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The Miami Heat promoted Mark Brown to vice president of ticket sales.
The NBA Players Association named the New Jersey Nets’ Keyon Dooling vice president of its executive committee.
The NBA D-League Albuquerque (N.M.) Thunderbirds named Adam Minnick vice president of business operations. Minnick was director of media relations for the CHL New Mexico Scorpions.
Phoenix Suns Charities named Kathryn Pidgeon executive director and Tom Ambrose community liaison in the team’s community relations department.
The Big South Conference named Mary Gover compliance and administration assistant, Daniel Cooke public relations assistant and Janette Lavery marketing assistant.
Boston University promoted Dan Satter to associate athletic director for marketing communications.
Bradley University promoted Jim Rea to associate sports information director.
The College Athletic Business Management Association named Frank Hardymon, Georgia Tech associate athletic director and chief financial officer, president; Ross Cobb, University of Texas at San Antonio senior associate athletic director for athletics/business and facilities, first vice president; Stacy Martin, San Jose State University senior associate athletic director and chief operating officer, second vice president and treasurer; and Derrick Magee, University of Cincinnati associate athletic director and chief business officer, third vice president and secretary.
DePaul University hired Bob Sakamoto as assistant director of sports information and media relations and Jennifer Thomas as assistant director of athletics development.
Gonzaga University hired Josh Cox as ticket manager and travel coordinator. Cox was a ticket office assistant at Wake Forest University.
Marshall University named Mike Hamrick athletic director. Hamrick was athletic director for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
The University of South Alabama named Joel Erdmann athletic director, replacing Joe Gottfried who retired June 2. Erdmann was athletic director for Southeastern Louisiana University.
The Mid-American Conference promoted Bob Gennarelli to senior associate commissioner and chief operating officer, Jeff Bacon to assistant commissioner for championships and sports programs, Jeremy Guy to director of communications and Erin Dugan to associate director for media relations and external affairs. The conference also hired Jackie Mynarski as associate commissioner for institutional services and Ken Mather as assistant commissioner of media and public relations.
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics named Eric Massey director of development for its Champions of Character program, Eddie Ibarra manager of legislative services and Amanda Dahl manager of sports information and media services.
North Coast Athletic Conference named Keri Alexander Luchowski acting executive director.
The Ohio Valley Conference named Elizabeth (Beth) DeBauche commissioner. DeBauche was director of Division I for the NCAA.
Centerplate named Doug Clements general manager of operations.
The Las Vegas Motor Speedway hired Mike Mossholder as vice president of sales and marketing. Mossholder was vice president of sales and marketing at Churchill Downs.
The St. Louis Rams promoted Bob Reif to executive vice president of sales and marketing, Adam Jacobs to vice president of marketing, Susan Slemmer to director of marketing partnerships, Molly Higgins to vice president of corporate communications and civic affairs, Keely Fimbres to director of special events and Keith Harris to director of Internet services and business development. The team hired Cassidy Cleveland as corporate communications coordinator and Caitlin Fiandt as senior manager of premium seating sales and service.
The ECHL promoted Tara Crane to vice president of marketing and licensing, Joe Ernst to director of officiating and Mike Murray to manager of hockey operations.
The IHL Quad City (Ill.) Mallards named Ryan Simmons vice president of ticketing and business development. Simmons was vice president of new business development and corporate partnerships Arena Football 2 Quad City Steamwheelers.
Next Marketing named Mark Rothenberg vice president of business development. Rothenberg was senior corporate director of marketing for Cox Enterprises.
Score Media named Susan Arthur vice president of marketing and brand strategy.
Major League Soccer and Soccer United Marketing named Irene Gutierrez international communications coordinator. Court Jeske was named director of international business for Soccer United Marketing.
The National Soccer Coaches Association of America named Joe Cummings chief executive officer and executive director. Cummings was president and general manager of the WPS Boston Breakers.
Aflac named Chris McKee motorsports business manager. McKee was marketing, media relations and promotions manager for the Richard Petty Driving Experience.
The Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund named Ken Valdiserri president and chief executive officer. Valdiserri was vice president of marketing and fundraising development for the Chicago Bulls.
The Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America named Steven Johnson executive director.
The Greater Washington Sports Alliance named Bill Reifsnyder race director for the SunTrust National Marathon.
Corning named Dawn Marie Castellana operations manager for the aviation department. Castellana was tournament director of the now-defunct LPGA Corning Classic.
Sentient Flight Group promoted Ed Lynch to vice president of sports business development.
The U.K. Anti-Doping Agency named David Kenworthy chair.
The U.S. Bowling Congress named Darlene Baker president-elect, Tommy Gann second vice president, Andrew Cain third vice president and Tamoria Adams secretary.
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