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Volume 20 No. 42

People and Pop Culture

The Florida Marlins named Stan Meek vice president of scouting and Jim Fleming special assistant to the president of baseball operations and hired Marty Scott as vice president of player development.

Chuck LaMar resigned as Philadelphia Phillies assistant general manager of player development and scouting.

The Golden State Warriors named Kirk Lacob general manager of the NBA Development League’s Dakota Wizards. Lacob was the Warriors’ director of basketball operations.

Minnesota Timberwolves assistant general manager Tony Ronzone left the organization.

The Indiana State University Foundation hired Nate Green as executive director of the Sycamore Athletic Foundation and Darrin Barton as director of development for athletics.

The University of Illinois-Chicago hired Katie Kozak as assistant director of development and special services and Casie Sullivan as assistant director of marketing and game operations.

Morehead State University named Matt Segal athletic media relations director.

The University of Oregon named Craig Pintens senior associate athletic director for marketing and public relations. Pintens was LSU assistant athletic director for marketing.

The Big South Conference hired Matt VanSandt as assistant director of marketing.

Homestead-Miami Speedway hired Ali Bradshaw as director of ticket sales, Eric Childers as manager of ticket operations relations, Randall Hoppe as promotions manager, Kela Jones as manager of community relations, Bethany Luna as manager of ticket sales and Sandy Sarbadhikari as senior manager of corporate partnerships.

The Atlanta Falcons promoted Rich McKay to president and chief executive officer.

The National Golf Foundation named Austin Elmer director of member research.

The Tampa Bay Lightning named Jamie Spencer executive vice president of sales. Spencer was vice president of customer sales and service for the Minnesota Wild.

The Florida Panthers named former NHL player Cory Stillman assistant director of player development.

The San Jose Sharks promoted Joe Will to assistant general manager. He will continue to report to vice president and general manager Doug Wilson.

Major League Lacrosse’s Ohio Machine hired Rachel Csonka and Kiel Rostorfer as ticket sales managers.

StarGames promoted Jessica Smyser to director of events, and hired Brittany Crawford as assistant to the president.

SportsOne hired Robert Burke as senior partnership manager.

GroupM hired John Kristick as global chief executive officer for GroupM ESP. Kristick was managing director for Premier Partnerships.

Txtstation/CommerceTel hired Derick Maggard as director of sales.

DirecTV promoted Patrick Crumb to president of DirecTV Sports Networks.

ESPN promoted Andy Hall to associate director of communications and Marcus Lynam to sports marketing coordinator.

Sporting Goods and Apparel
Performance Bicycle hired Mark Leydecker as senior vice president of merchandising. Leydecker was managing director for Mavic USA and led its U.S. division.

Under Armour promoted Kip Fulks to chief operating officer, replacing Wayne Marino, who is retiring. It also promoted Adam Peake to senior vice president of U.S. sales and named Chip Adams chief performance officer. Adams will continue to serve on the board of directors.

Sports Commissions and Tourism Boards
The L.A. Sports Council elected Scott London as chairman of the board of directors.

Award and Boards
The LPGA named Roberta Bowman, Duke Energy senior vice president and chief sustainability officer, to its board of directors.

People news
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Tiffany blue & Gold Pass

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association announced a new partnership Sept. 13 linking Tiffany & Co. with the USSA Gold Pass, good for unlimited skiing at any resort in America. From left: USSA Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer Andrew Judelson, X Games gold medalist Jen Hudak and Tiffany & Co. VP of business sales Tom O’Rourke.

ESPN, Bosh at Fashion Week

At Fashion’s Night Out at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City on Sept. 7 (from left): Steven Binder, ESPN The Magazine VP, publishing director and sales; ESPN The Magazine fashion editor Samantha Rubin; NBA player Chris Bosh; and ESPN The Magazine Senior Editor Otto Strong.

Faces in the crowd, NASCAR edition

The Novak Djokovic-Rafael Nadal final at the U.S. Open on Sept. 12 drew NASCAR drivers to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City. Brian Vickers (top) and Jimmie Johnson with wife Chandra were among those in the stands.

