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Innovative Pathway to the Future of Sports & Entertainment

International Virtual Conference & Expo
Special emphasis: COVID-19

Join us November 17 and 18, 2020 as we explore engage around COVID-19 best practices, solutions and a path forward for our industries.

See Summary and Agenda further down the page.

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NTT Ltd. is a leading global technology services company. Working with organizations around the world, we achieve business outcomes through intelligent technology solutions. For us, intelligent means data driven, connected, digital and secure. Our global assets and integrated ICT stack capabilities provide unique offerings in cloud-enabling networking, hybrid cloud, data centers, digital transformation, client experience, workplace and cybersecurity. As a global ICT provider, we employ more than 40,000 people in a diverse and dynamic workplace that spans 57 countries, trading in 73 countries and delivering services in over 200 countries and regions. Together we enable the connected future.

We’re proud to be part of the global holding company under NTT, called NTT Incorporated (Inc.) Jun Sawada, current President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for NTT, is also the CEO of NTT Inc. For more information, please visit www.global.ntt.

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Evolv Technology is the leader in human security dedicated to making the world a safer place to live, work, learn and play by helping to protect innocent people from mass shootings and terrorist attacks.

Evolv started as a small team with a clear mission: return confidence and peace of mind to people visiting public spaces by changing the paradigm of how security professionals can assure venues are safe from the most serious threats without compromising visitor experience.  We’ve accomplished this by fusing the latest sensors and AI technology to consistently and reliably scan every visitor without the hassle and the gaps presented by century-old metal detector technology. 

In the past two years, we have become the standard for visitor and employee security, having screened more than 50 million people entering public attractions, stadiums, hospitals, schools, entertainment venues, government facilities, houses of worship, and hotels, stopping more than 5,000 weapons from entering.

Insight is committed to serving as a good corporate citizen. This means conducting business with integrity, avoiding corruption of all kinds and reducing our impact on the environment.

We firmly believe technology inspires the spirit of togetherness, and we’ll continue to explore new innovations in technology with integrity and thoughtfulness at the heart of everything we do. 

Toffler Associates brings cross-industry experience and a cross-functional methodology that gets beneath the surface of a complex issue to clarify the strategic issues in play. For more than 20 years, global leaders have engaged this distinctly integrated approach to pursue opportunity, mitigate risk, and create lasting value.

 

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At the core of our approach to addressing clients’ needs and challenges is a simple philosophy: Policy drives strategy, which determines the appropriate approach to implementation – and ultimately, operations.

To us, our client’s mission and underlying policy requirements are not abstract background considerations. They are the starting point, and ultimately, the yardstick by which we determine success. We begin by forging a true partnership with our clients, aligning ourselves with each of these elements. Our team then employs an arsenal of industry expertise, extensive knowledge of leading-edge technologies, creativity and insight.

The result is reduced operating costs, minimized risk and optimal mission-focused performance for our clients.

Evolv Technology is the leader in human security dedicated to making the world a safer place to live, work, learn and play by helping to protect innocent people from mass shootings and terrorist attacks.

Evolv started as a small team with a clear mission: return confidence and peace of mind to people visiting public spaces by changing the paradigm of how security professionals can assure venues are safe from the most serious threats without compromising visitor experience.  We’ve accomplished this by fusing the latest sensors and AI technology to consistently and reliably scan every visitor without the hassle and the gaps presented by century-old metal detector technology. 

In the past two years, we have become the standard for visitor and employee security, having screened more than 50 million people entering public attractions, stadiums, hospitals, schools, entertainment venues, government facilities, houses of worship, and hotels, stopping more than 5,000 weapons from entering.

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Founded in 2001, Fortress technology has powered the adoption of digital ticketing, the use of RFID/NFC technology in the sports and entertainment industries. Widely regarded as the leading provider of integrated
services and engagement solutions in the market today.

Our platform powers the game day operations & wider fan engagement activities of more than 130 teams across Europe and the U.S., including 16 of the current EPL’s 20 teams.

At Fortress innovation is part of our DNA. Our team of over 60 engineers understand what fan centric operations means. We understand your business and as such we build solutions that work.

Above all we support you – 24/7 in a way that is gained us the respect and trust of many of the worlds most demanding sports teams. That’s what we do… how can we help?

Babel Street employs a team of experts with backgrounds and real world experience with structured open source and social media discovery and analytics in a variety of public and private sectors.

In Texas Medical Center Supply we are experts in the sale and distribution of medical equipment, we offer the widest variety of products for care and health care, focusing on meeting the needs of patients and professionals; generating values through extraordinary service, the best prices and a high level of commitment and human warmth.

We offer low prices in our selection of national and imported medical equipment within a wide range of categories regardless of the branch or line of business it is dedicated to. We don’t make any difference so you can get the best prices. Currently we cover all market sectors: individuals, rural clinics, urban clinics, clients of small and medium-sized companies, as well as large hospitals and corporations nationally and internationally.

We have a wide selection of medical equipment in leading imported and national brands. We have brands that meet the necessary requirements for participation in tenders.

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PanStadia & Arena Management has quickly become the leading publication for the business of stadia, arenas, sport & live entertainment events and venues on a global scale, with some 24,000+ named high-level industry professionals receiving the magazine on a quarterly basis.

Featuring high-quality, in-depth editorials, all carefully researched and professionally written, along with client case studies and a comprehensive Facility Watch detailing the latest projects, all presented in a bold, modern and intuitive design, PanStadia & Arena Management is the professionals’ choice.

About the event

IIFX  is proud to host the Innovative Pathway to the Future of Sports & Entertainment International Virtual Conference and Expo (with special emphasis on best practices and solutions related to COVID-19. )

The agenda features an impressive array of diverse sports and entertainment industry professionals and organizations focusing on the common challenge of adapting and innovating health safety, security, operations, and management into a possible new fan experience and management paradigm. As we look forward to the future, the focus on the conference is to share best practices and lessons learned.

Re-imagining the new paradigm is extremely critical and timely than ever, which is why the Innovation Institute will present a lineup of thought leaders who are experiencing early stages of the anticipated “new normal” world. They are pioneering how sports and entertainment will function in the years to come.  Our cadre of outstanding speakers will analyze the advancements of carrying out a future business model and how these operational methods will shape the sports and entertainment risk and future landscape.

We’ll examine the most pertinent ramifications, challenges, the most important trends and events that are shaping both industries. We will focus on innovative strategies that might become more significant in driving the return of fans as well as keeping them safe and engaged.

The virtual conference and expo environment will be innovative and engaging, delivering an elite lineup of speakers, interactive networking opportunities, an Expo with the latest technology solutions, and an exceptional educational experience for those looking to stay ahead of the innovation curve.

Schedule

NOTE: IF YOU CAN'T ATTEND ALL DAY EACH DAY, RECORDED SESSIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR 30 DAYS TO REGISTERED ATTENDEES.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

9:00 am – 10:30 am

 

Welcome, Opening Remarks, and Opening Keynote Address 

 

Sponsored by:

 

 

‘Managing Our Way Through the Disruption,
“Innovation and Reinvention”

 

Featuring: 

Casey Lane
Chief Revenue Officer
Penske Entertainment

 

Vincent Pereira
Head of Digital at ASO
Le Tour de France

10:40 AM – 11:45 AM 

 

I’M NOT JUST A NUMBER- I’M, A FAN!

