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William Rick Singer, 58, of Newport Beach, Calif., owner of the Edge College Career Network and CEO of the Key Worldwide Foundation, was charged in an information with racketeering conspiracy and money laundering.,John Vandemoer, 41, of Stanford, Calif., the former sailing coach at Stanford University, was charged in an information with racketeering conspiracy.,Charged with racketeering conspiracy: read more

The quest to bring a World Cup to Kansas City secured the alignment of prominent local sports and government figures.,Kansas City is one of 17 finalist cities in the United States to host 2026 World Cup matches.,The 11-person executive bid committee is Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt; Sporting KC principal owner Cliff Illig; Doug Bach, Unified Government and Kansas City, Kanas county administrator; Lynn Berling-Manuel, United Soccer Coaches CEO; Jason Fulvi, VisitKC president and CEO; Shane Hackett, Heartland Soccer Association executive director; Matt Kenny, Chiefs vice president of stadium services and events; Donna Maize, Kansas City, Missouri assistant city manager; Kathy Nelson, Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation president and CEO; Joe Reardon, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce president and CEO; and Jake Reid, Sporting KC president and CEO.,Ficklin spent 11 years as vice president of development for Sporting Kansas City, placed in charge of the construction of Children’s Mercy Park and Pinnacle, the club’s new training facility that opened last year.,“The Kansas City metropolitan area has built over $400 million in soccer facilities over the past decade, but more importantly, we have really been the thought leaders in innovative ways to grow the game of soccer,” Ficklin said in a news release.

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — A proposed 6,000-seat arena would be booked 300 days a year, helping local hotels and other businesses, Athens civic leaders said.,The executive director of the existing events center called The Classic Center said an arena could generate more than 600 jobs and have a $33 million impact on the local economy.,The arena, adjacent to Athens-Clarke County's Multimodal Center and warehouses on Foundry Street, would be booked 300 days a year and fill up downtown hotel rooms, said Classic Center Executive Director Paul Cramer, the Athens newspaper reported.,The arena would be linked directly to The Classic Center, and through there "to that magic place we call downtown Athens," he said.,Concert promoters say an arena that size would also bring many major music acts to Athens, Cramer told the committee.

What would you do differently if you were named the chief executive officer (CEO) of your company tomorrow?,A candidate’s answer to this question provides many insights into how the person thinks about the company, the competitive landscape and the job of CEO.,When a company board selects the next CEO, directors often deliberate on the candidates’ experience.,While there are many capabilities a board might look for in the next CEO, here are the five subtle must-have traits that influence a CEO’s success:

1) Executive Presence: This is not just looking the part.,However, even leaders with most relevant business expertise and experience can struggle to get the best performance from the organization without an executive presence, the ability to read an audience, a healthy sense of humor, savvy time management and a consistent message. read more

Digital media company IRISH STUDIO CEO MIKE RICH has joined TOWNSQUARE MEDIA as Market President & Chief Revenue Officer for the DANBURY, CT cluster, which includes Classic Rock WRKI (I-95), Sports WINE-A (SPORTS RADIO 940), and Country WDBY (KICKS COUNTRY 105.5).,RICH, a former executive at TIME, INC., RADIO ONE's INTERACTIVE ONE, and AOL, will report to SVP, Local Media ROB WILLIAMS.,MIKE’s extensive experience and success as a media executive in the music, radio, and digital industries will serve him well as he takes on this important local market for TOWNSQUARE.”,“I look forward to working with the team to continue to deliver world class consumer experiences and marketing solutions for our local audiences and partners, not only with our strong radio brands across multiple platforms, but also with TOWNSQUARE INTERACTIVE and IGNITE.",COO/Local Media ERIK HELLUM said, “Our mission at TOWNSQUARE is ‘local first’, and to achieve that mission we need best of class leadership in our markets, which is why we are so excited to have MIKE join our team.”

It belongs to Jim McVay, a sports executive who for the past 30 years has run the Outback Bowl, a second-tier college football postseason game featuring third-place teams.,While several bowl bosses manage other games or major events, McVay’s core duties remain as focused as they were when he took the job in 1988: negotiate contracts and sell sponsorships and tickets for one football game each year.,[Perspective: When college football powers want more coaches than rules allow, they call them analysts] The decision by the Outback Bowl’s board — a volunteer group of local businesspeople and dignitaries — to pay McVay, year after year, more than many of his peers further stands out because their bowl, historically, is among the stingiest when it comes to giving to charity.,McVay, who has defended his pay in news reports as recently as last year, declined an interview request for this story, and a bowl spokesman cited a new policy that forbids Outback Bowl officials from publicly discussing compensation.,Another main reason the Outback board has more than tripled McVay’s pay over the last 20 years, according to Schember, is because McVay routinely tells them NFL teams are trying to pry him out of the bowl world.