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People: Executive transactions

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

The Class AAA Pacific Coast League’s Omaha Storm Chasers promoted Andrea Stava to assistant general manager of operations and hired Sean Olson as director of ticket sales. Olson was a convention center sales manager for the Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority.

The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs promoted Courtney Knichel to assistant general manager of marketing and special events, Sean Maher to assistant general manager of operations and business analysis, and Matthew Ammerman to group sales manager.

The Class AA Eastern League’s Akron Aeros promoted Jeremy Heit to assistant director of ticketing and Mitch Cromes to senior manager of group sales, and hired Brock Cline as box office manager and Pete Nugent and Craig Wilson as account executives.

The Miami Heat promoted Andy Elisburg to senior vice president of basketball operations and general manager, Adam Simon to assistant general manager for the Heat and general manager of the Sioux Falls Skyforce, Chad Kammerer to director of NBA scouting and advance scout, and Keith Askins to director of college and pro scouting, and named Rich Fernando executive assistant to the coaches, Eric Glass video coordinator and Tim Hardaway scout and community and corporate liaison.

The Phoenix Coyotes named Avik Dey chief financial officer, Jeff Morander executive vice president of ticket sales and strategy and Mike Humes executive vice president of corporate and suite sales. Dey was co-founder and chief executive officer of Remvest Energy Partners, Morander was vice president of events for the NHL, and Humes was senior vice president and chief revenue officer for the Memphis Grizzlies.


Home Team Marketing hired Michael Reali as vice president of ticketing.

Comcast-Spectacor named Mark DiMaurizio president of FanOne Marketing. DiMaurizio will continue in his role as vice president of technology solutions for Comcast-Spectacor.

Cumulus Media named Jeff Brown vice president. Brown was vice president and general manager at Entercom Boston.

Entercom Boston named Phil Zachary vice president and market manager. Zachary was president and chief operating officer for Curtis Media Group.

Fox Sports promoted Chris Hannan to the newly created position of executive vice president of communications and integration.

YES Network promoted Daniel Guernsey to senior creative director of on-air promotions.

Multiple-Entity Firms
Kroenke Sports & Entertainment promoted Stephen Stieneker to executive vice president and general counsel and named Matt Hutchings to the newly created position of executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Sunrise Sports & Entertainment promoted Michael Yormark to president and chief executive officer, Lou Partenza to executive vice president and chief financial officer and Matthew Sacco to executive vice president, chief communications officer and government affairs strategist

The Madison Square Garden Co. named Michael Lehr senior vice president of team sales and Patrick Jones vice president of corporate hospitality for MSG Sports. Lehr was executive vice president of business development for Sharks Sports & Entertainment and the San Jose Sharks, and Jones was vice president at First Nationwide Title Agency.

USA Luge hired Jim Leahy as chief executive officer. Leahy was executive director of the New Jersey Devils and Trenton Devils.

The U.S. Olympic Committee named Kara Stetler manager of partnership marketing. Stetler was a global marketing partnerships specialist for the NBA.

Chivas USA named Arturo Gálvez president and chief business officer.

The United Soccer Leagues’ Sacramento Republic FC named Brent Sasaki vice president of corporate partnerships. Sasaki was director of business development and corporate partnerships for the Sacramento Kings.

Sporting Goods and Apparel
Nike Golf promoted Daniel Schenk to EMEA marketing director, effective Dec. 1.

Columbia Sportswear named Franco Fogliato senior vice president for Europe. Fogliato was general manager of Europe for Billabong.

IPC Sports Corp. named Michael Beauvais chief operating officer. Beauvais was vice president for Trixter North America.

Sports Commissions and Tourism Boards
The Greater Columbus Sports Commission named Brenda Carter executive assistant and officer manager, Lauren McCarty sales manager, and Kate Wagener sales assistant.

The BB&T Atlanta Open named Eddie Gonzalez tournament director and chief development officer. Gonzalez was vice president of sales and national accounts for Athlon Sports.

Britain’s Lawn Tennis Association named Michael Downey chief executive. Downey was president and chief executive officer of Tennis Canada.

The WTA named Ryan Sandilands regional chief executive officer for Asia-Pacific. Sandilands was managing director of North Asia for Octagon.

Major League Gaming hired Greg Chisholm as chief financial officer and Allen De La Cruz as senior vice president of engineering.

Miami-Dade County named Chris Evans youth sports development manager. Evans was sports program rental coordinator and operations manager for the RDV Sportsplex.

Stats promoted Stephen Byrd and Robert Schur to co-chief operating officers and Brian Kopp to senior vice president of sports solutions.

New York Road Runners named Chris Weiller vice president of media and public relations. Weiller was head of sports marketing for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

AECOM named Michael Handelman U.S. north region senior vice president of building and places. Handelman was chief sales officer for HNTB Architecture.

Davey O’Brien Foundation Executive Director Danielle Moorman stepped down from the position.

Awards and Boards
Adidas AG named Roland Auschel to its board of directors.

Keeneland named Ian Banwell, Luther Deaton Jr., Pope McLean Jr., Daisy Phipps Pulito and Bill Shively to its advisory board of directors.

People news
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