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STEPHEN BOLLENBACH was named President and CEO of Hilton Hotels. He was CFO at Walt Disney Co. and was "instrumental" in the $19B purchase of Capital Cities/ABC (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 2/5)....Appointments at Ryka Inc.: STEVE WOLF was named CFO, LISA DOLEZAL was Manager of Product Marketing; DONNA JORDAN was named Manager of Marketing Services, and MARIA SCUTARO was named Manager of Customer Services and Internal Sales (Ryka)....LAWRENCE JONES has been named the new Chair at Rollerblade Inc. He replaces ROBERT NAEGELE JR. Nordica is now the majority owner of Rollerblade, Inc. (Rollerblade)....The Rockets have promoted MICHAEL BURCH as Dir of Events and Creative Services. He was Event Services Manager. Also, they promoted JERRY FELLENSTEIN to Dir of Corporate Services (Rockets)....The A's have promoted DAVID ALIOTO to Exec Dir of Business Operations, Sales and Marketing. He was Dir of Merchandising and Purchasing (A's)....Advantage Int'l has inked Texas A&M RB LELAND MCELROY for management and marketing representation (Advantage)... USA Baseball elected JOHN KELLY as a USA Baseball At-Large Member. He is founder and President of Events Partners, an Atlanta-based event management and consulting company (USA Baseball).
A front-page story in Monday's BOSTON GLOBE examined the legacy of pioneer sports agent Bob Woolf and how the company bearing his names struggles to remain competitive. Since his death in November '93, Woolf Assoc. has dealt with "a spate of lost clients and lawsuits from his era that together have laid bare a Boston sports icon's questionable financial practices." Uncovered documents and testimony from clients and employees implicate Woolf and the firm with "regularly overcharging players, engaging in an apparent conflicts of interest by taking both fees and investment commissions," and pursuing a series of bad ventures for clients. Woolf's widow, Anne: "This criticism would have made him really sad. He was trying to do his very best for his clients, give them a good future and protect them after their playing days were over." Currently, Woolf Assoc. is trying to shape "a new identity" with "a young team of agents and only three employees left over from the Woolf regime." The firm, which has lost 2/3 of its NBA clientele, has increased baseball clients and expanded into auto racing and golf (Daniel Golden, BOSTON GLOBE, 2/5).