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  • People: Executive transactions

    The Philadelphia Phillies promoted Mati Wolever to assistant general manager of amateur scouting.

    The Texas Rangers named Tony Fernandez special assistant to the general manager.

    The Class AA Southern League’s Pensacola (Fla.) Blue Wahoos hired Shelley Yates as events coordinator. Yates was the marketing and public relations director of the Great Southern Restaurant Group.

    The Los Angeles Lakers named Allison Howard director of corporate partnerships. Howard was vice president of corporate partnerships at Premier Partnerships.

    Georgia State University named Erik Paz assistant athletic director for compliance. Paz was assistant compliance director at Marshall University.

    Grambling State University named Percy Caldwell athletic director. Caldwell held the same position at Fort Valley State University.

    Northern State University named Joshua Moon athletic director. Moon was assistant athletic director of compliance and sports administration at Central Michigan University.

    Palm Beach Atlantic University named Carolyn Stone athletic director.

    Temple University named Joe Giunta senior associate athletic director for sports administration. Giunta was director of athletics and recreation at Cabrini College.

    Montgomery Motor Speedway named Chris Carter general manager.

    BBVA Compass Stadium named Paul Byrne director of operations, Dennis Moynihan director of ticketing, Brock Jessel director of facility presentation, Gina Rotolo marketing, public relations and booking manager, Rodney Griffin turf and grounds manager, Raul Gutierrez senior manager of guest services and security, Amber Goodspeed senior event manager, Jareel Combest manager of operations, David McKenzie manager of facilities and engineering and Jarrod Veal human resources manager.

    Global Spectrum and the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell hired Joe Fellini as director of sales. Fellini oversaw the sports and entertainment division of Mansfield Sales Partners.

    The Washington Redskins named Phillip Daniels director of player development.

    Oakland Raiders senior executive John Herrera retired.

    The Columbus Blue Jackets hired Marcus Lyons as director of premium sales and service.

    The American Hockey League’s Texas Stars named Steve Sherrill vice president of corporate sales for the Texas Stars and Cedar Park Center. Sherrill was general sales manager at 103.1 FM and AM 1300 The Zone in Austin.

    Fathom named Steve Kessen director of sports marketing. Kessen was vice president and general manager of TeamWork Online.

    GMR Marketing promoted Jonathan Norman to senior director of client strategy. Norman was director of sports strategy.

    Schoen Marketing named Mary Murano head of business development. Murano was executive vice president of TV networks distribution at NBC Universal.

    Media Ventures named Gary Jacobus executive vice president and head of business development. Jacobus was vice president of global marketing partnerships at the NBA.

    Team Epic promoted Joe Zajac to the new position of vice president and group director.

    ESPN 1420 and ESPN 1500, the Honolulu affiliates of ESPN Radio, named Mike Kelly president and general manager. Kelly was vice president and general manager at Cox Radio Hawaii.

    Root Sports Pittsburgh named Nicholas Del Greco director of marketing. Del Greco held the same position with CBS Radio.

    USA Today Sports Media Group named David Marshall Jr. vice president and creative director. Marshall was creative director at ESPN.

    Hendrick Motorsports named Amy Walsh manager of brand and digital, Todd Davey account executive and Jordan McNerney communications representative.

    IndyCar named John Polkis vice president of corporate business development and Jason Clark to senior manager of partner strategy. Polkis was director of national accounts at Callaway Golf, and Clark was general manager of the Arena Football League’s Milwaukee Mustangs.

    Multiteam Companies
    Palace Sports & Entertainment hired Sean Hodgson as director of digital content and Michael Donnay as senior director of brand networks. Hodgson was visual creative manager at Weber Shandwick, and Donnay was account manager on the Chevrolet brands at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners.

    Rio 2016 chief commercial officer Flavio Pestana resigned.

    Awards and Boards
    The International Tennis Hall of Fame elected Mike Davies, chief executive officer of the New Haven Open at Yale, for induction.

