SBJ/September 30 - October 6, 2002/Careerspeople



The Chicago Bulls promoted Marianne Caponi to manager of corporate communications and hired Brandon Faber as assistant, public and media relations. Brooks Boyer was promoted to senior director of corporate partnerships, Jeff Wohlschlaeger to director of game operations, Sebrina Brewster to senior manager, public and media relations, Matt Lloyd to manager, public and media relations, and Tony Rokita to manager of community events.

Karin Buchholz was named vice president, community and fan development for the New York Knicks.

Spurs Sports and Entertainment named Russ Bookbinder executive vice president of business operations and Rick Pych executive vice president of finance and corporate development/SBC Center chief development officer.


Harold Ellis was named NBA advance scout for the Atlanta Hawks.

Eric Leach was named ticket sales manager of the Roanoke (Va.) Dazzle of the National Basketball Development League.


Tom Bruya was named director of marketing and corporate partnerships for Santa Clara (Calif.) University.


Ryan Barnhart was hired as director of sales and development at the University of North Texas in Denton.

Mike Hardisky was named assistant director of athletics for marketing and promotions at Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg, Md.


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The FleetCenter in Boston promoted Amy Latimer to assistant vice president of ticket sales, Robyn Sullivan to VIP ticketing director, Cindy Cucinotta to ticket sales director and James “JJ” Smith to group sales manager. Anthony Rodrigues was hired as human resources manager.

The National Association of Concessionaires board of directors added four new members: Gina Troutman DiSanto, Randy Martin, Michael Thompson and Chris Verros.

Jacqueline Lunsford was hired as associate developer in the Jacksonville office of ScheerGame Sports Development LLC.

The SBC Center in San Antonio named Jeffery Smith engineering supervisor, Rose Ann Martinez event services manager and Brian Shantz and Bob Byxbee event services coordinators.


Callaway Golf Co.'s Richard Helmstetter, senior executive vice president, chief of new products, has accepted leadership of product management. Patrice Hutin was promoted to executive vice president of global sales and advertising.

John Beckman was named president and chief operating officer of ClubCorp, a Dallas operator of golf courses and country clubs.

Ian Rowden, executive vice president at Callaway Golf Co. in Carlsbad, Calif., was appointed to a new role on the senior management team.


Jim Norquay was hired as director of officials and compliance for the West Coast Hockey League in Ontario, Calif.


Brian Williams was named president/COO of the Portland (Maine) Pirates and will continue to serve as alternate governor to the American Hockey League. Brian Petrovek will retain the title of CEO.

The Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League named Jason Thomsen director of ticketing and sales, Glenn Neumann business manager and controller, Danae Kokenos and Sean Runnels sales account executives, Ian Henry assistant director of media relations and Timothy Holmstrom athletic trainer.


Jim Brady was named coach and general manager for the New Jersey Storm of the National Lacrosse League.



Andy Clark was hired as senior consultant, supervising consumer products and services and sponsorship marketing practices, for Dome Communications Inc. in Chicago.

JL Sports named Sondra Baseggio director of marketing and client services and Tom Kleine director of operations.

Heather McLaughlin was named account coordinator for ANC Sports Enterprises. Darren Gladieux was promoted to national technical services manager, Anthony Simeone to project manager and regional technical service manager, Anthony Rizzo to facilities manager, Chris McClave to client service account executive, Nyasha Gibbs to office administrator and accounting associate, and Lindsay Drury to sales and marketing associate.

Rick Rizzuto Jr. formed a new company, RPR Sports & Entertainment, a celebrity-marketing firm in New Jersey.


Dave Mishkin is the new radio play-by-play broadcaster for the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning.

Peter Ferraro was hired as vice president of sales for TransWorld Media in New York.


Brian Erdlen was hired as local sales manager for the New England Sports Network in Boston.

Lee Patterson was hired as an account executive for Brener Zwikel & Associates Inc. in Reseda, Calif.

Ken Wolfe was hired as executive producer for Varsity Entertainment in New York.



Matthew Alexander was promoted to vice president/general manager of Raceway Associates.

Clear Channel Entertainment's motorsports division appointed Dave Prater assistant director of supercross for the 2002-03 FIM World Supercross GP.

Kansas Speedway named Summer Talbert corporate account manager, Darin Fuhrman superintendent of grounds, Randy Connor public relations coordinator and Lisa Joyce manager for the Kansas Speedway Travel Information Center.



Chris Branscome was hired as the director of marketing for the US Youth Soccer organization in Richardson, Texas.

David Grimaldi was named director of soccer operations for the Major Indoor Soccer League in Westport, Conn.


Andre Goodrich was hired as sales manager for the San Bernardino (Calif.) Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Angela Pratt was hired as sports sales manager for the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Lynn Sprangers was named the first female chair of the 40-member board of directors for the Greater Milwaukee Convention and Visitors Bureau.



The U.S. Tennis Association nominated Alan Schwartz as chairman of the board, president and CEO; Franklin Johnson as first vice president; Lucy Garvin and Michael Kohlhoff as vice presidents; Jane Brown as secretary-treasurer; and James Chaffin, David Dinkins, Zina Garrison, Jim Baugh, Martin Blackman, Kurt Kamperman, Jack Moter, Joaquim Rasgado Jr. and David Wheaton as directors at large of the USTA board of directors.


Michael Miller was named vice president of sales for the ski/outdoor, marine, golf and sporting goods divisions at Aloe Up Suncare Products in Minneapolis.

Software company Smart Button Associates named Aileen Stacy marketing director and promoted Bruce Trommelen to product manager of the Streamline product.

The Salesmanship Club of Dallas, which sponsors the PGA Tour's EDS Byron Nelson Championship, elected Bruce Sifford 2002-03 president, Samuel Swanson III first vice president, Guy Kerr second vice president, Jerry Grable secretary, and Michael Massad Jr. treasurer; additional directors include Thomas Bain Jr., Paul Bass Jr., George Bramblett Jr., Mark Connell, Jack Davis, Michael DeGrazier, John “Bob” Ferguson Jr., Todd Meier, Steven Meyer, Jeffrey Porter, F. Patrick Schultz, Charles Solomon and Lawrence “Mac” Wesson Jr.


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