SBD/January 13, 2011/People and Pop Culture

Executive Transactions

Petke joins Red Bulls' front office as business operations manager

Former N.Y. Red Bulls D MIKE PETKE has joined the MLS club's front office as a business operations manager and individual development coach. During his 13-year MLS career, Petke played for the N.Y. MetroStars, DC United, Colorado Rapids and Red Bulls, and was named to the MLS All-Star team in '00, '01 and '02. He graduated from Southern Connecticut Univ. in '98 and was drafted 8th by the MetroStars in the '98 College Draft. “This is where I started and ended my career, and there's no place I'd rather be," Petke said in a release. "I always will consider this club as my home, and I am thrilled to be able to contribute my ideas here" (Fred Dreier, SportsBusiness Journal). In Newark, Michael Fensom notes Petke "ended his decorated playing career as the Red Bulls franchise leader in games played (169), games started and minutes played" (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 1/13).

EXECS: The USTA "has relieved" Western & Southern Open Tournament Dir BRUCE FLORY of his duties and is "pursuing a replacement." Flory was named Tournament Dir of the event in '99 and "retained his post after the USTA became the Western & Southern Open's majority owner in 2008" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 1/13)....Learfield Sports named KEVIN FARLOW and BRAD THOMAS Senior Dirs of Business Development, based at the company's Plano, Texas, HQs. Farlow previously served as GM for Hurricane Sports Properties at the Univ. of Miami, while Thomas spent the last nine years in real estate, most notably with Staubach Retail (Learfield)....Suns scout TODD QUINTER, a Suns employee since '86, "resigned from the basketball staff last week." Quinter was "one of the few holdovers in basketball operations during this summer's regime change but had been reassigned to pro scouting after previously serving as" Dir of Pro Personnel (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 1/13)....Minor League Baseball has hired JESSICA WATTS as Business Services Coordinator and MARK LABBAN as Business Development Assistant (MiLB)....The U.S. Bowling Congress named Robert Kimball & Associates Project Manager GREG MOORE as Dir of Tournaments Planning & Production (USBC)....Conover Tuttle Pace has promoted TODD GRAFF to VP/PR. The agency also has hired COURNTEY MEGLIOLA as Account Dir of Sports PR and TARA MULLOY as Account Exec (CTP).

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