David Thomas is the Vice President of Security Operations for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings and the award-winning Golden 1 Center. David oversees the development, operation, and maintenance of all security standard operating procedures for the Kings organization; basketball team security & crisis management; arena emergency action policies & practices; and security operations for the surrounding mixed-use entertainment complex in downtown Sacramento.
Prior to joining the Kings, David spent 25 years as a Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service, completing his career as the Special Agent in Charge of the San Francisco Field Office. His time in the Secret Service included the protection of various U.S. Presidents, Vice Presidents, foreign Heads of State & Government; the development of site security plans for venues of all sizes; and the creation of a vulnerability assessment program to test and improve Secret Service security operations. In addition, David spent time investigating complex financial crimes, counterfeit currency schemes, cyber-crimes, protective intelligence threats, and employee misconduct cases.
David held Secret Service leadership roles at field offices in Montana; Greenville, SC; Moscow, Russia; and San Francisco, CA. He served as the public information officer in each of those offices. He also led programs and people on the Vice President’s Detail; and the Internal Affairs, Mission Assurance, and Training Divisions.
David is a Political Science graduate of Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Strengthening Security in and Around the Venue
Keeping fans safe within and around a venue is paramount for any organization and the task continues to be increasing difficult. This roundtable discussion will explore how organizations can share critical information, what can be done to better secure the perimeter, how technology can help to secure a building, and what can be done moving forward to increase fan safety.