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Published January 26, 2009
The Class AA Southern League’s Jacksonville Suns promoted Barbara O’Berry to director of business administration and Chris Peters to director of sponsorship sales and hired Sarah Foster, J.D. Metrie, January Putt and Josh Rudd as administrative assistants.
The Class A South Atlantic League’s Lexington (Ky.) Legends hired Ty Cobb as director of creative services, Keith Elkins as director of broadcasting and media relations, Maura Kennedy and Chris Wohlgamuth as group sales representatives and Justina Wright as a staff accountant.
The Class A Carolina League’s Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Pelicans named Todd Parnell president. Parnell was also named president of the Short-Season Class A New York-Penn League’s State College (Penn.) Spikes. The Spikes also named Chuck Greenberg chairman and managing partner, Jason Dambach general manager, Rick Janac executive vice president and Chris Phillips assistant general manager.
The Class A California League Stockton (Calif.) Ports hired Ethan Bagen as stadium operations manager, Terri Bailey as director of finance, Sam Harold as account executive, Mark Mendes as corporate sponsorship executive, Kyle Osgood as ticket office manager and Kirstin Pratt as media relations manager and promoted Justin Gray to director of marketing.
The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association named Tip Kendall director of membership, exhibition and convention services. Kendall was membership services coordinator at the American Association of Equine Practitioners.
The University of Southern California named Matt Capurro director of football operations. Capurro was assistant to the head coach for the Oakland Raiders.
The Chick-fil-A Bowl promoted Gary Stokan to president and chief executive officer and David Epps to chief operating officer.
The Atlanta Falcons named Les Snead director of pro player personnel.
The Jacksonville Jaguars promoted Gene Smith to general manager and senior vice president of player personnel, Terry McDonough to director of player personnel and Tim Mingey to assistant director of college personnel.
The American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves named Mike Polisky president. Polisky was president and general manager for the Arena Football League’s Chicago Rush.
The American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids (Mich.) Griffins hired Ruth Lobbestael as corporate sales account manager and Scott Bradfield as ticket sales account executive. Both were with the Grand Rapids Rampage.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom hired David Sussman, who will focus on sports and entertainment law. Sussman was operating partner and head of the media, sports and entertainment group with private equity firm the Dellacorte Group.
Exclusive Sports Marketing named Chief Executive Officer and Sales Manager Matt Lorraine race director of the Fort Lauderdale A1A Marathon, replacing Chris Laskey.
Exhibitgroup/Giltspur named Susan Fisher director of new business development. Fisher was senior account director for H.B. Stubbs Cos.
Premier Partnerships promoted Allison Howard to vice president of corporate partnerships and named Jesse Ryback manager of corporate partnerships. Ryback was a sports marketing executive for Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic.
The Class AA Eastern League’s Altoona (Pa.) Curve hired Ron Potesta to join the Curve’s broadcast team. Potesta was the director of broadcasting and media relations for the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx.
Mark Cassis resigned as Kentucky Speedway executive vice president and general manager.
NASCAR named Leslie Maxie manager of communications for East Regional Media Outreach.
MSG Sports named Greg Elliott senior vice president of marketing partnerships. Elliott was vice president of corporate development, premium sales and broadcasting for the Houston Rockets and Toyota Center.
The Colorado Rapids named Paul Bravo technical director. Bravo was director of soccer for the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Sporting Goods and Apparel
New Balance named Chris Quinn executive vice president of North American sales, Trevor Masson general manager of Canada and Lorrie Owen-Turner general manager of hockey for New Balance-owned Warrior Sports.
Suunto North America hired Nate Randle as director of marketing. Randle was senior manager for integrated marketing at Callaway Golf Co.
Aetrex Worldwide named Sigurd Lee director of sales/athletic channel. Lee was director of national sales development and regional sales manager for Nike.
Easton Hockey named Tom Maher vice president of U.S. hockey sales and Rob Connerty regional sales manager of U.S. hockey sales.
Icebreaker hired Barry Schrimsher as vice president of USA sales. Schrimsher was U.S. sales and national accounts manager for Crocs Footwear.
Reebok Global public relations manager Mandy Murphy is leaving the company as a result of recent layoffs.
Awards and Boards
The World Golf Foundation named Peter Dawson chair for 2009.
The city of Sunrise, Fla., presented Sunrise Sports and Entertainment with the Sunrise Business Leadership Award.
The LPGA named Rae Evans as chair of the Commissioner’s Advisory Council. Named to the council were Peter Derby, Kathy Hubbard, Kim Hume, Bill Imada, John Keyser, Herb Lotman, Susan Morse, Gary Smith, Annika Sorenstam and Mark Woodward.
Entertainment production company Running Subway named Kenneth Munoz chairman of the board. Munoz is a partner at SCP Worldwide.
The International Olympic Committee named Gian-Franco Kasper coordination commission chair for the inaugural 2012 Winter Youth Games in Innsbruck, Austria. Kasper is president of the International Ski Federation.
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