NCS4 Recognition Awards

National Awards and Recognitions

Lifetime Achievement Award

This award recognizes the long term accomplishments and contributions of an individual who has earned the respect and admiration of professional colleagues in the sport safety and security community. The award was developed to commemorate exemplary talents and contributions as demonstrated by the nominee’s dedication, loyalty, ability and integrity.

2019 Recipient:

John King, CSSP, Executive Director of Public Safety, - Chief of Police(Retired), Boston College

Previous Award Recipients:

Dennis Cunningham, Executive Vice President/Director of Security, National Hockey League, 2018

Larry Buendorf, Chief Security Officer, United Stated Olympic Committee, 2017

Distinguished Leadership Award

This award recognizes a professional in the field who over the course of their career has constantly contributed to sport safety and security. To warrant this highest honor, the recipient’s service, commitment, ingenuity and integrity have elevated the profession to new levels. The award recipient is selected by a panel of subject matter experts on behalf of the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at the University of Southern Mississippi and given annually at the National Sports Safety and Security Conference & Exhibition.

2019 Recipient:

Dane Dodd, Vice President - U.S. Security Operations, Command Security Corporation

Previous Award Recipients:

Peter Ciaccia, President, Events & Race Director, TCS New York City Marathon, 2018

Russ Simons, Chief Listening Officer/Managing Partner, Venue Solutions Group, 2017

Jeff Miller, former SVP/Chief Security Officer, National Football League, 2016

Paul Denton, Chief of Police, The Ohio State University Police Division, 2015

Paul Turner, Director of Event Operations and Security for the Dallas Cowboys and AT&T Stadium, 2015

Rick Fenton, Vice President of Corporate Security, Ilitch Holdings, 2014

Dennis Cunningham, Executive Vice President, Security; National Hockey League, 2013

Dan Mullin, Senior VP, Department of Investigations - Major League Baseball, 2012

Mike Rodriguez, Director of Security - United States Tennis Association, 2011

Milt Ahlerich, Vice President for Security - National Football League, 2010

Thad Cochran, United States Senator for Mississippi, 2010

Bennie Thompson, Congressman Representing the 2nd District of Mississippi, Ranking Democrat, Committee of Homeland Security, 2010

Champion of Change Award

The Champion of Change Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated their ability and commitment to bring about positive change in the sports safety and security industry. Through progressive leadership, this individual’s achievements have made a difference to organizational effectiveness and led the organization forward into the future.

2019 Recipient:

Cathy Lanier, Senior Vice President, Chief Security Officer, National Football League(NFL)

Previous Award Recipients:

Andrea Cunningham, Global Security VP of International Theme Parks, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney and National Geographic Expeditions, The Walt Disney Company, 2018

NCS4 Cornerstone Award

The NCS4 Cornerstone award recognizes contributions that have provided a foundation for the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security.

2019 Recipient:

Dr. Peter Fos

Professional of the Year Award

This award recognizes a member of management in the field that has, over the past year, demonstrated outstanding leadership in addressing safety/security issues. In addition to the enhanced safety and security of their venue, the recipient’s contributions have set an example for others to follow. The award is selected by each professional league, NCAA and NFHS presented annually by a league official at the National Sports Safety and Security Conference & Exhibition.

2019 Recipients:

Greg Haapala, Race Director, Grandma's Marathon (Marathon/Running Events)

Guy Grace, Director of Security and Emergency Planning, Littleton Public Schools (High School)

Joe Monroe, CSSP, Chief of Police, University of Kentucky Police Department (NCAA)

Troy Brown, Vice President, Stadium Operations, Cleveland Browns (NFL)

Jerry Conners, CSSP, Director of Security, Detroit Tigers (MLB)

Andrea Evans, Security and Safety Manager, Gila River Arena/AEG (NHL)

Meredith Ley, Stadium Operations Manager, Columbus Crew Soccer Club (MLS)

Previous Award Recipients:


