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People: Executive transactions

The National Collegiate Equestrian Association named Margaret Bellville executive director.

The Southeastern Conference promoted Greg Sankey to executive associate commissioner and chief operating officer.

Slippery Rock University hired Torry Rollins as associate athletic director. Rollins was assistant athletic director for business affairs at Southeast Missouri State University.

St. Cloud State University hired Heather Weems as athletic director, effective July 1. Weems was associate athletic director and senior woman administrator at Drake University.


Global Spectrum promoted Keith Vaske to general manager for the Tsongas Center at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and Lance Rosenberg to assistant general manager for the Liacouras Center at Temple University.

Horse Racing
The Stronach Group named Mark Verge chief executive officer. Verge replaces Greg Avioli, who stepped down.


SportsOne hired Courtney Jensen as senior project manager. Jensen was program manager for the Safeway Foundation

U/S Sports Advisors promoted Krissi Edgington to vice president of marketing.

Team Epic promoted Casey Lambersky to associate and Brad Burns to manager in its Atlanta office.

Turner Broadcasting promoted Jenn Toner to vice president of Turner Broadcasting ad sales and sports business communications and hired Nate Smeltz as vice president of Turner sports content communications. Smeltz was director of communications for ESPN.

Competitor Group named Scott Dickey president and chief executive officer, and Chief Financial Officer Steve Gintowt added the role of chief operating officer. Peter Englehart will continue as the company’s chairman and in his role as an operating partner of Falconhead Capital.

NBC Sports Group promoted Brian Nyemchek to vice president of NBC Sports Vertical.

IndyCar promoted Tony George Jr. to director of the Firestone Indy Lights series.

Multiteam Companies
Salvi Sports Enterprises hired Beth Heffernan as general counsel and vice president.

Madison Square Garden Co. promoted Beth Collins to corporate senior vice president of business development.

Mario Vazquez Rana of Mexico resigned from his positions as an IOC member, IOC executive board member, Olympic Solidarity president and Association of the National Olympic Committees president.

Sporting Goods and Apparel
Dancin’ Dogg Golf named Joe Moses vice president of international sales.

Sports Commissions and Tourism Boards

Las Vegas Events named Lisa Motley marketing and digital media specialist. Motley was advertising manager for the Golden Nugget hotel and casino.

Fanatics hired Thomas Baumlin as chief financial officer. Baumlin was a managing director for venture capital firm Two Rivers Capital.

Stats LLC hired Christopher McNally as vice president of strategic activation. McNally was vice president of business development for Queue Marketing Communications Group.

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center hired Chuck Finder as media relations manager to oversee, among other schools/facilities, its Center for Sports Medicine and Concussion Program.

Executive placement firm Witt/Kieffer opened a sports practice, which consultants Greg Santore and Scott Sette will head up.

Awards and Boards
Hulman and Co. named to its board of directors John Ackerman, Cardinal Equity Partners co-founder and managing director; Jeff Belskus, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president and chief executive officer; Mark Miles, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership chief executive officer; and Jim Morris, Pacers Sports & Entertainment president.

People news
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