Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Deans & Puhala elected to Governors; Fogel joins Trustees


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. –The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today announced new board members elected to the Board of Governors, as well as Board of Trustees. Newly elected members serving on the Board of Governors are Sherrie Deans, Executive Director of the National Basketball Players Association Foundation, and Jim Puhala, MassMutual’s Head of Field and Regulatory Compliance. The Board of Trustees welcomes a new member as well, David Fogel, Executive Director of the National Basketball Coaches Association.

“Our newly elected board members share our passion for the game and our commitment to celebrating it far and wide,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “They have each made significant contributions to the basketball community and we look forward having them join us in our mission to promote and preserve the game at all levels.” 

The Board of Governors serves as the group responsible for overseeing the management of the Basketball Hall of Fame. Additionally, the Governors assess means to raise revenue and awareness. The Governors ultimately serve as ambassadors of the Hall promoting its core mission, which is to celebrate the greatest moments and people in basketball. 

Similarly, the Board of Trustees serve as ambassadors of the Hall, while also being responsible for preserving the fundamental mission and financial well-being of the Basketball Hall of Fame. Both boards are made up of individuals that work in or have worked in the game, as well as business leaders that have supported the game in Springfield, Mass. or on the national or global level.

Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was invented, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level – professional, collegiate and high school, for both men and women on the global stage. Since opening its doors in 1959, the Hall has operated as a non-profit organization relying on the generosity of others to preserve the legacy of the game.


Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Governors:

Jerry Colangelo, Chairman of Board, Chairman, USA Basketball, JDM Partners, LLC (Class of 2004)

David Beckerman, President, Acorn Group

Kathy Behrens, President, Social Responsibility & Player Programs, NBA

Lisa Borders, President, WNBA

Ulysses L. "Junior" Bridgeman, President, CEO & Owner, Manna, Inc.

Sherman M. Brown, Chairman & CEO, Three Media Group

Frank Colaccino, CEO, The Colvest Group. Ltd.

Jim Davidson, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Silver Lake

Sherrie Deans, Executive Director, NBPA Foundation

David Denenberg, SVP Global Media Distribution & Business Affairs, NBA

Charles Denson, President, Nike Brand (Retired), Nike, Inc.

Dan Gavitt, VP Men's Basketball, NCAA

Robin Harris, Executive Director, The Ivy League

Grant Hill, NBA Player (retired), Turner Sports/NBATV

Mannie Jackson, Chairman (retired), Harlem Globetrotters (Class of 2017)

William Koenig, President, Global Media Distribution, NBA

Nancy Lieberman, Founder & President, Nancy Lieberman Charities (Class of 1996)

Jim Puhala, Head of Field/Regulatory Compliance, MassMutual

George Raveling, Director of International Basketball, Nike, Inc. (Class of 2015)

John Skipper, Co-Chairman (retired), Disney Media Networks & President ESPN

Mark Tatum, Deputy Commissioner & Chief Operating Officer, NBA

Jim Taubenfeld, Attorney, CPA & CEO, MeSalve, Inc.

James Vinick, Managing Director-Investments, Moors & Cabot, Inc.

Elaine Wynn, Director, Wynn Resorts & Family Foundation


Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Trustees:

Lon Babby, Player Agent & NBA Executive

Jim Calhoun, Men’s Basketball Coach (retired), UConn (Class of 2005)

Jim Carolus, President, Hillyard Industries

Mary-Beth Cooper, President, Springfield College

Bob Delaney, VP Referee Operations, NBA

George Dickerman, Chairman (retired), Spalding Sports Worldwide

Danielle Donehew, Executive Director, Women’s Basketball Coaches Association

David Fogel, Executive Director, NBCA

William Gagnon, VP Marketing & Key Accounts, Excel Dryer, Inc.

Bob Gardner, Executive Director, National Federation of State High School Association

Russ Granik, Deputy Commissioner (retired), NBA (Class of 2013)

Jim Gray, President, Scratchy Productions

Brendon Hutchins, SVP Wealth Management, UBS

Kevin Kennedy, Chief Development Officer, City of Springfield

Joel Litvin, President League & Basketball Operations (retired), NBA

Harvey Mackay, Chairman & Founder, MackayMitchell Envelope Company

Yvan Mainini, President, FIBA

Reggie Minton, Deputy Executive Director Basketball Coaches, NBA

Sarah Maggi Morin, Principal, Opportunity Development Group

James P. Naismith, Grandson of Dr. James Naismith, Inventor of Basketball

David A. Pace, President, Pace Sports

Peter Picknelly, President, Peter Pan Bus Lines

John K. Ritenour, Chairman, Insurance Office of America

John Ritter, Partner, First New England Capital

Charlie Rosenzweig, SVP Entertainment/Player Marketing, NBA

Scott Sadowsky, President, Williams Distributing

Howard Smith, President, Harlem Globetrotters

Steve Smith, NBA Player (retired), Turner Sports/NBATV

Ben C. Sutton, Jr., President, IMG College

Jim Tooley, Executive Director, USA Basketball

Trevor Ugolyn, SVP & Chief of Staff, March & McLennan Company

Kiki VanDeweghe, SVP Basketball Operations, NBA

Glenn Wong, Professor of Sports Management & Law, Arizona State University


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