SBJ/Dec. 2-8, 2013/People and Pop Culture

People: Executive transactions

Baseball
The Chicago Cubs promoted Jason Sondag to director of strategy and development.

The St. Louis Cardinals named Jim Watry general manager and chief operating officer of the Cardinals’ Ballpark Village.

The Los Angeles Dodgers named Roy Clark national crosschecker. Clark was assistant general manager and vice president of player personnel for the Washington Nationals.

The San Diego Padres named Wayne Partello senior vice president and chief marketing officer and Steven Ziff senior vice president of sales. Partello was senior group director of marketing and content for the Miami Dolphins, and Ziff was senior vice president of marketing and brand activation for the Florida Panthers and BB&T Center.

The Texas Rangers promoted A.J. Preller to assistant general manager and Mike Daly to senior director of minor league operations.

Fred Stanley resigned as San Francisco Giants director of player development.

Colleges
Ball State University named Gina Bradburn director for development for athletics and Kirk Davis manager of ticket sales and fan development. Bradburn was chief customer officer at Praxis Consulting.

The Big East Conference named Rick Gentile senior associate commissioner of broadcasting.

The Horizon League named Tom Crowley special assistant to the commissioner. Crowley was athletic director at Niagara University.

Temple University named Kevin Clark vice president and athletic director. Clark was senior adviser to the president.

Jon Haskins resigned as University of Florida football director of player personnel.

California State University, Bakersfield named Dena Freeman-Patton to the newly created position of associate athletic director for academics. Freeman-Patton was associate athletic director for academic support for Georgia State University.

The University of Northern Colorado named Darren Dunn athletic director. Dunn was deputy athletic director at the University of Houston.

California State University, Monterey Bay promoted Kirby Garry to athletic director.

The University of Colorado named Lance Carl associate athletic director.

Jim Weaver is retiring as Virginia Tech University athletics director, effective Dec. 31.

Facilities
Global Spectrum named David Farrar general manager of Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex in Indiana, Pa. Farrar was assistant general manager and director of events at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colo.

AEG Facilities promoted Steve Rosebrook to general manager of the Barclays Center.

Atlanta Motor Speedway promoted Dustin Bixby to director of marketing and promotion.

Football
The Miami Dolphins named Nick Forro vice president of sales and service and Dave Baldwin director of consumer sales. Forro was director of ticket sales and service for the New York Yankees, and Baldwin was director of business development for the Phoenix Suns.

Golf

JENT
Century Club Charities named Steve Jent tournament director for the Sanderson Farms Championship.

The PGA Tour Northern Trust Open named O.D. Vincent executive director. Vincent was senior associate athletic director at the University of Washington.

Hockey
The Buffalo Sabres hired Pat LaFontaine as president of hockey operations. LaFontaine was vice president of development and community affairs for the NHL.

Marketing
POE
NEWLAND
Learfield Sports named Jared Newland general manager for its new Mountain West Sports Properties and Brad Poe general manager for University of Wyoming Sports Properties.

Professional Sports Partners named Tia Norman director of client development. Norman was a district manager for Dr Pepper Snapple Group.

Cenergy named Jennifer Zimpfer director of agency services, Brian Meyer senior copywriter and Allison Giacomini account manager. Zimpfer was project manager at Publicas Kaplan Thaler, Meyer was with Paragon Advertising, and Giacomini was digital manager at MediaVest.

Excel Sports Management named Rachel Walsh senior director of client services. Walsh was an international communications specialist for the NBA.

Media
Fox Networks promoted Michael Biard to president of distribution.

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