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Faces and Places

Las Vegas was again the site for the Motorsports Marketing Forum, bringing together executives from across motorsports and bringing in some voices from outside the sport for panels, presentations and networking.
All photos by Kristina Paumen / Limelight Photography

Katherine Flee of FedEx, Paul Bamundo of Subway and Dave Grant of Team Epic

Luke Gilbert of Dover International Speedway and Ty Norris of Michael Waltrip Racing at an event reception

Jon Miller of NBC Sports was among the media executives discussing motorsports and its place in the larger sports TV rights marketplace.

Patrick Sandusky gave some insight on how the U.S. Olympic Committee responds to controversial situations.

Newly crowned Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski led off the proceedings with a One-on-One interview. Of his future in motorsports, Keselowski said, “I want to be a leader in the sport. I think you can be a leader in the sport without being a car owner.”

John Seifert, chairman and CEO of Ogilvy & Mather North America, discussed “Maneuvering Your Brand in an Ever-Changing Marketplace.”

Bruce Mosley of Retail Sports Marketing and Steve Harrison of Grand-Am Road Racing

Courtney Boggs, Shannon Branson and Lisa Pfeiffer of JMI

March of Dimes honorees

The 29th annual March of Dimes Sports Luncheon was held on Nov. 28 the Waldorf Astoria in New York and raised $850,000 for the nonprofit organization. Joining luncheon committee chairman and CBS Sports President Sean McManus (far right) are, from left: honorees Curtis Martin, Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee; Mary Wittenberg, New York Road Runners CEO; and Tony Petitti, president and CEO of MLB Network.

Maui's 'board' members

At the EA Sports Maui Invitational on Nov. 20 (from left): EA Sports’ Carolyn Feinstein; tournament chairman Dave Odom; former Virginia star Ralph Sampson, who now works for the Phoenix Suns; Josh Lesnik and Steve Skinner of KemperLesnik; and Brother Bernie Ploeger, Chaminade University president. The tourney marked the 30th anniversary of Chaminade’s upset of Sampson’s No. 1 Virginia team.

Celtics on Demand

Comcast announced a new season of programs available as part of Celtics on Demand on Nov. 14. From left: the Celtics’ Rich Gotham, Comcast’s Steve Hackley, Celtics hall of famer Bob Cousy, the Celtics’ Wyc Grousbeck, Comcast’s Bill Bridgen and the Celtics’ Ted Dalton.

Cycling for dollars

The Dolphins Cycling Challenge gave $2.2M to the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center on Nov. 25. University of Miami President Donna Shalala shakes hands with Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross as event CEO Michael Mandich looks on.

Travelers Championship raises $1.15M

At the Travelers Championship Charity Celebration on Nov. 13 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn. (from left): Frank Longobardi, CohnReznick managing partner; Nathan Grube, Travelers Championship tournament director; Andy Bessette, Travelers EVP and chief administrative officer; Jim Calhoun, former UConn men’s basketball coach; and Ray Lamontagne, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp chairman of the board. The 2012 tournament generated $1,154,000 for more than 100 charities throughout the region, the PGA Tour event announced.

Globalization panel at Columbia

Discussing globalization of sports at the seventh annual Ivy Sports Symposium at Columbia University in New York City on Nov. 16 were (from left) Peter Luukko, Comcast-Spectacor president; Simon Cummins, managing partner of global sports practice for Odgers Berndtson; Peter Moore, Electronic Arts COO; David Falk, founder and CEO of Falk Associates Management Enterprises; Heidi Ueberroth, president of NBA International; and Bob Bowman, president and CEO of MLB Advanced Media.

LPGA dinner guests

Before the LPGA Tournament Owners Association Year-End Partnership Dinner last month in Naples, Fla. (from left): the LPGA’s Jon Podany and Natalie Gulbis, Rolex’s Peter Nicholson, RR Donnelley’s Rick Ryan, Alexandra Gasser of Rolex Geneva and the LPGA’s Michael Whan.
Photo by: LPGA

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