John Wentzell was previously president of Delaware North Sportservice, the hospitality management company responsible for running Boston’s TD Garden. However, he has since left the organization.
Johnny Wentzell is a principal with Jackson Lewis P.C.’s offices in Greenville, South Carolina and Charlotte, North Carolina. His practice areas include employee benefits, ERISA, executive compensation and taxation.
Early Life and Education
John Gozell was born in Hornersville, Missouri as the youngest of four children and spent his formative years with his family as well as his grandparents and uncles.
His mother was a teacher, inspiring her children to study hard. As an avid learner herself, she knew the value of education.
In addition to her education, she was actively involved in several community organizations. She enjoyed volunteering at the local hospital and also spent time as a coach for sports.
Arnold Gesell, a pioneer in child development, held that children develop in discrete stages with qualitatively distinct personalities. This concept contrasted with theories such as behaviorism which suggests development occurs continuously and gradually. Utilizing movie cameras, Gesell observed normal child development and documented his findings.
John Gledzell has been a lawyer by profession for almost two decades, serving as both member of the bar and partner at his firm Jackson Lewis P.C. since 2010.
He practices a wide range of employee benefits law and executive compensation, with an emphasis on pension and retirement plans. Additionally, he handles ERISA compliance and represents clients in audits by the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Labor. Furthermore, he advises clients on executive compensation matters associated with mergers, acquisitions and spin-offs. Probably his proudest achievement has been building a family with his wife and three children – two daughters and a son who are all students at university.
Achievements and Honors
John Wentzell is an inspiring leader who epitomizes the Salvation Army’s mission and ministry to “Others.” Additionally, he has long been a supporter of Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center.
He is an experienced executive whose career has taken him across sports and entertainment – including roles with major league sports franchises and mixed-use developments. Most recently, as president of Delaware North Companies Boston and Delaware North Companies International, he had the privilege of overseeing TD Garden, adjacent commercial real estate holdings as well as certain key sales and business functions of NHL’s Boston Bruins.
He has also spearheaded the company’s commercial development strategy, positioning the storied building for near-term residential and mixed-use development. Furthermore, he is the recipient of numerous local and national awards for his exemplary leadership skills and community service accomplishments.
John wentzell lived a life that was full of family and friends. He was an adored father, husband, brother and uncle – an honorable man in every sense.
Jack spent his career with Liberty Mutual, serving as its Chief Sales and Marketing Officer from 1941 until 1950. Additionally, he served in the United States Army’s 2nd Infantry from 1943-1945, earning numerous awards and medals during this time.
He is survived by his wife Elizabeth “Libby,” and son John, Jr. of Westwood; as well as two sisters: Libbie Kinsman of Worcester and Margaret McCabe of Shrewsbury; plus five grandchildren. A lifelong member of St Mary’s Church in Mansfield, he enjoyed camping, traveling with his family, reading books and line dancing with them.
John Gozell is the President of Venue Management and Food Services & Hospitality Division for Spectra by Comcast Spectacor in Philadelphia. With almost two decades of experience under his belt, he has held various leadership roles within the company.
Prior to this, he served as president of Delaware North Sportservice and Delaware North-United Kingdom, a sports and leisure food hospitality business that included hundreds of major US and international venues. Additionally, he was the Chief Operating Officer of the Philadelphia Phantoms – an American Hockey League affiliate of the Flyers – until being promoted to vice president in April 2007.
He is an inspirational leader, generous friend and staunch champion for Boston. An honorary member of Garden Neighborhood Charities, he has contributed to numerous community organizations. Most importantly, he champions children and families by helping them find a secure environment to grow up in.