PHOENIX (September 23, 2015) – Make-A-Wish® America welcomes Dolf Berle, President and COO of Dave & Buster’s Inc.; Derrick Hall, President and CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks; and Joaquin Hidalgo, President and General Manager of Nike North America, to the National Board of Directors. The newest board members – effective as of July 24, 2015 – have decades of combined experience in corporate executive leadership and will bring strategic guidance and valuable insight to the National Board. Their noteworthy skillsets will help Make-A-Wish continue to grant more and better wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Dolf Berle has been the President and COO of Dave & Buster’s since February 2011. The company, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is known for innovatively blending restaurant and entertainment to create an unparalleled guest experience. Since 2012, Dave & Buster’s has served as a corporate sponsor of Make-A-Wish, generating more than $1 million in 2015 alone through its in-store fundraising program. Dolf’s prior experience comes from executive roles at ClubCorp, Lucky Strike Entertainment, Inc. and House of Blues, among others. His primary areas of expertise involve brand management, fundraising activation, retail expansion and operational effectiveness.
Derrick Hall has led the Arizona Diamondbacks organization as its President and CEO for nine years. In that time, the Diamondbacks have set the sports industry standard for community involvement, corporate culture and fan experience; regularly winning awards and attaining national recognition. Prior to joining the National Board, Derrick served as the Chairman for the Make-A-Wish Arizona Board of Directors, guiding the chapter to historic levels of achievement. The National Board will benefit from Derrick’s outstanding track record when it comes to developing talent and garnering community support.
Joaquin Hidalgo has worked in regional, national and international roles at NIKE, Inc. for the past 25 years and currently serves as the President and General Manager of Nike North America. Joaquin oversees all categories and functions for Nike in North America, driving innovation and inspiration for athletes at every level across sales, marketing, direct-to-consumer (retail) and merchandising. His prior titles at Nike include VP of Emerging Markets, VP of Global Marketing, VP of US Brand Marketing, VP & Global Director of Football and more. Joaquin’s remarkable breadth of executive experience at a Fortune 500 company will serve Make-A-Wish well, most notably in the areas of branding and product marketing.
“Make-A-Wish could not have found a more dignified, impressive group of business leaders to join our National Board,” said David Williams, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish America. “In addition to their incredible professional achievements, Dolf, Derrick and Joaquin have also demonstrated a commendable passion for philanthropy, and we are excited to have them lend their time and talents toward achieving our mission.”
With the additions of Dolf, Derrick and Joaquin, the Make-A-Wish America National Board reaches 25 members representing the best and brightest in the areas of human resources, finance, fundraising, management, marketing and operations. For more information about Make-A-Wish and to learn how you can become involved, visit wish.org.
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Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true has positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illness, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Headquartered in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world's leading children's charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 27,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 37 minutes. It has granted more than 254,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; more than 14,200 in 2014 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at www.wish.org to learn more.