AVSS 2022 Faculty 

Program Faculty - Subject Matter Experts

Akmal Ali
Former Deputy Director of the SAFETY Act Office, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Akmal is the former Deputy Director of the SAFETY Act Office within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). During his tenure, Akmal played a vital role in leading DHS’s expansion of the SAFETY Act program to include extending coverage to the sports and entertainment industries. Akmal assisted in the development of the evaluation process by which DHS analyses venue operators for effective security programs. This evaluation process is leveraged by DHS today in their evaluation of SAFETY Act applications from operators of venues, including sports, entertainment, and convention centers.

Since departing DHS in 2011, Akmal has developed a proven and results-oriented security and risk management consulting practice that focuses on an array of security consulting services, such as policies and procedures development, identifying best practices, emergency response planning, technology foraging, and instituting program excellence governance programs. Most notably, Akmal guides companies in their pursuit of SAFETY Act. Among other awards, Akmal successfully represented the first ever professional sports venue (Yankee Stadium), first ever sports and entertainment arena (Madison Square Garden), first ever major airport (LaGuardia Airport), first ever bridge (George Washington Bridge), and first ever rail system (PATH Train System) to achieve SAFETY Act. Akmal’s clients include, but are not limited to, three major professional sports league offices and dozens of sports and entertainment venues across all the country.

Akmal graduated from Syracuse University College of Law where he earned a certificate from the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism.

Jessica Reid Bateman
Director of Security, Seattle Mariners

Jessica Bateman is the Director of Guest Relations and Event Security at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. Bateman is responsible for the safety and comfort of all guests visiting the facility and oversees the day-to-day operations of the guest relations, medical and event security teams. An experienced trainer, her expertise lies in customer service, safety and security practices. Bateman is also a Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management (TEAM) trainer.

Prior to moving to Washington, Bateman spent 14 years with the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League, where she started as a part-time usher before being promoted to Assistant Director of Guest Services and Security. Bateman was an integral part of the team that re-opened the Stifel Theatre (formerly Peabody Opera House) in 2011. 

Bateman previously taught venue management for Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Missouri and is a frequent guest lecturer. She takes pride in mentoring new members of the industry. Bateman is a graduate of the Disney Institute, which served as her inspiration in helping establish "Create Monumental Memories", a program that defines extraordinary customer service behaviors and teaches staff how to utilize them in everyday tasks at Capital One Arena.

Bateman had a busy, and successful, season in 2018 as both the Washington Capitals (NHL) and Washington Valor (AFL) won their respective championships.

David Born, CPP, CSSP
Security Consultant

David Born is a security consultant and solution-oriented professional with 25+ years of experience in security management.

David Born most recently was the Senior Director of Security for STAPLES Center. At the arena he oversaw security operations at the home of four professional sports franchises, the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers, the NHL's Los Angeles Kings and the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks. In addition, he oversaw security operations for the arena’s 30- 35 concerts annually, family shows, special events and other high-profile events that include the annual GRAMMY Awards.

Prior to STAPLES Center, Born served as the Director of Security for Dignity Health Sports Park (formerly StubHub Center) in Carson, California where he oversaw security staff and security operations at the home of Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy.

Prior to his time at StubHub Center, Born worked as the Senior Director of Guest Services and Security at Enterprise Center (formerly Scottrade Center) and the St. Louis Blues in St. Louis, Missouri. Before that Born also worked in executive facility positions with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres.

Born is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) with ASIS International and a Certified Sports Security Professional (CSSP) through the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4). He is also an active member of the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) and current faculty member of the Academy for Venue Safety and Security. He has been a speaker at numerous security and crowd management conferences.

Born has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from San Diego State University, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Post- Graduate Certificate in Security Management from Buckinghamshire New University.

Mark Camillo
Us Secret Service, Retired
Adjunct Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Mark Camillo began his career in law enforcement as a Special Agent in the U.S. Secret Service where he completed a distinguished 21-year career that included three separate assignments at the White House.  Following his final White House tour of duty, Mr. Camillo continued his advancement in the Secret Service being appointed to the position of Deputy Assistant Director, detailed to the headquarters of the newly created Department of Homeland Security. He continued working in critical assignments until his return to Secret Service headquarters where he was appointed the Chief Technology Officer for the agency.

