MLB hired Lorraine DelliCarpini to handle public relations for MLB Network and MLB Productions. DelliCarpini was with Edelman Public Relations.

Ted Spencer retired as vice president and chief curator of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.


Phoenix Suns director of digital media and research Amy Martin left the team to start her own digital-brand consultancy.


Drexel University’s Steinbright Career Development Center named Mark Gress Jr., co-op coordinator for business administration and sports management. Gress is senior executive recruiter for Turnkey Sports and Entertainment.

Delaware State University named Derek Carter athletic director. Carter was athletic director and a sports management instructor at Bowie State.

The NCAA named Payton Williams assistant director of academics and membership services.

Dave Maggard will retire as University of Houston athletic director, effective May 11.


Delaware North Cos. Sportservice promoted Kevin Austin to vice president of operations for the Eastern region of the U.S. and Joe Sims to vice president of operations for the Western region of the U.S.

Global Spectrum promoted Ryan MacIvor to general manager of the EnCana Events Centre in Dawson Creek, British Columbia.

The John McCourt Co. named Geoffrey Wharton president, responsible for concluding the entitlement process and overseeing construction of the Next 50 plan that preserves and enhances Dodgers Stadium.

Madison Square Garden named Haim Hershkovitz senior vice president of construction. Hershkovitz was senior vice president of construction for El-Ad Properties.


The Liberty Bowl named Kevin Kane president, Mike Longo chairman, Willie Gregory vice president, Patricia Shannon secretary, and Ray Pohlman treasurer.

The Buffalo Bills named Bruce Popko senior vice president of business development. Popko was senior vice president at IMG overseeing golf events, clients and governing bodies.

Vicki Vannieuwenhoven resigned as Green Bay Packers vice president of finance.


The Duramed Futures Tour named Joely Pique manager of communications. Pique was corporate marketing manager for Hard Rock International.


The Phoenix Coyotes hired Jennifer Hansen as corporate partnerships account executive.

The Eastern Professional Hockey League named Curtis Russell president, replacing Tim Kolpien who stepped down. Russell was co-owner and president of the EPHL’s Jersey Rockhoppers.

The Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League named Jamie Spencer executive vice president of business operations. Spencer is also vice president of customer sales and service for the Minnesota Wild.


Haynes and Boone named Ed Schauder head of its sports and entertainment law group.


Just Marketing International named Deanette Bannister human resources administrator, Erin Hunter director of partnership development and Dennis Vervynckt account manager.

Adam Nisenson launched The Captive Group, a sports and sponsorship marketing group. Nisenson was owner and director of strategy for Active Imagination.

Peritus launched an equine marketing division and named Lisa Sheehy director of equine marketing.

Momentum Worldwide promoted Jeffrey Rothlein to vice president and director of business leadership on the American Express account, and hired Daniel Chu as senior vice president and executive creative director and Craig Treankler as vice president of growth and development for North America.

Situ8 named Erik McKinney vice president, Emily Gifford talent director, and Erick Hernandez account executive.


Fox Sports Detroit named Marcia Holland Turner general sales manager. Turner was senior sales director for Detroit Newspapers.

Tennis Life Magazine named Peter Francesconi editor.

XOS Digital named Brian Philo director of digital sales for the West, Brian Liebler director of digital sales for the Northeast and Todd Foster director of digital sales for the Midwest region.

Nielsen Sports Senior Vice President Barbara Zidovsky is leaving the company after 30 years.


Dale Earnhardt Inc. named Jeff Steiner executive vice president and general manager of DEI, the Dale Earnhardt Foundation and special initiatives relating to Earnhardt properties, and Chad Warpula executive vice president and general counsel.

Multiteam Companies

Madison Square Garden hired Rodnell Workman as vice president of strategic partnerships. Workman was marketing manager for the New York Giants.


The Vancouver Organizing Committee named Dave Pierce music director and Jean Grand-Maître choreographer for opening and closing ceremonies for the 2010 Winter Games.

Sporting Goods and Apparel

Dick’s Sporting Goods executive vice president and chief merchandising officer Gwendolyn Manto stepped down from her position. The company does not expect to replace her.


The Canadian Cycling Association named Greg Mathieu chief executive officer and secretary general. Mathieu was executive director of the Canadian Amateur Wrestling Association.

ESPN Zone promoted Christine Baum to director of marketing and sales.

Reilly Partners named John Martin managing director in the firm’s Chicago office. Martin was president and chief executive officer of Converge Media.

Awards and Boards

The Manhattanville College Sport Business Management program named the following to its advisory board: Art Berke, Yogi Berra Museum; Jerry Cifarelli, ANC Sports; Jon Samerjan, New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority; Robert Correa, CBS Sports; Tom McGovern, Omnicom Media Group; Harlan Stone, U.S. Tennis Association; Rod Mergardt, MaxPreps; and university professors Annie Clement, New Mexico; Rhonda Clements, Manhattanville; Bernie Kish, Kansas; and Marc Edelman, Barry University School of Law. Manhattanville also named Vince Gennaro executive director of its new Sports Analytic Institute.

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