Longtime NASCAR Senior VP & General Counsel KAREN LEETZOW will step down at the end of the year, in order to fully move to Chicago where her family is now based. Leetzow, who has been with NASCAR for more than 20 years dating back to ’99, has been commuting between Chicago and Daytona Beach for the last two years, as her husband, former ISC exec BRETT SCHARBACK, became General Counsel of the Cubs at the start of ’18. Leetzow, a '12 SBJ "Game Changer" honoree who has led the sanctioning body through several critical changes through the years, had been looking to move to Chicago fully for more than a year. NASCAR has hired Bellator MMA General Counsel and VP/Business & Legal Affairs TRACEY LESETAR-SMITH as Leetzow's replacement. Leeztow has agreed to stay on with NASCAR to help facilitate the merger with ISC, which is now near completion (Adam Stern, THE DAILY).
EXECS: The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics named K.C.-based general contractor McCownGordon Construction VP/Business Development LYNN PARMAN COO (BIZJOURNALS.com, 9/24)....The Nets named the following: 76ers Int'l Scout J.R. HOLDEN Dir of Player Personnel; Australian Football League club North Melbourne FC Head Strength Coach DANIEL JONES Physical Performance Coach; and G League Long Island Nets Associate Head Coach RYAN FOREHAN-KELLY Player Development Coordinator. The team also promoted Pro Scout TIAGO SPLITTER to Player Development Coach (Nets)....Former NFLer EDDIE GEORGE is joining the Nashville Convention & Visitors BOD. Additionally, Belmont Univ. President BOB FISHER will serve as BOD Chair for FY '19-20 (BIZJOURNALS.com, 9/24).
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