TEAM Coalition Board Members
- Chairman - Carl Mittleman
Aramark Sports and Entertainment
Carl Mittleman is President of Aramark’s Sports and Entertainment division, overseeing venues and managers across the country. In this role, he oversees the company’s food, facilities, and retail business. Carl joined Aramark in 1997 as an Assistant Restaurant Manager at Coors Field, where in 1998 he helped support Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game. In 2001, Carl opened PNC Park in Pittsburgh as Aramark’s General Manager. Carl also has served as District Manager at Dodger Stadium, where he oversaw additional venues in central California.
Additionally, Carl spent one year in Germany as Director of Aramark Sports & Entertainment’s International Operations. Before becoming President of Aramark S&E, Carl was Regional Vice President for the Midwest, overseeing accounts at venues such as Coors Field, Arrowhead Stadium, Quicken Loans Arena, Minute Maid Park, Kauffman Stadium, Pepsi Center, AT&T Center, McCormick Place, and Reliant Stadium. Besides working in stadiums and arenas, Carl spent four years working for Aramark’s Parks and Destinations division, where he was the Vice President of Operations, providing leadership for the Denali National Park and Preserve and Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska and in the West Region for Lake Tahoe, Olympic Peninsula, Togwotee Mountain Lodge and other travel and tourism destinations throughout the west.
Carl has twice been named Aramark Manager of the Year, in 2004 and 2005. He was named the Venues Today Generation Next Award Winner in June, 2011 honoring sports professionals 35 years old and younger.
Carl graduated from the Cornell School of Hotel Administration and recently received an executive master’s of business administration degree from the University of Denver-Daniels College of Business.
- Vice Chairman - Jordan Jiloty
Senior Director, Public and Government Affairs
Jordan Jiloty is Senior Director of Public and Government Affairs for the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR). In this position, Jordan manages the public affairs team at NASCAR – responsible for overseeing local, state and federal governmental affairs. In addition, Jordan manages several partnerships and advocacy initiatives for NASCAR, including military and traffic safety related programs.
Jordan joined NASCAR in 2008 after having worked on the Hillary Clinton for President campaign. Previously, Jordan worked for Petro Terra Energy in Tulsa, OK and briefly in the criminal law field after law school.
Jordan graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies and later attended law school at the University of Tulsa, earning a JD in 2004.
Jordan currently resides in Daytona Beach, FL with his wife, Summer.
- 2nd Vice Chairman, Treasurer - John Huff
2nd Vice Chairman, Treasurer
General Manager for SPAC, Xfinity Theatre & St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
John Huff is the General Manager for Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), Xfinity Theatre and St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview for Live Nation. John has worked in the live music and venue management industry for over 21 years. He started his career in Houston for PACE Entertainment from 1991-1998 as Director of Operations for the Facilities Group and eventually became Vice President and General Manager for PACE Concerts. Between 1999 and 2000, John was the General Manager for the Sony Blockbuster Entertainment Centre in Camden, NJ in the Philadelphia, PA market.
Between 2000 and 2004, John worked as General Manager for Live Nation at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) in Saratoga Springs, NY. Then, in 2004, John became Regional VP for the Northeast Region as well as the GM for SPAC. Since 2011, John has been the General Manager at both SPAC and the Comcast Theater in Hartford, CT.
John graduated from Texas A&M with a BS in Psychology and an MBA in 1990. He currently lives in upstate NY with his wife Laura and sons Zach and Josh.
- 3rd Vice Chairman, Secretary - David Thomas
3rd Vice Chairman, Secretary
Managing Director – Security Operations
David is Major League Baseball’s Managing Director of Security & Facility Management. In this role, he oversees the implementation of MLB’s best stadium operating procedures for all 30 Major League Baseball Clubs and Ballparks. These include security, guest services, and other facility management best-practices and standard operating procedures. These standards are pursued in an effort to maintain ballpark environments in which 70+ million fans per year have a great experience and feel safe.
After a 25 year career with the U.S. Secret Service, David entered the sports & entertainment business with the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, where he was the Vice President of Security. He directed the security operations for the company’s basketball team, 17,500+ seat arena, the mixed-use entertainment & business district surrounding the arena, and the rest of the company’s personnel and assets.
