From the parquet to the fast lane, New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials announced today the hiring of Steve Markos as the new vice president of ticket sales and operations.

Markos joins the Magic Mile family after spending the last 14 years with the Boston Celtics. Markos climbed the ladder rung by rung for the 17-time world champions, starting as a public relations intern before exiting as the team's director of corporate partnerships.

"Steve brings an impressive sports pedigree and a proven track record of success, said Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager for the speedway. "His passion, interpersonal skills, sense of urgency and relationship-building are just a few of his attributes that will make a positive impact in his new role here."

As vice president of ticket sales and operations, Markos will handle the day-to-day operations in the New Hampshire Motor Speedway Ticket Office, as well as oversee a staff of more than 15 full- and part-time employees.

After spending four months as the C's public relations intern, Markos joined the team in a full-time capacity as an account executive in June of 2001. The top sales rep in the NBA during the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons, Markos moved to senior account executive in May of 2003, where he generated $1.1 million new business in the group and season tickets. He spent the 2004-05 season as the team's corporate sales executive and the 2005-06 campaign as the premium sales manager before spending the next six years as the team's corporate partnerships manager.

During this stretch, Markos generated revenue on a yearly basis and grew the department significantly between 2006 and 2011, earning earned himself a ring in the process thanks to the Celtics' championship-winning season in 2008.

"I think there's a direct correlation between the Celtics and NASCAR, and that's sports entertainment," said Markos. "I have a lot of respect for NASCAR fans. They are diehard and involved and knowledgable. To have an opportunity to connect with that fan base really intrigued me to make the switch."

Markos graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. in Sport Management from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst. Markos resides in Bradford, Mass., where he lives with his wife, Kristen, and their two children children, Zachary, 8, and Kian, 6.