I'd not pick stock into his age one way or the other but it does make you wonder if this is part of a future sale of the club to a some sort of group he might be a part of is he just another safe Braley/Buono pick where the boat doesn't get rocked.
If this fellow is not part of a potential new ownership group the pick looks underwhelming following on the heels of Dennis Skulsky who, apart from his local connections was hardly a marketer. Not sure this fellow is either irrespective of his experience in football, racing and athletics leading at senior levels.
Not sure who locally there is but I'd not have blinked an eye if Scott Ackles was rolled out as President - but I really know little of him other than he left Alberta for BC. I 'd have liked to see someone with a marketing, customer experience/engagement flare as today's consumer is all about the experience.
I never understood why he left the President role for the Stampeders other than it sounded like he wanted to be here in Vancouver. The stories made it sound like his family was back on the coast.
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/ ... le1091746/
Ackles joined the Stamps in March of 2007 as senior vice-president of club operations and became the club’s 27th president on Dec. 12, 2007.Forzanicropped.jpg
Under his watch, the Stamps set a franchise-record for attendance and had the Canadian Football League’s largest season-ticket base in 2009.
He also was at the helm of the highly successful 2009 Grey Cup Festival.
“The Calgary Stampeders would like to thank Scott for his leadership the past three years and wish him the best in his future endeavors,” said John Forzani, the club’s managing partner of business operations.
“We’ve known for some time that he wouldn’t return for 2010 and he did a tremendous job this season, culminating with a very successful hosting of the Grey Cup.”
Ackles has far better credentials than the new appointee.
http://www.bcfootballhalloffame.com/dir ... ckles.html