Centerplate welcomes Lila Kahn and John Johnson
Centerplate, the largest event hospitality partner to North America’s premier sports stadiums, convention centers and entertainment venues, welcomes two new members to the corporate team. Lila Kahn recently joined Centerplate at their Corporate headquarters in Stamford as Director of Marketing for the Centerplate Restaurant Group. John Johnson III will join Centerplate as Purchasing Manager for the Facility Management and Design.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome John and Lila to the Centerplate family,” said Centerplate’s President and CEO, Des Hague. “They both bring proven track records and a wealth of industry knowledge to our company. I look forward to working with them as we move forward into the next phase of our development.”
Kahn has a long history in the food, beverage and hospitality industry for Centerplate. She will lead the marketing efforts on behalf of the company’s portfolio of restaurant brands including John Harvard’s and Harry’s Smokehouse. After many years in restaurant operations, including starting a successful restaurant, she transitioned to marketing. On the agency side, she has led innovation and product development projects for leading CPG companies such as Welch’s, Kraft and Unilever. Kahn is thrilled to join Centerplate and looks forward to being part of the Restaurant Group’s growth.
A veteran purchasing, logistics and procurement strategist, John Johnson comes to Centerplate from Chihade International where he served as a Category Manager. Prior to that, he held leading roles in procurement for national restaurant brains, hospitality and foodservice distribution companies. Johnson will lead the Centerplate team charged with specifying, pricing, procuring and receiving all food service equipment and small wares.
Centerplate also congratulates Ashley Brown who has been promoted to Vice President of Specialty Retail. Brown will be based out San Francisco. In her new role, Brown will direct all aspects of Centerplate’s retail merchandise business at over 50 premier professional and collegiate sports venues. Specifically, she will set the company’s overall retail strategy, develop the assortment plans, and direct all stores’ visual presentation. From an innovation perspective, Brown will manage the company’s efforts in regards to guest technology, non-traditional advertising and in-venue promotions.
Additionally, David Winarski, a respected executive on Centerplate’s team for almost a decade, has been promoted to Vice President of Human Resources. He will be responsible for all HR functions, including talent and organizational development, employee relations, compensation and benefits and recruiting efforts for the company based out of the company’s Greenville, SC hospitality service center.
2012 has already proven a banner year for Centerplate, demonstrating the vital role of the Hospitality Service Center. In the span of 10 months, the company has excelled as hospitality host for nearly every major sports championship in the United States: the 2012 BCS National Championship Game, 2012 Super Bowl, 2012 NCAA Final Four, 2012 National Hockey League Stanley Cup Championships, and 2012 Major League Baseball World Series. With new business wins including the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Convention Center, San Francisco 49ers new Santa Clara Stadium, and the University of Notre Dame, Centerplate will rely heavily on the Hospitality Service Center as a resource for their Event Hospitality services.
Centerplate crafts and delivers “Craveable Experiences. Raveable Results.” in over 250 prominent entertainment, sports and convention venues across North America – annually serving over 100 million guests. Centerplate has provided event hospitality services to 30 official U.S. Presidential Inaugural Balls, 13 Super Bowls, 21 World Series, the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, and the largest plated dinner in history at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Centennial Celebration. In 2011, the company was named the fastest growing restaurant/ hospitality group in the country by Nation’s Restaurant News. Visit the company online at www.centerplate.com