Board and Staff

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TEAM Coalition Board Members

  • Chairman - Mr. Ray Whitworth

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    Ray Whitworth
    Chairman

    Major League Soccer
    Senior Vice President, Operations and Security

    Ray Whitworth is Senior Vice President of Major League Soccer’s operations and security, charged with delivering a safe and enjoyable experience for soccer supporters across the country. Having taken on this position in 2014, Ray is relatively new to American soccer, but he has more than 30 years of experience in dealing with fans of the game. In England, he supervised law enforcement at the English Football Association (The FA), the Metropolitan Police Football Intelligence Unit and Arsenal Football Club. Earlier in his career, he served as a police officer.

    Most recently, as Head of Team and Corporate Security for The FA, Ray oversaw security for all levels of the England National Teams, including advance visits and all travel, movements, hotels, liaison, including all airport and aviation issues.

    He also worked multiple FIFA World Cups and European Championships during his time with The FA. Before joining Major League Soccer on a more permanent basis, Ray had previously consulted with MLS regarding supporter group management and general safety and security issues. He is the league’s first national head of security.


  • Vice Chairman - Mr. Carl Mittleman
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    Carl Mittleman
    Vice Chairman

    Aramark Sports and Entertainment
    President

    Carl Mittleman is President of Aramark’s Sports and Entertainment division, overseeing venues and managers across the country. In this role, he oversees the company’s food, facilities, and retail business. Carl joined Aramark in 1997 as an Assistant Restaurant Manager at Coors Field, where in 1998 he helped support Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game. In 2001, Carl opened PNC Park in Pittsburgh as Aramark’s General Manager. Carl also has served as District Manager at Dodger Stadium, where he oversaw additional venues in central California.

    Additionally, Carl spent one year in Germany as Director of Aramark Sports & Entertainment’s International Operations. Before becoming President of Aramark S&E, Carl was Regional Vice President for the Midwest, overseeing accounts at venues such as Coors Field, Arrowhead Stadium, Quicken Loans Arena, Minute Maid Park, Kauffman Stadium, Pepsi Center, AT&T Center, McCormick Place, and Reliant Stadium. Besides working in stadiums and arenas, Carl spent four years working for Aramark’s Parks and Destinations division, where he was the Vice President of Operations, providing leadership for the Denali National Park and Preserve and Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska and in the West Region for Lake Tahoe, Olympic Peninsula, Togwotee Mountain Lodge and other travel and tourism destinations throughout the west.

    Carl has twice been named Aramark Manager of the Year, in 2004 and 2005. He was named the Venues Today Generation Next Award Winner in June, 2011 honoring sports professionals 35 years old and younger.

    Carl graduated from the Cornell School of Hotel Administration and recently received an executive master’s of business administration degree from the University of Denver-Daniels College of Business.  


  • 2nd Vice Chairman, Treasurer - Mr. Jordan Jiloty
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    Jordan Jiloty
    2nd Vice Chairman, Treasurer

    NASCAR
    Director, Public Affairs

    Jordan Jiloty is Director of Public 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.  


  • 3rd Vice Chairman, Secretary - Mr. John Huff
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    John Huff
    3rd Vice Chairman, Secretary

    Live Nation
    General Manager for Connecticut and Upstate New York

    John Huff is the General Manager for Connecticut and Upstate New York 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. 

  • Finance/Membership Committee Chairman - Mr. Jim McGreevy
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    Jim McGreevy
    Membership/Finance Committee Chairman

    Beer Institute
    President and Chief Executive Officer

    A 20-year veteran of policy and political work, Jim McGreevy serves as president and chief executive officer of the Beer Institute, the national trade association that represents America’s brewers, beer importers and supply-chain partners—a $246 billion industry that supports two million American jobs. As the national voice for the industry, Mr. McGreevy advocates on policy matters involving Congress, state legislatures, courts and regulatory agencies. He also serves as the official spokesman to the media and elsewhere on matters affecting the beer industry.

    In his capacity as president and CEO, Mr. McGreevy serves on the board of the Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management (TEAM) Coalition. Before joining the Beer Institute, Mr. McGreevy served as senior vice president for government affairs at the American Beverage Association (ABA). McGreevy joined ABA in November 2005 as its vice president for state and local affairs. Prior to ABA, Mr. McGreevy was a senior associate at the Larkin Hoffman Law Firm in Bloomington, Minn., where he represented client interests before the Minnesota Legislature and administrative agencies.

    Mr. McGreevy received a B.A. from Seton Hall University and a J.D. from University of Bridgeport School of Law. He was a Policy Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs from 2003-2004.

    He lives in the District of Columbia with his wife, Rachel, and daughter, Lizzy.

    McGreevy was recently honored by CEO Update as a 2014 Top Association Lobbyist.


  • Marketing Committee Chairman - Mr. Dennis Wharton
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    Dennis Wharton
    Marketing Committee Chairperson

    National Association of Broadcasters
    Executive Vice President of Communications

    As Executive Vice President of Communications, Dennis Wharton oversees NAB’s Media Relations, Research and Information and Public Service Initiatives departments. He is the association’s chief spokesperson, responsible for outreach and public policy advocacy to the national news media and trade press and serving as strategic adviser on media relations issues to NAB leadership, the NAB Board of Directors and NAB member stations.

