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Published May 28, 2001
Robert Rowell moves up to COO of Golden State Warriors
Robert Rowell has been named chief operating officer of the Golden State Warriors.
Rowell has been the club's vice president of business operations for the past three seasons, managing every aspect of day-to-day operations for the team. His duties included directing the management team and leading the planning and marketing for the Warriors. He also represents the team on the NBA board of governors and is the NBA chief marketing officer for the team.
Rowell joined the Warriors in 1995 as assistant controller and later became director of finance/controller, where he was responsible for operations and fiscal management of The Arena in Oakland and the Warriors' practice facility.
While managing Golden State's business operations, Rowell oversaw the creation of Great Time Out Entertainment, the marketing arm of the Warriors. He helped develop a partnership with AT&T Broadband that allowed the Warriors to become the first professional sports franchise with an in-arena Internet cafe/entertainment stage and the first to Webcast a live concert in streaming video.
Rowell's branding campaign, "It's a Great Time Out," helped the Warriors record the NBA's highest regular-season attendance increase for the 2000-01 season. Warriors.com, the Web site for the team, made the largest increase in traffic during 2000-01.
Working with the NBA, Rowell played a major role in the success of NBA All-Star 2000. He was responsible for the custom design of a 300,000-square-foot tent next to The Arena in Oakland. As the location for the NBA Jam Session, this structure allowed the event to run, for the first time ever, for a week before the All-Star Game. More than 100,000 fans attended.
Rowell is also involved with the club's H.O.O.P. (Helping Out Other People) program, which grants Warriors staff members two paid days off a year for volunteering their services to the community. H.O.O.P. has provided more than 5,000 hours to charities, clubs and organizations during the past few years.
Before joining the Warriors, Rowell worked for the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo intercollegiate athletic department as business manager, assistant athletic director and associate athletic director over a six-year period.
Rowell, a native of Alton, Ill., earned a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a master's degree in business administration.
Gabriel Gabor has joined the NBA as director of communications for NBA Latin America, where he will be responsible for the league's media relations initiatives. Before joining the NBA, Gabor was vice president of communications for Major League Soccer's Miami Fusion. In that role, he oversaw all media relations, publications and broadcasting efforts since the team's launch in 1998.
Ky Snyder was named president of the San Diego Super Bowl Host Committee. Snyder is the president of the San Diego International Sports Council and has held administrative positions in University of San Diego's athletic department. Snyder will work with the NFL, the Chargers and the city to coordinate planning efforts for Super Bowl XXXVII.
Lisa Cavalli joined the Denver Broncos' IT organization to assist in planning the move to Invesco Field at Mile High. Cavalli recently worked with the San Francisco Giants, where she helped facilitate the technological transition from Candlestick Park to Pacific Bell Park.
SwimEx LLC appointed Robert Lawton director of collegiate market development. Lawton will coordinate all aspects of marketing and sales to the college market and steer SwimEx's education, training and research programs. Most recently, Lawton was head athletic trainer at the University of Maine.
Scott Dickey became president and chief operating officer of Fotoball USA Inc. Dickey will be responsible for developing growth strategies through product line expansion, retail distribution and licensing agreements. He will manage Fotoball's day-to-day operations. Before joining Fotoball, Dickey was senior vice president and chief operating officer for Sundance File Centers, a division of Robert Redford's Sundance entertainment organization.
Diana Zoller joined sponsorship research firm SiS North America as Western sales manager. Zoller will oversee the SiS business development effort on the West Coast. Zoller previously worked for Quokka Sports, Nike and IMG.
True Gravity Sports and Entertainment Consulting promoted Neil Lumsden to president and chief executive officer. He will be responsible for the overall management of the company and will continue to seek new business opportunities. Blake Corosky was named vice president, athlete and property representation. Corosky will continue to act as the primary agent for True Gravity's amateur athletes, professional golfers and hockey coaches. He will coordinate the firm's property representation activity. Norman Miller took over as vice president, business operation and is responsible for coordinating the company's business operations and communications. Mike McKenna joined True Gravity as event manager and sales, and Jamie Henry was appointed event coordinator and sales support. McKenna will manage the Vanier Cup for True Gravity, and Henry is coordinating golf days for clients and servicing True Gravity's corporate sponsorships.
Terry McGuirk, vice chairman of Turner Broadcasting System Inc., assumed the additional title and responsibilities of chief executive officer of Turner Sports Teams. McGuirk retains corporate oversight of the company's three professional sports franchises: the Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Thrashers and Atlanta Braves. He is also responsible for Philips Arena and Turner Field. McGuirk joined TBS in 1972 as an account executive and held a succession of sales and executive positions before succeeding Ted Turner as chairman, president and CEO in 1996, a title he held until March.
Christine Riggs joined EAS as director of science. Riggs will head the EAS Science Advisory Board for development of safe and efficacious nutritional products backed by science. For the past two years, she has helped with EAS product development as manager of technical services at D&F Industries, an EAS partner.
Ann Drummie joined Brailsford & Dunleavy, a facility planning, project management and sports marketing firm with headquarters in Washington, D.C., as an analyst. Drummie comes to Brailsford & Dunleavy from CANAC Inc., where she was a senior consulting engineer.
Empire Golf appointed Don Carpenter general manager of Minisceongo Golf Club in Pomona, N.Y. Minisceongo is a private non-equity club just north of New York City. With nearly 27 years of golf experience, Carpenter has spent the past two years as chief operating officer of Sunterra Golf, a Southern California-based golf company that owns and operates 11 courses.
Award recipients at the 21st annual Association of Collegiate Conference and Events Directors-International Conference included University of Rochester's Mary Albee, Outstanding Individual Achievement Award; The University of Rochester (N.Y.), Outstanding Institutional Achievement Award; Cindy Wilkins of Cedarville University, Outstanding New Collegiate Conference and Events Professional; Kim Edwards Young of East Tennessee State University, Volunteer of the Year; and Libby Magill of the University of Massachusetts, Mentor of the Year. Diane Burns of the University of Massachusetts and David Stout, retired from Ball State University, received the Jack Thornton Distinguished Service Award. The ACCED-I has a membership of more than 1,200 professionals at educational institutions in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and New Zealand.
The Central Hockey League named Steve McCall of the Memphis (Tenn.) RiverKings Just Hockey Magazine Public Relations Employee of the Year. McCall has been the communications director and play-by-play voice for the RiverKings for the past two seasons and made his CHL All-Star broadcast debut this season.
The Portland Trail Blazers honored Peter and Julie Stott for their presenting sponsorship of the Blazers Reward Youth Ticket Exchange. Now in its fifth year, the program has sent more than 10,000 kids to NBA games through ticket donations.
Benny Busby, promoter and operator of Grayson County Speedway in Bells, Texas, was awarded the 2001 Lanny Edwards Award before the Harrah's 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. The award is for accomplishment and the advancement of short track motorsports in the region.
Martina Hingis was honored as the winner of the 10th annual Family Circle/Hormel Foods Player Who Makes a Difference Award. Hingis supports numerous worldwide organizations, including the World Health Organization and the United Nations. Established in 1992, the award celebrates a female professional tennis player for contributions of both time and energy to worthy causes. Hormel and Family Circle each donate $10,000 to the charity of the winner's choice. Hingis used the $20,000 grant money to help fund the efforts of the Bosconia Program in Colombia, which was established to help the impoverished street children in that country.