 

MICHAEL O’CONNELL
MANAGING DIRECTOR
CRITICAL INSIGHTS CONSULTANCY LTD.

11:50 AM – 1:05 PM

 

MID-DAY KEYNOTE ADDRESS

 

SPONSORED BY:

WHAT HAVE SPORT AND ENTERTAINMENT ORGANIZATIONS LEARNED FROM COVID-19  AS WE GO FORWARD?

PANEL DISCUSSION FEATURING:

 

ELOISE BRASI
POLICE CAPTAIN
HEAD DEPUTY OF THE SAFETY AND SECURITY POLICE
2024 OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC GAMES
 
PAULO VALENTE GOMES
SENIOR PROGRAM MANAGER
COUNCIL OF EUROPE
MATT KASTEL
PRESIDENT
STADIUM MANAGERS ASSOCIATION, USA

1:10 PM – 2:20 PM 

CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS


SPONSORED BY:

BREAKOUT SESSION ONE  –
 
WHAT CHANGES COULD BE IN THE FUTURE FOR COLLEGIATE ATHLETICS EVENTS?
 
FEATURING:

JEFF STEELE
ASSOCIATE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR
AUBURN UNIVERSITY
 
DAVID ALLISON
DIRECTOR OF FACILITIES AND EVENT OPERATIONS SAFETY AND SECURITY FOR ATHLETICS 
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
 
LARRY NAIFEH
EXECUTIVE ASSOCIATE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR
UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA

 

SPONSORED BY:

BREAKOUT SESSION TWO –
FUTURE-PROOFING EVENTS IN A POST COVID-19 LANDSCAPE
 

FEATURING:

PETER ASHWIN
INNOVATIVE INSTITUTE FOR FAN EXPERIENCE
CANADA OFFICE
CHRIS KEMP
INNOVATIVE INSTITUTE FOR FAN EXPERIENCE
UK OFFICE
 
PASCAL VIOT
HEAD OF SECURITY, SAFETY, AND SERVICES
PALEO FESTIVAL

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM              

SPONSORED BY:

 

DISRUPTION IS A TIME FOR INNOVATION AND REINVENTION

PANEL DISCUSSION FEATURING:

JOE LEWIS
PRESIDENT,
JOE LEWIS COMPANY
 
JIM MERCURIO
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER
LEVI STADIUM
 
DAVID EADS
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/CEO
PASADENA TOURNAMENT OF ROSE

3:50 PM – 4:55 PM 

 

 

SPONSORED BY:

COVID-19 BUSINESS IMPLICATION: ITS EFFECTS ON POLICY OR ACTION ON THE OPERATIONS OR FINANCIAL WELL BEING OF SPORT AND ENTERTAINMENT ORGANIZATIONS

PANEL DISCUSSION FEATURING:   

 

DAVID BROUGHTON
RESEARCH DIRECTOR AT STREET & SMITH’S SPORTS BUSINESS JOURNAL

 

MARIO COUTINHO
V.P. STADIUM OPERATIONS AND SECURITY AT TORONTO BLUE JAYS / ROGERS CENTRE

 

RICHARD C GILLER
PARTNER, PILLSBURY LAW

5:00 PM –  5:45 PM             

END OF DAY ONE KEYNOTE ADDRESS 
 
SPONSORED BY:
 

  

 
BUILDING CONFIDENCE: MEETING FAN EXPECTATIONS AS THEY RETURN TO LIVE EVENTS
 

RUSS SIMONS
CHIEF LISTENING OFFICER AND MANAGING PARTNER

Wednesday, NOVEMBER 18, 2020

9:00 am – 10:30 am

 

WELCOME, OPENING REMARKS, AND OPENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS 

 

Sponsored by:

 

 

Global Approaches to Venue and Event Re-Opening Post-COVID-19

 

Featuring: 

Liam Boylan
Stadium Director
Wembley Stadium
Gregory Gillin
Senior Vice President
Live Nations Venue Development
Michael Roberts
Director of Security, Safety, and Precinct Operations
Melbourne Cricket Club
Paul Turner
Senior Director, Event Operations AT&T Stadium
Dallas Cowboys
John Sheehan (Moderator)
Pan Stadia and Arena Management Magazine
This session is jointly organized with PanStadia & Arena Management Magazine

10:35 am – 11:55 am 

 
 

Managing The “NEW” Risk Post-COVID-19

Panel Discussion Featuring:

Brian Finch
Partner
Pillsbury Law

Peter Dalton
Innovation Institute For Fan Experience
UK Office

Jeff Chapman
CEO
Babel Street

Damian Busch
Managing Director For Spectra Venue Management
Singapore Sports Hub

12:00 pm – 1:05 pm


Mid-Day Keynote Address


Boosting Major Sports & Entertainment Events Security Through International Cooperation and Capacity Building

Fallah Al-Dosari
Senior Manager, Interpol

Project Stadia

1:10 pm – 2:20 pm 

Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Sponsored By:


Breakout Session One  –
How Digital Technologies Marry The Fan Experience with Safety
Featuring:

Bryan Bedford
Head Sports & Entertainment Partner GTM
Cisco
Zachary Kilma
Founder & CEO
Wait Time
Donny White
Founder & CEO
Satisfi Labs
 
Charles Burns (Moderator)
Head of Global Security

Uber


Sponsored By:


 

Breakout Session Two –

Balancing Health, Safety & Capacity on Event Day

Featuring:

Paul Foster
Innovative Institute for Fan Experience
UK Office

Simon Ancliffe
Executive Director
Movement Strategies
 
Rick Fenton
Vice President of Corporate Security
Illitch Holdings, INC.
 
Joe Coomer
Vice President of  Security

ABM Sports & Entertainment

 

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm         

 

Sponsored by:

Enhancing Health and Safety Measures For A Successful Return To Work, Play, And Spectate

 

Panel Discussion Featuring:

 
Dr. Til Jolly
Chief Medical Officer
Aveshka

 Dr. Stu Weiss

Chief Medical Officer
New York Marathon
Dr. Robert Neid
Chief Medical Officer
Golden State Warriors

Dr. Pranav Kothari
Chief Medical Officer
Rock Family of Companies

3:50 pm – 4:55 pm 


Digital Transformation is Transforming The Future of Sports and Entertainment Management

5:00 pm –  5:45 pm              

End of Day Two Keynote Address   

SPONSORED BY:

 

A NEW WORLD ORDER: CONNECTING WITH THE POST-2020 SPORTS FAN
SPONSORED BY:

Ryan McConnell
Senior Vice President
Kantar Sports MONITOR

Steve Kulp
Director
Kantar Sports MONITOR

Top (10) Reasons to Attend

1. 25 speakers and presenters comprised of industry thought leaders and subject matter experts.

2. Cutting edge panel discussions from leading subject matter experts — with special emphasis on getting through COVID-19 challenges.

3. Keynote speakers whose knowledge and experience on the challenges and solutions furnish the attendee’s insights on how to navigate for the future “New Normal”.

