Board and Staff

TEAM Coalition Board Members

  • Chairman - Carl Mittleman

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    Carl Mittleman
    Chairman

    Aramark Sports and Entertainment
    President

    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

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    Jordan Jiloty
    Vice Chairman

    NASCAR
    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
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    John Huff
    2nd Vice Chairman, Treasurer

    Live Nation
    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

    David Thomas
    3rd Vice Chairman, Secretary

    MLB
    Managing Director – Security Operations

     


  • Finance/Membership Committee Chairman - Travis Gibbons

    Travis Gibbons
    Membership/Finance Committee Chairman

    Beer Institute
    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
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    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

    Kathleen Petrones
    Training Committee Chairwoman

    Legends
    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

    Russ Simons
    Director at Large

    Venue Solutions Group
    Managing Partner

    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

    Rishi Nigam
    Director at Large

    Crews Enterprises
    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.

TEAM Coalition Staff Members

  • Executive Director - Jill Pepper

    Jill Pepper
    Executive Director

    board-jill_pepperMs. Pepper joined the TEAM Coalition in the spring of 2002. Her past experience includes finance and marketing positions for Mobil Corporation. She was a financial analyst in the Global Treasurers group and the North American Marketing division as well as a field manager in the Mid-Atlantic Marketing and Refining area.

    Most recently, she was the director of product management and client services for Cvent, a DC-based software company which offers online event registration and email marketing to associations and corporations.

    She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University and her MBA from MIT.


  • Chief Operations Expert - Christy Verbosky

    Christy Verbosky
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    Christy joined TEAM Coalition in October 2001 as a marketing assistant. Through the years, she has served in almost every role at TEAM Coalition. As Chief Operations Expert, she oversees the TEAM alcohol management training program, fan activations with MLB and all accounting.

    Christy graduated with her MBA and Bachelor of Science from Alfred University in New York State.  


  • Event Manager- Kevin Abernathy

    Kevin Abernathy
    Event Manager

    Kevin joined TEAM Coalition in May, 2016. As an Event Manager he serves as the lead for all Live Nation activations.

    Kevin was born and raised in St. Louis, MO and received his Bachelors of Art from Drury University.  


  • Event Coordinator- Kevin Ross

    Kevin Ross
    Event Coordinator

    Kevin joined TEAM Coalition in December, 2017. As an Event Coordinator, he assists the Event Managers with training and activations.

    Kevin was born and raised in Silver Spring, MD and received his Bachelors of Science from Towson University.


  • Alcohol Management Certification Specialist - Kionna Garrett

    Kionna Garrett
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    Kionna joined TEAM Coalition in September, 2008. As the Alcohol Management Certification Specialist she manages the TEAM training certification program for Level 1 and 2 participants. In her time with TEAM Coalition, Kionna has processed the results for more than 250,000 TEAM training exams.

    Kionna was born and raised in Alexandria, VA and is a graduate of West Potomac High School.  

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