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The Arizona Diamondbacks promoted Steve Mullins to senior director of corporate partnerships and Kerri White to director of corporate partnership services.
The Texas Rangers named Jay Miller senior vice president. Miller was president and chief operating officer for Ryan-Sanders Baseball.
The independent Atlantic League’s York (Pa.) Revolution promoted Neil Fortier to vice president of business development and John Gibson to assistant general manager of operations.
The Portland Trail Blazers named Bill Branch and Steve Rosenberry assistant general managers. Branch was director of pro player personnel for the Oklahoma City Thunder, and Rosenberry was director of pro personnel/college scouting for the Atlanta Hawks.
The NBA Development League’s Utah Flash promoted Drew Sellers to president and Micah Howard to vice president of client relations and ticketing. The team hired Scott Moudry as vice president of sales.
Spurs Sports & Entertainment named Jaimi Malone senior human resources manager and D.J. Green interactive Web design coordinator.
The Philadelphia 76ers named Rod Thorn president. Ed Stefanski, who was president, will continue in his role as general manager. Thorn was president of the New Jersey Nets.
The Phoenix Suns named Lance Blanks general manager. Blanks was vice president of basketball operations and assistant general manager for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Atlantic 10 Conference hired Jason Leturmy as director of media relations and communications and Lucas Feller as director of championships.
The Atlantic Sun Conference hired Patrick McCoy as director of sports information.
Conference USA hired Nicole Cartier as director of new media. Cartier was broadcast coordinator and associate producer for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx.
New York University promoted Peter Krasny to assistant athletic director for Palladium operations and management.
Fresno State University hired Tyler Mariucci as assistant director of major gifts for athletics. Mariucci was director of development at San Jose’s Valley Christian High School.
The Patriot League added senior woman administrator to Darlene Gordon’s title of director of championships and business operations.
The College of Charleston hired Marlene Navor as director of athletics communications. Navor was an assistant media relations director at Texas A&M University.
Fairfield University named Joseph Klauder assistant athletic director for compliance and recruiting. Klauder was assistant director of athletic compliance at Hofstra University.
The University of Georgia named Greg McGarity athletic director. McGarity was executive associate athletic director at the University of Florida.
The University of North Florida promoted Ervin Lewis to senior associate athletic director and Mark VanAlstyne to assistant athletic director and director of track and field. Director of compliance Michelle Bronner added the role of senior woman administrator to her responsibilities.
The University of West Florida hired Angela Martinez as director of athletic marketing and corporate sales.
Henderson State University hired T. Kale Gober as athletic director. Gober was a development associate and assistant to the athletic director at the University of Central Arkansas.
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse named Josh Whitman athletic director. Whitman was an attorney for Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, D.C.
West Virginia University named Keli Cunningham associate athletic director for governance and compliance. Cunningham was assistant athletic director for compliance at the University of Maryland.
The Summit League hired Matthew Boyer as assistant director of compliance and administration.
Wichita State University hired Darron Boatright as senior associate athletic director for external operations. Boatright was associate athletic director for development at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
The Big 12 Conference named Maria Huggins championships manager. Huggins was event manager for the St. Louis Sports Commission.
Florida A&M University named Derek Horne athletic director. Horne was senior associate athletic director at the University of Mississippi.
Johns Hopkins University named Mike Mattia associate athletic director. Mattia was associate director of athletic development at Johns Hopkins.
Loyola University Maryland named Mark Harris associate director for the athletics annual fund. Harris was assistant director of athletic development at Northeastern University.
Hartwick College hired Kimberly Fierke as athletic director. Fierke was athletic director at Salem College.
Washington State University named Mike Marlow a senior associate athletic director. Marlow was a senior associate athletic director at the University of Oregon.
Global Spectrum named Deb Meyer marketing manager for the EnCana Events Centre in Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
SMG named Jim McCue senior vice president of entertainment.
Lagardère Unlimited created Lagardère Unlimited Stadium Solutions, which will be based in Paris, with Ulrik Ruhnau serving as managing director.