4. Topics to assist in planning and implementing the “New Normal”.

5. Actionable innovative strategies and solutions provided by subject matter experts.

6. The programming format will include significant audience participation and input, discussion and Q&A among executive level professionals, stakeholders and subject matter expert.

7. Outstanding breakouts with experts in their field and prepared to share their insights.

8. Visionaries and innovators who will provide insights for attendee’s considerations into the new normal.

9. The latest “New Normal” solutions and attendees can engage Expo Exhibitors information via demo videos, chat 1-on-1 via written message, audio, or video chat.

10. Numerous networking opportunities throughout the day.

Speakers

David AllIson

University of Texas

David Allison – An Army veteran and former Assistant Special Agent in Charge with the United States Secret Service. David has over 21 years of experience specializing in safety and security and executive protection. David is currently the Director of Safety and Security for Athletics at the University of Texas and Founder of Be Ready Consulting LLC headquarter in Round Rock, Texas.

Fallah Al-Dosari

Interpol, Project Stadia

Simon Ancliffe

Movement Strategies

Simon Ancliffe is the founder and Executive Director of people flow and analytics company Movement Strategies, which is part of the GHD group. Movement Strategies is the largest and leading crowd dynamics and simulation consultancy in the world and a global leader in the analysis and application of movement and behaviour data from cellular phones and cameras.  

 

Simon has advised on many of the world’s iconic stadiums, arenas, festivals and events – Wembley, Wimbledon, The O2, Hong Kong Jockey Club, Tottenham Hotspur FC’s new stadium, and Olympics as well as crowded places such as the Grand Mosque in Mecca. He is a contributor to the (Green) Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds and its recent update for Social Distancing, a contributor to UK National Counter Terrorism Security Office guidance on Crowded Places, and the co-author of “Guidance on designing for crowds – an integrated approach”.

Peter Ashwin

Innovation Institute, Canada Office

Peter Ashwin is the principal of Event Risk Management Solutions (ERMS), a consulting practice committed to enhancing organizational resilience of event organizing committees through innovative risk management practices, ‘mission ready’ preparedness programs and integrated security solutions for today’s complex and uncertain world. A former Australian Army special forces officer, Peter has led multinational teams in the major events environment in seven countries including six Olympic Games (2000 – 2012) and the Baku 2015 European Games (Azerbaijan). Peter has also consulted to some of North America’s most iconic events including the Calgary Stampede, the Philadelphia Flower Show, Memphis in May International Festival, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and the Canadian National Exhibition “The EX”, Toronto. Peter is an author, lecturer, speaker and expert witness on event risk management and security. He is currently completing a MSc in Security & Risk Management, University of Leicester, UK. 

Bryan Bedford

Cisco

Bio: Bryan Bedford, Cisco Systems

For 20 years, Bryan Bedford has been transforming consumer, content and technology industries around the world. Throughout his career in the IT, services, sports, media, and retail technology, Bedford has launched & scaled industry-changing technologies and services in high growth businesses’ including mobile, content and customer experience focused areas. Bedford is also very active as an industry speaker and communicator on Twitter (@Bryan_Bedford) discussing tech, media, retail, sports, the future of customer experience as often as he can.

In his current position with Cisco Systems, a blue-chip technology firm, Bedford leads a team within Cisco’s Global Partner Organization that is focused on driving our Customer Experience (CX) portfolio and Cisco's Sports & Entertainment practice through our partners and channel. In doing so this team leads partners into richer and more effective execution in the areas of CX across all of Cisco including Intent-Based Networking, Data Center and IoT just to name a few. Bedford joined Cisco in 2011 and has served as the Global Industry lead for Sports, Retail & Media for the first 7 years at Cisco including time serving as a member of the executive steering boards for Sports, Retail and Media industries inside Cisco.

Before joining the team at Cisco, Bedford served as XOS Digital's Vice President of Sales & Business Development and before that Director of Sales & Business Development. Under Bedford’s direction XOS Digital, a leading software, analysis and services company focused on the Sports & Entertainment market, Bedford spearheaded all facets of external business development for the firm including forging strategic “go-to-market” partnerships with major manufactures, technology companies and industry leaders including working with nearly every major professional and college sports program throughout North America. Bedford’s time at XOS Digital included record revenue growth, expansion of the sales/marketing force, net new product/solution launches and drive towards additional profitability.

Prior to joining XOS Digital, Bedford was groomed in the sports world and spent time working for three sports teams in various roles (Sales, Coaching, Marketing) over a 7-year period including time on staff at TCU (Texas Christian University), Southern Nazarene University, and for the Oklahoma RedHawks Baseball Club. Bedford also serves as CEO & Managing Director of The Bedford Agency, a Sports Consulting & Recruiting Education company. Bedford earned his master’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma and his Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Nazarene University in Bethany. Bedford resides in Oklahoma City, OK and is married to his wife Desiree’ and has two daughters Tessa (16) and Sadie (11).

Liam Boylan

Wembly Stadium

Liam began his career in the Royal Air Force Police where he served for 9 years.

His current profession in the entertainment industry followed that, starting as a part-time steward for Showsec International at Manchester Arena before joining the full-time staff at the arena working his way up from a security control room operator, through customer services and finally finding his niche as an Event Manger.

Liam remained at the arena for 5 years and then took the decision to jump the fence and join the music promoters’ stables working for Denis Arnold at 3A for a year in London before returning to Manchester to work for SJM Concerts for a further 13 years. In that time Liam helped organise numerous UK arena and stadium tours such as Arctic Monkeys, Coldplay, Kate Bush, Foo Fighters, Oasis and Take That, to name a few. He was also one of the key organisers for V festival for many years.

He finally returned to venues in 2015 and is currently the Stadium Director for one of the most iconic stadiums in the world, Wembley Stadium, overseeing all elements of stadium operations and event delivery requirements.

ELOISE BRASI

Paris Olympics

Eloïse BRASI graduated from the Panthéon-Assas University and holds a Master II in Law and Security Strategy. She holds a MBA in Competitive Intelligence from the Ecole de Guerre Economique. She got a degree as Expert in Competitive Intelligence. After a year studying at Science Po Paris, she joined the École Nationale Supérieure de Police. She co-authored a book called: Israel, the 6th GAFAM? A strategy of power through new technologies. Currently Police Captain, she worked in the suburbs of Paris and in Paris intramural  as Head of the Anti-Crime Unit. She spent 5 years on the public highway dealing with the fight against crime, the management of systems for maintenance of order during major demonstrations or major events and the management of the unit human resources. She now works for the Ministry of the Interior, within the National Coordination for the Security of the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games and of the Major International Sporting Events (CNSJ-GESI) as Head Deputy of the Safety and Security Pole for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

David Broughton

Sports Business Journal

Charles Burns

Uber

Damian Bush

SportsHub

Over 25 years of leadership experience and knowledge of the events industry. He possesses an excellent track record of stakeholder management at business, government, royal and military levels, and an extensive practical background in planning and provision of events across a variety of venues previously in the UK and now in Singapore. Prior to Singapore, he worked on the London 2012 Summer Olympics as Venue General Manager, and held positions with London Venues and contracting services in the events industry.

