Owen Dresser Managing Director
Owen was born in Baltimore, Maryland and raised in Ellicott City, Maryland. A lifelong Penn State fan, Owen became the 4th generation in his family to graduate from Penn State University. He graduated from the Smeal College of Business in May 2011 with a degree in Supply Chain & Information Systems. Owen began his career with Amazon.com working as an Area Manager from 2011-2013 in their distribution facilities in Breinigsville, PA and Middletown, DE.
Owen joined the S.A.F.E. Management team in Detroit, MI in June 2013 as an Event Manager. In Detroit Owen worked closely with Ford Field leadership to plan and execute operations for Detroit Lions football games, as well as major concerts such as Kenny Chesney, Justin Timberlake/Jay-z, and Bon Jovi.
In October 2013 he relocated to our Florida branch located in Jacksonville, FL to continue in his role as an Event Manager. Owen quickly took the lead on event operations, including all events held at TIAA Bank Field, Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena, Prime Osborn Convention Center, Times-Union Performing Arts Center, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at University of Florida, University of North Florida, Jacksonville University, and others. In 2016 Owen worked with leadership from the Florida Theatre in downtown Jacksonville to develop a partnership providing security services to the historic venue.
Owen was selected as the Director of Operations for the Super Bowl Media Center for Super Bowl XLIX in Phoenix, AZ. The following year his responsibility shifted to Director of Operations for the Super Bowl Experience, and he has filled that role for Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco, CA, Super Bowl LI in Houston, TX, Super Bowl LII in Minnesota, MN, and Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, GA. Owen has worked closely with our partners at NFL Security to train, manage, and provide direction for all S.A.F.E. security staff at these venues.
During the Summer of 2017 Owen helped with the successful opening of Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA. He helped to facilitate new team member training, and manage the event operations of the first events held at the brand new stadium.
In September 2017 Owen was selected to fill the position of Managing Director for the Florida branch of S.A.F.E. Management. Since then he has had the opportunity to lead operations for events including Jacksonville Jaguars football games, Florida vs Georgia NCAA Football, Monster Jam, the Gator Bowl, Florida Country Superfest, Lynyrd Skynyrd Farewell Show, NCAA March Madness, University of Florida football home games, USA Men’s & Women’s Soccer, Welcome to Rockville festival, Navy vs Notre Dame NCAA Football, Luke Bryan Farm Tour, Icemen hockey games, Jacksonville Sharks arena football games, and more.
Owen works closely with leadership from our many different venues in Florida to ensure that the S.A.F.E. standards of excellence are upheld at all times. He has continued to focus on providing the highest quality service to our partners in Florida through recruitment, training, quality control and continuous improvement.
Jeff Crytzer Senior Event Manager
Born and raised in Central Florida, Jeff graduated the University of North Florida in Jacksonville in 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. He began his career with S.A.F.E. Management in September of 2014 as an intern for the Jaguar season, during this time Jeff learned some of the ins and outs of what it takes to manage security, guest services and personnel for events ranging in size from Florida vs. Georgia, NCAA Football games, NFL Jaguars games, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney as well as other major concerts and events.
Jeff accepted his current position as one of S.A.F.E. Management of Florida’s three Events Managers in December of 2014. He has spent his career working hand and hand with the offices other major venues such as the University of North Florida, Jacksonville University and the University of Florida. In the Winter of 2016, Jeff briefly worked with S.A.F.E. Management of Arizona to help with operations for the NCAA College Football Championship. His responsibilities were that of helping coordinate all facets of the events timeline such as the Pre-Game Tailgate to the Post Game Awards Ceremony. Jeff continues to strive to be an outstanding leader, who is dedicated to detail and always demonstrates commitment to quality and security for S.A.F.E. Management.
Jeff has also been increasingly involved in the Super Bowl operation. Beginning at Super Bowl LI in Houston, Jeff assisted with the security operation during the NFL Experience event days. As venue manager for the NFL Tailgate for the past two years, Jeff is responsible for the budgeting, assisting in the development of security plans and leading the security operation during load-in, the event and load-out.
David Essing Senior Security Manager
David joined S.A.F.E. Management in September 2019 after retiring from an extensive law enforcement career to manage operations of the new 24/7 security operation. Previously David had worked with S.A.F.E. Management at Super Bowls LII in Minneapolis and LIII in Atlanta, leading 24/7 and gameday security operations.
David Essing began his career in Law Enforcement in 1997 as a Patrol Sargent/Officer for the Prince George’s County Police Department – the 25th largest in the country. Over more than 22 years, David rose through the ranks and served as Lieutenant of the Special Operations, Special Events unit from 2014 until 2019.
