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Kansas State University promoted Reid Sigmon to senior associate athletic director and chief operating officer; Jill Shields to senior associate athletic director and senior woman administrator; and Kenny Lannou to assistant athletic director for communications.
The Summit League promoted Myndee Kay Larsen to senior associate commissioner and David Brauer to assistant commissioner for communications.
Speedway Motorsports Inc. promoted Jessica Fickenscher to the new position of vice president of special projects.
Barclays Center hired Dmitriy Materanskiy as director of international partnership sales.
The Central Hockey League’s Texas Brahmas named Josh Tannenbaum director of communications and Josh Hirsch the team’s broadcaster.
Deep Alliance Marketing hired Brianna Rueschaw as office manager and project coordinator.
Intersport hired Scott Malaga as senior vice president of strategic partnerships.
Iomedia hired Andrew Lafiosca as director of sales and marketing for sports and entertainment. Lafiosca was vice president of marketing and sales for the New York Red Bulls.
PlayOn! Sports hired Bo LaMotte as executive vice president of distribution. LaMotte previously formed his own media consulting firm, Digital Media Distribution.
Sports Image named Scott Kennedy owner and president of a franchise in North Carolina.
Emily Ries formed Blitz Sports Group, a full-service sports marketing group. Ries most recently worked with Under Armour.
Paragon Marketing Group promoted Matt Waitz to vice president and account director.
Learfield Sports hired Mary-Bec Gwyn as general manager of Rocket Sports Properties at the University of Toledo. Gwyn was general manager at Missouri State University with Nelligan Sports Marketing.
Univision hired Jason Newman as vice president of sports sales and Rick Resnick as vice president of sports marketing. Newman was senior director of sports management at ESPN, and Resnick was vice president of marketing at Time.
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment named Preben Ganzhorn director of marketing and community for Toronto FC.
Palace Sports & Entertainment named Sam Walton event coordinator and Rob McCalebb director of suite sales and service. Walton was an executive producer at Signature Professional Group, and McCalebb was manager of premium seating for the Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena.
D.C. United named Tricia Aoki customer service and retention specialist; Keith Baulsir manager of corporate partnerships; Alexander Dowell receptionist; Maureen Dowling account executive of corporate partnerships; Andrew Sides graphic designer; Roy Tewell corporate and inside sales director; and Mikael Tigrett account executive, ticket sales.
Sporting Goods and Apparel
Hillerich & Bradsby Co. named Lawrence Writer chief operating officer and chief financial officer. Lawrence was a director at AlixPartners.
Sports Commissions and Tourism Boards
The Kansas City Sports Commission named Kathy Nelson president.
Awards and Boards
MLS named its club and executive award winners for 2011. Among the awards were Doug Hamilton Executive of the Year: Mike Golub, Portland Timbers; Corporate Partnership Executive of the Year: Ryan Brach, Portland Timbers; Marketing Executive of the Year: Cory Dolich, Portland Timbers; Ticketing Executive of the Year, Joe Cote, Portland Timbers; Local Digital Editor of the Year: Brian Costello, Portland Timbers; Team Administrator of the Year presented by ATP Event Experts: Francisco Tobar, D.C. United.
ImAthlete named YPO International president and former Fandango CEO Chuck Davis to its board of advisers.
The Sports Financial Advisors Association named Bruce Ritter of Ritter Wealth Counsel to its board of directors.
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America awarded Peter Dernoeden, turfgrass science professor at the University of Maryland, the Col. John Morley Distinguished Service Award.
Lynn Agnello, senior vice president of marketing partnerships and suite sales and services of the Phoenix Suns and Mercury, received the award for Best Executive in the Stevie Awards for Women in Business.
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(From left) Dan Richlen of Wunderman; Steve Pegram, NASCAR director of stakeholder communications; and Mark Dill and Mike Kirks of Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Producer Neal Edelstein spoke on a panel discussing how Hollywood showcases motorsports.
New NASCAR Sprint Cup champ Tony Stewart related some lessons he has learned as a team owner.
Rich Luker looked at economic and demographic trends in sports and where motorsports fits in.
Stephen Venute of AARP Foundation and Chris Hartweg of Wunderman
Emmanuel Lupe of Jetset Magazine and Regan Fletcher of Polar Mobile
Action sports star Travis Pastrana talked about his NASCAR transition.
Coca-Cola’s Alison Lewis gave a view from the sponsorship side.
NASCAR’s Steve Phelps introduced Tony Stewart and took part in a featured session on NASCAR research.
MLB salutes the White Sox
MLB Commissioner Bud Selig presented the Commissioner’s Award for Philanthropic Excellence to Chicago White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf at last month’s owners meetings in Milwaukee. The team was acknowledged for its White Sox Volunteer Corps program.
Photo by:MICHAEL GOELZER / MLB PHOTOS
Saints serve it up for Vilma's good cause
New Orleans Saints players and owner and EVP Rita Benson LeBlanc gather around at Morton’s steakhouse in New Orleans to support the Jonathan Vilma Foundation’s second annual Celebrity Server event Nov. 7. It raised money to build a school in earthquake-ravaged Haiti.
