Academy for Venue Safety & Security 
March 10 - 14, 2019 / San Diego, CA

AVSS 2019 Faculty 

Program Faculty - Subject Matter Experts

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
Senior Director, Security, STAPLES Center

David Born is the Senior Director of Security for STAPLES Center and has been in the role since May 2011. At the arena he oversees 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 oversees 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.

Previously Born served as the Director of Security for 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 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), and current faculty member of the Academy for Venue Safety and Security.  He was the recipient of the 2015 NCS4 Security Professional of the Year Award and the 2017 National Basketball Association Security Venue Manager of the Year Award.  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
Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning, Contemporary Services Corporation
President, Apex Security Group

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. Specialized assignments at the White House required protecting four U.S. Presidents and family members. 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. This event was later used as a model for National Special Security Events in the United States.

   

Mark Herrera
Director of Education & Life-Safety, IAVM

Mark Herrera is the Director of Education & Life-Safety for the International Association of Venue Managers. 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 Education for IAVM, Mark represents the Department of Homeland Security Office of Infrastructure Protection through 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, countering threats to the pattern of life and researching technology to mitigate risk that information is provided to protect our Public Facility Assemblies and all Critical Infrastructures. Mark is also on the National Fire Protection Association Technical Advisory Committee for Assembly Occupancies.

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 DHS, 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.

   

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

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. He is responsible for life safety operations, event operations, venue operations, and theatrical production services and oversees contracted food and beverage operations. A former Deputy Police Chief, Kevin has experience managing large scale public safety emergencies as the incident commander and responded to two domestic terrorist incidents.

Kevin is active in the Arizona Chapter of the International Association of Venue Managers and is a former member of the IAVM Board of Directors representing Region 7 and is recognized as a Certified Facility Executive (CFE) by IAVM. Kevin has presented at the International Crowd Management Conference (now Guest X), the IAVM annual conference “VenueConnect” and has been a faculty member at the Academy for Venue Safety & Security since 2006. Kevin has trained crowd managers on behalf of IAVM for a major retailer, a professional baseball club and other large organizations. He holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, with Distinction.

   

Jonathan Porter
Vice President and General Manager, Accuweather Enterprise Solutions
Severe Weather Presenter

Jonathan Porter is AccuWeather’s Vice President and General Manager of AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions. In this key leadership role, Jon blends his background in both meteorology and information technology to collaborate with the world’s leading government meteorological services and other key data providers to acquire top-tier weather information and content to integrate the most advanced weather data and technologies into AccuWeather’s products and services.

Jon joined AccuWeather in 2004, after graduating from the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Meteorology and minor in Information Technology. For several years, Jon was a software engineer on a dedicated team, writing software to quickly and accurately process weather content through AccuWeather’s Enterprise IT Architecture. After serving as a Technical Account Manager, working directly with top global digital media partners to help them integrate data and content with their products, Jon was named Director of Innovation and Development in 2012 and promoted to Vice President of Innovation and Development in 2015.

A Connecticut native, Jon has always been interested in weather and decided that he wanted to be a meteorologist in the fourth grade. Growing up, he was always fascinated with East Coast snowstorms.

Jon is a Professional Member of the American Meteorological Society. In 2012, he was appointed to the AMS Committee on Weather Analysis and Forecasting. He also serves on an alumni committee for Penn State’s Department of Meteorology. Jon frequently delivers presentations at conferences and professional meetings – specifically focused on the exchange of weather data and warnings.

   

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

Dana has over 18 years of professional venue 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, executing, and managing 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 recently provided 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 10 years.  Risinger is also active in the Event Safety Alliance and the Entertainment Services Technical Association where she is involved with working on codes and standards to assist 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 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
Senior Director of Security Operations and Intelligence, 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
Senior Director of Event Operations, Dallas Cowboys / 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 27 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 Chair of their Professional Certifications Commission.  Paul is currently Chair of the Academy for Venue Safety and Security (AVSS) and a faculty member 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.

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 Life Safety, Henderson Engineers

As Henderson Engineers’ Director of Life Safety, Paul serves as a mentor to others, including venue owners and operators, project managers, designers and construction personnel. He works closely with Henderson Buildings Solutions group, which specializes in trouble-shooting maintenance and operational 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 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.

He is a Registered Fire Protection Engineer in 22 states and the Province of Alberta, Canada, and has provided fire protection and code consulting services to a wide variety of clients for over 30 years. 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 plan 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 protection 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.

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. His activities within the Society include serving as president and board member of the MO-Kan Chapter, sitting on the Society of Fire Protection Engineers PE question committee, and assisting in the establishment of chapters in Denver and Indianapolis.

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

   

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

Becca Wilusz is the Director of Athletic Facilities, 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

   

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
Assistant Professor, University of New Haven College of Business

Dr. Mahoney is currently an Assistant 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 20+ years of industry experience 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) and Executive Director of the OHSAA Foundation.  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 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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