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People: Astros fill front office positions

The Houston Astros hired Joe Furmanski as assistant director of sponsorship sales, Lorin Leatherwood as manager of foundation development and Maureen Wade as coordinator of community affairs.

Denison University hired Nan Carney-DeBord as athletic director. She succeeds Larry Scheiderer, who will stay as director of athletic operations.

George Washington University hired Patrick Nero as athletic director. Nero is the commissioner for the America East Conference.

Delaware North Cos.-Boston made several promotions for TD Garden’s Premium Club: Tamala Sweesy to client service manager, Jacqueline DeRosa to client service account representative and Michele King and Ajay Sisodia to client

development executives.

The Canadian Hockey League’s Odessa Jackalopes hired Scott Brumfiel as director of ticketing.

Competitor Group hired Karen White as vice president of national sales for its central region. White was managing director of sponsorship and sports properties

for Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

Octagon named James Cannon account director at its Brazil office. Joining him in Brazil are Ana Bartholo and Luis Pozzi as account managers and Fred Polastri as executive director.

SportsOne hired Maggie Harris as client services coordinator.

Warschawski promoted Thomas Neuberger to creative director.


Wasserman Media Group
named Thayer Lavielle vice president of consulting. Lavielle was executive vice president at Brandthink, and previously worked as vice president of brand marketing at JR Motorsports.

Strategic promoted Chad Mancini to group account director.

Bloomberg Markets
magazine hired Siung Tjia as its first creative director. Tjia was creative director at ESPN The Magazine.

Fox Sports South and SportSouth hired Eric Williamson as senior account executive. Williamson sold advertising for Peachtree TV of Turner Broadcasting.

Univision Communications hired Eric Conrad as vice president of programming for Univision Deportes. Conrad was senior director of programming and acquisitions for ESPN and ESPN Deportes.

ESPN promoted Amy Phillips to senior director of communications, overseeing ad sales, affiliate sales, marketing/research, consumer marketing and digital media, and Nate Smeltz to director of communications, leading ESPN’s NBA and MLB communications efforts.

Multiteam Companies
Sunrise Sports & Entertainment
promoted Steven Ziff to vice president of marketing and brand strategy and hired Alexander Braverman as international business consultant.


The U.S. Olympic Committee hired Malia Arrington as director of ethics and safe sport. Arrington was an associate in the offices of Reilly Pozner.

Sporting Goods and Apparel
The Emblem Source
hired Brian Rutt as vice president and general counsel. Rutt was an attorney at Godwin Ronquillo.

Awards and Boards
Tom Ludt,
president of Vinery Ltd., was elected chairman of the board of directors for the Breeders’ Cup. Ludt succeeds Bill Farish Jr., who will remain a member of the board.

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame elected Grant Hill to the board of governors.

The Father’s Day Council and American Diabetes Association of America chose Phoenix Suns’ senior vice president and general counsel Jason Rowley as one of its 2011 Phoenix Fathers of the Year.

People news
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