Fenton will be honored with the Champion of Change award
Thu 06/02/2022 – 16:24 | By: NCS4 Staff
Richard Fenton, CSSP, vice president and chief security officer of Ilitch Holdings, Inc., will be recognized as a champion of change at the 2022 National Sports Safety and Security Conference & Expo in Orlando from 28-30 June. The event is presented annually by the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM).
Fenton will receive the Champion of Change Award, which recognizes an individual who has demonstrated the ability and commitment to effecting positive change in the sports safety industry. Through progressive leadership, this individual’s accomplishments have made a difference in organizational effectiveness and moved the organization forward into the future.
“It has been an honor to serve in a public safety environment for over 50 years,” Fenton said. “I am fortunate to work with an incredible group of security professionals and for an organization that has always made the safety and security of our guests and colleagues our highest priority.”
“Rick is a true champion of change, always on the lookout for new practices and technologies and encouraging industry professionals and organizations to strive for excellence. He believes in continuous improvement and helps take his profession to the next level,” said Dr. Stacey A. Hall, NCS4 Executive Director and Professor of Sports Management. “Rick was one of the first recipients of the Certified Sports Safety Professional (CSSP) designation and is a long-time supporter and contributor to the NCS.4. He is currently co-chair of the National Advisory Council, and his leadership has advanced the work and role of the council in shaping the sport safety profession. »
Richard Fenton retired as Executive Commander of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department in May 2000 after more than 27 years of service. While there, Fenton served as the agency’s Chief of Detectives and was assigned to a number of investigative task forces, including the Wayne County Organized Crime Task Force, the Airport DEA work and airport special investigation detail. Fenton served as chief of police/commander at Detroit Metro and Willow Run airports for seven years.
In addition to his long career in law enforcement, Fenton served on the adjunct faculty at Eastern Michigan University for 18 years, teaching in the Interdisciplinary Technology Department and the School of Staff and police command. Additionally, he was a guest instructor at the Northwestern University Traffic Institute/School of Police Staff and Command and the FBI National Academy.
In June 2000, Fenton joined the Ilitch Holdings team as Senior Director of Corporate Security, Safety and Investigations, where he was later promoted to Vice President of Corporate Security in 2005 and earned the title of Chief Security Officer in 2018. Fenton oversees and directs all corporate security functions, site safety and security, enterprise loss prevention, investigations and executive services across all Ilitch companies. During his tenure, Fenton chaired the Public Safety/Private Security Planning Committees for the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, the NFL Superbowl/SBXL, and the Transportation Planning Committee for the Final Four of the League. NCAA.
Fenton is the co-founder of the innovative Detroit Public Safety/Private Security Partnership’s Lighthouse Program, a multi-faceted program developed to improve the safety and security of Detroit’s central business district for guests, customers, employees and the residents.
In 2009, Ilitch Holdings and Fenton were honored by the Governor for Fenton’s continued work and critical contributions to securing the homeland in the state of Michigan. Fenton was appointed to the Michigan State Fusion Center (MIOC) Advisory Board in 2010, and he continues to serve on the board today. The Detroit Southeastern Michigan Intelligence Information Center (DSEMIIC) was established in 2011; Fenton was elected Chairman of the Advisory Board and currently continues to be a member.
The National Hockey League and the University of Southern Mississippi NCS4 The program selected Richard Fenton/Ilitch Holdings/Little Caesars Arena (LCA) for the 2019 Facility Achievement Award, noting that the LCA and the Detroit Red Wings were the model security group. In 2013, the NCS4 and Major League Baseball selected Richard Fenton/Ilitch Holdings/Comerica Park as Professional of the Year, recognizing him as an outstanding safety leader. In 2014, the NCS4 selected Fenton as the recipient of the Distinguished Leadership Award. He is co-chair of the NCS4 National Advisory Committee.
Fenton led the Ilitch Group of Companies in achieving SAFETY Act certification and designation for the safety program at Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers, and Little Caesars Arena, home of the Detroit Red Wings (first arena in the United States ). Additionally, the former home (Joe Louis Arena) and current home (Little Caesars Arena) of the Detroit Red Wings have received the SESA (Sports Event Security Aware) designation, making it the first joint/professional sports organization to receive this honor. .
Fenton was named one of the “2016 Most Influential People in Security” by Security Review. Most recently, Fenton completed the Comerica Park Security Program Security Law Recertification in 2021 and is currently working toward recertification of security design for Little Caesars Arena.
Fenton is a graduate of the FBI National Academy (NA) and Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC), where he lectured and taught classes. Fenton graduated from Wayne State University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science and received his Master of Arts from Eastern Michigan University in 1978. Fenton continued his academic work toward a Ph.D. earning graduate credits at the University of Virginia and University of Detroit. He is a Certified Sports Safety Professional (CSSP).
For more information about the conference, visit http://www.ncs4.usm.edu/conference/ and for more information on awards, visit https://ncs4.usm.edu/about/ncs4-recognition -awards/.