Prevent Advisors was founded with a single mission in mind. Keep people safe.
Our parent company OVG led by co-founders, Tim Leiweke and Irving Azoff, helped launch Prevent Advisors on the simple premise – world class guest experience begins and ends with the delivery of a safe and secure environment for the customer. Prevent Advisors exists to help our partners build and maintain the safest and most secure facilities in the ecosystems of sport and entertainment throughout the globe.
The organization, led by Special Operations, Law Enforcement, and Venue Management Professionals; Prevent Advisors works with our committed partners to design, build, implement, and maintain comprehensive solution sets to deter bad actors, address contingencies, and mitigate the risks associated with the sophisticated threats of today and the rapidly evolving threats of the future.
Our team is mission oriented, passionate, and aggressive in our efforts to improve safety and security outcomes for our clients. As enthusiastic fans of both sports and live entertainment ourselves, we understand the implied contract between venue and guests. We are driven by the desire to safeguard the experiences and events that create unforgettable memories and shape lives.
Chief Security Officer
Vice President, Business Development
Vice President, Operations
Senior Director, Operations
Senior Director, Business Development
Michael P. Downing brings 35 years of experience to Prevent Advisors. Most recently he served as the Deputy Chief, Los Angeles Police Department and Commanding Officer, Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau where he led five operational divisions: Major Crimes, Emergency Services Divisions, Metropolitan Division, Air Support Division, and Emergency Operations Division. These divisions include the Anti-Terrorism Intelligence Section, Criminal Investigative Section, Organized Crime, Surveillance Section, Hazardous Devices Section, LAX Bomb K-9 Section, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), Mounted Unit, Dive Teams, Emergency Preparedness and Response.
He has worked with the New Scotland Yard’s Metropolitan Police Counter-Terrorism Command SO 15. Deputy Chief Downing has testified before Congressional sub-committees relative to intelligence, homeland security, information sharing, and prison radicalization. In April 2010, Chief Downing served as a member of the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council working group on developing a national strategy for countering violent extremism.
In October 2009, Deputy Chief Downing was appointed as the Interim Police Chief for the Los Angeles Police Department.
Deputy Chief Downing is an active member of the Leadership in Counter-Terrorism (LinCT) Alumni Association, working with alumni from the FBI’s LinCT Program to develop a global enterprise of networked counter-terrorism practitioners from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Deputy Chief Downing has also worked with the Department of Justice and State Department, traveling throughout South America, Africa, Turkey, Poland, India, and Kenya to transition large national police organizations into democratic civilian policing models and overlay counter-terrorism enterprises on top of cities. His work in counter-terrorism has taken him to Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Germany, Kenya, India, and France; all to examine smart practices and build a network of practitioners.
Deputy Chief Downing attended the University of Southern California where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration in 1982 and completed POST Command College in 1997, the FBI’s Leadership in Counter-Terrorism (LinCT) in 2008, the Post Naval Graduate Executive Program in 2009, and the Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston (SMIP PERF) in 2012. He is currently a Board Member at the George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security Institute.
Scott is a 15-year veteran in facility management with extensive experience in security management, crisis management, risk management, parking, guest services, operations, and claims/ incident management. Throughout his 15-year career Scott has played a critical role in the successful operation of many high-profile events including the NBA Finals, NBA All-Star Games, NBA Global Games, Democratic National Convention, NCAA Tournament, FIFA sanctioned events, outdoor festivals, and large concerts.
Currently, Scott is the Vice President of Security & Fan Experience for Pinnacle Venue Services. Under Scott’s leadership, PVS has expanded its security services division by providing security services to multiple clients and events including the NBA Finals, NBA All-Star Game, and NBA Global Games.
