Newcomb, McAtee Named To Key Sales Positions At Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis--January 13, 1998--The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has named two longtime sales executives to key positions in IMS sales and marketing, Tony George,...
Newcomb, McAtee Named To Key Sales Positions At Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis--January 13, 1998--The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has named two longtime sales executives to key positions in IMS sales and marketing, Tony George, president and CEO, announced today.
Named as vice president of sales and marketing is John Newcomb, currently executive vice president and chief operating officer of Wabash Valley Broadcasting Inc., which is owned by the Hulman-George family. Newcomb will retain his title with Wabash Valley, as well as assuming his new duties. In his new position, Newcomb's responsibilities will include overseeing of sales and marketing for the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, the Indy Racing League, the Brickyard 400, the Comfort Classic at the Brickyard and the Indy 200 at Walt Disney World.
The new director of sales for IMS is Buddy McAtee, currently vice president of TelX, a broadcast production facility also owned by the Hulman-George family. McAtee will retain his TelX title and will be responsible for directing the IMS sales staff.
Both men report to Jeffrey Belskus, executive vice president for administration and operations and chief operating officer of IMS.
"Both John and Buddy have been valued members of our corporate family and both have played key roles in our broadcasting and broadcast production divisions," said George. "Both have already contributed to the success of our racing operations, and I am confident that they will continue their success in the new positions."
Newcomb, 49, is a 1970 graduate of the University of Delaware and has a master of business administration degree from East Tennessee State University. Before joining Wabash Valley Broadcasting, he worked in various business and sales capacities for several television stations, including WCBS, New York; WDAF, Kansas City; WTHR, Indianapolis, and WPDS (Now WXIN), Indianapolis, where he served as first station manager and got the station on the air. In 1985-86, he was president and general manager of MidAmerica Cellular/Indianapolis Telephone Company.
In November 1986, he joined Wabash Valley Broadcasting where he oversees all operations of the company's broadcast operations which include WNDY-TV, Indianapolis; WTHI-TV-AM-FM, Terre Haute, and WFTX-TV, Fort Myers, Florida. Among his community involvements are membership on the executive board of the Crossroads of America Council, Boy Scouts of America; president of the Indiana Broadcasters Association; and past chairman of the Family Service Association of Indiana.
Newcomb and his wife Colleen have four children: Christine, Johanna, Amanda and Luke. The family resides in Carmel.
McAtee grew up in Eagledale, next to the Speedway and first worked for IMS as a golf cart boy at the age of 14. He is a 1977 graduate of Indiana University with a degree in telecommunications, and a graduate of Cardinal Ritter High School, Indianapolis. From 1977 to 1987 he worked at WRTV, Indianapolis, first as a news photographer, then in sales and later as director of promotions and public relations. He was named news photographer of the year in 1977 and 1978 by the Indiana News Photographers Association.
In 1987 he joined TelX, the broadcast production arm of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation, and in 1988 he was promoted to vice president of sales. He is also the producer of the "Road to Indy," a monthly program about the Indy Racing League on ESPN.
McAtee and his wife Judy have one daughter, Nicole.