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The Houston Astros promoted Bobby Heck to assistant general manager for scouting and named David Gottfried assistant general manager for player relations.
The Philadelphia Phillies promoted Ruben Amaro Jr. senior vice president and general manager.
The Pittsburgh Pirates hired Jim Benedict as a special assistant to the general manager. Benedict was a major league scout for the Cleveland Indians.
The Washington Nationals promoted Adam Cromie to assistant director of baseball operations, Erick Dalton to coordinator of advanced scouting and video, Kris Kline to assistant director of scouting and national crosschecker, Brian Parker to director of baseball operations and Ryan Thomas to coordinator of minor league operations. The team named Pat Corrales a special consultant to the general manager and Devon White a special assistant in player development.
The Class AAA Pacific Coast League’s Fresno (Calif.) Grizzlies promoted Scott Carter to senior vice president of marketing, Garrett Fahrmann to senior vice president operations, Shaun Northup to vice president of tickets and Josh Phanco to vice president of corporate sales. Executive vice president Andrew Stuebner added the title of general manager.
The Class AAA Pacific Coast League’s Omaha (Neb.) Royals promoted Paul Hammes ticket operations manager and James Jensen to ticket sales executive, and hired Dave Endress as director of ticketing and Diann Spataro as a corporate sales executive.
The independent Atlantic League’s Lancaster (Pa.) Barnstormers promoted Vince Bulik to general manager.
The WNBA’s Seattle Storm hired Jennifer Carroll as public relations manager, Zachary Fraser as director of ticket sales and service, Chauntelle Johnson as community relations senior coordinator and Teresa Wippel as director of communications and community relations.
The Drexel University Sport Management Program hired Sal DeAngelis as an adjunct faculty member. DeAngelis is event operations manager for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Illinois State University promoted Keith Trivitt to assistant media relations director.
Indiana University named Fred Glass athletic director. Glass was a partner in the law firm of Baker & Daniels and was president of the city of Indianapolis’ 2011 Super Bowl Bid Committee.
The Summit League named David Brauer director of media relations. Brauer was associate director of media relations for Northern Illinois University.
Roger Dean Stadium named Noel Ruiz-Castaneda ticket office manager.
Global Spectrum named Troy Flynn the first general manager of the new Spaladium in Split, Croatia. Flynn was assistant general manager of the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, N.J.
Toronto Argonauts Chief Operating Officer Brad Watters stepped down from his position.
National Women’s Football Association founder and Chief Executive Officer Catherine Masters stepped down from her position.
The Tampa Bay Lightning promoted Patrick Duffy senior vice president of sales, Mark Gullett to vice president of marketing and Brad Lott to executive vice president, sales and marketing, and hired John Franzone as vice president of event production and entertainment and Steve Thomas as executive vice president of corporate sales and marketing partnerships.
Churchill Downs promoted Austin Miller to president of Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots in New Orleans, and named Eric Halstrom vice president and general manager of racing at Fair Grounds Race Course. Halstrom was vice president of racing and simulcasting operations at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn.
The New York Racing Association hired Kimberly Justus as director of guest services.
Elite Sports Marketing hired former NBA player Dwayne Schintzius to lead its basketball division.
Arluck Promotions promoted Trevor Joelson to account representative and hired Zoie Springer as marketing manager.
Octagon Marketing North America promoted Cindy Paul to senior vice president of corporate services and Brian Smith to vice president of human resources.
Sports Commissions and Tourism Bureaus
Sports Backers hired Tiffany Sy as sponsorship development manager.
The Butler County (Ohio) Visitors Bureau named Jeffrey John senior sales manager of sports and events. John was sports promotion manager in Stark County, Ohio.
Sporting Goods and Apparel
New Balance hired Alan Hed as executive vice president international. Hed was president of Levi Strauss’ Asia Pacific division.
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Fifteen-year Octagon veteran Jeff Ehrenkranz was recently elevated to senior vice president of the agency’s marketing solutions group. He was previously in charge of the music and entertainment division. Early in his career Ehrenkranz focused on Octagon’s Olympic sponsorship program, working in Tokyo, London, Sydney and Athens offices before returning to the U.S. Ehrenkranz spoke to staff writer Brandon McClung.
New title: Senior vice president, North American Marketing Solutions Group, Octagon
First job: In high school I was a sportswriter for the local newspaper
College education: Bachelor of science, Tufts University (1994); MBA, Columbia University (2007)
Resides: Westport, Conn., with wife Brianne
Grew up: Guilford, Conn.
Executive most admired: Frank Craighill, co-founder, Advantage International
Brand most admired: ESPN
Favorite vacation spot: Colorado
Last book read: “Oil,” by Upton Sinclair
Last movie seen: “21”
Favorite movie: “Tommy Boy”
Favorite musician: U2
What will be the biggest challenge in your new position?
Highlighting the individual specialized services that Octagon can offer to clients and potential clients while looking like one cohesive agency.
What is your biggest professional accomplishment?
Watching and being a part of this company’s growth while maintaining the culture we had the day I started of a small entrepreneurial team-first, client-first agency.
What is the biggest risk you’ve taken in your career?
Moving to Japan three years into the business without a huge support network in Tokyo and a new client that I had not worked with before. It has been by far the most rewarding thing I have done in my career. The skills that I learned and the opportunity to work within a different culture and with people who learn and think differently, I think, have benefited me since the day I landed in Tokyo.
What is one story you are continuing to watch in the sports world today?
How the economy and how the companies and brands that are being most affected — auto industry and financial industry — and how the sports properties are going to evolve and deal with lost revenues from those key categories.
What is the one element you would like to see changed about the sports industry?
To see the industry do a better job providing broad opportunities for people with different experiences, from people coming from different backgrounds. We are still a new industry and by continuing to pull people with diverse backgrounds into sports the industry as a whole will benefit.