UHY Advisors hired Scott Brubaker as principal of its sports and entertainment practice.
City National Bank hired David Acosta as a senior vice president and team leader for entertainment. Acosta was a senior vice president and head of the entertainment, sports and syndicated finance group and head of midcorporate banking for Israel Discount Bank of New York.
The Orange Bowl Committee promoted Ana Hernandez-Ochoa to vice president of marketing, Laila Brock to director of events and team operations and Latoya Williams to director of community relations.
The Toronto Argonauts hired David Bedford as vice president of marketing and communications. Bedford was executive director of marketing and communications for the Canadian Olympic Committee.
Billy Casper Golf promoted Mike Stevens to regional director of agronomy for the southeast and Ohio Valley and Jesse Seguin to western regional superintendent.
The Edmonton Oilers hired Bill Scott as general manager for the American Hockey League’s Oklahoma City Barons. Scott was director of hockey operations for the AHL.
The Central Hockey League’s Dayton (Ohio) Gems hired Joe Greene as president. Greene was assistant general manager for the CHL’s Missouri Mavericks.
The Phoenix Coyotes hired Jim Brewer as vice president of marketing and communications. Brewer was senior director of marketing for Arizona Technology Enterprises and ASU SkySong.
The Nashville Predators hired Jeff Cogen as chief executive officer and Sean Henry as president and chief operating officer.
The ECHL’s Reading (Pa.) Royals promoted Mark Wallace to general manager and alternate governor.
Dow Lohnes named Adisa Bakari a partner with the firm. Bakari has specialized in sports and entertainment law and executive compensation matters for Dow Lohnes.
Octagon Global Events and Hospitality named Wayne Eldevik senior vice president and Heather Kelley director of operations.
Bensussen Deutsch & Associates hired John Rostas as chief operating officer. Rostas was president of global venues for Live Nation.
Synergy Events named Tim Heath vice president of brand experience. Heath was president of English Sportswear.
Union Square Agency named Greg Alprin and Jay Walker to licensing and strategic alliances, Taylor Jubanowsky director of integrated marketing and sponsorship, Melissa Kaplan vice president of marketing, Rubin Lichtenstein investor relations specialist, Christopher Scott executive producer and director for film and television production, Glen Scott executive producer and senior editor for film and television production, Lawrence Scott executive producer, writer and director for film and television and Reesa Toppel director of business development.
Just Marketing International hired Maxie Lieberman as an account coordinator and Jeff Childers as a graphic designer.
The Aspire Group hired Rob Titterington as a ticket sales consultant at the Georgia Tech Fan Relationship Management Center. Titterington was an inside sales representative for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Aquarius Sports & Entertainment hired Samantha Hooker as client services coordinator.
Silent Partner Media hired Adam Nisenson. Nisenson was owner of sports and sponsorship firm Active Imagination.
Morris named Todd Ballard vice president. Ballard was founder and president of NXTagency.
GMR Marketing promoted Greg Busch to executive vice president of client management for North America.
ESPN Star Sports hired Fang Wenjia as managing director and chief representative of its China office.
ISP Sports promoted Tara Hofher to director of digital resources, Jason Golden to general manager of the Thundering Herd ISP Sports Network at Marshall University and Matt Wells to general sales manager of the Cal ISP Sports Network, and hired Eduardo Gamez as an account executive for the Sun Devil ISP Sports Network at Arizona State University, Ron Kobata as assistant general manager and Ashley White as a marketing assistant for the UCLA ISP Sports Network, Allison Jackson as a marketing assistant for Georgia Sports Properties, Michael Elser as senior account executive for the Villanova ISP Sports Network, Alise Maynard as a sales operations assistant and Kim Parsons as financial accounting manager.
Speed promoted Nancy MacDonald to vice president of marketing and promotions.
Lincoln Financial Media named Jim Frevola local sales manager for WAXY-AM “The Ticket” in Miami. Frevola was vice president of integrated sales and marketing for the Cleveland Browns.
Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium promoted Adam Ashton to president and Dan Cimoroni to senior vice president of sales and marketing.
CTV promoted Alon Marcovici to executive vice president of digital media and named Phil King president of sports and executive vice president of programming.
The Tennis Media Co. named Mason Wells publisher. Wells was associate publisher for Wired magazine and wired.com.
Fox Soccer Channel hired Whit Haskel as vice president of marketing and business development.
NBA Digital promoted Albert Vertino to vice president of content, and named Scott Doyne vice president of business operations and Eric Jackson executive director of content operations.
TSN promoted Stewart Johnston to president, Mark Milliere senior vice president of production and Shawn Redmond vice president of programming.
Turner promoted Walker Jacobs to executive vice president of Turner/SI Digital ad sales and Andrea Ching to senior vice president of marketing and promotions for Turner/SI Digital.
XOS Digital promoted Anna Neri to affiliate network director, and hired Lesley Harris as corporate communications manager.
Palace Sports & Entertainment promoted Kevin Grigg to vice president of public relations and
Cletus Lewis Jr. to director of media relations for the Detroit Pistons.
Major League Soccer promoted Dan Courtemanche to executive vice president of communications.
Asics named Kevin Wulff chief operating officer, and he will add the title of president Feb. 1 as Rich Bourne transitions into retirement. Wulff was president and chief executive officer for Pony.
Puma North America named John Trott vice president of Puma Retail. Trott was vice president of consumer direct for the Timberland Co.
Spira Footwear hired Jim Tompkins as president. Tompkins was president and chief operating officer for New Balance.
Dow Lohnes recently named Jeffery Whitney vice president of its sports and entertainment division. Whitney will be charged with making a more comprehensive practice by adding athletes from across different sports, and will be involved with player contracts and endorsements, as well as legal and business advice and counseling. Whitney, a litigator for more than a decade, says he will use his litigation background to help with client maintenance and developing relationships. He spoke with staff writer Brandon McClung.
New title: Vice president, Dow Lohnes sports and entertainment practice
Previous title: Litigation work at his own firm, The Law Offices of Jeffery A. Whitney
First job: Working on a tobacco farm
College education: Bachelor of science, mathematics/computer science, Oglethorpe University (1992); J.D., University of Wisconsin (1997)
Resides: Washington, D.C., with wife Patrina
Grew up: Oakland, Ky.
Executive most admired: Kenneth Chenault, chairman and chief executive officer, American Express
Brand most admired: Apple
Favorite vacation spot: Jamaica
Last book read: “Willie Mays: The Life,
The Legend,” by James Hirsch
Last movie seen: “Inception”
Favorite movie: “City of God”
Favorite musician/band: Public Enemy
What will be the biggest challenge in your new position?
Getting clients to think long term. A lot of our clients that we represent are young, and it is sometimes difficult to get them to think about things that might happen next week, let alone what might happen years down the road.
What is the biggest risk you’ve taken in your career?
Going out on my own and opening my own law firm.
What is your biggest professional accomplishment?
Clerking for the Honorable U.W. Clemon, former chief justice of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. It really helped my judgment and decision-making by being right there with the judge all the time and seeing him go through the process, the facts and coming up with a really sound decision.
What is your biggest professional disappointment?
I seriously don’t have any disappointments — only lessons learned.
What career advice do you have for people wanting into this industry?
Don’t get into this industry just because you love sports. It has to be more than that if you are going to be successful and relevant for years to come. This is a hypercompetitive industry and not for the faint of heart.
What is one story you are continuing to watch in the sports world today?
All the attention that the NCAA is placing on sports agents and some of the activity that is now going on with the players.
What is the one element you would like to see changed about the sports industry?
Stop blaming athletes for every ill that plagues the sports industry. Sports is one of the biggest industries in the United States, and it gets more commercialized by the minute. In my opinion, this deliberate commercialization, at any and all costs, is to blame for most of the problems, not the athletes.