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People: Executive transactions

The Arizona Diamondbacks promoted Jeff Barnes to director of accounting and hired Joe Walsh as vice president of human resources. Walsh was senior vice president of human resources for Palace Sports & Entertainment.

Alison Miller, Chicago Cubs vice president of marketing, left the club.

The Oakland Athletics hired Christian Aguinaldo and Zach Hornor-Hernandez as sales consultants.

The St. Louis Cardinals promoted Moises Rodriguez to assistant general manager.

The Denver Nuggets promoted Tommy Balcetis to director of basketball strategies and analytics.

The Indiana Pacers and Pacers Sports & Entertainment hired Robert Parrent as director of esports operations.

The Philadelphia 76ers hired C. Daniel Medina Leal as vice president of athlete care. Medina was deputy director of the sports science and medical department at FC Barcelona.

The Atlanta Hawks promoted Jennifer Evans to senior director of partnership development, Erin Anastasi to director of partnership development and Alice Chaosurawong to designer of partnership development.

The Charlotte Hornets promoted David Kaplan to manager of basketball analytics and Cam Twiss to general manager of the team’s G League affiliate, the Greensboro Swarm.

Conference USA hired Shonna Brown as associate commissioner for business affairs and chief financial officer. Brown was deputy commissioner for the America East Conference.

Brigham Young University promoted Brian Santiago to deputy athletic director, Liz Darger to senior associate athletic director and Trevor Wilson to associate dean of students.

Elon University hired Mike Ward as deputy athletic director. Ward was senior associate athletic director for sport programs and administration at the University of Tennessee.

Georgia Tech promoted Andy Blanton to assistant athletic director for video and broadcast services and Todd McCarthy to assistant athletic director for sports video services, and hired John Tweedy as assistant athletic director for facilities, operations and events. Tweedy was director of event management at the University of Minnesota.

Towson University hired Bria Bennett as community partner coordinator.

Boston College hired Mike Laprey as associate director of athletics communications. Laprey was associate athletic director for external affairs at the University of Rhode Island.

The University of California, San Diego, promoted Nick Feller to associate athletic director for marketing, branding and fan engagement, and hired Tod Bannister as associate athletic director for corporate partnerships and development and Rachel Wall as compliance coordinator.

Lafayette College Athletic Director Bruce McCutcheon will retire once his replacement is hired.

Louisiana State University promoted Mathew Shanklin to associate athletic director of marketing and Kyle Huber to director of marketing, and hired Robert Munson as senior associate athletic director for external affairs and Tyler Muse as assistant marketing director.

Marshall University hired Todd Childers as assistant director of development for the Big Green Scholarship Foundation.

Mississippi State University named Rob Jenkins associate athletic director for development.

Morehead State University hired Dwight Rutledge as director of compliance. Rutledge was a compliance coordinator at the University of West Florida.

Rutgers University hired Ryan Gottlieb as associate athletic director for sales strategy and business intelligence. Gottlieb was director of sales and service at Georgia Tech.

Texas A&M University named Travis Dabney president and chief executive officer for the 12th Man Foundation.

Weber State University hired Derek Dawes as director of the Weber State Wildcat Club. Dawes was associate athletic director for external relations at Dixie State University.

Americrown and International Speedway Corp. hired Arjun Suresh as senior director of concessions. Suresh was general manager of food and beverage for the Class A Carolina League’s Lynchburg (Va.) Hillcats.

SMG hired Tony Cima as senior vice president of stadiums and arenas. Cima was vice president of projects for Flash Entertainment.

Texas Motor Speedway hired Brian Sandler as broadcast media relations manager.

Daytona International Speedway promoted Jerry Mugerditchian to director of tram and cart operations, Matt Vinson to director of digital marketing, Tera Lyons to digital marketing manager, Stephanie Rivera-Casiano to manager of advertising and promotions, Stephen Schindler to strategic communications manager, Richie Wilson to manager of creative content production, and Brett MacIver to manager of client services.

The Indianapolis Colts hired Roger VanDerSnick as chief sales and marketing officer. VanDerSnick was chief sales and marketing officer for IMG College.


Billy Casper Golf promoted Tom Reilly to vice president of talent management and Sandra Colareta to vice president of contracts and risk management.

The Century Club of San Diego/Farmers Insurance Open promoted Jonathan Berlin to vice president of partnerships and business affairs and Jennifer Cota to vice president of marketing and community affairs.


The Columbus Blue Jackets hired Michelle Brueggeman as manager of education and community partnerships, Meredith Bush as community development coordinator, Carson Reider as social media coordinator and Matt Hogan as a season sales account executive.

The ECHL’s Reading (Pa.) Royals hired Sherry Metzinger as community engagement coordinator.

Tampa Bay Sports & Entertainment and the Tampa Bay Lightning hired Casey Rodgers as chief financial officer. Rodgers was vice president of financial and strategic planning for Feld Entertainment.

Impression Sports and Entertainment hired Craig Walsh as vice president of naming rights and sponsorship. Walsh was senior manager of corporate partnerships for the Denver Broncos.

Bullish hired Laura Hockstad as an associate and added German Rivera Hudders and JJ Kraft to its creative team.

Learfield hired Chuck Gray as general manager for its A-10 Sports Properties. Gray was general manager for ODU Sports Properties at Old Dominion University.

GMR Marketing promoted Rob Coolican to director of business development and agency integration for its operations in New York.

CAA Sports promoted Barry Clarke and Melissa Lee to executives in CAA Sports Consulting and Darren Gee to agent in its basketball group.

Imre promoted Megan Fox to account executive in its consumer and sports business unit, and hired Ashley Heltne as vice president of consumer packaged goods and general manager of its Los Angeles office.

Brian Walker, United Entertainment Group senior vice president, left the company.

Sports Media Advisors promoted Dan Shevchik to senior vice president and partner.

Taylor promoted Maeve Hagen to president of its Charlotte office and Mike Costabile to managing partner in New York.

Rebecca Schulte will step down from her post as CSN Mid-Atlantic president and general manager once a successor is in place.

Fox Sports hired Brian Strong as senior vice president of brand communications. Strong was global corporate communications director for Nike.

USA Table Tennis hired Mark Thompson chief operating officer. Thompson was media relations director, hockey operations coordinator and broadcaster for the ECHL’s Reading Royals.

USA Taekwondo named Steve McNally executive director.

Sporting Goods and Apparel
TaylorMade Golf Co. promoted Brian Bazzel to vice president of product creation and Tomo Bystedt to senior director of product creation for metalwoods.

The McGowan Insurance professional athletes and entertainers practice hired Catherine Buchanan as a client consultant.

People news
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