Mr. Camillo held several key positions during his career in major event planning, but the most notable was being appointed the Olympic Coordinator for the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics. Under his direction, the Secret Service executed its mission through Presidential Executive Order to design, plan and implement the Federal operational security plan for the Games. The successful execution of this carefully designed preparedness and prevention plan was later identified by the White House Office of Homeland Security as an excellent model for future security designs at Events of National Significance known as National Special Security Events.

Camillo was appointed in 2013 to chair the Public Assembly Facilities Subsector Council, part of the Commercial Facilities Sector, established by the US Government in 2003 as a critical sector within the National Infrastructure Protection Plan. He currently chairs the DHS-sanctioned Commercial Facilities Sector Coordinating Council, which encompasses eight subsector councils.

Mr. Camillo is a well-known and respected subject matter expert in venue security and emergency preparedness.

Mark Herrera
Director of Education & Life-Safety, IAVM

Herrera is the Director of Safety and Security for the International Association of Venue Managers and recognized as one of the 25 most influential leaders in the meetings and event industry.   As part of his duties, Mark teaches Situational Awareness-Mindset training aimed at giving venues the tools to be safer and more secure.   The training emphasizes on Exceptional Focus, Performance, and Control in Extreme Situations and Risk Mitigation through Guest Services Interjection.

In addition, as the Director of Safety and Security for the International Association of Venue Mangers, Herrera represents the Department of Homeland Security Office of Infrastructure Protection as the current Chair for the Public Assembly Facility Sub-Sector Council.  As a representative of the Public Assemblies Facilities Sub-Sector Council he works in collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security and the Protective Security Advisor to identify capability gaps across soft target community, counter threats to the pattern of life, research technology to mitigate risk and provide information to protect our Public Facility Assemblies and all Critical Infrastructures.  

Herrera is also a seasoned law enforcement officer and trainer, having spent twenty years with the Hobbs, NM, Police Department in numerous roles including Patrol Officer, Detective for the Gang and Narcotics unit, Supervisor of the Crime Prevention Division, Field Training Officer, Honor Guard Commander, and Entry Team Leader and Tactical Sergeant for a Special Operations Unit known as S.W.A.T.  During this time, his responsibilities also included the development and implementation of security policies and procedures and security awareness programs for the Community of Hobbs.

Upon retiring from the police department, he leveraged his training background to implement security policies, procedures and training programs for the oil and gas industry and later worked as an instructor for the Department Homeland Security, training 3,000 armed pilots to defend against acts of terrorism involving criminal violence or air piracy.

Andy Jabbour
Managing Director, The Gate 15 Company

Andy is co-founder and Managing Director of The Gate 15 Company, where he oversees team projects providing Gate 15’s threat-informed and risk based approach to analysis, preparedness and operations in support of private sector and government partners across the critical infrastructure environment, including support to the several information sharing and analysis centers. He also presently serves as a member of the International Association of Venue Managers Venue Safety & Security Committee and as faculty for IAVM’s Academy for Venue Safety & Security, as well as serving as on the InfraGardNCRBoard.

He has 20 years of project and personnel management experience, with extensive experience working in the fields of analysis, operations and preparedness with public and private organizations. In addition to current projects with a variety of information sharing and analysis organizations and government partners, he has previously supported the DHS Office of Infrastructure Protection’s incident response, serving in the IP Incident Management Cell / Crisis Action Team during several incidents. Prior to founding Gate 15, Andy was employed by the FS-ISAC, the Battelle Memorial Institute, and Cintas Corporation. He served 8 years in the U.S. Army assigned to bases in the United States, Germany, Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

Andy graduated from George Mason University with a degree in Government and Politics and received his Masters degree in Management from Webster University. He skipped his college graduation to marry the former Michelle Wilson of Herndon, Virginia.  Andy and Michelle have two children, Thomas and Jackson Jabbour.  The family presently resides in Loudoun County, Virginia.

Ed Klima, CEM
Managing Partner, EventC2, LLC

Ed Klima is a certified emergency manager with over 25 years of public safety and event management experience. He currently serves as Managing Partner for EventC2, LLC; an event based emergency planning firm. 

