AVSS 2017 Faculty 


Paul Turner, CFE, CSSP
Senior Director of Event Operations, Dallas Cowboys / AT&T Stadium

Paul Turner, CFE, CSSP 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, Turner has developed and led numerous guest and event services, safety and security operations in performing arts centers, arenas and stadiums.

Paul 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. He is active in the venue management industry and is a member of the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) Board of Directors. He is a member of the National Advisory Board for the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4), 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 best 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 Russia.


Kristi J. Avalos
CEO & president, Accessology TOO, LLC.

Kristi Avalos has been involved in disability issues for 40 years and is a sought after speaker with a knack for using an upbeat approach to help others understand their responsibilities.  She provides expert witnessing on ADA, 504, FHA, and ACAA legal cases. Kristi works with the United States Access Board and other agencies and organizations that shape accessibility legislation and trends. Kristi began her efforts in the transportation arena helping airlines and airports comply with the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) as well as Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). She expanded to include ground transportation issues and facilities because of her close association with the Department of Transportation. Kristi is a consultant on all disability regulations offering accurate training in understanding each regulation. Kristi founded Accessology in 1990 and is an expert in the performance of nationwide plan reviews. She is licensed through the state of Texas to perform final architectural plan reviews on behalf of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. Kristi has worked on numerous multi-million dollar projects in providing accessibility compliance during all stages and assists school districts, Universities, and municipalities with very diverse needs in their ADA transition plan development process. 


David Born, CPP, CSSP
director of security, STAPLES Center

David Born is the 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 (formerly The Home Depot Center) in Carson, California where he oversaw security staff and security operations at the home of Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA.  

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), a past member of the IAVM International Crowd Management Committee 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 is also part of the adjunct faculty at the University of Phoenix Southern California campus.

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. 


Janice Bunting
executive director, The National Weather Association (NWA)

Janice Bunting is the executive director of the National Weather Association (NWA), which is based in Norman, Oklahoma. It is a non-profit membership association with a mission of connecting operational meteorologists in pursuit of excellence in weather forecasting, communication and service. 

She graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1986 with a degree in meteorology and worked as a meteorologist in the private and public sectors. Early in her meteorology career, she provided specialized weather forecasts and severe weather warnings for clients across the U.S. Working for Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc. in White Plains, New York, and WeatherData, Inc., now AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions, Inc. in Wichita, Kansas, clients included corporate pilots, energy companies, railroads, newspapers and other media outlets. An 11-year career in the National Weather Service followed. She worked at offices in Oklahoma City, Norman and Kansas City where she gained experience in a variety of programs including severe weather operations, satellite, radar, product dissemination and data acquisition. 


Mark Camillo
senior vice president for 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.


Jeff Crilley
CEO, Real News Public Relations

Former Emmy Award winning TV reporter Jeff Crilley will share the secrets to getting good news stories that even many seasoned PR pros don't know.  Jeff retired from TV news after 25 years in the business to start the country's first "all journalist" PR firm.  During his career, he made hundreds of national news appearances including CNN, CNN Headline News, FOX News, The Discovery Channel, Good Morning America and The CBS Early Show.

Jeff has been recognized by his peers with dozens of national and regional awards including the Emmy, the National Headliners Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award, the Thurgood Marshall Award and in 2004 was named by the Texas Associated Press, “The Best TV Reporter in the state.”


Connor Fitzpatrick
chief operating officer, CrowdRx

Connor Fitzpatrick couples his background in investment management consulting with his extensive experience in emergency services 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 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.


Ed Klima, CEM
senior director of public safety & track operations, Dover International Speedway & Dover Downs Hotel & Casino

Ed Klima has over twenty years of experience in public safety as both a career and volunteer fire fighter.  He currently serves as the senior director of public safety and track operations for the Dover International Speedway and Dover Downs Hotel and Casino where he oversees emergency preparedness planning and operations at several motorsports facilities across the U.S. as well as a comprehensive safety and loss control program for a multi-faceted sporting and entertainment complex in Delaware.

Mr. Klima also serves as a principal Emergency Preparedness Consultant for Medical Sports Group, Inc. where he has been a lead coordinator in the emergency planning process for Super Bowls XL - XLVII. 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.

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. A member of various state and local committees, Klima currently serves on the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisory Council for Delaware as well as the State Homeland Security Training and Exercise Committee.

