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04.15.2009

Delaware North Companies Sportservice Realigns Management Team

 
Company appoints two vice presidents of operation; Kevin Austin to oversee Eastern region and Joe Sims to direct company operations in Western region
Delaware North Companies Sportservice has announced the promotion of Kevin Austin and Joe Sims to the role of vice president of operations. Austin will oversee company operations in the Eastern region of the United States, while Sims will direct operations in the Western region. Both Austin and Sims will report to Rick Abramson, president of Delaware North Companies Sportservice.
 
“Both Kevin and Joe have proven themselves strong leaders and I’m confident they will excel in these new assignments,” said Rick Abramson, president of Delaware North Companies Sportservice.
 
Austin and Sims will work in tandem to direct Sportservice’s food, beverage and retail operations across the United States. They will manage the company’s operating staff while maintaining close relationships with Sportservice clients and growing the company’s presence in the hospitality industry. Austin will retain his responsibility for new clients in New York City and New Jersey. Sims will meanwhile continue to oversee company operations he previously managed as regional vice president.
 
“I believe having Kevin and Joe in these positions will strengthen our units across the country and grow our reputation as a leader in the hospitality industry,” said Abramson. “It will also allow us to bring greater focus to our business strategy moving forward.”
 
Austin has spent his entire 29-year career in the sports hospitality industry and held numerous executive-level positions during that span. Prior to joining Delaware North, he served as senior vice president at Centerplate and oversaw operations at some of the most impressive stadiums in the country. He also served on the company’s senior management team and was entrusted with strategic management decisions. Austin brings his wide array of experience, knowledge and insight to his new post. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY. Austin will be based in New Jersey.
 
Sims has been with Delaware North for nearly 30 years. Most recently, he served as a regional vice president. Sims began his career with Delaware North in 1980 as an hourly concessions porter with Cincinnati baseball. He systematically rose through the ranks, eventually serving as the general manager for Sportservice at Great American Ball Park. In that role, he helped open the Cincinnati Reds’ new ballpark in 2003. Soon after, Nation’s Restaurant News recognized him as one of the top 25 emerging general managers.
 
“Both Kevin and Joe have positioned themselves as industry leaders in the sports concessions and facility management industries and I’m proud to have them working for Sportservice” said Abramson.

About Delaware North Companies Sportservice
Delaware North Companies Sportservice is one of the nation’s leading food, beverage and retail management companies. Sportservice provides concessions, gourmet catering and fine dining operations at more than 50 professional sporting venues, entertainment complexes and convention centers across the United States and Canada. Sportservice is the provider of choice for an impressive client roster including the World Series, the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball's All-Star games, Stanley Cup Championships and the Olympic Games.
 
For more than 90 years, Sportservice has demonstrated that it knows what it takes to effectively develop, operate and manage multi-faceted kitchens, restaurants, suites, fine dining and retail facilities in order to meet the changing demands of today's fans. From introducing new healthy, organic food selections and creative cuisine for twists on the traditional fare, Sportservice continues to innovate and enhance the fan experience.
 
About Delaware North Companies
Delaware North Companies is one of the world’s leading hospitality and food service providers. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Delaware North Companies International and Delaware North Companies Boston, owner of TD Banknorth Garden. Delaware North Companies is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States with revenues exceeding $2 billion annually and 50,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit www.DelawareNorth.com
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