 

Operating now as the Managing Director for the Singapore Sports Hub through Spectra Venue Management Services, overseeing the provision of all commercial aspects, programming, marketing, experience sports landscape and multiple venues across a 35-hectare campus.

The Singapore Sports Hub venues include a 55k multipurpose National Stadium, 12k Indoor Stadium, 3k Aquatic Centre, Sports Halls, Gyms, Water Sports Centre and much more with a team of over 140 staff. The Sports Hub runs over 200 events per year and has an event footfall in excess of 3 million.

Jeff Chapman

Babel Street

Jeff Chapman is the Chief Executive Officer of Babel Street, a firm specializing in real-time situational awareness and intelligence on global topics of interest. Prior to founding Babel Street, the President of United States appointed Mr. Chapman as the Deputy Executive Secretary for Economics and Finance at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. In that capacity, he developed financial strategies concerning the government overhaul of domestic capital markets and terrorism finance regulations. Before accepting his appointment to Treasury, he co-founded, led, and sold a software and consulting firm formed to meet post-9/11 needs of homeland and national security. Mr. Chapman is a former naval intelligence officer and decorated combat veteran. He is an alumnus of the United States Naval Academy and holds graduate degrees from the University of Virginia and Harvard University. Mr. Chapman is as an Adjunct Professor at the U.S. Air Force Special Operations School where he lectures on topics such as terrorism and geopolitics of the Middle East

Joe Coomer

AMB Sports & Entertainment

In March of 2018, Joe Coomer, was promoted to Vice-President of AMB Sports & Entertainment with responsibility of overseeing all the security aspects of the Atlanta Falcons (NFL), Atlanta United (MLS), and Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Coomer joined the AMB Sports & Entertainment group as the Director, Security at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in 2015. Joe was responsible for the security and public safety elements of guests attending events at the stadium. Responsibilities at the stadium ranged from the day-to-day security operation, the strategic planning of mega-events hosted at the stadium, oversight of law enforcement, managing medical services, and overseeing the implementation of the NFL Best Practices and the NFL Code of Fan Conduct.

Prior to joining AMB Sports & Entertainment, Coomer was the Director of Security & Services at University of Phoenix Stadium from 2008 to 2015, after having served seven years as Director of Security for the Indiana Convention Center and RCA Dome/Lucas Oil Stadium. Mr. Coomer is the recipient of the 2013 and 2015 National Center of Spectator Sport Safety and Security (NCS4) Facility of Merit Award, given to the NFL Stadium selected as the highest performing regarding fan security, and was recognized by NCS4 in 2015 with the Industry Leader Under 40 award. Most recently, Mercedes-Benz Stadium achieved the 2019 Facility of Merit Award from MLS.

From 1996 to 2001 and 2008 to 2015 Coomer worked over 300+ concerts and festivals at Live Nation and AEG operated venues with specific duties to artist close security, quality control of venues associates, and leadership training for new supervisors and managers. At the University of Phoenix Stadium and Mercedes-Benz Stadium Joe spearheaded and was successful accomplishing DHS Safety Act protection for both venues.

Joe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Safety and Emergency Management from Grand Canyon University where he graduated summa cum laude in 2015. In 2017, he achieved Certified Sports Security Professional (CSSP) accreditation from the University of Southern Mississippi and NCS4 that demonstrates his expert knowledge of crowd management and security in the professional sports industry.

Mario Coutinho

Toronto Blue Jays

Peter Dalton

Innovation Institute, UK Office

Pete is a former Police Commander; with contemporary experience in Specialist Operations. He has planned & commanded events of International significance including the Royal Wedding of Prince Henry of Wales and Miss Meghan Markle, visit of President Trump, Ceremonial Events and high-profile International sporting events.

Pete is a Counter Terrorism & Protective Security proffesional, providing advice and developing Protective Security plans to minimise and manage threats towards events.

Pete is engaged with the National Centre for Spectator Sport Safety & Security (NCS4) and Interpol developing the International Sports Safety & Security Training Programme, delivering capability and capacity for Major International Sporting Event Command.

As a Protective Security and Major International Sporting Events Command consultant Pete delivers command level training and provides keynote presentations on Protective Security Concepts of Operations around the World. He supports International clients to design, develop and deliver complex readiness & testing exercises.

 

David Eads

Pasadena Tournament of Roses

David Eads joined the Tournament of Roses® as Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer in February, 2017. The Tournament of Roses is a non-profit, volunteer organization that brings people together through the Rose Parade® and Rose Bowl Game® creating America’s New Year Celebration®. Eads leads a year-round staff of 35 professionals and provides a strategic vision in community relations, finance, marketing and communications, membership services, parade and game operations, procurement and facilities, and strategic partnerships. Together with the staff, Eads supports the 935 volunteer members of the Tournament of Roses Association. He works with the Executive Committee and members to fulfill the mission of the Tournament by creating premiere events and providing meaningful experiences to enrich the lives of people and organizations. Before joining the Tournament, David held senior executive roles at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce since 2000, overseeing public policy, membership development, programs and events, marketing and communications, global initiatives, leadership programs, facilities management, finance, IT, administration and human resources. Prior to his move to Los Angeles in 2000, Eads served as the executive vice president of the Wichita Convention and Visitors Bureau in Wichita, Kansas. During his 12 years with the Bureau, Eads managed and directed the sales and marketing programs of the Bureau, coordinated the development of the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission, and opened the city’s first visitor information center. Eads has always demonstrated a strong personal commitment to the community in which he lives and works. As a long-standing community advocate, Eads has participated in both philanthropic and business related activities. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Southern California Leadership Network and NextLA. Eads has previously served on the board of Friends of the Hollywood Central Park Foundation, Community Advisory Board for The GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE and the Wichita State University National Alumni Association. Eads earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree in marketing and his M.B.A. from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas.

Rick Fenton

Ilitichholdings Corperation

In June 2000, Richard Fenton joined Ilitch Holdings as the Senior Director for Corporate Security, Safety, and Investigations and was promoted to Vice President of Corporate Security in 2005 and achieved the title of Chief Security Officer in 2018.  Rick oversees/directs all corporate security and safety functions, venue security and safety, security systems, corporate loss prevention, investigations, and executive services across all the Ilitch Companies.

In addition to overseeing Ilitch Holding Corporate Security, Rick led Corporate efforts for DHS SAFETY Act Certification for the Security Program at Comerica Park / Detroit Tigers and the Security Design at the Little Caesars Arena/ Detroit Red Wings. He also directed the achievement of SAFETY Act and NCS4 SESA Designation for Joe Louis Arena / Little Caesars Arena Security Program. Rick is additionally the National Chairman for the NCS4 National Advisory Board.

Prior to his work with Ilitch Holdings, Richard retired as the Executive Commander of the Wayne County Sheriff Department in May 2000 after more than twenty-seven (27) years of service.  Rick also served as Police Chief/Commander at Detroit Metro and Willow Run Airports for seven (7) years. 

In addition to his lengthy law enforcement career, Rick has been part of the adjunct faculty at Eastern Michigan University for eighteen (18) years teaching in the Interdisciplinary Technology Department and School of Police Staff & Command.  Additionally, he’s been a guest instructor at the Northwestern University Traffic Institute/School of Police Staff and Command as well as the FBI National Academy.  