Workin' at the car wash

The NASCAR Car Wash Co. opened the first of seven licensed Chicago-area car washes Sept. 15 in Romeoville, Ill. From left: NASCAR Car Wash CEO Dan Dyer, drivers Trevor Bayne and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and NASCAR VP of licensing and consumer products Blake Davidson.

Nice hoodie, Chris

NFL Network, in collaboration with Boston Parks and Recreation, adorned iconic statues in the city to celebrate a new documentary series, “A Football Life,” that debuted on the channel last week. For the opportunity to put historical figures like Christopher Columbus in a New England Patriots Bill Belichick hoodie on Sept. 14, NFL Network made a donation to the parks department’s Fund for Parks and Recreation in the Patriots and Belichick’s honor.

White Sox entertain Illinois State group

The Chicago White Sox played host to the Illinois State University sport management graduate program and several industry executives for an educational afternoon and networking event. Front row (from left) Daron Jones, University of Wisconsin athletics; Todd Fischer, State Farm Insurance; Tom Sheridan, Chicago White Sox; and students Andrea Travelstead, Britt Erps and Jessica Judge. Back row (from left) Student Paul Kabbes; Chris Todd, Navigate Marketing; Phil Bedella, Comcast SportsNet; Chad McEvoy, Illinois State; and students Don Vedeen, Lauren Benson, Kyle Brant, Mark Steiner and Mike Lusson.

LPGA helps with hair donation for cancer patients

LPGA Tour professionals and 200 volunteer hair donors teamed up to create wigs for women living with cancer recently at the Pantene Beautiful Lengths event at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G. Here LPGA Tour player Kris Tamulis gets her hair cut by tour cohorts (from left) Samantha Richdale, Moira Dunn, Wendy Ward, Danah Bordner and Jackie Gallagher-Smith.

The Legends Ball benefits International
Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum

Tennis champions, industry leaders and supporters of the game gathered Sept. 9 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City for The Legends Ball, which raises funds to support the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum.

Top photo: 2011 Hall of Fame inductee and longtime WTA employee Peachy Kellmeyer (left), Hall of Fame & Museum Chairman Christopher Clouser and Stacey Allaster, WTA chairman and CEO.

Above: Mark Ein (left), Legends Ball co-chair and owner of the Washington Kastles World TeamTennis franchise, with tennis legends Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi. Agassi was a 2011 inductee.

NHL shows its style

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly (left) and Commissioner Gary Bettman attend a cocktail reception hosted by Versace for NHL stars Sept. 7 at the Versace Boutique in New York City.

Passing the torch at L.A. Sports Council

Scott London (left) of KPMG recently was elected chairman of the Los Angeles Sports Council, only the third chairman since the organization was launched in 1988. With him is Alan Rothenberg, who remains an officer of the organization as immediate past chair.

Evert welcomes back Ellesse

Tennis legend Chris Evert, who endorsed sportswear brand Ellesse during her playing career, played host to the relaunch celebration for the brand Sept. 9 at Town Tennis Club in New York City. From left: Evert, Ellesse CEO Byron Hero and Ellesse President and COO Carolyn Siskovic.

Howie Long honored as 'Hometown Hall of Famer'

Former All-Pro defensive end Howie Long (second from left) was recognized as a “Hometown Hall of Famer” and presented with a commemorative plaque Sept. 7 at the Boys & Girls Club in Charlestown, Mass. Presenters included Mark LaNeve (left), Allstate executive vice president of marketing sales and operations; Josh Kraft (second from right), Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston Nicholas president and CEO; and George Veras, Pro Football Hall of Fame Enterprises president and CEO.

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What I Like …

An insight: Hard work pays off — really!

An influential person in my career: My wife has influenced it more than anyone by making it possible with our family. Professionally, I’ve worked with some great people who I learned lots from: My dad, Dan Donnelly (heads Starcom MediaVest Group’s Coke team), Steve Margosian (NBC Sports Group), Roy Seinfeld (Big Ten

President and co-founder,
Home Team Marketing

Married to: Jennifer, with four children, Peter, 9, Emily, 7, Grace, 4, and Jayne, 3.

What I do: There are lots of people within HTM that are more focused on one area or the other, but I guess I’m trying the best I can to help “steer the ship.”

Where I'm from: Resident of Fairview Park, Ohio, right outside of Cleveland.

