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People: Executive transactions

The Baltimore Orioles promoted Kevin Cummings to director of ballpark operations.

The Milwaukee Brewers hired Justin Scott as director of grounds. Scott was manager of groundskeeping for the Kansas City Royals.

Bill Gluvna took a job in marketing and communications at Boras Corp. Gluvna was media relations manager for the Washington Nationals.

The Class AA Southern League’s Pensacola (Fla.) Blue Wahoos hired Tommy Thrall as broadcaster. Thrall was a broadcaster for the Quad Cities River Bandits.

The Class A California League’s Stockton (Calif.) Ports hired Griffin Shibley as group sales manager.

The Charlotte Bobcats named Jerome Hubbard communications coordinator and promoted Seth Bennett to senior vice president of marketing, Flavil Hampsten to senior vice president of ticket sales and database marketing, Kay Lowery to senior vice president of human resources, Michael Wandell to senior vice president of partnership marketing, B.J. Evans to executive vice president of communications, Josh Rosen to director of communications and Andre Walters to executive vice president of legal affairs.

The University of Central Florida named Zack Lassiter senior associate athletic director for external operations. Lassiter was associate athletic director for revenue generation at the University of Utah.

Jacksonville State University named Ed Lett associate athletic director for external affairs.

Rochester Institute of Technology named Renee Carlineo assistant athletic director.

University of Minnesota Athletic Director Joel Maturi will retire as of June 30 but will remain as an assistant to the president.

Infineon Raceway named Michael Re ticket operations manager.

The Buffalo Bills promoted Marcey Bryant to senior director of event services and brought back Joe Frandina as director of construction management.

The Chicago Bears hired Phil Emery as general manager. Emery was director of college scouting for the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Kansas City Chiefs named Ted Crews vice president of communications. Crews was senior director of communications for the St. Louis Rams.

The Senior PGA Championship hired Bo Schlemmer as operations manager and Lance Hall as corporate hospitality sales manager.


The American Hockey League’s Syracuse Crunch promoted Maggie Walters to director of communications and marketing, Kimber Doolittle to sponsorship services and ticket manager and Amanda Linnertz to community relations and Crunch Foundation manager.

Travis Leach left Snell & Wilmer to head a new sports and entertainment legal practice at Jennings Strouss & Salmon.


Momentum Worldwide promoted Jason Banks to vice president director of sports sponsorship and Ari Goldblatt to director of business leadership.

The Big Ten Network promoted Jeff Katz to local sales manager.

Brian Peterson was named head of communications at Esri. Peterson was vice president of corporate communications for Fox Cable Networks.

Outdoor Channel Holdings named Tom Hornish president and chief executive officer. Outdoor Channel named Christy Benson to director of affiliate marketing and hired Russell Cooper as director of affiliate sales and marketing for the Central Region. Cooper was regional vice president of affiliate sales for the Eastern Region at The Inspiration Networks.

NASCAR promoted Scott Warfield to director of NASCAR Media Group/entertainment and marketing communications, Amanda Ellis to senior manager of NASCAR competition communications and Jason Christley to senior manager of NASCAR competition communications, development series. Kurt Culbert was named director of stakeholder communications, Zack Albert manager of sport services and Matt Ciesluk director of strategic media projects.

Multiteam Companies
Palace Sports & Entertainment named Adam Schneider senior vice president of events and booking. Schneider was a partner at InsideOut Sports & Entertainment.

Canada’s Own the Podium program named Anne Merklinger chief executive officer.

Tokyo 2020 named Yuko Arakida sports director. Arakida is chairperson of the Olympic Council of Asia and an Olympic gold medalist in volleyball.

USA Karate named Jake Lease chief executive officer.

FC Dallas promoted Jimmy Smith to chief financial officer.

Sporting Goods and Apparel
Columbia Sportswear promoted Adrienne Moser to vice president of global apparel merchandising and design.

Finish Line named Jay Custard vice president of digital marketing. Custard was vice president of global e-commerce at Crocs.

Hibbett Sports Gary Smith, senior vice president and chief financial officer, will retire June 1.

Nike promoted Bert Hoyt to vice president and general manager of Western Europe, Roland Wolfram to vice president and general manager of global football, Tom Peddie to vice president of global sales and Ann Hebert to vice president of North American sales.

Nautilus’ chief financial officer, Michael Mulholland, resigned.

The WWE named Eric Pankowski senior vice president of creative and development. Pankowski was senior vice president of creative affairs at Reveille.

Awards and Boards
The Orange Bowl Committee named O. Ford Gibson president and chairman of the board. Gibson is also chief executive officer at Gibson Development Partners.

Gentry 21st Century Systems named Nicholas Flaskay to its board of directors.

People news
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