Sports authority head vows program overhaul, new efforts
new executive director of the Miami Sports & Exhibition Authority
says he will overhaul programs that are in place and create new ones.
vision," said James H. Jenkins, a former Walt Disney World executive
just hired for the job, "is to reshape and redesign the existing
programs and develop new ones for future community involvement.
want to develop a tactical plan which will move the arena forward
from entertainment to festivals and multicultural events."
hiring him," said Miami Commissioner Johnny Winton, vice chairman
of the authority, "to be the leader of the organization. The
new executive director represents the authority's interests.
management company is a third party with a responsibility to carry
out missions and objectives established by the board. Our director
serves as a primarily liaison and boss to the company."
Jenkins, who has been working as a contract director of marketing
for an Internet firm in Ormond Beach, says he is ready to lead the
authority and the arena to its maximum potential. He said he has many
plans for arena events, including an ice-skating holiday festival
that would resemble Rockefeller Center in New York.
ideas for multicultural projects stem from his 18 years of marketing
with Disney, Mr. Jenkins said. He said he initiated the first Latin
Festival and the first Black Music Festival at Pleasure Island.
he said, was where he spent most of his life. His last out-of-state
job was marketing director for Harris Casino & Resort in Kansas City.
have a strong track record in defining artists and events and shaping
festivals, which will support and enhance products the management
company will be addressing," Mr. Jenkins said. "This is
a new beginning for us at the Miami Arena. I'm very confident in the
next year you will see some new things happen in the arena that will
be very beneficial to all."
authority subcommittee voted Mr. Jenkins will start at his new post
the middle of this month with a $75,000 annual salary. He will reach
the $85,000 mark listed as the maximum for the position after one
big on incentives," said Steve Marin, an authority board member
and director of operations at Children's Psychiatric Center Inc.,
one of three on the sports agency's board selected to decide Mr. Jenkins'
salary. He proposed adding $5,000 to Mr. Jenkins' pay every six months
until the cap was reached.
members Sam Gentry, executive vice president for Colonial Bank, and
Mr. Winton agreed at a meeting last week.
point of contention for board members was a cell phone allowance.
want to be very careful that we set strict guidelines," Mr. Marin
said. "I don't want to go back."
agreed on $150 a month for a phone, including a personal Internet
connection. Other items in the benefit packages, such as health and
dental insurance, were left untouched.
the meeting, board members deferred setting pay for the person Mr.
Jenkins is replacing Frances Paez, who has been serving as
the authority's acting director.
performed a valuable service for this organization," Mr. Winton
said. He said the committee needed time to figure out what her new
role would be.
the next 90 days, Mr. Marin said, Ms. Paez will wear two hats as she
helps the committee with next year's budget and educates Mr. Jenkins
on authority matters.