Photo by:DAVID TOMPKINS PHOTOGRAPHY
Marking Francis' appointment at WISE
At the Nov. 16 gathering celebrating the appointment of Kathy Francis as the new chair of Women in Sports & Events (from left): The New York Road Runners’ Mary Wittenberg, WISE founder and Chair emerita Sue Rodin, Francis, MLB’s Wendi Lewis and Soccer United Marketing’s Kathy Carter.
Photo by:JEN POTTHEISER / WISE
Gathered for the Golden Goggles
At the USA Swimming Foundation’s Golden Goggles Awards on Nov. 20 in Los Angeles (from left): Chuck Wielgus, USA Swimming executive director; Randy Griffin, Marriott International VP of global sales; Speedo President Jim Gerson; Matt Farrell, USA Swimming CMO; Joanna Todd, Marriott International VP of segment strategy; and Olympic gold medalists Summer Sanders and Ryan Lochte.
Photo by:MELISSA LUNDIE / USA SWIMMING
A very Garden Thanksgiving
TD Garden President John Wentzell (left), Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and Kim Jacobs, wife of Boston Bruins principal Charlie Jacobs attend the 16th annual Table of Friends on Nov. 22. Boston-area homeless were served Thanksgiving dinner on the event floor at TD Garden.
Photo by:BRIAN BABINEAU
March of Dimes honorees
At the March of Dimes New York Division’s 28th annual sports luncheon Nov. 30 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City (from left): Emcee Boomer Esiason; NCAA president and Sports Leadership Award winner Mark Emmert; Hope Solo and Abby Wambach representing the Sportswomen of the Year Award winners, the U.S. women’s soccer team; New York Yankee and Sportsman of the Year Award winner Mark Teixeira; and emcee Craig Carton.
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Surf's up and deal's extended in Maui
Officials gather before the championship game of the EA Sports Maui Invitational Nov. 23 to commemorate EA Sports’ signing a multiyear deal to continue as title sponsor. From left: KemperLesnik’s Tom Valdiserri, EA Sports’ Chris Thorne and Roy Stigall, the Maui Visitors Bureau’s Terryl Vencl, EA Sports’ Carolyn Feinstein, KemperLesnik’s Eric Jonke, Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa, Chaminade University President Bernie Ploeger and Athletic Director Bill Villa, and KemperLesnik’s Steve Lesnik.
Photo by:BRIAN SPURLOCK / KEMPERLESNIK
"Sunday Night Football" team gets Taste of NFL
Members of NBC Sports’ “Sunday Night Football” team were at the James Beard House in New York City on Nov. 19 as an all-star cast of chefs prepared a special meal for friends of Taste of the NFL (from left): Mark Haugen, Jack McDavid, Stephane Motir, Bob Costas, Michele Tafoya, Bobby Flay, Stephan Lewandowski and Al Michaels.
Photo by:EILEEN MILLER
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Athletic Director, Duke University
Part 1: White talks about conference realignment, the NCAA and what he thinks about paying student athletes.
Part 2: White on plans for Duke athletics, from facilities to revenue generation to building a winning football program.
Part 3: White talks about running, hanging ten and the gadget he can't live without.
Conference realignment has been front and center in the news.
White: “My sense is it’s still a pretty fluid environment out there.”
Where do you see the conference realignment headed?
White: “Four or five major consortias with 14 to 16 institutions.”
How has your conference benefited from it?
White: Adding Syracuse and Pitt is “a home run for the ACC.”
What has Duke’s role in the expansion process been?
White: Evaluate, vote, but Commissioner John Swofford “does all the heavy lifting.”
What have you learned about the NCAA’s Mark Emmert?
White: “He’s a consummate leader [with] the ability to move an agenda.”
What about the plan to pay student athletes a $2,000 stipend?
White: It’s reasonable. Student athletes’ share “hasn’t really changed since the ’30s.”
What’s new at Duke on the facilities front?
White: Looking at “a pretty dramatic face lift of Wallace Wade [Stadium].”
Football has been a greater challenge than basketball. What’s your vision?
White: “To become pretty darned competitive, in the ACC” and nationally.
Can you find additional revenue in football before the victories come?
White: “It is a bit of a chicken-and-egg game.”
What about balancing preservation and revenue generation at Cameron Indoor Stadium?
White: “Preserving the authenticity of Cameron is absolutely critical and non-negotiable.”
You teach a sports business class. What do you tell students?
White: “It’s an industry that’s absolutely exploding.”
What kinds of technology have you embraced?
White: “I am an absolute Black-Berry freak. … I’d be a great commercial.”
You were a sprinter in college. Do you still run?
White: “That’s probably a misnomer. I’m a bad jogger.”
Is that when you do some of your best thinking?
White: “It’s the time … when nobody else can get to you.”
Where do you run?
White: “I’ve got trails around Duke” and the house, plus the treadmill.
What other forms of entertainment do you like?
White: “I’ve had a great love affair with the sport of surfing.”
Where could people have seen you catching a wave?
White: “The Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific and Hawaii and everyplace else.”