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The Houston Astros hired Kathleen Clark as vice president of marketing and strategy.
Central College Athletic Director Al Dorenkamp will retire at the end of the 2011-12 academic year.
Clayton State University hired Carl McAloose as athletic director. McAloose was president and chief executive officer for Athletics Staffing and Consulting.
Hendrix College named softball coach Amy Weaver athletic director.
Oregon State University hired John Rizzardini as chief marketing officer. Rizzardini was senior vice president of ticket sales and service for the Minnesota Wild.
Churchill Downs Racetrack promoted Ryan Jordan to general manager and Greg Bush to vice president of operations.
SMG named Jerry Goldman general manager of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Goldman was assistant general manager for the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla.
The Oakland Raiders hired Lamonte Winston as director of player engagement. Winston has been president and chief executive officer of The Winston Group.
The San Francisco 49ers hired Kunal Malik as chief technology officer. Malik led the creation of the IT department at Facebook, a department he founded in 2007.
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America elected Sandy Queen president, Patrick Finlen vice president, Keith Ihms secretary and treasurer, and Rafael Barajas and William Maynard directors. Darren Davis was appointed to the board of directors.
The New York Racing Association named Susanne Stover senior vice president and chief financial officer. Stover was chief financial officer for Rosa Mexicano Restaurants
BC Sport Agency named Scott Ackles chief executive officer; Moray Keith board chair; and Priestner Allinger, Lauren Woolstencroft, Kevin Bent and Sheila Bouman to the board of directors.
Front Row Marketing Services hired Brian Marks as vice president of motorsports and automotive performance. Marks was founder of TopSpeed Management.
Learfield Sports named Brian McKinnell general manager for its Texas A&M Sports Properties at Texas A&M University, Kyle Droppers general manager for its Falcon Sports Properties at Bowling Green State University and Joe Druten general manager for its Golden Hurricane Sports Properties at the University of Tulsa.
RSR Partners hired Joseph Bailey as managing director and head of the firm’s sport industry practice. Bailey was founder and chief executive officer of Global Sport 360.
IMG College hired Tom Fletcher as regional vice president for the West and promoted Cathy Weeden to associate regional vice president for the Southeast. Fletcher was vice president of corporate partnerships for the Portland Trail Blazers.
Golf Channel hired Geoff Russell as senior vice president and executive editor. Russell was editor-in-chief for Golf World magazine.
Univision Sports President Sandy Brown stepped down from his position.
Allsport Management Managing Director David Campbell stepped down from his position.
Madison Square Garden Co. hired Kim Kerns as senior vice president of communications. Kerns was vice president of corporate communications for Cablevision.
Sporting Goods and Apparel
Callaway Golf Co. hired Chip Brewer as president and chief executive officer. Brewer was president and chief executive officer for Adams Golf.
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SportsData aligned with Full Moon Sports Solutions and named Full Moon founder Rick Wolf vice president of strategic partnerships.
Cricket Holdings America named Keith Wyness chief executive officer.
Awards and Boards
The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association named Brian Anderson, EB Sport Group president, to its board of directors.
The Bluegrass Sports Commission added as board members Darren Bilberry, Sally Hamilton, Cindy Jacobelli, Dan McBride, John Nicholson and Bryan Pettigrew.
The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl named Jack Boland chair. Boland is president of Baker Street Advertising.
Drugfree.org named Mark Tatum, NBA executive vice president of global marketing partnerships, to its board of directors.
The National Football Foundation & College Football Hall of Fame named Mikki Dobski executive director of the hall.
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New MSG series dishes on baseball deals
MSG hosted a party at the Geico MSG Studios in New York on March 5 for the launch of its new series, “The Lineup: Hits & Errors — The Best and Worst Deals in New York Baseball,” which made its debut March 11. From left: Dan Ronayne, EVP and GM, MSG Networks; Hank Ratner, president and CEO, Madison Square Garden Co.; Dave Kaplan, author and baseball historian; Scott Boras, sports agent; former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa; and MSG broadcaster Fran Healy.
