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Sackman, Emerson named to Blues’ Executive Committee

The Blues announced a total of 16 new additions within the organization on Thursday.

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The St. Louis Blues announced 16 new promotions within the organization on Thursday. The Blues’ promotions included Jamie Sackman and Keira Emerson to the executive committee and Randy Girsch and Trevor Nickerson as the senior-level appointments.

With seven years of experience in St. Louis, Sackman will assume the role of Vice President and Chief People Officer. She’ll manage the Blues’ recruitment and talent acquisition processes as well as the team’s diversity, equity and inclusion and cultural initiatives. She’ll also tackle programs related to employee resources and management.

“It is an honor to support our people and the talent that make the Blues an incredible organization,” said Sackman. “In joining the executive committee, I’m thrilled to bring a fresh viewpoint to the table to further enrich the experience of our employees as they pursue their careers.”

Emerson will become Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer. She’ll oversee and drive the development of strategic plans and business analyses. Since joining the Blues in 2015, she has transformed the team’s analytics department, supported company-wide strategies, amplified revenues, and enabled analyses of broad, innovative initiatives such as new spaces in the Enterprise Center and NHL All-Star Game.

“I’m proud to take on this new leadership role and, along with Jamie, bring new perspective to the executive committee,” said Emerson. “As part of the St. Louis Blues, I’ve been able to uniquely apply my passion for using data to develop and execute informed, strategic plans, and I look forward to continuing to propel the Blues’ dynamic strategies.”

Girsch will become Vice President and Executive Director of Blues for Kids. He’ll lead community outreach and partnerships along with programs to grow hockey across the region. In his 13 years with the Blues, he has contributed to the increase of the footprint and impact of the Blues’ Community Partnerships and Youth Outreach. He has provided grants to more than 100 local organizations dedicated to improving the lives of St. Louis youth.

Nickerson will serve as Vice President and Executive Producer of Blue Note Productions. He’ll spearhead content and storytelling on all the Blues’ digital and social platforms. During the last seven seasons, Blue Note Productions has become one of the NHL’s top storytelling groups. Nickerson’s team has won six Emmy awards as they helped build the Blues’ social media presence into a top performer in the NHL.

“The Blues are committed to the growth and development of our team members,” said Blues President and CEO Chris Zimmerman. “These talented individuals have been critical to our success throughout many business areas and levels of the organization, bringing valuable leadership and contributions that helped us earn the Team of the Year Award from the Sports Business Journal in 2020.

“In some cases, homegrown talent has even created all-new departments over time. With these well-deserved promotions, and with Jamie and Keira joining the executive committee, we look forward to our next chapter together.”

The Blues’ other promotions span across multiple areas. Dan O’Neill will be Senior Director of Media Content, and Chris Pinkert will be Senior Director of Digital Content.

For Blue Note Productions, Eric Siders will be a Director, and Ashali Vise will be a Host.

Brandon Knox will be Senior Manager of Fan Development, Kyle Worman will be Senior Manager of building operations, and Elizabeth Dean will be Senior Manager of Ticket Operations.

Amy Quinonez will be Senior Manager of Partnership Activation, Corinne Dunn will be Senior Manager of Client Retention, and Meg O’Neill will be Senior Manager of Premium Service and Hospitality.

Elise Butler will be Manager of Social Media, and Tiffany Stern will be Manager of Human Resources.

Congratulations to all 16 of the Blues’ promoted!