Watkins Glen Int'l announce promotions

TIM COLEMAN PROMOTED TO V.P. OF OPERATIONS AT WGI Marketing Members Ryan Lake, Brett Powell, and Ryan Tolley Also Promoted Watkins Glen, NY (January 07, 2009) -- Watkins Glen International president Craig Rust announced today that...

Marketing Members Ryan Lake, Brett Powell, and Ryan Tolley Also Promoted

Watkins Glen, NY (January 07, 2009) -- Watkins Glen International president Craig Rust announced today that Tim Coleman has been promoted to the position of vice president of operations at the legendary road course. Coleman, a life-long resident of Steuben County, had been the general manager of track operations since 2002 and has been with the track since the early 1980's. WGI also announced that three members of the marketing staff, Ryan Lake, Brett Powell and Ryan Tolley have been promoted.

"Tim Coleman has been a committed employee at WGI for over 20 years and not only do we appreciate his years of service, we are extremely grateful to have someone with such dedication to and knowledge of Motorsports at The Glen, "stated Rust. "We are very proud to provide growth opportunities in our company for our talented professionals such as Coleman, Lake, Powell, and Tolley and look forward to helping them all reach their career goals at The Glen."

Coleman started at The Soul of American Road Racing in December 1983 when WGI was purchased by Corning, Inc. and International Speedway Corporation (ISC). A Corning, Inc. employee since 1977, he left his role as the manager of the Corning Revere Outlet retail stores in Corning, Watkins Glen and Ithaca to become the retail sales manager at The Glen. Coleman steadily made his way up the leadership ladder and gained experience in a wide range of areas. He held the position of retail sales manager for four years before taking on the role of ticket and retail sales manager from 1987 thru 1992. He then became director of advertising and sales from 1992 thru 1998, and was the general manager of event operations from 1998 thru 2002. Coleman was not only born and raised in the Finger Lakes Region but also received his AAS degree in Accounting from Corning Community College in 1976. He later received his BS in Business Management from the University of Buffalo in 1982. Coleman still resides in Steuben County with his wife Judy Smith-Coleman, a teacher at Corning Free Academy (CFA) in Corning.

Lake, formerly the media relations coordinator, has been promoted to public relations manager. The Horseheads High School graduate and Ithaca College alum, started at The Glen in June 2006 following his graduation from the Park School of Communications at IC in May 2005. In his new role, he will manage several of the track's PR efforts including press releases, media center staffing and driver media tours.

Powell, also a Horseheads High School Graduate, has been promoted from account executive to special events and partnerships manager. In his new role he will be responsible for many special events at the track, including concerts, The Glen's revamped hospitality experiences, and Opening Day. He will also take on a larger role with the track's wine festival, scheduled for July 17-19. Powell joined WGI as a marketing coordinator in September of 2004 after graduating with a Masters Degree from Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. He was promoted to account executive for the sales department in 2005.

Tolley moves from his former position as account executive to his new role as the sales and business development manager for WGI. He was hired as an account executive in May 2006 after spending two years with BlueTie Software as the sales manager of the service provider division in the Southeast of the United States. Prior to his time with BlueTie Software, Tolley got a taste of working in the automotive field through his three years of service with Mach 2 Management as a senior program manager of events and promotions specializing in Jaguar and Land Rover events. In his new role, he will be responsible for generating new business to business partnerships for the race track.

Tickets for the entire 2009 season are on sale now! For tickets and information, please contact the Watkins Glen International ticket office at 866-461-RACE or log on to the official Watkins Glen website at www.TheGlen.com. Tickets, gift certificates and track merchandise can be all purchased at The Shop located at 2 North Franklin Street in downtown Watkins Glen, Open Monday -- - Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-4, Closed Sunday; 607-535-2338.

-credit: wgi

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