Where I Went to School: Cornell University, B.S. in city and regional planning

My First Job: Paperboy, Cleveland Plain Dealer. My two older brothers had the route before I did.

Network), Scott Malaga (Chicago Fire).

An out-of-the-box idea: Dallas Cowboys launching their own apparel brand.

A timeless idea: High school sports — football stadiums packed on Friday nights.

A business deal: Time Warner-L.A. Lakers deal, Office of National Drug Control Policy’s campaign into high schools, getting the Browns back to Cleveland!

A strategy: Be relentless.

A hire: Our dad.

A brand: Coke, Ralph Lauren, the NFL.

A trend: Going more local.

A sports facility: Pro — Progressive Field; high school — Warren G. Harding Mollenkopf Stadium, Warren, Ohio.

An innovation: The airplane — still don’t get it! In sports, better headgear.

A pro league or team business initiative: Cleveland Cavaliers’ post-LeBron efforts.

A sports event: The Kentucky Derby.


A story that bears watching: Continuing lack of funding with high school sports.

An idea or invention I wish I had thought of: Putting water in a bottle and selling it.

A fantasy job: Rock star for a day, sold-out stadium.

What I Like About …

My job: It’s our own creation. We’re not the spin-off of a big media or sports marketing company.

Sports business: How can’t you like working in sports?

Sports media: Changing every day. No one is smart enough to know the future.

Sports technology: Ditto.

The future of sports business: That it’s happening now, and we can affect it.

Sports fans: Create so much community/civic pride.

What I Would Like To …

See: Italy with my wife.

See different: A better example set by professional athletes — on and off the field. Whether they like it or not, kids emulate them and pay close attention to their actions.

See more of in sports: Telling it like it is, a la Charles Barkley.

Change in what I do: Eat healthier.

Change: Rising costs everywhere in big-time sports.

See less of in sports: Hugging at half court, pay to play.

Eliminate: The Yankees (but keep Jeter around), half the TV timeouts in NFL games.

What I Don’t Like ...

In general: Snakes, loose dogs (from my paperboy days).
Pet peeve: Rudeness, clueless drivers, politics getting in the way.

In sports: Strikes and lockouts. Are you kidding me? Isn’t there more than enough to go around?

In business: Intimidation tactics, lip service with no action.

About sports fans: Drunken idiots. I’d like to bring my kids to the game!


What I Like …

People: Family and co-workers. I spend my whole life with them!

That would surprise those who know me: Some “Oprah” shows and paging through People to watch the movie star train wrecks (after my wife puts it down)!

About myself: I try to live an honest life.

Heroes: Parents, and those many people who dedicate their lives to help the suffering.

Players: Josh Cribbs, Joe Thomas, Derek Jeter.

Teams: Browns, Indians, Cavs, St. Ignatius High School, Glenville High School.

Possession: Letters from my kids and wife.

Time of year: Summer leading into fall, because weather is still good and high school football is coming.

Music: Van Morrison, Led Zeppelin.

Books: “Trinity,” by Leon Uris, “The Gemini Contenders,” by Robert Ludlum.

Magazines: People, SBJ!


■ Gadget: Huge commercial-powered leaf vacuum. My neighbors (guys) are envious.

IPad app: Email, Angry Birds, Cover Orange.

Chores: Yardwork.

Hobbies: Coaching kids, playing with them, my garden, golf when possible!

■ Trips: Myrtle Beach, S.C., with my wife and kids, Notre Dame football game with my grandfather and family years ago, 1984 family vacation to the USA Basketball Trials (Jordan, Barkley, Ewing, Danny Manning as a high schooler, etc.).

Movies: “The Hangover,” “Wedding Crashers,” “The Shawshank Redemption,” “Saving Private Ryan.”

Concerts: The Who, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen.

Artist: I have no interest in paintings, but am in awe of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel (never seen in person).

■ TV: “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Modern Family.”

Food: Buffets … love the selection. Meat, seafood, breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Dessert: Vanilla ice cream on a steaming hot brownie.

Drinks: Ice-cold Coke, Christmas Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Scent: Burning leaves on a crisp fall night.

Vacation spots: Jersey (Long Beach Island), western Ohio on the shore of Lake Erie.