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  • Awards


    Frank Supovitz, NHL group vice president, events and entertainment received an honorary doctorate of business administration in sports, entertainment and event management from Johnson & Wales University.


    Jimmy Roy of the Manitoba Moose won the Yanick Dupre Memorial Award as the 2002-03 American Specialty/HG Insurance Services/American Hockey League Man of the Year.



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  • Golf Magazine taps veteran journalist Cook as editor

    Kevin Cook was named editor of Golf Magazine, it was announced by Mark Ford, president of Time4 Media.

    Cook previously was executive editor of T&L Golf. As Golf Magazine's new editor, Cook, 46, will further develop and enhance the magazine's editorial content. He succeeds Jim Frank, who has left the company.

    Cook has written and edited golf stories for more than 20 years. One of his stories appears in "Golf's Best Short Stories." He wrote a Golf Digest article on Mac O'Grady that won an award from the Golf Writers' Association of America in 1998. From 1998 to 2000, he was a senior editor at Sports Illustrated. Cook was also the lead columnist for Maximum Golf magazine.

    Cook graduated from Butler University in Indianapolis with a bachelor of arts degree in English. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.

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  • Orioles’ COO finds that sports career comes with a spotlight

    As might be expected of a career banker, Joe Foss is not unfamiliar, or uncomfortable, with financial transactions involving enormous sums.

    So it was neither the cost nor the operational demands of owning a Major League Baseball franchise that got Foss' attention when he became chief operating officer of the Baltimore Orioles nearly a decade ago. It was the media scrutiny and intensity of the day-to-day job that impressed him when Foss made an unanticipated transition from the CEO of an established Washington, D.C.-area bank to the Orioles' front office.

    "If you look at professional sports, you're basically running what would be described as middle-market companies," Foss said. "Most MLB and NBA team revenues are between $100 million and $200 million, and sports executives are in the media 365 days a year.


    "As a contrast, in the banking business, where we had billions of dollars of loans affecting thousands of employees, anything we did was rarely in the media."

    That Foss is today broadly characterized as a "baseball executive" is a misnomer that he freely acknowledges. After all, he worked for more than two decades deep in the trenches of the regimented world of banking.

    "I don't feel I have a background or am qualified to make player personnel decisions, but I work on the contracts and financial aspects of the player personnel decisions," Foss said.

    "Baseball executives have developed talent evaluation as a critical component. But they generally haven't had the background of management and financial planning. We can both contribute to each other, trying to make the team in the front office as strong as the team on the field."

    Foss said he was a casual follower of the game while he gradually ascended the hierarchy of Minneapolis-based commercial bank Norwest Corp. The closest his duties took him to the sports entertainment industry was in the early 1980s when Norwest Bank became involved in financing some of Minnesota's pro franchises: the NHL North Stars, the MLB Twins and the NFL Vikings.

    "I was the guy who turned down the financing by our bank for the Minnesota Timberwolves when they were first coming into existence," Foss said. "I did not think the Minnesota public would support an NBA team long term."

    Foss accepted the president/CEO post with First American Bank in 1989. Within a few years, he became acquainted with Peter Angelos and his law firm, a client of First American.

    Foss was brought on as a consultant in June 1993 when Angelos decided to buy the Orioles. Angelos' bid of $173 million gave him and his fellow investors the Orioles, and the distinction at the time of paying more for a pro sports team than any owners in history. A decade later, Forbes magazine assigns a valuation to the franchise of $310 million.

    Given the high stakes of ownership, Foss cautions executives to be prepared for the media attention and 24/7 work demands they will face when contemplating opportunities in professional sports.

    "This is a serious business," said Foss, who oversees the day-to-day operations of the Orioles. "It is other people's recreation, [and] an escape from day-to-day activities. Yet for those of us that are in the business, it is a full-time, focused endeavor to produce meaningful results for investors and for the communities in which we operate. It's not something that can be done casually."

    Jed Hughes ( is managing director of Spencer Stuart Sports Leadership Practices.

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  • People


    Todd Burnette was hired as director of corporate development for the Houston Rockets.


    Margaret Fitzgerald was hired as communications director of Indoor Courts of America Inc. in Olathe, Kan.



    Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Sam Adams was named commissioner of the North American Football League.



    Eric Kistler and Andrew Meyer were hired as territory business managers for the Central Hockey League's New Mexico Scorpions of Albuquerque, N.M.

    The Buffalo Sabres named Dan DiPofi chief operating officer, Jim Leahy vice president of sales and marketing, John Livsey director of corporate sales, Jody Ulrich director of suite sales and John Sinclair director of ticket sales.

    DiPofi (left), Livsey (center) and Ulrich

    The Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL named Chris Freshour

    general manager, Steve Lake director of ticket sales, Ronnie Roughton director of merchandise, Shannon Armstrong ticket representative, Jessica Cable office manager, Corrine Coats executive assistant, marketing/creative services, and Justin Fahsbender operations assistant.



    Melissa Vittone was hired as an account coordinator for Lammi Sports Management Inc. in Milwaukee.

    Rick Devero was hired as director of premier accounts for Keystone Marketing Co. and will be based in Clemmons, N.C.


    Eric Olsavsky was promoted to senior manager of TeamWork Consulting Inc. and TeamWork Online LLC based in Shaker Heights, Ohio.




    Robert Earl Wells was hired to help lead the marketing and promotions of videos and brands at Redline Entertainment Inc.

    Scott Ferrall was hired as part-time talk show host for WQAM-AM in Miami.

    Victory Sports LLC named Laura Day vice president of corporate partnerships and Rick Abbott vice president of programming and production.

    Ed Berliner was named host of "Sports Pulse" for CN8 The Comcast Network in New England.


    Dr. Joel Fish was hired as team sport psychologist for the

    Philadelphia Charge of the Women's United Soccer Association.

    David Wright was promoted to director of fan development for Major League Soccer based in New York.




    John Allan was hired as national sales manager for QLink Golf, a division of Clarus Products International in San Rafael, Calif.

    Angus Moir was named global business director of Wilson Golf.

    John Holst was promoted to Eastern regional sales manager at Wilson Golf & Racquet Sports.

    Ecco Golf Footwear appointed five account executives to sales territories: Rob Nicholson for Northern California, John Lyman for Southern California, John Karp for Indiana, Kevin Burnett for Washington and Oregon, and Lori Ruediger for Mississippi.


    Kate Rummer was promoted to vice president of operations for the San Diego International Sports Council.

    Brandon Tosti was hired as director of membership and marketing for the new Metro Denver Sports Commission.

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