As an emergency preparedness consultant specializing in special events he has worked on numerous major sporting and entertainment events, including the Philadelphia Eagles, the U.S. Open Tennis Championships, NFL Pro Bowl and Super Bowl where he has been a lead coordinator in the emergency planning process for the past thirteen years.  As the Senior Director of Public Safety and Track Operations for Dover Motorsports and Dover Downs Hotel and Casino he oversaw emergency preparedness planning and operations at several motorsports facilities across the U.S. as well as a comprehensive safety and security program for a multi-faceted sporting and entertainment complex in Delaware.  In addition, he specializes in emergency preparedness and capabilities assessments and the development of comprehensive public/private partnerships in emergency preparedness and response for large scale mass gathering events. 

As a public safety professional, he has nearly 30 years of experience as a fire fighter, hazardous material technician, EMT and fire inspector.  Mr. Klima has served as the External Affairs Director for the Congressional Fire Services Institute.  He is an original member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 610 Committee, Safety at Motorsports Venues and the NASCAR Security Council.  He has also served as Vice Chair for the IAVM Academy for Venue Safety and Security. A member of various state and local committees, Mr. Klima currently serves on the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisory Council for Delaware.

Mr. Klima holds two Bachelor degrees from the University of Delaware as well as a Masters degree in Public Safety Management from Saint Joseph’s University.

Billy Langenstein, CSSP
Director of Security Services and Investigation, NFL

Billy recently started his new job as Director of Investigations & Security Services with the National Football League.

Billy was previously with SMG at U.S. Bank Stadium as the Director of Event Services. He was specifically, responsible for security, public safety and emergency preparedness, medical services, transportation, guest experience and event oversight. Working closely with the Minnesota Vikings, MSFA and the entire community; his goal was to deliver a safe, clean and family experience at each event.

He spent five seasons with the Washington Nationals as the Director of Event Operations. He was specifically responsible for the day-to-day Guest Experience, Parking and Transportation, Housekeeping and overall event set up and break down operations. Prior to joining the Nationals, Billy worked as an Operations Assistant with Live Nation assisting with the event operations and production at many of their music venues.

A native of Philadelphia, Pa, Billy graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Master’s degree in Sports Management from Georgetown University. Billy is an NCS4 Industry Leader Under 40 award winner and achieved the Certified Sport Security Professional (CSSP)certification.  His commitment to the profession is vast as he is the Vice Chair of the Stadium Committee for the IAVM, Faculty Member for the Academy of Venue Safety and Security, Professional Sport Facilities Advisory Committee for the NCS4, member of the Event Safety Alliance and a Master Trainer for Team Coalition. His true passion is in the realm of professional development and leadership by taking continuing educational classes and sharing the knowledge with his colleagues and continuing to be a student in the industry.

Joe Levy, CVE
Chief Operating Officer, Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts
Chair, IAVM Venue Safety & Security Committee

Joe Levy is the current chair of the Venue Safety and Security Committee for IAVM which serves 7,000 members worldwide. He has been managing, building, and renovating cultural arts organizations since 1992, overseeing multi-million dollar operating budgets, extensive physical plant operations, multi-phased construction projects, and safety and security. 

Joe professional experience includes being executive vice president and deputy director for operations at The National September 11 Memorial & Museum; managing director of operations at Harlem’s World Famous Apollo Theater; director of operations at Kaufman Center, a renowned concert hall, NYC’s largest community arts school, and an innovative public school for musically gifted kids; director of operations of the international creative marketing agency Jack Morton Worldwide; director of production and facility management for The Public Theatre/New York Shakespeare Festival, managing all production and operations departments; and production manager for the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia. 

The Apollo, The Public Theater, and The Walnut Street Theatre are all on the National Registry of Historic Places, giving Levy extensive experience in working with historic buildings and the unique development challenges they present. Levy was also owner and operator of Radiant Construction; a contracting, construction management, and capital project consultancy committed to green-building practices. Both managing and constructing public assembly venues has provided Levy with an abundance of experience related to the ever-changing needs and challenges of safety and security. 

