REED CITY — The original plan for Reed City native Kelly Davis was to use his operations and supply chain management degree in a manufacturing setting, but now the well-oiled machine Davis helps run is Comerica Park.

Davis, who graduated from Reed City High School in 2010 and Ferris State University in May, recently started working for the Detroit Tigers as the park operation project coordinator. Prior to landing his current gig, Davis had an internship with the West Michigan Whitecaps last year, which changed the course of his career.

“I have always been actively involved in sports as player and a coach, but I actually never pictured myself working in the sports industry,” Davis said. “My roots are in manufacturing, coming from my grandfather, Larry Miller of Miller Industries. Prior to my internship at the Whitecaps, I was planning on going into manufacturing, however, once I completed my internship, I fell in love with the work and the setting.”

When his internship wrapped up, Davis said he knew sports was where he wanted to be. Working for the Tigers soon became a definite dream and goal of his. It didn’t take long for that dream to become a reality.

Davis was thrilled to learn he landed the job and couldn’t wait to tell family and friends the news.

“I was so nervous after the initial interview because I knew this was the position that could shape my career and build me into the operations leader that I want to become,” he said. “Also, being able to get a job as a fresh college graduate is difficult with minimal experience and that made the situation even more exciting.”

The first person he told was his girlfriend, Lynsey. Her reaction was not quite as “jump up and down” as his, Davis said, but with a great big grin she stated that she already knew David had the job because he was the best candidate for the position and the Tigers knew it.

Davis then went and bought his parents, Chuck and Shelly, Tigers shirts as a way to deliver the news to them.

“I gave them the shirts, told them that they were going to need them in the future and they were so happy,” Davis said. “All of my immediate family and friends were very excited and supportive about this opportunity for me.”

As park operation project coordinator, Davis’ duties are to coordinate stadium renovation projects as well as continuous maintenance projects.

While Davis was anticipating a lot of what he would be doing at his job because of his internship experience, the Tigers is a much larger scale, he said. Overall, he enjoyed his internship with the Whitecaps and is glad he has the opportunity to stay within the Tigers organization and continue to learn.

“The best thing about my job is that I get to better the stadium for the fans, employees and players,” Davis said. “I love the fact that I get to come to work every day to Comerica Park and make it a better experience for everyone.”