SOURCE: TEAM Coalition

TEAM Coalition

June 18, 2010 10:00 ET

TEAM Coalition Welcomes New Officers at Recent Board Meeting

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - June 18, 2010) - At yesterday's TEAM Coalition board meeting held at the offices of Major League Baseball (MLB) in New York City, TEAM Coalition welcomed a new slate of officers, each to serve two-year terms. Marc Bruno, President of ARAMARK Sports, Entertainment and Conventions, was announced as Chairman of the Board. Earnell Lucas, Vice President of Security and Facility Management for MLB, will serve as Vice Chairman. Dexter King, President and CEO of the International Association of Assembly Managers (IAAM), will serve as Treasurer. And Evan Dabby, Senior Director of Operations for Major League Soccer, joined the officers as Secretary.

TEAM (Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management) Coalition is an alliance of professional sports, entertainment facilities, concessionaires, stadium service providers, the beer industry, broadcasters, governmental traffic safety experts, and others working together to promote responsible drinking and positive fan behavior at sports facilities.

TEAM encourages sports facilities to establish and enforce alcohol service policies, and provides a training program that educates facility employees about how to identify and interact with patrons who may have had too much to drink, as well as promotes personal responsibility and the designated driver program to fans.

Outgoing TEAM Chairman, Milt Ahlerich, Vice President of Security for the National Football League, said, "The NFL has been engaged with TEAM Coalition for many years and has a strong appreciation for their contributions toward a positive game experience for our fans. Chairing the TEAM Coalition board has been an excellent opportunity for the NFL to work with the other stakeholders to encourage responsibility programs at our sports entertainment venues."

As the new Chairman of the TEAM Coalition board, Bruno said, "I am pleased to move into the leadership position for the TEAM Coalition Board of Directors. ARAMARK understands the importance of working closely with our clients and partners to ensure that fans have a great experience, an important part of which is the responsible consumption of alcoholic beverages. I look forward to working with the Board and TEAM's partners to develop programs that continue to promote the Coalition's messages and initiatives."

"TEAM Coalition has been a long-standing partner with Major League Baseball, helping us provide the ultimate fan experience in our ballparks," said Earnell Lucas. "Through programs that promote drinking responsibly and providing training for our Clubs, TEAM Coalition helps MLB fulfill its commitment to being a social institution with inherent social responsibilities."

Dexter King said, "TEAM Coalition provides the essential platform for IAAM members and our industry stakeholders to effectively collaborate on a program that produces a safe sports and entertainment environment. Without this platform, venues and the patrons they serve, would be at risk."

Evan Dabby said, "I look forward to representing Major League Soccer as a TEAM Coalition officer. As MLS' fan base grows in new and existing markets, we continue to promote TEAM's message of responsibility. We are committed to TEAM Coalition's mission to foster a safe and enjoyable environment for our passionate fans."

In making the announcement, TEAM Executive Director Jill Pepper said, "The success of TEAM Coalition depends on the commitment of our member organizations. Without their support, we would not be able to achieve the accomplishments we have enjoyed of almost 40,000 facility personnel TEAM-certified and more than half a million sports and entertainment fans pledging to be designated drivers each year. I know our new officers will challenge the organization to find new and creative ways to reach a larger audience with our responsibility message."

TEAM Coalition members and supporters include Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, National Basketball Association, the National Football League, National Hockey League, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Beer Institute, National Beer Wholesalers Association, Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors, ARAMARK, Delaware North Companies - Sportservice, IAAM, Live Nation, the National Association of Broadcasters, Contemporary Services Corporation, Elite Show Staffing and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Visit TEAM Coalition on the web at http://www.teamcoalition.org/.

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