BUFFALO, N.Y. (October 4, 2016) – Delaware North, one of the largest privately-held hospitality and food service companies in the world, has named Carlos Bernal president of Delaware North Sportservice.
Bernal has been serving as chief operating officer and interim president of Delaware North’s flagship operating company since November 2015. As president, Bernal will be responsible for providing oversight and strategic direction to Delaware North Sportservice, which serves sports fans in more than 50 stadiums, ballparks and arenas.
“Carlos Bernal will draw from his extensive industry experience to both honor the rich traditions of sports, while also embracing innovative and constructive changes to enhance the fan experience in our venues,” said Rick Abramson, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Delaware North.
Bernal began working for Delaware North Sportservice in 1986 as the general manager at the former Chicago Stadium. He served as general manager at Busch Stadium in St. Louis from 1989-1991, after which time he left Delaware North to pursue other leadership roles in the food and hospitality service industries.
Those roles included being a vice president at Host Marriott Services, senior vice president at The Mills Corporation, senior vice president at Westfield Corporation and president of FoodBrand LLC, where he had operational responsibility for 79 restaurants across the country. Before returning to Delaware North in 2015, he was CEO of Wagamama North America, where he oversaw the growth of the Japanese-inspired restaurant chain.
About Delaware North Sportservice
Delaware North Sportservice is one of the nation’s leading food, beverage and retail management companies. Delaware North 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. Delaware North 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, the company 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, Delaware North Sportservice continues to innovate and enhance the fan experience.
About Delaware North
Delaware North is one of the largest privately-held hospitality and food service companies in the world. Founded in 1915 and owned by the Jacobs family for more than 100 years, Delaware North has global operations at high-profile places such as sports and entertainment venues, national and state parks, destination resorts and restaurants, airports, and regional casinos. Our 60,000 employee associates are dedicated to creating special experiences one guest at a time in serving more than 500 million guests annually. Delaware North has annual revenue of about $3 billion in the sports, travel hospitality, restaurants and catering, parks, resorts, gaming, and specialty retail industries. Learn more about Delaware North at www.delawarenorth.com.
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Victoria Hong
Director-Corporate Communications
Email: vhong@delawarenorth.com
Phone: 716-858-5420
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