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Executive transactions


The Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena hired Andrew Steinberg as senior vice president and chief revenue officer. Steinberg was executive vice president of business operations for Sporting Kansas City.

Bobcats Sports & Entertainment hired Kim Henderson as vice president of community affairs and executive director for the Cats Care Foundation. Henderson was senior director of corporate relations and sponsorships for Presbyterian Hospital/Novant Health.

The Los Angeles Lakers promoted Glenn Carraro to assistant general manager.

The Portland Trail Blazers hired Neil Olshey as general manager. Olshey was vice president of basketball operations for the Los Angeles Clippers.

Fordham University promoted Frank McLaughlin to associate vice president of student affairs for athletic alumni relations and external affairs/athletic director emeritus, effective July 1.

Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis promoted Gail Barksdale to senior associate athletic director, Ed Holdaway to assistant athletic director for communications and Kyle Torgerson to assistant athletic director for sports medicine.

The Atlantic 10 Conference hired Wendy Larry as associate commissioner. Larry was women’s basketball coach at Old Dominion University.

Northern Michigan University named Forrest Karr director of athletics, recreational sports and the U.S. Olympic Education Center and special assistant to the president. Karr was athletic director at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

St. Cloud State University named Heather Weems athletic director. Weems was an associate athletic director and senior woman administrator at Drake University.

Utah State University hired Joel Moersch as assistant athletic director for development and major gifts. Moersch was assistant director for major gifts at UCLA.

Endurance Sports
MESP hired Scott Roegner as special projects coordinator. Roegner was a senior account executive for Rogers & Cowan.

Global Spectrum promoted Casey Heverling to assistant general manager and director of operations for the Mullins Center at the University of Massachusetts and named Michael Tischler event manager for the Sun National Bank Center. Tischler replaces Todd Stoudenmire, who was named event manager for the Wells Fargo Center.

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission President David Israel resigned.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hired Eric Stokes as director of college scouting. Stokes was assistant director of college scouting for the Seattle Seahawks.

The Houston Texans named Marc Vandermeer director of broadcasting. Vandermeer has served as the team’s play-by-play announcer and hosted a show on CBS SportsRadio 610 in Houston.

The Philadelphia Eagles promoted Don Smolenski to president, replacing Joe Banner, who was named a strategic adviser to the owner.

Golf San Antonio Chief Executive Officer Tony Piazzi resigned.

The Montreal Canadiens named Rick Dudley assistant general manager and Scott Mellanby director of player personnel. Dudley was director of player personnel for the Toronto Maple Leafs, and Mellanby was an assistant coach for the Canadiens.

St. Louis Blues Chief Executive Officer Mike McCarthy is stepping down from his position.

IMG College named Amy Weinstein Flynn general manager of George Washington IMG Sports Marketing, Brandon Forbis general manager of Air Force IMG Sports Marketing, Heidi Griffith regional sales strategist of the West, Robert Miller general manager of the ticket solutions division at the University of Florida, Emily Pettorini customer service and events manager of the IMG College IDEAS team, Lisa Pillans business analyst for IMG College, Tyler Reichwein general manager of the ticket solutions division at Georgia State University, Cameron Scholvin regional vice president of the Midwest and Jack Trompeter vice president of regional sales for the West region.

Wasserman Media Group named Pedro Bonilla director of multicultural marketing and Alfredo “Freddy” Piedra an associate manager of multicultural marketing. Bonilla was a national sales and business development executive for Cardenas Marketing Network, and Piedra was with the Miami Marlins’ mobile marketing department.

Fenway Sports Management hired Joe Hockenjos as senior vice president of sales. Hockenjos led the business development and sports sales divisions for NCC Media.

Cenergy hired Mark Cheney as an account manager. Cheney was an assistant marketing manager for Rich Products Corp.

CBS Sports Network promoted Ryan Briganti to vice president of ad sales.

NBC Sports manager for strategic initiatives Lindsay Fitz is stepping down for a position with Discovery and TLC Networks.

Golf Channel promoted Mike Hendrix, Stacey Oleck and Jonathan Vassil to senior directors of sales, and Maury Adcock, Brooke Bendler, Jessica Elkins, Dan Hardy, Shawn Lally and Mike Lynch to senior market sales managers for

The Canadian Paralympic Committee named Martin Richard executive director of marketing and communications. Richard was the director of communications for Swimming Canada.

Sporting Goods and Apparel
Under Armour vice president of retail Dan Sawall resigned.


The Columbus Crew promoted Avin Assomull to group sales manager and hired David Doom, Courtney Klein, J.P. Lococo, Elena Rodrigues and Matthew Schumann as ticket sales representatives.

The Barclays Premier League’s Manchester City FC named Tom Glick chief commercial and operating officer. Glick was chief executive officer for Derby County FC.

Award and Boards

The Media Financial Management Association named François McGillicuddy, Speed vice president of finance and business operations, to its board of directors and a recipient of the MFM Rainmaker Award.

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