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The Boston Red Sox promoted Mike Hazen and Brian O’Halloran to vice president and assistant general manager; Allard Baird to vice president of player personnel; David Finley to director of player personnel; Zack Scott to director of major league operations; Raquel Ferreira to senior director of minor league operations; and Ben Crockett to director of player development.
The Los Angeles Angels named Matt Lentak assistant general manager. Lentak was director of baseball operations with the Baltimore Orioles.
The Baltimore Orioles named Gary Rajsich amateur scouting director.
The Chicago White Sox named Marco Paddy special assistant to the general manager for international operations. Paddy was director of Latin America operations for the Toronto Blue Jays.
The National Basketball League of Canada named John Kennedy its first commissioner. Kennedy founded J. Kennedy & Associates.
The Minnesota Timberwolves named Aaron Seehusen public relations coordinator. Seehusen held the same position for the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx.
Simon Fraser University named Milton Richards athletic director. Richards was the athletic director at California State University, Stanislaus.
The University of Illinois named Jason Lener executive senior associate athletic director. Lener was deputy athletic director at Miami University.
Eastern University named David Jones associate athletic director. Jones was baseball director of operations at Western Kentucky.
Dynamo Stadium in Houston named Paul Byrne director of operations and Dennis Moynihan director of ticketing.
Darlington Raceway named Dennis Worden director of public relations. Worden was manager of public relations at Michigan International Speedway.
The NHL named former player Stephane Quintal a manager in its department of player safety.
The American Hockey League’s Worcester (Mass.) Sharks promoted Michael Myers to senior director of business and community development.
The National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association named Phil Hanrahan chief executive.
Foley & Lardner named partner Irwin Raij co-chair of its sports industry team.
The National Football Post hired Steve Frost as chief executive officer. Frost was most recently at Plixi.
Sporting Goods and Apparel
Adidas named Tim Joyce executive vice president. Joyce was president of Fogdog.com.
Asics named Tracy Paoletti to vice president of sales, Patty Kelly to regional manager for the East territory and Mike Jensen to regional manager for the Central territory.
Sports Commissions and Tourism Boards
NYC & Co.’s sports marketing department, formerly known as the New York City Sports Commission, named Michael Hopper vice president, Jeff Mohl director, Evan Ely coordinator and Melissa Chiarchiaro project manager.
ScoreBig.com hired Bill Ashton as vice president of music. Ashton was senior director of music services at Ticketmaster.
Brent Klaus, CEO of International Gymnastics Camp, started International Gymnastics Management Group. Victor Randazzo serves as vice president.
VZillion named Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson vice president of sports partnerships.
Awards and Boards
Phoenix Suns Charities named Deborah Bateman to its board of directors.
The Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission named Michelle Kerrick, managing partner of Deloitte’s L.A. office, to its advisory board.
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A college sports landscape crowded with big issues produced a lively two days of discussions and networking in New York City last week.
PHOTOS BY SHANA WITTENWYLER
NCAA President Mark Emmert led off the conference with a One-on-One interview, then participated on a panel that also included University of Texas President Bill Powers (below left).
Addressing the topic of “Crisis Management and Mitigating Risk” were Vada Manager (left) and Ari Fleischer.
Agent Jimmy Sexton
The Big Ten’s Jim Delany, who spoke on a panel with other conference commissioners, talked to the press.
Appel Law’s Evan Appel, the University of Tennessee’s Chris Fuller and the Knoxville Chamber’s Lori Fuller
IMG’s Lawton Logan and Bob Dittrich of Genesco Sports Enterprises
Jane Kleinberger and Dave Butler of Paciolan
Ronnie Harrell of Cisco Systems and Steve Haber and Jay Mathias of Cisco Sports and Entertainment
Scenes from NFF Dinner
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (left), who served as president at Texas A&M, was presented the NFF Gold Medal, and broadcaster Verne Lundquist (right) was recognized with the NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award on Dec. 6 at the 54th National Football Foundation Annual Awards Dinner in New York City. With them is National Football Foundation Chairman Archie Manning.
Photo by:GENE BOYARS (2)
Under Armour Founder Kevin Plank (left), Jones Lang LaSalle Americas Executive Chairman Roger Staubach, and BP Capital Management Chairman T. Boone Pickens talk at the dinner. All three serve on the foundation’s board of directors.
