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People: Executive transactions

The Chicago Cubs named Allen Hermeling senior director of corporate partnerships. Hermeling was director of corporate partnerships for the Washington Nationals.

The Class A Florida State League’s Daytona Cubs promoted Josh Lawther to general manager.

The Detroit Tigers promoted Aileen Villarreal to director of media relations.

Historic Dodgertown named Brady Ballard vice president. Ballard was general manager of the Class A Florida State League’s Daytona Cubs.


The Golden State Warriors promoted John Beaven to vice president of ticket sales, Jeff Addiego to senior director of youth basketball, Nick Bisho to senior director of suites and hospitality solutions, Kevin Cote to senior director of digital marketing, Chris Murphy to senior director of group sales, Ari Glick to senior manager of digital content, Marisol Maldonado to senior manager of human resources, Alicia Smith to senior manager of game operations, Maria Valdehueza to manager of group sales, Ben Draa to manager of finance and development, Tony Melendez to manager of youth basketball, Andrew Rossi and Jake Young to premium sales account executives, Anthony Silva to senior coordinator of ticket operations, Stacey Baca and Danielle Hallam to senior account services executives, Janet Fong to coordinator of digital content, Ben Clarfield to coordinator of youth basketball, and Aaron Leavitt, Clay Biggerstaff and Evan Howard to season ticket account executives.

Harold Kaufman resigned as New Orleans Pelicans vice president of communications.

The Los Angeles Lakers promoted Daniel Ramirez to public relations coordinator for the D-League L.A. D-Fenders and named Calder Hynes public relations manager. Hynes was public relations manager for the Brooklyn Nets.

The San Antonio Spurs promoted Brian Pauga to general manager of the D-League Austin Toros and Will Hardy to video coordinator. Pauga will continue in his role as Spurs director of scouting.

Sherman Morris resigned as Arizona State University assistant athletic director for recruiting.

Florida Gulf Coast University named Johnna Strenchock director of the student-athlete learning center. Strenchock was assistant director of student-athlete academic support at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Jacksonville University hired April Taylor as senior associate athletic director for compliance. Taylor was assistant athletic director for compliance and student-athlete welfare at Southern Methodist University.

Stanford University promoted Kevin Blue to senior associate athletic director for external relations, Brian Risso to director of athletic communications, David Sertich to director of business strategy and Matt Doyle to associate athletic director for football operations.

All American Games named Col. Thomas Nickerson vice president of operations.

The AFL L.A. Kiss hired Schuyler Hoversten as president. Hoversten was a business development executive for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Marc Riccio resigned as New York Jets senior vice president of business development.

The Boston Bruins named Whitney Delorey assistant to hockey administration and Elizabeth Rosenthal as digital marketing specialist.

The Canadian Women’s Hockey League named Trina Crosby to its board of directors.


Deep Alliance Marketing promoted Elise Kokonas to account executive.

MKTG Inc. named Scott Malaga senior vice president of business development and Ryan Carter vice president of client service, both in the Chicago office, and Katie Kirby to the newly created role of director of communications. Malaga was senior vice president of strategic partnerships for Intersport, Carter worked on Nike’s Central territory brand team, and Kirby was integrated communications programs manager at DKC Public Relations.

Fenway Sports Management promoted Frank Huckabone to executive vice president and chief revenue officer.

IMG College promoted Alisen Urquhart to account executive of national sales and named Andrew Dean and Jose Duverge account executives of national sales.

ProStar Sports Agency named Brian Goodwin vice president of its coaching representation division.

The Aspire Group promoted Melissa Altmix to team leader and Chris Raburn to senior sales consultant, both for the NCAA, and hired Arieon Trinity, Kevin Mays and Brody Whitlock as sales consultants for the NCAA, Ian Haynes as sales consultant at Florida
International University, Michael Kennedy and Trent Wade as sales consultants at the University of Louisiana-Monroe, and Robert Stevens as sales consultant at the University of Minnesota.

Priority Sports & Entertainment hired Chris Silva as director of communications and brand strategy.

NBC Sports Group named Andy Miller West Coast director of sales for NBC Sports Ventures and Lorelei Wall senior director of integrated media for Alli Sports. Miller was assistant general manager for IMG Sports Marketing, and Wall was associate director of consumer marketing at ESPN.

NESN named Howard Zalkowitz director of production and senior coordinating producer, Jim Daddona coordinating producer for Red Sox baseball, and Denny Iott coordinating producer for news.

Rodale promoted Molly O’Keefe to publisher of Runner’s World and Running Times and Zack Grice to associate publisher for sales and marketing for Bicycling magazine.

Sportsman Channel named Tom Caraccioli director of public relations. Caraccioli was public relations manager for Turner Sports.

Universal Sports Network named Rachel Richman director of distribution and affiliate marketing. Richman was point of sale manager for Showtime.

World Fishing Network named Neil Brubaker senior director of affiliate sales. Brubaker was a syndication distribution executive for ESPN.

NASCAR Technical Institute promoted John Dodson to vice president of NASCAR and community relations.

Multiple-Entity Firms
The Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center promoted Josh Pruss to senior vice president of partnership marketing.

Sporting Goods and Apparel
Billabong International named Neil Fiske chief executive officer. Fiske was Eddie Bauer president and chief executive officer.


The U.S. Tennis Association named Mark Stenning to the Davis Cup, Fed Cup and Olympic team events committee. Stenning will step down as chief executive officer of the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum in September.

The LA84 Foundation named Robert Wagner to the newly created position of vice president of partnerships. Wagner was corporate vice president of strategic alliances at Cedar Fair Entertainment Co.

The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation named Nichol Whiteman executive director. Whiteman was the Southern California executive director for College Summit.

People news
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