Rick is the Co-Founder of the innovative and successful Public Safety/Private Security Partnership, “LIGHTHOUSE PROGRAM.”  The “LIGHTHOUSE PROGRAM” is a multifaceted Law Enforcement/Private Security program developed for the City of Detroit’s Central Business District with the goal of enhancing the safety and security of this “vibrant area” for guests, patrons, employees and residents through cooperative and coordinated private/public partnerships of security and law enforcement entities serving the area. 

Rick graduated from Wayne State University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science of Degree and earned his Master of Arts degree from Eastern Michigan University in 1978.  He is also a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy (NA) and the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC). 

Brian Finch

Pillsbury Law

Brian Finch is a partner in the Washington, DC office of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, where he serves as co-chair of the firm’s Cybersecurity and Global Security practices. Brian is also a leading authority on the SAFETY Act, a federal statute that can provide liability protection to companies following a terrorist or cyber-attack.

Brian is a Visiting Legal Fellow at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC, and also is a senior advisor to the Homeland Security and Defense Business Council.

Brian regularly speaks and writes on security issues, and has written articles for the Wall Street Journal, Politico, The Hill, and other publications.

Paul Foster

Innovation Intitute, UK Office

Paul is an internationally recognized thought leader and expert in crowd management, operational planning, and innovation for major events and urban environments.

As the Founder of OnePlan, Paul leads a team of event planning experts and development team to deliver an integrated event planning platform that creates a digital environment for event planners, suppliers and event hosts to interact collaboratively to develop site plans in real-time.

OnePlan was developed in collaboration with some of the leading event and safety and security experts in the world. It provides a cloud-based solution for event management professionals to automate the planning, implementation and management of events seamlessly and affordably solving critical event management challenges.

Prior to this, Paul was a founding partner of FOAMHAND – the Movement Management Consultancy.  He supported clients throughout the entire major event lifecycle, providing a range of services and consultancy support, including Crowd Demand Analysis & Modelling Movement Management (Transport and People), Operational Planning & Readiness, and Event Delivery & Games-time Resourcing. 

As a crowd management specialist, Paul is a crowd management SME and tutor for INTERPOL.  He has worked on 6 Olympic Games, 2 Commonwealth Games the Qatar 2022 FIFATM World Cup and is currently an expert advisor Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games organising committee.

Paul also has experience in local and central government having working at a senior level in the UK government advising ministers on matters relating to the London 2012 Games.

Richard Giller

Pillsbury Law

Gregory Gillin

Live Nation

Greg is a globally experienced Stadium Operations professional who has worked in senior roles for many internationally renowned venues and events.

 

Greg joined the Live Nation team in January 2015 and is responsible for securing, development and mobilisation of the venue portfolio within the APAC region.

 

Prior to joining Live Nation Greg was engaged as the Senior Director of Stadia for the Singapore Sports Hub. His main responsibilities included liaising with the construction team to ensure the success delivery of the Sports and Entertainment precinct. Upon completion, develop and train a Singaporean team to manage the National Stadium and Singapore Indoor Stadium venue operations responsibilities (FM, Pitch, Operations, Crowd and Risk Management).

 

Before to relocating to Singapore Greg was employed by the FA Group as the Stadium Operations Director overseeing the Facilities, Technical Services, Pitch Management, Security, H&S and Event Day Compliance (stewarding, response and medical) teams of Wembley National Stadium and the English FA’s St Georges Park facility . During his time with Wembley Greg also managed a number of stadia design verification consultancy projects in Russia and Qatar for the 2018 and 2022 Football World Cups and undertook a Football Stadia and security review on three local stadia for Mexico City Congress.

 

Prior to joining Wembley, Greg was engaged in the UK as the Global Facilities Manager for Skype and Group Facilities Manager for Northgate Information Solutions managing the FM and Property management needs of multiple sites throughout the world.

 

Originally from Australia, Greg is a qualified Mechanical Engineer and spent 12 years employed by the largest sports and entertainment precinct in the southern hemisphere, Melbourne and Olympic Parks, which comprises two operable roof arenas and a multi-use stadium. Greg’s role while employed at MOPT include the direct management of the Maintenance, Operations, Grounds, Event Management and Crowd Safety teams. During this period, Greg was heavily involved with all aspects of the operational and venue management for in excess of 3500 major events including the Australian Open Grand Slam Tennis tournament, Commonwealth and Olympic Games, National Rugby, Basketball, Cycling and Football, World Championship Gymnastics, Cycling and Swimming and countless international music events.

Paulo Gomes

Council of Europe

Paulo Gomes is a police commissioner from the Portuguese National Police. He is seconded by his country to the Council of Europe, where he has been working for four years as senior programme manager at the Sports Conventions Division. He has been dealing in particular with the promotion and implementation of the two Council of Europe conventions on sport-related violence and security: the 1985 Spectator Violence Convention and the Convention on safety, security and service at football and other sports events (Saint-Denis Convention). He is also the manager of Project «Qatar 2022», on the safety, security and service preparations for the FIFA Soccer World Cup 2022 in Qatar. As Council of Europe official, he regularly cooperates with Interpol’s Project «Stadia», FIFA, UEFA, SGSA, European-wide fans’ associations and other relevant stakeholders.

Paulo is the former National Police Director of Portugal. During his 35-year police career, he was regularly dealing with the topic of policing of major events. He started more than 30 years ago as match police commander for the 1er Soccer League. Since 1998 and for a decade, he represented the Portuguese Homeland Department at the national multiagency coordination body responsible for preventing and countering football-related violence. He was the deputy head of

the National Committee on Safety and Security of Soccer UEFA EURO 2004 and the 2006 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, both held in Portugal. At the operational level, he was the head of the Portuguese police delegations at 2006 FIFA Soccer World Cup in Germany and UEFA Soccer EURO 2008 in Austria and Switzerland.

At the European and international levels, between 2000 and 2012 he was successively head of the Portuguese national delegation, vice-chair and chair of the Council of Europe’s Standing Committee of the Spectator Violence Convention (the T-RV Committee). He also represented Portugal at the European Union level, in the field of sports and international police cooperation. He was also co-founder and head of the Portuguese national delegation at the European Football Safety and Security Experts Group (the European Think Thank). Under the aegis of the United Nations and the European Union, he led the Portuguese party in various global research projects in the field of security and safety of international major events. Currently, he represents the Council of Europe in the United Nations Global Programme on the Security of Major Sporting Events and the Promotion of Sport and Its Values as a Tool to Prevent Violent Extremism.

Tilman Jolly

Aveshka Group

Dr. Jolly is a board-certified emergency physician with a wide range of clinical, government, special event, and private sector experience. He is currently Chief Medical Officer of Aveshka, Inc., where he directly supports clients by providing clinical leadership and direction for all public health and healthcare matters. His current consulting work includes leadership of the Telemedicine Work Group for COVID-19 response as a Senior Emergency Care Consultant to the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at HHS, while also supporting other government and private sector clients during the public health emergency.

