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People: Executive transactions

The independent Atlantic League York Revolution named Nate Tile vice president of business development. Tile was director of sales for the Central Penn Business Journal.

The Golden State Warriors named Jennifer Cabalquinto chief financial officer. Cabalquinto was vice president and chief financial officer for Universal Studios Hollywood.

The Sacramento Kings named Darrin Gross senior director of partnership marketing and business development. Gross was senior director of corporate partnerships for the Oakland A’s.

The NBA D-League Sioux Falls (S.D.) Skyforce named Adam Simon general manager of basketball operations. Simon will remain director of player personnel for the Miami Heat.

Belmont University hired Lauren Eads as associate athletic director and senior woman administrator. Eads was assistant director of marketing at St. Leo University.

The Big Ten Conference promoted Brenda Hilton to director of building services and named Kimberly Smith director of human resources, Brandon Winbush director of information technology, Tony Buyniski and Brian Keidel video services staff, and Adam Augustine and Brett McWethy associate directors of communications.

Clemson University named Joe Galbraith assistant athletic director for communications. Galbraith was assistant athletic director for media relations at Mississippi State University.

Concordia University named Amy Dames Smith assistant athletic director for compliance and academic support.

Eastern Michigan University named Tony Orlando assistant director of marketing. Orlando was director of marketing and promotions at Eastern Illinois University.

Fresno State University hired Michael Boele as senior associate athletic director for administration and senior woman administrator. Boele was associate athletic director for business and finance at Florida Atlantic University.

Hofstra University named Jim Gibbons associate athletic director for NCAA education and compliance services and Dino Mattessich deputy athletic director. Gibbons was assistant athletic director for academics and compliance at Wagner College, and Mattessich was an athletics and recreation consultant to the University of Hartford.

Long Beach State University hired Lindsey Romine as assistant athletic director of development. Romine was executive director of the La Costa Canyon Foundation for La Costa Canyon High School.

Babson College hired Jeremy Viens as athletics communications director.

The Mountain West Conference hired Mike Waller as senior associate commissioner and chief financial officer.

Ohio University named Tanner Smith assistant athletic director for multimedia marketing. Smith was new media director for 20/20 Visual Media.


Daytona International Speedway named David Strahan director of business development. Strahan was senior account manager and account executive at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

SMG promoted Chris Kibler to assistant general manager and director of finance.

Billy Casper Golf promoted Mike Cutler and Joel Gohlmann to senior vice president.

The Columbus Blue Jackets named retired NHL player Jody Shelley broadcast associate and team ambassador.

The Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation named Sarah Dwyer coordinator of healthy living programs.

The Florida Panthers named Tom Grace director of team services.

The NHL named Stephen Walkom senior vice president and director of officiating. Walkom replaces Terry Gregson, who is retiring but will stay on as a consultant.

The St. Louis Blues promoted Chris Pinkert to director of digital media, Andrew Abrams to video production manager, Alex Jones to mascot coordinator and Kevin Casey to guest services manager, and named Jay Roberts senior vice president of operations and booking. Roberts was senior vice president of operations and booking for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Horse Racing
Great British Racing International named Carter Carnegie international executive. Carnegie was the senior vice president of sales for the Breeders’ Cup.


Advantage International hired Mark Pozorski as director of strategic planning.

The Aspire Group hired James Shaver as a sales consultant at Tulane University.

Octagon promoted Aldo Kafie to group director of the access unit of its North American marketing and events division.

TBWA/Chiat/Day Los Angeles named Peter Ravailhe managing director of the agency’s Gatorade account.

Collegiate Consulting hired Ossie Hamrick as division manager of ticket sales and services, Scott Friedman as general manager at the University of Illinois, Chris Gerycz and Tad Margolies as account executives for the University of Illinois, Bill Applebee as general manager at Bowling Green State University, and Michael Pence as director of ticket sales at Wichita State University.

JMI named Chris Long vice president of client services international, effective in early September. Long was head of sponsorship in the U.K. retail division for RBS.

Nelligan Sports Marketing named Chris Blair general manager at Georgia Southern University and Julie Lehr general manager at Duquesne University.

Phizzle hired Michael Falato as vice president of sales and business development. Falato was senior vice president of sales and business development for Mobivity.

Red Bull North America named Sean Eggert head of sports marketing.

Al-Jazeera America hired Neal Scarbrough as senior executive producer for sports programming and Jeff Green as executive producer for sports programming. Scarbrough was vice president of digital media for Comcast’s Versus, and Green was supervising producer of special events for Current TV.

ESPN promoted Sara Gotfredson to vice president of multimedia sales.

Associated Press Sports Editor Terry Taylor will retire, effective Nov. 15.

CBS Radio promoted Chris Oliviero to executive vice president of programming.

Universal Sports named Edward Derse senior vice president of digital media and strategic partnerships. Derse was general manager of media and mobile for GameFly.

Fox Sports promoted Brandon Howell to vice president and general sales manager of four Atlanta-based regional networks.

Richard Childress Racing named Mark McArdle director of racing operations. McArdle was executive director of competition for Furniture Row Racing.

Multiteam Companies
Canucks Sports and Entertainment hired Pat Conacher as the director of hockey operations for the American Hockey League’s Utica (N.Y.) Comets. Conacher was coach of the Regina Pats.

Spurs Sports and Entertainment hired Bobby Perez as senior vice president of corporate relations and general counsel. Perez was a Bexar County prosecutor.

Sunrise Sports & Entertainment named Kevin Grove vice president of event programming for the BB&T Center. Grove was vice president of event booking and marketing and assistant general manger for the Cedar Park Center.

The New York Cosmos hired Bob Kuperman as creative consultant.

Oxford City Football Club named Diana Lovera chief operating officer. Lovera will continue to serve as senior adviser to the chief executive officer.


Mylan World TeamTennis named Matt Fitzgerald manager of digital media.

Awards and Boards
The International Tennis Hall of Fame awarded the Chairman’s Award to former chairman of the board Alan Hassenfeld.

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association named Chris Kay to the board of directors. Kay is chief executive officer and president of the NYRA.

John Affleck was named Knight Chair in Sports Journalism and Society at Penn State University. Affleck was Associated Press deputy sports editor.

Ensequence named Gary Perrelli senior vice president of interactive sales-content providers. Perrelli was vice president of national accounts and affiliate advertising sales for the Disney and ESPN Media Networks.

NeuLion named Tom Miller sales director.

Getty Images named Lee Martin senior vice president of sports. Martin will continue in his role as senior vice president of sales for Europe and Japan.

People news
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