BIRMINGHAM CONVENTION COMPLEX CHOOSES CENTERPLATE

Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex has signed Centerplate as its new hospitality partner. The Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center Authority and Centerplate agreed on a long-term contract that grants Centerplate exclusivity for all catering, food and beverage services, as of Feb. 1, 2018. “Our team stands ready to provide outstanding guest experiences through a focus on quality and customer service, partnerships with premium local, regional and national partners, and innovative building design. Centerplate is committed to supporting the BJCCA in delivering a new standard and shared vision for the future,” said Centerplate President and CEO Chris Verros in a release.

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LA DODGERS, EVENTELLECT SIGN HUGE SECONDARY MARKET DEAL

One of Major League Baseball’s top teams for attendance has signed a historic deal with Patrick Ryan’s Texas-based firm Eventellect. While the details of the deal are unknown, SBJ is reporting that the “nine-figure” agreement includes the cancellation of potentially thousands of season tickets held by professional resellers and a shift in the market as Eventellect takes over resale rights and responsibilities for MLB’s top-drawing team.


ACCESSO NAMES PAUL NOLAND CEO

Accesso has announced that Paul Noland, current president and CEO of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), will succeed Steve Brown as Accesso CEO. Brown will step down from the Accesso board of directors and will continue to serve as an advisor to both Noland and the Accesso board throughout 2018 to ensure a seamless transition. Effective April 9, Noland will lead a global technology solutions company with more than 500 employees, supporting clients in more than 30 countries and more than 1,000 venues. “We believe that Paul’s unmatched track record, industry knowledge, relationships and passion for excellence make him exactly the right person to lead the next phase of our growth,” said chairman of Accesso Tom Burnet.