Michael B. Hartnett
Vice President, Venue Security Ilitch Sports and Entertainment Inc.
Mr. Hartnett currently serves as Vice President of Venue Security for Ilitch Sports and Entertainment. In this position, he is responsible for leading the daily security operations and event-based security for Little Caesars Arena and its office buildings, Comerica Park, City Theater, Michigan Lottery Amphitheater at Freedom Hill, Pine Knob Music Theater, Meadow Brook Amphitheater, the Fox Theater and Fox Office Centre, Little Caesars Global Resource Center and throughout the District of Detroit. Mr. Hartnett is focused on creating a safe and secure environment for guests, colleagues, clients, athletes, and performers across all venues in the Ilitch Sports and Entertainment family.
Prior to joining Ilitch Sports and Entertainment, Mr. Hartnett served as a Special Agent in the FBI for over 21 years. He retired as the Unit Chief of the FBI’s Critical Incident Response Group, Crisis Management Unit. In that assignment, Mr. Hartnett managed and oversaw the FBI’s Crisis Management and Special Events Programs. In this capacity, he planned, coordinated and supervised the FBI’s response to critical incidents, major investigations, and terrorism events. In addition, SSA Hartnett managed the FBI Special Events program, with specific attention to counterterrorism preparedness, intelligence, tactical response and critical incidents. SSA Hartnett’s crisis response and major event experience includes the 2016 Republican National Convention, the 2016 Democratic National Convention, the 2018 FIFA Championships in Moscow, the 2018 Winter Olympics, the Boston Marathon Bombing and numerous mass casualty shooting events.
During his FBI career, Mr. Hartnett also investigated La Cosa Nostra (LCN) cases and International Terrorism cases in New York, New York and Chicago, Illinois. He supervised Eurasian Organized Crime investigations at FBI Headquarters and was later promoted to Unit Chief in the Counterterrorism Division, Terrorist Financing Operations Section where he managed 240 terrorist financing investigations in 11 field offices. Finally, Mr. Hartnett supervised a Washington Field Office Joint Terrorism Task Force squad responsible for investigating international terrorists with a nexus to Africa.
Mr. Hartnett is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and Boston College Law School. He is admitted to the Massachusetts Bar, the United States Federal Court Bar, and the United States Court of Military Appeals. He served in the United States Army Reserves as an enlisted Infantryman and as a Captain in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He was also a member of the FBI Chicago SWAT Team.