STAMFORD, Conn., June 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Centerplate, event hospitality partner in over 300 prominent entertainment, sports and convention venues across North America and the United Kingdom, has announced the promotion of Kay Towner to Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. In her new role, Towner will focus on driving incremental business gains on behalf of Centerplate as well as the company's clients.
A respected veteran on Centerplate's senior management team, Towner will continue to be instrumental in guiding the company's business development efforts, while using her deep industry experience to lead business building initiatives on behalf of Centerplate's partner organizations and clients. Across Centerplate, Towner will direct both local marketing plans and as well as specific programs designed for national roll-out.
"It's more important than ever that Centerplate stays focused on not only providing world class hospitality for our clients and their guests, but also on using our decades of strategic hospitality expertise to contribute innovative ideas that help our clients grow their businesses and brands," says Bob Pascal, Chief Marketing Officer of Centerplate. "I can't think of anyone better suited for this role than Kay Towner, who has a deep hospitality background and a keen business mind perfectly suited for tackling our client's business challenges."
Towner's impressive industry credentials include serving as the Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Event Services for the Pennsylvania Convention Center and over two decades of catering sales experience earned at premier convention resorts in the Sheraton and Marriott organizations. Additionally, Towner served as National Director of Sales and Customer Relations for the convention center division of Aramark.
"I am tremendously excited to work ever more closely with our client partners and Centerplate's managers," said Towner. "Together, we delight our guests and fans with award winning hospitality across a variety of exceptional venues, and we are eager to continue our momentum."
Towner's new responsibilities come at a key time for Centerplate. The company has recently added or renewed several client-partners such as the Music City Center in Nashville, TN, the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in D.C. and the Miami Beach Convention Center. This Spring, Centerplate also acquired The Lindley Group, which serves many of the United Kingdom's premier sporting facilities and tourist destinations. In 2011, Centerplate was also named the fastest growing hospitality group in the country by Nation's Restaurant News.
Centerplate crafts and delivers "Craveable Experiences. Raveable Results." for more than 115 million guests each year in over 300 prominent entertainment, sports and convention venues across North America and the United Kingdom. Centerplate has provided event hospitality to 30 official U.S. Presidential Inaugural Balls, 13 Super Bowls, 21 World Series, the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, and the largest plated dinner in history. In 2011, the company was named the fastest growing restaurant/hospitality group in the United States by Nation's Restaurant News, and has recently expanded operations in the United Kingdom. Visit the company online at www.centerplate.com.