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    Baseball

    The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim named Rod Carew an executive representative.

    Colleges

    Auburn University named Scott Carr senior associate athletic director for external affairs. Carr was associate athletic director at the University of Southern Mississippi.

    The Big East Conference named Pamela Flenke and Michael Gambardella communications assistants.

    The Southern Conference promoted Jason Yaman to assistant commissioner for media relations and Brandon Neff to assistant commissioner for championships. The league hired Jamie Severns as director of multimedia services, Caroline Sanker as championships and operations assistant and JoAnne Cannell as media relations assistant.

    Facilities

    Palm Beach International Raceway named Howard Wishner chief communications and marketing officer.

    Pritchard Sports and Entertainment named Misty Ex-Yohannan director of business development. Ex-Yohannan was sales manager for Knight FM.

    Hockey

    The ECHL promoted Joe Ernst to director of officiating and Mike Murray to manager of hockey operations.

    The ECHL’s Kalamazoo (Mich.) Wings promoted Wade Welsh to vice president and general manager, and hired Dan Belisle as vice president of hockey operations.

    The Pittsburgh Penguins named Tom Fitzgerald assistant to the general manager and promoted Dan MacKinnon to director of player personnel.

    The American Hockey League’s Rochester Americans hired Ted Nolan as vice president of hockey operations.

    The AHL’s Texas Stars hired Michael Gonzales as an account executive. Gonzales was ticket director for the CHL New Mexico Scorpions.

    Lacrosse

    The National Lacrosse League’s Edmonton Rush named Derek Keenan general manager and head coach. Keenan was general manager and coach of the Portland LumberJax.

    Law

    Arent Fox named Maidie Oliveau counsel in its Los Angeles office. Oliveau founded the Los Angeles-based firm LawSports.

    Dow Lohnes Sports and Entertainment promoted Robert London II to vice president.

    Marketing

    Just Marketing International hired Scott DuChene as senior director of design services.

    Velocity Sports & Entertainment promoted David Marcello to senior manager and Sam Berg and Jessica Lauer to managers.

    Olympics

    Falcon and Associates named Giselle Davies chief executive officer. Davies was director of communications for the International Olympic Committee. Falcon and Associates is designing a feasibility study for Dubai’s 2020 Olympic bid and the World Expo.

    People news
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  • Spotlight: Steve Raymond

    Steve Raymond’s passion for helping disabled athletes began when a friend was paralyzed in a skiing accident. Since 1996, Raymond has filled his spare time supporting these athletes, most notably being one of the co-founders of SkiTAM, a cable industry fundraiser that benefits the U.S. Adaptive Ski Team and is the single largest source of support for the team. Recently, Raymond was honored with the role of serving as Chef de Mission for the 2010 U.S. Paralympic team. He spoke with staff writer Theresa Manahan about his new role.

    Age: 50
    New title: Chef de Mission of the U.S. team, 2010 Paralympic Winter Games
    Current role: Senior vice president of national accounts for Disney and ESPN Networks
    First job: Mowing lawns
    College education: B.S. in journalism, University of Kansas (1982)
    Resides: Centennial, Colo.
    Grew up: Wichita, Kan.
    Favorite vacation spot: Maui
    Last book read: “Blackwater,” by Jeremy Scahill
    Last movie seen: “The Hangover”
    Favorite movie: “The Great Escape”
    Favorite musician/band: Bruce Springsteen

    What are your roles and responsibilities as chef?
    I look at my role to be the biggest supporter of the team and biggest cheerleader for the events they compete in. The way this role works is it recognizes my support of disabled sports through the years. I show leadership of the teams through attending the events, and I interact with other chefs and delegations and represent the U.S. at those events.

    Have you spoken with any of the former chefs?
    Yes. The previous chef was Tryg Myhren, who is a mentor of mine and a pioneer in the cable business. I have spent some time with him, and I have attended the last two Winter Paralympics.

    Tell me about the difficulties of balancing work at ESPN with your passion for supporting the Paralympics. Has being based in Denver hurt your ability to climb the corporate ladder?
    I travel extensively. I go to Burbank, Bristol, New York and wherever our affiliates are … mainly in the Western part of the country. But Denver has always had a pretty strong connection to corporate offices for our cable affiliates, so I have been able to grow in my role here.

    Have the injuries from the Iraq War, which has led to many more disabled athletes, helped create a stronger team than in years past?
    Certainly one of the unintended outcomes is that there are U.S. men and women coming back with challenges, and it could be amputees … it could be paraplegics. I know there are several athletes on the winter side of sport that are Iraqi veterans that have focused their efforts on skiing and have really come up the ladder.

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