Photo by:ADAM PANTOZZI / MSG PHOTOS
The bell of the ball at NYSE
Ringing in March Madness by ringing the NYSE Closing Bell on March 5 were (from left) University of South Florida AD Doug Woolard; John McDonough, OppenheimerFunds Distributor president; IMG College President Ben Sutton; Big East Conference Commissioner John Marinatto; and Michael Rempell, EVP and COO of the New York Design Center at American Eagle Outfitters, the presenting sponsor of the Big East Championship.
Photo by:IMG COLLEGE
UFC announces another date on Fox
The UFC held a media event March 6 at Radio City Music Hall to formally announce its third event on Fox, scheduled for May 5 at Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. From left: Dylan Wanagiel, MSG Sports director of sports events; Nick Lembo, N.J. Athletic Control Board counsel; UFC President Dana White; and Richard Claffey, MSG SVP and GM of theater operations.
Photo by:GETTY IMAGES / ZUFFA LLC
Padres suit up Little Leaguers
Representatives from the San Diego Padres, including Vice Chairman and CEO Jeff Moorad, President and COO Tom Garfinkel and 1976 Cy Young Winner Randy Jones, attended Opening Day festivities for 16 local Little Leagues on the weekend of March 3-4. They were celebrating the inaugural year of the club’s Youth Baseball Initiative, which is outfitting more than 11,600 Little Leaguers in Padres jerseys and caps. Center (from left): Rancho Penasquitos Little League President Mike Lim (in brown shirt), Garfinkel (in suit) and Jones.
Photo by:DERRICK TUSKAN / SAN DIEGO PADRES
Cordova’s Speedweeks reception
At the Cordova Marketing Group Sports Industry Reception at Speedweeks on Feb. 22 (from left): Tom Cordova, Cordova Marketing Group; Infineon Raceway GM Steve Page; Jake Sims, Cordova Marketing Group; and Jerry Briffa, Starpass Sports.
Photo by:STEVE JEWETT
Before the Portland Timbers’ home opener against the Philadelphia Union on a rainy evening March 12 at Jeld-Wen Stadium (from left): MLS Commissioner Don Garber; Jon Miller, president of programming for NBC Sports Group; Timbers owners Hank Paulson and Merritt Paulson; and Patrik Nilsson, Adidas North America president. The game drew 20,438, a sellout.
Photo by:CRAIG MITCHELLDYER / PORTLAND TIMBERS
Childress honored in Vegas
Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis (left) presents longtime NASCAR team owner Richard Childress with the America’s Fuel Award at the Growth Energy Executive Leadership Conference on March 8 at the Palazzo Hotel in Las Vegas. The award is the highest honor bestowed by Washington, D.C.-based Growth Energy, an ethanol advocacy group and a NASCAR partner.
Photo by:GROWTH ENERGY
Office Depot a winner
Doreen Ingenito Smith, Office Depot director of local marketing and sponsorships for Office Depot, is presented the NASCAR Driving Business Award by NASCAR’s Lou Garate on March 9 at the Encore Las Vegas. The award is presented annually to the NASCAR partner that demonstrates extraordinary leadership and results through participation in the NASCAR Fuel for Business Council.
Photo by:GETTY IMAGES FOR NASCAR
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Owner, Camp Woodward
All photos by:Michael Bennett
Most offices are defined by the stuff they hold, and Gary Ream’s office has no shortage of stuff.
Ream has long overseen central Pennsylvania’s Camp Woodward, which along with its five associated camps has been the launching pad for action sports stars, gymnasts and cheerleaders. His wood-paneled walls are covered with skateboards and framed posters, and his bookshelves overflow with memorabilia.
But Ream’s office may be better defined by all the Camp Woodward veterans who love to return. On this day with Ream were top BMX riders (from left) Chad Kagy, Steve McCann and Jamie Bestwick.
Because when your office is a welcoming place for old friends, what more do you need?
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