STAMFORD, Conn., Nov. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Centerplate, the leading event hospitality partner to North America's premier sports, convention and entertainment venues, has announced the addition of Roy Arnold to the newly created position of Chief Talent Officer.
Arnold has a passion for mentoring future generations of leaders and building organizations where people are valued, and have the tools needed to succeed in a rapidly evolving business world. A lifelong leader, Arnold was past President and CEO of Arlington Park International Racecourse, and previously had a highly successful military career in the United States Marine Corps, including command of Marine aviation in Iraq. In his capacity as Chief Talent Officer, Arnold will ensure that Centerplate has the talent needed to meet today's challenges while investing in development to sustain and accelerate Centerplate's exceptional record of growth.
In addition, as Chief Talent Officer, Arnold will lead Centerplate's efforts to broaden its relationship with employees beyond traditional hospitality services as the company expands its concept of strategic hospitality. By helping lead Centerplate's fan-focused approach, Arnold will play a key role in propelling client businesses and brands.
"We are excited and fortunate to add Roy to our Executive team," said Chris Verros, Centerplate's Chief Operating Officer. "He comes with strong operational experience, combined with proven success in the sports and entertainment segment growing business through a focus on building exceptional customer experiences. Roy is an ideal addition to our senior team to support Centerplate's mission to be number one in event hospitality on behalf of our clients."
"I strongly believe that developing leaders requires a comprehensive approach of one-to-one mentoring, targeted professional training, and the right sequence of career opportunities," said Arnold. "Certainly meeting our growth objectives requires that we make challenging opportunities available to our top performers and the good news is that with Centerplate's extraordinary growth those opportunities are increasing. It's also helping to attract top talent and I will be personally driving our strategic recruiting efforts."
Centerplate crafts and delivers "Craveable Experiences. Raveable Results." in over 250 prominent entertainment, sports and convention venues across North America – annually serving over 100 million guests. Centerplate has provided event hospitality services to 15 official U.S. Presidential Inaugural Balls, 13 Super Bowls, 21 World Series, the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, and the largest plated dinner in history at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Centennial Celebration. Last year, the company was named the fastest growing restaurant/ hospitality group in the country by Nation's Restaurant News. Visit the company online at www.centerplate.com