Golfsmith Appoints CEO
Austin, Texas Golfsmith International Holdings Tuesday announced the appointment of Martin Hanaka as CEO. Hanaka had been serving as interim chief executive since Jan. 9, 2008, and has been chairman of the board since April 2007.
Hanaka became the chairman of Golfsmith in April 2007. He was the chairman of the board of The Sports Authority, Inc. from November 1999 until June 2004, and was its CEO from September 1998 until August 2003.
Howard Group Announces VP of Operations
Howard Group, a development company specializing in award-winning retail, office, marina, mixed-use developments and residential communities on Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, recently announced the addition of Bill Bubel as VP of operations for the company’s properties. Bubel will be responsible for leading the property teams and overseeing all aspects of property management for Howard Group including operations and contractors, financial reporting, marketing, tenant and customer relations and much more.
Bubel comes to Howard Group with over 20 years of experience including specializing in client relationships, tenant and customer relations, financial management, regional and local leasing, marketing, and construction. For the previous nine years, Bubel worked for Jones Lang LaSalle Retail, the largest third-party shopping center manager of more than 100 different properties.
In his new position, Bubel will work closely with the leasing, tenant coordination and construction departments as Howard Group moves forward with new tenant opportunities and future developments. He will also be responsible for developing new operating policies and procedures, ensuring that all properties maintain the standard of excellence in appearance and customer satisfaction expected of a Howard Group property.
Bubel’s many accomplishments throughout his career include a Merritt Award from the International Council of Shopping Centers’ (ICSC) Maxi program, an international marketing competition that recognizes excellence in shopping center marketing, for a specialty-leasing program. Bubel also has earned his Certified Shopping Center Manager (CSM) certification. Since his arrival to this area five years ago, Bubel has been an active member of various civic and community organizations, serving on the board of directors of local chambers and convention visitors bureaus.
Movie Gallery Names COO
Dothan, Ala. Movie Gallery Inc. has hired Sherif J. Mityas to serve as the company’s new COO and president of retail operations, effective June 16.
He replaces Jeffrey S. Stubbs, who resigned.
Mityas has nearly 20 years of experience in the retail sector, most recently as a partner at A.T. Kearney Inc. He also served as a senior manager for the Deloitte & Touche Consulting Group.
Over the last year, Movie Gallery Inc. declared bankruptcy and named a new president and CEO in May, around the time it announced it was emerging from Chapter 11.