- Finance/Membership Committee Chairman - Travis Gibbons
Membership/Finance Committee Chairman
Senior Director, Health Policy & Regulatory Affairs
Travis Gibbons is the senior director of health policy and regulatory affairs at the Beer Institute. Travis brings over a decade of government and advocacy experience to the Beer Institute. Most recently he worked as the Director of Federal Affairs for the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) where he advocated for over-the-counter drugs and dietary supplements both on Capitol Hill and to the federal agencies that regulate this industry. Before joining CHPA, Travis worked for Jordan & Associates as a senior associate and lobbyist. Before that, he served as a legislative aide to United States Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). Travis earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah in English with a minor in Chemistry.
- Marketing Committee Chairman - Dennis Wharton
Marketing Committee Chairperson
National Association of Broadcasters
Executive Vice President of Communications
As Executive Vice President of Communications, Dennis Wharton oversees NAB’s Media Relations, Research and Information and Public Service Initiatives departments. He is the association’s chief spokesperson, responsible for outreach and public policy advocacy to the national news media and trade press and serving as strategic adviser on media relations issues to NAB leadership, the NAB Board of Directors and NAB member stations.
In addition to cultivating positive earned media for NAB and its member stations, Dennis is responsible for NAB’s social media advocacy outreach and messaging. Working with NAB’s Strategic Planning department, Dennis engages third-party advocacy organizations and beneficiaries of broadcasters’ charitable outreach to better position NAB’s image on Capitol Hill, at the FCC and with the public. During the NAB Show in Las Vegas, Dennis oversees the convention newsroom, which annually draws more than 1,000 reporters. Dennis joined NAB in 1996 after a 16-year journalism career that included reporting for The Times Leader in Martins Ferry, Ohio, and The Associated Press in Columbus.
In 1983, Dennis became a Washington reporter for Variety and Daily Variety covering legislative and regulatory issues related to broadcasting, cable and the Hollywood studios. In 1987, Dennis left Variety to become managing editor of Financial Product News, a magazine for investment advisers. He returned to Variety/Daily Variety in 1989 as Washington bureau chief, and remained there until joining NAB as vice president of Media Relations. Dennis was promoted to senior vice president in 1997 and executive vice president in 2006.
A native of Hillsboro, Ohio, Dennis received his B.A. degree in journalism from Ohio State University. Dennis and his wife Lisa live in Ashburn, Va., with their children Isaac, Sierra and Henry.
- Training Committee Chairman - Kathleen Petrones
Training Committee Chairwoman
Customer Service Director
Kathleen is the employee and guest experience leader for Legends Hospitality Management with a 10 year track record of success. She provides innovative training and customer service methodologies to drive record breaking satisfaction and per-caps within the sports and entertainment industry. She pioneered and continually innovates her in-house CRM and customer resolution practices.
Kathleen also is responsible for creating and facilitating full and part time employee training materials, resulting in benchmark employee and guest satisfaction scores with less than .08% compliant/transaction rates.
- Director at Large - Russ Simons
Director at Large
Venue Solutions Group
Russ Simons has been involved in nearly every facet of the sports facility industry, from design and construction to safety and security, marketing, public relations and operations. He has worked with operators at every level from collegiate to every professional league. His work went hand-in-hand with the firm’s architects to create facilities designed to be safe, efficient, revenue positive and sustainable. Russ is a past instructor for the Academy of Venue Safety and Security and serves on the editorial board for Facility Manager magazine. In 2004, he was honored with the GIGI Award of Excellence from the Event and Arena Marketing Conference and was inducted into that organization’s Hall of Fame. He is on the board of advisors for the Center for Spectator Sports Security Management and he is a member of both the International Facilities Management Association and the Stadium Managers Association.
- Director at Large - Rishi Nigam
Director at Large
Chief Operating Officer
Rishi Nigam is the Chief Operating Officer for Crews Enterprises. He was previously the Vice President for Americrown, a division of the International Speedway Corporation, where he assisted in training staff at 11 NASCAR tracks. Rishi became a TEAM Trainer in 2011 and a Master Trainer in 2016. He has certified more than 200 people.