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People: Executive transactions

The Chicago White Sox named Jim Thome special assistant to general manager Rick Hahn.

Ripken Baseball named Geoffrey Lindsay director of corporate sales and Daniel Condon corporate sales manager.

The Class A Northwest League’s Salem-Keizer (Ore.) Volcanoes named Tom Leip president of business operations. Leip was general manager of FC Edmonton.

The Cleveland Cavaliers promoted Jeff Schaefer to basketball communications manager and Kevin O’Toole to senior director of business intelligence. The Cavaliers also named B.J. Evans director of basketball communications and Mike Conley vice president of digital. Evans was vice president of communications for the Charlotte Bobcats, and Conley was director of product and technology for Fox Sports Digital Media.

The Denver Nuggets named Ben Tenzer director of team operations.

The Los Angeles ClippersJoe Safety resigned from the position of vice president of communications.

Toronto Raptors President Bryan Colangelo stepped down from the position, and the Raptors named Jeff Weltman executive vice president of basketball operations. Weltman was assistant general manager for the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Big 12 Conference named Austin Anderson and Braxton Banning communications assistants and Riannon Rowley digital media assistant.

Carroll College promoted Bennett Mac-Intyre to associate athletic director and executive director of the Saints’ Athletic Association. MacIntyre will remain the men’s and women’s golf coach.

Columbus State University hired Bryan Senior as assistant athletic director for business operations.

Duquesne University named Jared Kramer director of ticket sales and service and Matt Wagner assistant director of ticket sales and service.

East Carolina University named Shelley Binegar associate athletic director of external operations. Binegar was associate athletic director for development and marketing at Northern Illinois University.

Grambling State University Athletic Director Percy Caldwell resigned.

Eastern Michigan University named Heather Lyke vice president and athletic director. Lyke was senior associate athletic director at Ohio State University.

The American Athletic Conference promoted Tom Odjakjian to senior associate commissioner for broadcasting and digital content, Mark Hodgkin to senior director of digital media, Michael Costa to director of football and video administration, and Lois DeBlois to executive assistant for administration. The conference named John Larson chief financial officer, Michael Coyne assistant director of broadcast scheduling, Catherine Carmignani branding and event coordinator and Jamie Corun digital communications coordinator.

Georgia State University promoted Jamie Boggs to executive senior associate athletic director, chief operating officer, and senior woman administrator, Todd Reeser to executive senior associate athletic director for development and sports services, Ike Fullard to senior associate athletic director for external affairs, and Misty Brown to assistant athletic director for development and special events.

The U.S. Military Academy named Stephanie Menio senior woman administrator. She will continue in her role as assistant athletic director for marketing.

High Point University promoted Jon Litchfield to associate athletic director for communications and Jared Micklos to associate athletic director for internal operations.

Louisiana Tech University Athletic Director Bruce Van De Velde stepped down from the position.

Loyola University Maryland promoted Amanda McClure to associate director of athletic communications and named Reilly Bradshaw assistant director of athletic communications for video production and Chris Archacki and Ryan Eigenbrode assistant athletic directors for business operations and communications, respectively.

Northern Kentucky University named Ken Bothof athletic director, effective Aug. 19. Bothof was athletic director at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Purdue University promoted Calvin Williams to associate athletic director and Mike Braughton, Doug Boersma and Tom Mitchell to assistant athletic directors.

The University of Arkansas named Patrick Pierson associate media relations director. Pierson was assistant athletic director for communications at Florida Gulf Coast University.

The University of California, Berkeley, named David Secor senior associate athletic director and chief financial officer. Secor was director of financial services for UCLA Capital Programs.

South Dakota State University named Adam Heemeyer assistant athletic director for ticket operations and Dan Haverkamp ticket sales coordinator.

Southeast Missouri University promoted Nate Saverino to assistant athletic director for external affairs.

The University of Alabama-Birmingham named Bill Lansden senior associate athletic director for external affairs. Lansden was associate athletic director at the University of Memphis.

The University of Louisiana at Monroe named Brian Wickstrom athletic director. Wickstrom was athletic director at the University of California, Riverside.

The University of Missouri promoted T.J. Leon to assistant athletic director for development and Carly Northup to assistant athletic director for external engagement.

The University of Oregon named Jody Sykes senior associate athletic director and chief compliance officer, effective July 29. Sykes was associate athletic director of compliance for the University of Louisville.

