SBD/Issue 64/Sports Industrialists

Executive Transactions

The AF1 Chicago Rush have hired former Bears Dir of Marketing KEN VALDISERRI as President. Valdiserri also worked for the White Sox from '80-83, and most recently served as President & CEO of the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund. In addition, the Rush have named MIKE ALZAMORA VP/Business Operations. Alzamora spent nine years working for the original Rush team in the AFL, most recently as VP/Communications (Rush).

MOVING ON:'s Lee Spencer cited sources as saying that Richard Petty Motorsports President RICK RUSSELL has "parted ways" with the NASCAR team. Russell had been with Evernham Motorsports since its inception in '00. Sources indicated that MAX JONES, co-Owner & GM of Yates Racing, "will assume Russell's position" (, 12/12).

EXECS: The Pirates have hired TRAVIS APPLE as Manager of Inside Sales. Apple most recently worked in sales for Atlanta Spirit. Also, the Pirates have hired Sunrise Sports & Entertainment's RAVEN JEMISON as Manager of Ticket Services & Retention (Pirates)....The ECHL has hired MOLLY MERRELL as Manager of Communications, Marketing & New Media (ECHL)....Learfield Sports has hired three Account Execs: BRETT COOPER for its Iowa State property; LOGAN CURTIS for its Univ. of Oklahoma property; and JON MURPHY for its Southern Illinois Univ. property (Learfield)....Dick's Sporting Goods has hired JEREMIAH D. ZIMMER as Community Marketing Manager for Chicago. Zimmer most recently was an Account Exec for ad agency 361 Experiential/Draftfcb, Chicago (THE DAILY).

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