Board and Staff

TEAM Coalition Board Members

  • Chair - Jordan Jiloty

    Jordan Jiloty
    Chairman

    NASCAR
    Managing Director, Government and Community Affairs

    Jordan Jiloty is Managing Director of Government and Community 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 and two kids.  


  • Vice Chair - John Huff

    John Huff
    Vice Chairman

    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. 

  • Treasurer, Co-Chair Governance & Finance Committee - Lester Jones

    Lester Jones

    Treasurer, Co-chair of Governance & Finance Committee

    National Beer Wholesalers Association 
    Chief Economist 

    Lester Jones has more than 20 years of experience in research, survey methodology and applied economics. At NBWA, Lester tracks the economic factors that impact the beer distribution industry and alcohol policy decisions at the federal, state and local levels. He evaluates and develops primary industry data, including economic impact, tax impacts, sales and volume data. Jones previously served as chief economist at the Beer Institute, where he developed and executed significant research initiatives that helped shape America’s beer industry.


  • Secretary, Co-Chair Governance & Finance Committee - Jeff Stonebreaker

    Jeff Stonebreaker

    Secretary, Co-chair of Governance & Finance Committee

    Major League Soccer
    Vice President, Safety and Security 

    Jeff currently serves as the Vice President of Safety and Security for Major League Soccer and oversees both domestic and international matches, Supporter Group Management, and Integrity training.  He was the lead security consultant for seven years prior to going full time.

    Prior to that, Jeff served with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Orlando, Florida.  He retired as a Major and in his 31-year career he worked a wide variety of assignments.

    Jeff is a Florida native and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Central Florida.  He also served in the Florida Army National Guard for ten years with an Infantry Scout unit.

    Jeff was a Security Advisor to the England Football Association for ten years spanning over 50 matches in 22 countries to include the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and the Euro 2012 tournament in Poland and Ukraine.

    Jeff has been married to his wonderful bride Kelly for 27 years.  They have three children and three grandchildren.


  • Communications & Marketing Committee Chair - Ashley Cahill

    Ashley Cahill
    Communications & Marketing Committee Chair

    Anheuser-Busch
    Director, Corporate Social Responsibility | Better World at Anheuser-Busch

    Since joining the Better World team at A-B, I’ve heard story after story from our employees and wholesaler network about the fantastic opportunities and experiences they have promoting responsibility on the ground at sporting events with TEAM. Whether its at a NASCAR track or the Superbowl, its incredibly clear how valued the TEAM relationship is to the entire A-B family in demonstrating our strong commitment to responsible drinking!

    During my time at Anheuser-Busch, I’ve held roles in both the Marketing and Corporate Affairs functions and had the opportunity to lead impactful campaign launches and develop and bring new innovations to the market.

    Prior to joining Anheuser Busch, I completed my MBA at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth where much of my formal study focused on the field of Marketing. Prior to business school, I was based in Shanghai, China, where I worked in  Marketing and Communications roles for organizations including the American Chamber of Commerce and Weber Shandwick. I believe that my unique set of professional experiences and skills paired with my work ethic and commitment to promoting responsible drinking would serve me well in this position.


  • Training Committee Chair - Kevin Tedesco

    Kevin Tedesco

    Training Committee Chair

    Aramark
    Resident District Manager/ General Manager Citizens Bank Park

    My association with TEAM goes back over 20 years when I took my first class and it culminated with being invited to my first annual meeting in Denver. It’s been a great journey.

    With over 20 years in the stadium & arena business, Kevin relates extremely well to the front line employee needs, training expectations and client perspectives, making him uniquely qualified to lead the training committee. With the new online training portal launching, Kevin’s ability to connect with managers, employees & clients across the country will allow for feedback to be registered, considered and implemented.


  • Membership Committee Chair - Matt Dye

    Matt Dye 

    Membership Committee Chair 

    Spectra
    General Manager, The Ocean Center Daytona Beach 

    With more than a decade of experience in the catering and food service side of the convention center business, Matt has a unique perspective on the role of alcohol management for large scale events. His experience with Spectra allows Matt to appreciate what TEAM members that are also training customers most value about their membership in the coalition. And at the same time, Matt brings a fresh perspective to TEAM Coalition as the organization charts new territory to redefine how it provides value to all members representing varied facets of the sports and entertainment industry.


  • 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

    Bulldog Hospitality
    Owner 

    Rishi Nigam is the owner of Bulldog Hospitality, an elite consulting firm with clients in sports, hospitality, retail, technology, manufacturing and supply chain. Previously he was the Chief Operating Officer for Crews Enterprises after serving as Vice President for Americrown, formerly 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.

TEAM Coalition Staff Members

  • Executive Director - Jill Kiefer

    Jill Kiefer
    Executive Director

    Mrs. Kiefer 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.

    Immediately before joining TEAM, 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
    Chief Operations Expert

    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 is the staff lead for the Governance & Finance Committee.

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


  • Event Manager - Liz Byrd

    Liz Byrd
    Event Manager

    Liz joined TEAM Coalition in May, 2019. She was promoted to Event Manager in September 2020. She serves as the lead for all MLS, NASCAR and Live Nation activations. Liz is the staff lead for the Communications & Marketing Committee.

    Liz was born and raised in Chesapeake, VA and received her Bachelors of Arts from the University of Mary Washington. 


  • Event Manager - Brandon Johnson

    Brandon Johnson
    Event Manager

    Brandon joined TEAM Coalition in June of 2019. He was promoted to Event Manager in September 2020. He serves as the lead for all NBA, NHL and NCAA activations. Brandon is the staff lead for the Training Committee.

    He was born in raised in Delaware and graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelors degree in Sport Management. Before joining TEAM, Brandon interned for the Washington Redskins. The focus of his internship was within the department of Operations, specifically with Guest Services and Security.


  • Alcohol Management Certification Specialist - Kionna Garrett

    Kionna Garrett
    Alcohol Management Certification Specialist

    Kionna joined TEAM Coalition in August, 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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