SBJ/July 23-29, 2012/People and Pop Culture

People: Executive transactions

Baseball
The Class AAA International League’s Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) Yankees hired Rob Crain as president and general manager. Crain was the assistant general manager for Omaha Storm Chasers.

Basketball
The Detroit Pistons hired Kenny Jimenez as entertainment manager for all game entertainment performance teams.

Siebrase
Busch
Martz
The NBA Development League’s Fort Wayne (Ind.) Mad Ants promoted Garrett Martz to vice president of sales and marketing, Heidi Busch to vice president of operations and Audrey Siebrase to director of communications.

Colleges
Old Dominion University hired Jason Chandler as assistant athletic director for marketing and promotions. Chandler was assistant athletic director at Sam Houston State University.

The University of Washington hired Scott Wallace as director of box office service and operations. Wallace was director of ticket operations at the University of Idaho.

The University of California, Davis, hired Terry Tumey as athletic director. Tumey was athletic director at the Dominican University of California in San Rafael.

The University of Maryland hired Zack Bolno as senior associate athletics director of media relations and strategic communications. Bolno was director of basketball communications for the Washington Wizards.

The University of Connecticut hired Doug Gnodtke as senior associate director of athletics/chief financial officer and internal operations. Gnodtke was associate athletic director for internal operations for the University at Buffalo.

Gonzaga University hired Scott Boyd as director of annual giving. Boyd was director of donor relations and special events at Portland State University.

Longwood University promoted Jenna Page, Eric Stoller and Scott Bacon to assistant athletic directors.

The University of Sioux Falls hired Pam Gohl as assistant athletic director for compliance and senior woman administrator. Gohl was women’s basketball coach at Minnesota State University-Mankato.

Northeastern University hired Mike Brown and Erik Wessel as athletic communications assistants.

Seattle University hired Dan Ferguson as assistant general manager for ticket sales and services.

Facilities
Mercier
Bovio
Olson
KnightFM hired Chris Olson as vice president of sales.

Delaware North Cos. promoted Brett Bovio to GuestPath administrator in the operations department and Courtney Mercier to public and community relations specialist in the marketing and public relations department.

Football
The Washington Redskins hired Shripal Shah as senior vice president and chief strategy officer. Shah was senior vice president and chief digital strategist for Catalyst Public Relations.

Hockey
The ECHL hired Scott Frasnelly as director of business growth and development.

The Phoenix Coyotes named Sean Burke assistant to the general manager. Burke was director of player development. He will continue in his role as goaltending coach.

Marketing
Kokonas
Deep Alliance Marketing hired Elise Kokonas as project coordinator.

Learfield Sports named Brian Asbill general manager, Amy Baker associate general manager, Jim Moran, Will Chriscoe and Graham Ashe account executives and Kristin Haller sponsorship coordinator for Wolfpack Sports Properties at N.C. State University.

Buffalo Communications promoted Janeen Driscoll and Stephen Reynolds to public relations directors.

Brite Promotions hired Jason Blake as vice president of business development. Blake was vice president of marketing and client partnerships at Shecky’s Media.

The Marketing Arm hired Jordan Schlachter as executive vice president for the agency’s sports marketing and sponsorship consulting practice. Schlachter was vice president for integrated media and marketing for Clear Channel Media and Entertainment.

Curtin
Synergy Events named Ted Curtin executive vice president.

GroupM ESP promoted Ashley Graf and Steve Weingarten to account managers and Sarah Jones to senior vice president and hired Lynsey Wright as an account manager.

Media
KTRK-TV in Houston hired Greg Bailey as sports director. Bailey was the sports director at WCNC in Charlotte.

MP & Silva hired Eduardo Borges and Mark Gorski as senior vice presidents of acquisitions and sales. Borges was vice president for Latin America at IMG, and Gorski was head of Asian business development for the NBA.

MLB Network hired Joe Ribando as director of distribution, affiliate sales and marketing. Ribando was director of sports licensing for the Topps Co.

Motorsports
Potter
Road Atlanta hired Jason Potter as manager of strategic partnerships.

The Sports Car Club of America named Butch Kummer director of club racing.

Sports Commissions and Tourism Boards
Florida Sports hired John Webb as president, replacing Larry Pendleton, who is retiring.

Other
Rugby Football Union appointed Bill Beaumont chairman, replacing Paul Murphy, who will become president.

The Big East Conference promoted Jennifer Condaras to associate commissioner for compliance and SWA liaison and Kenny Schank to director of compliance and named Mark Hodgkin director of digital media. Catherine Carmignani was hired as Olympic/sport administration assistant, Jamie Corun as digital network assistant and Mike O’Brien and Brooke Rayder as communications assistants.

Awards and Boards
Ron Jaros received the PHPA Curt Leichner Distinguished Member Award. Jaros is general counsel for the Professional Hockey Players’ Association.

Farkas Eye Black named Brian Rooney, Gary Gigot, Dr. Brian DeBroff and Jeff Faine to its board of directors.

Beef 'O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg hired Blake Guthrie as associate manager of events. Guthrie was sales and partnership manager for the Tampa Bay Sports Commission.

People news
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