Jim McIntyre CEO

Jim McIntyre is Founder and CEO of all S.A.F.E. Management entities. Jim has provided the leadership and vision to successfully achieve the original goals set by the company and today works towards the strategic development and implementation of its current objectives.  As Jim would say, the ultimate achievement continues to be leading S.A.F.E. to the top of its industry by incessantly exceeding client and guest expectations.

What was a dream that began for Jim in 1994 has become a reality during the past three decades.  In its twenty second year of business, S.A.F.E has evolved from a company that began as a one location, one dimensional company into a diversified, six-state corporation.  In the early stages of establishing himself in the crowd management industry, Jim had a vision of creating a company that would combine first rate event security with quality guest service strategies.  With ever emerging security threats, the business has changed drastically in the last several decades.  The business has transformed from basic security with limited expectations of the event security staff to one that is a highly interactive and intensely scrutinized.

Jim graduated in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the Liberal Arts School of Washington College in historic Chestertown, Maryland.  In conjunction with working a full time position associated with his educational interest, Jim attended Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.  Two years later, Jim graduated with a Master’s Degree in Education.

In 1986, Jim began his career in the crowd management business at Towson University in Towson, Maryland.  After several levels of progression through the Student Life Management Department at the University, Jim was promoted and became responsible for all operations of the Towson Center Arena and John Unitas Stadium.  In addition to operating the athletic and special event facilities, Jim was instrumental in the development and teaching of several courses within the Sports Management program at Towson University.

In May of 1994, Jim organized S.A.F.E Management as a result of an opportunity he developed in the management of event operations with the Baltimore Stallions Football Club of the Canadian Football League.  In June of 1996, S.A.F.E received its first major contract with the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League.  From that opportunity, S.A.F.E. has grown tremendously, not only in the Maryland region, but across the country and now includes offices in: Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Maryland and Michigan.

During his years with S.A.F.E Management, Jim has had the privilege to open four National Football League stadiums, several arena’s, developed and managed operations at several collegiate programs and has played a significant role in many major sporting and special events, including the last fourteen Super Bowls.  In addition to professional football management, Jim has been involved in almost every type of event including NCAA Division I National Championship games such as the BCS Football game, College Football Playoff Championship, NCAA Final Four, the Frozen Four Ice Hockey games and Final Four Lacrosse games.

Most recently, Jim, along with his talented and intensely dedicated Georgia Branch Office, opened Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. After almost one year of preparation, S.A.F.E. played a major role in opening this world class venue.

In addition to his business interest with S.A.F.E., Jim has established Reach for the Stars Foundation, which financially assists programs and/or persons with special needs in our communities.

Jim and his wife Karen have three children – Hunter, Codi and Alex.

Blake Barisich  VP – Operations

Born in Medina, Ohio, Blake attended Hillsdale College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Financial Management.  After graduation, he embarked on his career with S.A.F.E. Management and has spent the last 17 years in a variety of roles with S.A.F.E., most recently being named Vice President of Operations.

Blake’s experience has encompassed all aspects and levels of the organization ranging from entry level Event Manager to Executive and Leadership Levels.  These experiences have allowed him to understand the minute-to-minute details of the event staffing industry and now allow him to provide guidance and leadership to all S.A.F.E. entities.

Blake’s journey started in Baltimore, Maryland where he joined S.A.F.E. in an entry level role as an Event Manager. After a short time, he quickly grew into Assistant Director and then Director of Baltimore Operations. After only 3 years with S.A.F.E. and at the young age of 26, Blake was given the honor and challenge of relocating to Arizona to embark on the opening of Cardinals Stadium now known to be State Farm Stadium.  As Director of Operations, in just a few short months, he recruited, interviewed, trained, and successfully worked over 800 employees during that inaugural season.  Blake’s ability to develop our event day leadership team as well as strong relationships with our new stadium partners set a strong foundation for lasting operational success at State Farm Stadium.

Some of Blake’s most important contributions have been his leadership of the Super Bowl operations since Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville. During this time, Blake has been responsible for all Super Bowl related operations. His leadership in training development/facilitation, relationship building, effective communication, operation ingenuity, and innovative thinking have been at the core of his and our Super Bowl success.

