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Volume 21 No. 48
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People: Executive Transactions


Major League Baseball promoted Tony Reagins to executive vice president of baseball and softball development.



The Women’s National Basketball Association promoted Ann Rodriguez to chief operating officer, replacing Jay Parry, who will step down on April 30.


THINK450, the NBPA’s internal marketing rights group, hired Joi Garner associate counsel. Garner was associate general counsel for the New York Racing Association.


The Dallas Mavericks hired Tarsha LaCour as senior vice president of human resources and Cynthia Wales as chief ethics and compliance officer.



The University of Arkansas hired Kyle Parkinson as associate athletic director for communications. Parkinson was assistant athletic director for communications at Vanderbilt University.


Charleston Southern Athletic Director Hank Small retired after 17 years.


Florida International University hired Ken Dorsey as an assistant athletic director. Dorsey was formerly a coach for the Carolina Panthers.


Georgetown University hired Maya Ozery as executive director of the Cooper Athletics Leadership Program. Ozery was director of student athlete leadership and development at the University of Richmond.


Georgia Southern University hired Dan O’Dowd as senior associate athletic director and executive director of the Athletic Foundation. O’Dowd was associate athletic director for development for the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation at the University of Mississippi.


Lamar University named Marco Born athletic director. Born was executive associate athletic director at Louisiana Tech University. 


The University of Louisville named Vince Tyra vice president for intercollegiate athletics and athletic director. Tyra had been serving as interim director.


The University of Missouri hired Andy Humes as executive associate athletic director for compliance and administration. Humes was associate athletic director of compliance at San Diego State University. 


Northeastern University hired Tim Duncan as deputy athletic director for external affairs. Duncan was athletic director at Clayton State University.


University of Utah Athletic Director Chris Hill will retire this spring after 31 years in that role.



Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment named Michael Lai general manager and Ian Hillman assistant general manager for its NBA 2K League team, 76ers Gaming Club.



AEG Facilities named Hugh Lombardi general manager for the Target Center and regional vice president for the company. Lombardi was general manager for the Chesapeake Energy Arena and Cox Convention Center.


Populous hired Doug Barraza and Partho Dutta as senior architects and principals and Julie Rinaldi as a senior architect and senior associate. 


SMG and the Berks County Convention Center Authority named Mark Wallace general manager of the Santander Arena. Wallace was vice president for corporate sales and sponsorships for the arena and the ECHL Reading Royals.


Watkins Glen International hired Michael Gardner as public relations manager. Gardner was with Zimmerman Advertising.



The ECHL Reading Royals hired Joe Bahling as director of corporate sales and sponsorships.



The Arena Football League named Randall Boe commissioner and Ron Jaworski chairman of the executive committee.


The Fiesta Bowl hired Steve Mullins as chief sales and marketing officer. Mullins was senior vice president of sales for the Arizona Region of iHeartMedia.



The Aspire Group promoted Chad Hulse to senior sales and service consultant at Colorado State University and Cole Long to senior sales consultant at Army West Point; and hired Chris Chennault as a sales and service consultant at Colorado State; Erik Kerns as a sales consultant at the University of Toledo; Meghan O’Donnell as a sales consultant at the University of Delaware; Kyle Murrin and Jack Willenbrock as sales and service consultants and Hannah Keeling as sales and service consultant for women’s athletics at Florida Atlantic University; Isaac Luginbill as a development consultant and Branden Lucas as a new sales consultant at Purdue University; and Coy Draytona as a service and retention consultant at the University of Maryland.


Innovative Partnerships Group (IPG360) hired Sean Moran as a senior consultant. Moran was in a research and insights capacity for Wasserman.


rEvolution hired Mike Hormuth as senior director of marketing communications.


SuiteHop hired Mike Guiffre as senior vice president of business development. Guiffre was vice president of sales for TicketCity.


Team Services promoted Kim Niro to consulting coordinator and Gordie Koerber to sales coordinator.


Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment hired Elizabeth Browne as a sales account executive in its media and properties division. Browne was associate account executive for Univision Communications.



ESPN hired Chara-Lynn Aguiar as vice president of strategy. Aguiar was vice president of strategy and content for Fox Sports.


Discovery hired Emir Osmanbegovic as senior vice president of sports content and production and Dave Schafer as senior vice president of sports operations and planning for Eurosport.


Fox Sports promoted Josh Oakley to vice president of acquisitions and programming.


NBC Sports Chicago hired Michael Allardyce as multi-platform director. Allardyce was senior director of editorial operations for


Overtime hired Marc Kohn as chief content officer, Alex Grant as head of sales and brand partnerships, Anis Rashid as chief strategy officer and Dave Zigerelli as head of production.


Pluto TV hired Rich Calacci as chief revenue officer, Harold Morgenstern as head of national ad sales and Matt Katrosar as head of West Coast advertising sales. Calacci was senior vice president of sales for Turner Sports and chief revenue officer for Bleacher Report.


TuneIn hired Juliette Morris as chief marketing officer. Morris was executive vice president of partner marketing and communications for NBCUniversal.



The USA Triathlon Foundation hired David Deschenes as executive director. Deschenes was executive director for the Ironman Foundation.



David Chung, FIFA vice president and Oceania Football Confederation president, resigned.


The Chicago Fire hired Sean Dennison as senior vice president of communications and media. Dennison was vice president of communications for Major League Soccer and Soccer United Marketing.


DC United promoted Sam Porter to senior vice president of business and legal affairs.


Minnesota United FC promoted Bryant Pfeiffer to executive vice president and chief revenue officer and Maureen Smith to executive vice president and chief operating officer. Katie Mattis Sarver was hired as senior vice president of corporate partnership sales and activation.


Sporting KC promoted Jake Reid to chief executive officer.


Sports Commissions and Tourism Boards

Las Vegas Events hired Rebecca Nau as part of its corporate marketing team.


Awards and Boards

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences named Barry Frank the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for Sports at the 39th Sports Emmy Awards.



CompLexity Gaming hired Daniel Herz as chief revenue offer. Herz was senior partnership manager for Turtle Entertainment.


Navigate Research promoted Jeff Nelson to president. 


Sterling.VC hired Ben Nichol as head of events and business development. Nichol was senior program manager for events for Red Bull Media House.


The UFC hired Chris Bellitti as vice president of corporate communications.


The Walt Disney Co. named Kevin Mayer chairman of its new direct-to-consumer and international business segment and Bob Chapek chairman of the new parks, experiences and consumer products business segment.


Sports Business Solutions hired Adam Vogel as senior director of training and development. Vogel was director of inside sales for the New York Mets.


Ironman hired Vince Cicero head of sales and global partnerships. Cicero was vice president of global partnerships for Feld Entertainment.


Stats hired Mike Perez as chief operating officer. Perez is the founder of the management consulting firm Tidewater Group.

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