Prior to taking the position with Pinnacle Venue Services, Scott spent three years working as the Director of Security and Parking for the San Antonio Spurs organization. During his tenure with the Spurs, Scott was responsible for the overall security/parking management for a wide variety of events including the 2013/14 NBA Finals, 2014 Men’s NCAA tournament, River City Rockfest, Warped Tour, and many other concerts. He was instrumental in helping the organization transition event staffing services in-house which resulted in a #1 ranking in fan experience per the NBA. The San Antonio Spurs were ranked #1 in overall experience for the NBA two out of three years Scott was with the organization. Other responsibilities Scott held for the Spurs organization included Chief Safety Officer, risk manager and claims manager for all company related matters.
Scott started his facility management career as the Event Incident Manager for Kroenke Sports & Entertainment and assisted in managing all emergency services and event risk management details for three different venues including the Pepsi Center, Dicks Sporting Goods Park, and Paramount Theater.
Scott is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington and has a Master’s Degree in Sports Administration from the University of Northern Colorado. After successfully transitioning into the sports industry after 7 years of management in corporate security, Scott graduated from the International Association of Venue Management’s school of Venue Management in 2013.
Over the past 15 years, Scott has conducted a wide variety of trainings that include crowd management, crisis management, emergency procedures, customer service, safety, emergency table-top exercises, and is a certified TEAM (Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management) trainer. He has experience conducting joint exercises with both federal and local law enforcement agencies in preparation of large scale events.
With over a decade of experience in both the conventional Army and Special Forces community, Chris delivers a wealth of security and counterterrorism experience. Throughout his career, he has built partnerships across a wide spectrum of governmental and military leaders to improve stability, security, and capacity in some of the world’s most challenging environments. Chris has led teams in conflict zones ranging from the Middle East to Eastern Europe and methodically worked to build outcome based security solutions. Recognized for his professional excellence, Chris also served as an instructor with the Special Operations Training Detachment at the Joint Readiness Training Center, charged with training and preparing Special Forces units for global engagements. Following his military service, Chris worked at Goldman Sachs in the firm’s San Francisco office. He also holds a BA from the University of Michigan and an MPA from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Chris remains an unwavering fan of University of Michigan athletics and a proud member of the Boston Red Sox Nation.
Ben spent the previous 11 years in the United States Army. Having participated in multiple facets of the Global War on Terror, he executed combat and contingency operations throughout the world. As a Green Beret and Special Forces Officer, Ben’s most recent assignments landed him in the Middle East, Central Asia, and South America. He has trained, advised, and assisted a diverse group of partner nation and interagency entities conducting kinetic operations against multinational crime syndicates and global terror networks. He has extensive experience in evaluating, mitigating, and responding to both existing and emerging threat vulnerabilities. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and received a Bachelor’s of Science studying Management and Systems Engineering.
J.T. Klingenmeier has 16 years of experience in facility management with an extensive background in security, risk and event management, parking, guest services, and venue operations. Throughout his career, J.T. has been a key contributor to the successful operation of many high-profile events including the NBA Finals, NBA Conference Finals, NBA All-Star Game, MLS All-star Game, multiple NLL All-star Game, NHL Conference Finals, NBA Global Games, NCAA Final Four, NCAA Frozen Four, Democratic National Convention, FIFA sanctioned events and other internationally sanctioned soccer events.
J.T. specializes in a variety of staff training including emergency, crowd, and crisis management, emergency procedures, customer service, employee safety, and TEAM (Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management) training. J.T. has successfully conducted joint operational exercises with both federal and local law enforcement agencies in preparation of large-scale events, including live exercises during NBA and NLL games. In addition, J.T. has sat on NCS4 Professional Sports Arenas and Stadiums and NBA Security Guidelines Committees, where he was instrumental in helping the NBA rewrite the league guidelines.
Prior to joining Pinnacle Venue Services as the Director of Venue Services, J.T. worked for the Houston Dynamo and BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas. He was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Security Department and coordinated all aspects of security for the venue during events. J.T.’s other responsibilities included managing local law enforcement, medical provider, parking operations and staff safety training.
Before working in Houston, J.T. was the Director of Security Venues for Kroenke Sports & Entertainment in Denver, Colorado for 13 years. During his time in Denver, J.T. oversaw the security operations for multiple sports and entertainment venues including the Pepsi Center, Dicks Sporting Goods Park, Paramount Theater and First Bank Center.
