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SBD/July 17, 2013/People and Pop Culture
Published July 17, 2013
USOC Managing Dir of Partnership Marketing MITCH POLL is taking over management of the organization’s entire partnership marketing division. Poll will oversee a staff of 10 responsible for supporting and approving marketing plans developed by the USOC’s 24 domestic partners. He previously split management of the division with Managing Dir of Partnership Marketing SUSAN GOLDSMITH, but she is stepping back from her managerial role in order to relocate from Colorado Springs to Park City, Utah, where she has family (Tripp Mickle, Staff Writer).
AROUND THE HOOP: The WNBA Dream named SARAH RYAN Sponsorship Sales Consultant. Ryan is the wife of Falcons QB MATT RYAN (Dream)….Sources said that the Bobcats have promoted LARRY JORDAN to Dir of Player Personnel. Jordan, who is the brother of Bobcats Owner MICHAEL JORDAN, will report to President of Basketball Operations ROD HIGGINS and GM RICH CHO. He “fills a position that was vacant for three years” following the departure of BUZZ PETERSON (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 7/16).
EXECS: RSE-owned Insignia Sports & Entertainment named Discovery Communications Account Exec BRETT EHRLICH VP/Corporate Partnerships & Media Sales. Ehrlich also had previous stints with CAA Sports, SportsNet N.Y., Turner Sports and the NBA (THE DAILY)….Virginia Tech named ROB HARRIS Dir of Men’s Basketball Operations (DAILYPRESS.com, 7/16)….Florida Int’l Univ. named Florida Atlantic Univ. Dir of Football Operations SEAN TODD to the same position (MIAMI HERALD, 7/17)….Northern Illinois Univ. named Univ. of Wisconsin Deputy AD SEAN FRAZIER Associate VP & AD (CHICAGOTRIBUNE.com, 7/16)….F1 team Williams named PAT SYMONDS Chief Technical Officer (REUTERS, 7/16).