Lineup for the New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Officials from Rutgers and Iowa State were on hand Dec. 7 at Yankee Stadium to discuss their matchup in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, to played Dec. 30. From left: Iowa State AD Jamie Pollard, Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads, Rutgers coach Greg Schiano and Rutgers AD Tim Pernetti.
Photo:NEW YORK YANKEES
Sun Life, Dolphins salute seniors
Miami Dolphins CEO Mike Dee (left) and Sun Life Financial Regional VP Rob Georgiou are joined by four high school seniors awarded college scholarships from the Sun Life Rising Star Awards program on the field before the Dolphins’ game Nov. 20 at Sun Life Stadium.
Photo by:ISAAC BALDIZON
Phoenix Suns and Mercury SVP of marketing partnerships and suite sales and services Lynn Agnello (right) was honored as Best Executive at the Stevie Awards for Women in Business last month. She is shown with presenter Natalia Lorenzo, VP of marketing for Infogroup.
Photo by:Enter Name Here
Driving home in a new truck
At the NASCAR After the Lap event Dec. 1 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Ford surprised NASCAR fan Summer Henry with a new F-150 XLT and tickets to the 2012 Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. From left: Norris Scott, NASCAR VP of partnership marketing and business solutions; Henry; Mary Ann Manna, winner of the Send Me 2 Vegas sweepstakes; and Jamie Allison, director of Ford Racing.
Photo:GETTY IMAGES FOR NASCAR
Timbers’ Golub honored
MLS Commissioner Don Garber (left) presents Portland Timbers COO Mike Golub with the Doug Hamilton Executive of the Year award, part of the league’s list of year-end awards announced last month.
Photo by:MLS / GERMAN ALEGRIA
Cake is served
Before a concert Nov. 18 at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill., Global Spectrum staff members presented drummer Chris Fryar of the Zac Brown Band with a birthday cake. From left: Global Spectrum’s John Janicki, Erin Bilton and Georgieann Michels, the band’s Coy Bowles and John Driskell Hopkins, Global Spectrum’s Mike Carosielli, and Fryar, Clay Cook, Jimmy De Martini and Brown.
Photo by:ROB GRABOWSKI
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COO, Washington Mystics
EVP of business operations,
1. The Motorola MOTOACTV – a combination of wearable (watch) fitness performance tracker and smart music player.
2. “Thinking, Fast and Slow,” by Daniel Kahneman.
3. “Steve Jobs,” by Walter Isaacson.
VP, group account director
We’re purchasing the kids the usual assortment of books, games and toys, but I’m most excited that we have them earning money so as a family we can make a donation to an organization of their choice that will help families and kids in need.
Partner and president
What I’ll be giving: My four daughters all will receive new STX Lacrosse sticks and cold gear from Under Armour under the tree. We are a lax family, and our girls all love the sport’s latest technology.
President and co-founder
Home Team Marketing
I wouldn’t mind receiving the DVD set for “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” — a hilarious cast. Any older book from Robert Ludlum would be good. I also wouldn’t mind a new car, but that’s not happening!
President of business operations
Los Angeles Kings
DVDs: “Disneynature: Earth” series and “The Vampire Diaries” collection.
Gadget: Nikon D7000 with 1000mm lens.
Books: “Steve Jobs,” by Walter Isaacson, and “Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life Without Losing Its Soul,” by Howard Schultz and Joanne Gordon.
SVP of marketing
In return, I plan to give various LeapFrog products and several things beginning with “i”.
DVD: Gazelle Glider instructional video with introduction by Tony Little — what a stud! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCX_p9Y59n8. Don’t worry, I am not getting a 20 percent commission on each sale.)
Gadget: 1. Latest Sony Xperia mobile phone — simply the best. 2. Segway (sport model) to drive from office to conference room when it’s time to intimidate the opposition, or impress da ladies, as the case may be.
President, Chicago Event Management
Executive race director,
Bank of America Chicago Marathon
Old school still works for me, though. I also want to get Laura Hillenbrand’s book “Unbroken,” about Louie Zamperini. It’s been out a year already but I haven’t had a chance to read it and as a history buff, it’s a must read for me since it’s about a WWII hero who also was a runner.
As for gifts for others, my toughest assignment is figuring out something appropriate for my new assistant, Siri.