SBJ/January 14-20, 2013/People and Pop Culture

People: Executive transactions

Baseball
The Boston Red Sox promoted Jared Banner to assistant director of player personnel, Mike Murov to coordinator of baseball operations, Duncan Webb to assistant director of player development and Laz Gutierrez to coordinator of player development programs.

The Houston Astros hired Meg Vaillancourt as vice president of community relations and executive director of the Astros in Action Foundation. Vaillancourt was a senior vice president for the Boston Red Sox and executive director of the Red Sox Foundation.

The Class AAA Pacific Coast League’s Albuquerque (N.M.) Isotopes hired Laura Verillo as director of public relations.

The Class AAA Pacific Coast League’s Round Rock (Texas) Express named Jill Cacic director of communications, Stuart Scally a senior account executive, Corey Woods stadium maintenance manager of The Dell Diamond, Whitney Rhoden marketing coordinator and Juliana Benavides and Lindsey Gordon account executives.

The Class A Carolina League’s Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Pelicans hired Andy Milovich as vice president and general manager. Milovich was executive vice president of Palisades Baseball, owner and operator of the West Virginia Power.

The Class A Midwest League’s Wisconsin Timber Rattlers named Jenny Smith banquet facilities manager, Rebecca Sievers group sales representative and Tim Hansen executive chef.

The independent Atlantic League’s Southern Maryland Blue Crabs hired Patrick Day as general manager, replacing Joel Seiden, who will move into a business development leadership role with the team. Day was general manager of the Lansing Lugnuts.

Basketball
The NBA promoted Mike Bass to executive vice president of communications.

The Washington Mystics hired Mike Thibault as coach and general manager.

Colleges
Butler University associate athletic director Bill Lynch resigned to become football coach at DePauw University.

Chun
Colgate University promoted Vicky Chun to athletic director.

Nyack College promoted Mandy Aikens to assistant athletic director.

Alabama A&M University hired Renae Myles as associate athletic director for business and administration and senior woman administrator. Myles was associate athletic director and senior woman administrator at Southwest Baptist University.

Facilities
Global Spectrum named Jeffrey Schumacher general manager for the Comcast Arena at Everett. Schumacher was general manager for the Sun National Bank Center.

Talladega Superspeedway hired John Fadool as food, beverage and merchandise manager.

Football
The San Diego Chargers hired Jon Werbeck as manager of corporate sales. Werbeck was corporate partnership executive for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Golf
Troon Golf named Peter Wong vice president of human resources. Wong was vice president of human resources for the Phoenix Suns and the US Airways Center.

The PGA of America promoted Kerry Haigh to chief championships officer.

Hockey
The Utah Grizzlies and the Maverik Center named Cris Carrico vice president of corporate partnerships.

College Hockey Inc. promoted Nate Ewell to deputy executive director and hired Kyle Lawson as director of education and recruitment.

Lacrosse
US Lacrosse hired Bruce Griffin as director of health and sport safety. Griffin was chief risk officer for the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Marketing
Ginsburg
Nurik
Pluta
Team Epic promoted Christi Pluta and Adam Nurik to associates, Eric Ginsburg to manager and Tracy Ogrean and Samantha Bond to senior managers.

Madison Sports Partnerships hired Tom Diganci as director of strategic financial planning.

DDB Chicago hired Mark Hansen as director of account management. Hansen was group account
Yurek
Bond
Ogrean
director for TBWA\Chiat\Day.

IF Management named Carol Perry senior vice president, Gideon Cohen vice president of sports broadcasting, Josh Santry and Jeff Feldman senior directors, Stephanie Costa director of client services and Aaron Gottlieb director of public relations and communications.

Meisner
Norman
Kaufmann
Wagner
Scout Sports and Entertainment hired Brianna Yurek as a production coordinator. Yurek was a brand representative for the New York Red Bulls.

Learfield Sports named Zach Wagner general manager and Dan Kaufmann, Tyler Norman and Mark Meisner managers of business development for its Badger Sports Properties at the University of Wisconsin.

Media
Competitor Group promoted Caley Fretz to tech editor for Velo Magazine and VeloNews.com.

NBC Owned Television Stations promoted Marion Taormina to senior vice president of Olympics and sports sales.

WebStream Sports hired Gregory Weitekamp as president and partner, effective in February. Weitekamp was director of championships and alliances, media services for the NCAA.

YES Network promoted Patrick Cavanaugh to senior vice president of finance and hired Jamie Brokowsky as controller. Brokowsky was vice president of finance for SourceMedia.

Motorsports
NASCAR promoted Ed Bennett to senior vice president and Jim Cassidy, Zane Stoddard and Kim Brink to vice presidents; and named Joe Balash international competition liaison; Wayne Auton NASCAR Nationwide Series director; Chad Little NASCAR Camping World Truck Series director; and Brad Moran NASCAR Touring Series director.

Soccer
Chivas de Guadalajara and Chivas USA named Dennis te Kloese sporting president. Te Kloese was general coordinator of the Mexican Soccer Federation’s national youth teams.

Sporting Goods and Apparel
Madd Gear named Brian Anderson president and chief executive officer for Madd Gear Americas.


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