Corporate Executives & Officers

As one of the most admired hospitality companies, Delaware North attracts business and corporate leaders and management from some of the top companies and brands in the world. These senior-level executives work closely with the Office of the Chief Executive to chart a strategic course for growth and success for the company for generations to come.

Senior Management, Corporate Executives and Officers

  • Rick Abramson Chief Customer Officer

    In his current role, Abramson serves as Delaware North’s first-ever chief customer officer. A 50-year veteran of Delaware North, Abramson draws from his extensive expertise and client relationships to ensure the company’s competitiveness in an increasingly customer-centric global economy.

  • Stephen Harrington Chief Procurement Officer

    Stephen Harrington leads Delaware North’s $1 billion annual global procurement program while overseeing its Procurement, Design & Construction and Corporate Retail departments. He works with the company’s subsidiaries and operating units to lead centralized sourcing and procurement efforts and maximize value from suppliers.

  • Todd Merry Chief Marketing Officer

    Todd Merry oversees Delaware North's strategic global marketing efforts, spanning all of its operating companies and locations on four continents. He guides its customer-centric mission and leads all sales and marketing efforts, including using the company's customer data and technology to achieve business objectives.

  • Eileen Morgan Chief Human Resources Officer

    Eileen Morgan leads Delaware North’s global human resources strategy and function, including talent and organization development, compensation and benefits, employee and labor relations and human resources systems and services. She also leads the human resources partnership efforts throughout the company’s global operations.

  • Yvette Vincent Chief Technology Officer

    Yvette Vincent serves as Delaware North’s first-ever chief technology officer (CTO), a position based at the company’s global headquarters in Buffalo, N.Y. As CTO, Vincent is responsible for creating the vision, strategy and roadmap for the company’s technology platforms.

  • Jeff Wilkinson Chief Information Officer

    Wilkinson, who has oversight of the enterprisewide IT functions and infrastructure, is based out of Delaware North’s global headquarters in Buffalo, N.Y., where he leads the strategy and management of the company’s technology infrastructure and innovations.

  • Richard Ayson Senior Vice President of Business Development

    Richard Ayson serves as senior vice president of business development at Delaware North. In his role, Ayson is based at Delaware North’s global headquarters in Buffalo, N.Y., and oversees the business development teams of four company subsidiaries (Sportservice, Travel, Parks and Resorts, and Patina Restaurant Group).

  • Tom Barney Vice President of Finance, Patina Restaurant Group
    Interim Vice President, Treasurer, Delaware North

    Barney oversees all of Patina Restaurant Group’s financial operations, ensures compliance with all corporate policies and generally accepted accounting principles, and safeguards company assets.

  • Don Foste Vice President of Sales

    As vice president of sales, Don provides leadership, training and support for subsidiary- and property-level sales professionals, as well as supports and guides subsidiary sales strategies and goals to ensure alignment with corporate objectives.

  • Kathy Gill Vice President of Marketing and Communications

    Kathy Gill provides marketing leadership and business development support to the Delaware North presidents and various operating subsidiaries, in addition to overseeing all corporate communications. Gill, who joined Delaware North in 2015, has more than 25 years of business leadership, strategic planning, new-product development and marketing expertise.

  • Paula Halligan Vice President, Retail

    Paula Halligan oversees Delaware North’s global retail operations, helping establish the company as a full-service retail management partner for the national parks, sports venues, airports and other special places at which it operates. Delaware North manages or owns more than 400,000 square feet of merchandise space in 350 stores across all of its operations.

  • William J. Hochul Jr. Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

    In his role, Hochul manages the legal function for the company and provides advice and counsel to senior management in all legal matters involving Delaware North or its operating companies.

  • Jack McNeill Senior Vice President of Government and External Affairs

    McNeill represents Delaware North in legislative and regulatory matters with national, regional and local governments and agencies. He provides policy direction, coordinates government affairs initiatives at Delaware North locations and advocates for the company’s interests.

  • James Obletz Senior Vice President of Corporate Development

    James Obletz serves as senior vice president of corporate development at Delaware North’s global headquarters in Buffalo, N.Y. In his role, Obletz oversees Delaware North’s efforts to grow via acquisition and strategic investment, including those opportunities across all company subsidiaries.

  • Thomas Popek Vice President, Deputy General Counsel

    Thomas Popek serves as vice president, deputy general counsel at Delaware North, a global leader in hospitality. Tom also serves as corporate secretary to the the company’s Patina Restaurant Group and Delaware North’s largest gaming operation, Southland Casino Racing.

  • Matthew Wagner Senior Vice President of Business Builders

    In this role, he works with the corporate and subsidiary leadership teams to identify opportunities to acquire or build revenue and profit streams by leveraging core competencies to build businesses adjacent to Delaware North’s core businesses.

  • Dan Zimmer Vice President, Corporate Finance and Development

    Dan Zimmer is responsible for a number of Delaware North’s strategic finance initiatives, compliance requirements and development projects, including its new global headquarters. With Delaware North since 1995, Zimmer has served in finance and business strategy positions, including vice president of business operations for the Boston Bruins.

Three Brothers

The company was founded in 1915 in Buffalo, New York.

Serving Dignitaries

The company has served celebrities, royalty, presidents and even the Pope over its 100 year history.