Michael Morrow, Managing Director of Security, CenturyLink Field(NFL), 2018
Vernon Conaway Jr., Vice President, Safety and Security, Maryland Stadium Authority, 2017

Jim Mercurio, San Francisco 49ers, 2016
Lon Rosenberg, formerly of the Washington Redskins, 2015
Mark Briggs, Gillette Stadium, 2014
Matthew Bettenhausen - AEG World Wide, 2013
Danny DeLorenzi - MetLife Stadium, 2012


Scott Anderson, Pinnacle Venue Services, 2016
Brian Herbert, Quicken Loans Arena, 2015
Donald Paisant - Smoothie King Center, 2014
Robert “Bob” Hundevadt - AmericanAirlines Arena, 2013
Rosie Grace - Amway Center, 2012
Edward Boyens- Amway Center, 2012


David Rinetti, Vice President of Stadium Operations, Oakland Athletics(MLB), 2018
Randy Olewinski, Security Director, Milwaukee Brewers, 2017

Greg Terp, Miami Marlins, 2016
John Leas, San Diego Padres, 2015
Larry Bowman - Turner Field, 2014
Richard Fenton - Ilitch Holdings, 2013
Rob Matwick - Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, 2012


Gina Chapa, Vice President of Guest Services, American Airlines Center, 2018
Tim Christansan, Director of Security, Kroenke Sport Entertainment, 2017

Kim Boulet, MTS Center, 2016
David Born, Staples Center, 2015
Mark Brenner - First Niagara Center, 2014
Johnny Jackson - Joe Louis Arena, 2013
Clinton Peterson - PNC Arena, 2012


Andrew Burchfield, Director of Emergency Management & Communications, University of Michigan, 2018
Lawrence Rabalais, Jr., Chief of Police, LSU Police Department, 2017

Jennifer Gant, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2016
Jeff Steele, Auburn University, 2015
Mark Bodenschatz - Pennsylvania State University, 2014
Larry Naifeh - University of Oklahoma, 2013
Paul Denton - The Ohio State University, 2012

Marathon / Endurance Events

Virginia Achman, Executive Director, Twin Cities in Motion, 2018
John Bertsch, Executive Director of Global Safety & Security, IRONMAN World Championship, 2017

Ted Metellus, Competitor Group, 2016
Mike Nishi, Chicago Marathon, 2015
Dave McGillivray - Boston Marathon, 2014

National Federation of High School Associations

Marmion Dambrino, Director of Athletics, Houston Independent School District, 2018
Tom Gunnell, Chief Operations Officer, Katy Independent School District, 2017

Jay Hackett, Milton Academy, 2016
Amy Skeens-Benton, Carmel Clay High School, 2015
Mike Gulino - Byram Hills Central School District, 2014
Thomas J. Gunnell - Katy Independent School District, 2013

Major League Soccer

Brian Corrigan, DC United - RFK Stadium, 2015
James McFarland - BBVA Compass Stadium, 2014
Gina McFarlin - FC Dallas Stadium, 2013
David Dollase - Livestrong Sporting, 2012


Ed Klima - Dover International Speedway, 2014
Matt Brannock - Martinsville Speedway, 2013
Jim Hobbs - Michigan International Speedway, 2012


Ed Harris, Verizon INDYCAR Series, 2016


Executive Event Services - Yorba Linda, California, 2013

United States Tennis Association

Dick Clark - Lindner Family Tennis Center, 2012

Private Security

Salim Toorabally, Private Security, 2016

Emerging industry leader Award

This award recognizes a young professional in the sports safety and security field that has, over the past year, demonstrated outstanding leadership in addressing safety/security issues. In addition to the enhanced safety and security of their venue, the recipient’s contributions have set an example for others to follow. The award is selected by each professional league, NCAA, NFHS and Marathon Committees presented annually by a league official at the National Sports Safety and Security Conference & Exhibition.

