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The Chicago Fire named Becky Carroll vice president of communications, Mike Humes senior vice president of sales and marketing and Scott Malaga vice president of corporate partnerships.
Sporting Goods and Apparel
Crocs named John Duerden president and chief executive officer, replacing Ron Snyder, who is retiring. Duerden was a consultant for Chrysallis Group.
Virginia Bunte resigned as Golfsmith International senior vice president and chief financial officer.
PureSport named Brendan Hansen director of training and performance.
Sports Commissions and Tourism Boards
The Greater Springfield (Mo.) Area Sports Commission hired Bobbi Box as executive director. Box will retain her current responsibilities as sports sales manager for the Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The Miami-Dade Sports Commission appointed nine new members to its board of directors: Bob Beamon, Lance Benson, Laura Courtley-Todd, Andre Dawson, Nizam Ishmael, Barry Kates, Claudio Pico, Tony Segreto and Emilio Vazquez.
The U.S. Tennis Association named Hugo Armando coach of the player development program in Boca Raton, Fla.
The U.S. Tennis Association named Tracy Austin special consultant for player development.
Ludus Sports, an external sponsorship agency and licensed travel agency, promoted Ann Lanari to chief operating officer.
The National Alliance for Youth Sports named Sandy Kelchner chapter development specialist.
Awards and Boards
The NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee named Jane Meyer chair for the 2009-10 academic year. Meyer is senior associate athletic director at the University of Iowa.
The Orange Bowl Committee named Phillis Oeters president and chair.
USA Track and Field named to its board of directors Willie Banks, Dr. Evie Dennis, Steve Holman, Kim Haines, Elizabeth Phillips, Steve Miller, Max Siegel, Kenneth Taylor, Jack Wickens, Phillip Dunn, Deena Kastor and Aretha Hill Thurmond.
The Class AAA International League’s Indianapolis Indians named Red Wings and Tigers senior vice president Jim Devellano to their board of directors.
Action sports company Orange 21 named Seth Hamot to its board of directors.
The Environmental Institute for Golf named Greg Norman advisory council chair. Agrium Advanced Technologies’ Bill Boycott and GlenArbor Golf Club’s Morgan Gregory will join the advisory council.
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Building something from the ground up is part of Bill Lively’s DNA. From his years as athletic director at Southern Methodist University to president and chief executive office of the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts to consultant for the new Baylor Cancer Center, Lively finds the challenge exhilarating in entrepreneurial environments. His new thrill is preparing the state where everything is bigger for the biggest Super Bowl in history as president and chief executive officer of the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee. He spoke to staff writer Theresa Manahan.
New title: President and chief executive officer, North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee
Previous title: President and chief executive officer, Dallas Center for the Performing Arts
First job: Stock boy for M.E. Moses, a five-and-dime in Oak Cliff, Dallas
College education: Bachelor’s degree in music, Southern Methodist University; master’s in education, University of North Texas
Executive most admired: Stanley Marcus of Neiman Marcus
Brand most admired: Lexus
Favorite vacation spot: Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado
Last book read: “1776,” by David McCullough
Favorite movie: “Patton”
Favorite musician: Yo-Yo Ma
What will be the biggest challenge in your new position?
Making certain that this Super Bowl, from all perspectives, is a regional project and that it really is touching the lives of families and companies and organizations throughout Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant counties.
What is the biggest risk you’ve taken in your career?
The undertaking to build the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts was an enormous risk that lots of people and I took in the fall of 2000 because we had to raise over $300 million to build something that never existed in this part of the country.
What is your biggest professional disappointment?
That my quarterbacking skills in high school did not qualify me to play for the Dallas Cowboys. My limited ability as a quarterback, and how disappointed I was I couldn’t be as good as Troy Aikman is.
What career advice do you have for people wanting into the sports industry?
You want to be strategic. You want to have patience. You want to learn. You want to do the very best you can. Don’t be too fast in your expectations for promotions and recognition.
What is one story you are continuing to watch in the sports world today?
I’m intrigued with college football and the continuing saga to have or not have a playoff system. I think that is an issue that doesn’t affect the world dramatically but is intriguing to those of us who enjoy college football.