IRVINE, Calif. (Jan. 24, 2017) – Spectra Ticketing & Fan Engagement, the leader in live entertainment ticketing, marketing, fundraising and analytics solutions, today announced John Wentzell, president of Spectra Venue Management and Food Services & Hospitality division, will present the Pro Sports/Arenas keynote address at its annual PACnet community conference. The conference, which brings 700 community members together to share strategies, technology and innovations, will be held Feb. 12-15, 2017 at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa in Newport Beach, Calif.
Wentzell, a 30-year industry veteran, is responsible for all aspects of Spectra’s Venue Management and Food Services & Hospitality division, including strategic growth, as well as financial and operational oversight. His primary focus is to maximize opportunities to impact Spectra customers through new product development, technology, operational delivery and enhanced guest experiences.
He rejoined the Comcast Spectacor team in November after nearly two decades with Delaware North Companies in various roles. Most recently, Wentzell served as President, Delaware North Sportservice and Delaware North – United Kingdom, leading a diverse sport and leisure food hospitality business, which included hundreds of major US and international venues. He spent six years as President, Delaware North, Boston, overseeing TD Garden and the business side of the company-owned National Hockey League team the Boston Bruins, as well as adjacent commercial development.
At Comcast Spectacor, Wentzell was Chief Operating Officer of the Philadelphia Phantoms, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers from 1996-2009. The Phantoms were sold in 2009 and relocated to Adirondack (Glens Falls, NY). The team remains the AHL affiliate of the Flyers and now plays its home games at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA, a Spectra property. Wentzell also previously served as General Manager with regional responsibilities at Spectacor Management Group, when it was partially owned by a Comcast Spectacor affiliate.
“Through my experiences on the team side, and as both a venue and food operator, I have a holistic view of our business and a keen sense of Spectra’s unique abilities to create new and exciting opportunities for our clients and their customers,” said Wentzell. “I look forward to connecting with everyone at PACnet, as well as interacting with the Spectra community I am so proud to have rejoined.”
Wentzell received a Master of Science, Sports Management, from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) and Bachelor of Arts, Physical Education/Sports Management from Otterbein University.
“John’s history in the industry provides him with a unique perspective on many aspects of ticketing, facility, and pro sports operations,” said Spectra Ticketing & Fan Engagement CEO Dave Butler. “He knows and understands our business and customers. His depth of knowledge of the industry and vision for the future of Spectra will provide valuable insight to everyone at PACnet.”