Board of Directors
Jim Digby – President & Chair of the Board of Directors
Jim Digby is a 30+ year veteran of the live music and event production industry. He is highly experienced in domestic and international live event execution, team building, partnership development, and crisis management as applied to the successful execution of global entertainment production. He is a vocal advocate for the advancement and application of safety controls and education within the live event sector, and is a highly-regarded keynote speaker on life safety issues, career mentoring, and live events as a force for positive social change. He is a member of the advisory board for the Fest Forums Conference and is board member of the Behind The Scenes Foundation.
He currently serving as Director of Touring and Production for platinum-selling artists Linkin Park, and is the founder and Chairman of the Event Safety Alliance®
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 email@example.com.
Harold Hansen – Director
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.
Scott Carroll – Secretary
Scott Carroll is the Executive Vice President & Program Director of Take1 Insurance (www.take1insurance.com). Scott Carroll has more than 20 years experience in insurance on both the carrier and the broker sides. His career began with the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, where he was responsible for $150 million in premiums and over 40 people. Since December 2008, Carroll has been managing the Take1 Entertainment) Insurance Program for US Risk. Within the Take1 Entertainment Insurance program, Scott is the underwriter responsible for an all lines admitted program with one of the leading writers of entertainment insurance in the world. Carroll’s underwriting authority in the program includes event service firms and DICE production companies. In addition, Carroll handles the insurance needs for Feature Film production companies, touring entertainers, special events, promoters, shell corporations, and professional sports teams and sporting events.
David Cloward – Director
David Cloward is the Global Product Leader of Live Entertainment at Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty. David and his team, have positioned Allianz as a global leader in the music, touring and live event space providing expert and creative solutions to a variety of risks including large music festivals, concerts, motorsports events and all services supporting these live events. He continuously looks to inspire and share his passion with fellow colleagues across the globe, and to further promote the mission of providing the best experience for fans and all those participating in the live event experience.
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.
Andy Lenthall – Director
Andy Lenthall is the General Manager of the Production Services Association (PSA) as well as a director of Mondiale Publishing’s Technology Division which is responsible for magazines such as Mondo and TPi (which Andy co-founded) as well as the TPi Awards, the UK Festival Awards and Conference, and the European Festival Awards. Andy’s 11 year tenure at the helm of the PSA has seen membership quadruple and its influence strengthen. The PSA enjoys close dialogue with Government and its agencies, has helped devise an industry-specific insurance scheme, developed the Safety Passport Scheme that has delivered over 10,000 courses in basic safety knowledge, and has consulted with government agencies on matters as diverse as health and safety, apprenticeship development, employment status and spectrum management.
Tim Roberts – Director
Tim Roberts has worked in the live event industry for nearly thirty years. Since 2000 he has been a Director and Senior Adviser at The Event Safety Shop Ltd in the UK, providing specialist safety advice throughout the sector and around the world. He is a chartered member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health. An early contributor to the UK’s Event Safety Guide (1999), Tim was instrumental in bringing that document across the Atlantic to form the basis of the ESA publication. He has contributed to other national guidance documents and is a regular speaker at conferences in the UK and overseas. He continues with a wide range of touring, festival and event work. Having been the Health and Safety Coordinator at Glastonbury Festival (cap. 205,000) since 2002, he was appointed as its Operations Director in 2014. He can be relied upon to bring practical insight and understanding to any safety message.
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 nearly two decades of professional experience advising music and entertainment clients in the evaluation and management of financial risk relating to event cancellation and non-appearance 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 is based in Austin, TX and presently holds the position of Managing Principal with Integro Entertainment.
Donald Cooper – Executive 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 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.
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