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  • Galvin's time in the 40 proves fast enough for the ticket industry

    Name: Michael Galvin
    Age: 39
    New title: CFO,
    Previous job: Vice president of finance, BEA Systems
    First job: Busboy
    Education: Bachelor of arts in economics (1987), University of Notre Dame; master’s in business administration (1992), The Anderson School, UCLA
    Resides: San Francisco Bay area
    Grew up: Orange County, Calif.
    Favorite vacation spot: Sierra Nevada
    Last book read: “The Da Vinci Code” by Dan Brown
    Last movie seen: “The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie”
    Favorite type of music: All types

    Michael Galvin recently took a ticket to become the first-ever chief financial officer at secondary ticketing company

    Galvin’s responsibilities include the finance, treasury, accounting, human resources, facilities, legal and risk management areas of the business.

    Recently, Galvin discussed the newly created position and his fit at the company, saying Stubhub’s growth has brought it to a stage where it needs the infrastructure and financial guidance that a CFO can bring.

    What is the biggest challenge in your new position?
    I think in a high-growth company, prioritizing which [general and administrative] projects and resources facilitate revenue growth and customer satisfaction, while maintaining strong internal controls. Then get out of the way; there’s not room or time for anything else.

    What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?
    Having three boys.

    What is your biggest professional accomplishment?
    Realizing the value of the combination of financial expertise and business partnership skills.

    What is your biggest professional disappointment?
    That running a 40-yard dash in 5.2 seconds wasn’t fast enough.

    What is your career advice?
    Find something you really love, or at worst don’t dislike. Then, do it very well, then play sports.

    What one story are you continuing to watch in the sports business?
    The economics of college sports. Particularly its impact on the role of the athletic director.

    What element would you like to change about the sports industry?
    The large-scale movement of players between teams. As a fan base, it’s very tough to feel real loyalty to constantly changing rosters.

  • People

    The Stockton (Calif.) Ports of the Class A California League hired Nikki Pruett as director of group sales, David Nielsen as group account executive and David Espinoza as a ticket account executive.

    Maloof Sports and Entertainment, owner of the Sacramento Kings and Monarchs, hired Katie Flanigan as an account executive.


    Finkel (left), Coker
    Global Spectrum named Nate Finkel director of sales and marketing for the Mullins Center at the University of Massachusetts and Abey Coker marketing manager for the Colonial Center at the University of South Carolina.

    Office Depot Center promoted Jeff Campol to vice president/general manager of Incredible Ice, the Florida Panthers’ practice facility.

    American Seating named Steven Dahlquist vice president of sales and marketing.



    The Amarillo (Texas) Gorillas of the Central Hockey League hired Darren McLean as director of business operations. Previously McLean worked as an assistant general manager with the Fayetteville (N.C.) FireAntz.

    Churchill Downs appointed Stacey Meier director of marketing. Meier most recently served as director of marketing for the Churchill Downs Simulcast Network.

    The Hutt Sports Group promoted J.P. Holland to executive vice president and chief operating officer. Holland was previously

    vice president, business development.

    Warschawski hired Chris Daley as a junior associate.

    Comcast SportsNet promoted Tom Stathakes to senior vice president of programming/senior executive producer and Bob Ayars to senior vice president of technical operations.

    Fox Sports Net Midwest named Joel Goldberg, former sports reporter and anchor at KTVI-TV in St. Louis, as a reporter on the “Midwest Sports Report.”

    ESPN The Magazine named Perry van der Meer managing editor and Catriona Ni Aolain photography director. Van der Meer was managing editor of Tracks, and Ni Aolain was director of photography at Premiere.

    Peter Morrice joined Golf Digest as a senior editor.

    Sportvision Inc. hired John LaCroix as art director and Jonathan Corl as coordinating producer.

    The Los Angeles Galaxy promoted Tom Payne from director of business development to vice president of programming and business development, and hired Blake Linney and Juan Pinzon as account executives.

    The Milwaukee Wave of the Major Indoor Soccer League hired Jenny Gryniewicz as director of ticket sales and Stacy Hinze as director of public and media relations. Krista Momsen was named director of marketing and game operations, Molly Rosera director of marketing services and Web site development, and Nichole Scott director of community relations.

    Richard Paysor was named general manager of RWI Racing.

    New Balance promoted Fran Allen to executive vice president of sales for the United States and Canada and Joe Preston to vice president of international.

    The National Sports Forum promoted Dave Mullins to senior director and Jonathan Raymond to coordinator, and hired Bryan Banner as director of business development.

    Jerry Walker, president and owner of the Class A Salem-Keizer (Ore.) Volcanoes, was elected an officer of the Northwest League of Professional Baseball Clubs.

    Comcast-Spectacor Chairman Ed Snider won the 2005 Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce William Penn Award.

    The U.S. Tennis Association named 2005-06 officers for its board of directors: Franklin Johnson, chairman of the board and president; Jane Brown Grimes, first vice president; Lucy Garvin, vice president; Gordon Smith, vice president; and James Chaffin, secretary-treasurer.

    Marcia Luigs was elected chairman of the U.S. Golf Association Women’s Committee for 2005. Roberta Bolduc was elected first vice chairman and Barbara Douglas second vice chairman.

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