The International Association of Venue Managers honored Levy's leadership, service, commitment, and contributions to the area of safety and security with the Chair’s Citation at the 2017 annual IAVM conference, recognizing Levy’s commitment to the issue. 

Levy received his Certified Venue Executive designation in 2018 from the International Association of Venue Managers. 

Kevin Mattingly, CVE
Deputy Convention Center Director, Phoenix Convention Center & Venues

Kevin Mattingly is Deputy Director at the Phoenix Convention Center and Venues, a complex of convention center and performing arts venues in downtown Phoenix, Arizona.  As Director of the Venue Operations Division, Kevin’s responsibilities include event planning, event management, sales and marketing of theatrical venues, theatrical production services, security operations and budget oversight for the convention center and theaters. Kevin is recognized by the International Association of Venue Managers as a Certified Venue Executive (CVE). He also holds a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership, with distinction.

Kevin retired from the Scottsdale, Arizona police department as Deputy Chief for Investigations. His career in law enforcement brought a wide range of experience in investigations, training, emergency management and organizational leadership. He was incident commander, using IMS protocols, for natural disaster response and active crime scenes. In 1995, Kevin responded to the Oklahoma City bombing and the deliberate derailment of Amtrak’s “Sunset Limited” passenger train.

Kevin is active in the International Association of Venue Managers, where he has served on the Board of Directors.  He instructs at IAVM’s Academy for Venue Safety & Security and has presented at other IAVM events including Venue Connect. Kevin volunteers at the American Red Cross and has experience in emergency shelter operations.


Wayne Middleton, CVE
Managing Director, Reliance Risk

Wayne Middleton has over 30 years’ experience as a venue manager, event manager, risk manager and consultant across the public venue, events, sport and entertainment industries. He has worked internationally across Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada and throughout Asia, assisting clients host safe and successful local, national and international major events. 

He is the owner of risk management consultancy, Reliance Risk and founder of risk management software, RiskSense101.  Reliance helps clients across Australia and New Zealand minimize threats and maximize opportunities.

Wayne was the Head of Safety for the Sydney 2000 Summer Olympic Games, Director of Safety for the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympic Games, he consulted to the 2006 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games and continues to work with major venues, events and reality television throughout Australia and New Zealand on risk, safety, security and emergency projects. Wayne is the previous Chair of the Venue Management School hosted by the Venue Managers Association (Asia/Pacific).

Wayne holds a Masters’ in Risk Management, a Bachelor of Administration, is a Certified Venue Executive and holds a Diploma in Security Risk Management.

Dana Risinger
Senior Manager, Global Security - Corporate Event Safety and Security, Walmart Inc.

Dana has over 18 years of professional venue and event management experience.  She is currently a Senior Manager in the Corporate Event Safety and Security division of Global Security for Walmart Inc.  Her primary responsibilities include developing and executing safety and security plans for events and meetings held domestically and internationally.  In addition, Dana is responsible for providing training for team members in topics that include; event security planning, event crowd management, event safety compliance, and event emergency management training.  Risinger started her career in Arena Management and continued her career in Convention Center Management.  Prior to her current role, she worked at two of the largest Convention Centers in the US as the Life Safety and Security Manager in Dallas, Texas and the Assistant Director of Public Safety in New Orleans, Louisiana.  In addition to her roles in Safety and Security Management, Dana was responsible for creating and managing the plans for disaster responses atypical for large entertainment venues.  Her successful relationships with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, emergency responders, and government officials supported her development and implementation of city and county wide safety and emergency plans involving entertainment venues.   

