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People: Executive transactions

The Atlanta Braves hired Alex Tamin as director of Major League operations and Jason Parè as assistant general manager for research and development. Tamin was director of baseball operations for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Parè was senior director of analytics for the Miami Marlins.

The Milwaukee Brewers hired Andrew Daugherty as general manager for Maryvale Baseball Park, the club’s spring training complex. Daugherty was executive vice president for the Class AAA Pacific Coast League Reno Aces.

The Seattle Mariners promoted Kevin Mather to president and chief executive officer, Trevor Gooby to senior vice president for ballpark operations, Kevin Martinez to senior vice president of marketing and communications, Frances Traisman to senior vice president of sales and Randy Adamack to senior vice president and special advisor to the chairman and CEO.

The Seattle Storm promoted Nate Silverman to senior vice president of corporate partnerships and social responsibility, Kris Kolehmain to senior director of business intelligence, Kimberly Veale to director of communications and player relations, Kenny Dow to director of marketing, Talisa Rhea to director of basketball operations, Alycia Chabot to senior manager of marketing and merchandise, Jaron Iwakami to senior manager of ticket sales, Christine Cook to manager of partnerships services, Amanda Chinn to senior coordinator of finance and human resources, and Seth Dahle to senior coordinator of digital communications. The team hired Tim Guidry as an account executive for ticket sales and service, and Danielle Matthews and Erika Moulder as account executives for group sales.


The National Collegiate Athletic Association named Lynn Holzman vice president of women’s basketball. Holzman was commissioner for the West Coast Conference.

The Sun Belt Conference promoted Whitney Haworth to director of digital and social media, and hired Scottie Rodgers as associate commissioner for strategic communications. Rodgers was associate athletic director for strategic communications at Tulane University.

Austin Peay State University hired Jordan Harmon as director of development for athletics fundraising.

Bradley University promoted Brad Mitchell to deputy athletic director, Joe Whitson to senior associate athletic director for internal affairs, and Grant Escue to associate athletic director for compliance, alumni relations and strategic initiatives.

Butler University promoted Mike Freeman to senior associate director for external operations.

The University of California, Santa Cruz hired Susan Harriman as athletic director. Harriman was assistant athletic director and senior woman administrator at Bates College.

Duke University promoted Art Chase to associate athletic director for external affairs; Joe Manhertz to associate athletic director and executive director for Iron Dukes major gifts; Robert Weiseman to associate athletic director for athletics facilities, game operations and championships; Jack Winters to associate athletic director and executive director for the Iron Dukes annual fund; and Rachel Curtis to assistant athletic director for athletic facilities branding and director of the Legacy Fund.

East Stroudsburg University named Gary Gray athletic director. Gray was athletic director at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

George Washington University Athletic Director Patrick Nero stepped down from day-to-day responsibilities.

The University of Georgia hired Darrice Griffin as deputy director of administration. Griffin was deputy athletic director and senior athletic administrator at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Gonzaga University promoted Josh Cox to director of development and Kelsey Crawford to ticket manager.

The University of Houston named Chris Pezman vice president for intercollegiate athletics. Pezman was senior associate athletic director for facilities, operations and event management, and capital projects and chief operating officer at the University of California, Berkeley.

Lafayette College named Sherryta Freeman athletic director. Freeman was senior associate athletic director and senior woman administrator at the University of Pennsylvania.

Northern Arizona University hired Mike Marlow as vice president for intercollegiate athletics. Marlow was deputy athletic director at Washington State University.

Sacred Heart University hired Jamie Ross as director of athletic sponsorship and fan engagement. Ross was an account executive for lacrosse championships for IMG Learfield Ticket Solutions.

Wagner College hired Jennifer Sansevero as assistant athletic director for equity, inclusion and compliance.


AEG Facilities named Eric Granger general manager for the KFC Yum! Center. Granger was vice president of arena operations for the FedEx Forum.

Global architecture and design firm Perkins+Will named Lindsey Peckinpaugh principal and leader of its Chicago sports, recreation and entertainment practice.

Santa Anita Park named John Perrotta vice president of operations.

SMG promoted Ben Feekes to accounting manager, Jared Johnson to staff accountant and Katie Folds to concessions manager at Wichita’s Intrust Bank Arena.

Speedway Motorsports Inc. promoted Geoff Ulrich to senior vice president for consumer strategies.


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers promoted Deno Anagnost to vice president for ticket sales, Chris Cook to vice president for guest and member relations, and Amy Taylor to vice president for group sales.


The Columbus Blue Jackets hired Brian Hedger as a reporter, T.J. Ansley as director of digital media, Carson Reider as digital and social media coordinator, Francesco Marini as a consumer analyst and Charlie Jacobs as a business analyst. 

The Los Angeles Kings hired Jose Hernandez as a ticket operations associate.


USA Hockey promoted Kevin Erlenbach to assistant executive director of membership and Kevin Couture to director of marketing.


The Aspire Group promoted Zoe Cohen to manager of new sales at Army West Point and Jacob Banks and Evan Siegel to senior sales and service consultants at Florida Atlantic University.

CAA Sports promoted Beth Enstrom within its golf division and Tee Stumb to an agent in the sports talent sales department.

Collegiate Sports Management Group promoted Dan Girard to manager of media services and broadcast partnerships.

Professional Sports Partners hired Megan Lesser as a brand leadership manager and Colleen O’Mara as a brand leadership coordinator.


Barstool Sports hired Deirdre Lester as chief revenue officer. Lester was an executive vice president and global head of partnerships for Whistle Sports.

Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket promoted Dave Anzivino to vice president, general sales manager.

Multiteam Companies

The Madison Square Garden Co. promoted Andrew Lustgarten to president.

Sharks Sports & Entertainment named Jonathan Becher and John Tortora co-presidents. Becher will be responsible for sales, marketing and revenue, while Tortora will oversee the company’s finance and venue operations.

Pegula Sports and Entertainment named Ron Raccuia executive vice president of licensing and brand merchandise, and hired Rob Minter as vice president of business operations for the American Hockey League Rochester Americans.

Sporting Goods and Apparel

Under Armour hired Massimo Baratto as vice president and managing director for its European business and Kelley McCormick as senior vice president of corporate communications.


The National Center for Drug Free Sport promoted Mark Bockelman to vice president of collegiate and amateur sport, Daryl Dingle to senior director of NFL substances of abuse drug testing, Michelle Dorsey to senior director of NCAA drug testing, Lara Gray to senior director of education, Erika Kuhr to senior director of sport drug testing, Ben Mosier to senior director of professional sports drug testing, Ryan Willis to senior director of NFL performance-enhancing drugs drug testing, Luis Perales to senior manager of professional sports drug testing, Andrayana Getchell to office manager and human resources generalist, and Tim Uryasz to manager of quality assurance. Blake Henderson was hired as a professional sport program manager and Matthew Ruder as a phlebotomy services program manager.


People news

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