SBD/Issue 185/Sports Industrialists

Executive Transactions

Chuck Neinas Has Been Hired By
Conference-USA In A Consultant Role

Conference-USA has hired former Big 8 Conference Commissioner and College Football Association Exec Dir CHUCK NEINAS "in a consulting role as the league braces for a significant shift in the college sports landscape." Neinas serves as President of Neinas Sports Services (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 6/9)....The Horizon League has named Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association Dir of Communications BILL BENNER Senior Associate Commissioner for External Affairs, effective July 1. Benner previously was a columnist for the Indianapolis Star (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 6/8)....The Big East Conference named former Big Ten Associate Dir of Championships KRISTEN BROWN Dir of Sport Administration (Big East).

EXECS: WNBA L.A. Sparks President KRISTIN BERNERT has resigned to pursue other opportunities. Bernert joined the team in '08 after three years as WNBA VP/Team Business Development. The Sparks said that they are "searching for a replacement for Bernert" (, 6/8)....Tigers Dir of Player Development GLENN EZELL has stepped down from the position. Tigers VP & Assistant GM AL AVILA will handle Ezell's responsibilities for now (Tigers)....Babolat named former Lacoste Dir of Latin America JEROME PIN Managing Dir of Babolat USA (Babolat)....USA Cycling has hired JAMIE STAFF to manage the organization's newly restructured track sprint program (USA Cycling)....The Bowling Proprietors' Association of America named STEFANIE NATION BPAA Tournament Coordinator (BPAA).

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