Des Hague is an acclaimed executive leader and an inspirational speaker who believes in continuous learning and mental evolution, “…there is no better way to gaining those insights than through acquiring knowledge. Reading is essential.” An avid reader, Des has an insatiable hunger for non-fiction. From the thousands (literally!) of books he has read throughout his life, he has gained insight on several different points of view. Such commitment to learning and reading has led him to become a prominent forward-thinking executive.

Des’ appetite for knowledge drove his first business career at the age of 15 when he managed a small restaurant in England. From there, his passion for excellence launched his career within the industry and strengthened his role as a thoughtful, business-savvy leader. Obtaining an MBA with a focus in International Business from American College in London, Des added to his well-read expertise to help him lead in a more analytical nature. Learning from others is also invaluable. Have the confidence and let others help and possess a never stop learning mindset.

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Des has impressed many with his professionalism, below are some testaments to his expertise:


“Des is known to be dedicated to his craft. He is an innovative, forward thinker with great experience and character. He was instrumental in positioning Centerplate to be at the forefront of culinary excellence in stadiums and areas across the country. In doing so, he has gained the respect of many he has worked with in this industry.”- Jim Mercurio, VP of Stadium Operations at Levi’s Stadium


“For a man who leads a company with over 45,000+ team members, Des’ ability to personally touch each and everyone one of us, directly or indirectly, is an innate characteristic that we all try and duplicate. That said I can speak for many of us who find it hard to live up to the high morale, ethical and professional standards that Des has set for us.” – Ashton D. Sequeira, Regional Vice President at Centerplate


“Mr.Hague, in fact, was lauded by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake when she honored Centerplate earlier this year with the Mayor’s Business Recognition Award. The award recognizes businesses that have demonstrated corporate leadership and service in improving the quality of life in Baltimore.” – Mark S. Furst, President and CEO at United Way of Central Maryland


“In recognition of his outstanding work and commitment to our industry and community, our Corporation awarded Centerplate with our highest honor, the “Flame of Friendship” in 2013. Centerplate remains the only organization that has received this honor and it is a true reflection of Mr. Hague’s leadership and partnership with our Corporation.” – Carol Wallace, President and CEO at the San Diego Convention Center Corporation