Risinger is recognized for keeping safety and security a primary focus of operations often developing training and courses for venue and live event management professionals as well as aspiring hospitality professionals.  In addition, her previous speaking engagements include the International Crowd Management Conference and the International Convention Center Conference.  Risinger has provides a security planning class to the School of Hospitality Management at the University of Arkansas.  She has served as a faculty member for the Academy for Venue Safety and Security for over 11 years.  Risinger is also active in the Event Safety Alliance as both a speaker and general member and she is involved with the Entertainment Services Technical Association where she is part of a working group reviewing codes and standards to aid the live event industry in crowd management and security planning.  She has written programs and guideline documents with the primary goal of assisting colleagues with emergency and safety planning.    Dana has contributed articles to the Facility Management Magazine focusing on Safety and Security, and she was one of three editors of the Mega-Shelter Planning Guide, and the Mega-Shelter Best Practices Guides.   The Mega-Shelter Planning Guide which she developed and edited in conjunction with IAVM.  The guide is currently available on at Fema.gov. https://www.fema.gov/pdf/emergency/disasterhousing/mspg.pdf

Dana graduated from Trinity University with a B.S in Business Administration/International Business and a B.A in Chinese Culture. 

Barry Stanford, CPP, CSSP
Vice President, Safety and Security, AEG Worldwide

Barry Stanford has been involved in the field of Sports and Entertainment Security since 2000. Prior to becoming the Senior Director of Security Operations and Intelligence in May 2011 he was assigned as the Senior Director of Facility Security for STAPLES Center, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE and L.A. LIVE .

Barry first joined the AEG team and the Sports and Entertainment Industry Security profession in October of 2000, when STAPLES Center embarked on creating their in-house Proprietary    Security Department. 

Barry was part of the intial class of  Security Supervisors hired on to work in and develop the in-house Proprietary Security Department at STAPLES Center, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE and L.A. LIVE .

Barry is a Certified Protect Professional (CPP) through ASIS International as well as one of the first to become a Certified Sport Security Professional (CSSP) through the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4)

Prior to enter the Sports and Entertainment Industry Security profession he was a dedicated member of the Los Angeles Police Department.  While working for the Los Angeles Police Department, Barry developed and extensive background and education in training in a variety of Law Enforcement and Security disciplines. 

Paul Turner, CVE, CSSP
Vice President of Venue Management & Entertainment Operations for Caesars Entertainment.

Paul Turner, CFE, CSSP is the Vice President of Venue Management & Entertainment Operations for Caesars Entertainment. Previously, he was Senior Director of Event Operations for the Dallas Cowboys and AT&T Stadium where he oversaw 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 29 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, Russia, Australia and the Middle East.

Paul Villotti, PE; FSFPE
Director of Fire Protection Engineering, Henderson Engineers, Inc.

As Henderson Engineers’ Director of Fire Protection Engineering and Chair of the IAVM’s Academy for Venue Safety and Security, Paul serves as a mentor to others including venue owners and operators, managers, and designers. He works closely with Henderson Buildings Solutions group, which specializes in solving operational and maintenance issues, providing risk assessments and ensuring preparedness of utility infrastructure systems to maximize the safety, efficiency of operation, and cost effectiveness of buildings.

His experience in Assembly venues includes providing life safety, fire protection, and code consulting services for over 300 new and renovated facilities, including major and minor league, university, municipal and privately-owned stadiums, arenas, convention centers, performing arts and theaters projects across the country.

Focusing on large, complex assembly projects he has applied and interpreted a broad range of fire and building code requirements, modeled fire and smoke development in buildings, conducted timed egress studies, and calculated fire resistance of structural members. With his design review, acceptance testing, construction administration, and inspection experience Paul can identify, evaluate, and solve fire protection and life safety issues.

Paul’s diversified background allows him to view fire and life safety issues from many viewpoints, resulting in creative and effective solutions.  With experience as a building, fire and life safety code consultant; fire department member; Highly Protected Risk insurance loss prevention engineer; and fire protection program manager and auditor he assists owners, designers, code enforcers and others in understanding the intent and application of life safety design concepts and rules.

He continues to teach others about fire and life safety code fundamentals both as a guest lecturer and instructor, currently delivering AIA approved Health, Safety, and Welfare continuing education classes, and IAVM Crowd Manager Courses.

He is a Registered Fire Protection Engineer in 22 states and the Province of Alberta. A Fire Protection and Safety Engineering graduate from Illinois Institute of Technology he has been recognized as a Fellow by the Society of Fire Protection Engineers.

Away from the office, Paul enjoys motorcycles and working on his farm in Garden City, Missouri.

