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People: Executive transactions

Cleveland Indians senior vice president of sales and business development Vic Gregovits stepped down from the position.

The University of Iowa hired Lyla Clerry as associate athletic director for compliance and Liz Tovar as associate athletic director for student-athlete academic support services. Clerry was assistant athletic director at Arizona State University, and Tovar was associate athletic director for student-athlete academic support services at Northern Illinois University.

The University of Massachusetts-Lowell promoted Kristi Stake to associate athletic director for compliance and student athlete services and named Tracy Ellis-Ward senior associate athletic director for internal operations. Ellis-Ward was director of the multicultural education center for Gonzaga University.

The University of Southern Mississippi named Bill McGillis athletic director. McGillis was executive associate athletic director at the University of South Florida.

Western Illinois University hired Tommy Bell as athletic director, effective Aug. 12. Bell was athletic director at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

University of North Carolina Wilmington deputy director of athletics Pat Howey is retiring, effective Aug. 31.

Texas Christian University promoted Mike Sinquefield to associate athletic director for administration and Matt Lewis to director of football operations.

SMG Canada named Ken Noakes general manager for the new St. Catharines Spectator Facility in Ontario. Noakes was general manager at the K-Rock Centre in Kingston, Ontario.

The PGA of America named Calvin Fields account executive.

The U.S. Golf Association named Joe Sprague director of regional affairs for the Northeast. Sprague was executive director for the Massachusetts Golf Association.


The American Hockey League promoted Nathan Costa to vice president of team business services and Maria Lauring to director of team business analytics.

The Central Hockey League’s St. Charles (Mo.) Chill hired Lou Siville as vice president of sales and marketing.


Premier Partnerships promoted Uzma Rawn to senior director of corporate partnerships.

IMG College named Tim Shannehan vice president of national sales. Shannehan was vice president of sales for luxury travel company Inspirato.

The Aspire Group promoted Kevin Dwan to director of sales and service at the U.S. Military Academy, Michael Johnson to team leader of premium sales at Tulane University, and Bryan Avolio to manager of ticket sales and service at the University of California, Riverside. The Aspire Group hired Analisa Trstensky as senior sales consultant at the
University of Maryland; Benjamin Monat, Melvin Powell, Leslie Tanner and Lara Ceaser as sales consultants at the University of Maryland; Merritt Peasley, Sammy Soliman, David Foster and Neil Orvis as sales consultants at Arizona State University; Simon Scholl and Jessica Martin as sales consultants at Georgia Tech University; and Roy Tidwell, Eddie Delgado and Coleman Feeley as sales consultants at the University of North Texas.

Comcast SportsNet hired Scott Bair as a reporter covering the Oakland Raiders. Bair covered the San Diego Padres for and The Associated Press.

Fox Sports named Roy Hamilton senior vice president of talent development; Judy Boyd, Kent Camera and Jacob Ullman vice presidents of production; Michael Hughes executive producer for “Fox Sports Live”; and Azzie Mackenzie, Bardia Shah-Rais and Brad Zager coordinating producers for Fox Sports 1.

Time Warner named Joseph Ripp chief executive officer, effective in September. Ripp was chief executive officer of OneSource Information Services.

The NHRA hired Taylor Parkerson as sales and marketing manager at Atlanta Dragway.

IRG Sports & Entertainment hired Daniel Carpenter as business development consultant, Aidy Alonzo as vice president of marketing and communications and Hillary O’Brian as vice president of finance and administration.

Major League Soccer and Soccer United Marketing named Susan Fiore legal counsel, Ken Garland senior operations developer for MLS Digital, Jennifer Carroll director of human resources, Pablo Zárate Fuentes director of SUM International, Ryan Gmerek analyst for strategic planning and research, Andrew Ju staff accountant, Samuel Harrington publisher relations account manager for MLS Digital Properties, Robert Hines community relations manager for MLS Works, Lauren Brophy manager of corporate communications, Susan Marschall coordinator of sports communications, Clarisse Bidad digital designer for MLS Creative Services, and Steve Mandelbaum designer for MLS Creative Services.

Team/Venue Companies

The Brooklyn Nets promoted Kari Cohen to counsel for legal and business affairs, Tony Brasile to director of operations, Jared Kaye to senior manager of financial and ticket analysis, Erin Cauthen to senior manager of marketing, and Angelica Shuhala to coordinator of event marketing. Barclays Center promoted Sean Saadeh to senior vice president of programming and Emily Rand to director of franchise marketing. The Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center promoted Fred Mangione to chief revenue officer to add to his role as chief marketing officer, Marie Chindamo to executive vice president of human resources, John Baier to senior director of premium sales, Andrew Newman to director of corporate sponsorship development, Justin Baier to senior graphic designer, Illiana Blackshear to account executive and partnership marketing and hospitality manager, and Christopher Harrington to legal analyst and executive assistant to the chief legal officer.

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