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People: Executive transactions

The Arizona Diamondbacks named Josh Holley manager of ticket operations.

The Portland Trail Blazers named Jim Taylor head of the newly created basketball communications department, and Michael Lewellen head of the newly created corporate communications and public engagement department.

Babson College named Kayla Pomponi athletics business and operations manager.

Southern Methodist University named Kurt Pottkotter senior associate athletic director for development. Pottkotter led SMU’s National Major Giving team.

Columbia University’s School of Continuing Education named Vince Gennaro curriculum assessment and evaluations chair, Joe Favorito industry relations director, and Bess Brodsky sports career specialist for its master of science program in sports management.

Georgia Tech named Shoshanna Engel associate athletic director for compliance. Engel had been assistant provost for student-athlete compliance at Tulane University.

James Madison University’s Duke Club named Dave Biancamano associate athletic director for fundraising and external development and Aaron Epstein assistant director of development. Biancamano was director of development for the athletic department at Rice University, and Epstein was coordinator of the athletic fund and VIP programs at Oakland University.

New Mexico State University named David McCollum to the newly created position of deputy athletic director. McCollum was owner and chief executive officer of FIG Publications.

Olivet College named David Sichterman athletic director. Sichterman was director of athletics and wellness and men’s basketball coach at Marygrove College.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Athletic Director Andy Geiger retired.

Bucknell University hired Chad Mason as associate director of athletics for operations and events. Mason was associate athletic director at Southern New Hampshire University.


Churchill Downs Racetrack and Levy Restaurants promoted David Danielson to executive chef.

International Speedway Corp. named Chip Wile president of Darlington Raceway. Wile was director of business development for the Motor Racing Network.

The Pittsburgh Steelers named Ryan Huzjak director of corporate partnerships and sales. Huzjak was director of partnership marketing for the Chicago Bears.


Monterey Peninsula Foundation senior director of marketing and public relations Cathy Corey stepped down from the position.

The First Tee of Greater Houston named Doug Earle executive director.

The St. Louis Blues promoted Doug Armstrong to president of hockey operations, general manager and alternate governor, and Bruce Affleck to president of business operations and alternate governor.


The National Lacrosse League’s Minnesota Swarm promoted Andy Arlotta to president and Alec Schimke to director of media and lacrosse relations.

The Collegiate Licensing Co. named Marcus Dittmer apparel management manager. Dittmer was sports information director at Georgia Tech.

Team One promoted Hallie English to account executive for experiential marketing and Kerry Roach to assistant account executive for experiential marketing.

Prodigy Sports named Chad Collins director of recruiting and Kevin Carmichael manager of client services. Collins was vice president of business development for the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads.

Wasserman Media Group named Philip Grieco director of consulting. Grieco was with the NBA’s team marketing and business operations department.


Comcast SportsNet hired Jen Lada as reporter/anchor for “SportsNet Central.”

Flocasts hired David Weiss as senior vice president of multimedia sales and Phil Wendler as vice president of multimedia sales. Weiss was vice president of USA Today High School Sports Division, and Wendler was senior director of sales and partnerships for USA Today Sports Media Group.

USA Today Sports Media Group named Chris Korman senior editor. Korman was a reporter for the Baltimore Sun.


Fox Sports promoted Robert Gottlieb to executive vice president of marketing.

Turner Sports promoted Tara August to vice president of talent services, Steve Fiorello to vice president and coordinating director, Rodney Triplett to editorial content director, and Andrea Waterhouse to vice president of design for its creative services sports unit.

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