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, International Strategic Business Services
Senior Director, Business Development & Operations
Senior Director, Security Programs
Senior Director, Emergency Management
Senior Director of Operations
Analyst, Security Operations
As Chief Security Officer of OVG and President of Prevent Advisors, Mr. 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.
Mr. Downing has worked with the New Scotland Yard’s Metropolitan Police Counter-Terrorism Command SO 15. Mr. Downing has testified before Congressional sub-committee’s relative to intelligence, homeland security, information sharing, and prison radicalization. In April 2010, Mr. 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, Mr. Downing was appointed as the Interim Police Chief for the Los Angeles Police Department.
Mr. 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, France, Afghanistan, and Iraq; all to examine smart practices and build a network of practitioners.
Mr. 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. Mr. Downing is currently a Board Member at the George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security Institute.
Mr. Klingenmeier has over 20 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, JT 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.
JT 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. JT 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, JT 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 PVS as the Director of Venue Services, JT 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. JT’s other responsibilities included managing local law enforcement, medical provider, parking operations and staff safety training.
Before working in Houston, JT was the Director of Security Venues for Kroenke Sports & Entertainment in Denver, Colorado for 13 years. During his time in Denver, JT oversaw the security operations for multiple sports and entertainment venues including the Pepsi Center, Dicks Sporting Goods Park, Paramount Theater and First Bank Center.
JT 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.
Mr. Anderson is a 17-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 17-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, NHL Outdoor Series, Democratic National Convention, NCAA Tournament, FIFA sanctioned events, outdoor festivals, and large concerts.
In Scott’s current role with Prevent Advisors, Scott manages the day-to-day operations of the Operations and Business Development departments, which include both the industry leading Red Team program and consultancy program. During Scott’s tenure at Prevent Advisors, the company has expanded its previous client base to include such organizations as the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, The Walt Disney Company, NBC, Philadelphia Phillies, Houston Astros and many more.
Previously to Prevent Advisors, Scott was the Vice President of Security & Fan Experience for Pinnacle Venue Services. Under Scott’s leadership, PVS 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. Scott was instrumental in building the start-up company from scratch, to quickly becoming an industry leader by developing a cutting-edge Red Team program and wholistic event security services.
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.
Mr. Butt is an accomplished Police Commander with Over 20 years’ experience in the second largest police force in the United Kingdom. With an extensive background in Specialist Operations, leading the Tactical Aid Unit, Mounted Unit, Firearms, Dogs and Traffic Police. Commanding a diverse range of events from high-profile, high-risk football matches in the Premier League and Champions League at Manchester United and Manchester City, protests (Right wing extremism/Environmental), through to festivals, concerts, open top bus parades, rugby, political party conferences and Royal Family/Prime Minister visits. Tariq was the Commander of the scene in the following days of the Manchester Arena terrorist attack. A Public Order, Public Safety Commander, a CBRN and Traffic Bronze and Silver Commander.
Tariq took up the role as Head of International Policing, promoting, and selling British policing values and services across the globe, influencing, and shaping policing internationally. With a particular focus on developing countries to guide Human Rights, Ethics, Decision Making, Use of Force, Safety, Security and Stability. Working with police forces, security services and law enforcement agencies in countries such as, Germany, Sierra Leone, Sweden, UAE, Netherlands, Bermuda, and Pakistan.
Tariq was headhunted by the State of Qatar for the FIFA World Cup, where he trained, accredited, and mentored both Police and Military Commanders in preparation for one of the largest sporting events in the world, over a two and half year period. He assisted in creating effective policies and procedures for testing and exercising events by conducting tabletop, live play exercises and utilizing state of the art immersive virtual reality computer simulation. During the tournament, Tariq operated in the field providing advice, guidance, and feedback to event Commanders.
Upon return to the UK, Tariq took up the role as Venue Operations Manager to open a new £290 million-dollar, multi-purpose arena (Aviva Studios) in the heart of Manchester, ready to host large audiences for a wide and diverse variety of events.
Tariq holds a Post Graduate Certificate from Warwick University in Police Leadership & Management, he is trained to Level 4 in Spectator Safety Management (Safety Officer) and a former member of the United Kingdom, College of Policing High Potential Development Scheme (HPDS).
Mr.Born has over 30 years of experience in security and event management, with expertise including physical security and safety, crowd management, training, COVID safety and compliance, investigation, risk management and strategic planning. David has experience in high-profile events including the 2020 NBA Restart; NBA Finals, NBA All-Star Game, NHL Stanley Cup Final, NHL All-Star Game, NFL Super Bowl, NFL Pro Bowl, Grammy Awards, MLS Finals, NCAA Frozen Four, MLB All-Star Game, and numerous concerts and other events.
