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Faces and Places: Tiffany straps in with USSA

Surrounded by gold at Partner Summit 2011

A trio of Olympic gold medalists poses with Suzanne Taddei, director of strategic partnerships, business sales, for new U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association partner Tiffany & Co., during Partner Summit 2011 at Zoom restaurant in Park City, Utah. From left: Ted Ligety, Seth Wescott, Taddei, USSA Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer Andrew Judelson and Bode Miller.

Done deal at NHL Exchange

Brian Jennings (left), NHL EVP of marketing, and John Purciello, Franklin Sports senior product manager, on July 20 announced a multiyear license renewal for Franklin NHL Street Hockey Gear during the NHL Exchange licensed products and retail trade show at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

Wharton students tour USTA Center

Wharton Sports Business Academy’s inaugural class gathers on court at Arthur Ashe Stadium with Derrick Heggans of Wharton and Lou Sherr and Dan Malasky of the U.S. Tennis Association. The USTA hosted the students at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on July 15.

Best sticks forward for Whale ticket campaign

Business and civic leaders gathered in front of Hartford’s XL Center ticket office July 13 to mark the start of the Connecticut Whale Grass Roots season-ticket campaign. From left: Cindy Semrau, Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce VP; Guy LaBella, East Hartford Chamber of Commerce board of directors member; Oz Griebel, Metro Hartford Alliance CEO; Howard Baldwin, Whalers Sports & Entertainment chairman and CEO; Pucky the Whale; Michael O’Connell, Business for Downtown Hartford board of directors member; Eric Person, Home Builders Association of Hartford County CEO; Mary Ellen Dombrowski, Glastonbury Chamber of Commerce president; and Erin Pollard, Business for Downtown Hartford executive director.

Corn Congress in session in Washington

Jim O’Connell, NASCAR chief sales officer, spoke July 14 at the 2011 Corn Congress at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. The National Corn Growers Association is an official NASCAR partner. From left: Garry Niemeyer, NCGA 1st VP; Bart Schott, NCGA president; O’Connell; and NCGA Chairman Darrin Ihnen.

Two days of cooking at Viking Classic

Chef Emeril Lagasse was featured at the PGA Tour’s Viking Classic in Madison, Miss., where he played in the primary pro-am July 13 and participated in two days of cooking demonstrations. From left: Randy Watkins, Viking Classic tournament director; Fred Carl Jr., president and CEO of Viking Range Corp.; and Lagasse.

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