SBD/April 22, 2014/People and Pop Culture

Executive Transactions

The Dolphins hired former Toys ‘R’ Us Exec VP/HR DAN CASPERSEN to oversee the organization’s HR department and former FBI agent JOE CICINI to oversee security efforts. The team also moved Finance & Legal Affairs Specialist BRANDON SHORE to an HR role within the team’s training facility (Dolphins). In Miami, Adam Beasley reports the hiring of Caspersen and Cicini is “part of the franchise’s desire to create a ‘one organization’ culture, bridging the business and football worlds.” Cicini’s FBI background “includes work with the Joint Terrorism Task Force and he has provided crisis management training to the NFL, MLB, NBA and more.” He also has “over 17 years of liaison experience in the South Florida area with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, including the Miami-Dade and Miami police departments.” Meanwhile, longtime Dolphins Dir of Security STUART WEINSTEIN “will remain with the organization in his same capacity” (MIAMI HERALD, 4/22).

TRACK STARS: NASCAR team Richard Childress Racing named Churchill Downs Inc. Partnership Development Manager MATT SHEARER Dir of Business Development. Shearer also had a stint as Raiders Premium Sales Manager (RCR)….NASCAR named MasterCard VP/Global Consumer Marketing PETER JUNG Senior Dir of Growth Segment Marketing and Padres Dir of Brand Development NICOLE SMITH Dir of Growth Segment Marketing (NASCAR).

EXECS: The Univ. of Texas named Arizona State Associate AD STEVE HANK Senior Associate AD & Chief Revenue Officer. ASU President MICHAEL CROW “is making an exception to an agreement” with UT men’s AD and former ASU VP/Athletics STEVE PATTERSON “that says Patterson will not hire ASU athletic employees.” Hank had been with ASU since ’02 (AZCENTRAL.com, 4/21)….Barclays Center named Fastlane Communications Managing Dir ED MANETTA Dir of Sports Programming. He will spearhead the programming of the Brooklyn Hoops college basketball and Brooklyn Boxing franchises at the facility. Manetta also had previous stints as AD at St. John’s Univ. and DePaul Univ. (Barclays Center)….The Oilers appointed AHL Oklahoma City Barons GM BILL SCOTT to the position of Assistant GM, replacing RICKY OLCZYK, who was offered a position within the organization, but has declined (Oilers)….CSE VP/Communications & PR JIM WEISS has left his position to become Atlanta-based Bounce TV Senior VP/Corporate Communications (THE DAILY).

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