Ranking #5

Centerplate's biggest recent move was its merger late last year with Boston Culinary Group (#10 on the 2009 FM Top 50), which added more than a hundred clients in the sports/entertainment segment, including venues like Dolphin Stadium, home of the NFL's Miami Dolphins and Major League Baseball's Florida Marlins; the Bank Atlantic Center, home of the NHL's Florida Panthers; the Virginia Beach Convention Center; 16 marquee ski resorts; and arenas and stadiums at a dozen colleges. Veteran Boston Culinary CEO Joseph O'Donnell joined Centerplate as chairman of its board.

In addition, the company announced deals in the past year with the Baltimore Convention Center, the Cobo Convention Center in Detroit, the Niagara Convention and Civic Centre in Ontario, Canada, and the home stadiums of the Newark Bears and Lake County (IL) Fielders.

It also recently named Steve Trotter vice president of new business development and last year added hospitality veteran George Wooten (Safeway, Quizno's, Arby's) as EVP of operations.

Operationally, Centerplate launched a new strategic design initiative called Centerplate Stir to create custom hospitality solutions for clients, and Centers of Excellence, a company-wide platform to leverage in-house expertise to enahnce operations at individual client sites.




Major Segments Served:
Stadiums/Arenas (57%), Convention/Conference Ctrs. (25%), Parks/Recreation (10%), Museums/Perf. Art Ctrs. (2%), Transportation (1%)

No. of Contracts
2009: 250
2008: 130+

Sales Volume
2009: $740.7
2008: $793

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