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Volume 20 No. 42

People and Pop Culture

The Portland Trail Blazers named Dewayne Hankins vice president of marketing and digital. Hankins was senior director of digital strategy at AEG Sports.

Austin Peay University Athletic Director Dave Loos is stepping down from the position. Loos will continue in his role as men’s basketball coach.

The University of Maryland promoted Carrie Blankenship to assistant athletic director of championships and community engagement.

The University of North Carolina Pembroke named Dick Christy athletic director. Christy was associate athletic director for external relations at North Carolina State University.

The University of North Carolina Wilmington named Rob Aycock senior associate athletic director and executive director of the Seahawk Club. Aycock was associate athletic director for external relations at High Point University.


Fields Inc. promoted Pete Fox to vice president of quality assurance, Jeff Scott to operations manager and Michael Harris to senior project manager.

ANC Sports Enterprises hired Shawn Dunbar as senior motion graphics designer, Jerry Cifarelli Jr. as account executive for new business development, Joe Occhipinti as junior account executive for client services and Kelly Whipple as communications and marketing assistant. A.J. Faxel was promoted to vice president of operations and client services, and Dan Fumai was named executive vice president of finance and operations. Malik Khan was named vice president of projects and integration, Shane Chinnon-Rhoden deployment specialist, Greg Terlizzi director of client services and new business development, Garett Hickman technical support manager and Bryce Fitzpatrick operations assistant.

Turner Construction Co. promoted Robert Rayborn to vice president.

True Capital Management named Lisa Barringer director of business management and Joseph Lum client relations associate.

Bill Prescott resigned as chief financial officer for the Jacksonville Jaguars but will remain on as an adviser to Kelly Flanagan, the Jaguars’ new vice president of finance and planning.

Golf Digest named Molly Baldwin editorial operations director for Baldwin was group director of Conde Nast productions.


Full House Sports Marketing promoted Brandon Steffek to director of sales.

Buffalo Communications promoted Scott Leightman to public relations director and Glenn Gray to public relations manager.

Cenergy named Clive Maclean executive vice president. Maclean was chief executive officer of Havas 4D Chicago.

Engine Shop named Beth Accardi account executive. Accardi was the director of premium services for the New York Giants.

IMG College promoted Kary Brock to vice president of marketing.

Las Vegas Events named Ashleigh Stevens corporate marketing coordinator.

Madison Sports Partnerships named Mark Iandolo sponsorship sales and marketing coordinator and Ian Shaw human resources assistant.

U/S Sports Advisors named Marcus Fischer director of business development. Fischer was sales director for the global events division of Octagon.

Yolanda Jackson launched female athlete marketing and promotions firm Yolanda L. Jackson & Associates. Jackson was senior director of athlete marketing and promotions at the Women’s Sports Foundation.


ESPN promoted Adam Smith to vice president of digital ad operations in its sales and marketing business operations team.

MLB Network promoted Lou Barricelli to media relations specialist.

Comcast SportsNet promoted Jason Liu to local sales manager.

Back9Network named Steven Shaw vice president of production

and operations.

Fox Sports Media Group promoted Kai Dhaliwal to senior vice president of business and legal affairs.

Campus Insiders named Bonnie Bernstein vice president of content and brand development.

Comcast SportsNet promoted Marsha Perez to research manager.

Golf Channel hired Jeff Cravens as general manager of Golf Channel Digital and promoted Mike Lowe to vice president of product development and user experience.

Sportsman Channel hired Marc Fein as executive vice president for programming and production.


Sporting Kansas City promoted Chris Flynn to manager of group sales; Zack Robinson, Casey Miles and Beth Brittain to senior account executives; and Josh Frishberg, Darin Canova and Deanna Repollet to account executives.

Sporting Goods and Apparel
Nike’s Jordan Brand hired Sarah Mensah as senior director of strategic planning. Mensah was formerly chief operating officer for the Portland Trail Blazers.

Puma hired Shirley Justice as general manager of global sourcing. Justice was director of sustainable manufacturing and sourcing materials for Nike.

City Sports named Ted Manning chief merchandising officer. Manning was the executive vice president of Eastern Mountain Sports.

Lululemon Chief Product Officer Sheree Waterson is stepping down from the position.

Awards and Boards
The Andy Roddick Foundation named to its board of directors foundation chairman Andy Roddick, foundation CEO Jeff Lau, Billie Jean King, Paul Bell, Andy Esparza, Maria Farahani and Phillip Meyers.

People news
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When Champions speak, people listen.
That was the case again April 3, when the 2013 class of our Champions in Sports Business received their awards at a luncheon during the first day of the IMG World Congress of Sports in Naples, Fla. In accepting the honor, they spoke about commitment, leadership and relationship building, something all six displayed on their way to becoming legends in the industry. Here are excerpts from each of the acceptance speeches.



“The sports world is a small world, and when people get together and when you’re trying to create business or negotiate deals, it’s your people skills that really matter. And I try to tell people two words in this field are so important, and if you can build on them, you’re going to be successful in whatever you do. And those words are ‘relationships’ and ‘trust.’ And if you can build relationships on trust, you will be very successful in whatever you choose to do.’’


“This morning, at about 10 after 7 o’clock, I walked through the airport in Atlanta as I changed planes to get here, and in the distance, somebody said, ‘Coach.’ I turned around and there was a young man, I call him young, probably about 65 years old, who played on a football team for me at East Lansing High School in 1964. That is the essence of sport. Whatever your role is, whatever your company may be, whatever million-dollar contract you may negotiate. Nothing ever replaces the heart of a champion, the commitment to excellence, the dedication to winning, and understanding what it takes to make that happen.”


