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Volume 21 No. 1

People and Pop Culture

The Arizona Diamondbacks promoted Sean Maguire to senior director of security, Greg Green to senior manager of security and Trevor Harvey to season tickets account executive.

The Los Angeles Dodgers promoted Lorenzo Sciarrino to director of corporate partnerships.

The Milwaukee Brewers promoted Regis Bane to senior director of ticket operations, Billy Friess to senior director of ticket sales and Katina Shaw to senior director of community relations.

The Class AAA Pacific Coast League’s Nashville Sounds hired Jason Franke as director of corporate partnerships and Jeff Hem as radio broadcaster.


The Cleveland Indians named Adam Everett special assistant of baseball operations. Everett is a former MLB player.

The Class AA Southern League’s Jacksonville (Fla.) Suns hired Steve Kolbe as its play-by-play broadcaster. Kolbe was the play-by-play broadcaster for the Washington Capitals.

The Class A South Atlantic League’s Hagerstown (Md.) Suns hired Patrick Anderson as consultant to the general manager. Anderson was coach of the Hofstra University baseball team.

George Washington University named Tanya Vogel assistant director of athletics development.

The University of Virginia named Rob Slavis assistant athletic director of compliance. Slavis held the same position at Georgia State University.


Global Spectrum named Keith Baulk general manager of Peter Gilgan Athletic Centre at the Gardens in Toronto and Jason Toner general manager of events at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario.

Aviator Sports & Events Center named Jaclyn Muns marketing manager. Muns was athlete marketing and promotions consultant for the Women’s Sports Foundation.

Comcast-Spectator named Brock Jones vice president of bookings for Global Spectrum and Paciolan.

Infineon Raceway promoted Rachal Pollen to director of marketing and Diana Brennan to director of media and community relations.

Memphis International Raceway named Paul Cartwright director of operations and Glynn Williford director of sales and marketing.

Phoenix International Raceway named Dave Lockett director of communications. Lockett was communications coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

VenuWorks promoted Tim Sullivan to vice president and chief financial officer and Russ Ferguson to vice president of food and beverage services.

The Tennessee Titans promoted Mike Reinfeldt to senior executive vice president and chief operating officer, Ruston Webster to executive vice president and general manager and Lake Dawson to vice president of player personnel.

The Buffalo Sabres named Brent Rossi vice president of brand strategy and marketing. Rossi was vice president of marketing for the Harlem Globetrotters.

Team Epic promoted Sarah Smith, Emily Whitaker, Elissa Dolacky, Ashlee Woods, Adam Hofmeister and Christine Fuchs to coordinators.

Learfield Sports named Ann Brett Gillespie Strickland general manager for Idaho Vandals Sports Properties, Greg Hilt business development manager for Northwestern Sports Properties, Patrick Purcell-Jones account executive for San Jose State’s Spartan Sports Properties and Ronnie Cherry account executive for Texas Tech’s Red Raider Sports Properties.

NewTek named Carter Holland executive vice president of worldwide marketing. Holland was vice president of marketing at Avid Technology.

NBC Sports Group named Tom Paredes vice president of NBC Sports Group Golf Vertical.

Multiteam Companies

Palace Sports & Entertainment and the Detroit Pistons named Jeffrey Ajluni executive vice president and chief revenue officer.

Sunrise Sports & Entertainment named Harold Talisman executive vice president and chief financial officer for the Florida Panthers and the BankAtlantic Center. Talisman was chief administrative officer for the Miami Dolphins and chief financial officer for New England Sports Ventures and the Boston Red Sox.

USA Swimming named Jim Fox marketing director, Karen Linhart public relations and social media director, Sandra Lopez events manager, Jim Rusnak senior manager of editorial properties and Jamie Fabos Olsen marketing and brand development director.

USA Water Polo named Claudia Dodson director of club and member programs.

Sporting Goods and Apparel
Asics America named David Thomas customer engagement manager. Thomas worked at Hubbell Lighting.

Peak Performance named Henrik Bunge chief executive officer and Tobias Sachs sales director. Bunge was Adidas Group Nordic managing director.

Performance Bicycle named Andy Kennemer senior vice president of e-commerce. Kennemer was vice president of social media and marketing at Resource Interactive.

Quiksilver named Clark Gundlach senior vice president and general manager of winter sports. Gundlach was a senior vice president at Burton.

UST Mamiya, golf club shaft and grip manufacturer, named Danny Le marketing manager. Le held the same position at Bridgestone Golf Clubs and Accessories.

The Health & Wellness Channel named Jeff Dilley vice president of finance. Dilley was chief financial officer at Golf Channel.

STR Marketplace promoted Shayla Burks to senior director of finance and administration and Justin Carroll to senior director of marketplace operations.

UFC hired Kieren Portley as vice president of studio and Spanish production and Zach Candito as an event producer. Both Portley and Candito worked at ESPN.

Awards and Boards
The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association named WNBC’s Bruce Beck New York City Sportscaster of the Year.

The World Golf Foundation named Mike Davis, executive director for the U.S. Golf Association, to its board of directors.

People news
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Championship doubleheader in D.C.


Top photo: President Barack Obama poses with (front left) Boston Bruins team owner Jeremy Jacobs, (front right) principal Charlie Jacobs and the team after the Stanley Cup champions visited the White House on Jan. 23. Above: Obama holds up a uniform given to him by the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals while posing for photographs with the team and first lady Michelle Obama at the White House on Jan. 17.

Scouts honor

The Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation held its ninth annual “In the Spirit of the Game” fundraising dinner and auction Jan. 14 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. With Dennis Gilbert (right) of the Chicago White Sox, chairman and founder of the foundation, are MLB Commissioner Bud Selig (left) and CNN host Larry King.

NASCAR Hall welcomes new members

The NASCAR Hall of Fame inducted its class of 2012 on Jan. 20 in Charlotte (from left): Dale Inman, Glen Wood, Cale Yarborough and Darrell Waltrip. Also inducted was the late Richie Evans.

NCTA visits ESPN headquarters

Officials from the National Cable Television Association meet with ESPNers at ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Conn., during a visit Jan. 19. From left: ESPN Executive Chairman George Bodenheimer, “SportsCenter” anchor John Anderson, NCTA chief of staff Dane Snowden, NCTA President and CEO Michael Powell and “SportsCenter” anchor Jonathan Coachman.
Photo by: ESPN

Diamondbacks' big night out

At the Arizona Diamondbacks’ inaugural Most Valuable Partner Awards on Jan. 19 at the Wild Horse Pass Casino in Chandler, Ariz. (from left): D-Backs CEO and President Derrick Hall, Pepsi Beverages Co. VP/GM Ron Goodson, D-Backs 20-game winner Ian Kennedy and team EVP of business operations Cullen Maxey.

Hoops for one Clinton …

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and NBA hall of famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, a State Department cultural ambassador, exchanged pleasantries and more during a meeting Jan. 18. Abdul-Jabbar was scheduled to travel to Brazil Jan. 22-28 to meet with young people in Salvador and Rio de Janeiro and participate in basketball clinics.

… and golf for another

From left: Humana Chairman and CEO Mike McCallister, former President Bill Clinton and PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem enjoy the action at the 2012 Humana Challenge PGA Tour event, which took place Jan. 16-22 at the Palmer Private Course at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif. The Humana Challenge, in partnership with the William J. Clinton Foundation, featured lifelong well-being as its theme.

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