By Preston McClellan '14
As part of Dr. Heather Lawrence-Benedict's Facility and Event Management class, our students are lucky enough to hear from industry leaders on various topics related to the subject. This week, Dan Donovan, VP of Business Development at Guidepost Solutions.
- "Prior to joining Guidepost Solutions, Dan Donovan co-founded The Inocon Group, a global leader in enterprise-wide risk solutions and now a part of Guidepost. He was instrumental in establishing Inocon as a leader in this field and is an asset to Guidepost’s Sport and Entertainment team." Click here to read his full professional bio on Guidepost's website.
- Technology Design
- Security Consulting
- Risk mitigation
Stadiums and Arenas - What are the big topics in Stadium and Arena security?
Donovan spent a good amount of time addressing the biggest issues in stadium and arena security. He identified several major areas of emphasis, outlined in the embedded tweet below.
Donovan played a key role in the security/operation of Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans. He was also one of the people that the NFL turned to when the power went out during the game. Check out the picture below fo the security war room during the Super Bowl in New Orleans.
Super Bowl XLVII (New Orleans)
- Security within New Orleans goes on the whole week
- YouTube Video that was shown:
Donovan explained that an error in calibration of a some sort of switch led to the power outage in New Orleans. For more information about that, please click here.
About Ohio University Sports Administration
As the first institution in the world to offer a master-level degree in Sports Administration, Ohio University has been a pioneer in the sports administration and business world for nearly 50 years. Ranked as the top graduate program in the world by Sport Business International for two consecutive years, Ohio continues its mission of producing the top sports business professionals each year.
The two-year MBA/MSA program prepares students for leadership positions by combining the business teaching of the Ohio University MBA program with sport-specific knowledge during the MSA program. This degree combination recognizes the growing complexity of the sports, facility and entertainment industries, and reinforces Ohio University's commitment to preparing students for the leadership challenges of the future. Please watch the video below for testimonials from some of the program's prominent alumni.
Ohio MBA/MSA informational video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKc7jOSrfOE
Ohio Sports Administration website: www.sportsad.ohio.edu