AVSS 2016 Faculty 













Greg A. Davis, Sr.
executive director, CAJUNDOME
Greg Davis serves as the Executive Director of the CAJUNDOME in Lafayette, Louisiana. The CAJUNDOME is a 13,000 seat arena with a convention center attached.  It is home to the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns basketball team and the Louisiana IceGators hockey team.
     Greg has served the IAVM in various capacities as a Board Member, Chairman of the Industry Affairs Council, Chairman of the Arenas Committee, Chairman of the Public Affairs Committee and Chairman of the Mega Shelter Task Force. 
     He served as Contract Administrator for the State of Louisiana in the administration of its contract with Spectacor Management Group (SMG) at the Louisiana Superdome and the New Orleans Sports Arena. 
     In 2007 he was awarded the Tradeshow Executive Innovation of the Year Award for Mega Shelter Best Practices.  The CAJUNDOME became a mega shelter for 58 days servicing 18,500 evacuees, 14,000 from Hurricane Katrina that devastated the New Orleans area and 4,500 from Hurricane Rita that devastated the Lake Charles area.
     In his 30 year tenure with the CAJUNDOME, Greg has been a great community partner serving as Scoutmaster of a Boy Scout Troop that targets disadvantaged youth.  He has been recognized for his community activism at the state and local level to turn around low-performing high poverty schools.  His scouts who attend these schools have summited Mount Whitney, Mount Rainer and have backed packed the Grand Canyon from rim to rim. 
     He has been honored with many awards such as the Boy Scout Silver Beaver, the Lafayette Civic Cup, the Omega Citizen of the Year and the Times of Acadiana Person of the Year.         












John Siehl, CFE
vice president & COO, VenuWorks
Chair, Venue Safety & Security Committee
John Siehl entered the public assembly industry in 1965 at Hara Arena in Dayton, Ohio, leaving Hara as General Manager in 1989 after 24 years of service. He then joined the staff at the Ervin J Nutter Center as the General Manager, retiring from the Nutter Center in 2010 as Executive Director, after 20 years on the campus of Wright State University.  
     At Wright State, Siehl received the President’s Award for Excellence in Human Relations in 2001; also in 2001 Siehl received the Dayton Business Journal’s Corporate Caring Award, as well as the Fairborn Chamber President’s Award and the Beavercreek Civic Award in 2008.  
     Siehl is currently the Chief Operating Officer for VenuWorks, Ames, IA. 
     Siehl joined IAVM in 1978 and has held the Certified Facility Executive (CFE) designation since 1995, and is currently on the Certification Board for IAVM.  Within the IAVM, Siehl served as Chair of the Board of Education, and Chair of the Life Safety Council. Siehl also served as Chair of the Board of Governors, on the Universities and Arenas Committees, as well as on the Board of Regents.  Siehl is also a Past Chair of the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM).  
     He is currently serving as the Chair of AVSS.  Siehl has been an active participant with the Academy for Venue Safety & Security (AVSS) since its inception, first as a student and subsequently joining the faculty, briefly serving as a Co-Chair of AVSS.  He also has been on the Board of Regents and faculty of the Venue Management School at Oglebay, WV for many years.  
     Siehl was inducted into the Dayton Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008 and Siehl serves on many local Boards (Campfire, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Aullwood Audobon Center, Special Wish and Greene County Foundation). Siehl is a two time Past President of the Chamber of Commerce of Fairborn and Past President of the CVB.  Siehl has been an active volunteer bereavement counselor for Hospice of Dayton for 20 years. 
     Siehl received a Bachelor Degree in Business/Psychology from the University of Dayton and Masters of Science in Education/Counseling – University of Dayton   














Paul Turner, CFE, CSSP
director of event operations & security, AT&T Stadium
Vice Chair, Venue Safety & Security Committee
Paul Turner 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. Since its opening in 2009, AT&T Stadium has been recognized as one of the world’s premiere sports and entertainment venues and is host to marquee events including the 2010 NBA All-Star Game, Super Bowl XLV, the 2014 NCAA Final Four and the College Football Playoff National Championship in January 2015. In his 24 years in the public assembly facilities industry, Turner has developed and led numerous guest and event 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. Turner is active in the venue management industry and is chair of the Stadium Committee for the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM). He is a member of the National Advisory Board for the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4), a faculty member for the Academy for Venue Safety and Security (AVSS) and serves on the Security Advisory Committee and Facility Coordination Group for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. Turner 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 is a regular presenter at industry meetings and conferences.
Kristi J. Avalos
CEO & president, Accessology TOO, LLC.
Kristi Avalos has been involved in disability issues for 35 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 is the primary liaison 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.”

Eric Colby
event services operations manager, Stanford University
Eric Colby is the Event Services Operation Manager at Stanford University. He spent the last ten years as the House Manager at War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco before joining the team at Stanford late last year. His career in public assembly covers three decades, and various roles. He got his start in the business working security for legendary concert promoter Bill Graham in 1982, which eventually led to a 15 year stint on the road working as a production coordinator and road manager for several infamous rock and roll bands. Growing weary of the vagabond lifestyle he turned his focus to venue management in 2002. He spent a couple of years managing Stadium Operations, Security, and Guest Services for the Fresno Grizzlies Baseball Club of the Pacific Coast League  before coming home to the Bay Area for good. A former AVSS student, he believes strongly in the peer to peer learning opportunities provided at the Academy.

