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BILL ACKERLEY, 37, co-President and COO of the Ackerley Group sports and communications group, which includes the Sonics and indoor soccer SeaDogs, announced his retirement, effective Monday. Ackerley will spend time with his family and pursue other business opportunities (SEATTLE TIMES, 5/5)....McHenry Metals has promoted BRADLEY WILHITE from Exec VP to President (McHenry)....Rising Star Publications, which publishes motor sports books, has named ERNIE SAXTON as VP/Marketing. Saxton had been a PR and Marketing exec at the company (Rising Star)....RANDY MOORE was named National Ad Account Manager for USA Today's Baseball Weekly. Moore was a Senior Account Exec at Time Warner (MEDIAWEEK, 5/4)....RON ROSENBAUM, former VP of WTS Int'l tennis division, was named Marketing Division Manager for the USTA/Mid-Atlantic section (TENNIS WEEK, 5/7 issue).
Reebok Chair PAUL FIREMAN and Bass Pro Shops President JOHN MORRIS have been elected to the National Sporting Goods Association Sporting Goods Hall Of Fame. They will be inducted at the NSGA Annual Meeting July 19 (NSGA)....Bulls G MICHAEL JORDAN and NFLPA Exec Dir GENE UPSHAW are listed in EBONY's "100+ Most Influential Black Americans" EBONY, 5/98)....In Ottawa, Senators Chair ROD BRYDEN was named Man of the Year at a Consumers' Choice business award banquet Monday. The Consumers' Choice awards were determined by a Gallup survey that polled 1,350 individuals in the Ottawa area early this year (OTTAWA CITIZEN, 5/5)....Scholastic Inc. and Lakers C SHAQUILLE O'NEAL signed a publishing deal to create a children's collection of "fractured" fairy tales aimed at readers six to nine. "Shaq And The Beanstalk And Six Other Very Tall Tales" will be published by Scholastic in the fall of '99 (Scholastic Inc.)....Time Warner Sports CEO SETH ABRAHAM is highlighted in the "Workspaces" profile in the WALL STREET JOURNAL. Abraham, on his office: "I spend so much time in this office I want it to be fun" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 5/6)....Gatorade Ad Manager LIZ BARDETTI is profiled in ADWEEK. Bardetti: "A lot of people find online work intimidating. But if you understand your target it's just one more tool in your marketing toolbox" (ADWEEK, 5/4).