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People: Executive transactions

MLB named David Hochman business public relations specialist. Hochman was manager of media relations and marketing for the NASL’s New York Cosmos.

The San Francisco Giants named Jeffrey Leonard community ambassador. Leonard played 14 years in MLB.

The Seattle Mariners named Alisia Anderson director of ballpark sales and marketing.

The Pac-12 Conference named Jamie Zaninovich deputy commissioner and chief operating officer, effective July 1. Zaninovich was West Coast Conference commissioner.

Memphis International Raceway named Shayna Keller public relations and marketing director. Keller was media relations manager for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates.

The Atlanta Motor Speedway chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities named Scott Fillmore executive director.

SMG promoted Pam Bugler to guest relations manager at Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kan.

Daytona International Speedway named Matthew Vinson digital marketing manager. Vinson was digital coordinator for High Five Marketing.

The College Football Playoff named Shawn Moore director of community relations. Moore was an assistant coach at the University of Virginia.

The NFL promoted Troy Vincent to executive vice president of football operations and Dave Gardi to senior vice president of football operations.

The West Virginia Golf Association promoted Brad Ullman to executive director. Ullman was director of operations and junior golf.

The PGA Tour’s Sanderson Farms Championship promoted Renee D’Agostino to tournament services manager. The tournament also named John Mercer director of sales, Jonah Beck director of operations and Diana Gustafson tournament events coordinator.

The Strategic Agency promoted Jimmy Nicholson to account executive and Nina Pham to marketing coordinator, and named Dave Beck vice president of business development. Beck was vice president of corporate partnerships for MLS’s Chicago Fire.

LeadDog Marketing named Jayne Bussman-Wise senior director and Everett Jacobs vice president of client partnerships.

Joe Mulford founded QM Strategies, a San Diego-based marketing company. Mulford was director of partnership development for the San Diego Padres.

Visa named Lara Potter director of U.S. sports partnerships. Potter was vice president and managing director of communications and brand development for the Washington Nationals.

Fox Sports promoted Pete Vlastelica to executive vice president of digital.

USA Water Polo promoted Stephanie London Krogius to chief advancement officer and Layla Behzadian to membership and events manager. The organization also named Annalece Montgomery marketing coordinator and Jake Mater video producer.

Major League Soccer named Will Kuntz player relations director. Kuntz was pro scouting manager for the New York Yankees.

Sporting Goods and Apparel
Skins, a compression sportswear company, promoted Adam Dudley to in-house sales manager and named Dwayne Yasukochi financial accountant.

Timex Group USA named Stan Brajer vice president of sports sales. Brajer was chief executive officer of Pegasus Sports Performance.

Sports Commissions and Tourism Boards

The Greater Columbus Sports Commission promoted Eric Archibald to director of events. The commission also named Jeremy Leifel senior sales manager and Ariana Tyler event coordinator.

Professional Tennis Registry promoted Steve Keller to director of education.

Awards and Boards
The NFL Players Association board of representatives elected Lorenzo Alexander, Ryan Clark, Zak DeOssie, Jay Feely, Mark Herzlich, Adam Vinatieri and Scott Wells to the executive committee.

The Pitch & Hit Club of Chicago awarded Patrick Salvi, founder of Salvi Sports Enterprises, with Organization of the Year. Salvi owns the independent Frontier League’s Schaumburg (Ill.) Boomers and American Association of Independent Professional Baseball’s Gary (Ind.) SouthShore RailCats.

The Tennis Industry Association named Jason Bernstein to its board of directors. Bernstein is the senior director of programming and acquisitions at ESPN.

PHIT America, a nonprofit organization dedicated to combating inactivity and obesity, named Gary Player a celebrity ambassador.

People news
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