“The one moment and picture that I have to tell you I would still rather be part of — and I love sports, believe me — is wearing the uniform of the United States of America. When I came back from Vietnam, there were not many people who thanked us for our service. In today’s world, all of you do. And I thank each of you for that because it means so much to every American woman and man fighting person that’s over in other parts of the world defending our freedom.”


“Ordinary people can do extraordinary things. Well, we were a band of ordinary people at ESPN in those early ’80s. Men and women. And we did not leave women on the bench, mostly. We were all pioneers. We were filled with determination, conviction, against tremendous skepticism. We became a Cinderella team. People said, ‘What are they doing here? What is she doing here? Why did they bring her to the big dance?’ Well, this is my ball, my game, my championship season.”


“Great leaders have a heart for people. They care about people. They are interested in other people. They have empathy for people. What I’m really trying to say is, they love people. Eddie Robinson, the classic longtime football coach at Grambling, said, ‘You’ve got to coach every player as if he’s going to marry your daughter.’”


“This honor really represents a current that runs through my dad’s life and a current, I think, that runs through all the honorees we’ve heard up here. We’ve heard the timeless moniker of success in real estate, which is location, location, location. And my father would say relationships, relationships, relationships. His presence, his servant leadership, integrity and empathy, make him the ultimate mentor.”

This year’s Forty Under 40 class received their awards and the applause of friends, family and peers at a dinner April 4 at the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, Fla.


Members of the Forty Under 40 Class of 2013 posed for their group portrait at the ceremony honoring them April 4 in Naples, Fla.

Holly Sonders, co-host of Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive,” handled MC duties …

… along with her fellow “Morning Drive” co-host Ahmad Rashad.

Past winners get together: AmEx’s Rich Lehrfeld, Scott O’Neil, and MSG Sports’ Ron Skotarczak

This year’s entrants into the Forty Under 40 Hall of Fame: three-time winners Merritt Paulson, Mike McCarley, Greg Luckman and Sam Kennedy

CAA’s Mike Levine, Jay Adya of Evolution Media Capital, and Greg Luckman and Paul Danforth of CAA

Carl Mittleman of Aramark shares the stage with one of the program’s co-hosts, Holly Sonders.

Nearly 400 people gathered to salute this year’s class of honorees.

Matt Lederer of Comcast, Dave Rosenberg of GMR Marketing, Andrew Cohen of Visa and Mike Boykin of GMR Marketing

Alec Scheiner of the Cleveland Browns, Bill Rhoda of Legends Sales & Marketing and Sashi Brown of the Browns

From the Aramark contingent: Andy Shipe, Marc Bruno, Kira and Gary Jacobus, and Brent Franks

Issa Sawabini of Fuse, Adam Harter of Pepsi and wife Rachel Harter, Robbie Tran of Pepsi, and Megan Hughes of Genesco Sports Enterprises

Craig Karmazin (second from left) with (from left) father Mel Karmazin, wife Kelli Gabel, sister Dina Elkins and stepmother Terry Karmazin

Brothers Joe and Michael Ondrejko — Joe from the Philadelphia 76ers and Michael from Legends —and Brent Stehlik of the Cleveland Browns

Tom Garfinkel of the San Diego Padres and Merritt Paulson of the Portland Timbers

Publisher Richard Weiss applauds with the crowd as the honorees come across the stage to begin the evening.

Cubs owner Tom Ricketts, Mike Boykin and Greg Busch of GMR Marketing, and W Partners’ Wally Hayward

Heat owner Micky Arison, wife Kelly Arison, Jocelyn Woolworth, husband Eric Woolworth of the Heat and AmericanAirlines Arena

Chris Oliviero’s career is steeped in radio, having started as an intern with “The Howard Stern Show” in 1996. A longtime executive with CBS Radio, Oliviero now is responsible for CBS Sports Radio, which launched at the start of this year. He oversees its day-to-day operation as senior vice president of programming.

— By John Ourand

Photo by: CBS RADIO

There’s a huge trend of ex-athletes choosing sports radio for a second career. Boomer Esiason, NFL MVP, has a great career going on local sports radio in New York, on WFAN. Donovan McNabb just signed to do a national show with NBC Sports Radio. Tiki Barber signed up with us nationally on CBS Sports Radio.

What works in sports talk radio?:
Sports radio is more based about going behind the numbers. It’s more about dissecting the game and fan interaction. So it’s really more opinion based; it’s commentary based. It’s more arguments and heated discussions.

What doesn’t work?: Don’t be boring. … It’s got to be interesting. You might know what you’re talking about, but if you don’t know how to deliver it with a little bit of style and a little bit of pizzazz, it’s going to literally fall on deaf ears.

Identify an industry trend: The migration of sports talk radio from being an exclusively AM-only product to also now residing on FM, which historically has been the home of music stations.

The national radio market: What we love about our approach at CBS is that we’re doing both local and national sports radio. Right now, in seven major markets we have a duopoly set up with two sports stations: a local one and a national one. … We totally are dedicated to local sports; we think the opportunity is to complement that with the national approach.

What can sports radio learn from Howard Stern?: Respect your audience. One of the hallmarks of Howard’s longevity is the relationship he’s built with his audience. Everyone in sports should follow that. Never take the fans for granted. They pay all of our checks.

Who would make a good sports radio host?:
Charles Barkley. He’s clearly opinionated, he doesn’t shy away from tough topics, he’s a great personality, he’s a great showman. He’s an entertainer at heart.