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The Atlanta Hawks promoted Phil Ebinger and Scott Wilkinson to executive vice presidents and Ailey Penningroth to senior vice president and chief marketing officer.
The Cleveland Cavaliers promoted Nic Barlage to vice president of ticket sales and services.
The Golden State Warriors named Chip Bowers chief marketing officer. Bowers was senior vice president of corporate partnerships and marketing for the Orlando Magic.
The Orlando Magic hired Rob Hennigan as general manager. Hennigan was assistant general manager and player personnel director for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Notre Dame College named Scott Swain athletic director. Swain was an assistant director in the athletic department at the University of Tennessee.
Seattle University hired Nick Peterson as assistant athletic director for corporate partnerships.
Towson University named Colleen Sorem associate athletic director for business and finance. Sorem was associate athletic director for business operations at Florida Gulf Coast University.
The University at Buffalo hired Allen Greene as senior associate athletic director for administration. Greene was assistant athletic director for development and priority seating at the University of Mississippi.
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro hired Matt McCollester as director of media relations. McCollester was an assistant director of athletics media relations at Ball State University.
The University of Miami (Fla.) hired Jennifer Strawley as senior associate athletic director for administration and student excellence and senior woman administrator and Erin Moran as assistant compliance director for student services. Strawley was director of academic and membership affairs for the NCAA.
The University of Texas named Kathy Harston senior associate athletic director for women’s sports programs. Harston was director of women’s basketball operations at the University of Tennessee.
Brigham Young University named Mark Atuaia an assistant to the athletic director for student services. Atuaia was the assistant to the dean of student life at BYU.
Lamar University promoted Jason Henderson to athletic director.
Western Illinois University hired Matt Tanney as associate athletic director. Tanney was director of compliance at the University of Oklahoma.
The Oakland Raiders named Erin Exum media relations coordinator, Jeff Gilbert equipment assistant, Adam Johnson equipment assistant, George Li football operations statistical analyst and Greg Reuveni video assistant.
The Columbus Blue Jackets named Carl Manteau director of group sales; Heather Westbrook corporate development account executive; Molly Taylor partnership account specialist; Alexander Karp CRM coordinator; and Tim McDonough, Cody Johnson, Sean Tobin, Emily Dugal, Michelle Furr, Katie Massey and Taylor Ely inside sales representatives.
The Dallas Stars hired Bob Bassen as director of the alumni association and business development and Matt Bowman as vice president of ticket sales.
Sporting Goods and Apparel
Callaway Golf named Harry Arnett senior vice president of global marketing. Also, Steve McCracken, senior executive vice president and chief legal officer, and Jeff Colton, senior vice president of global brand and product, are no longer with the company.
The International Tennis Hall of Fame hired Brewer Rowe as director of special events and assistant tournament director. Rowe was executive vice president for Eident Sports.
XOS Digital hired Shawn Adams as director of strategic digital partnerships for the West Coast, Jonathan Kudla as director of strategic digital partnerships for the Greater Atlanta area and Cam Pepper as director of strategic digital partnerships for Detroit and Chicago, and will be responsible for representing the XOS Digital Sports Network.
Awards and Boards
America’s Cup named to its advisory board Jay Cross, Related Hudson Yards president; Geoffrey Mason, ESPN senior production specialist; Harvey Schiller, GlobalOptions Group chairman and chief executive officer; Peter Ueberroth, The Contrarian Group chairman; and Casey Wasserman, Wasserman Media Group chairman and chief executive officer.
Racecourse Media Group named Roger Lewis, Welsh Rugby Union group chief executive, a non-executive director.
The USA Track and Field Foundation named Victoria Chapus to its board of directors.
The V Foundation for Cancer Research named Constance Skidmore to its board of directors.
The Outback Bowl named Mike Kerrigan chairman, Ken Hoverman vice chairman, Bernie O’Brien vice chair of Hillsborough County, Kevin Smith vice chair of Pinellas County, Mitch Shriber secretary and Bill Cammarata treasurer.
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Celebrating 40 years of Title IX
At the 40 For 40 event, “40 Years of Title IX, 40 Women Who Have Made an Impact,” at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C., on June 21 (top, from left): Women in Cable Telecommunications President and CEO Maria Brennan, espnW vice president Laura Gentile, Scripps Networks Interactive SVP of corporate communications Cindy McConkey and Women’s Sports Foundation CEO Kathryn Olson. WICT, espnW and the WSF chose the 40 honorees.
Lower photo, from left: Dr. Kristina Johnson, Julie Foudy, Lindsay Czarniak, Christine Brennan, Cynthia Breazeal, Jodi Gillette, Maria Brennan, Val Ackerman, Ann Cody, Beth Brooke, Dr. Sandra Magnus, Rear Adm. Sandra Stosz, Linda Mastandrea, Dr. Dot Richardson, Jill Vialet, Irma Garcia, Sue Enquist, Brig. Gen. Lori Reynolds, Kathryn Olson and Laura Gentile.
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State Dept., ESPN announce mentoring program
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and ESPN President John Skipper on June 21 announced the U.S. Department of State and espnW Global Sports Mentoring Program, an effort to empower women and girls through sports. From left: ESPN’s Rachel Epstein, Marly Ellis, John Kosner and Laura Gentile, Clinton, Skipper, ESPN’s Christine Driessen and Walt Disney’s Susan Fox.
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A pre-Game 4 mixer
Bacardi USA Chief Marketing Officer Juan Rovira and NBA Commissioner David Stern attend a reception before Game 4 of the NBA Finals in Miami.