Mr. Klima holds a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Agriculture from the University of Delaware as well as a Masters in Public Safety Management form Saint Joseph’s University.


Billy Langenstein
director, event services, SMG/U.S. Bank Stadium

Billy is entering his first season with SMG at U.S. Bank Stadium as the Director of Event Services. He is specifically responsible for security and public safety, medical services, transportation, guest experience and overall event oversight. Working closely with the Vikings, MSFA and the entire community his goal is to deliver a safe, clean and family experience at each and every 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; however also works closely companywide with all other Departments at the Nationals to help oversee that day to day event operations at the Park are successfully carried out. 

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. Additionally, he has worked with various security and production operations companies that staffs and operates multiple venues in Philadelphia and throughout the Northeast.  He has traveled extensively both on tour and across the country to nationally known music festivals to serve as an operations, security and guest experience consultant.

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.  His commitment to the profession is vast as he is the Vice Chair of the Stadium Committee for the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), Professional Sport Facilities Advisory Committee for the  National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) member of the Event Safety Alliance (ESA) and a Team Trainer for Team Coalition. His true passion is in the realm of professional development and leadership by taking continuing educational certification classes with FEMA, DHS, FBI and sharing the knowledge with his colleagues and continuing to be a student in the industry.



Scott McCartney
project director, large stadium initiative, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services

Scott McCartney is the Project Director of the Large Stadium Initiative with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (2007-2011/2014-Present).  The initiative is based on the premise a majority of stadiums are owned by municipal or state governments, and therefore security varies from facility to facility. This program explores commonalities of large stadium/venue Homeland Security preparedness issues and assists in developing strategies for enhancing prevention, response, and recovery capabilities. He earned national recognition as a Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP) from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). 

Mr. McCartney was invited to testify before the Congressional Committee on Homeland Security on the importance of collaborating with Venues, Colleges and Universities regarding the need to prepare for respond to and recover from national incidents and disasters.  Mr. McCartney also discussed the importance of having evacuation plans in place at mass gatherings.  Mr. McCartney has been advising and an instructor for NCS4 since 2007 and TEEX, providing subject matter expertise in writing curriculum taught by both.  Scott has served as the Office of Emergency Services Spokesperson in the State Operations Center (SOC) Joint Information Center (JIC) and the Joint Field Office JIC for the 2007 Southern California Wildfires. 

Mr. McCartney works in Law Enforcement with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.  Mr. McCartney is the Public Safety Director of the California Capital Airshow and has held the positions of Traffic Chief and Incident Commander.  In these roles his leadership and overall management has gained world recognition for outstanding public safety.  He was presented the “Key to the City” of Rancho Cordova for his continued expertise for the California Capital Airshow.  Mr. McCartney has also advised the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) on various Public Safety issues. 

He is a subject matter expert advising California Police Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.).  Mr. McCartney served as a Critical Incident Hostage Negotiator Team member for the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department.  Mr. McCartney also works on CALFIRE IMT #6 as the Law Enforcement Liaison and is a member on the California Incident Command Certification System (CICCS) Task Force as a Law Enforcement advisor.  He has supervised many critical incidents as well as planned and implemented several large events.  Mr. McCartney received his Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communication from Oregon State University.  


Dana Risinger
senior manager, special services, global investigations, security, aviation & travel, Walmart

Dana Risinger has over 13 years of professional venue management experience. Prior to working in New Orleans, Risinger was an integral part of Arena and Convention Center Operations for the City of Dallas. While in Dallas, Texas, Risinger’s responsibilities included planning all aspects of Incident Command for both an Arena and Convention Center Complex. Risinger was not only responsible for event emergency planning, but also was responsible for major response planning involving large venues normally used for entertainment. Risinger was the primary Shelter Manager developing, implementing and managing the Mega-Shelter Operations at the largest Dallas, Texas shelter facilities during Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, and Ike. To assist IAVM colleagues, Risinger was a primary editor of the Mega-Shelter Planning Guide currently adopted for general use. Risinger has been a guest faculty member for the IAVM Academy for Venue Safety and Security since 2006 and a permanent faculty member since 2010. Her AVSS training responsibilities focus on Emergency Planning and Mega-Shelter Operations.


