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SMA Board elections completed

The Stadium Managers Association (SMA) held it’s annual vote for the 2014 Board of Directors at the recent Seminar in Palm Springs, California. The membership offered appreciation to President Dave Scott, who was not able to complete his term after he took a position outside of the industry. The Board thanked Past President Joe Abernathy, VP of Stadium Operations for the St. Louis Cardinals, who stepped in to complete Dave’s term.

Corporate Director Mike Grindle, Business Development Manager with BASF, was thanked for four years of service to the Board as his term ends February 2014. Mike has been a strong voice on the Board for corporate sponsors, and will continue his support by acting as a resource for the new Corporate Director.

Troy Hoberg, Vice President of Business Development for Hunt Construction, was elected as the new Corporate Director for a four-year term beginning February 2014.

Mark Burk, Director, Rice-Eccles Stadium, was elected to serve a three-year term as the College Manager Director.

Jim Minish, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority, was elected to serve a three-year term as a Stadium Manager Director.

Joe Abernathy, VP of Stadium Operations for the St. Louis Cardinals, was elected to serve a three-year term as a Stadium Manager Director.

Following the general election, the Board elected officers to serve a term of one year beginning in February 2014. Mark Burk, Director, Rice-Eccles Stadium, was elected as President, Tony Pereira, Senior Director of Ballpark Operations at Safeco Field, was elected as Vice-President, and Troy Brown, Senior Director of Event Operations, Chicago White Sox, was elected as Secretary/Treasurer.