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Published February 28, 2005
The Seattle Sonics and Storm appointed Valerie O’Neil president of the Sonics and Storm T.E.A.M. Foundation. O’Neil is also senior director of public and community relations for the Sonics and Storm.
USA Basketball hired Ellis Dawson and William “B.J.” Johnson as managers of competitive programs. Dawson most recently worked for the Orlando Magic as a scouting coordinator.
The Frederick (Md.) Keys of the Class A Carolina League hired Robert Finn as box office manager. Finn was the box office assistant with the Bowie (Md.) Baysox.
Kevin Druckenbrod joined Lowe’s Motor Speedway as a communications specialist. Druckenbrod was an Internet producer for Clear Channel Charlotte.
KemperSports Management named Chris Schwartz regional sales and marketing director for the company’s Midwest golf course portfolio. Schwartz was group sales and marketing manager for several of KemperSports’ Mid-Atlantic golf properties.
Global Spectrum named Janie Guest marketing manager of the American Royal Complex, and Bob Kehm was hired as marketing coordinator. Guest held a similar position at the Overland Park Convention Center.
The Seattle Seahawks hired Mike Reinfeldt as a consultant.
The Cleveland Browns named Bill Rees director of player personnel. Rees was director of player personnel for the San Francisco 49ers.
Ron George was hired by the NFL Players Association as director of the NFLPA Financial Advisors Program. George was director of player development for the San Diego Chargers.
Career Sports & Entertainment Inc. added Bonnie Parker and Carrie Emert as event managers. Parker was an account manager with RMI/Atlanta, and Emert was licensing representative to the Big 12 Conference for the Collegiate Licensing Co.
Fox Sports Net Rocky Mountain hired Darian Boyle as a reporter on the “Rocky Mountain Sports Report” and other ancillary programs.
ESPN named Michael Mulone director of the Great Outdoor Games. Mulone was sports and tourism marketing manager at the Charlotte County (Fla.) Visitor’s Bureau.
Chase Griffin was named director of marketing/sales at South Boston (Va.) Speedway.
Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill., hired Jason Dukes, former account executive of series operations for NASCAR, as business development manager.
Madison Square Garden promoted Rob Scolaro to vice president of sponsorships for the New York Knicks and New York Rangers. Scolaro was previously director, marketing partnerships.
AWARDS AND BOARDS
Fred Ridley was elected to serve a second one-year term as president of the United States Golf Association.
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