Daniel Ward, 
Director of Training and Exercise at the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety & Security,
University of Southern Mississippi

Mr. Ward is the Director of Training and Exercise at the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS⁴) at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM). In this role, he engages professional, collegiate, endurance event, and interscholastic safety and security professionals to meet industry training requirements, validate plans and processes, integrate solutions and implement best practices. Mr. Ward is responsible for ensuring the NCS⁴ effectively connects the academic and operational communities, preparing practitioners for the current, evolving threat environment.

In addition to his role at the NCS⁴, Mr. Ward has served in the United States Air Force since 2006. He has held a variety of roles in planning, incident management and emergency response. Mr. Ward has led organizational preparation, mitigation, response and recovery efforts for a wide range of natural, technological and human-caused disasters. He has also developed and led chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear response teams. In his 15-year career, Mr. Ward has supported preparedness and response efforts domestically and throughout Southwest Asia and the Republic of Korea. Most recently, he served in theater in support of Operation SPARTAN SHIELD as an Emergency Management Superintendent, where he oversaw emergency management efforts at three locations across the AOR.

Mr. Ward has developed and headed emergency management plans and programs for multiple disciplines and organizations, applying best practice and experience to a wide range of incident and event management. He is an Anti-Terrorism Officer, a Hazardous Material Technician, and was awarded the international designation of Certified Emergency Manager (CEM®) by the International Association of Emergency Managers in 2013. He has a Bachelor's degree in Emergency and Disaster Management and a Master's degree in Business Administration.

Rebecca Wilusz, Ph.D.
Director of Game Operations & Championships, Duke University

Becca Wilusz is the Director of Game Operations & Championships at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. She has oversight responsibilities for event management for 27 varsity sports in 11 on-campus competition venues and all ACC & NCAA Championship events held on-campus – responsible for coordinating all aspects of stadium security, guest services, parking & transportation services, medical operations, and staff training. She is the primary game operations manager for Duke Football and Track & Field.

Becca is the Duke Athletics lead in planning and execution of stadium safety and security operations, leading all phases of roll-out, training, and game day implementation of walkthrough metal detector screening at both Cameron Indoor Stadium and Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium.

Becca is an NCS4 Industry Leader Under 40 award winner and Facility of Merit award winner for Brooks Field at Wallace Stadium. Becca is an active member of IAVM and a faculty member for the Academy of Venue Safety and Security starting in 2019. Becca is a multiple degree graduate from Duke University holding a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. 

Guest Subject Matter Experts

Peter Ashwin
Principal, Event Risk Management Solutions LLC

Peter Ashwin is the principal and founder of Event Risk Management Solutions (ERMS), a consulting practice committed to enhancing organizational resilience for major events through innovative risk management practices and security solutions to meet the challenges of today’s uncertain world.

Peter is a former Australian Army special forces officer has been a lead security consultant and project manager in the major events environment since 2000 including six Olympic Games (2000 – 2012), the Baku 2015 European Games (Azerbaijan), the ICC 205 Cricket World (Australia & NZ), the 2010 G8/G20 Summits (Toronto). More recently, Peter has consulted to some of North America’s most iconic festivals and events including the Calgary Stampede, the Philadelphia Flower Show, Memphis in May International Festival, Beale Street Historic District (Memphis), Bohemian Nights (Fort Collins, CO) and the Canadian National Exhibition “The EX”, Toronto.

Peter is a director on the International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA) World Board, a faculty lecturer for risk management and event security at the IAVM Academy of Venue Safety and Security and IFEA/NRPA Event Management School.

ERMS’s latest initiative has been the development & delivery of industry leading workshop - the Fundamentals of Risk Management & Resilience for Festivals & Events. Peter is based out of Boise, Idaho and you can follow Peter’s latest blogs & insights @ www.facebook.com/ermsglobal

Tyler Dewvall
Certified Consulting Meteorologist, AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions

Tyler Dewvall is a certified consulting meteorologist at the AccuWeather Severe Weather Center in Wichita, KS. With more than a decade of forecasting experience at AccuWeather, Tyler trains and leads a staff of over 30 meteorologists that provide on-demand severe weather forecasts and consultations 24/7, 365 to businesses worldwide. Tyler’s experience and leadership in forecasting weather make him a trusted and valued source, providing mission-critical and weather-driven solutions to enterprises worldwide.

