HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The following is a news release from The University of Southern Mississippi
San Francisco 49ers President Al Guido will be the keynote speaker for the 7th Annual National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition set for July 12-14 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix, Ariz.
The conference is sponsored by the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NSC4), housed at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Miss.
Guido was named President of the 49ers on Feb. 15 of this year. He oversees all key business initiatives for the team. Prior to being named President, Guido served as the team's chief operating officer from 2014 to 2016.
Under his direction, the construction and year-one operations of Levi's Stadium exceeded all projections – finishing under budget on construction, with lower public debt than expected, delivering $2.8 million to the City of Santa Clara general fund from non-event revenue in just the first eight months of operations, and fully funding reserve cash balances for the Santa Clara Stadium Authority.
NCS4 Director Dr. Lou Marciani notes that having Guido serve as the keynote speaker fits perfectly with the conference's overarching theme: "Achieving the Gold Standard."
"The Gold Standard is an industry benchmark to guide sport organizations achieve their safety and security mission while balancing costs, operational efficiencies and maintaining an engaged workforce, all while enhancing the fan experience," said Marciani. "Al has achieved the Gold Standard with the San Francisco 49ers organization. We are looking forward to him addressing the industry on how he has lead his team to achieve these high standards."
Levi's Stadium has proven itself as a 360 degree entertainment venue in its first two years under Guido's leadership. The venue has hosted Super Bowl 50, Wrestlemania 31, Major League Soccer, multiple Pac-12 Championship Football games, International Soccer giants Manchester United and Barcelona, Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Grateful Dead, and NHL Outdoor Classic.
This summer the stadium will play host to the largest soccer tournament on U.S. soil since the World Cup with the Copa America Centenario and will host the prestigious College Football National Championship Game, in 2019.
In addition to top-notch speakers, panelists, and an awards ceremony, other conference highlights this year include:
*National Forum – The Changing World: What is the Effect of the Paris Incident on Sports Safety and Security? The forum will include an extensive review of the incident in Paris and how it will affect future emergency preparedness and responses for sporting events and surrounding areas.
*National Table Top Exercise – Assess Your Preparation, Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery Protocols, Plans and Capabilities
*Roundtables – A variety of pertinent topics such as Bag Search Procedures, Drone Regulations, Parking Lot Safety, Selling Alcohol at Your Event, among others, will be addressed.
*Technology – Browse the latest solutions in the Exhibit Hall
For more information about the 2016 conference, visit: www.ncs4.com/conference