In his career with S.A.F.E. Management, Blake has had the opportunity to play a leading role in a wide variety of major events including, but not limited to: 17 Super Bowls, 2 BCS National Championship Games, 2 College Football Playoff Championship, 5 Final Fours, Wrestlemania XXVI, the annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, numerous College Football games, international soccer games, concerts, automotive sports, trade shows, conventions and festivals.

In recent year Blake’s role has grown and he has played a major role in the openings of our new stadiums.  Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia as well as Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. Working closely with S.A.F.E.’s CEO, Jim McIntyre, and S.A.F.E.’s local Teams, Blake spent significant time at both stadiums using his vast knowledge of startups to successfully open these world class venues.

In addition to event experience, Blake also has experience developing and running 24-hour; 7 day-a-week security operations throughout the US.  He prides himself on having a well-trained, friendly, and value-added focused security team in which he has cultivated through his strong communication.

Blake has actively participated in multiple NFL Best Practices Trainings; International Crowd Management Conferences; guest spoke for colleges, was a key contributor in several stadiums Safety Act Applications as well as the lead for S.A.F.E. Management’s Designation award in 2019, and aided in situational mock emergency disasters table-top exercises.  He has also worked with industry leaders in the development of software programs to aid in the understanding of evacuations, shelter in place, and ingress dynamics.

Blake resides in Litchfield Park, Arizona with his wife Dru and their daughter, Reid and son, Bennett.

Erin Ware  VP – Business Administration

Graduating from York College of Pennsylvania in 2002 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management, Erin began her career in the sports industry interning with the United States Naval Academy but quickly found her path with S.A.F.E. Management in July 2003.  She has spent the last 15 years in various roles with-in S.A.F.E. Management and most recently was named Vice President of Business Administration.

Throughout her tenure, Erin has excelled in all administrative aspects of S.A.F.E. Management’s business.  She has developed and implemented many different programs and Human Resource management strategies including payroll, recruiting, and hiring practices with-in each of our entities.  In addition, Erin has developed uniformity and streamlined S.A.F.E.’s bookkeeping processes.

Erin’s career with S.A.F.E. Management started in our Michigan operation as the Office & Event Coordinator.  In two short years, she was promoted to Director of Events & Staffing and relocated to the Jacksonville, Florida office in February of 2005.  She began to expand her event operations role by becoming intricately involved in the management of various events from NFL football games to concerts and arena shows.  She also took over responsibility for all financial aspects of the Jacksonville operation including invoicing, accounts payable and accounts receivable.   In the spring of 2006, Erin was named the Director of Operations and became responsible for the entire overall operation.  She began working directly with all Florida clients on budget development and application, event management, development of security plans and implementation of guest service programs.

In May of 2012, Erin’s role was expanded in order to use her quickly developing skills to assist all S.A.F.E. entities on an administrative level.  One of her main contributions is assisting in the development and management of all Super Bowl expense and staffing budgets.  She works closely with her S.A.F.E. counterparts to ensure adequate operational levels as well as strict adherence to proposed costs.  Additionally, see oversees the timekeeping and auditing process to ensure timely and accurate reporting on both the accounting side and the payroll side.

In October of 2017, Erin was named the Vice President of Business Administration.  She now manages all administrative aspects of S.A.F.E.’s six entities including accounting and payroll. Additionally, Erin works closely with each of S.A.F.E.’s entities to ensure strict adherence to process and procedure. Her leadership and knowledge is a valuable resource for all S.A.F.E. offices.

Over the past 15 years, Erin has managed over 100 NFL football games including 15 Super Bowls, numerous college football games including the annual Florida/Georgia classic and annual Tax Slayer Bowl.  She has also managed a wide variety of events including NBA basketball games, NCAA basketball games, ice shows, trade shows, concerts, Monster Truck Jam, Wrestlemania and many more.

Erin resides in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband Darren and their son, Trey and daughter, Savannah.

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