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NACDA gathers in Texas
The AT&T Cotton Bowl hosted the NACDA Executive Committee and Sponsors for an event June 24 at Cowboys Stadium to kick off the NACDA Convention. Near right, from left: NACDA Executive Director Bob Vecchione, Cotton Bowl Athletic Association Chairman Tommy Bain, NACDA President and UCLA AD Dan Guerrero, 1st VP and Maryland AD Kevin Anderson, 3rd VP and Northwestern AD Jim Phillips, 2nd VP and Missouri AD Mike Alden, Cotton Bowl President and CEO Rick Baker, and NACDA Secretary and Rhode Island College AD Don Tencher.
Lower photo, from left: DePaul’s Jean Lenti Ponsetto, Denver’s Peg Bradley-Doppes and Tennessee’s Joan Cronan at the convention in Dallas.
Photos by:JOAN TIEFEL / NACDA
NASCAR, HP fire up fan-engagement effort
Executives at the NASCAR Fuel for Business Council Meeting in San Francisco on June 22 announced that HP Enterprise Services had been selected as a technology partner in development with NASCAR to build a state-of-the-art Fan and Media Engagement Center in Charlotte. From left: Rob Vatter, VP of communications, media and entertainment, HP Enterprise Services; Jeff Caldwell, industry consulting services practice director, communications, media and entertainment, HP Enterprise Services; Mike Crooks, social media practice leader, industry consulting services, HP; Steve Phelps, NASCAR SVP and CMO; Philip Hall, HP account executive; and Brett Jewkes, NASCAR VP and chief communications officer.
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Boston coaches talk shop for good cause
The first Coffee With the Coaches event at Fenway Park in Boston on June 26 raised money for the Boston chapter of Positive Coaching Alliance. Planned as an annual event, the first edition featured a panel discussion with Bobby Valentine of the Red Sox, Doc Rivers of the Celtics, Harvard men’s basketball coach Tommy Amaker and Boston College men’s ice hockey coach Jerry York. From left: Valentine, Fenway Sports Management Managing Director Mark Lev, Amaker and Jim Thompson, founder and CEO of Positive Coaching Alliance.
Photo by:MELISSA OSTROW
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PROFESSIONAL■ An innovation: It’s amazing to see recreational cyclists using the same or similar technology as the pros to train and to race, such as GPS units and power meters. The complexity of information you get back in real time about your pace and your ride, the mapping technology and the ability to compete against others virtually have been game-changers for the industry.
What I Like …
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■ A business deal: Anything that Apple does. They combine great products with incredible positioning. A truly enviable marketing machine.
■ A sports facility: While this is not really a sports facility in pure definition, there is no better experience in sports than sitting on the balcony of the Automobile Club of France on the Champs Élysées watching the finish of the Tour de France.
■ A sports event: The Tour de France and Giro d’Italia in cycling and the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco.
■ An idea or invention I wish I had thought of: Clipless pedals — they transformed the sport of cycling.
■ A fantasy job: The one I have now. This job merged my many years of publishing experience with my passion for healthy and active living, which are how Rodale’s titles are grouped (Healthy Living: Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Prevention, Organic Gardening; Active Living: Runner’s World, Bicycling, Running Times).
Lambiase competes in the Granfondo Pinarello in Italy.
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■ Competing: There is a passion in me that constantly stokes my competitive fires, whether it’s at work or on the bike, to earn that feeling of getting to the finish line first. I enjoy giving it my all, and always with as much grace as possible.
What I’d Like To …
■ Change: I would like to change the perception in publishing that print and digital versions of brands can’t coexist. We’ve seen it firsthand, and it’s clear to me that when readers and users have a passion and feel a true connection to the content and to the brand, they will be loyal consumers. Digital will continue to grow, and new delivery systems will mature, but not necessarily at the expense of print.
What I Don’t Like …
■ Pet peeve: Dishonesty.
■ In general: Politics that are so prevalent in today’s sports world.
■ In sports: Cheating; some of the lifestyle choices made by professional athletes and the effect it has on youth.
■ In business: Over-the-top overcompetitiveness; the inability to congratulate peers for success; an egocentric approach.
What I Like …
■ People: Like-mindedness; open-minded, a verve for life; all of that starts with my family.
■ Above all else: To be together with my family.
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■ Heroes: Eddy Merckx — arguably the greatest cyclist who ever lived. His straightforward approach to training and nutrition. When he was asked about his key to success, his answer: “Ride lots.”
■ Teams: New York teams — the Giants, the Knicks and the Rangers.
■ City: New York.
■ Websites: After Rodale’s family of websites, I like Jalopnik.com.
■ Hobbies: Cycling, cars, music, skiing.
■ Time of year: I love the fall in the Northeast. The perfect temperatures and the lack of humidity sits well with me for riding and for my psyche. It’s a perfect prelude to the excitement of the holidays.
Dave Matthews Band
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■ TV: I’m a channel surfer.
■ Concerts: The Live Earth concert at Giants Stadium in 2007. I was blown away by the Dave Matthews Band, but I also remember how great the Smashing Pumpkins and Roger Waters sounded after all these years.
■ Food: A combination of organic root vegetables, potatoes and quinoa pasta; any fish prepared any way.
■ Vacation spots: The Outer Cape, Cape Cod.
■ Trips: In 2010, my wife, a former U.S. national team cyclist, and I went to Italy to compete in the Granfondo Pinarello in Treviso. What an amazing experience to ride in Italy with my wife through the legendary Dolomite Mountains, even if she was dropping me in some of the tougher climbs. An incredible memory of a beautiful place.