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People: Executive transactions

The Houston Astros named Reid Ryan president of business operations. Ryan was president and chief executive officer of Ryan-Sanders Baseball, which owns and operates the Class AA Corpus Christi (Texas) Hooks and the Class AAA Round Rock (Texas) Express baseball clubs.

Arkansas State University named Mickey Ryan associate athletic director for external relations.

Mississippi State University named Scott Wetherbee senior associate athletic director for external affairs. Wetherbee was assistant athletic director for marketing and ticket operations for East Carolina University.

Northern Arizona University named Mark Urick and Ryan Weigand directors of development. Urick was acting director of development for the University of Delaware, and Weigand was athletic club coordinator for Long Beach State University.

Southeast Missouri University named Rachel Blunt assistant athletic director for compliance. Blunt was director of compliance for the University of Tennessee.

Syracuse University promoted Brady Rourke to associate director of the Stevenson Academic Center for Student-Athlete Development.

Texas A&M International University named Gilbert Zimmermann athletic director. Zimmermann was the athletic director at Lake Erie College.

The University of Arkansas named Mike Waddell senior associate athletic director. Waddell was athletic director at Towson University.

The University of South Dakota named Dave Williams senior associate athletic director for external affairs. Williams was athletic director at Kentucky Wesleyan College.

The University of Virginia named Steve Pritzker chief financial officer and associate athletic director for business operations.


The Madison Square Garden Co. promoted Ron Skotarczak to executive vice president of marketing partnerships.

The Kansas City Chiefs promoted Mike Borgonzi to assistant director of pro scouting, Dom Green to assistant director of college scouting, Brett Veach to pro and college personnel analyst and Ryan Poles to college coordinator. The Chiefs also hired Will Lewis as director of pro scouting, Randy Ball as pro scouting assistant, and Trey Koziol as an area scout.

The Atlanta Falcons promoted Mark Olson to national scout.

The Buffalo Bills promoted Doug Whaley to general manager and hired Jim Monos as director of player personnel and Kelvin Fisher as director of college scouting.

The Chicago Bears promoted Mark Sadowski to senior national scout.

The College Football Playoff named Gina Chappin senior director of communications and brand management. Chappin is the owner of Dolce Sports Media.

The California Golf Course Owners Association named Marc Connerly executive director. Connerly is vice president of Connerly & Associates.

The ECHL hired Rich Bello as director of team business development. Bello was director of ticket sales at Seton Hall University.

The Boston Bruins hired Kevin Stone as season-ticket account executive.

Scarinci Hollenbeck named Moe Vela director of the firm’s new Washington, D.C., office.


Learfield Sports named Brian Gabel general manager of Northern Iowa University Panther Sports Properties. Gabel was general manager at Drake University for IMG College Sports Marketing.

Cox Group named Brad Brown partner. Brown was vice president of sports and entertainment marketing for Anheuser-Busch.

KemperLesnik named Christie Zielinski group account director and Curt Gruber vice president of sports and event marketing. Zielinski was vice president of communications for Cushman/Amberg Communications, and Gruber was vice president of business development for the Chicago Wolves.

Madison Sports Partnerships named Aiyana Welsh account executive.

Headline Media Management promoted Mark Zimmerman to vice president of talent and marketing and Brian Jacobs to vice president. Jon Stein was hired as associate director of talent and marketing.

Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic hired Clifton Brown to cover the Baltimore Ravens. Brown covered the NFL for Sporting News.

Tennis Channel named Ross Schneiderman senior coordinating producer. Schneiderman was an NFL producer for CBS.

Universal Sports promoted Scott Brown to chief executive officer, replacing David Sternberg, who stepped down from the position, and named Robert James vice president of programming. James was the regional director of content and general manager for Comcast Entertainment Television.

Horizon Media named Marianne Gambelli executive vice president and chief investment officer. Gambelli was a broadcast sales executive for NBC.

Fox Sports 1 named Andy Roddick co-host for “Fox Sports Live.”

LockerDome named Keith Cutler senior vice president of strategic partnerships. Cutler was the senior vice president of sales and business development at CBS Television Stations Digital Media Group.

New England Sports Network senior coordinating director Mike Narracci is stepping down from the position.

Multiteam Companies
Fenway Sports Management named John Clark senior vice president of sales. Clark was vice president of team sales for the New York Knicks, Rangers and Liberty at Madison Square Garden Co.

DHR International named Adrian McBride executive vice president in the firm’s St. Louis office.

Professional Bull Riders promoted Ellen Newberg to vice president of event marketing. named Cristine Hurley chief financial officer. Hurley was a partner at Pro Forma Advisors.

NYC & Co. named Jeff Mohl vice president of sports marketing.

Awards and Boards
Good Sports named Amy Latimer to its board of directors. Latimer is president of TD Garden.

People news
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