Krista Dillon
assistant director, University of Oregon Emergency Management and Continuity Office
Prior to Krista Dillon's role as Assistant Director, she served as the Senior Planner and Emergency Planner/Response Coordinator from March 2008 to October 2013. Her work includes coordinating Incident Command System (ICS) trainings and maintaining and updating campus plans, including the Emergency Operations Plan and the Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan. Dillon coordinates the development of department and unit level business continuity plans and, as a certified ICS instructor, can serve as either the Incident Commander or Planning Section Chief on the Campus Incident Management Team. Prior to UOEMC, Dillon served as the Associate Director for the Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience at the University of Oregon's Community Service Center where her work focused on assisting cities and counties develop natural hazard mitigation plans as well as technical assistance on post-disaster recovery issues.

Sal DeAngelis 
director, operations/security, Philadelphia Phillies
Salvatore DeAngelis began his career with the Phillies in 1994 when he was employed as a game-day usher.  He worked in this position until 1998 when he was hired as an intern in the Stadium Operation Department.  In 1999 Sal was hired full time and in 2012 he was promoted to his current position as Director, Operations/Security.  Sal has coordinated the operations and security efforts for MLB’s Postseason/World Series and All-Star Game, the NHL’s Winter Classic and dozens of major concerts.  In addition to his work at The Phillies, Sal has been an adjunct professor since 2001 for both Holy Family and Drexel Universities.  In the past Sal has also taught at Temple University.  

Connor Fitzpatrick 
director, operations & business development, CrowdRx
Connor Fitzpatrick is the Director of Operations and Business Development for CrowdRx, the largest specialized event medical services firm in the country. Connor couples his background in investment management consulting with his extensive experience in emergency services to build strategic partnerships with venues, sponsors, and clients. Connor served as the Medical Operations Director in 2015 for the iconic Burning Man event and oversaw coordination of the advanced life support medical operation.  
     Connor also 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 a pilot for Patient Airlift Services and as an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Instructor and ALS Supervisor with Darien EMS. He is also certified as a POSTC Police Instructor and by the Department of Homeland Security as an Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings 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.
















Andy Major
vice president, operations & guest experience, Buffalo Bills
Responsibilities include stadium operations, event sales and operations, guest services, event marketing, parking and access, and event staffing divisions...also implements the team’s fan experience initiatives in concert with the NFL’s Best Practices for security, fan conduct and game operations...during his tenure, the Bills have experienced a drastic reduction in fan behavior incidents and a substantial increase in event revenue…served as the Bills’ Executive Director of Marketing (2008-2011)...joined the Florida Marlins front office in 1993 and added the Miami Dolphins and Dolphin Stadium (1994-2006) to his responsibilities overseeing ticket sales and operations, club level services and guest services...was an integral part of the Marlins inaugural season, three Super Bowls, multiple college football national championship and bowl games, and two Marlins World Series Championships...previously served as Assistant Athletic Director for Slippery Rock University (2007-2008) and held front office positions with the Orange Bowl Committee (1990-1992) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1988)...formerly an adjunct professor at the University of Miami…a graduate of the Leadership Buffalo Class of 2011, received the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2012 by Slippery Rock University, inducted into Penfield HS Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013, received the Distinguished Service Award in 2015 by Visit Buffalo-Niagara…has held leadership positions with various NFL committees and professional organizations, is a member of the Stadium Manager’s Association, a marketing committee member for Visit Buffalo-Niagara, and a board member for the Orchard Park Police Foundation…earned a M.S. degree in Sports Administration from the University of Miami and B.A. degree in Communications from Slippery Rock University where he was a three-year starter at safety on the football team...a native of Rochester (Penfield), NY and current resident of Orchard Park, Major and his wife Sherry have three children, Rami, William and Rachael.        






Kevin Mattingly, CFE
deputy director for operations, 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.  He is responsible for life safety operations, event operations and venue operations, production services and oversees contracted food and beverage operations.  A former Deputy Police Chief, Kevin has experience managing large scale public safety emergencies and responded to two domestic terrorist events.
     Kevin is active in the Arizona Chapter of IAVM and is a former member of the Board of Directors representing Region 7.  He 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 and a professional baseball club.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, with Distinction.






















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.  





Steve Olson
senior director of corporate security, PGA TOUR
As the Senior Director of Corporate Security at the PGA TOUR, Steve Olson is responsible for security planning and execution across the enterprise to include tournaments, TOUR players, physical facilities, TPC Clubs, executive and employee travel, aviation and credentialing.  Prior to joining the PGA TOUR, Steve spent 25 years as a Special Agent with the FBI. At the time of his retirement, he was the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Denver Division’s National Security Branch.  In that capacity, Steve oversaw the Terrorism, Cybercrimes and Foreign Counterintelligence and Espionage programs along with Special Events Management, the Joint Terrorism Task Force, Evidence Response and the Special Agent Bomb Technicians. Steve Olson holds an undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University and a Master’s degree from the University of Denver.   







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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