TEAM Coalition Board Members
- Chair - John Huff
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.
- Vice Chair - Kevin Tedesco
Resident District Manager/ General Manager Citizens Bank Park
Kevin’s with TEAM goes back over 20 years when he took his first class and it culminated with being invited to his 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.
- Treasurer, Co-Chair Governance & Finance Committee - Lester Jones
Treasurer, Co-chair of Governance & Finance Committee
National Beer Wholesalers Association
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
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
Communications & Marketing Committee Chair
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 Super Bowl, 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 - TBD
Training Committee Chair
- Membership Committee Chair - Matt Dye
Membership Committee Chair
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 - Jeff Jannarone
For more than two decades, Jeff has been a trainer and Master Trainer for TAM (Techniques of Alcohol Management), an alcohol server training program provided by the National Hospitality Institute. Jeff is also a certified TiPS trainer and a ServSafe Alcohol Instructor. Jeff became a TEAM trainer in 2020.
Jeff has been retained by both plaintiff and defense law firms across the United States. To date, Jeff has been retained on over 200 cases, some of which involve sports stadiums.
Jeff has his own consulting firm where his team conducts compliance inspections for venues both large and small. His consulting firm assists venues to become Safety Act certified by the United States Office of Homeland Security.