SBD/January 15, 2014/People and Pop Culture

Executive Transactions

Fiesta Bowl Exec Dir ROBERT SHELTON "abruptly resigned" on Monday to "become president of Tucson-based Research Corporation for Science Advancement." Shelton said it was a "mutual" decision (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 1/15). Shelton took the job in '11 "amid a scandal that rocked the foundation of one of college football's major events." His predecessor JOHN JUNKER "resigned following a scathing internal report outlining lavish spending." But under Shelton, the Fiesta Bowl "repaired its image, expanded charitable contributions" and retained its BCS status before landing future semifinal and championship games for the College Football Playoff. Fiesta Bowl BOD Chair DUANE WOODS "will serve as interim executive director while a search for a replacement is conducted" (AP, 1/14).

EXECS: The D-Backs named JOSE MONTOYA Dir of Facility Services, ALISSA TEVES Ticket Sales Analyst, PAULETTE PURNELL Coordinator of Special Events & Community Outreach and STEVE PLANTE Season Ticket Services Account Exec (D-Backs)....UNLV Senior Associate AD JERRY KOLOSKIE "resigned last week." He held the title for 11 years before serving as interim AD prior to the school hiring JIM LIVENGOOD, then "returned to the No. 2 person in the department" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL)....The Univ. of Tennessee-Martin named UNLV Associate AD JULIO FREIRE AD (UT-Martin)....The Univ. of Northern Colorado named DARREN DUNN AD (, 1/13)....UConn named SARAH LAWLESS Dir of Football Operations (HARTFORD COURANT, 1/15)....The Univ. of Minnesota promoted Dir of Football Operations DAN O'BRIEN to Senior Associate AD (, 1/13)....Sonoma Raceway promoted Senior Dir of Ticketing MICHAEL RE to VP/Ticket Sales & Operations, and Account Rep CHRIS PALMER to Ticket Operations Manager (Sonoma Raceway)....Comcast-Spectacor named DAN GALLAGHER Chief of Staff (Comcast-Spectacor)....Swan Racing has added Iowa City-based BPO firm TMone co-Founder & President ANTHONY MARLOWE as a minority owner, joining Majority Owner BRANDON DAVIS and investor and former NFLer BILL ROMANOWSKI (Swan Racing).

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