Name: David Born, CPP, CSSP
Title: Senior Director of Security
Organization: STAPLES Center
David Born is the Senior Director of Security for STAPLES Center and has been in the role since May 2011. At the arena he oversees security operations at the home of four professional sports franchises, the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers, the NHL's Los Angeles Kings and the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks. In addition, he oversees security operations for the arena’s 30-35 concerts annually, family shows, special events and other high profile events that include the annual GRAMMY Awards.
Previously Born served as the Director of Security for StubHub Center (formerly The Home Depot Center) in Carson, California where he oversaw security staff and security operations at the home of Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy.
Prior to his time at StubHub Center, Born worked as the Senior Director of Guest Services and Security at Scottrade Center and the St. Louis Blues in St. Louis, Missouri. Before that Born also worked in executive facility positions with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres.
Born is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) with ASIS International and a Certified Sports Security Professional (CSSP) through the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4). He is also an active member of the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), and current faculty member of the Academy for Venue Safety and Security. He has been a speaker at numerous security and crowd management conferences. Born is also part of the adjunct faculty at the University of Phoenix Southern California campus.
Born has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from San Diego State University, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Security Management from Buckinghamshire New University.
We asked David the following questions:
1.) What new initiatives have you implemented, or are planning to implement, in the next year? We are currently in the process of a multi-year camera upgrade project. We also keep up to date on current events and threats to the industry and adjust our security procedures and protocols accordingly
2.) What are some of the greatest challenges that you face in your current position? Two challenges come to mind - threat of terrorism and consistency of operations. Regarding threats of terrorism, an incident in one venue affects all venues. It is essential to stay on top of current events and have an open line of communication with our law enforcement partners. Along those lines, it is essential to maintain consistency with our security procedures throughout our organization. This is better achieved through increased training programs and work with our security supervisor team.
3.) What is one piece of advice you would give to others in the spectator sports safety and security industry? Building and maintain relationships with other venues and your local first responders. I frequently contact other venues around the country to determine best practices in the indsutry