Our Executive Team
In Max's sixth year of military school at Riverside Military Academy, he was named the Battalion Commander - the highest ranking cadet in a Corps of ~500. His responsibilities ranged from overseeing the productivity and welfare of the Corps, such as winning “Best Marching Unit” in the 2013 Atlanta Veterans Day Parade.
At 19 years old, while playing college baseball, Max founded “The Arm Farm”, which has served baseball players and coaches across the US and three other countries since it's inception. During his senior year of college, while still playing baseball, Max's work with The Arm Farm parlayed into being hired by the Cleveland Indians as a 22 year old Minor League Pitching coach. While coaching with Cleveland, Max was the youngest coach in the Minor Leagues.
After one year with Cleveland, the Seattle Mariners hired Max as their Pitching Coordinator to lead the organization’s Minor League pitching development. At 23, he became the youngest coordinator in MLB history and was named to The Athletic: 35 Under 35. In Max's first year with Seattle, the Mariners' pitching department finished the Minor League season ranked 1st in Strikeout-to-Walk ratio while 3 of 4 affiliates ranked in the Top 10. During the 2022 season, in which the Mariners broke their 21 year playoff drought, 3 out of the 4 minor league affiliates for Seattle earned their league's pitcher of the year. Since his hiring in December of 2018, Seattle's Farm System has climbed from being ranked worst to first in 2021 (Baseball America) while 7 of Seattle's Minor League pitchers have been featured as Top 100 Prospects by Baseball America and MLB.com. Since then, Max has been named to Forbes 30 Under 30 as 2023 Honoree.
* The Arm Farm LLC is not affiliated with nor does it represent the Seattle Mariners Baseball Club
As a rising senior in High School, Fernando developed a desire to serve in the U.S. Military and subsequently received a Senatorial nomination to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point; where he was a 2-time National Champion on the Army Sprint Football team as a wide receiver. Following graduation with a degree in Legal Studies and Systems Engineering, Fernando commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army as a Field Artillery Officer.
At 22 years old, Fernando attended and graduated from several Army training programs such as the prestigious U.S. Army Ranger School - a grueling 62 day leadership course designed to test soldiers' mental toughness and endurance throughhout simulated combat scenarios. After his combat training, Fernando quickly made a name for himself and was selected to be the Executive Officer of an artillery battery, where he was second in command of 100 soldiers. Fernando's responsiblities ranged from maintenance of the battery's equipment and overseeing the logistical planning of the Battery's combat training. In the summer of 2018, at 25 years old, Fernando was selected to lead an infantry platoon in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan.
While on deployment, Fernando earned the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service in a combat zone. Following his deployment, Fernando was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army as a Captain before receiving a full scholarship to attend Chicago-Kent College of Law where he is currently a Juris Doctor Candidate.
In addition to his service and legal studies, Fernando is a patented inventor of a portable food dispenser.