Faces and Places
WISE Power Panel convenes in San Diego
|The WISE Executive Power Panel on March 12 at the San Diego Hall of Champions featured Dana Allen, Competitor Group SVP of business development; Sue Botos, San Diego Padres VP of community relations; and Jeanne Bonk, San Diego Chargers EVP and CFO. From left: Shanna Bright, Gema Tarango, Reba Robinson, Shana Reed, Botos, Allen, Bonk, Jennifer Stakiw, Sheri Jennum, Alex Mallen and Kari Mills.
Off to the races with a new name
|Karen Leetzow (left), NASCAR VP and deputy general counsel, and Lesa France Kennedy, NASCAR vice chair and EVP, help unveil United SportsCar Racing as the name of the series resulting from the merger of Grand-Am Road Racing and the American Le Mans Series. The event was March 14 at Sebring International Raceway. Leetzow and Kennedy serve on the board of directors for the series, which will debut in 2014.
GMR Marketing welcomes Vickers
|GMR Marketing hosted NASCAR driver Brian Vickers for a GMR Ignition Series event at its Charlotte office March 19. From left: GMR’s Jimmy Bruns and Sarah Davis, Vickers, GMR’s Mike Boykin and Cameron Wagner, and Rod Moskowitz, Fuel Sports Management Group CEO and Vickers’ agent. Fuel hosted lunch from Price’s Chicken Coop for 25 GMR employees to get to know Brian.
On court at Indian Wells
|A groundbreaking ceremony March 8 at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells marked the start of construction that will include a new Stadium 2. From left: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, tournament owner Larry Ellison, Ana Ivanovic, Victoria Azarenka and Novak Djokovic.
Job fair fellows
|The New England Revolution and Kraft Sports Group played host to the Executive Lecture and Sport Management and Entertainment Career Fair on March 23 at Showcase Live at Patriot Place. From left: Jim Davis, Boston Celtics director of ticket sales; Will Kuhns, MLS senior director of communications; Mark Lev, Fenway Sports Management managing director; New England Revolution President Brian Bilello; and Murray Kohl, New England Patriots VP of sales.
A happy third for Shamrock
|Shamrock Sports & Entertainment marked its third anniversary by welcoming more than 100 guests to its Portland, Maine, headquarters. From left: bagpiper Brian Young with Shamrock Sports & Entertainment President Brian Corcoran, EVP Rob Coppola and EVP Erik Hansson.
Colorful IMG College
|IMG College staffers participated in the Color Run 5K event March 16 in Winston-Salem, N.C. Doused in paint (from left) are Melanie Hatcher, Alisha Sleep, Ali Rankin, Tim Russo, Caroline D’Englere, Heidi Leigh and Jason Wilmoth.
Big East presidents gather with Fox Sports
|University presidents gathered in New York City on March 20 as the Big East and Fox Sports talked about their new media rights deal. From left: Fox Sports broadcaster Gus Johnson, Fox Sports President and COO Randy Freer, the Rev. Peter Donohue of Villanova, A. Gabriel Esteban of Seton Hall, MSG Sports EVP Joel Fisher, John DeGioia of Georgetown, the Rev. Donald Harrington of St. John’s, the Rev. Brian Shanley of Providence, the Rev. Timothy Lannon of Creighton, Fox Sports EVP Larry Jones, the Rev. Dennis Holtschneider of DePaul, the Rev. Michael Graham of Xavier, Jim Danko of Butler and the Rev. Scott Pilarz of Marquette.
Kaepernick camps with Kellogg’s
|San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick partnered with Kellogg’s to host a free youth football camp for 350 kids ages 7-14 on March 23 in San Francisco. The camp was part of Kellogg’s Share Breakfast Program. From left: Steve Mair, Ellen Mair and Nick Voss of Kellogg’s, Kaepernick, Jason Bernstein of XAM Sports and Eric Liebler of ProCamps.
|The U.S. Olympic Committee introduced some Olympians and Paralympians to friends of the organization at a fundraiser March 23 in Big Sky, Mont. U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun (left) and 2012 Para-cycling bronze medalist Sam Kavanagh (center) pose for a photo with a Team USA supporter.
Founders Medal winner
|Steve Nazro (left), VP of event scheduling at TD Garden, received the Hockey East Founders Medal during an on-ice ceremony at the Hockey East Semifinals at TD Garden on March 22. Presenting the award was Hockey East Commissioner Joe Bertagna.
Racing groups unite
|At an event announcing the technical license cooperation agreement among Grand-Am Road Racing, the International Motor Sports Association, DTM and Super GT on March 26 at the InterContinental Times Square Hotel in New York City (from left): Jens Marquardt, director, BMW Motorsport; Jim France, EVP and secretary, NASCAR, and founder, Grand-Am Road Racing; Hans Werner Aufrecht, ITR board member; Wolfgang Schattling, director of motorsport communications, Mercedes-Benz; and Juergen Pippig, executive board member, DTM ITR GmbH. The agreement could lead to a North American version of DTM, the German touring car series.
Golden A.C.E.S. Award
|Mike Sage (right) of Seminole IMG Sports Marketing was given the Tallahassee Network of Young Professionals “Top 20 Under 40” Golden A.C.E.S. Award in the sales category March 23. Sage received his award from Sean Donovan, VP of the organization.
NBA’s Silver visits China
|NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver (left) met with Li Ting, deputy chief editor of China Central Television, on March 19. The NBA is celebrating its 26th season on CCTV and recently expanded its partnership with a new comprehensive multiyear agreement. Silver was in Beijing and Shanghai meeting with business partners March 18-22.
Yormark opens gym
|Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark (holding ribbon’s end) is flanked by Madison Square Boys & Girls Club executives and young members in dedicating a Nets-themed renovated gym that Yormark funded in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, on March 27.
Louisville students visit Atlanta
|Graduate and undergraduate students in the University of Louisville Sport Administration program visited Atlanta, where they met with representatives from Collegiate Licensing Co., Team Epic, the Atlanta Sports Council, Georgia State Athletics, Collegiate Consulting Group and the Atlanta Hawks before getting a behind-the-scenes tour of Philips Arena and Turner Field March 21-23. Students received a behind-the-scenes tour of NBA TV studios in Atlanta by associate producer Darryl Marshall.
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