BUFFALO, N.Y. (Oct. 17, 2012) – Delaware North Companies, a global leader in hospitality and food service, today named John Wentzell, a veteran of the sports industry, to lead Delaware North Companies Sportservice, as well as the company’s operations in Europe.
Wentzell will take the helm as Sportservice president, leading the company’s world-class sports hospitality portfolio of more than 50 venues throughout North America.
Wentzell most recently served as president of Delaware North Companies Boston with leadership responsibilities spanning the company-owned TD Garden, adjacent commercial real estate holdings and certain key sales and business functions of the NHL's Boston Bruins, owned by Delaware North Companies Chairman and CEO Jeremy Jacobs. That role, assumed in 2006, was expanded in 2011 to also include oversight of Delaware North's diverse international business portfolio across the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.
In his new role, Wentzell will continue to oversee Delaware North’s sports and travel hospitality businesses in the United Kingdom, including at such iconic locations as Wembley Stadium, Emirates Stadium and Heathrow Airport.
As president of Sportservice, Wentzell succeeds Rick Abramson, who was named to lead the company’s global parks and resorts business, its Australia and New Zealand sports and travel hospitality operations and new business efforts in Asia.
Sportservice has seen record growth, becoming a more than $750 million food service and retail business by adding major professional sports clients in recent years at venues such as MetLife Stadium, Lambeau Field, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Target Field, and Bank of America Stadium.
Wentzell’s appointment and other strategic leadership changes were announced by Delaware North Companies President and Chief Operating Officer Charles E. Moran as part of the company’s overall strategy for growth in North America and around the world. The changes take effect Jan. 1, 2013.
“John is well-known in the sports industry and has done a great job leading the company’s efforts in Boston and internationally,” Moran said. “Based on years of executive-level leadership with sports teams and some of the top sporting and entertainment facilities in the world, he brings a unique multidimensional perspective to our clients and our business and I am confident that we will continue to see success in Sportservice, as well as growth in the United Kingdom and throughout Europe under John's direction.”
During Wentzell's six-year tenure as president, the Boston business experienced record growth and results. Wentzell’s strategic vision for TD Garden also brought about significant improvements and reinvestment in expanded public spaces, fan amenities, technology and innovative premium seating products and services and earned the arena numerous industry accolades. The 19,600-seat TD Garden continues to be one of North America’s most active, highly regarded and successful venues.
In addition, Wentzell was instrumental in overseeing the company’s real estate holdings and led the commercial development strategy that has positioned the company’s real estate holdings for near-term development of a mixed-use project. Earlier this year, as part of that strategy, Wentzell also led the acquisition of the publicly-owned 1,200-space parking garage underneath TD Garden as well as the pending sale of one of the company's adjacent parcels and its residential development entitlements.
Wentzell joined Delaware North Companies Boston in 1996 as vice president of operations. Boston and TD Garden were the latest stops in Wentzell’s long and diverse career in sports and entertainment, which has included roles with arenas, major league sports franchises and mixed-use developments.
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 largest and most admired privately held hospitality companies in the world. Founded and owned by the Jacobs family for nearly 100 years, it is a global leader in hospitality and food service. 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 Garden. Delaware North Companies has revenue exceeding $2.6 billion annually and 55,000 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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