The CFP named Big Sky Conference Commissioner ANDREA WILLIAMS COO. Williams was with the Big Sky for two years. She will primarily be responsible for managing the national championship game and all affiliated events, and will serve as the primary liaison with the six bowl games that participate in the CFP arrangement. Williams replaces former COO MICHAEL KELLY, who was named USF AD last month (CFP)....The Big South promoted MARK SIMPSON to Associate Commissioner and MATT VANSANDT to Assistant Commissioner (THE DAILY).
LEAVE THE LIGHTS ON: Ephesus Sports Lighting President MIKE LORENZ has left the Syracuse-based company and formed his own new firm, NGU Sports Lighting LLC. Lorenz will still be working with Ephesus, which specializes in LED lighting for sports venues. NGU will serve as an exclusive sales and service provider for Ephesus lighting at professional and minor league sports venues. “We opened July 1. It’s been a fast ramp up,” Lorenz said. He noted NGU already has 12 employees and is looking to hire more. Lorenz will focus on bringing Ephesus’ technology and systems beyond fixed LED lights to sports venues. The new company is based in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Lorenz joined Ephesus in ‘12 as COO and helped grow the business after its founding in ‘10. He became President in ‘14. Power management company Eaton acquired Ephesus in ‘15. Ephesus has spearheaded the adoption of energy efficient LED at sports venues, including Univ. of Phoenix Stadium, U.S. Bank Stadium, Hard Rock Stadium and PNC Park (Mike Sunnucks, Staff Writer).
EXECS: The ATP/WTA Western & Southern Open named Red Sox VP/Florida Business Operations KATIE HAAS COO. Haas spent 15 years with the Red Sox. Meanwhile, Western & Southern Tournament Dir ANDRE SILVA will add the role of CEO (Western & Southern Open). Haas leaving is a "big loss for the Red Sox" (BOSTON GLOBE, 7/15)....Sports marketing and media agency rEvolution named GMR Marketing VP/Client Development DAVE MULLINS Senior VP/Client Development. Mullins spent 12 years with GMR (rEvolution)....Stats named Chicago-based SumTotal Systems VP/Customer Experience LISA ACKERMAN Senior VP/Customer Success (Stats)....SNY named Bleacher Report Senior Managing Editor MAURICE PEEBLES Digital Editor-in-Chief (SNY)....The NHL Kings named LINDSEY KARLIS Supervisor/Game & Event Presentation & Administration. Karlis previously worked in the club's hockey development department (Kings)....Wayne, Pa.-based POV Sports Marketing named Eagles Corporate Services Coordinator NICOLE SOSKIN to the newly created role of Manager of Account Management (POV Sports).
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