J.T. is a graduate of the Sonoma State University in Northern California and has a Master’s Degree in Sports Administration from the University of San Francisco.
Prevent Advisors Board members
William J. Bratton
Michael J. Rodriguez
Peter A. Luukko
Mark A. Camillo
Commissioner Bratton is one of the world’s most respected and trusted experts on risk and security issues. During a 46-year career in law enforcement, he instituted progressive change while leading six police departments, including seven years as Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department and two nonconsecutive terms as the Police Commissioner of the City of New York. He is the only person ever to lead the police agencies of America’s two largest cities.
As the Executive Chairman of Teneo Risk, Commissioner Bratton advises clients on risk identification, prevention, and response. Teneo Risk addresses four key areas: Anti-Terrorism Preparedness; Crisis Preparedness & Response; Cyber Security & Data Protection; and Smart City Planning.
Prior to assuming his role at Teneo Risk, Commissioner Bratton was the 42nd police commissioner of the City of New York from January 2014 to September 2016. It was the second time he had held the post. During that time, he oversaw 32 months of declining crime, including historic lows for murders and robberies. Commissioner Bratton spearheaded a major technological overhaul, the Mobile Digital Initiative, which gave a smartphone with custom-designed apps to every officer and put a tablet in every patrol car. Commissioner Bratton also implemented major reforms to the NYPD’s counterterrorism program by developing two new units—the Critical Response Command (CRC) and the Strategic Response Group (SRG)—which now provide the city with more than 1,000 highly trained and properly equipped officers who are dedicated to counterterrorism, large-scale mobilizations, site security, and rapid deployment citywide.
In the 1990s, Commissioner Bratton established an international reputation for re-engineering police departments and fighting crime. As Chief of the New York City Transit Police, Boston Police Commissioner, and in his first term as New York City Police Commissioner, he revitalized morale and cut crime in all three posts, achieving the largest crime declines in New York City’s history. As Los Angeles Police Chief from 2002 to 2009, in a city known for its entrenched gang culture and youth violence, he brought crime to historically low levels, greatly improved race relations, and reached out to young people with a range of innovative police programs.
Mr. Bratton also currently serves as the Vice Chairman for the Secretary of Homeland Security’s Advisory Council.
Mike Rodriguez serves as Director of Security for the United States Tennis Association and the US Open Tennis Championships. The US Open is the largest annually attended sporting event in the world.
In addition to his over 20 years of sporting event security experience at the US Open, Mike Rodriguez has worked on various other projects in the New York area, to include contributing to the development of the security protocols for the new Yankee Stadium.
With his extensive operational experience addressing terrorism-related issues, he has conducted presentations on Terrorism Awareness for several organizations. He was featured in a video produced by MLB Productions called “24/7” addressing security at major sporting events; he published an article on Terrorism Awareness for ASIS, and he served on a panel addressing “Global Terrorism: Ten Years after September 11th – Are Sports Venues Any Safer?”.
Mike Rodriguez serves as Co-Chair for the Department of Homeland Security’s Sports Leagues Subsector Council and serves as a National Advisory Board Member for the University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security.
He is the recipient of the 2011 National Sports Security Distinguished Leadership Award from the University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security.
Mike Rodriguez retired as a Detective-Sergeant after serving 23 years with the New York City Police Department. He served as a supervisor in the FBI/NYPD Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) directly involved with major international and domestic terrorism investigations, to include The Attacks of September 11th; The East African Embassy Bombings; The Bombing of the USS Cole; and The Anthrax Attack at NBC in New York City.
Peter Luukko currently serves as the Executive Chairman of the Florida Panthers and its parent company, Sunrise Sports & Entertainment, LLC. He is a nationally-recognized sports management leader and a member of the National Hockey League Board of Governors with over 25 years of experience running a professional NHL franchise. Luukko’s main responsibility in his current position is to build the Panthers and Sunrise Sports Entertainment, LLC into a world-class sports and entertainment company by generating a significant and broad base of corporate, community, and fan support across South Florida for both the Panthers as well events at the BB&T Center.
