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Published May 9, 2005
The Detroit Tigers hired Connor Thinnes as suite sales and service account executive. Thinnes was a business account executive for the Florida Panthers.
Arizona State University named Lisa Love vice president for university athletics. Love was senior associate athletic director at the University of Southern California.
Sports Resorts International Inc. named Rodney Wolter general manager of the Brainerd (Minn.) International Raceway and Resort.
The Pacific Life Holiday Bowl named Toni Herrera coordinator of the newly licensed San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. Herrera was a sponsorship intern for the Holiday Bowl in 2004.
Seth Abraham started his own marketing company, Starship SA. Abraham was president of Madison Square Garden/Radio City Entertainment.
Strategic Sports Group hired Michael O’Brien as business development manager. O’Brien was senior director of business development for Cellbucks Payment Networks.
Bass/ESPN Outdoors named Kathy Kopacz associate director of promotional content. Kopacz owned a consulting business.
Sporting News Radio hired John Coulter as executive vice president of sales and Paul Talbot as vice president of sales. Coulter was president of Accelerated Connections and senior vice president with America Online’s interactive marketing division, and Talbot was national director of sales with America Online.
WireImage hired Justin Weiss as vice president of sales and operations
for North America.
Golf Magazine promoted Ron Mulliken to advertising director.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation promoted Christopher Dolnack to senior vice president from managing director of program development.
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation named Wendy Evrard Lane and Kipp Nelson trustees.
Capital District Sports Inc. hired Joe Hennessy as vice president of sales for the Albany (N.Y.) River Rats of the American Hockey League and the Albany Conquest of Arena Football 2. Hennessy was GM of the AFL’s Philadelphia Soul.
Awards and Boards
The Canadian Football League named Tom Robinson chairman of its board of governors.
Florida Citrus Sports named Dick Rivera chairman of the board, George Nahas president for 2005-06 and Tony Marin president for 2006-07. Elected to its executive committee were Ford Kiene, Drew Madsen and Cathy Weeden.
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