Richard Fenton

Vice President of Corporate Security
llitch Holdings

Fenton has been part of the adjunct faculty at Eastern Michigan University for eighteen (18) years teaching in the Interdisciplinary Technology Department and School of Police Staff & Command. Additionally, he’s been a guest instructor at the Northwestern University Traffic Institute/School of Police Staff and Command as well as the FBI National Academy.
In June 2000, Fenton joined the staff of Ilitch Holdings as the Senior Director for Corporate Security, Safety, and Investigations and was promoted to Vice President of Corporate Security and Parking Services in 2005. Fenton oversees/directs all corporate security and safety functions, venue security and safety, security systems, corporate loss prevention, investigations, and executive services across all of the Ilitch Companies. During his tenure, Fenton chaired the Public Safety/Private Security Planning Committee for the Major League Baseball All Star Game held in Detroit in 2005, served on the same planning committee for the NFL Superbowl/SBXL, and Chaired the Transportation Planning Committee for the NCAA Final Four.
Fenton is the Co-Founder of the innovative and successful Public Safety/Private Security Partnership, “LIGHTHOUSE PROGRAM.” The “LIGHTHOUSE PROGRAM” is a multifaceted Law Enforcement/Private Security program developed for the City of Detroit's Central Business District with the goal of enhancing the safety and security of this "vibrant area" for guests, patrons, employees and residents through cooperative and coordinated private/public partnerships of security and law enforcement entities serving the area. The innovative use of crime mapping/analysis, area CCTV, and written memorandums of understanding supporting information sharing by law enforcement and private security are critical buildings blocks of the program.
In 2009, Ilitch Holdings and Fenton were honored by Governor Jennifer Granholm and Brigadier General Michael McDaniel for Fenton's ongoing work and critical contributions to securing the Homeland in the State of Michigan. Governor Granholm appointed Fenton to the State of Michigan Fusion Center Advisory Board (MIOC) in 2010 and was reappointed by Governor Snyder in 2012. In 2010, Fenton was selected by the Director of the Michigan State Police to serve as the Private Sector Chair for the Michigan Infrastructure Coordinating Committee.
With the formation of the Detroit Southeastern Michigan Intelligence Information Center (DSEMIIC) in the summer of 2011, Fenton was elected by the seven regional governmental entities, which comprise the DSEMIIC, and the State of Michigan, to serve as the Chair of the DSEMIIC Advisory Board. The National Hockey League and the University of Southern Mississippi NCS4 Program selected Richard Fenton/Ilitch Holdings/Joe Louis Arena for its distinguished Facility Achievement Award noting that Joe Louis Arena and the Detroit Red Wings were the model security group for NHL arenas. In 2013, NCS4 and Major League Baseball selected Richard Fenton/Ilitch Holdings/Comerica Park for Professional of the Year recognizing him as an outstanding leader in addressing safety/security. Most recently, NCS4 selected Richard Fenton as the 2014 Distinguished Leadership Award recipient. This award recognizes professionals who constantly contribute to sport safety and security over the course of their career.
Richard Fenton has been at the forefront of integrating new security technologies and operating procedures in the security realm and has been instrumental in partnering with public and private law enforcement and security agencies to significantly enhance the safety and security for the Ilitch Companies; while at the same time, securing more than $200,000 in Federal Grants for security enhancements and equipment for the Ilitch Holdings operational venues.
Fenton is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy (NA) and the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC). He has lectured and taught classes for the F.B.I NA and SPSC. Fenton graduated from Wayne State University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science of Degree and earned his Master of Arts degree from Eastern Michigan University in 1978. Fenton continued academic work towards a Doctorate earning graduate credits at the University of Virginia and the University of Detroit. He and his wife Kathy reside in Ann Arbor and have five children as well as three grandchildren.

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