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The Cincinnati Reds hired Jerry Walker as special assistant for player personnel to president of baseball operations and general manager Walt Jocketty. Walker was vice president of player personnel for the St. Louis Cardinals.
The San Francisco Giants hired Jackson Wan as system administrator.
The Detroit Tigers named Ron Colangelo vice president of communications. Colangelo was managing director for Global Network Communications.
The Indiana Pacers named Sam Perkins vice president of player relations.
The Milwaukee Bucks named Billy McKinney director of scouting. McKinney was a radio analyst for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Russ Bookbinder resigned from his position as Spurs Sports & Entertainment executive vice president of business operations.
The NCAA named Gene McArtor national coordinator for baseball umpires. McArtor was a longtime baseball coach and athletic department administrator at the University of Missouri.
The Citadel named Larry Leckonby athletic director. Leckonby was senior associate athletic director and chief financial officer for the University of Maryland.
Wright State University promoted Bob Grant to athletic director.
Chuck Steedman was named senior vice president and general manager for Northland AEG’s future operations in Hartford, Conn., which includes management of the XL Center and Rentschler Field, and business operations of the American Hockey League’s Hartford Wolf Pack. Steedman was executive vice president of Fenway Sports Group and vice president of Fenway enterprises and broadcasting for the Boston Red Sox.
The Scottrade Center named Marty Brooks general manager.
The Miami Dolphins named John Clark vice president of sponsorship sales and service, Dick Haley a player personnel analyst and Chris Shea personnel coordinator.
The Philadelphia Eagles promoted Jon Sandusky to director of pro personnel.
Billy Casper Golf promoted Jered Wieland to Midwest regional vice president, Aaron Czajka to Midwest regional manager and Paul Taggart to New Jersey regional manager.
KemperSports promoted Laura Cray to national food and beverage director and Adrienne Flentge to national director of vendor partnerships, and hired Richard Carter as Southeastern regional operations director.
The Chicago Blackhawks named Mark Bernard general manager of minor league affiliates. Bernard is vice president and assistant general manager of the American Hockey League’s Norfolk (Va.) Admirals.
The American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids (Mich.) Griffins promoted Matt Batchelder to director of ticket sales, John Hoffa to group sales manager and Rich Meyers to director of game operations. Kevin Curnow was hired as marketing and season-ticket account manager.
The American Hockey League’s Quad City Flames hired Michael Weindruch as director of corporate sales. Weindruch was vice president of sales and marketing for the Class A Midwest League’s Quad Cities River Bandits.
Connie Kowal, president of the National Lacrosse League’s Chicago Shamrox, will not return to the team next season.
Marketing Werks promoted Leela Sullivan and Andrew Connell to senior directors of client service, Chris Hartweg and Julie Schweigert to directors of client service and Brian Balok to associate director. The company hired Cindy Kosydor as associate director of public relations and Diana Lopez-Obalda as a group account manager
Octagon named Matt Neidl group director of its multicultural marketing division. Neidl was director of experiential marketing for Latinsphere Experiential.
Rose Allyn promoted Julia Diament to operations director and account manager, and hired Melissa Rein as director of public relations.
Precision Sports Entertainment hired Ryan Nixon as a manager of sponsorship sales and consultation and Gina Solimando as an account manager.
Velocity Sports & Entertainment promoted Brennan Adams to manager in the alliances division, Tom Hendry to senior manager in the customer entertainment group, Dayna Winslette to manager in the consulting division, and Arleen Zulawski to senior manager in the consulting division. Trey Walters was hired as a manager in the consulting division.
Strategic promoted Ali Bennett to account executive.
The Associated Press named John Affleck sports enterprise editor and Simon Haydon international sports editor. Affleck will be based in New York, and Haydon will be based in London.
Keith Ritter, former head of NHL Interactive CyberEnterprises, formed his own consulting firm, Keith Ritter Media.
Rodale promoted Steve Madden to vice president and editorial director of Rodale International and Loren Mooney to editor-in-chief of Bicycling.
Sherdog.com named Brad McCray executive editor and Loretta Hunt news editor.
Transworld Media promoted Durkin Guthrie to Western region advertising director.
Boston Ventures and Petty Enterprises named Barry Baker chairman, Richard Petty chairman emeritus and David Zucker chief executive officer.
Las Vegas Motor Speedway promoted Chris Powell to president and general manager.
USA Boxing promoted Michelle Nadeau to broadcast and digital manager.
Sporting Goods and Apparel
Prince named David Malinowski global product manager for strings, grips and machines.
Wilson Golf named as sales representatives Scott Bolmeier (Iowa and Nebraska), Mark Butterworth (Connecticut and Massachusetts), Al Fiscus (Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi), Chris Frey (Ohio), Mike Hanschke (Wisconsin), Art Jakovics (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.), Tom Richardson (Indiana), Robert Schultze (Northern California), Brian Sparrow (North Carolina) and Rob Spencer (Kentucky and Tennessee).
Sports Commissions and Tourism Boards
Washington, D.C., Mayor Adrian Fenty named Erik Moses chief executive officer of the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission. Moses replaces Greg O’Dell, who was named chief executive officer and general manager of the Washington Convention Center Authority.
The Sony Ericsson WTA Tour hired Scott MacLeod as senior vice president of business development. MacLeod was principal and founder of Force10 Marketing.
The Muhammad Ali Center hired Gregory Roberts as president and chief executive officer. Roberts was president and chief executive officer of the D.C. Children and Youth Investment Trust Corp.
Affliction Entertainment named Michael Cohen chief operating officer.
The International Alliance for Youth Sports named Arturo Sanchez-Alvarez Latin America regional representative.
United States Masters Swimming hired Rob Butcher as executive director. Butcher was chief marketing officer for the World Racing Group.
Awards and Boards
The Environmental Institute for Golf named Steven Fisher, chairman and chief executive officer, Plaza Construction Corp., to its Advisory Council.
The National Association of Sports Commissions named Tara Green secretary, and named to the board of directors Joel Everts, Greater Green Bay; John McCasey, Sacramento; Mary Lee Malmberg, Cedar Rapids (Iowa); Kathy Siford, Grand Geneva Resort; Tammy Stout, Greater Augusta (Ga.); Vincent Trinidad, Metropolitan Tucson (Ariz.); and Todd Whalley, Louisiana Society of Association Executives and the Meeting Professionals International Gulf States Chapter.
The National Athletic Trainers’ Association named Marjorie Albohm of Ossur Americas president and Scott Sailor of California State University, Fresno, and Fresno Pacific University to its board of directors. The organization named Northwest Missouri State University trainer Dave Colt and former Atlanta Braves trainer Dave Pursley to its Hall of Fame.
Canada Basketball appointed Tom Anselmi of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, Bryan Colangelo of the Toronto Raptors, Ron Foxcroft of referee-whistle maker Fox 40 Internationaland Jim Hunter to its board of directors. Hunter also becomes director of finance.
Michael Schumacher was named chairman of the newly established Motor Sport Safety Development Fund.
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