SBD/Issue 21/Sports Industrialists

Executive Transactions

Fox Sports Int'l Dir of Interactive Media EDWARD DERSE has left the company and joined GameFly Media, a subscription-based video game rental company. He will be GameFly's VP & GM (Tripp Mickle, SportsBusiness Journal)....The Cowboys named construction manager JACK HILL GM of the team's new $1.1B Arlington stadium, where he will run day-to-day operations. Previously, Hill was involved in managing construction of the Rangers Ballpark, American Airlines Center and Miller Park (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 10/11).

FOOTBALL: The Indoor Football League (IFL) named TOMMY BENIZIO its first-ever Commissioner. For the past five years, Benizio was Owner & President of the IFL Odessa Roughnecks (Roughnecks)….The United Football League (UFL) appointed MATTHEW COULOUTE JR. VP/Football Administration & Legal Affairs and TOMAS LLIBRE VP/Information Technology. Previously, Couloute worked with the NFL and NFLPA. Llibre at the NFL spent nearly 10 years implementing solutions for the Football Operations, Officiating, Security and Management Council (UFL).

EXECS: The AHL Grand Rapids Griffins named KELLI SZCZEPANSKI Season Ticket Sales Account Exec and ANNA PETERSEN Community Relations Coordinator (Griffins)....Amplify Sports & Entertainment promoted Account Dir ASHLEY SCHACHNER to Senior Account Dir and Account Coordinator KENDEL FIORENTINO to Account Exec (Amplify)….Roger Dean Stadium, the Spring Training home of the Marlins and Cardinals, named BARBARA ZORN Corporate Sales Sponsorship Rep and reassigned LISA FEGLEY from Corporate Sales to Group Events Coordinator (Roger Dean Stadium)....The Wisconsin State Golf Association (WSGA) named ALEX ANTONIO its first full-time Dir of Marketing & Sponsorships. Antonio’s primary responsibility will be to sell sponsorships for WSGA tournaments (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 10/11).

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