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Tierney promoted to Palmer COO

Arnold Palmer Golf Management promoted Tim Tierney to chief operating officer.

Tierney will be responsible for managing company-owned, managed and affiliated courses and will work with the president and CEO on concept development and course operations.

Tierney joined Palmer Golf in 1997 as vice president of operations, handling all aspects of day-to-day operations at the company’s 40 facilities. During his tenure, Tierney instituted new and more profitable operating procedures.

Before joining Palmer Golf, Tierney was executive vice president and chief operating officer of Kona Ranch Restaurant Group. While at Kona, he directed the conceptual development of two new concepts, Johnny Carino’s and Kona Steak House, and grew them to eight locations with three in development.

Tierney spent the previous 10 years with Brinker International, a developer of branded chain restaurants. He held several positions in the Bennigans, Steak & Ale and Chili’s chains, eventually becoming vice president of operations at Chili’s, overseeing 21 restaurants with more than $40 million in annual sales volume.

Tierney studied business administration at Massachusetts Bay Community College.

San Francisco- and Orlando-based Arnold Palmer Golf Management acquires, leases and manages golf facilities worldwide working with private individuals, corporations, municipalities and developers. The company also owns the Arnold Palmer brand, Arnold Palmer Golf Academy brand of golf schools, the Tour 18 replica course brand and the University Clubs of America brand of collegiate golf clubs.

BASKETBALL


HoopsTV.com named Brad Greenberg head of content acquisition and DaddyO music director. Greenberg is a former NBA general manager, and DaddyO is a hip-hop music producer.

HOCKEY


Roger Godin was appointed team curator for the Minnesota Wild. Godin is believed to be the first team curator in the history of the NHL.

BASEBALL


The Lexington Professional Baseball Co. hired six staff members. Danny McCray was named director of food and beverage services, Justin Sanders administrative intern, June Madden receptionist, Chelsea Hansing director of client services, Therese Dials account executive and Rhett Cecil director of merchandising.

FOOTBALL


Lynn Stiles was named vice president of football operations for the Kansas City Chiefs. Most recently, Stiles was with the St. Louis Rams.

The Detroit Lions promoted Sheldon White to director of pro personnel and Charlie Sanders to assistant director of pro personnel. Hessley Hempstead was named BLESTO scout and Chad Henry area scout. BLESTO is a league scouting combine, staffed with representatives from NFL teams.

Charles Adams was appointed president and CEO of Greenjackets Football Inc., a nonprofit organization that owns the Glen Falls (N.Y.) Greenjackets semipro football team. Mary Rich Adams was named secretary-treasurer and William Callahan Jr. general manager and chief operating officer.

GOLF


Golfweek promoted Dave Seanor to vice president and editorial director of the Golfweek Group.

Gary White was named director of golf for SunCor Golf's Coral Canyon Golf Club. Most recently, he was the director of instruction for SunCor Golf's SunRidge Canyon Golf Club.

Richard "Rich" Corso was named national sales manager for the Natural Golf Corp. Corso will manage a team of six, focusing on inbound calls and the Natural Golf certified instructors.

Jack Nicklaus Productions hired James Kahn as sales consultant. Previously, Kahn was senior vice president and group publisher for Golf Magazine Properties.

Jamison Golf Group hired Mary Deatrick as director of public relations and promotions. She will also serve as general manager for Greater Orlando Golf Destinations. Carlton Vinson was named director of special projects, Whitney Roosa as public relations account manager, Kim Morin as director of member relations for the International Network of Golf and Stephanie Gordon as administrative manager.

MOTORSPORTS


Michael Thompson was named motorsports manager for GMR Marketing. Thompson will oversee all of Miller Brewing Co.'s in-market activities at each NASCAR Winston Cup Series event in 2000.

Millsport LLC named Chad Fletcher field manager for motorsports. Fletcher will manage the Pepsi racing program.

SOCCER


Major League Soccer promoted Benson Ross to director of club services. Carlos Giron was named director of Hispanic communications and Alan Plum communications coordinator for the Division I professional soccer league.

The Atlanta Classics of the United Soccer Leagues' W-League named Jeff Parker director of operations and Monica Grover director of media relations.

OLYMPICS


Mike McCarley was named director of sports communications for NBC Olympics. McCarley has been the director of communications for USA Triathlon the past two years.

BOXING


Jon J. Franklin joined America Presents, where, among other duties, he will produce and manage the Golden Gloves National Tournament of Champions. Franklin was formerly vice president and managing director at IMG in Denver.

HORSE RACING


Michael E. Miller was named senior vice president of finance for Churchill Downs Inc. Miller will oversee all accounting tax, treasury, budgetary and information technology issues for the company.

AWARDS

Grant Hill, Chris Spielman, Jennifer Rizzotti, Carol Anne Beach, Nancy Blank, Bill Bradshaw, Liz Garger, Mark Newlen, Kim Record and Jerry Sandusky were named Sports Ethics Fellows for 2000 by The Institute for International Sport.

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