In this role, Fears will report directly to Norm Miller, president, ARAMARK Sports & Entertainment Services. Fears will be responsible for the overall direction and management of ARAMARK's Parks and Resorts group, which provides a wide range of food, facility and other professional services to 14 state parks and resort operations across the U.S.
This is a return to ARAMARK for Fears who previously worked in the ARAMARK Parks and Resorts group for over 20 years. He first joined ARAMARK in 1974 as food and beverage manager of the Skyland Lodge of Shenandoah National Park in Luray, Virginia. During this first stint with ARAMARK, Fears rose to the level of vice president, western region. In addition, he also was an integral part of ARAMARK's management team of the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid.
"Bruce is a proven leader and innovator in the parks and resorts hospitality industry. His thirty-plus years of experience in this field and successful track record of growing the business and building enduring relationships is a perfect fit for ARAMARK's client and customer focus," said Norm Miller, president of ARAMARK's Sports & Entertainment Services. "We welcome Bruce back to the ARAMARK team and look forward to reaching new goals in the parks and resorts business under his direction."
Most recently, Fears was president of Delaware North Companies Parks and Resorts.
Fears received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Bridgewater College in Virginia and continued through programs at University of London's School of Economics and University of Florida's School of Management. Fears, his wife Barbara, and two daughters will continue to reside in the Seattle area.
Through its sports and entertainment group, ARAMARK provides a wide range of managed services, including food, facility and other support services. ARAMARK serves more than 170 premier sports, entertainment and recreational facilities, including sports stadiums and arenas, convention centers, concert venues, museums, national and state parks, resorts and tourist destinations. ARAMARK offers organizations a single source provider for concessions, event planning, premium dining needs and catering, on-site restaurants, retail merchandise sales, facilities management, and recreational and lodging services.
ARAMARK Corporation is a world leader in providing award-winning food and facilities management services to health care institutions, universities and school districts, stadiums and arenas, international and domestic corporations, as well as providing uniform and career apparel. ARAMARK was ranked number one in its industry in the 2005 FORTUNE 500 survey and was also named one of "America's Most Admired Companies" by FORTUNE magazine in 2005, consistently ranking since 1998 as one of the top three most admired companies in its industry as evaluated by peers. Headquartered in Philadelphia, ARAMARK has approximately 242,500 employees serving clients in 19 countries.