Prior to joining the Panthers in April of 2015, Luukko was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Comcast-Spectacor, L.P. where he oversaw the Philadelphia Flyers. During his 25-year tenure, Luukko led Comcast-Spectacor’s facility-management business, running more than 125 sports arenas, stadiums, and convention centers. He was also responsible for the expansion of Comcast-Spectacor’s broad range of businesses.
Under Luukko’s leadership, Comcast-Spectacor helped Philadelphia garner national attention by attracting several high-profile events to the city of Philadelphia, including the 2000 Republican National Convention, the 2000 NCAA Women’s Final Four, the 2001 NCAA Men’s East Regionals, the 2001 and 2002 X-Games, the 2002 NBA All-Star Weekend, the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Gymnastics, the 2011 NCAA Wrestling Championships, the 2014 NCAA Frozen Four, and numerous other sports and entertainment events. As President of the Flyers, he played an instrumental role in his club participating in two Winter Classics (2010 and 2012), while also hosting the 2014 National Hockey League Draft.
A recognized leader in the facility management industry, Luukko was the 2000 recipient of the City of Hope’s Tri-State Labor Award. He also received the 2002 prestigious Harold J. VanderZwaag Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Sports Management Program of the University of Massachusetts, his alma mater, for his accomplishments in the field of sports management. He received the 2013 Police Athletic League PAL Award for his contributions to the Philadelphia community.
In 2013, Luukko and Comcast-Spectacor Chairman Ed Snider ranked 43rd on Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal’s prestigious list of the Top 50 Most Influential Leaders in Sports Business. The two are also two-time winners of Venues Today’s Hall of Headlines. He also was named one of Billboard Magazine’s Power 100 (2012 and 2013).
Luukko and his wife, Casey, recently relocated to South Florida and are the proud parents of three children, Nick, Dana, and Max. Luukko is a hockey player, hockey coach, and hockey parent. His son, Nick, was recently signed to the Reading Royals, an AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers.
Mark Camillo is internationally recognized as a law enforcement and security professional, with exceptional expertise in the area of emergency preparedness operations. He is credited with directing the security operations of some of the most critical infrastructures in the world.
Mr. 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 in various capacities and ultimately being head of the White House Security Branch, which encompassed the supervision of daily security, emergency preparedness, and all-hazards operations at the White House Complex.
Following his final White House tour of duty, Mr. Camillo continued his advancement in the Secret Service being appointed to the position of Deputy Assistant Director, detailed to the headquarters of the newly created Department of Homeland Security. He continued working in critical assignments until his return to Secret Service headquarters where he was appointed the Chief Technology Officer for the agency.
Mr. Camillo held several key positions during his career in major event planning, the most notable having been 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. The successful execution of this carefully designed preparedness and prevention plan was later identified by the White House Office of Homeland Security as an excellent model for future security designs at Events of National Significance.
Mr. Camillo currently serves on the CSC senior management team in the capacity of a Senior Vice President, providing direction and oversight to domestic and international operations. Duties also include engaging externally with public safety and homeland security officials on projects, programs, and initiatives that add to the strategic growth of the Corporation.
Mark serves as an appointed member of the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS) Global Terrorism/International Crime Council and is an active member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Academic engagement includes serving as a Distinguished Lecturer at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY). He is a Senior Fellow at the George Mason University Center for Infrastructure Protection serving as a subject matter expert in security studies and operations and is on the faculty at the Academy for Venue Safety & Security (AVSS), conducted annually by the International Association of Venue Managers.
Mr. Camillo was appointed Chair of the Department of Homeland Security Office of Infrastructure Protection sanctioned Public Assembly Facility Subsector Council (2013-2104), and most recently named co-chair of the Commercial Facilities Sector coordinating council, also sanctioned and supported by the DHS Office of Infrastructure Protection.