The League is governed by a Board of Directors with each Club having a representative. An Executive Committee of League Officers that includes Frank Boulton (Founder and CEO), Peter Kirk (President), Josh Kalafer and Seth Waugh (Vice Presidents) manages day-to-day operations with Executive Director Joe Klein (former GM of the Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians). In total, the League Officers have owned and operated more than two dozen minor league teams at all levels of professional baseball, and have developed more than 20 modern multi-use ballparks. Kirk also served two terms as Chairman of the governing body of Minor League Baseball and as a member of the Major League/Minor League Committee that governed the sport in the absence of a Commissioner of Baseball in the 1990's.
Frank Boulton – Founder & CEO
Peter Kirk - President
Josh Kalafer - Sr. Vice President
Seth Waugh – Sr. Vice President
Joe Klein - Executive Director
Chairman & CEO
Frank Boulton, founder and chairman of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, is a long-time Brightwaters, New York resident. Boulton is currently in his 14th season as founder and CEO of the Long Island Ducks. Prior to owning the Long Island Ducks, Boulton served as a Senior Executive Vice President of Yamaichi America until 1999. In the past, Frank Boulton worked on Wall Street in the U.S. Treasury and MBS bond industry as well as a senior managing director of the Government Bond Department for Smith Barney. Along with owning the Long Island Ducks, Frank has owned three other farm teams, two affiliated with New York Yankees and the other with the Kansas City Royals. He has also owned the Long Island Rough Riders professional soccer team, 2002 D3 National Champions.
For over 35 years, Frank has been involved with many local charities. He has served as chairman of the Great South Bay YMCA Board of Managers and chaired the capital campaign that raised $6.2 million dollars to construct the YMCA. In 1992, the Board of Managers named the gymnasium in his honor.
Frank and Karen Boulton purchased the old Regent Theatre and then donated it to the Great South Bay YMCA. Recently, the Boulton Center for the Performing Arts celebrated its 10th anniversary and is a point of pride in the downtown Bay Shore community.
In January 2005, Frank was named one of Long Island’s 100 most influential people by the Long island Business News. Presently, he serves as chairman of the QuakerJack Foundation, the charitable arm of the Ducks and is a member of the Board of Directors as Empire National Bank. Additionally, Frank is a member of two Hall of Fame (The Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame (2003) and the Bay Shore High School Hall of Fame (2002, inaugural
class). Frank has also received numerous local and national awards such as Entrepreneur of the Year presented by ACIT, Spirit of Long island Award presented by Promote Long Island, Man of the Year by Long Island Special Olympics, The Harry Chapin Humanitarian of the Year by the LIA, and was chosen to be the 2008 Grand Marshall of his hometown Bay Shore/Brightwaters St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Frank is also a proud alumnus of Villanova University, where in 2012 he was the recipient of the St. Thomas of Villanova Medal: the highest honor bestowed by the Villanova Alumni Association.
Peter Kirk is one of the best-known owners in minor league baseball. In addition to owning and operating teams at almost every level of professional baseball, Kirk has served two terms as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Minor League Baseball. He also chaired Minor League Baseball’s Finance and Double-A expansion committees. Peter also served as a member of the 14-person Professional Baseball Executive Committee that governed Major League/Minor League Baseball in the absence of a commissioner following the departure of Commissioner Fay Vincent in 1993.
Peter has consulted with numerous Major League and minor league clubs and for communities worldwide seeking to obtain minor league teams. He is most proud of the dozens of people that he has helped “run away to join the circus” by becoming minor league baseball owners and executives during his more than 30 years in Baseball.
Peter has also successfully developed 15 minor league ballparks around the country, which it is believed to be the most ballparks developed by one organization in Baseball’s history. His organization has operated Major League spring training facilities, supplied the baseball grounds crew for the Sydney Olympics, and prepared the playing field in Havana, Cuba for the historic exhibition game by the Baltimore Orioles (under contract to Major League Baseball). In partnership with the Commissioner of Baseball, Kirk and his group also organized and operated the Maryland Fall League, the predecessor of the current Arizona Fall League. He also was one of the organizers and participants of Minor League Baseball’s “Diamond Diplomacy” tour of the former Soviet Union in 1989.
Prior to his full-time career in minor league baseball, Kirk was a successful commercial real estate developer. Peter has served on the boards of Special Olympics - Maryland and the Babe Ruth Museum. Peter holds a master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and a Law Degree from George Washington University.
He resides in Annapolis, Maryland with his wife Louise.
Sr. Vice President
Josh Kalafer became Senior Vice President of the Atlantic League in October of last year. Since then, Josh has been eagerly and actively involved with the League in more ways than one. As Senior Vice President of the Atlantic League, Josh’s primary focus is to continue supervision of standards, awareness, brands and expansion of the League. Josh centers on coming up with new and innovative ways to seek and expand new markets. Not only does Josh contribute to the constant growth and knowledge of the League, but deals with the policy, protocol, quality and control of League, as well. He strives to provide the best fan experience possible.
Currently, Kalafer is the Owner of Princeton Automobile Company, a private group of dealerships that includes Princeton Audi, Princeton Volkswagen and Land Rover Princeton, located on Route 206, North of Downtown Princeton. Kalafer is the co-owner, along with his brother Jonathan of Clinton Honda on Route 22 in Clinton, NJ. He is a Principal of The Flemington Car & Truck Country Family of Dealerships in Flemington, NJ, and also runs a family real estate investments assets services.
Kalafer is involved with numerous charitable foundations and has served on the board of a variety of private companies and civic organizations.
He is a graduate of American University in Washington, D.C., with a degree in Business. He resides in Somerset County with his wife and children.