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People: Executive transactions

Ripken Baseball hired Colin Clark as assistant vice president of marketing. Clark was brand manager of digital activation at Under Armour.

The Arizona Diamondbacks hired Craig Shipley as assistant to the general manager. Shipley was senior vice president of international scouting for the Boston Red Sox.

Butch Miller stepped down as athletic director of Colorado Mesa University.

Georgia Southern University hired Tom Kleinlein as athletic director. Kleinlein is deputy athletic director at Kent State.

The University of South Dakota Foundation named Jon Schemmel associate athletic director for development. Schemmel was account executive for Coyote Sports Properties.

Maryville University named Kristen Ely assistant director of athletics for student services and compliance and senior women’s administrator. Ely was the women’s volleyball coach and assistant athletic director at Westminster College.


Woods Bagot Sport named Belinda Goh sport design leader. Goh was an associate principal at Populous.

The Charlotte Checkers promoted Thomas Smith to vice president of business development, Eric Bridenstine to vice president of creative services, Danielle Adkins to executive director, charitable foundation/VP of licensing, Nathan Beasley to senior account executive, Elle Bunn to coordinator of marketing and fan development, and Jessica Taylor to director of merchandise and hired Brandon Jetton as account executive, Drew Gehringer as corporate partnerships manager and Jen Yoger as group experience specialist.

The Columbus Blue Jackets named John Davidson president of hockey operations and alternate governor and Pete Olsen staff counsel.

PMI College hired Scott Morton (Santa Clara), Tom Reading (Detroit), Jordan Triphan (Stony Brook), Adam Whitt (Western Kentucky), and Jason Taylor and Jamie Levitt (Ball State) as college athletics managers of ticket programs and fan development, and hired Kati Nelson (ESPN DirecTV Classic), Ian Espada (ESPN Old Spice Classic), Wendell Toliver (ESPN Beef ‘O’Brady’s Bowl), Andrew Cochran (ESPN BBVA Compass Bowl), David Diaz (ESPN Gildan New Mexico Bowl), and Ryan Angle and Daniel Camillo (Military Bowl) as managers of ticket programs and fan development for collegiate events.

Shamrock Sports & Entertainment hired Rob Coppola as vice president of partnerships and analytics.

The Aspire Group promoted Alan Pandiani to team leader for Georgia Tech ticket sales.

Corporate Magic named April Roberts international account manager.

Twitter named Ben Grossman head of global operations for Twitter Media. Grossman was editor-in-chief of Broadcasting & Cable.


The Columbus Crew named Alex Caulfield senior director of communications, Sarah Ozello executive assistant to Crew president and general manager Mark McCullers, Andrew Flynn season ticket account executive and Doug Holmes and Donny Lewis ticket sales representatives.

Sports Commissions and Tourism Boards
San Antonio Sports named Russ Bookbinder president and chief executive officer, replacing Susan Blackwood, who is stepping down. Bookbinder is associate vice chancellor for corporate engagement at Texas Tech University.

The Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance named Michael Robson sports coordinator.

Branding Brand named Jeff Hennion president. Hennion was chief marketing officer and executive vice president of e-commerce for GNC.

The Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management at the Isenberg School of Management, UMass Amherst named Peter Carlisle executive-in-residence. Carlisle is managing director of Octagon’s Olympic and action sports division.

Awards and Boards
Brand Affinity Technologies named Al Weiss to its board of directors. Weiss was president of worldwide operations for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

The National Association of Sports Commissions announced Karin Aaron, Lindsay Arellano, Josh Dill, Roy Edmondson, Dave Plevich and Justin Stine have earned the Certified Sports Event Executive designation.

People news
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