Connor Fitzpatrick
Chief Operating Officer, CrowdRx

Connor Fitzpatrick couples his background in emergency medical services with his extensive experience in healthcare operations to build strategic partnerships with venues, sponsors, and clients.Connor has served as Medical Operations Director for some of the world’s largest events including Burning Man, the US Open, Madison Square Garden, and Yankee Stadium. Additionally, Connor is a nationally recognized speaker on event safety and medical services and has appeared on CNN’s “This is Life With Lisa Ling,” at the Event Safety Summit, Mass EMS World Conference, Gathering Medicine Summit, Live Design International, and is guest faculty for the International Association of Venue Managers.

Connor co-founded Echo Response Technologies LLC, which develops mobile applications that provide tactical tools to emergency first responders.

Connor graduated from Cornell University, earning a B.S. in Applied Economics and Management. He volunteers as an instrument-rated pilot for Patient Airlift Services and as an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Instructor and ALS Supervisor.He is also certified by the Department of Homeland Security as an Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings instructor, by CONTOMS as a Tactical EMT, and as a Connecticut POSTC Police Instructor.

Tamara Herold Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Director of UNLV's Crowd Management Research Council

Dr. Tamara D. Herold is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Graduate Director at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). She is the Director of UNLV’s Crowd Management Research Council, and her research focuses on violent crowd dynamics. She provides crowd management research, evaluation, and training for police, security, and private industries. She has been a partner with IAVM since 2010.

Andrew McQuillan, FdA, GSP, MIIRSM
Crowd Management Consultant, The Crowd Management Company

Andrew has worked in Crowd Management industry for the past 12 years. For ten years, Andrew ran a Crowd Management service provider for events and venues based in the United Kingdom. He holds various academic qualifications in Crowd Safety Management, Venue Security and Event Safety. His has significant experience at all levels of Crowd Management from conceptualization of events or venues through to planning, service delivery and monitoring. Andrew has delivered Crowd Management for a wide variety of events ranging from International Golf Tournaments in the Middle East to Athletic events, Stadia, City Centre events and Air Displays with over 300,000 attendances. Andrew also is a FAA and CAA licensed commercial drone pilot and assists festivals, events and venues with live down streaming of video or thermal imaging to assist in Crowd Management.

Joseph E. Sampson, Esq.
Partner, McCathern, PLLC

Joseph “Joey” Sampson enjoys helping businesses and individuals make tough decisions, resolve difficult problems, and succeed. He prioritizes building trust with others and relishes in the lawyer-counselor role, seeking to provide advice to his clients to efficiently resolve issues, achieve their goals, and avoid litigation. But sometimes litigation is necessary, and since joining McCathern in 2007 and later becoming a partner with the firm, Joey has garnered extensive experience and developed a successful practice litigating matters for plaintiffs and defendants. He handles cases in all areas of business and civil litigation, including insurance coverage issues, D&O liability claims, E&O claims, contract disputes, construction claims, labor and employment claims, and catastrophic personal injury and premise liability claims. Joey also consults companies regarding risk management and insurance, employment issues, and general business and contract matters. Texas Super Lawyers recognized Joey as a Rising Star in both 2017 and 2018. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in Texas are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Joey was also named to the 2018 list of D Best Lawyers by Dallas area publication, D Magazine.

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Joey attended and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia in 2001, where he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree, majoring in Risk Management and Insurance. Terry College’s risk management-insurance program at the University of Georgia has long been recognized by insurance professionals and U.S. News & World Report rankings as one of the top in the country. Joey’s strong risk management and insurance background allows him to bring a unique perspective to both consulting businesses and his litigation practice.

Joey earned his law degree from Baylor University School of Law in 2006. Baylor is consistently ranked as one of the top trial advocacy schools in the nation and has been referred to as the Marine Corps of law schools. While attending Baylor, Joey became a member of Baylor’s Order of Barristers, and he also completed an externship with the McLennan County District Attorney’s Office. Joey was licensed to practice in the State of Texas in November 2006. In addition to being licensed to practice in all Texas state courts, he is also licensed to practice in the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts. 

