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TEAM Coalition Welcomes New Officers

(May 30, 2014)

Alexandria, VA, May 30, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TEAM Coalition welcomed a new slate of officers, each to serve
two-year terms, at the membership meeting held on May 22, 2014 in
St. Louis, MO at the offices of Anheuser-Busch. John McHale,
Executive Vice President, Administration & Chief Information
Officer of Major League Baseball (MLB), completed his term as
Chairman. Kevin Bruder, President of Centennial Management Group,
General Manager of the Maverik Center and CEO of the Utah Grizzlies
Hockey Club was announced as Chairman of the Board. Bruder
represents the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM)
on the Coalition. Ray Whitworth, Vice President of Operations and
Security for Major League Soccer (MLS), will serve as Vice
Chairman, Carl Mittleman, President of Aramark Sports and
Entertainment, will serve as Second Vice Chairman and Treasurer.
Finally, Jordan Jiloty, Director of Public Affairs for NASCAR was
elected as Third Vice Chairman and Secretary.

Chairman of the Board for TEAM Coalition moves from MLB to I
(l to r) Kevin Bruder, TEAM Coalition Chairman and President of Centennial Management Group, representing the International Association of Venue Management (IAVM); Jill Pepper, TEAM Coalition Executive Director and John McHale, Immediate Past Chairman of TEAM Coalition and Executive Vice President, Administration & Chief Information Officer of Major League Baseball

The TEAM Coalition Board of Directors includes the four
officers, three committee chairmen and one Director at Large.
Dennis Wharton, Executive Vice President of Media Relations for the
National Association of Broadcasters was elected to serve another
term as the Chairman of the Marketing Committee. John Huff, General
Manager for Connecticut and Upstate New York with Live Nation,
serves as the Training Committee Chairman. The new President of
Beer Institute, James A. McGreevy III, will head the Membership and
Finance Committee. Russ Simons, Managing Partner of Venue Solutions
Group, serves as Director at Large.

TEAM Coalition is a twenty-one member association whose mission
is to enhance the entertainment experience, provide effective
alcohol management training in public assembly facilities and
promote responsible alcohol consumption through the use of positive
messages that reward responsible behavior and help to reduce
negative alcohol-related incidents both in facilities and on
surrounding roadways,

Outgoing TEAM Chairman, McHale said, "I am pleased to have
served in the leadership position for the TEAM Coalition Board of
Directors. TEAM Coalition has been a long-standing partner with
Major League Baseball, helping our Clubs provide the best possible
fan experience in our ballparks. TEAM Coalition helps MLB fulfill
its commitment to being a social institution through programs that
promote drinking responsibly and providing training for our

As the new Chairman of the TEAM Coalition board, Bruder said,
"TEAM Coalition has been very successful reaching the major league
sports venues with our responsibility messages and alcohol
management training. I look forward to expanding the reach of the
Coalition to other facilities while continuing the great
relationship with all the member organizations. IAVM members like
the Maverik Center have a great deal to gain from becoming more
involved with TEAM Coalition. I am committed to help make that

In response to being elected Secretary and Third Vice Chairman
for TEAM Coalition, Jordan Jiloty said, "I am honored to have been
elected to the Board of Director's for the TEAM Coalition and will
proudly represent NASCAR in this role. NASCAR is committed to
promoting responsible consumption at all of our races throughout
the country. We want our fans to have a great time watching the
best racing in the world and get home safe afterwards."

The newly re-elected Marketing Committee Chairman, Wharton said,
"The National Association of Broadcasters values its long-standing
partnership with TEAM Coalition. Through public awareness materials
created by TEAM Coalition, America's broadcasters are able to help
create a safe and family-friendly environment at sporting and
entertainment facilities in their local communities."

In making the announcement, TEAM Executive Director Jill Pepper
said, "The success of TEAM Coalition depends on the commitment of
our member organizations. Without their support, we would not be
able to achieve the accomplishments we have enjoyed of more than
50,000 facility personnel TEAM-certified annually and 972,000
sports and entertainment fans pledging to be designated drivers
last year alone. I know our new officers will challenge the
organization to find new and creative ways to reach a larger
audience with our responsibility message."

TEAM Coalition's members and supporters include Major League
Baseball, Major League Soccer, NASCAR, National Basketball
Association, National Football League, National Hockey League,
National Collegiate Athletic Association, Aramark, Delaware North
Companies Sportservice, Ovations Food Services, Beer Institute,
National Beer Wholesalers Association, Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors,
Brown-Forman, Live Nation, National Association of Broadcasters,
Contemporary Services Corporation, Elite, International Association
of Venue Managers, Stadium Managers Association and the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


Visit TEAM Coalition on the web at

A photo accompanying this release is available at:

CONTACT: Jill Pepper, TEAM Coalition, (703) 647-7431

TEAM Coalition

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