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Volume 22 No. 28
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Power Players: Centerplate

Photo: Jeff Zelevansky for Centerplate

STEVE PANGBURN
Chief Operating Officer

HADI MONAVAR
Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President

DIANA EVANS
Senior Vice President

CHRIS VERROS
President and Chief Executive Officer

Verros, Pangburn and Monavar have been at the forefront of meshing Centerplate’s concessions operations with French parent Sodexo after a $675 million acquisition in 2017. Along with Evans, they also have been working on innovations such as in-seat ordering in premium areas at Vancouver’s B.C. Place, expanding portable points of service and food and drink stations as well as self-checkouts at venues such as Broncos Stadium at Mile High and the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky. Centerplate also has expanded footprints outside arenas and stadiums for pregame events and fan festivals, such as in Winnipeg for the NHL playoffs. Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, which will start hosting the Miami Open tennis tournament, signed an extension with Centerplate to handle concessions through 2031. Under Verros, who has been CEO and president since 2014, Centerplate has introduced unique menu items that have grabbed attention, including toasted grasshoppers and a new doughnut stand at T-Mobile Park in Seattle.