SBJ/February 13 - 19, 2006/Careerspeople


Little League Baseball hired David Houseknecht as chief financial officer. Houseknecht was senior director of finance and operations for Geisinger Diversified Services.

The Frederick (Md.) Keys of the Class A Carolina League hired Brandan Kaiser as group events coordinator. Kaiser was mascot coordinator and marketing assistant for the Bowie (Md.) Baysox.

The Jacksonville Suns of the Class AA Southern League promoted Peter Bragan Jr. to president and Kirk Goodman to general manager.

Perugini Alfano
The New Jersey Nets promoted Eric Perugini and John Alfano to directors of partnership marketing.

The Seattle SuperSonics and Storm promoted Kevin Kepler to suite service coordinator and named Kurt Fedders public relations manager. Fedders was public relations assistant for the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets.

SMG named Alexis Zangari banquet manager for Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Fla., home of the Florida Seals of the Southern Professional Hockey League and the Osceola Outlaws of the National Indoor Football League.

Atlanta Motor Speedway promoted Brandon Hutchison to vice president of events, Greg Walter to vice president of sales and Greg Harvey to senior sponsorship manager.

Comcast SportsNet promoted April Carty-Sipp to vice president of creative services.

Global Spectrum named Daniel Rubino director of projects. Rubino previously worked for Centerplate.

Palace Sports and Entertainment promoted Lisa Tincher and James Rhodes to security managers.

SMG hired Joanna Armandi as public relations and sales coordinator. She worked at Penn State Sports Properties.

Staples Center promoted Christy Castillo to vice president of booking and event services, Sam Kropp to vice president of facility operations, Laura Geery to senior director of telecommunications, Ignacio Guerra to senior director of parking, Jen Hanscom to director of event services, Barry Stanford to director of facility security and Gary Hamamoto to director of event security.

The Arizona Super Bowl XLII Host Committee hired Erin Brin as operations and logistics manager. Brin was an account manager for the NFL’s Corporate Hospitality Village and an event planner for Schneider-Yates & Associates.

The AFL’s Grand Rapids (Mich.) Rampage named Rick Berkey director of broadcasting. Berkey is the founder of Sportsplay, a company that produces local sports broadcasts.

Burson-Marsteller hired Chris O’Neill as chairman of the U.S. brand marketing practice. O’Neill was director of worldwide communications and marketing for Octagon.

Chip Hutchinson has formed his own company, Insider Sports Marketing, and will serve as president. Hutchinson was director of corporate sales for the Durham (N.C.) Bulls.

Licensing Partners International named Tobey Roush senior director of licensing. Roush was director of sales and licensing for Churchill Downs Inc.

Entercom Boston named Bill Alfano director of marketing. Alfano was director of marketing for Clear Channel Radio in Dallas.

ISP Sports promoted Rick Barakat to general manager of its Virginia Tech office. Barakat replaced Mike Wolfert, who was named to the new position of vice president and conference relationship manager with the Atlantic Coast Conference for ISP.

Viacom Sports promoted Christian Lewis to general manager of Cardinal Sports Properties, the exclusive marketing and multimedia rights partner of Stanford University athletics, and Amy Potter to general manager of Wildcat Sports Marketing, the corporate marketing arm of Northwestern University athletics.

ESPN named Geoff Reiss senior vice president, programming, for ESPN Original Entertainment and Rick Alessandri senior vice president, consumer products

Westwood One named Peter Kosann president and chief executive officer and to its board of directors.

Ajax America named Scott Brody general manager.

Sporting Goods and Apparel
Schutt Sports named Gary Niland vice president of sales and Shannon Palmer chief financial officer. Niland was president of Gary Niland and Associates, and Palmer was chief financial officer for Copperfield Chimney Supply.

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