Group Created with Sketch.
Volume 21 No. 2

People and Pop Culture

The Houston Astros hired Kathleen Clark as vice president of marketing and strategy.


Phoenix Suns Charities named Robin Milne executive director.

Central College Athletic Director Al Dorenkamp will retire at the end of the 2011-12 academic year.

Clayton State University hired Carl McAloose as athletic director. McAloose was president and chief executive officer for Athletics Staffing and Consulting.

Hendrix College named softball coach Amy Weaver athletic director.

Oregon State University hired John Rizzardini as chief marketing officer. Rizzardini was senior vice president of ticket sales and service for the Minnesota Wild.

Churchill Downs Racetrack promoted Ryan Jordan to general manager and Greg Bush to vice president of operations.

SMG named Jerry Goldman general manager of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Goldman was assistant general manager for the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla.

The Oakland Raiders hired Lamonte Winston as director of player engagement. Winston has been president and chief executive officer of The Winston Group.

The San Francisco 49ers hired Kunal Malik as chief technology officer. Malik led the creation of the IT department at Facebook, a department he founded in 2007.

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America elected Sandy Queen president, Patrick Finlen vice president, Keith Ihms secretary and treasurer, and Rafael Barajas and William Maynard directors. Darren Davis was appointed to the board of directors.

Horse Racing
The New York Racing Association named Susanne Stover senior vice president and chief financial officer. Stover was chief financial officer for Rosa Mexicano Restaurants


Shamrock Sports and Entertainment hired Matt Dawes as director of partnership development. Dawes was marketing and sales director for Diamond Resorts International.

BC Sport Agency named Scott Ackles chief executive officer; Moray Keith board chair; and Priestner Allinger, Lauren Woolstencroft, Kevin Bent and Sheila Bouman to the board of directors.

Front Row Marketing Services hired Brian Marks as vice president of motorsports and automotive performance. Marks was founder of TopSpeed Management.

Learfield Sports named Brian McKinnell general manager for its Texas A&M Sports Properties at Texas A&M University, Kyle Droppers general manager for its Falcon Sports Properties at Bowling Green State University and Joe Druten general manager for its Golden Hurricane Sports Properties at the University of Tulsa.

RSR Partners hired Joseph Bailey as managing director and head of the firm’s sport industry practice. Bailey was founder and chief executive officer of Global Sport 360.

IMG College hired Tom Fletcher as regional vice president for the West and promoted Cathy Weeden to associate regional vice president for the Southeast. Fletcher was vice president of corporate partnerships for the Portland Trail Blazers.


The Armada Group hired Rob Thompson as partner, managing new business development. Thompson was director of activation for the Disney Media Group.

Golf Channel hired Geoff Russell as senior vice president and executive editor. Russell was editor-in-chief for Golf World magazine.

Univision Sports President Sandy Brown stepped down from his position.

Allsport Management Managing Director David Campbell stepped down from his position.

Multiteam Companies
Madison Square Garden Co. hired Kim Kerns as senior vice president of communications. Kerns was vice president of corporate communications for Cablevision.


The Columbus Crew hired Penny Wascovich as partnership marketing coordinator, Madeline Davis as client services coordinator, Skyler Schmitt as interactive video coordinator, Sam Beall as a group sales account executive and Will Hough and Harrison Kirschbaum as season-ticket account executives.

The Houston Dynamo promoted Steven Powell to executive vice president and named David Tagliarino senior vice president. Tagliarino was director of sports marketing and sponsorships at SMG-Reliant Park.

Sporting Goods and Apparel
Callaway Golf Co. hired Chip Brewer as president and chief executive officer. Brewer was president and chief executive officer for Adams Golf.

Sports Commissions
and Tourism Boards

The Greater Columbus Sports Commission hired Eric Archibald as events manager and promoted Bruce Wimbish to director of marketing and communications and Ashlee McClellan to marketing, sales and events manager.

SportsData aligned with Full Moon Sports Solutions and named Full Moon founder Rick Wolf vice president of strategic partnerships.

Cricket Holdings America named Keith Wyness chief executive officer.

Awards and Boards
The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association named Brian Anderson, EB Sport Group president, to its board of directors.

The Bluegrass Sports Commission added as board members Darren Bilberry, Sally Hamilton, Cindy Jacobelli, Dan McBride, John Nicholson and Bryan Pettigrew.

The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl named Jack Boland chair. Boland is president of Baker Street Advertising. named Mark Tatum, NBA executive vice president of global marketing partnerships, to its board of directors.

The National Football Foundation & College Football Hall of Fame named Mikki Dobski executive director of the hall.