2019 Recipients:

Michael Clemons, Race Director, Louisville Sports Commission (Marathon/Running Events)

Patrick Lee, Athletic Director, Lamar County School District (High School)

Scott Ellis, CSSP, Lieutenant, University of South Carolina Police Department (NCAA)

Sam Cornejo, Director of Security, SMG State Farm Stadium (NFL)

Previous Recipients:

National Football League

Michael Fogel, Security Manager, AT&T Stadium (NFL), 2018
Billy Langenstein, Director of Event Services, U.S. Bank Stadium, 2017

Joe Coomer, Global Spectrum at University of Phoenix Stadium, 2015

NaTional Basketball Association

Kevin Dooley, Spurs Sports & Entertainment/AT&T Center, 2016
Jerome Pickett, National Basketball Association, 2015

Major League Baseball

Sal DeAngelis, Philadelphia Phillies, 2015
Antonio Torres- Roman, Miami Marlins, 2015
Billy Lagenstein, Washington Nationals, 2015

National Hockey League

Mike McCarroll, Director of Guest Services, SAP Center at San Jose, 2017
Chad Ludkey, Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena, 2016
Steve Sanchez, Staples Center, 2015


Rebecca Wilusz, Duke University (NCAA), 2018
Akin Bryant, Executive Police Lieutenant, University of Michigan – Division of Public Safety and Security, 2017

Drew Pittman, Assistant Athletics Director, Facilities, and Operations, Baylor University, 2017
David Ellis, Boise State University, 2016


Tamica Hill, School Resource Officer, Lamar County School District (Interscholastic Advisory Committee), 2018
Ben Rolens, General Manager; Special Events, Reservations, and Marketing, Katy Independent School District, 2017

Marathon / Endurance Events

Aaron Nemzer, Director of Events, DMSE Sports, Inc. (Road Race/Endurance Events), 2018
Sean Barus, Director of Operations, Chicago Event Management (Road Race/Endurance Events), 2018
Charlotte Brookes, Event Director, Canadian Running Series, 2017

David Grice, President, RaceWorks, Inc., 2017
Matt West, Senior Vice President of Operations, DMSE Sports, Inc., 2017
Carly Caulfield, Houston Marathon Committee, 2016
Kyle McLaughlin, TCS NYC Marathon, 2015

Major League Soccer

Dan Lolli, Columbus Crew Soccer Club, 2016


Andrey Reis, Rio 2016 Olympics, 2016

Facility of Merit for Safety and Security Award

This award recognizes a facility that has performed above and beyond normal operations to demonstrate an innovative approach to enhancing safety and security. The chosen facility may also have resolved a significant safety/security issue or incident. The award is selected by each professional league and the NCAA and presented annually by a league official at the National Sports Safety and Security Conference & Exhibition.

2019 Recipients:

St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend (Marathon/ Running Events)

Delmar - Tusa Sports Complex - Houston ISD (High School)

Albertsons Stadium, Boise State University (NCAA)

Canvas Stadium – Colorado State University (NCAA)

Scott Stadium, The University of Virginia (NCAA)

Citizens Bank Park (MLB)

Hard Rock Stadium (NFL)

Little Cesar's Arena (NHL)

Mercedes - Benz Stadium (MLS)

Previous Award Recipients:

NCAA Institutions

Bryant-Denny Stadium, The University of Alabama, 2018
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion, The University of Connecticut, 2018
Williams-Brice Stadium, The University of South Carolina, 2018
Vaught Hemingway Stadium, The University of Mississippi, 2017

