ALSD Announces Rick Temple as Leader of Venue Technology Group
CINCINNATI, OH, April 10, 2012 – The Association of Luxury Suite Directors (ALSD) is proud to announce industry veteran Rick Temple has assumed the role of Executive Director for the ALSD's Venue Technology Group (VTG).
The ALSD, the leader of the $10 billion premium seat marketplace in sports stadiums and arenas across North America and beyond, along with technology expert Rick Temple and his over-20 years of experience in sports and entertainment will immediately begin delivering timely information to ALSD members working in both the premium seat and information technology sectors of the industry. Those attending the 2012 ALSD Conference and Tradeshow in Minneapolis in June will benefit from enhanced programming, now led by Temple, during the VTG Stand-Alone Day and the general education sessions throughout the duration of the conference.
The VTG reflects the ALSD's decision to train all the areas of the premium markets and even the general facility markets to better understand technology and to collaborate with IT Departments. As the ALSD has done with all the major and minor leagues as well as university facilities, the VTG has its own division within the ALSD and its own community – a community Rick Temple has been a part of from the very beginning.
"Not everyone knows this, but Rick Temple and Jeff Eberwein at United Center originally proposed creating an IT Division of the ALSD," says Bill Dorsey, ALSD Founder and Chairman. "They did this after speaking at an ALSD show in Boston in 2003 and realizing that technology was going to become an increasingly important aspect of the venue marketplace. As it turned out, Rick was right, but he may have been a little bit ahead of his time. The IT Division actually became a reality in 2007 in Phoenix, AZ at the Arizona Cardinals venue. It was well received. Now in 2012, technology is thought of not as a necessary evil which drains capital reserves but as an integral aspect of the venue and fan experience."
Rick Temple brings a prolific resume to the VTG which includes stops at two of the largest and most profitable buildings in the country: United Center and Madison Square Garden. "Rick's background is impeccable," observes Dorsey. "Now as a consultant for the Venue Technology Group, he does not work for a team, so his time is his own, and he does not work for a vendor, so he has no conflict of interest."
Comments Temple: "I have always thought of the IT Venue Technology Group as an integral part of the ALSD groups and the way it ultimately collaborates with all the segments of the premium seating industry. This is a philosophy I share with the ALSD. I look forward to leading the Venue TechnologyGroup this year and beyond."
"We believe Rick will translate his knowledge as the Executive Director of the Venue Technology Group," Dorsey continues. "I'm excited to hire him. I'm lucky to have him available. We look forward to working with him in the foreseeable future."
The future begins Saturday, June 30-Tuesday, July 3 in Minneapolis at the ALSD Conference and Tradeshow.
About Rick Temple
Rick Temple is a sports and entertainment consultant having recently worked with Madison Square Garden on their Transformation and with Radio City Music Hall. His expertise is on technology and how it impacts the fan experience. He has been involved in POS, pre-game introductions, in-game celebrations, and even directed post-game press conferences. He has an information security background and was the Director of Information Security at the United Center in Chicago. He also has intimate experience with event support and holds CISSP and CRISC certifications. He has strong relationships across all professional leagues and venues across the United States and Canada.