Russ Simons

Chief Listening Officer
Venue Solutions Group

Russ is the architect of the Walmart “Black Friday” crowd management plan, including the development and training of over 1.6 million Walmart Associates in more than 4,000 Walmart stores in the United States. Russ’s plan is now standard operating practices for all Walmart “Retailtainment” events nationwide.
Russ is a member of the International Association of Assembly Managers (IAVM), and has served on the Board of Directors and Life Safety Council. He is a founder and instructor of the IAVM’s Academy for Venue Safety and Security and is an instructor and former Chairman of the Board of Regents of IAVM’s Venue Management School at Oglebay.
Prior to creating Venue Solutions Group, Russ was a Senior Principal with the global design firm Populous. There he managed the firm’s facility operations, evaluation and analysis group, which worked closely with the firms designers and architects to create functional and secure sports and entertainment facilities around the world. Russ’s’ previous positions include: Senior Vice President and General Manager of Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, home to the NHL Nashville Predators. Russ was a Senior Vice President of Powers Management and President of Powers Solutions.

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