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Protecting Soft Targets and Crowded Places: Options & Alternatives in an Uncertain World

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Peter Ashwin
Event Risk Management Solutions, Principal

Peter Ashwin is the principal and founder of Event Risk Management Solutions (ERMS), a consulting practice committed to enhancing organizational resilience for festivals and events through practical and effective risk management and security solutions. Peter is a former Australian Army special forces officer who has been consulting on a wide range of international events since 2000, including six Olympic Games (2000 – 2012), the Baku 2015 European Games (Azerbaijan), the 2010 G8/G20 Summits (Toronto), and more recently, some of North America’s most iconic festivals and events - the Calgary Stampede, the Philadelphia Flower Show, Memphis in May International Festival, Beale Street Historic District (Memphis), Bohemian Nights (Fort Collins, CO) and the Canadian National Exhibition “The EX”, Toronto. Peter is a director on the International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA) World Board, a faculty lecturer for risk management and event security at the IFEA/NRPA Event Management School and the IAVM Academy of Venue Safety and Security. ERMS’s latest initiative has been the development & delivery of industry specific workshop - the Fundamentals of Risk Management & Resilience for Special Events. Peter is based out of Boise, Idaho and you can follow Peter’s latest blogs & insights @ www.facebook.com/ermsglobal

Michael Stewart
Department of Homeland Security, Sports Leagues/ Outdoor Events Subsector
Doug DeLancey, CPP, PMP
Department of Homeland Security, Chief, Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Strategy, Integration and Communications Section, Office for Bombing Prevention

Doug DeLancey currently serves as the Department of Homeland Security’s Counter-Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) Strategy, Integration and Communications Section Chief in the Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP), where he is responsible for the daily operation and success of policy, analysis, and stakeholder outreach efforts. Additionally, he is responsible for the cross-cutting and integrating functions of the Office. He has supported the Office since January 2014 in several capacities, to include leading the first national capabilities-based assessment to determine the required capabilities to counter the threat of terrorist bombings.

Doug is a former Army Colonel who graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science degree. He was deployed multiple times in Infantry units, to include Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan)—much of that time finding and attacking the networks responsible for employing improvised explosive devices.

He served as an Aide-de-Camp, Infantry Platoon Leader, Airborne Long Range Surveillance Detachment and Air Assault Company Commander, Airborne Battalion Operations and Executive Officer, and Infantry Battalion Commander. He also served in assignments at the Pentagon in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Joint Staff, and Army Staff; and was awarded the Legion of Merit, three Bronze Stars, and an Army Commendation Medal for Valor. He is a graduate of Army Airborne, Air Assault, Jumpmaster, and Ranger School.

Doug has Master’s Degrees from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the Central Michigan University, and has completed the Homeland Security Course at the Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education in Cambridge, MA.

He is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) © and Project Management Professional (PMP) ©.

Additionally, he volunteers as a Co-Coordinator for the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) in Arlington, VA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Surge Capacity Force which deploys to assist during disasters, and as member of his church’s Virginia Disaster Response Team

Anthony Vernon
Blerter, Head of Major Accounts and Partnerships |
David Olivares, CFEE
Kaliff Insurance, Director of Sales

David G. Olivares is the Director of Sales at Kaliff Insurance. His area of expertise are Festivals and Events and is responsible for guiding the company’s focus on Outdoor Music and Entertainment Events and venues. David’s professional background, infused with his passion for sports and entertainment, offer the perfect blend of talent that ensures proper coverage and implementation to protect Kaliff clients.

Robert Mooney
Department of Homeland Security, Protective Security Advisor
Robert Allen
City of Philadelphia, Assistant Managing Director, Office of Special Events


For more than nine years, Robert has worked as an Assistant Managing Director in the Office of the Managing Director – Special Events Department, where his duties include customer service management, interagency coordination and logistical planning for events, project management, policy development and permit issuance.  

Every day the news seems to include yet another needless attack on ‘soft targets’ around our world, who would much prefer not to be included in the dark notoriety that follows. With attacks on festivals and events directly, most recently (as of this writing) at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California, the concerns seem to hit closer to home for a majority of our industry with each incident. While much of our future safety is reliant on politicians and agencies that we cannot directly control, this important panel session will address – once again – what we can all do and must all do (beyond sending our thoughts and prayers to others), to protect our events from future tragedies.