Board of Directors
Jim Digby – President
Jim Digby is 30+ year veteran of the entertainment industry. He is the founder and Executive Director of the Event Safety Alliance and owner of Collaborative Endeavor Group (CEG), providing international touring strategies and complete production solutions for the live entertainment industry. He currently serves as Director of Touring and Production for the multi-million selling artists Linkin Park, and has previously worked with artists as diverse as The Backstreet Boys, Bon Jovi, and Marilyn Manson. He is a four-time recipient of Tourlink’s “Production Manager of the year” award, as well as Parnelli’s “Production Manager of the Year” award for 2012. A fierce advocate for event safety and ethical touring models, he is a highly-regarded keynote speaker on life safety issues and a member of the advisory board for the International Music Festival Conference (IMFCON).
Steven A. Adelman – Vice President
Attorney Steven A. Adelman is the head of Adelman Law Group, PLLC in Scottsdale, Arizona. His practice focuses on litigation and expert testimony regarding safety and security at sports and entertainment venues across North America. He is Vice President of the Event Safety Alliance, teaches risk management and law for Arizona State University’s Sports Law and Business program and the International Association of Venue Managers’ Academy for Venue Safety & Security, and is a frequent writer and speaker regarding risk and safety in public accommodations. Steve Adelman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harold Hansen – Treasurer
Harold Hansen is a veteran of over 35 years of experience in the management of public assembly facilities and now is a Senior Consultant for VenuWorks, where he oversees consulting projects, training, and the company’s resource e-Library. His experience includes arena, convention centers, performing arts centers, as well new facility project management, from feasibility, through design, to construction, and the startup of business and event operations. Harold can be reached at (773) 973-2049, or by email at Harold-Hansen@sbcglobal.net.
Lauren Bailey – Director
Lauren Bailey is the Vice President of Entertainment at Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company. Lauren is a respected member of the entertainment community. With nearly 30 years of experience with Fireman’s Fund, Lauren brings leadership, worldwide industry expertise and a wide variety of insurance acumen to the board.
Donald Cooper – Director
Dr. Cooper retired in 2012 as the Ohio State Fire Marshal, after five years as the Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal, and has served in the career fire-rescue-emergency medical service since 1980. From 2012 to 2014, he served as the Executive Director of Medical Education and Research with Akron General Health Systems in Northeast Ohio, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Event Safety Alliance (ESA), as the Managing Editor for the Event Safety Guide, the ESA’s best practices guide, and as a labor-management consultant with National Rescue Consultants.
Charlie Hernandez – Director
Charlie Hernandez is a world-renown production manager and president of QED Productions. He is the long-time production manager the annual Farm Aid charity concert, and has worked with artists such as The Police, Aerosmith, and the Rolling Stones. He is the founder of Just a Bunch of Roadies, a non-profit charity organization that utilizes the talent and skills of live event professionals to help people caught in natural disasters all over the world. Hernandez is the 2012 recipient of Parnelli Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes pioneering, influential professionals and their contributions to the live event industry.
Steve Lemon – Director
Steve Lemon is a live event producer and project manager who specializes in large-scale event planning and management. Steve has worked in the entertainment, marketing, sports and leisure industries for over 30 years. He is the founder of Steve Lemon and Associates, a planning and management company based in Los Angeles, California.
Stuart Ross – Director
Stuart Ross became world famous for walking out of settlements when he didn’t agree with the results. He demanded that all Tom Waits shows become scalper free, which resulted in the development of paperless tickets. When he was 13 years old, he told Jim Morrison to leave the stage. A powerful and ruthless manager asked him to lighten up on a promoter. He is the only person who was at every single Lollapalooza tour show. He’s done time as a tour manager, tour accountant, festival producer, licensed agent, conference partner, and personal manager. Sometimes all at the same time. He took a failing production conference and made it thoughtful. Out of this resulted in the dialogue that begat the Event Safety Alliance for which he is proud to serve as a founding member. His goals for the event industry are for all of us to work with best business and safety practices, make sure every patron goes home safely, treat each other with respect, and know that if you’re looking where everyone else is looking, you’re in the wrong place.
Roger Sandau – Director
Roger Sandau has more than a decade of professional experience advising music and entertainment clients in the evaluation and management of financial risk relating to event cancellation perils and constructing tailored insurance solutions to meet their specific needs. He is a widely recognized expert in the field of music and event contingency insurance, and serves as a key insurance advisor to many of the top-grossing tours, live music promoters, festival producers and event organizers both domestically and internationally. He holds a BA degree in Economics from UCLA, and a JD degree from Hastings College of Law. Roger presently holds the position of Chief Executive Officer of Doodson Insurance Brokerage, LLC.
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