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Evan Kamer recently joined Octagon after seven years with the NFL. While at the league, Kamer managed the league’s digital-media business, brokering landmark deals with AOL, Sirius Satellite Radio and Sprint. Kamer, a founding member of About.com, has more than 12 years of digital-media experience. He spoke recently to staff writer Scott Voelker.
New title: Managing director of digital media, Octagon
Previous job: Senior director of new media, NFL
First job: Cabana boy at El Dorado Beach Club in New Rochelle, N.Y.
College education: Bachelor of science, management information systems, SUNY-Albany; MBA in marketing and international business, NYU Stern School of Business
Resides: Rye, N.Y., with wife Gail and children Michael, Cameron, and Sophie
Grew up: New Rochelle
Brand most admired: Apple — they stay true to the brand and to their customers
Favorite vacation spot: Tuscany, Italy
Last book read: “The Tortilla Curtain,” by T.C. Boyle
Last movie seen: “Cars,” with my children
Favorite musical act: Phish
What will be the biggest challenge in your new position?
I think it’s going to be helping our corporate clients think differently and more confidently about their digital marketing.
What is the biggest risk you’ve taken in your career?
The biggest risk, definitely, was when I left my job for an Internet startup back in 1996. This was sort of pre-Internet boom — ’96 was really early — but I left Prodigy, where I was working, and with a couple of my friends, we started About.com.
What is your biggest professional accomplishment?
Building the value of the digital-media assets for the NFL was a big accomplishment, and that was everything through Internet and broadband — the AOL deal, the Sirius Satellite Radio deal … and then ultimately the Sprint deal we did last summer. They’d never been done before, and it was sort of defining a value on something that had no value before it.
What career advice do you have for people wanting into this industry?
What I would say is, “Practice what you preach.” Don’t discount the fact that you are also, if you’re in the digital-media area, a consumer — you are a user. Take your experience and knowledge to your job.
What is one story you are continuing to watch in sports today?
The new commissionership — that’s a big one. I’m also watching closely the satellite radio space with all the discussion about XM and Sirius possibly merging or buying each other — that would be very interesting. The other thing is the evolution of fantasy sports.
The San Diego Padres named Paul DePodesta special assistant for baseball operations. DePodesta was executive vice president and general manager for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Boise (Idaho) Hawks of the Class A Northwest League hired Pete Korstad as a sales account executive.
The Stockton (Calif.) Ports of the Class A California League and 7th Inning Stretch LLC named Pat Filippone president. Filippone was chief executive officer of the Fresno (Calif.) Grizzlies.
The NBA promoted Ski Austin to executive vice president of events and attractions; Rick Buchanan to executive vice president and general counsel; Stu Jackson to executive vice president of basketball operations; Bill Koenig to executive vice president of business affairs and general counsel, NBA Entertainment; Sal LaRocca to executive vice president of global merchandising group; Harvey Benjamin to executive counsel, business and finance; Steve Herbst to senior vice president of broadcasting and general manager, NBA TV; and Danny Meiseles to senior vice president of production and programming, NBA Entertainment, and named John Apostolidis senior director of merchandising-retail group.
The Orlando Magic promoted Joel Glass to vice president of communications, Murray Cohn to senior director of ticket sales, Paul Moletteire to director of fan relations, Bill Mauger to assistant director of fan relations, Jane Mackey to assistant controller, Nina Kovach to senior payroll specialist, Jennifer Lenhart-Belawski to broadcast services manager, Dante Marchitelli to radio manager and Cheryl Alli to project manager.
The Sacramento Kings and Monarchs named Kaci Alexander partner business manager for strategic alliances.
The Toronto Raptors named Maurizio Gherardini vice president and assistant general manager and Marc Eversley director of basketball operations. Gherardini was general manager of the Benetton Treviso basketball club in Italy, and Eversley was player relationship manager for Nike.
The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics named Lee McElroy of the University at Albany president. The organization also named Kevin White of Notre Dame first vice president, Joan Cronan of Tennessee second vice president, Randy Spetman of Utah State third vice president and David Stair of Evangel secretary.
The Atlantic Coast Conference promoted Jason Leturmy to associate director of media relations and hired Lindsey Rogers as associate director of media relations. Rogers was assistant director of media relations for Conference USA.
Rice University named Chris Del Conte director of athletics. Del Conte was senior associate athletics director at the University of Arizona.
Sporting Goods and Apparel
Easton-Bell Sports named Dan Jelinek president of the team sports division, Jackie Werblo senior vice president of human resources and Ken Waltrip vice president of manufacturing. Easton Sports named Matt Arndt senior vice president of baseball and softball, Ned Goldsmith senior vice president of hockey, Geoff Sadowy senior vice president and chief operating officer of Easton Sports Canada, Mark Talarico vice president of USA baseball sales and Mark Kuryak vice president of USA hockey sales. Riddell Sports promoted Tom Klepek to senior vice president and named Mike Zlaket senior vice president.
The Greg Norman Collection named Eddie Fadel vice president of merchandising. Fadel was director of merchandising for Ahead.
Sunrise Sports & Entertainment promoted Jarrett Nasca to vice president of corporate marketing, Pedro Goncalves to senior vice president of corporate marketing and new business development, Jason McDonough to director of suite sales and service, Ryan Bringger to director of inside sales, Mike Ragan to director of new business development and Ryan McCoy to director of premium seating.
The Maricopa County (Ariz.) Sports Commission named Michael Benson executive director. Benson is the founder of SponsorIQ.
Maloof Sports and Entertainment hired Jeff Sawyer as an account executive.
Exposoft Solutions hired Greg O’Halloran as an account executive for its sports and sponsorship sales team. O’Halloran was director of development at De La Salle College in Toronto.
The Florida Sports Foundation named Ginger Lindsey director of operations and programs. Lindsey was sports marketing director of the Gwinnett Sports Commission.
Awards and Boards
The Outback Bowl board of directors named Steve Schember chairman, Bernie O’Brien vice chairman; Gwen Mitchell vice chairwoman of Hillsborough County; Mitchell Shriber vice chairman of Pinellas County, Mike Sugar secretary and Glen Shamblen treasurer.
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