Ryan Field, Northwestern University, 2017
Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium, Duke University, 2017
Michigan Stadium, University of Michigan, 2016
McLane Stadium, Baylor University, 2016
Lubber Stadium, Grand Valley State University, 2016
Carnie Smith Stadium, Pittsburg State University, 2016
Jordan- Hare Stadium, Auburn University, 2015
Albertsons Stadium, Boise State University, 2015
California Memorial Stadium, University of California, Berkeley, 2015
Alumni Stadium - Boston College, 2014
Common Wealth Stadium - the University of Kentucky, 2014
Yale Bowl - Yale University, 2014
Tiger Stadium - Louisiana State University, 2013
Neyland Stadium- University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2013
Spartan Stadium - Michigan State University, 2013
Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium - University of Oklahoma, 2012
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium - University of Florida, 2012
Highpoint Solutions Stadium - Rutgers University, 2012
Ohio Stadium - The Ohio State University, 2011
Beaver Stadium - Penn State University, 2011
Kyle Field - Texas A&M University, 2011

National Football League

CenturyLink Field, 2018
Levi’s Stadium, San Francisco 49ers, 2017

Lambeau Field - Green Bay, Wisconsin 2016
University of Phoenix Stadium- Glendale, Arizona 2015
MetLife Stadium - East Rutherford, NJ, 2014
University of Phoenix - Glendale, Arizona, 2013
EverBank Field - Jacksonville, Florida, 2012
Gillette Stadium - Boston, Massachusetts, 2011
MetLife Stadium - East Rutherford, New Jersey, 2011

National Hockey League

American Airlines Center, 2018
Bridgestone Arena, Nashville Predators, 2017

MTS Centre - Manitoba, Canada 2016
Wells Fargo Center - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2015
Madison Square Garden - New York, NY, 2014
United Center - Chicago, Illinois 2013
Staples Center - Los Angeles, California, 2012
Joe Louis Arena - Detroit, Michigan, 2011

Major League Baseball

Busch Stadium, 2018
Progressive Field, Cleveland Indians, 2017

Yankee Stadium - New York City, New York 2016
Nationals Parks-Washington, District of Columbia 2015
Minute Maid Park - Houston, Texas, 2014
Kauffman Stadium - Kansas City, Missouri, 2013
Rangers Ballpark in Arlington - Arlington, Texas, 2012
Safeco Field - Seattle, Washington, 2011

NatioNal Basketball Association

Air Canada Centre - Ontario, Canada 2016
Madison Square Garden - New York, New York, 2015
Smoothie King Center - New Orleans, Louisiana, 2014
American Airlines Arena - Miami, Florida, 2013
Amway Center - Orlando, Florida, 2012
Staples Center - Los Angles, California, 2011

Major League Soccer

Red Bull Arena - Harrison, New Jersey 2015
StubHub Center Los Angeles, California, 2013
Livestrong Sporting Park - Kansas City, Missouri, 2012
PPL Park - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2011

National Federation High School Associations

St. Mark’s School of Texas, 2018
Oak Grove High School, 2018
Littleton Public Schools, 2018
Maryville City Schools, 2017

Saginaw Public School District, 2017
Richmond Public Schools, 2017
Katy Independent School District, 2016
Milton Academy, 2016
Thornton Academy, 2016
Stutler Bowl & legacy Stadium, Cherry Creek School District, 2015
Houseman Field, Grand Rapids School District, 2015
Carmel Clay High School District - Carmel, IN, 2014
Menomonee Falls School District - Menomonee Falls, WI, 2014
Wicomico County Stadium - Salisbury, MD, 2014
Racine Unified School District - Racine, Wisconsin, 2013

Marathon / Endurance

Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon, 2018
Big Sur Marathon, 2017

Medtronic Twins Cities Marathon, 2016
TCS New York City Marathon, 2015
Boston Athletic Association, 2014


World Series - Williamsport, Pennsylvania, 2011


United States Tennis Association
Lindner Family Tennis Center - Mason, Ohio, 2012


Martinsville Speedway - Ridgeway, Virginia, 2013
Michigan International Speedway - Brooklyn, Michigan, 2012
Daytona International Speedway - Daytona, Florida, 2011


Texas Motor Speedway - Fort Worth, Texas, 2013


Bruno Event Team - Birmingham, Alabama, 2012
Wegmans Championship - Rochester, New York, 2011
Kraft Nabisco Championship - Rancho Mirage, California, 2011