From 2012-1019 Dr. Jolly served as Chief Medical Officer of SOC Telemed, the nation’s largest specialty telemedicine provider. In that role he led medical staff management, clinical quality, and clinical operations development.  Prior to this telemedicine leadership position he held senior positions within the Department of Homeland Security from 2006-2011 including Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Associate Chief Medical Officer within the Office of Health Affairs (OHA) and Senior Science Advisor in the National Exercise Division of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). At FEMA he coordinated modeling and simulation activities for exercise development, and at OHA guided development of the medical readiness portfolio for DHS including biodefense coordination and nuclear defense modeling and communications.

Dr. Jolly previously worked with the National Football League as a member of the medical staff for eleven Super Bowls (XXXVI-XLVI) overseeing coordination of emergency management, public health, and medical preparedness, along with representing the NFL in exercises related to terrorist and other threats.  In this capacity he directly supported security, operations, and event management staff at major venues around the country and participated in the development of NFL Best Practices for Stadium Security. 

Dr. Jolly has practiced emergency medicine in the Washington DC area for 27 years.  He currently practices at Inova Fairfax Hospital, the largest facility within the leading health system in Northern Virginia.  He holds a faculty appointment as Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at the George Washington University.   Dr. Jolly is a graduate of the University of North Carolina (Morehead Scholar) and the Wake Forest University School of Medicine.  He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at the combined Georgetown/George Washington University Residency Program. 

Casey Lane

Penske Entertainment

Casey Lane – Chief Revenue Officer, Penske Entertainment

 

Casey oversees all sponsorship sales and servicing for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  He is also responsible for licensing both properties for merchandise, video games and other consumer products.  He came to Indianapolis in April of 2019 after a more than 15 year career in sports with R&R Partners in Las Vegas and then Professional Bull Riders in Colorado.  Casey prides himself on building strong, programmatic partnerships that integrate a variety of deliverables from hospitality to branding to content; all supporting a common message.  A California native, Casey now resides in Zionsville, Indiana with his wife Kate and their 3 children.

Matt Kastel

Stadium Managers Association

Matthew Kastel is currently the Stadium Manager at Oriole Park at Camden Yards and President of the Board of Directors for the Stadium Managers Association.

 

In addition, Matt is on the Board of Advisors for Mt. St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland.  He is also co-author of Managing Sport Facilities with Gil Fried of the University of New Haven.

Chris Kemp

Innovation Institute, UK Office

Professor Chris Kemp is the CEO of Mind over Matter Consultancy.  He is known throughout the world as an expert on crowded space and the development of risk analysis processes for venues and events. He has addressed the House of Commons Select Committee on Olympic Security for the London 2012 Olympic Games, advised the Royal Society of Medicine on crush injuries, and was employed by the United Kingdom’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as their crowded space expert for the London Olympics. Chris has worked on major events including the Pope’s visit to Romania, the European Football Championships, and the Commonwealth Games. He has provided crowded space consultancy for six major London Stations as well as supporting the British Olympic coaching team for the Rio and Tokyo Games. Chris is well published and has written a series of crowded space books.

Zachary Klima

The Wait Times

As founder, CEO and creator of WaitTime, Zachary Klima leads the company’s global implementation strategy, overseeing partnerships with leading national and multinational organizations. From strategy to integration, he ensures the sophistication and seamless design of WaitTime is realized by each and every organization leveraging the technology. Klima concepted WaitTime in 2013 and was selected out of more than 100 applicants for participation in the rigorous Bizdom startup accelerator founded by Quicken Loan’s renowned executive Dan Gilbert. Previous to WaitTime, Klima was in the field of architecture, design and sales engineering." Under his leadership, WaitTime has forged partnerships with some of the most major sports organizations in the world that are currently using the artificial intelligence technology to reduce wait times and create better customer experiences, resulting in increased efficiency for the venues. Klima has a Master of Architecture from the University of Detroit Mercy. As an entrepreneur, Klima have taken an idea, carefully constructed a globally connected top of industry team, and has made it into a market force technology. He is an avid advocate of the gentrification of Detroit, and feels lucky to be part of the movement.

Pranav Kothari

Rock Family of Companies

Steve Kulp

Sports Monitor

Steve Kulp is a Director at Kantar, where he works with clients of all shapes and sizes to help them answer the difficult questions that will help them drive their business forward.

With Sports MONITOR, Steve is focused on helping sports-minded clients understand what makes fans tick. Looking beyond simple demographics and behaviors, Steve seeks to identify the attitudes and values that shape who fans are as people.  

 

Prior to joining Kantar, Steve spent over two decades working as a researcher and strategist and holds a master’s degree in mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

 

When he’s not working, Steve is a husband, father, cyclist, music-lover, and all-around good party guest. Based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, it should come as no surprise that he’s also a college basketball fan who never misses a moment of Tarheels’ action.

Joe Lewis

Joe Lewis Company

Over the last 20 years, Joe Lewis has been involved in live television and event production, working as the driving force behind some of the biggest live fan experiences television events, and sporting events in the world.

With humble beginnings in the mailroom of Sony Pictures, Joe fought through the ranks of the entertainment industry to build a full-service production, design, build and event business, Joe Lewis Company (JLC).  In late 2019, JLC became the majority investor in television format leader Small World International and launched a partnership with a leading hologram platform PORTL.

The firm boasts a world-class, multi-disciplinary tribe; all armed with a wide range of in-house resources and services.  In addition to the top TV and Film Studios, some clients include the NFL, Oscars, MGM, Netflix, LA Chargers, AEG, MAC Cosmetics, ViacomCBS, NBA, BET Networks, Warner Media Group and William Morris / Endeavor among others.

In addition to leading JLC, Joe serves as Producer of The Oscars Pre Show, Grammy Awards Red Carpet, and the Special Olympics World Games.  He is an Entertainment Advisor for the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4).  In March 2020, he launched the Entertainment Industry Resource as a single-source COVID-19 health & safety services compliance resource for productions and events.  He is passionate in his support of Special Olympics International and his scholarship fund supporting students with unique potential – Big Dreams.

Ryan McConnell

Sports Monitor

Ryan McConnell is the lead product manager for Kantar’s North American MONITOR suite of syndicated consumer insights products. His role is to lead the content, marketing, renewal, and acquisition strategies for MONITOR’s 150+ clients.

Ryan began his career in marketing and advertising in 1999 as a media planner at Ogilvy & Mather. After a stint as a consumer strategist at the media planning agency Carat, Ryan earned his master’s degree in journalism at New York University and worked as a reporter at MLB.com and Advertising Age prior to joining The Futures Company – which later became Kantar – in 2008.

Ryan’s passion for helping his clients grow their business through consumer insights as well as his interest in sports led him to spearhead the launch of Sports MONITOR in March 2020.

When not contemplating the intersection of consumers, culture, and commerce, Ryan enjoys traveling, rooting for the hapless New York Knicks, Mets, and Jets franchises, and spending time with his two kids, Cassidy (12 going on 16) and Benjamin (9). He lives in Durham, North Carolina.

