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HEAT Group Announces Promotion of Personnel

MIAMI, January 26 – The HEAT Group announced today the promotion of several personnel.

Kim Stone was named Executive Vice President and General Manager of AmericanAirlines Arena, leaving her position of VP of Season Ticket Services and Business Development. As Executive VP and GM, Stone is responsible for all managerial duties necessary to run the state-of-the-art Arena. She is also charged with assuring that HEAT Group staff is familiar with the operating procedures, schedules and policies of the facility. A veteran of the South Florida sports market for more than 15 years, Stone has risen through the ranks of the HEAT organization during her 10 years with the club, initially joining the organization in the Sports Media Relations department in 1996.

Tony Coba was promoted to Senior Vice President of Information Technology after spending the previous five years as VP and Chief Information Officer. Coba is responsible for keeping AmericanAirlines Arena on the cutting edge of technology. In addition to the technology for the entire data network, including ticketing systems, retail point of sale and restaurant/food service computer systems, Coba and his team oversee AmericanAirlines Arena’s telecommunications systems for the HEAT, television and radio broadcasters, print media, photographers, show promoters, bank ATMs and cellular phone antenna sites. Adding to the mix is his responsibility for planning and implementing future technology projects to further enhance the Arena.

Brian Babin was named Vice President and Assistant General Manager of AmericanAirlines Arena after serving two-and-a-half years as Assistant General Manager of AmericanAirlines Arena. He is responsible for ensuring that all events are planned and executed properly in addition to making sure that everyone is familiar with the operating procedures, schedules and policies of the Arena. Babin also continues to be one of the primary contacts between the team and the facility. Now in his sixth year with the HEAT Group, Babin also served as the Director of Operations within the HEAT’s Basketball Operations department from 2000-2003.

Sonia Harty moves into her new position of Vice President of Human Resources. Harty, who leaves her position of Director of Human Resources, will provide oversight and direction for the company’s human resource function. Harty has been with the HEAT Group since 2003.

Jennifer Mallery was named Vice President of Service and Box Office, leaving her post of Senior Director of Ticket Operations. She is responsible for all aspects of ticket operations, including procedures and policies relating to tickets and all Arena events. Mallery joined the club in 1996.

Chris Maragno was promoted to Vice President of Corporate Sales and Service, where he is responsible for leading Corporate Sales and Service initiatives to develop and sell sponsorship programs to further maximize revenues. He was formerly Director of National Sales and Corporate Sponsorships, a position he held for a year-and-a-half.

Jeff Morris was named Vice President of Finance, leaving his position of Controller. Morris is now second in command of the Finance department with specific responsibility for all financial requirements of the HEAT Group. He joined the HEAT Group in 1997 as Controller.

Jim Spencer was named Vice President of Operations. His responsibility is to provide oversight and direction of the Arena’s Operation and Engineering functions. He was formerly Senior Director of Operations and Facility Services and has been with the HEAT Group since 1999.

Jared Diamond moves to his new position of Assistant General Manager of AmericanAirlines Arena. Diamond’s new role is to provide direction to facility staff, partners, and the daily activities involved in the successful execution of events and maintenance of the facility. He leaves his post of Director of Event Services, where he served for two years. Diamond first joined the HEAT Group in 1999.

Steve Stowe becomes Executive Director of the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund in addition to his duties as Director of Community Affairs, where he will continue to implement the HEAT’s many charitable programs, including the NBA Cares initiative, and oversee the team’s foundation. Stowe originally joined the HEAT in 2000.