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People: Executive transactions

The Boston Celtics named sports attorney Vered Yakovee associate counsel.

Charlotte Bobcats vice president of communications B.J. Evans stepped down from the position. Additionally, the Bobcats named Dave Beck vice president of marketing partnerships. Beck was vice president of corporate partnerships for the Chicago Fire.

Milwaukee Bucks director of ticket sales Jim Grayson and assistant director of ticket sales David Trattner both resigned. The Bucks named Jamie Morningstar vice president of ticket sales and service, Theodore Loehrke senior vice president and chief revenue officer, Ron Walter executive vice president of business administration, John Steinmiller executive vice president of business operations, Mike Burr executive vice president and chief financial officer, Jim Woloszyk vice president of finance and accounting, Dan Smyczek vice president of public relations, David Snyder vice president of corporate partnerships, Skip Robinson vice president of community relations and player development, Michael Grahl vice president of digital platforms, and Dustin Godsey vice president of marketing.

The Minnesota Timberwolves promoted Mike Welch to director of partnership sales.

Bradley University hired Brook Buzard as director of marketing and new media and Jack Craig as coordinator of event management and facilities.

Marshall University named Andrew Donovan associate athletic director of compliance. Donovan was the director of education and communications for compliance at Louisiana State University.

Harvard University promoted Tim Williamson to director of athletic communications.

Lewis and Clark College director of physical education and athletics Clark Yeager resigned from the position.

The University of Central Florida named Mark Wright assistant vice president and senior associate athletic director for athletics development. Wright was the managing director of development for athletics at Marquette University.

The University of Michigan promoted Bob Lopez to associate athletic director of football and named Nolan Jones director of football operations. Jones was the assistant athletic director for football at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Western Washington University athletic director and women’s basketball coach Lynda Goodrich retired.

McNeese State University named Danielle Mayeaux marketing and ticket sales director.

Fairmont State University named Tim McNeely athletic director. McNeely was tournament director of the PGA Tour’s Greenbrier Classic.

The University of North Dakota promoted Daniella Irle to deputy athletic director. Irle will continue to serve as senior woman administrator.

Wheaton College named Shawn Medeiros sports information director.

The Chicago Bears promoted Kevin Turks to director of pro scouting and named Dwayne Joseph associate director of pro scouting.

The Cleveland Browns named Kevin Griffin vice president of fan experience and marketing. Griffin was director of fan development for the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Founders FC.

The Denver Broncos named Tom Heckert director of pro personnel. Heckert was general manager for the Cleveland Browns.

The Jacksonville Jaguars promoted Andy Dengler to assistant director of player personnel and hired Kyle O’Brien as director of college scouting, Paul Roell as assistant director of college scouting, Mark Ellenz as Eastern regional scout, and Chris Polian as director of pro personnel.

The Kansas City Chiefs hired Chris Ballard as director of player personnel. Ballard was director of pro scouting for the Chicago Bears.

Pittsburgh Steelers special assistant for pro and college personnel Joe Greene retired.

The San Diego Chargers named JoJo Wooden director of player personnel and Kevin Kelly director of college scouting. Wooden was assistant director of player personnel and Kelly was personnel scout for the New York Jets.

The San Francisco 49ers promoted Quentus Cumby to assistant director of pro personnel.

The PGA of America named Jimmy Terry general manager at PGA Village. Terry was PGA senior general manager for PGA Tour Golf Course Properties at both TPC San Antonio and TPC Harding Park.

The Columbus Blue Jackets hired Joe Andrade as vice president of ticket sales and service and Kelly Jones as director of service and retention.

BDA Sports Management hired Alyson Furch to lead all communications and publicity projects for client and marketing initiatives. Furch was communications manager at Madison Square Garden.

Hillary Mandel, IMG Media senior vice president of programming and distribution, assumed responsibilities for U.S.-based acquisitions and distribution. She also co-manages IMG Media in Canada.

GroupM ESP hired Jennifer Cascino and Andy Slate as account directors and Courtney Reilly and Robin Shapiro as account executives.

Check Into Cash named Chuck Flannagan director of corporate sponsorships and social media. Flannagan was manager of corporate sponsorships for Aflac.

PromaxBDA named Barry Janoff director of sports media marketing initiatives.

Comcast SportsNet Bay Area hired Erin Coscarelli as an anchor and reporter.

DirecTV Sports Networks named David Woodman general manager of Root Sports in the Rocky Mountain region. Woodman was the managing director of the Americas for Motive Television.

ESPN promoted Aaron Taylor to senior vice president of marketing.

ESPNU programming coordinator Meghan O’Leary stepped down to pursue a spot on the U.S. women’s rowing team.

Major League Soccer and Soccer United Marketing hired Pablo Zarate as director of SUM International Properties, Bryce Kahle as senior Web developer for MLS Digital, Abner Aceves as producer/editor for MLS Digital, and Jesus Rodriguez as coordinator of team administration.

Sporting Goods and Apparel
Speedo USA named Brad Little vice president of sales for footwear, bags and packs. Little was the vice president of footwear product marketing for Brown Athletic.

The U.S. Travel Association named Jonathan Grella senior vice president of public affairs. Grella was senior adviser and director of communications for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

New York Road Runners promoted Jim Heim to vice president of event development and operations and named John Gassner vice president of business development and strategic partnerships and Michael Rodgers vice president of development and philanthropy.

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association named David Saddler executive director.

Awards and Boards
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation named Ben Sutton to its board of trustees. Sutton is president of IMG College.

The Sports Video Group appointed Tom Sahara chairman. Sahara is vice president of operations and technology at Turner Sports.


The Association of Racing Commissioners’ international board of directors named John Ward executive director.

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse named Brian Lammi a recipient of the Rada Distinguished Alumni Award. Lammi is the founder and chief executive officer of Lammi Sports Management.

People news
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