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Centerplate Makes Important Announcement
Added September 2, 2014

For Immediate Release

CENTERLATE MAKES IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

September 2, 2014 (Niagara Falls, Ontario) – The Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls (SCCN) takes great pride in welcoming hundreds of thousands of guests and visitors from all over the world each year. Our success is due in part to our team’s high level of service excellence and strong commitment to host and execute successful event experiences for our clients and their guests. Our in-house partners, which includes the food and beverage professionals from Centerplate play a significant role in our success. With this said, the Scotiabank Convention Centre welcomes today’s announcement from Centerplate’s Board of Directors in regards to new changes in the company’s leadership that are effective immediately.

Announcement from Centerplate:

CENTERPLATE ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP CHANGE

Chris Verros Named Acting President and CEO Following Resignation of Desmond Hague

Centerplate’s board of directors announced today that Chris Verros has been appointed to the role of acting president and chief executive officer, effective immediately, following the resignation of Desmond Hague from the company. The decision comes as a result of Hague’s personal misconduct involving the mistreatment of an animal in his care.

“We want to reiterate that we do not condone nor would we ever overlook the abuse of animals,” said Joe O’Donnell, chairman of the board of directors for Centerplate. “Following an extended review of the incident involving Mr. Hague, I’d like to apologize for the distress that this situation has caused to so many; but also thank our employees, clients and guests who expressed their feelings about this incident. Their voices helped us to frame our deliberations during this very unusual and unfortunate set of circumstances.”

Chris Verros assumes the new role with more than 35 years of experience and a reputation as one of the industry’s most respected leaders. Chief Operating Officer for Centerplate since 2010, he helped the company to achieve unprecedented growth. Prior to joining Centerplate, Verros was Executive Vice President of Boston Culinary Group and previously served as a Group President of Fine Host Corporation, following the 1993 acquisition of FanFare, Inc., a company he co-founded in 1986.

“I have been proud to work with Chris for more than 20 years, and feel that Centerplate is incredibly fortunate to have such a strong leader who can step into the role immediately,” O’Donnell added, “This past week has been very difficult for our company, our employees and our clients in particular, and I have no doubt that Chris’ experience, vision, integrity, and commitment to our values and mission will help us all move forward together.”

About the Scotiabank Convention Centre

The Scotiabank Convention Centre, in Niagara Falls, Canada (SCCN) is the region’s largest meetings & events facility. Much more than any ordinary convention and meeting facility, the SCCN aims at becoming an innovator of the unconventional and a model of a new class of ‘green’ convention & meeting facilities committed to sustainability and community leadership. The SCCN opened its doors in April 2011, and since then has welcomed over half a million guests and visitors for meetings and events that draw from the magic of Niagara’s many natural wonders, its rich history, culinary delights, and year-round cultural activities.

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For more information, please visit the SCCN Website: www.fallsconventions.com or contact:

Hector Ibarra
Manager, Marketing & Creative Services

Tel. 905.357.6222
Fax. 905.357.6212
hibarra@fallsconventions.com
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