Hospitality provider, Centerplate, which serves premier sports, convention, entertainment and heritage venues across North America and Europe, has combined its global project teams handling facility design and construction, capital project planning, equipment procurement and strategic consulting into a single, comprehensive division – the Hospitality Solutions Group (HSG).
Created to meet the growing needs of clients for a seamless, end-to-end strategy, design, build, and service delivery function in hospitality services, the new division aligns several disciplines, including strategic consulting, capital planning, architecture and interior design, equipment procurement, and construction.
Centerplate has expanded dramatically in these areas in recent years, taking on larger capital projects in collaboration with its clients, ranging from major renovations to new building openings. Recent major projects include ACC Liverpool and Echo Arena, Sunderland AFC’s Stadium of Light, Liverpool Philharmonic, Sage Gateshead, The RAF Museum in Hendon and Twycross Zoo in the UK; Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara; and consulting on the new Atlético de Madrid stadium, in Spain.
Chris Verros, president and CEO of Centerplate, commented:
“This is an exciting time for Centerplate, and for event hospitality, which is increasingly becoming a key component of the brand for a team or venue. We were the first in the industry to have an in-house design group, and this move is a natural next step in integrating the growing discipline and practice areas into our overall strategy to make hospitality design a central part of our core offerings and promise of making it better to be there at live gatherings.”
Industry leader Eric Wooden, who has been with Centerplate since 1989, will assume responsibility for the division in the newly-created position of senior vice president, hospitality solutions. Centerplate’s UK-based director of projects, Steve Lelitka, and manager of projects, Gayle Ogilvie, will also join the team directing the company’s new construction, renovation and service mobilisation projects in Europe. The company has also recruited Dennis Martinez, former chief operating officer of RevEquip, as the HSG’s facility design director.
“I am honoured to lead this team of talented and passionate professionals. Centerplate’s success in hospitality project management has helped to establish us as a leader in 21st century event hospitality and I look forward to better connecting event destinations with their guests and enhancing their brands and business.”
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