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LA Stadium and Entertainment District Expands Staff Roster

LA Stadium & Entertainment District at Hollywood Park
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LA Stadium & Entertainment District at Hollywood Park 

The new stadium will become the home field for the NFL’s LA Chargers and LA Rams.

The upcoming LA Stadium & Entertainment District at Hollywood Park (LASED) has announced additions to its leadership team including several executive positions. Hollywood Park is a 298-acre district that includes a stadium, performance venue, retail, office, hotel and parkland being built in Inglewood, California by E. Stanley Kroenke.

LA Stadium will be home field for the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers starting in 2020.

Marlene Nations will lead LASED’s Legal Affairs group as senior vice president and general counsel for the 298-acre sports and entertainment district. Nations was previously a partner at Dentons, the largest law firm in the world and is also a real estate professional which gives her a much-needed versatility for the position.

Nations will be joined in the legal department by Rosa Shen who will be LASED’s associate general counsel, supporting the sponsorship, facilities, event and sports related businesses as well as the general business needs of Hollywood Park. Shen spent time at Thomson Reuters and B/E Aerospace Inc. in a variety of capacities as well as AEG where she provided legal advice on matters related to the Staples Center and L.A. Live complex.

"We are thrilled to welcome this incredible group of leaders to help us deliver Mr. Kroenke’s vision for Hollywood Park," said LASED managing director Jason Gannon in a release. "Bringing together a team of individuals who have diverse experience within sports, entertainment and business is a key component to building a global destination that will transform Southern California."

Michael Beamer has been named vice president of security and will oversee the security posture for all of Hollywood Park, including the stadium and performance venue. Beamer has previously served as security for National Basketball League as well as 11 years with the United States Secret Service in a variety of capacities.

Senior director of security Blake Paris will support Beamer and manage security for the Stadium and Performance Venue at all events. Previously, Paris served as the director of security for Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino where he oversaw the security operations of a 116-acre campus that included three entertainment venues, a convention center, and two hotels.

Chan Onechanh will serve as the vice president of engineering and transportation where he will oversee all facility and campus fundamental systems and equipment, including mechanical, electrical and plumbing in addition to parking and transportation for Hollywood Park. Previously, Onechanh worked for Venue Solutions Group (VSG) where he worked on LASED, among other projects.

The campus’s new director of parking operations will be Juan Carrero. Most recently, Carrero oversaw all parking operations for the City of Santa Monica. Prior to the City of Santa Monica, Carrero spent nine years at AEG as the Senior Manager of Parking Operations for L.A. Live and Staples Center.

Mitch Bornstein will develop and oversee the VIP outreach and influencer engagement for Hollywood Park as vice president of business development. In this role, Bornstein will build upon the work he has been doing at the Los Angeles Rams, leveraging events and all aspects of the district as a part of the overall effort to make Hollywood Park a premier destination.

Adolfo Romero joins as senior director of programming and events, reporting to senior vice president of programming Christy Castillo Butcher. Romero will assist in securing, marketing, and selling major events within the stadium and across the district. Romero was previously at Major League Soccer (MLS) as the senior director of international events.

Kristi Mexia will serve as the corporate communications director for Hollywood Park, focusing on media relations and outreach. Most recently, Mexia was with Beck Media & Marketing where she served as an account manager for AEG Global Partnerships.

Opening in 2020, LA Stadium will host year-round sports and entertainment events and has already secured Super Bowl LVI in February 2022, the College Football National Championship game in 2023 and the Opening & Closing Ceremonies of the 2028 Olympic Games.

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