Faces and Places: China VP in L.A.
China’s VP makes a stop at Staples Center
|Xi Jinping, the vice president of China, concluded his recent United States visit at Staples Center in Los Angeles, where he watched the Lakers defeat the Phoenix Suns on Feb. 17. Xi (center) was the guest of (from left) Staples Center SVP and GM Lee Zeidman, AEG China President John Cappo, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and AEG President and CEO Tim Leiweke. Also welcoming him were California Gov. Jerry Brown, basketball hall of famer Magic Johnson and the Los Angeles Galaxy’s David Beckham.
NASCAR toys around in NYC
|A new line of NASCAR toys created by licensee Spin Master was introduced Feb. 13 as part of the American International Toy Fair at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. From left: Craig Drobis, Spin Master director of marketing; NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon; Anton Rabie, Spin Master president and co-CEO; and Blake Davidson, NASCAR VP of licensing and consumer products.
UFC talks up its Atlanta event
|Philips Arena was the site of the UFC 145 news conference Feb. 16. The Atlanta arena will play host to the event, featuring title fight Jon “Bones” Jones vs. “Suga” Rashad Evans, on April 21. From left: Andy Foster, executive director of the Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission; UFC President Dana White; and Kevin Preast, Philips Arena VP of marketing.
CSN awards help March of Dimes
|Comcast SportsNet Chicago held its 24th annual CSN Sports Awards benefiting the March of Dimes on Feb. 13 at the Sheraton Chicago. The event drew more than 1,000 people and raised more than $720,000 for the March of Dimes. Among those on hand were CSN Chicago President Jim Corno (left) and Chicago Blackhawks Hall of Fame goaltender Tony Esposito, recipient of a Lifetime Achievement award.
U.S. Open Series meetings
|At the Emirates Airline U.S. Open Series meetings that took place in Ponte Vedra, Fla., this month (from left): U.S. Tennis Association Executive Director and COO Gordon Smith; Roger Duthie, head of global sponsorships for Emirates Airline; and USTA Chief Revenue Officer Lew Sherr.
IMG College recognized for training again
|Training magazine recognized this year’s “Training Top 125” winners Feb. 13 in Atlanta, and for the third time, IMG College was named one of the country’s best for training and developing employees. The IMG College team (from left): Tara Puckett, director of digital resources; Emily Pettorini, events coordinator; Shelby Wright, director of training and development events; Alli Collins, training and development assistant; Brenda Peele, VP of human resources; and Kelli Hilliard, chief IDEAS officer.
Smithsonian talk features Torre
|A Smithsonian Resident Associates’ program, “Managing Major League Baseball,” featuring baseball executive and former manager and player Joe Torre (center) drew 1,500 people to George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 15. From left: Mike Wise, Washington Post columnist and radio host; Washington lawyer Phil Hochberg, moderator of the panel; Torre; Johnny Holliday, host of “Nats Xtra”; and Phil Wood, Washington Examiner columnist and radio host.
|The Orlando Magic held its annual corporate partner “thank you” dinner Feb. 16 in Epcot at Walt Disney World, attended by Magic players, coaches and front office executives, including owner Rich DeVos (left) and CEO Alex Martins. The evening included dinner and a game of “Family Feud” followed by fireworks and a dessert reception.
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