Sports Security Innovator Award

Sponsored by the Security Industry Association (SIA)
Annual Award given at the National Sports Safety and Security Conference

The award is presented to a member of SIA who has:

  • Demonstrated innovation by developing next-generation solutions to sports safety and security challenges
  • Promoted scholarship and advanced best practices for ensuring the safety and security of participants and attendees at sporting events
  • Advocated for the highest levels of professionalism in the securing of spectator sports venues

2019 Recipient:

Scott Dunn, Senior Director of Business Development, Solutions and Services, Axis Communications

Previous Award Recipients:

Brian Young, Chief Commercial Officer, Johnson Controls, 2018
Dave Tynan, Buisness Area Director, Axis Communications, 2017

Golden Eagle Award

Presented annually by SDM, this award recognizes excellence in architecture, engineering and construction (A/E/C) specially related to the safety and security of spectators, property and infrastructure of spectator event facilities. The award will consider the critical design and functionality elements that enable and promote the safety and security of all stakeholders in an efficient and effective manner.

2019 Finalists (selected finalist determined by audience):

Drone Detection and Mitigation of Albuquerque International Balloon
Aerial Armor – DJI Aeroscope System

Situational Security at MetLife Stadium
Digital Ally – First Vu HD Cameras

Enhanced Venue Security for Broncos Stadium at Mile High
GeoComm – Smart Venue Map

Previous Award Recipients:

GeoComm, 2018

Babel Street, 2017

Genetec – A Unified Security Solution for Knight’s Stadium, 2016

Axis Communications, 2015

MicroPower Technologies, 2014

ISS 24/7, 2013

Friends of NCS4 Award

The Friends of NCS4 Award recognizes professionals whose contributions have been invaluable to the advancement of the Center.

2019 Recipients:

Kelly Bartling, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Communications and Community Relations, University of Nebraska at Kearny
Timothy Guiterrez, Supervisory Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Seaton King, Battalion Chief (Retired), Pasadena Fire Department
Mark Klukow, Sergeant, Minneapolis Police Department
Jim Mercurio, Vice President, Stadium Operations and General Manager, Forty Niners Management Company, Levi's Stadium
Kenna Powell, CSSP, Director of Safety, Security, and Emergency Management, Providence Day School

2018 Recipients:

Michael Hartnett, Unit Chief, Crisis Management Division, Federal Bureau of Investigations
Joe Jackson, Market Manager – Public Safety, Control Room Group by AVI-SPL
Tom Gunnell, Chief Operations Officer (retired), Cincinnati Public Schools & Katy Independent School District
Patrice Matamoros, Chief Executive Officer, Pittsburg Three Rivers Marathon
Drew Pittman, Assistant Athletic Director, Event Management & Facilities, Baylor University
Michael Roberts, Programme Manager, Project STADIA-INTERPOL

2017 Recipients:
Joey Sturm, Chief of Police, University of Louisiana, Lafayette
Virginia Brophy Achman, Executive Director, Twin Cities in Motion
Troy Brown, Vice President of Stadium Operations, Cleveland Browns
Larry Johnson, Assistant Superintendent and Executive Director of Public Safety and School Security, Grand Rapids Public Schools
Khaled Hatem, Specialized Officer, INTERPOL Project STADIA

2016 Recipients:
Dane Dodd
Andy Burchfield
John King
Wade Morehead
Jeff Steele

2015 Recipients:
Fred Gardy
Richard Morman
Sharon Cessna
Russ Simons
Elliot Hopkins

2014 Recipients:
Bret Becton
Diane Mack
Paul Turner
Don Paisant
Jennifer Gant
Wayne Folkes

2013 Recipients:
Mark Bodenschatz
Mike Caruso
Bill Squires
Gary Gardner
Al Davis

2012 Recipients:
Peter Fos
Bob Hopkins
Ted Hayduk
Doug Thornton
David Meyer