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NHRA Expands Leadership Team
May 22, 2018
The NHRA has announced additions to its leadership team with two executive hires and two promotions. Ned Walliser, Jeffrey Young, Kristen Wentzell and Evan Jonat (pictured) have been named in the recent announcement.
NHRA Expands Leadership Team

The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) has announced additions to its leadership team with two executive hires and two promotions.

In racing operations, Ned Walliser rejoins NHRA, now as vice president of competition. Walliser previously worked with NHRA from 1994-2000, first as Pacific division director and then as director of racing operations. Walliser returns to NHRA from his role as the chief operating officer for MainGate, Inc. and serving on the board of SFI Foundation, Inc.

Jeffrey Young is joining NHRA as vice president of marketing and communications. 

Young joins NHRA from the Professional Bull Riders Association, where he spent eight years, most recently as regional vice president since 2015. Young will oversee all NHRA marketing initiatives.

Kristen Wentzell has additionally been promoted to vice president of national event marketing.

Wentzell has been with NHRA since 2012 as director of advertising and promotions where her primary focus has been driving awareness of and attendance at the organization’s premier NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events. In 2017, she was promoted to senior director of marketing and has handled social media and digital marketing, as well as ticketing and membership.

Evan Jonat has been promoted to vice president of live event marketing.

Jonat has been with NHRA for the past 12 years, most recently as senior director of national event marketing. Jonat’s focus is on enhancing the fan experience at NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing events and delivering, or overdelivering, on sponsor commitments, through his marketing services team. Jonat also interfaces with NHRA’s in-venue production and broadcast teams, including responsibility for on-track announcers.