SBJ/Jan. 10-16, 2011/People and Pop Culture

People: New hires and promotions

The Baseball Factory hired Tyler Twilley as an Under Armour national tryout and premium video program representative.

The Cleveland Indians promoted Sara Lehrke to vice president of human resources and chief diversity officer.

The Class A New York-Penn League Lowell (Mass.) Spinners promoted Tim Bawmann to president and general manager, Priscilla Harbour to vice president and controller, Jon Healy to vice president of group ticketing, Dan Beaulieu to vice president of facilities and Jon Boswell to director of media relations. The team hired Jarrod FitzGerald as director of creative services.

The San Diego Padres named John Abbamondi vice president of strategy and business analysis and Erik Greupner senior vice president and general counsel. Abbamondi was assistant general manager for the St. Louis Cardinals. Greupner was a corporate and transactional attorney for the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

The Cleveland Cavaliers promoted Randy Domain to vice president of corporate sales and services; Nicholas Frasco to senior director of business development, suites and premium sales; A.J. Bondi to senior director of premium and suite experiences; Nic Barlage to director of suite and premium sales; Brea Schmidt to director of client experiences; and Jeff Kadlub to senior corporate sales executive.

The New Jersey Nets promoted Leo Ehrline to executive vice president and chief administrative and relationship officer; Charlie Mierswa to executive vice president of business operations and chief financial officer; Jeff Gewirtz to executive vice president and chief legal officer; Fred Mangione to senior vice president and chief marketing officer; Petra Pope to senior vice president of event marketing and community relations; Chris Brahe to senior vice president of partnership sales and marketing; and Barry Baum to senior vice president of business and entertainment communications. The team hired Marie Chindamo as vice president of human resources; Elisa Padilla as director of marketing; Randy Lewis as director of database and research marketing; Joe Grande as an account manager for group sales; Christopher Santoro as an account manager for ticket sales; Travis Lee as creative manager; Ciji Mani as payroll coordinator; Illiana Blackshear as a corporate sales assistant; and Jim Richardi as interactive marketing coordinator.
The NBA hired Philip Grieco as director of sponsorships for its team marketing and business operations group. Grieco was senior marketing manager of sponsorships and sports marketing for Mars Chocolate North America.

Barton College hired Kevin Buczek as director of athletics media relations. Buczek was sports information director at St. Andrews Presbyterian College.

Flagler College hired Ryan Erlacher as assistant athletic director of compliance. Erlacher was associate athletic director and compliance director at Newman University.

Florida Gulf Coast University hired Shelana Poindexter as director of compliance. Poindexter was associate athletic director for compliance and student-athlete welfare at Georgian Court University.

The University of Kansas named Sheahon Zenger athletic director. Zenger was athletic director at Illinois State University.

La Salle University promoted Michelle Serabian to assistant director of athletic communications.

Northwest Missouri State University named Wren Baker athletic director. Baker was athletic director at Rogers State University.

Savannah State University named Marilynn Stacey-Suggs athletic director. Stacey-Suggs was serving as interim athletic director.

The Skyline Conference named Linda Bruno commissioner. Bruno formerly served as commissioner for the Atlantic 10 Conference.

Stanford University named Joe Karlgaard associate athletic director for development. Karlgaard was athletic director at Oberlin College.

The West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference named Brent Hager associate commissioner. Hager was sports information director at Presbyterian College.

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee named Rick Costello athletic director. Costello was deputy athletic director at Rutgers.

SMG hired Mary Klida as marketing and communications manager for the Cobo Center, Angela Clark as guest services manager and Nathaniel Porter as event coordinator for the Intrust Bank Arena and Tina Suca general manager of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Klida was marketing manager for Smart City Networks.

Global Spectrum named Josh Ingle director of operations for the Wells Fargo Center. Ingle was director of operations for the Wells Fargo Arena.
ANC Sports Enterprises promoted Mark Stross to chief technology officer, and named Bill Andreozzi senior vice president of software development.

Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment hired for the Barclays Center: Craig Seyffer as vice president of suite sales, Jeffrey Petracca as senior director of suite sales, Gary Kane as director of marketing and Erin Leach as suite sales coordinator and sales associate.

Heartland Park Topeka named Joe Douthitt vice president of business development. Douthitt was vice president of Supercar Life and Drive Digital Media.

The National Hot Rod Association named Nathaniel Cross sales and marketing manager for Gainesville Raceway. Cross was a client development executive for the Philadelphia Flyers.

SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment hired Barbara Emener Karasek as vice president of strategic alliances. Karasek was director of corporate marketing for the PGA Tour.

U.S. Golf Association Executive Director David Fay retired after 21 years in that position. Mike Butz, USGA deputy executive director, was named interim acting executive director.

The American Hockey League Lake Erie (Ohio) Monsters promoted Mike Ostrowski to senior vice president and chief operating officer; Scott Woodruff to vice president of sales and services; Jeff Bowler to director of ticket sales; Pam Frasco to director of marketing and services; and Joe Hamlin to manager of corporate partnerships. Corporate Sales Executive Greg Prymicz will add the role of performance analyst to his sales responsibilities.

The Major League Lacrosse Toronto Nationals named Jody Gage general manager. Gage also serves as vice president of player personnel for the National Lacrosse League Rochester Knighthawks and director of player personnel for the American Hockey League Rochester Americans. All three teams are owned by Curt Styres.

Catalyst hired Shripal Shah as senior vice president of digital. Shah was senior vice president of digital strategy for the Washington Redskins.

Craig Umland launched his own marketing and consulting firm, The Landum Group, and hired Stacey Jackson as business development and account manager. Umland was chief operating officer for Brad Friedel’s Premier Soccer Academies.
Home Team Marketing opened a new office in New York City, and hired Tom Hapgood as vice president of sales.

Eident Sports Marketing promoted Brewer Rowe to executive vice president, Matt Gray to vice president of sales, Deb Weinreich to vice president of public relations and marketing and Jon White to race director of the 2011 Cox Providence Rhode Races and Turning Stone Races.

CBS Sports promoted Jennifer Sabatelle to vice president of communications and Gerard Caraccioli to executive director of communications.

MASN hired Pete Kerzel as managing editor of

Turner/SI Digital named Ken Shapiro and Larry Gelfand senior vice presidents of ad sales. Shapiro will lead teams in New York and Los Angeles and Gelfand will lead teams in New York, Atlanta, Detroit and Chicago. Shapiro was vice president of ad sales for Turner/SI Digital and Gelfand was senior vice president of ad sales and business development for the National Hockey League.

Turner Sports hired Will Blair as senior vice president of sponsorships and sales. Blair was vice president of brand activation and media partnerships for Cartoon Network and Adult Swim.

Universal Sports Properties President Carlos Silva stepped down.

The NHRA hired Leonard Edwards as director of sales. Edwards was manager of partnership sales for International Speedway Corp.

Multiteam Companies
Comcast-Spectacor promoted Lou Scheinfeld to vice president of development.

Awards and Boards
The Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel named Bobby Sharma, IMG senior vice president of global business development for basketball, the recipient of the 2010 Sports Counsel of the Year Award.
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