SBJ/Nov. 4-10, 2013/People and Pop Culture

People: Executive transactions

Baseball
Chuck Domino resigned as president of the Class AAA International League’s Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

The Class AAA International League’s Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders promoted Mike Trudnak to vice president of sales, Bob McLane to director of ticket sales, Kelly Cusick to senior inside sales representative, Seth Atkinson to director of ticket operations, Giovanni Fricchione to regional sales manager, Bryant Guilmette to assistant ticket operations manager and Victor Sweet to fan experience coordinator. Alyssa Novick, Mike Poplaski and Noelle Richard were hired as regional sales managers.

Basketball
The Milwaukee Bucks named JoAnne Anton project coordinator and special assistant to owner Herb Kohl.

Colleges
California State University, Northridge, named Lizzie Gomez associate athletic director for internal operations. Gomez was director of compliance at the University of Oklahoma.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology named Lauren Haynie special assistant to the athletic director. Haynie was assistant athletic director for sports medicine at Catholic University.

Ohio State University named Shaun Richard associate athletic director for sport administration. Richard was associate athletic director of external operations at Colgate University.

The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference named Chris Graham commissioner, effective Dec. 1. Graham is executive director of the Midwest Conference.

Southeastern Louisiana University named Jay Artigues athletic director. Artigues was the school’s head baseball coach.

The Southland Conference named Adam Grams assistant commissioner for compliance services. Grams was compliance coordinator at the University of Nevada.

Facilities
FENTEN
Levy Restaurants named Anna Fenten head of marketing. Fenten was marketing director at Sodexo Prestige.

Finance
Inscor named John Salley president of its newly formed sports division.

Football
USA Football named Jed Cornforth director of strategic planning and business analysis. Cornforth was USA Track and Field director of business development.

Hockey
The Vancouver Canucks named Stan Smyl director of player development. Smyl will continue in his role as senior adviser to the general manager.

The American Hockey League’s Worcester Sharks promoted Kristyn Galante to corporate and ticket sales account executive and named Mike Murtha corporate account executive, Amanda Perkins ticket service specialist, and Peter Kelly account executive.

Marketing
WILLIAMSON
DYER
Nelligan Sports Marketing named Todd Dyer general manager at the University of California, Riverside, and Eric Williamson general manager at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Dyer was director of business development for Aramark.

Jim Tanner launched Tandem Sports & Entertainment and named Helen Dooley senior vice president of talent representation and general counsel, Terese Whitehead senior vice president of marketing and brand development, Shana Martin senior vice president of client and business operations, Graham Boone director of basketball operations, Kenyon Redfoot director of brand strategy, Derrick Powell vice president of player representation, Matt Laczkowski director of athlete representation and staff counsel and Meredith Geisler senior vice president of communications.

Octagon Worldwide promoted André Schunk to senior vice president.

Shamrock Sports & Entertainment hired Tim Renyi as executive vice president of sales. Renyi was vice president of corporate sales at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

TAYLOR
RIASHI
BRAUNINGER
The Aspire Group promoted Chelsea Brauninger to team leader for Middle Tennessee State University and Nick Riashi to team leader for Western Michigan University; named Jason Taylor senior group events consultant, Megan Murphy group events consultant and Gabe Serrato and Pat Lloyd ticket sales consultants for Arizona State University; and named Latraia Daniel ticket
DANIEL
LLOYD
MURPHY
sales consultant and Reece Fischer manager of database marketing and analytics for Rutgers University.

Media
Comcast SportsNet Bay Area named Monte Poole to cover the Golden State Warriors.

ESPN promoted Robyn Remick to the newly created position of ESPN Wide World of Sports vice president of business and content development.

Fox International Channels named Todd Siegel executive vice president of international ad sales and U.S. partnerships. Siegel was executive vice president of ad sales for Fox Cable Sports.

NJ.com hired Kevin Manahan as sports director. Manahan was the NFL senior editor for USA Today.

The YES Network named Donny Marshall a Brooklyn Nets analyst.

NBC Universal promoted Seth Winter to executive vice president of ad sales for NBC Universal News Group and NBC Sports Group.

The Pensacola News Journal named Jason Blakeney sports editor. Blakeney will continue in his role as news editor for the News Journal.

Motorsports
Leavine Family Racing hired Todd Yunker as senior director of marketing and business development. Yunker was senior account executive of corporate partnerships with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Green Savoree Racing Promotions general manager Terry Angstadt resigned, effective Nov. 15.

Humpy Wheeler launched Speedway Benefits and will serve as chairman. The company named Trip Wheeler president, Lauri Eberhart executive vice president and general counsel, Clint Elkins director of track relations and Todd Adams director of tracks.

Multiteam Companies
AEG promoted Thomas Miserendino to AEG Europe president and chief executive officer.

Ilitch Holdings named Steve Marquardt vice president of Olympia Development of Michigan and John Hahn vice president of corporate communications. Marquardt was vice president of real estate, facilities and administration for Compuware, and Hahn was senior director of communications for the Detroit Red Wings.

Kroenke Sports & Entertainment promoted Tom Philand to executive vice president and chief marketing officer, Che Vialpando to senior vice president of team sales for the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Mammoth, and David Burke to senior vice president of team sales for the Colorado Avalanche.

Olympics
The British Olympic Association named Bill Sweeney chief executive officer. Sweeney was global head of business development for Puma AG.

Soccer
USL Pro club Sacramento Republic FC named Fred Matthes vice president of ticket sales and service. Matthes was senior director of ticket operations and customer service for D.C. United.

Sporting Goods and Apparel
Billabong promoted Ed Leasure to Americas Division president.

Sports Commissions and Tourism Boards
TRAHAN
The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau hired Luke Trahan as sports sales manager for its newly developed Western Massachusetts Sports Commission.

Awards and Boards
The Pioneer Baseball League named Kevin Greene executive of the year. Greene is general manager of the Idaho Falls Chukars.


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