Derryl Benton is Executive Vice President of Business Development at HMSHost, a world leader in creating dining for travel venues. HMSHost operates in more than 120 airports around the globe (including the 20 busiest in North America) and in 99 travel plazas on motorways throughout the U.S. and Canada. Derryl is responsible for overseeing the winning and extending of industry contracts.
Derryl joined HMSHost in May 2014 as Vice President of Business Development, and was promoted to EVP in October 2014. Before joining HMSHost, Derryl was Senior Vice President of Business Development at Hudson Group, where he was responsible for identifying and developing new business opportunities in North America, and working with the company’s Government Affairs department in maintaining relationships with the nation’s city mayors, city councils, and other public officials.
Prior to Hudson, Derryl was Director of Concessions/Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) for the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, where he oversaw the operations of a $500 million concessions program which included rental cars, food & beverage, news, and specialty retail. In this role he also administered the Authority’s small business procurement policies. Before becoming Director of Concessions, he was Director of Minority/Women Business Enterprise (MWVE) Programs for the Authority, during which he received the FAA’s DBE Liaison Officer Certification.
Before beginning his career in Aviation, Derryl was Vice President of SunTrust Bank, where he gained extensive experience in residential and commercial lending.
Derryl received his education in Business Administration from Lake-Sumter State College and the University of Central Florida.