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 three-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 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 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 sadelman@adelmanlawgroup.com.

Harold Hansen - Treasurer

Harold Hansen is a veteran of over 35 years of experience in the management of public assembly facilities and now is director of Life
Safety and Security for IAVM, providing staff support to programs and projects regarding safety and security for the public assembly
industry. 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 Ohio State Fire Marshal and has served in the career fire-rescue-EMS service since 1979. He is the Chair and
charter member of the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Technical Search and Rescue Committee, and served as a principal member of the NFPA Disaster Management Committee. He is an Incident Commander on Ohio’s All Hazard Incident Management Team, and has authored several well-known emergency service textbooks. He currently serves as the Executive Director of Medical Education and Research with Akron General Health Systems in Northeast Ohio.

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.

Founding Contributors

Keith Bohn
Custom Projects Director
TOMCAT USA

John Brown
CEO
Brown United Staging

Lyle Centola
Production Manager

James Chippendale
Doodson Insurance Brokerage

Benny Collins
Production Manager

John Conk
Production Manager

Mary Lou Figley
Vice President
Stageco US

Tim Franklin
Structural Engineer
Theta Consulting

Hadden Hippsley
Production Manager

Kent Jorgensen
Safety and Training
IATSE

Ken Keberle
Event Safety Specialist

Dave Lester
Training Manager
Clair Global

Tim Roberts
Director
Event Safety Shop

Alan Rowe
Safety and Training Director
IATSE Local 728

Karl Ruling
Technical Standards Manager
PLASA

Ron Stern
Production Manager

Mike Tierney
Senior Director Venue Operations
Pepsi Center

David VandenHeuvel
SVP Enterprise Solutions
Weather Decision Technologies/WeatherOps