PORTLAND, OR: The Portland Trail Blazers have named Michael Lewellen SVP of communications and public engagement.
Lewellen will be responsible for managing the team's communications and public-engagement strategies, and will lead a group working on media, community, and team relations.
He most recently worked as VP of marketing and communications for Heart of Florida United Way. Lewellen also served as VP of NBC Universal and Universal Orlando Resorts from 2007 to 2009. From 1999 to 2007, Lewellen served in various communications roles for Black Entertainment Television. He has also worked as VP of media relations for Fox Sports Network and Fox Broadcasting and PR director for the Goodwill Games on behalf of Turner Sports.
Earlier this week, fellow National Basketball Association franchise the Golden State Warriors named Gail Hunter VP of public affairs and event management.