Prior to working at Prevent Advisors, David was a COVID Health and Safety Consultant for Sony Pictures Entertainment where he oversaw COVID preventative measures, compliance and testing operations for a television production.
Prior to Sony Pictures Entertainment, David was the Senior Director of Security for STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, where he oversaw security operations at the home of the NBA’s Lakers and Clippers, the NHL’s Kings, the WNBA’s Sparks, the annual Grammy Awards, concerts and other events.
Prior to STAPLES Center, Mr. Born served as the Director of Security for Dignity Health Sports Park (formerly StubHub Center) in Carson, California. Prior to his time at Dignity Health Sports Park, Born worked as the Senior Director of Guest Services and Security at Enterprise Center (formerly Scottrade Center) and the St. Louis Blues in St. Louis, Missouri.
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), the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) and current faculty member of the Academy for Venue Safety and Security.
Mr. 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.
Mr.Johnston has 15 years of experience in safety, security, and emergency management in the events and venues space. His expertise includes policy & procedure development, training & exercises, physical security systems, and security operations management. James’s event experience includes the NFL, NBA, WNBA, G-League, NHL, AHL, MLS, USL, MLB, NLL, CONCACAF, Liga-MX, numerous concerts, and hundreds of NCAA Division 1 competitions, including multiple regional championships and the Men’s Final Four. In 2012 he was the Assistant Front of House Manager for the Presidential Debate in Denver, Colorado.
Most recently prior to his role with Prevent Advisors, James was the co-founder and principal consultant at Continuum Preparedness, where he developed security and emergency response plans, policies, procedures, and training for clients on three continents; many of them venues or large campus environments. Prior to Continuum, James was the Security Operations Manager at the Denver Zoo and prior to that, he was a Security Manager with Spurs Sports & Entertainment.
Before his time in venue management, James developed emergency response training curricula for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Food & Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control, and the U.S. Department of State. James also served as the training coordinator for a campus safety department for several years, while also heavily supporting CALEA campus security accreditation programs.
James is a Certified Sports Security Professional (CSSP) through the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) and maintains Terrorism Liaison Officer status with the State of Colorado. He is also a Steering Committee member with the Hospitality, Entertainment, and Tourism community of ASIS International and is a current faculty member with AIMS International.
James holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, a Master’s Degree in Marketing, and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Strategic Management, all from the University of Denver.
Mr.Wilson is the Senior Director of Emergency Management for Prevent Advisors. In his 18 years in the emergency and public safety field, Mark has been an emergency manager, paramedic, fire and life safety officer, investigator, and entrepreneur. As an emergency manager, he has developed and led programs for Dartmouth College, the University of Denver, and Metropolitan State University of Denver. As a first responder, he has served urban and rural communities in Colorado, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Most recently, Mark was the co-founder of Continuum Preparedness, where he developed emergency management programs and provided training for venues, educational institutions, amusement parks, corporations, and non-profits on three continents.
Mark is a Nationally Registered Paramedic and continues to volunteer as a Paramedic in Colorado. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Dartmouth College and a Master of Public Administration degree with a focus in crisis response and continuity from Norwich University.
Ms. Angelier joined the Prevent Advisors team in 2019, coming from Prevent Advisors’ parent company Oak View Group “OVG” where she had been since 2017 as the Executive Assistant to the CEO, Tim Leiweke. With Prevent Advisors, Jennifer has conducted countless red team assessments across major sports leagues, in addition to providing on-site security consulting for major sporting events both domestically and internationally. Jennifer has participated in the preparation of risk and threat assessments for arenas, stadiums, and other entertainment entities. Prior to OVG, Jennifer worked in the legal and entertainment industries.
Jennifer is a graduate of Western Governor’s University and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing Management and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.
Ms. Raad began her security career as an Operator for Prevent Advisors’ now SAFETY Act Designated Red Team Assessment technology. Ms. Raad conducts Red Team Assessments for large-scale sporting and live entertainment events, and now, as the Analyst of Security Operations, she uses her leadership and management skills to ensure projects are run safely and efficiently. Graduating from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a BA in Homeland Security, Lea’s ability to speak Arabic and French has made her an undeniable asset to the Prevent Advisors team.
Prevent Advisors Board members
William J. Bratton
Peter A. Luukko
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.
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, 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.