National Association of Concessionaires logoCHICAGO, Ill. (December 4, 2020) – The National Association of Concessionaires today named Greg Fender, Executive Vice President, Centerplate and Sodexo Sports & Leisure, to its Board of Directors. The appointment, effective immediately, has been reviewed by the NAC Executive Committee and was approved by the current Board of Directors at the latest virtual NAC Annual Membership Meeting.

The NAC Board of Directors is responsible for ensuring the organization’s long-term financial stability and integrity, and that NAC fulfills its mission by doing quality work that promotes the members and the recreation and leisure-time food and beverage industry. The board directs and governs NAC activities in accordance with NAC Bylaws and in the best interests of the membership and the association. As leaders in the industry, Directors recognize that in order to foster NAC’s continued viability and growth, diversification of income sources is essential, and they pledge to personally contribute needed resources and talents to that end.

“We are excited to welcome Greg to our Board of Directors. His extensive and broad-based business experience, including strategic planning, operational efficiency and supply chain, will be of significant benefit to our membership,” said Adam Gottlieb, ACS, NAC President. “We appreciate his willingness to serve as a director and look forward to benefiting from his experience and judgment.”

A visionary food service and operations professional with over thirty-five years of progressive experience contributing to optimal account performance, Fender is skilled in overseeing complex, large volume, multi-unit and special event venues that deliver service, revenues and efficiencies. He has a history of success in strategic planning to propel growth, and staff development to ensure service excellence.

“I am honored to join the NAC Board of Directors and look forward to working alongside many of my peers,” said Fender. “Working in the service industry has been a lifelong calling for me, and I will do whatever possible to ensure a business climate in which the next generation of leaders can thrive.”

Greg FenderCenterplate and Sodexo Sports & Leisure are leaders in live event hospitality, serving more than 115 million guests each year at more than 200 prominent entertainment, sports and convention venues in North America. From hosting VIPs at the Super Bowl to superheroes at Comic Con, the company provides hospitality services to premier events and destinations, with locally-inspired menus, best-in-class guest service, and one-of-a-kind experiences backed by world-class design and insights teams.

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About the National Association of Concessionaires

The National Association of Concessionaires (NAC), founded in 1944, is the trade association for the recreation and leisure-time food and beverage concessions industry. Members are comprised of the owners and operators of facilities such as stadiums, arenas, convention centers, zoos, aquariums, colleges, universities, movie theatres, foodservice contractors and more. It seeks to assist members in the concession, food and beverage channels achieve success by providing education, certification, networking and advocacy opportunities.

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