Head of Event Operations & Security @ Dallas Cowboys
Paul Turner, CFE CSSP is a Certified Facilities Executive and a Certified Sports Security Professional. He is the Director of Event Operations and Security for the Dallas Cowboys and AT&T Stadium. He oversees event management, event and venue security and public services for all events at AT&T Stadium. He was part of the stadium planning group during construction and was responsible for the development of the stadium operations department. Since its opening in 2009, AT&T Stadium has been recognized as one of the world’s premiere sports and entertainment venues and is host to marquee events including the 2010 NBA All-Star Game, Super Bowl XLV, the 2014 NCAA Final Four and the College Football Playoff National Championship in January 2015.
In his 24 years in the public assembly facilities industry, Paul has developed and led numerous guest and event services operations in performing arts centers, arenas and stadiums. He has previously held positions with the NFL Philadelphia Eagles, the NBA Portland Trailblazers, Theatre Projects Consultants and the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts in Southern California.
Paul is active in the venue management industry and is chair of the Stadiums Committee for the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) and a member of the Industry Advisory Council. He is a member of the National Advisory Board for the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) and chair of their Professional Certification Commission. Paul is a faculty member for the Venue Management School at Oglebay and Academy for Venue Safety and Security (AVSS). He serves on the Security Advisory Committee and Facility Coordination Group for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. Paul is well known for developing industry best practices for customer service, event management, security and venue operations. He has created many training and development programs and is a regular presenter at industry meetings and conferences.
Paul has a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from California State University, Long Beach and he lives in Grapevine, Texas with his wife Jackie and daughter Riley.