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People: Executive transactions


The Milwaukee Brewers promoted Tom Flanagan to senior director of baseball operations, Mike Vassallo to senior director of media relations and Vicki Wise to director of accounting.

Kathleen Clark is stepping down as vice president of marketing and strategy for the Houston Astros.

SMG promoted Christine Pileckas to director of sales and marketing for Intrust Bank Arena.


Team Epic promoted Josh Battles to associate, Nuvia Guzman and Matt Barth to manager, Kurt Russell to senior manager and Jonathan Halitsky to director.

IMG College named Kevin Hickey senior account executive at UConn IMG Sports Marketing and Peter Sachs senior account executive for Syracuse IMG Sports Marketing. IMG Learfield Ticket Solutions named Kyle Manigold senior sales representative at the University of Arkansas, Carly Venick general manager of

North Carolina State University and Zach Ziler general manager at the University of Arkansas.

Dentsu Sports Asia named Josh Burack senior vice president, head of television, media and sponsorship.

Back9Network named Robert Abbott executive vice president of production and content development. Abbott was senior coordinating producer of content development at ESPN.


Fox Sports South, Fox Sports Carolinas, Fox Sports Tennessee and SportSouth named Randy Stephens executive producer. Stephens was the senior vice president of broadcast for the Memphis Grizzlies.

LockerDome hired Mark Lewis as chief financial officer. Lewis was principal at Advantage Capital Partners.

Golf Channel promoted David Piccolo to vice president and creative director and named Israel DeHerrera supervising producer of teases and features and Jeff Neubarth coordinating producer for “Morning Drive.”

Penske Racing named Jeremy Troiano media relations representative. Troiano was media

relations representative for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Sports Commissions and Tourism Boards
The Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau named Cree Crawford head of sports and entertainment tourism. Crawford was chief operating officer for the Tulsa Talons.

The Ivan Lendl International Junior Tennis Academy named Rob Castorri

executive director. Castorri was president of the Georgia Professional Tennis Association.

Madison Sports Partnerships hired James Bell to handle business development for national and regional corporate accounts, Rashad Elby as director of athlete and talent engagement and Cameron Titus as sales assistant.

USA Synchro hired Julie Fabsik-Swarts as executive director. Fabsik-Swarts was the director of development and marketing for EducationWorks. hired Chris Olsen as chief financial officer. Olsen was vice president of internal audit at Liberty Media Corp.

Awards and Boards
Kennametal named Cindy Davis to its board of directors. Davis is a vice president of Nike and president of Nike Golf.

USA Basketball re-elected Jerry Colangelo as chairman of its board of directors.

People news
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