Joseph E. Sampson
partner, McCathern, PLLC

Joseph "Joey" Sampson is a partner at McCathern, PLLC. Since joining McCathern in 2007, Joey has garnered extensive experience and developed a successful practice in litigating matters for defendants and plaintiffs. He handles cases in all areas of business and civil litigation, including insurance coverage issues, D&O liability claims, contract disputes, construction claims, labor and employment claims, and catastrophic personal injury and premise liability claims. Joey also consults companies regarding risk management, employment issues, and contract matters. He was recently recognized by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel as one of the “Nation’s Top Attorneys,” an award bestowed upon the nation’s top one percent of officers of the court as vetted and selected by that organization.

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. In fact, U.S. News's 2015 edition of America's Best Colleges ranked UGA's risk management and insurance program as the No. 1 program in the nation. 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 the 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
partner, McCathern, PLLC

Ty M. Sheaks is a partner with McCathern and is the go to “fixer” for McCathern’s most difficult and high-exposure litigation matters. He has a unique and diverse background counseling business partners in a variety of civil and commercial litigation matters on a national level. Prior to joining McCathern in 2013, Ty served as national trial counsel for a multi-national corporation handling all aspects of defending toxic tort and product liability claims in state and federal courts nationwide.

Ty heads up McCathern’s Retail, Restaurant, and Hospitality Section, but has extensive experience and a successful track record in a variety of litigation matters involving personal injury claims, premises liability claims, non-subscription defense, labor/employment disputes, D&O liability claims, construction disputes, toxic tort and products liability claims, and breach of contract actions. Additionally, Ty routinely advises his business partners in a variety of transactional matters, business entity formation issues and corporate governance. Regardless of the issue, Ty utilizes a common-sense approach and his strong business acumen to achieve the best possible results for each business partner.

Outside of the law, Ty implements McCathern’s mantra of “improving lives” by volunteering as the assistant boys’ varsity lacrosse coach at Jesuit College Preparatory School and serving as an Advisory Board Member for the Circle Ten Council-Boy Scouts of America. He is also a member of the National Eagle Scout Association, the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, the Defense Research Institute, the State Bar of Texas and the Dallas Bar Association.

Ty is a native Texan and graduated from Jesuit College Preparatory School in Dallas before accepting a scholarship to play lacrosse at Regis University in Denver, CO.  At Regis he captained the division II men’s lacrosse team, was a student ambassador and graduated with cum laude honors in 2000 with a degree in business administration and a minor in Spanish.  He received his law degree from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, in 2003 before returning to Texas to start his practice.  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 has also been admitted to practice pro hac vice in state and federal courts nationwide, including in New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky and Utah.


Michael Smith, Certified Consulting Meteorologist
senior vice president & chief innovation executive, AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions

Mike Smith likes to be known as a husband, father, scientist, entrepreneur, author, and speaker. Mike is one of America’s leading experts in the field of extreme weather and its effects on people, business and society. 

After a successful career in television meteorology during which he created color radar and broadcast a live tornado as it move through  Oklahoma City, he founded WeatherData, Inc. in 1981. WeatherData quickly became known for its innovation, customer service and excellence in precision forecasting. 

Mike achieved his board certification as a consulting meteorologist in 1984. In 1992, he received the American Meteorological Society’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Applied Meteorology for his innovative storm warnings. And, in 2000, WeatherData was honored with the Society’s award for Outstanding Contribution to Meteorology by a Corporation. He has been awarded 29 U.S. and foreign patents. 

Because he wanted to take his products and services to a larger audience, Mike sold the assets of WeatherData to AccuWeather in 2006. He remained as CEO of WeatherData. 

In 2011, AccuWeather’s traditional commercial business was united with WeatherData’s and combined with the acquisition of WeatherBank, Inc. of Oklahoma City. The new business was named AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions (AES). Mike became Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Executive and he continues in that position today where he consults with some of the world’s most important companies. AES’s clientele includes IBM, BNSF Railway, Ford, Macy’s, Boeing, and most of the Fortune 100 companies.  

A new chapter opened in Mike’s career in 2010 with Greenleaf Book Group publishing his first book, Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather.  


Paul Villotti
vice president, FP&C Consultants

Paul Villotti and his staff in FP&C Consultants’ Kansas City office provide fire and life safety evaluations, fire protection design and code consulting services to support the construction, renovation and operation of assembly venues across the nation and internationally, with involvement in over 600 assembly venue projects. Paul has developed an intimate knowledge of the code and a passion for sharing the fundamental principles behind the rules with others. 

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