Sales force expanded

NHRA EXPANDS SALES FORCE, ADDS CARMEAN AND KRITZLER GLENDORA, Calif. (Aug. 8, 2005) -- In an effort to expand its sales efforts while building on the momentum the sport has enjoyed during the last year, NHRA has named Tony Carmean director of ...

NHRA EXPANDS SALES FORCE, ADDS CARMEAN AND KRITZLER

GLENDORA, Calif. (Aug. 8, 2005) -- In an effort to expand its sales efforts while building on the momentum the sport has enjoyed during the last year, NHRA has named Tony Carmean director of sales and Joshua Kritzler manager of sponsorship sales.

Through the first seven months of 2005, NHRA has experienced substantial growth in event attendance plus improved ratings for its television programming that is aired on ESPN2. As a result of this progression, NHRA is expanding its sales staff to meet the ever-growing interest in NHRA Championship Drag Racing from Corporate America while continuing to provide unparalleled customer service to the current sponsor base of the world's largest motorsports sanctioning organization.

"We are very excited to add two more talented individuals to the NHRA team," said John Covarrubias, vice president of sales and business development. "Both Tony and Josh bring with them unique attributes that will contribute immensely to NHRA's current sales efforts."

Carmean has spent his career working in media and event sponsorship sales for the San Diego-based offices of Jefferson-Pilot Communications and Clear Channel Communications. During his tenure with both media conglomerates, he was instrumental in achieving double-digit sales growth.

Kritzler comes to NHRA from InStadium, an outdoor advertising sales firm representing major sporting venues across the country, where he served as vice president of sales/marketing and was the West Coast sales director. While in that position, he established strong relationships with brand managers, advertising agencies and sports marketing agencies throughout the country and was directly responsible for significant revenue growth since the company's founding in 2002.

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., the NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. It presents 23 national events through its NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. The NHRA has 80,000 members and 140 member tracks. The NHRA-sanctioned sportsman and bracket racing series' provide competition opportunities for drivers of all levels. The NHRA develops the stars of tomorrow by offering the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, NHRA Xplod Sport Compact Racing Series, NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Street Legal Program. The NHRA also offers the NHRA O'Reilly Auto Parts Jr. Drag Racing League for youths ages 8 to 17.

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