    In addition to cultivating positive earned media for NAB and its member stations, Dennis is responsible for NAB’s social media advocacy outreach and messaging. Working with NAB’s Strategic Planning department, Dennis engages third-party advocacy organizations and beneficiaries of broadcasters’ charitable outreach to better position NAB’s image on Capitol Hill, at the FCC and with the public. During the NAB Show in Las Vegas, Dennis oversees the convention newsroom, which annually draws more than 1,000 reporters. Dennis joined NAB in 1996 after a 16-year journalism career that included reporting for The Times Leader in Martins Ferry, Ohio, and The Associated Press in Columbus.

    In 1983, Dennis became a Washington reporter for Variety and Daily Variety covering legislative and regulatory issues related to broadcasting, cable and the Hollywood studios. In 1987, Dennis left Variety to become managing editor of Financial Product News, a magazine for investment advisers. He returned to Variety/Daily Variety in 1989 as Washington bureau chief, and remained there until joining NAB as vice president of Media Relations. Dennis was promoted to senior vice president in 1997 and executive vice president in 2006.

    A native of Hillsboro, Ohio, Dennis received his B.A. degree in journalism from Ohio State University. Dennis and his wife Lisa live in Ashburn, Va., with their children Isaac, Sierra and Henry.


  • Training Committee Chairman - Mr. Rishi Nigam
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    Rishi Nigam
    Training Committee Chairman

    Americrown
    Vice President

    Rishi Nigam is the Vice President for Americrown, a division of the International Speedway Corporation. He will be assisting in training staff at 11 NASCAR tracks. Rishi was previously the Director of Concessions for Aramark at Turner Field. Rishi become a TEAM trainer in 2011 and a Master Trainer in 2016. He has certified more than 200 people.


  • Director at Large - Mr. Russ Simons
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    Russ Simons
    Director at Large

    Venue Solutions Group
    Managing Partner

    Over the past three decades, 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. In his past role as a senior principal at Populous, Russ directed that firm’s facility operations, evaluation and analysis efforts.

    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. The wide variety of clients he has served includes the Orlando Magic, San Diego Padres, the Cajundome, Pittsburgh Steelers, Nashville Predators, Keeneland Equestrian Facility, Major League Soccer and the University of Oklahoma. Prior to joining Populous, Russ was a senior vice president for Leisure Management International and general manager of Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, home to the Nashville Predators.

    Russ received his bachelor’s degree in sports marketing from the University of Connecticut. He also graduated from the International Association of Venue Managers’ (IAVM) Venue Managers School and is the immediate past chair of the school’s board of regents. He was presented the 2009 Ray W. Ward Award from the Venue Managers School’s board of regents in recognition of his service to the school. He is a member of International Association of Venue Managers and serves on its Life Safety Council. 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. Russ is also a past recipient of the Pollstar Facility Manager of the Year.

TEAM Coalition Staff Members

  • Executive Director - Jill Pepper

    Jill Pepper
    Executive Director

    board-jill_pepperMs. Pepper 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.

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


  • Event Manager - Alex Ozenberger

    Alex Ozenberger
    Event Manager

    AlexHeadshotAlex serves as the West Coast event manager, operating out of our new office in Denver, Colorado. He has been with TEAM Coalition since June 2013. Alex is the lead for all MLS and NASCAR activations. Alex originally was brought on as an intern while he was attending classes in the Georgetown University Sports Industry Management program, and after graduation he joined the staff full time. Before that, he was a production assistant with the PBS NewsHour and earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University.


  • Event Manager - Jackson Magnini

    Jackson Magnini
    Event Manager

    Jackson joined TEAM Coalition in July, 2015. As an Event Manager he serves as the lead for all NFL activations. Jackson’s passion is engaging with fans at different venues across the country to promote responsibility and fun.

    Jackson was born and raised in Alexandria, VA and received his Bachelors of Science from Virginia Commonwealth University.  


  • Event Coordinator - Kevin Abernathy

    Kevin Abernathy
    Event Coordinator

    Kevin joined TEAM Coalition in May, 2016. As an Event Coordinator, he acts as TEAM’s “utility man” helping the staff better improve their performance and efficiency.

    Kevin was born and raised in St. Louis, MO and received his Bachelors of Art from Drury University.  


  • Event Coordinator - Michelle Young

    Michelle Young
    Event Coordinator

    Michelle joined TEAM Coalition in May, 2016. As an Event Coordinator, she plays a vital role in helping TEAM improve their performance and efficiency. Michelle’s passion is interacting with fans all over the country while promoting the message of “Responsibility has its Rewards”.

    Michelle was born and raised in Houston, TX and received a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management from The University of Texas at Austin. Hook’em!  


  • Alcohol Management Certification Specialist - Kionna Garrett

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    Kionna joined TEAM Coalition in September, 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.