    The American Institute of Architects named Matt Rossetti, president of Rossetti, to the College of Fellows.

    Phoenix Suns Charities named Tim Benter, vice president and deputy general counsel of Republic Services, to its board of directors.

    English Premier League club Sunderland director of international development Niall Quinn stepped down.

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  • Faces and Places: Fun times in Florida

    Getting fit for Jam Session opening

    From the Opening Ceremonies and Fit Youth Celebration Tip Off event at NBA All-Star Jam Session on Feb. 22 at the Orange County (Fla.) Convention Center (back, from left): NBA Cares ambassador Bob Lanier, NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, NBA Commissioner David Stern, Orlando Magic owner Dan DeVos, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orlando Magic President Alex Martins.
    Photo by: GREGORY SHAMUS

    Magic hosts NBA Partners reception

    Magic CEO Alex Martins (left) and wife Juliet Martins and Commissioner David Stern attend the NBA Partners Welcome Reception in Jernigan’s restaurant at the Amway Center in Orlando on Feb. 24.
    Photo by: GARY BASSING

    Talking tech at annual summit

    Participating in a panel discussion on “The New Internet” during the 13th annual NBA All-Star Technology Summit at the Waldorf Astoria in Orlando on Feb. 24 (from left): Earvin “Magic” Johnson, chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises; Larry Irving, president and CEO of consulting firm the Irving Group; and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

    Heat's Arisons at practice

    Miami Heat owner Micky Arison (right) sits with son Nick Arison, CEO of the Heat, on Feb. 25 in Orlando during practice for the NBA All-Star Game.
    Photo by: AP IMAGES

    Rose parade

    NBA all-star Derrick Rose arrives at an event Feb. 26 at Foot Locker Center Court in Florida Mall in Orlando to celebrate the launch of the adizero Rose 2.5 during All-Star Weekend. Rose talked to media about his partnership extension with Adidas and signed autographs for fans.

    All-star sub makers

    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver and Subway endorser Carl Edwards (right) and Subway spokesman Jared Fogle (left) surprise customers by serving free sandwiches at a Daytona Beach, Fla., Subway restaurant on Feb. 23. The restaurant chain pulled into town for the Daytona 500 with its Footlong Nation Mobile Tour vehicle, giving fans a chance to Skype, play video games and receive gift cards.


    The team from NASCAR official partner DRIVE4COPD gathers at the NASCAR Garage Bar & Grill Fueled by DRIVE4COPD on Feb. 26 at Daytona International Speedway.
    Photo by: NASCAR

    France family portrait

    From left: Jim France, Betty Jane France, Brian France and Lesa France Kennedy stand with a statue of Bill France Jr. at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 22.

    Sprint for the stars

    Sprint CEO Dan Hesse poses with actress Jane Lynch (left) and Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover model Kate Upton before the originally scheduled start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 on Feb. 26 at Daytona International Speedway.

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  • Jerry Jacobs Jr., Delaware North Cos.

    Jerry Jacobs Jr.

    Principal, Delaware North Cos.

    Jacobs with a smaller version of the Bobby Orr sculpture by Harry Weber that stands outside TD Garden.
    All photos by: Joe Cascio

    Jerry Jacobs Jr. can look out from his office on the top floor of a 13-story building in downtown Buffalo and see the waves crashing over Niagara Falls. Inside, Jacobs’ work space overflows with memorabilia he has collected over the years at 97-year-old Delaware North Cos.

    Delaware North’s Sportservice runs food and retail operations for more than two dozen major league teams, and Delaware North corporate owns and operates the Boston Bruins and TD Garden, so sports takes center stage. But Jacobs also displays items representing the company’s parks and resorts group, which includes accounts such as the Kennedy Space Center.

    Some of his most prized possessions are not in public view to prevent sunlight from fading autographed photos. “All the good stuff is hanging in the bathroom,” Jacobs laughs.

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