Jim Mercurio

San Francisco 49'ers

Jim Mercurio is in his 27th year with the San Francisco 49ers and his second as executive vice president & general manager, Levi’s Stadium. Previously, he served six years as vice president, stadium operations & general manager. In his current role, Mercurio oversees all aspects of stadium & event operations including executive oversight of the food and beverage operations, engineering, grounds, guest services, housekeeping, operations & logistics, parking and transportation. He additionally manages all police and security services, including 24/7 stadium security operations, and game & event day medical services, working with various local, state and federal governmental agencies.

Mercurio worked with design firm HNTB and builder TDJV Turner/Devcon to get Levi’s Stadium designed, built and fully operational ahead of schedule and under budget.  Levi’s Stadium has played host to high profile events including the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship, the NHL Stadium Series, WrestleMania 31, Copa America Centenario, and Super Bowl 50. Mercurio was instrumental in working with the bid committee to get the Super Bowl’s golden anniversary to the Bay Area in February 2016, which is billed as one of the most successful Super Bowls in NFL history and has set records across the board including transferring 10.1 TB of data Super Bowl Sunday. Under Mercurio’s leadership, Levi’s Stadium has garnered international recognition, most notably the prestigious Sports Business Journal 2015 Sports Facility of the Year award, as well as a number of green and sustainability honors.  

Prior to being named vice president in 2009, Mercurio spent four years as the director of stadium operations for the 49ers at Candlestick Park. 

During his 49ers tenure, Mercurio has become an NFL leader in security and stadium management. He developed the stadium emergency evacuation video for the 49ers that has since been mirrored by arenas and stadiums affiliated with the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, and NCAA. 

In August 2005, Mercurio was influential in aiding the California Department of Homeland Security officials in the first Large Stadium Initiative Program (LSI). Having taken part in the development of the Best Practices for NFL Security, he presented to security and operational professionals affiliated with large stadiums and arenas in the State of California. 

Born in San Francisco, CA, Mercurio graduated from Pacifica’s Oceana High School in 1989, before attending Canada College in Redwood City, where he earned an AA degree in 1991. A graduate of the University of Pacific in 1993, he obtained his B.A. degree in public relations with a minor in broadcasting. Mercurio went on to earn a master’s degree in sport administration and management from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY, in May of 2001. In 2005, Mercurio was selected to complete an NFL Executive Program for Managers at Stanford University. He served on the Santa Clara Board of Visitors and Convention Bureau from 2012-2015.  He is currently a member of the Stadium Managers Association and is an inductee into the Pacifica Sports Hall of Fame. In July 2016, Mercurio was honored with the prestigious National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) Professional of the Year Award, which recognizes a professional in the field who has enhanced venue safety and security operations. Mercurio currently serves on the NCS4 Board of Directors and concurrently serves as the Chair of the NFL’s Stadium Security Committee. 

Mercurio and his wife, Teri, reside in Vacaville, California.

Larry Naifeh

University of Oklahoma

In his 34th year with the University of Oklahoma is Executive Associate Athletics Director Larry Naifeh. He began his service to the University in January 1986 as a member of OU's legal counsel staff.

Naifeh's association with the athletics department began in September 1991, when he was named compliance officer. Twice since May 1996, Naifeh has served the University as interim athletics director.

For the past several years, Naifeh's areas of responsibility for the athletics department include senior administration team, contracts and other legal issues, capital improvement projects and funding, fiscal and strategic planning, facilities and event operations and security, risk management, the men's and women's golf programs, and special projects.  Naifeh is also an Adjunct Professor in the College of Education Master’s Degree in Higher Education Program teaching Legal Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics Administration.

The Athletic Department's recent $500,000,000-plus in capital improvement projects for all sports have been coordinated and supervised by Naifeh and have included the expansion and renovation projects at the Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium; the Barry Switzer Center; the Lloyd Noble Center team facilities and additions; Headington Hall housing, the Everest Indoor Training Center; the McCasland Field House; the Charlie Coe Center for Golf; John Jacobs Track; Mosier Indoor; the Bud Wilkinson football team and practice facilities; the Wadley Indoor Tennis facility as well as other projects for the soccer, tennis, volleyball, wrestling, softball, baseball, rowing, and gymnastics programs.

Naifeh is a member of the National Advisory Board for the National Center for Sport Spectator Safety and Security (NCS4).  In 2013 he was named the NCS4 Professional of the Year and is a regular presenter at the NCS4 National Conference.

Naifeh was the recipient of the 2009 All-American Football Foundation Outstanding Executive Associate Athletics Director Award.

Naifeh came to OU after serving seven years as assistant city attorney for the City of Oklahoma City. He has been a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, the Cleveland County Bar Association, the National Association of College and University Attorneys, and is a past chairman of Cleveland County Court Appointed Special Advocates.

A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Naifeh holds a bachelor's degree in law enforcement administration and a juris doctorate. While in college, he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega social fraternity, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and Phi Beta Kappa, and was a Robert Dean Bass Scholar.

A member of the Oklahoma University Rugby Club, Naifeh competed at the US National level and toured several countries during his playing career.  He coached the U.S. Western Territory Rugby Team to eight (8) National Championships. In 2002, Naifeh served as the National Team Coach for the United States Collegiate All-American National Team on a winning tour of South Africa, a world power in the sport.

Naifeh's family includes his wife, Mary, daughter Tyson, daughter Jessica and son-in-law Josh Blyden, and granddaughters Isabelle Grace and Evelyn Rose Blyden.

Robert Nied

Golden State Warriors

Robert Nied, MD is the medical director of the Sports Medicine Center at Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco. He holds several leadership positions in the Permanente Medical Group as well as academic affiliations with UCSF and Touro Medical School. He is board certified in Family Medicine and Sports Medicine. He is currently the team physician for the NBA Golden State Warriors.

Michael O'Connell

Critical Insights Consultancy

Vincent Pereira

ASO, Le Tour de France

Vincent Pereira, 31 years old, is the global head of digital of A.S.O since October 2018

 

After 10 years in digital industry and a special focus in sports working for big brands like Paris Saint-Germain, Nike, UEFA, Manchester City, adidas or Microsoft, Vincent joined A.S.O to develop all the digital activities on all the sports universe. 

 

His team is in charge of platforms, CRM, Digital business, E-commece and innovation topics and he build a special relationship with NTT on several projets.

 

Caring father and sports fanatic, Vincent practices many sports discipline.

 

Michael Roberts

Melbourne Cricket Club

John Sheehan

Pan Stadia Magazine

John Sheehan is a journalist and editor with more than 25 years of experience. He started his career in newspapers and worked for the Press Association news agency before moving on to the business sector and trade publications in the stadia and leisure sectors. He is editor of Panstadia & Arena Management magazine

 

John Sheehan is a journalist and editor with more than 25 years of experience. He started his career in newspapers and worked for the Press Association news agency before moving on to the business sector and trade publications in the stadia and leisure sectors. He is editor of Panstadia & Arena Management magazine

Russ Simons

Venue Solutions

For more than 35 years, Russ Simons has been involved in nearly every facet of the sports and entertainment facility industry including design, construction and management. At Venue Solutions Group (VSG), Russ directs the firm’s safety, security, risk and crowd management operations. He works with operators at every level from college to every major professional league.