People news
To have your personnel announcements included in the People section, please send information and photos to Brandon McClung at 120 W. Morehead St., Suite 310, Charlotte, NC 28202, or email them to Electronic photos must be a jpg or tiff file for Macintosh, 2.25 inches wide at 300 dpi. Color only, please. News items may also be sent via fax to (704) 973-1401. If you have questions, call (704) 973-1425.

New MSG series dishes on baseball deals

MSG hosted a party at the Geico MSG Studios in New York on March 5 for the launch of its new series, “The Lineup: Hits & Errors — The Best and Worst Deals in New York Baseball,” which made its debut March 11. From left: Dan Ronayne, EVP and GM, MSG Networks; Hank Ratner, president and CEO, Madison Square Garden Co.; Dave Kaplan, author and baseball historian; Scott Boras, sports agent; former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa; and MSG broadcaster Fran Healy.

The bell of the ball at NYSE

Ringing in March Madness by ringing the NYSE Closing Bell on March 5 were (from left) University of South Florida AD Doug Woolard; John McDonough, OppenheimerFunds Distributor president; IMG College President Ben Sutton; Big East Conference Commissioner John Marinatto; and Michael Rempell, EVP and COO of the New York Design Center at American Eagle Outfitters, the presenting sponsor of the Big East Championship.

UFC announces another date on Fox

The UFC held a media event March 6 at Radio City Music Hall to formally announce its third event on Fox, scheduled for May 5 at Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. From left: Dylan Wanagiel, MSG Sports director of sports events; Nick Lembo, N.J. Athletic Control Board counsel; UFC President Dana White; and Richard Claffey, MSG SVP and GM of theater operations.

Padres suit up Little Leaguers

Representatives from the San Diego Padres, including Vice Chairman and CEO Jeff Moorad, President and COO Tom Garfinkel and 1976 Cy Young Winner Randy Jones, attended Opening Day festivities for 16 local Little Leagues on the weekend of March 3-4. They were celebrating the inaugural year of the club’s Youth Baseball Initiative, which is outfitting more than 11,600 Little Leaguers in Padres jerseys and caps. Center (from left): Rancho Penasquitos Little League President Mike Lim (in brown shirt), Garfinkel (in suit) and Jones.

Cordova’s Speedweeks reception

At the Cordova Marketing Group Sports Industry Reception at Speedweeks on Feb. 22 (from left): Tom Cordova, Cordova Marketing Group; Infineon Raceway GM Steve Page; Jake Sims, Cordova Marketing Group; and Jerry Briffa, Starpass Sports.

Timbers kickoff

Before the Portland Timbers’ home opener against the Philadelphia Union on a rainy evening March 12 at Jeld-Wen Stadium (from left): MLS Commissioner Don Garber; Jon Miller, president of programming for NBC Sports Group; Timbers owners Hank Paulson and Merritt Paulson; and Patrik Nilsson, Adidas North America president. The game drew 20,438, a sellout.

Childress honored in Vegas

Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis (left) presents longtime NASCAR team owner Richard Childress with the America’s Fuel Award at the Growth Energy Executive Leadership Conference on March 8 at the Palazzo Hotel in Las Vegas. The award is the highest honor bestowed by Washington, D.C.-based Growth Energy, an ethanol advocacy group and a NASCAR partner.

Office Depot a winner

Doreen Ingenito Smith, Office Depot director of local marketing and sponsorships for Office Depot, is presented the NASCAR Driving Business Award by NASCAR’s Lou Garate on March 9 at the Encore Las Vegas. The award is presented annually to the NASCAR partner that demonstrates extraordinary leadership and results through participation in the NASCAR Fuel for Business Council.

Please submit photos for review of industry conferences, parties, product launches and openings showcasing the people and personalities at the event. Include the event date, location, names/titles of those featured along with credit information. The photo specifications are as follows: 300dpi, tiff, jpeg or eps color images. Submit digital photos for review at: or send color prints to: Faces & Places, c/o Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal, 120 W. Morehead St., Suite 310, Charlotte, NC 28202.

Gary Ream

Owner, Camp Woodward

All photos by: Michael Bennett

Most offices are defined by the stuff they hold, and Gary Ream’s office has no shortage of stuff.

Ream has long overseen central Pennsylvania’s Camp Woodward, which along with its five associated camps has been the launching pad for action sports stars, gymnasts and cheerleaders. His wood-paneled walls are covered with skateboards and framed posters, and his bookshelves overflow with memorabilia.

But Ream’s office may be better defined by all the Camp Woodward veterans who love to return. On this day with Ream were top BMX riders (from left) Chad Kagy, Steve McCann and Jamie Bestwick.

Because when your office is a welcoming place for old friends, what more do you need?

Click on any thumbnail below for a slide show