Kevin Kastrup of Wasserman Music (Michelle Findlay / Courtesy Wasserman Music)
Kevin Kastrup joined Wasserman Music as vice president of casinos. Kastrup was an agent at Paradigm Talent Agency for nine years, where he specialized in symphonies and performing arts centers, as well as representing artists including A.R. Rahman, Lyle Lovett, Ry Cooder, and Wayne Shorter. Before Paradigm, he worked at IMG Artists and Ted Kurland Associates.
BSE Global named Mandy Gutmann executive vice president of communications and community relations and promoted Aaron Jakubovitz to vice president of arena marketing. Gutmann, who was senior vice president of communications and community relations, will continue to lead the business communications efforts for BSE Global properties, including Barclays Center, the Brooklyn Nets and their NBA G League team, the Long Island Nets, and their NBA 2K League affiliate, NetsGC. She will also continue to oversee media operations for all concerts, college basketball, family shows, and other special events, as well as internal communications, crisis communications and community relations for BSE Global. She will continue to report to CEO John Abbamondi. Jakubovitz was senior director of arena marketing. In his new role, he will continue to report to Laurie Jacoby, executive vice president and chief entertainment officer.
The Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena hired Joel Browning as executive vice president and chief financial officer. Browning will oversee the accounting, finance, information technology and analytics departments of both the Hawks and State Farm Arena while playing a leadership role in the strategic development of future large-scale projects and will report to CEO Steve Koonin. Browning was a vice president in the NBA’s Team Marketing & Business Operations department and served as an account manager and dedicated sales, marketing and business operations consultant for the Hawks, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings.
L-Acoustics Creations, a division of L-Acoustics offering sound systems and immersive sound spaces for residential, marine and architectural environments, named Mike Sumner business manager, based in L-Acoustics Americas headquarters in Westlake Village, California. Sumner was U.S. team lead and senior global field support engineer with Harman International’s luxury audio/lifestyle division. In the newly created role, Sumner spearheads the growth of the L-Acoustics Creations brand throughout the United States and Canada, reporting to L-Acoustics Creations Global Business Manager Nick Fichte, based in London.
ASM Global promoted four executives at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia: Mary Ann Torres to director of event management and business analysis, Dominique Bonds to director of engagement, Dwight Bazemore to assistant information technology director, and Melvin Smith to accounting supervisor. “The last 16 months have been extremely challenging for us all,” said Kelvin D. Moore, ASM Global regional general manager. “During that time, Mary Ann, Dominique, Dwight and Melvin have all stepped up to meet the unprecedented demands of the time and took on additional responsibilities to aid the overall operation. Their commitment to the mission, to their colleagues and to our customers have been exemplary and these promotions are well deserved.”
Hard Rock International named Shelley Williams director of global sales for meetings and events. Williams was vice president of sales at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. She has more than 25 years of experience in global hospitality, including with Caesars Entertainment, the Westmont Hospitality Group and the University of Windsor. She will report to Danielle Babilino, senior vice president of global sales and marketing.
Ecore, a company that transforms reclaimed materials into performance products, hired Justin Reidling as acoustic engineer. Reidling was a senior acoustical consultant at Salter Inc. He comes to Ecore with seven years of experience as a product engineer and acoustical consultant. As a consultant, he worked with developers, architects, owners and contractors during the building design and construction process for projects including commercial, residential, education, performing arts, and health care.
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