Russ is a member of the International Association of Assembly Managers (IAVM), and has served on the Board of Directors and Life Safety Council. He is a founder and instructor of the IAVM’s Academy for Venue Safety and Security and is an Instructor and former Chairman of the Board of Regents of IAVM’s Venue Management School at Oglebay. Russ continues to work on industry Safety and Security issues having recently led webinars on Ebola and Civil Disobedience and Demonstrations. He is a 2004 recipient of the GIGI Award of Excellence and member of the Event, Sales and Marketing Hall of Fame. He serves on the Board of Advisors for the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security. He is currently the independent security consultant to the National Hockey League. Russ is a member of IFMA and the Stadium Managers Association.

Russ currently serves as the chairman of the Department of Homeland Security Public Assembly Facility Sub-Sector for Commercial Facilities. He is a former volunteer firefighter, instructor at the Hartford County Fire Training Center, and an Emergency Medical Technician. 

Russ is the architect of the Walmart “Black Friday” crowd management plan, including the development and training of over 1.6 million Walmart Associates in more than 4,000 Walmart stores in the United States. Russ’ plan is now standard operating practice for all Walmart “Retailtainment” events.

Prior to creating Venue Solutions Group, Russ was a Senior Principal with the global design firm Populous. There he managed the firm’s facility operations, evaluation and analysis group which assisted public assembly venues in the renovation and development of new facilities. He also worked closely with designers and architects as they created functional and secure sports and entertainment facilities. Russ’ previous positions include: Senior Vice President and General Manager of Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, home to the NHL Nashville Predators as well as Senior Vice President of Powers Management and President of Powers Solutions, a professional sports and entertainment facility consulting company.

Jeff Steele

Auburn University

Paul Turner

AT&T Stadium

Paul Turner, CFE, CSSP is Senior Director of Event Operations for the Dallas Cowboys and AT&T Stadium where he oversees event management event and venue security and public services for all events at AT&T Stadium. He was part of the stadium planning group during construction and was responsible for the development of the stadium operations department. In his 30 years in the venue management industry, Paul has developed and led numerous guest, event and security services operations in performing arts centers, arenas and stadiums.

 

He has previously held positions with the NFL Philadelphia Eagles, the NBA Portland Trailblazers, Theatre Projects Consultants and the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts in Southern California. Paul is active in the venue management industry and is a member of the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) and the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) where he serves on their National Advisory Board and is a past Chair of their Professional Certifications Commission. Paul is an instructor and former chair of the Academy for Venue Safety and Security (AVSS). He currently serves as a faculty member and Vice Chair of the Venue Management School (VMS). In 2015 Paul received the Distinguished Leadership Award from NCS4 and he is a 2017 recipient of the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award. He was recognized as a facility manager “Power Player” by the Sports Business Journal and as an All Star by VenuesNow magazine in 2019.

 

Paul is well known for developing industry standards and practices for customer service, event management, security and venue operations. He has created many training and development programs and has presented at industry conferences in the United States, Northern Ireland, Germany, Australia and the Middle East.

Pascal Viot

Paleo Festival

Active in the event safety management since 1992, Pascal Viot has been involved in Safety and Security of numerous of sport (football), cultural (concerts, festivals) or business (conferences, exhibitions) events on various scales, in Switzerland and across Europe. Specialized in crowd management and emergency planning, he has been asked to develop and manage the emergency procedures and the crisis management plan of major concerts or events like the Rolling Stones in Lausanne and The Police in Geneva (2007), Dalai Lama conferences in Lausanne (2009) and Sonisphere Festival Yverdon (2012). As an expert, he has been recently mandated for consulting and training by major event organizers like Eurockéennes de Belfort (2013), Montreux Jazz Festival (2015-2016), Fête de la Musique in Geneva (2015 to 2017) and Rock-en-Seine Festival in Paris (2016 to 2018).

Being also a sociologist and a researcher in the field of risk and urban safety analysis, he was between 2000 and 2006 a lecturer in several French universities. Between 2006 and 2009, he has lead a collective research (financed by the FIFA) at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) on the Security of Major Events, including the case study of the Euro 2008 in Geneva. He achieved his PhD in 2013 with a research project dealing with urbanism and security during major events (https://infoscience.epfl.ch/record/186847?ln=en). Between 2013 and 2016, he has been running a research with Prof. Olivier Fillieule at the University of Lausanne on public order management and policing of major gatherings. He is now Associate researcher at the Urban Sociology Laboratory at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.

After 15 years of collaboration as volunteer at Paleo Festival Nyon, including a position as Security manager of the main stage for 5 years, Pascal Viot is now Head of Department Safety, Security & Services, including management of security and safety, first aid, road traffic control, public transport and camping facilities. In 2016, he created iSSUE, the Swiss Institut for Urban and Event Safety (www.issue.ch). Being a member since 2006, he is now leading the Yourope Event Safety Group alongside Henrik Bondo Nielsen from Roskilde Festival (Denmark), influencing and promoting best practices in this field across Europe.

Stu Weiss

New York Marathon

Dr. Stuart Weiss is an internationally known expert in the fields of business continuity, disaster and pandemic planning for large gatherings and special events. He is the founder of Intelligent Crowd Solutions, a consulting company specializing in business continuity planning, exercise development, and crisis management for special event and event production clients. Dr. Weiss serves as the medical director for several world-renowned events and has written numerous business continuity plans. Dr. Weiss serves on numerous CoViD-19 taskforces looking at business re-opening/re-imagining. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics and is a Certified Business Continuity Professional.

Donny White

Statisfi Lab

Don White is the CEO and Co-Founder of Satisfi Labs. He is a business strategist and entrepreneur with a long history of bridging complex technology solutions with client needs. Don is a key voice in the Artificial Intelligence start-up community, regularly providing commentary around the future of AI and its impact on our lives and commerce. Under White’s leadership, Satisfi Labs has grown exponentially YOY by building strategic partnerships across key industries in sports, entertainment, and tourism and acquired investment from Google, MLB, and Red Light Management. Prior to Satisfi Labs, Don spent 15 years at Bloomberg in key roles including Head of Research & Strategy, Head of Product, and Head of Sales for the Americas. Eventually making the jump into the start-up world, he was brought on as VP of Sales for Datahug, a SaaS company that provided sales analytics and predictive forecasting, in order to set them up for acquisition by SAP. He holds an MBA from Cornell University and a BBA from Baruch College.

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    within your booth, which attendees can download and save to their virtual briefcase
  • A direct link to your company website, case studies, social media accounts and more
  • View who is currently is at your booth and chat 1 on 1 via written message, audio or video chat
  • Create a group discussion so attendees can view questions from others and engage
  • Exhibitors will have access to post event data regarding attendee engagement with your booth
  • Each booth comes with two complimentary registrations to the conference & Expo
    (a $220 value)
Re-imagining the new sports and entertainment paradigm is extremely critical and timely than ever, which is why the Innovation Institute will present a lineup of international thought leaders who are experiencing early stages of the anticipated “new normal” world. They are pioneering how sports and entertainment will function in the years to come. Our cadre of outstanding speakers will analyze the advancements of carrying out a future business model and how these operational methods will shape the sports and entertainment risk and future landscape.
Dr. Lou Marciani
Director and Co-Founder
Innovation Institute for Fan Experience

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