One on One: Risk Control Expert Chris Rogers Warns Against Complacency
February gave us Super Bowl XLIV and the XXI Olympic Winter Games, two of the most daunting sports venue security challenges imaginable. Meanwhile, at the International Association of Assembly Managers' eighth Academy for Venue Safety & Security, attendees put knowledge obtained over seven days of training to the test during so-called "war games" — pitting designated security "aggressors" against venue "defenders." Paul Steinbach asked AVSS faculty member Chris Rogers, senior consultant and director of risk control for Aon Entertainment Group, an insurance brokerage firm that has served virtually every high-profile sporting event, including Super Bowls and Olympic Games, about real-life risks facing today's sports venue security managers.
Q: What is your personal involvement with these events?
Q: Have circumstances ever forced you to say to yourself, "We should have seen that coming"?
Q: What's the biggest challenge facing security managers?
Q: Do you envision a day when full-body x-ray scanning will be used at sporting events?
Q: How has the approach to venue security changed during your 30 years in the industry?
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