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Volume 20 No. 42

People and Pop Culture

Azusa Pacific University promoted Sharon Lehman to associate athletic director and senior woman administrator, Aaron Bartholomew to assistant athletic director and Joe Reinsch to sports information director, and hired Bret Chesterson as equipment manager.

Oregon State University hired Ariko Iso as head athletic trainer. Iso was an assistant athletic trainer for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Summit League hired Angie Torain as assistant commissioner for institutional services and championship administration. Torain was associate athletic director and senior woman advisor at IUPUI.

The American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids (Mich.) Griffins promoted Chad Erwin to director of ticket operations and hired Jamie Law as a corporate sales account manager.

Momentum Worldwide hired John Steere as Momentum China managing director and Korey Yu as Momentum China business director. Steere was managing director, Asia Pacific at Saatchi & Saatchi X.


Learfield Sports named Travis Lee general manager and Jon Schemmel account executive for their new Coyote Sports Property at the University of South Dakota.

Entercom hired Jeff Brown as vice president and market manager of its Boston radio stations. Brown is in the same position for its Portland stations.


Major League Soccer and Soccer United Marketing promoted Larry Tiscornia to vice president of broadcasting, named Chris Schlosser as general manager of MLS Digital and Jeff Agoos as technical director, and hired Josbeca Doñé and Natalia Gonzalez as executive assistants, Jon Radke as operations director, Jon Bettin as producer/editor for MLS Digital, Danny Urquia as account executive of partnership marketing, Shanika Victor as special events coordinator, Christoph Schoenbeck as operations coordinator, Nan Moses as coordinator of partnership marketing, Nye Sleeper as sales planner for business development and Jennifer Frost as sales planner for MLS Digital Properties.

Sporting Goods and Apparel
Foot Locker promoted Richard Johnson to executive vice president and group president of retail stores, Lauren Peters to executive vice president and chief financial officer and Robert McHugh to executive vice president of operations support. Stephen Jacobs becomes president and chief executive officer of Foot Locker U.S., Lady Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker and Footaction; Byron Milburn becomes president and chief executive officer of Champs Sports; and Nick Jones becomes managing director of Foot Locker Canada.

Sports Commissions and Tourism Boards
Tammy Stout resigned as executive director of the Augusta (Ga.) Sports Council.

Indiana Sports Corp. hired Molly Powell as director of youth programming. Powell was the business director of Velocity Sports Performance.

Sarasota Convention & Visitors Bureau formed the Sarasota County Sports Commission and hired Jason Puckett as director of sports.

Nautilis named Bruce Cazenave chief executive officer. M. Carl Johnson III was elected non-executive chairman of the board.

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes promoted Nancy Hedrick to executive vice president of communications and events.

Artissimo Designs hired Adam Zucker as vice president of sports and entertainment marketing for its new division. Zucker was director of international business development at The Topps Co.

Awards and Boards
World Wrestling Entertainment elected Patricia Gottesman to the board of directors.

Chris Weil, chairman and chief executive officer of Momentum Worldwide, was elected as vice chairman of the board for the 4A’s, a national trade association of the advertising agency business.

People news
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Current and past Forty Under 40 honorees gathered to network and share ideas at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort over two days last week in South Carolina. Some of the highlights:

Irwin Raij of Foley & Lardner, Derek Eiler of IMG, Lisa Perlman, Doug Perlman of Sports Media Advisors, Tanya Heggans and Derrick Heggans of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Bob DuPuy of Foley & Lardner, former MLB president and COO, speaks on “Lessons Learned and Challenges Ahead.”
Paul Fireman, head of Fireman Capital Partners and formerly chairman and CEO of Reebok, discusses “Spotting Trends and Building Brands.”
Peter Guber, chairman and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment, spoke of success in storytelling.
Wally Hayward of the Chicago Cubs, Howard Nuchow of CAA Sports and Mark Whitaker of DLA Piper.
Chris Mater of Red Bull and Adrienne Scordato of Momentum Worldwide
David Abrutyn of IMG and Scott Milleisen of JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Harvey Schiller reflects on his career in sports, which has included leadership positions with the USOC, the SEC, Turner Sports and YankeeNets.
Suzanne Taddei of Tiffany & Co., Tom McGovern of Optimum Sports and Rita Benson LeBlanc of the New Orleans Saints

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