Ty M. Sheaks, Esq.
Partner, McCathern, PLLC

Ty M. Sheaks is the go to “fixer” for McCathern’s most difficult and high-exposure litigation matters. Additionally, Ty leads McCathern’s Restaurant & Hospitality Section given his background in and intimate understanding of the range of legal issues facing those industries.

Ty has extensive experience on a national level counseling business partners in a variety of civil and commercial litigation matters. Ty has successfully mediated, arbitrated, and tried numerous cases, including D&O liability claims, construction defect disputes, dram shop liability, premises liability claims, non-subscription defense, catastrophic personal injury claims, labor/employment disputes, toxic tort and products liability claims, medical malpractice claims, collections, and breach of contract actions. Additionally, Ty routinely advises his business partners in a wide range of transactional matters, business entity formation issues, and corporate governance.

After graduating from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, Ty was licensed to practice law in Texas in 2003 and is admitted to the United States District Courts of the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. He is also admitted to practice pro hac vice and has litigated in state and federal courts nationwide, including in New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, and Utah.

Outside of the law, Ty implements McCathern’s mission of “Improving People’s Lives” by serving as an Advisory Board Member for the Circle Ten Council-Boy Scouts of America as well as serving on several committees for the Dallas Bar Association (DBA). For over ten years Ty volunteered as the assistant boys’ varsity lacrosse coach at Jesuit College Preparatory School. He is also an active member of the National Eagle Scout Association, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), Defense Research Institute (DRI), State Bar of Texas, the Texas Restaurant Association (TRA), and the Greater Dallas Restaurant Association (GDRA). Ty is a respected source of insight and information presenting annually at national conferences for both the CLM and as a faculty member of the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM).

In recognition of his accomplishments both in and out of the courtroom, the publishers of Texas Monthly and Texas Lawyers magazines named Ty a Rising Star in 2017 and again in 2018, an honor conferred on less than 2.5% of the attorneys in the State of Texas under the age of 40. Ty has also been named to the 2018 list of D Best Lawyers by Dallas area publication, D Magazine. However, Ty’s most coveted accomplishment is helping his wife raise their four children.

Program Evaluator

Kimberly Mahoney, Ph.D., CVP
Associate Professor, University of New Haven College of Business

Dr. Mahoney is currently an Associate Professor in the University of New Haven College of Business and teaches primarily in the areas of event and venue management. She previously served on the faculty of the University of South Carolina and The Ohio State University. Dr. Mahoney also has 25+ years of industry experience including work in NBA, NHL, NFL, and major college Division I facilities in various capacities including as a contractor, client, and as part of the venue management team. She has been involved with the opening of three new venues including a convention center, football stadium, and an arena.  Her work with Show Pros Entertainment Services, Inc. provided opportunities to work in a variety of venues including stadiums, arenas, speedways, and amphitheaters. Dr. Mahoney also previously served as an Assistant Commissioner with the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA). Most recently, she served as the Director of Communications & Program Development with Columbus Arena Sports & Entertainment (CASE), which oversees the day-to-day operation of two 20,000-seat multi-purpose arenas: Nationwide Arena (home of the NHL Columbus Blue Jackets) and the Schottenstein Center (home of Ohio State Buckeyes basketball and ice hockey). In 2017, she was presented the Stadium Business Unsung Hero award for her work in the industry and efforts to prepare the next generation of venue managers. Kim is co-author of IAVM's current venue management textbook and author of The IAVM Blueprint: Event Management. Kim continues to be active in the industry through consulting work and professional associations.

Scott Wysong, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and MBA Program Director, Gupta College of Business, University of Dallas

Scott Wysong, Ph.D. is President of Wysong Brand Solutions, LLC and an Associate Professor and MBA Program Director in the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business at the University of Dallas. Dr. Wysong holds a MBA and Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Texas at Arlington and a BA in Economics from Vanderbilt University. He has published a number of research articles on branding and consulted for numerous organizations including the Walk-On’s Independence Bowl, U.S. Hot Air Balloon Championships, CenturyLink Center, Battle on the Border High School Football Showcase to name a few. Wysong is also the co-author of the book, Attack Dog Marketing.

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