Washington State University named Ryan Donckers regional director of Spokane operations for the Cougar Athletic Fund. Donckers was sports sales manager for Red Lion Hotels.


Fields Inc. named Robert Ryan director of design. Ryan was owner and partner of Hughes, Good, O’Leary & Ryan, Inc.

The Cleveland Browns named Zak Gilbert director of communications, Frank Edgerly senior pro scout, and Brent Blaylock, Brendan Donovan, Matthew Manocherian and Patrick Moore college scouts. Gilbert was director of media relations for the Oakland Raiders.

The Seattle Seahawks promoted Tag Ribary to director of team operations, Trent Kirchner to director of pro personnel, Dan Morgan to assistant director of pro personnel and Josh Graff to national scout. The Seahawks also hired Jim Nagy as Southeast area scout.

The National Collegiate Hockey Conference named Josh Fenton commissioner. Fenton was senior associate athletic director of finance and administration for Miami University.

The San Jose Sharks named Ben Guerrero media relations manager. Guerrero was media relations manager for the Washington Capitals.

Team One promoted Jesse Sammons to management supervisor of experiential marketing and named Abby Peterson to assistant account executive for experiential marketing and Carly Campbell account coordinator for experiential marketing.

David Haas and Michael Vajda launched consulting, activation and experiential marketing company Synertia Partners.

Learfield Sports named Tatia Benkonvich senior account executive for its Fighting Illini Sports Properties at the University of Illinois. Benkonvich was senior business development manager for the Chicago Fire.

Octagon hired David Yates as managing director of golf in the firm’s athletes and personalities division. Yates was senior vice president at Gaylord Sports Management.

Repucom named Rod Millott global chief financial officer. Millott was a partner at Deloitte & Touche.

CBS Collegiate Sports Properties named Scott Stevens general manager and Brett Foltz and Evie Haertl account executives for its Shocker Sports Properties at Wichita State University.

Fenway Sports Management named Jennifer Flynn general counsel. Flynn will continue in her role as senior vice president and assistant general counsel for the Boston Red Sox.

Madison Sports Partnerships named Kyle Bruneau sponsorship sales associate.

Collegiate Consulting hired Sean McLain as director of tickets sales for Wichita State University, Mark Hazel as director of ticket sales for Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, David Shelton as director of ticket sales for Stetson University, and Ryan Majercik as director of ticket sales for the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

Dial Global named Ronald Furman chief revenue officer. Furman was executive vice president and managing director of Insignia Sports and Entertainment.

Fox Sports Midwest hired Stan McNeal and Ben Frederickson as writers and Mike Nahrstedt as digital content manager.

NBC Sports Group named Larry Eldridge Comcast SportsNet Northwest vice president and general manager, and Jim Prendergast and Dan Weinberg directors of sales for NBC Sports Ventures. Eldridge was Comcast SportsNet California general manager, Prendergast was NFuse Marketing sales and business development director, and Weinberg was Tough Mudder head of global sales.

Universal Sports Network hired Seth Rubinroit as communications coordinator.

Yahoo Sports Radio named Katherine Galanty vice president of affiliate relations. Galanty was vice president of affiliate relations for Sports USA.

NBC Universal named Nick Zaccardi OlympicTalk editor. Zaccardi was a writer with

The Outdoor Channel named Jim Liberatore president and chief executive officer. Liberatore was president of SportsTime Ohio.


Richard Childress Racing hired Joanne Stewart as senior manager of business development.

USA Gymnastics promoted Luan Peszek to vice president of the women’s program.

The U.S. Olympic Committee named Gordon Crawford chairman of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Foundation.

U.S. Speedskating Executive Director Mark Greenwald stepped down from the position.

USA Hockey named David Poile general manager for the 2014 U.S. Olympic team, Ray Shero associate general manager, Brian Burke director of player personnel, and Michael Gilbert media relations liaison.

Hockey Australia named Cam Vale chief executive. Vale was chief operating officer for the North Melbourne Football Club.

EPL club Liverpool named Sharon Tuff global partnership sales head. Tuff was commercial partnerships head for Volvo Ocean Race.

The Portland Timbers named Todd Spear vice president of corporate partnerships. Spear was director of strategic sports accounts for Portland-based design firm Downstream.

The Seattle Sounders hired Marc Nicholls to start the team’s U14 development academy program.

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