East Speedway Boulevard in Tucson in 1960. Named Western Brake and Tire, it came along after a few of his earlier entrepreneurial adventures in Tucson, where he arrived as a young pilot stationed at Davis Monthan Air Force Base in the late 1950s. Today he and his family are very active in the Tucson community.

Glenn Garrett

A fourth generation Arizonian, Garrett has lived in Tucson since 1952, attending Roskrudge Junior High School, Tucson High School and the University of Arizona. Now retired, he worked as an owner and operator for the McDonald’s Corporation.

Amy Hammarstrom

A former volleyball player at the University of Arizona, Hammarstrom is the vice president of General Rubber Corporation. She serves on area boards including the Tucson Police Foundation and the Tucson Fiesta Bowl Committee. The Tucson native graduated from Rincon High School.

Larry Johnson

Johnson has been the president of Dependable Health Services since 2002 and has served as the vice president of Carondelet Health Network and president of Arizona Medical Supply. He is a current board member of the Fiesta Bowl Committee in Phoenix. Larry has lived in Tucson since 1987 and has owned University of Arizona basketball season tickets for 24 years.

Joe Knisley: Knisley moved to Tucson in 1974 and graduated from Canyon Del Oro High School in 1982.  He is currently the assistant to the director of Reimbursement for Radiology Ltd. He has always been a Tucson baseball fan, attending professional baseball games in Tucson for as long as he can remember.

Brent Kyte

Kyte owns 35 Pizza Hut locations in Arizona and many others in the western United States. A Tucsonan since 1967, he is also a partner and shareholder of six Jerry Bob’s Family Restaurants. He participates in numerous nonprofit organizations, such as Parent Aid, United Way and Tanque Verde Schools Educational Enrichment Foundation.

Bill Oetting

Oetting was born at St Mary’s Hospital in Tucson almost 60 years ago. He graduated from Catalina High School in 1970. Now, his business entities include Blue Sierra Inc. and Sierra Woodworks LLC, among others. He is part of multiple Tucson-area associations, including Caballeros Del Sol.

Mike Wilson

Wilson started Automated Presort Service in 1995, sorting 2,000 mail pieces per day; that number has grown to 50,000 pieces of mail per day. He has served on several boards, including the Better Business Bureau for four years. He is from Tucson and attended Canyon Del Oro High School.

Tucson Padres opening night is Friday, April 15, at Kino Stadium. For more information, visit or call 434-1367.

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