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People: Executive transactions


The Tampa Bay Rays named Rafaela Amador senior director of corporate communications. Amador was an account director at Tucker/Hall.

The Miami Heat promoted Jarred Diamond to executive vice president of Heat Group Enterprises, the marketing and booking arm of AmericanAirlines Arena. Diamond replaces Mike Walker, who is retiring.

The Charlotte Hornets named Chad Buchanan assistant general manager. Buchanan was director of college scouting for the Portland Trail Blazers.

Indiana Pacers vice president of player relations Clark Kellogg left the organization.

The Philadelphia 76ers named Eric Cole sales manager. Cole was a group events specialist with the Indiana Pacers.

Oregon State University named Mark Massari deputy athletic director. Massari was athletic director at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

University of Albany Athletic Director Lee McElroy retired from his position, but McElroy will serve as senior adviser for intercollegiate athletics advancement and engagement for the school through the remainder of 2014.

The University of Cincinnati named Maggie McKinley senior woman administrator in addition to her duties as senior associate athletic director.

The American Athletic Conference promoted Mark Hodgkin to assistant commissioner of digital media, Robert Weygand Jr. to assistant commissioner for Olympic sports administration and Kenneth Schank to senior director of compliance.

The Big 12 Conference named Zach Gourley and Mark Jezek Will Hancock Communications assistants. The conference also named Jason Angoy digital assistant and Jeffrey Smith compliance assistant.

Columbus State University named Todd Reeser athletic director, effective Aug. 1. Reeser was executive senior associate athletic director for development and sports services at Georgia State University.

Rutgers University promoted Kevin Lorincz to assistant athletic director of athletic communications, Kimberly Zivkovich to director of athletic communications and Jimmy Gill to associate director of athletic communications. Senior associate athletic director Jason Baum will add the title of chief communications officer.

Eastern Michigan University named Erin Kido senior associate athletic director for administration. Kido was associate athletic director and senior woman administrator at Xavier University.

Fordham University named John Barrett senior associate athletic director for business affairs. Barrett was associate athletic director for intercollegiate sport programs at Columbia University.

Grambling State University reassigned Athletic Director Aaron James and athletic business manager Terrance Bedford.

Millsaps College named Josh Brooks athletic director. Brooks was associate athletic director at the University of Georgia.

Charlotte Motor Speedway promoted David MacDonald to senior director of advertising and Nick Skrabalak to senior director of ticket sales.

Dover International Speedway named Patrick Long director of event operations. Long was manager of event services for the Ocean Center Convention and Entertainment Complex in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Homestead-Miami Speedway named Neal Gulkis director of media relations. Gulkis was vice president of media relations for the Cleveland Browns.

The Cleveland Browns promoted Sam DeLuca and Harrison Ritcher to player personnel associates and named Charles Bailey, Bobby DePaul, Mike Hagen, Ron Hill and James Kirkland senior personnel associates, and Scott Aligo player personnel associate. Browns director of communications Zak Gilbert resigned from his position.

The Cotton Bowl Athletic Association, the sponsoring agency of the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, elected Dan Novakov chairman.  

The Miami Beach Bowl named Brett Weisbrot director of partnerships. Weisbrot was executive director of Sunrise Sports & Entertainment’s 360 Club.

The Carolina Hurricanes named Don Waddell president of Gale Force Sports & Entertainment and Ricky Olczyk assistant general manager. Waddell was a professional scout for the Pittsburgh Penguins, and Olczyk was assistant general manager for the Edmonton Oilers.

The Columbus Blue Jackets named Dani Nell group event specialist.

Steiner Sports Marketing & Memorabilia promoted Kelvin Joseph to chief operating officer and executive vice president of sales.

The Aspire Group promoted Brian Treiser to director of sales and service, and Brandon Lopez and John Zeleznock to team leaders at Florida Atlantic University. The company also named Scott Dressler, Eric Landman, Breann Barton, Cameron Legge and Jeremy Bowler ticket sales consultants at Arizona State University, Kaitlin Straits ticket sales consultant at Florida International University, Chris Nichols ticket sales consultant at Louisiana Tech athletics, DeMikel Tinker and Riley Cain sales consultants for the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks, and Allie Ware and Kyle Valente sales consultants for the U.S. Open.

MESP Lifestyle Sports Marketing promoted Blake Carey to vice president of operations and Libby Mooney to vice president of marketing.

IMG restructured its business to create a single IMG Events & Media division. The company named Michel Masquelier chairman, Ioris Francini president and Sam Zussman chief business officer of the new division.

IMG College named Nathan Hubble general manager at Tulane University and David Potamianos general manager at George Washington University. Hubble was vice president of business development for the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Potamianos was sponsorship marketing manager for the Florida Panthers.

Fanatics hired Vicky Picca to join its business affairs department. Picca was NBA senior vice president of licensing

and business affairs.

Learfield Sports named Joe Domingos general manager at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Domingos was general manager for The Radio People.

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