SBJ/Nov. 8-14, 2010/Careers/People



The Arizona Diamondbacks promoted John Fisher to senior vice president of ticket sales and marketing and Jason Howard to vice president of business development.

The Washington Nationals promoted Mike Rizzo to executive vice president of baseball operations and general manager.

The American Association of Independent Professional Baseball’s Pensacola (Fla.) Pelicans hired Jonathan Griffith as executive vice president of operations. Griffith was vice president and general manager for the Class A Carolina League’s Potomac (Va.) Nationals.

The Class AA Eastern League’s New Hampshire Fisher Cats hired Matthew Leite as media relations manager. Leite was director of media relations and play-by-play announcer for the independent Can-Am League’s Pittsfield (Mass.) Colonials.

The Class AA Southern League’s Birmingham (Ala.) Barons hired John Cook as director of sales. Cook was senior vice president of business operations for Minor League Baseball.


The WNBA’s Chicago Sky promoted Adam Fox to president and chief executive officer.

Canada Basketball named Renato Pasquali technical director and Michele O’Keefe director of basketball operations.


Central Michigan University hired Bob Heller as associate athletic director for development. Heller was senior associate athletic director at Kent State University.

Bradley University hired Andy Reilly as coordinator of event management and facilities. Reilly was events and game operations manager at UNC Wilmington.

The NCAA promoted Julie Roe Lach to vice president of enforcement, replacing David Price, who will retire in December.

Florida Atlantic University hired Mitch Silverman as assistant athletic director for facilities management, operations, events and capital planning.

Howard University named Louis “Skip” Perkins Jr. athletic director, effective Jan. 1. Perkins was athletic director at the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

Mississippi State University named Bo Hemphill senior associate athletic director for development. Hemphill was executive director of development for the MSU Foundation.



Daytona International Speedway named Sean Belgrade vice president of marketing, Lenny Santiago director of public relations, Julie Giese director of marketing and Mike Scheer senior financial analyst. Belgrade, Santiago and Scheer were with Daytona’s parent company, International Speedway Corp.

Bridgestone Arena promoted Brock Jones to vice president of booking and Randy Foster to director of event services.


GolfTEC hired Cory Collins as director of domestic franchise sales.


The Dallas Stars hired former NHL player Gary Roberts as a player development consultant.

The Detroit Red Wings promoted Kristen Estes and Annie Moore to season sales team account executives and hired Ashley Gillespie, Justin Price and Sean McCoy as inside sales team account executives and Jodee Ciszewski as a client service and retention team account executive.

Phoenix Coyotes senior director of marketing Stacey Cohen has left the team.

Horse Racing

Churchill Downs named Liz Harris vice president and executive director of the Churchill Downs Inc. Foundation. Harris was vice president of corporate communications for Churchill Downs.


The Aspire Group named Alex Perkins, Katie Burnell, Laura Butchart, Ross Ford, Stuart Johncock and Julia Schieder ticket sales consultants at the Leicester City Football Club Fan Relationship Management Center.

Just Marketing International hired Kelly Nelson as travel coordinator.

EPS Communications named Allyn Michalek director of strategic development.


Rodale promoted Chris Lambiase to senior vice president and publishing director.

ISP Sports hired Mike Long as assistant vice president and general manager for the Houston ISP Sports Network. Long was senior manager of business development for the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Sports Media Challenge hired Liz Barrett as strategy consultant and account manager.

Golf Digest Properties named Jeffery Ahl and Daniel Robertson associate publishers, Jim Kahn senior executive and national equipment director, and Scott Fedonchik senior executive and brand director for Golf Digest and Golf World.

Multiteam Companies

Devils Arena Entertainment, owner and operator of the Prudential Center and the New Jersey Devils, named Eric Kussin vice president of ticket sales, Paul Prose director of game entertainment, Anthony Oliva manager of new media and Eric Malmed manager of database marketing and analysis.

Global Entertainment named Charles Mathews chief financial officer.

Sporting Goods and Apparel

Guess? hired J. Michael Prince as chief operating officer. Prince was chief financial officer of the Nike Affiliates division for Nike.


The National Western Stock Show named Paul Andrews president and chief executive officer. Andrews was executive vice president for Kroenke Sports Enterprises.


Awards and Boards

Black Coaches & Administrators named to its board of directors Percy Bates, University of Michigan professor and faculty athletic representative; Beverly Kearney, University of Texas women’s track and field coach; David Roach, Colgate University athletic director; Anucha Browne Sanders, University at Buffalo senior associate athletic director; Dennis Thomas, Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference commissioner; and Kevin White, Duke University vice president and athletic director.

The International Sports Heritage Association named Mike Gibbons, Babe Ruth Museum executive director, as president.

The Ladd Peebles Stadium board of directors named Earl McKinnell chairman and John Thompson treasurer.

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