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Volume 21 No. 1


Carl Mittleman has been named president of Aramark Sports and Entertainment, one of the top four concessionaires in sports.

Mittleman, 38, replaces Marc Bruno, who was promoted to chief operating officer of Aramark’s sports, leisure and corrections group. Both moves come after Chris Hackem, chief operating officer of Aramark’s education group, announced her retirement after 36 years with the company. Brent Franks, whose position Bruno fills, takes over Hackem’s old job.

As president of sports and entertainment, Mittleman will oversee more than 150 venues tied to Aramark food, retail and facility service contracts. This summer, he will relocate to Philadelphia from Denver, where he served as Aramark regional vice president for the past five years.

“The biggest change will be geographically,” Mittleman said. “But if you look at the president’s responsibility, there is more balance on the functional piece, overseeing our [data analytics] program, as well as the retail and facility services accounts. It’s all the components.”

In Denver, Mittleman oversaw the firm’s central region, a vast territory stretching from Colorado to Ohio and from Texas to Saskatchewan. In that role, he was responsible for 11,000 employees, including 400 front-line managers.

Mittleman’s recent accomplishments included helping Aramark win new accounts at Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears, and the Minnesota Vikings’ new stadium under construction in Minneapolis.

In addition, Mittleman supervised high-profile events for Aramark such as the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo at Reliant Stadium, the 2012 MLB All-Star Game in Kansas City and the 2011 NCAA Final Four in Houston.

Bruno now oversees sports and entertainment, parks and destinations and the correctional facilities business units. Bruno has worked at Aramark since 1993, where he has led catering operations for multiple Olympic Games.

Delaware North Sportservice has hired Brett Fuller as its new vice president of business development.

For the past seven years, Fuller served as director of business development for AECOM, a Kansas City-based sports architect. Previously, Fuller worked as Sprint’s senior manager of corporate partnerships.

The Delaware North job had been vacant since October 2012 after the company made leadership changes that included moving Barry Freilicher, Sportservice’s lead for business development, to the firm’s parks and resorts division.

Fuller reports to Sportservice President John Wentzell, who had been “wearing multiple hats,” including business development, since taking the concessionaire’s top job in fall 2012, Fuller said.

Fuller will stay in Kansas City for the next year but could move to Buffalo, home of Delaware North’s corporate office.

Initially, Fuller’s responsibilities include growing business through new deals and renewals, and to analyze the marketplace and establish new trends and ideas to help give Sportservice an edge over its competitors. In addition, Sportservice wants to capitalize on the service and products offered at the 2014 Super Bowl in New Jersey, Fuller said. The company runs both food and retail at MetLife Stadium, site of the game.

Sportservice has accounts at 10 MLB parks, seven NFL stadiums and seven NBA and NHL arenas. It has three MLS clients.

During Fuller’s tenure, AECOM was awarded deals to design facilities for the Sacramento Kings, as well as DePaul, Illinois, Arizona, Ole Miss, Miami and Marshall.

Fuller starts his new job today.