Russ Simons

Position: Owner and Managing Partner at Venue Solutions Group, LLC

Russ Simons is Senior Vice President for Campus and Facility Operations for Sofi Stadium and Hollywood Park in Inglewood, CA. Russ has been involved in nearly every facet of the sports and entertainment facility industry during his career including security, safety, risk and facility management operations.

Russ serves on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Public Assembly Facility Sub-Sector Council and is the former Chairman of that group. He is on the Board of Advisors of the National Center for Spectator Sport Safety & Security (NCS4) and Sports Facility’s and the Law Editorial Board. He is on the Board of Directors for the Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management Coalition for responsible alcohol management and a Distinguished Fellow of the International Innovation Institute for Fan Experience.

Russ currently leads The International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) COVID-19 Working Group responsible for the industry response to the current crisis including recovery, re-opening, and alternative facility usage. He is on the DHS COVID Recovery Task Force, supports the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment working Group as well as several similar working groups around the country.