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People: Executive transactions

The San Diego Padres promoted Ray Chan to director of information technology.

The Brooklyn Nets promoted Frank Zanin to assistant general manager, Matt Riccardi to basketball operations manager, Sean Sweeney to video operations manager, Scott Sereday to statistical analyst, and Brennan Blair to video coordinator.

The NBA’s executive vice president of basketball operations, Stu Jackson, will step down from the position, effective Aug. 1, and will be replaced by Rod Thorn, Philadelphia 76ers president of basketball operations.

Albertus Magnus College named James Abromaitis athletic director. Abromaitis was executive director of the Capital City Economic Development Authority in Hartford, Conn.

Berry College named Tom Hart athletic director. Hart was athletic director at Webster University.

College of the Holy Cross Athletic Director Richard Regan Jr. stepped down from the position.

George Washington University named Garrett Klassy senior associate athletic director for external relations. Klassy was assistant athletic director and director of the Duck Athletic Fund at the University of Oregon.

Longwood University promoted Scott Bacon to associate athletic director for external relations, Maya Ozery to director of athletic academic services, Bryan Cornn to director of athletic business operations and Whitney Curtis to assistant director of marketing.

San Francisco State University Athletic Director Michael Simpson retired.

The Southeastern Conference named Mark Whitworth to the newly created position of associate commissioner for men’s basketball. Whitworth was associate commissioner of external affairs.

The U.S. Military Academy hired Garrett Munro as assistant athletic director and director of the Army A Club. Munro was assistant director of development at Miami University of Ohio.

The University of Nebraska hired Steve Waterfield as senior associate athletic director for performance and strategic research, effective Aug. 5. Waterfield was a senior administrator at the University of Miami.

ANC Sports Enterprises named Anthony Hardimon project manager, Geoff McClune tech support specialist, Jireh Billings Boston lead technician, Scott Dalton Indianapolis lead technician, Joe Crutchley Cleveland lead technician, John Lawson Washington, D.C., metro lead technician, Darla Stewart San Antonio lead technician, Melissa Goncalves client services account coordinator, and Alexis Cohen junior motion graphics designer.

Chicagoland Speedway promoted Dawn Martin to consumer marketing director, Nicole Meagher to communications director, and Tim Caputo to security manager.

HOK named Marc Arnold senior vice president and director of operations.

The College Football Playoff named Ken Elder director of marketing and strategic partnerships.

The Dallas Stars named Joe McDonnell amateur scouting director and Mark Leach head scout.

The ECHL hired Valerie Persinger as executive/marketing assistant. Persinger was project coordinator for Precision Sports Entertainment.

The ECHL’s Utah Grizzlies named Tim Branham coach and general manager.


Premier Partnerships promoted Kaitlyn Beale to manager of corporate partnerships.

Wasserman Media Group named Kim Smither to the newly created position of senior vice president of consulting.

The Aspire Group promoted Tony Garrett to director of ticket sales and service at Tulane and Alan Pandiani to manager of new business development.

IMG College named Loyd Childree general manager at Florida State, Ed Olsen general manager at Arizona State, Greg Ellis general manager at Drake, Brian Miller general manager at Kentucky, and Jon Kuka general manager at the Ohio Valley Conference and the Horizon League.

The Associated Press named Genaro Armas Wisconsin sportswriter.

YES Network promoted Mike Webb to vice president of broadcast operations and Rob Brinkmann to director of studio and production planning.

The World Fishing Network named Kim Carver president and chief executive officer and Steve Hurlbut adviser to the chief executive officer. Carver will continue her role as president and chief executive officer for Altitude Sports & Entertainment.

Multiteam Companies
AEG promoted Rob Reed to chief financial officer.

Insignia Sports & Entertainment hired Matt Grandis as vice president of corporate partnerships and media sales and Katie Grossman as director of partnership marketing. Grandis was senior director of national sales at IMG College, and Grossman was national program director at IMG College.

Sharks Sports & Entertainment promoted Jon Gustafson to vice president and named Joe Will general manager of the Worcester Sharks.

Reading FC named Ben Wells commercial director.

Sporting Goods and Apparel
Peter Millar named Steve Nedelka golf sales executive for the Midwest.

Sports Authority Chief Executive Officer Darrell Webb retired and will be replaced by Michael Foss. Foss was vice president and chief financial officer for Petco Animal Supplies.

Sports Commissions and Tourism Boards
The Louisville Sports Commission named Michael Moll chairman. Moll is senior vice president of PNC Bank.

GoVision promoted Jeff Williams to director of operations.

Richmond 2015, the organizing committee for the 2015 UCI Road World Championships, hired Jeannea Spence as global development director. Spence was founder of IndiSPENCEable Coaching.

The Los Angeles Marathon named Tracey Russell chief executive officer. Russell was executive director of the Atlanta Track Club.

Moffett Research named Michael Nathanson senior media analyst. Nathanson was managing director at Nomura Securities.

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association hired Jim Mulvihill as director of media and industry relations. Mulvihill was communications and pari-mutuel marketing manager for Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots.

Sports Group International named Rob Grady vice president of sports business. Grady was sports licensing and e-commerce director for Sun Capital Partners.

Student-Athlete Showcase named Caroline O’Connor director of worldwide golf recruiting. O’Connor was women’s golf coach at Stanford University.

Awards and Boards
Rossetti design lead Matthew Taylor won the Young Architect of the Year Award from the American Institute of Architects Michigan.

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters named Spartan Sports Network owners Will Tieman and Wendy Hart as Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame honorees.

People news
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