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People: Executive transactions

Action Sports

Nitro Circus named Bailey Witt global head of business development for its Los Angeles office. Witt was chief revenue officer at Fans Entertainment.

The St. Louis Cardinals promoted Craig Unger to general manager of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League’s Memphis Redbirds. The club also named Ben Weiss senior adviser. Weiss was general manager of the Redbirds.

The San Diego Padres named Katie Jackson director of brand marketing and activation, and Danielle Sergeant director of partnership services.

Minor League Baseball named Amber Kukulya manager of human resources.

The Biloxi Baseball Club named Buck Rogers general manager. Rogers is general manager of the Class AA Southern League’s Huntsville (Ala.) Stars, who will move to Biloxi for the 2015 season.

The MLB Players Association named Javier Vazquez international special assistant. Vasquez pitched in MLB for 14 seasons.

The Texas Rangers named Darren Oliver special assistant to the general manager. Oliver played 20 seasons in MLB.

The Los Angeles Lakers promoted Jim Perzik to senior vice president of legal affairs and secretary and hired Dan Grigsby as general counsel. Grigsby was chairman of the National Sports Law Group.

The New York Knicks named Clarence Gaines Jr. head of the scouting department.

Beth Bass resigned as chief executive officer of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

The Boston Celtics named Darren Erman director of NBA scouting. Erman was an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors.

The University of Arkansas named Elvis Moya associate athletic director for marketing and fan development. Moya was director of marketing and fan promotions at Texas Tech University.

Case Western Reserve University named Amy Backus athletic director. Backus was senior associate athletic director at Yale University.

High Point University named Dan Hauser athletic director, effective July 1. Hauser was senior associate athletic director at Ohio University.

Hofstra University named Ariel Pesante assistant athletic director for NCAA education and compliance services. Pesante was assistant athletic director for administration and compliance at the University of Hartford.

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi named Jimmy Frush associate athletic director for development. Frush was director of athletic marketing and external affairs at Belmont University.

The University of Texas named Steve Hank senior associate athletic director and chief revenue officer. Hank was associate athletic director at Arizona State University.

Webster University named Scott Kilgallon athletic director. Kilgallon was athletic director at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Wittenberg University named Gary Williams athletic director, effective June 1. Williams was director of student success and associate athletic director at Carthage College.

The AAC named Scott Draper associate commissioner for football. Draper was associate athletic director and director of development for athletics at Albion College.

The CIAA named Donnell Leathers coordinator of football officials. Leathers was a CIAA and MEAC football official.

Belmont University promoted Heather Copeland to assistant athletic director for compliance, Colette Keyser to assistant athletic director for sport operations, Greg Sage to assistant athletic director for broadcasting and media relations, and Renee Schultz to assistant athletic director for student services.

UCLA promoted Sarah Lazaro to director of development, Aaron Sapiro to associate director of development and Taylor Swearingen to director of annual fund.

Louisiana College named Dennis Dunn athletic director in addition to his duties as football coach, replacing Darrell Payne, who will return to practicing law.

Winston-Salem State University named Tonia Walker athletic director.

Christian Brothers University named Brian Summers athletic director, effective June 30. Summers was associate athletic director and director of external relations at Lewis University.

Bill Goldring is retiring after 16 years as athletic director of Ashland University.


Kentucky Speedway named Marc Brafman and Rob Blair senior directors of business development. Brafman was regional sales manager for Feld Entertainment, and Blair was director of business development for Griffin Marketing Group.

Frank Supovitz is leaving his position as senior vice president of events and entertainment for the NFL to start an event management and consulting business.

The Cleveland Browns named Jamil Northcutt director of player engagement. Northcutt was assistant athletic director for internal operations at the University of Mississippi.

The Continental Indoor Football League’s Dayton Sharks named Tony Pike president of football operations.

Peter Dawson will retire as chief executive of The R&A, effective September 2015.

The Calgary Flames named Brad Treliving general manager. Treliving was vice president of hockey operations and assistant general manager for the Phoenix Coyotes.

The Carolina Hurricanes named Ron Francis executive vice president and general manager, Mike Vellucci assistant general manager and director of hockey operations, and Brian Tatum assistant general manager. Former general manager Jim Rutherford will remain with the team in an advisory role.

The Tampa Bay Lightning named Chris Potenza director of partnership development, Casey Cole senior manager of partnership development and Joshua Korlin partnership development coordinator.


Norris Sports Group named Ginnie Pritchett account supervisor.

Dynamic Sports Marketing promoted Darby St. Clair-Barrie to vice president of select team operations and girls education director.

Life Time Athletic Events named Scott Nenninger senior director of national sponsorships and integrated media sales and Rebecca McKinnon director of national sponsorships and integrated media sales.

Turnkey Intelligence named Erika Gunerman and Lucas Topolie managers of sales and service.

Jackson Motorsports Group named Jonathan Baughman program manager, Christopher Blair CDL event specialist and Trey Andrews performance service specialist.

Awards and boards
Ride of Fame, a continuous series of mobile monuments, will honor former Florida Marlin Jeff Conine as its first inductee in the Miami outlet.

The South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce will honor Jim Saccomano with its Lifetime Achievement Award this week. Saccomano retired after last season as vice president of corporate communications for the Denver Broncos.

LED screen provider GoVision named Jay deBlonk solutions manager. DeBlonk was product manager for Daktronics.

Spartan Race named Ian Adamson head of the International Obstacle Racing Federation.

People news
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