David graduated from Radford University in 1990 and found his calling to serve the community by entering the Law Enforcement field. After starting as a Patrol Officer, David also served as Sargent of National Harbor, a highly trafficked tourist destination; Lieutenant of Special Operations, Crisis Negotiator/K9 Unit; and the Lieutenant of Special Operations, Special Events.
In his role overseeing Special Events, David led a four-person team that developed, coordinated, and executed safety/security/counter-terrorism strategies and plans for large, public events. He also was a liaison with the event sponsors; federal, state, and local government agencies; venue owners; vendors and directly oversaw more than 40 major events per year in PG County. In his role at FedEx field, David updated the comprehensive planning for FedEx Field/Washington Redskins games which required unique planning due to the volume of elected and senior government officials that attend. Furthermore, David has provided services for large, high-profile events at the Gaylord Convention Center on National Harbor, including, but not limited to: Marine Corps Marathon/Health & Fitness Expo (120,000 attendees) and the Conservative Political Action Conference/CPAC (12,000 attendees). During this time, David led readiness/continuous improvement projects and programs, including scenario planning exercises and after-action reviews for every event.
David has continued his education throughout his career by gaining experience in Dignitary Protection from the US Secret Service and attending Negotiation School at the FBI.
Vitor Rodrigues Event Manager
Vitor was born in Brazil and moved to south Florida at a young age. He then followed his brother’s footstep and attended the University of Florida. In the spring of 2016 he graduated from the college of Health and Human Performance with a degree in Sports Management. He was very involved in sports and was the president of the Men’s Club Water Polo team his junior year.
In his last semester of school, Vitor began his work with S.A.F.E. Management as an Intern. While interning, Vitor began learning the details and fine points of the crowd management and guest service industry working popular events including the Taxslayer bowl game, Monster Jam, Carrie Underwood, and Justin Bieber. After his internship, Vitor joined the S.A.F.E. team full-time and is excited to further his knowledge in the guest services industry while working with the Jacksonville Jaguars, University of Florida, and many other events.
Vitor has continued to increase his experience by working closely with the Super Bowl Stadium operations team. Most recently, Vitor lead the team responsible for securing the stadium perimeter.
Rob Dadez Event Manager
Born in East Lansing, Michigan, Rob has lived up and down the East Coast before settling down in Florida for college. Rob graduated from Saint Leo University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management and continued his studies to earn a Master’s in Business Administration in 2010.
Rob was able to work several internships during college around the Tampa Bay area including internships with the Tampa Sports Authority, University of South Florida Athletics, the Outback Bowl, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Rob was asked to be a part of the gameday operations team for S.A.F.E. Management during Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa, Florida. He was then invited to travel with the S.A.F.E. Management Travel Team to continue to provide leadership at several Super Bowl events across the country. Rob had the opportunity to work three Super Bowls with the S.A.F.E. Travel Team, then another two Super Bowls as a full time Event Manager on the Super Bowl Operations staff in Indianapolis and New Orleans for Super Bowls XLVI and XLVII.
In between full time jobs with S.A.F.E. Management, Rob had the pleasure of being a District Executive for the Boy Scouts of America for 4 years in Tampa, Florida. As a youth, Rob earned his Eagle Scout, and with the passion for the BSA, he decided to embark on a career with the scouts. He managed over 50 different Cub Packs, Boy Scout Troops, and other various units in a three county area. He was the lead professional in helping with recruiting, fundraising, managing, counseling, and training of the adult volunteers within the units. He was able to refine his public speaking skills giving multiple presentations for membership, fundraising, and trainings.
Over the past 10 years, Rob has worked over 50 NFL football games, including 5 Super Bowls with S.A.F.E. Management. He has also worked several Bowl Games, MLB Baseball games, NCAA Basketball games, Concerts, Monster Truck Jam, and many other events. Rob is excited to bring his passion for sports and guest service to the S.A.F.E. Management team in Jacksonville, Florida.
Alex Miles Event Manager
Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Alex moved to the USA in 2016 to study at Georgia Southern University. Studying Sport Management, Alex volunteered his time with the Sport Management club as Vice President, helping students find work and opportunities within the industry. Whilst working with organizations such as ESPN, the NFL, The Atlanta Hawks and may others, Alex became familiar with large events and decided to pursue a career in event management.
After graduating in the Fall of 2018, Alex interned with S.A.F.E. Management, working large events including Jaguars games, the Tax Slayer Bowl, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Florida-Georgia. After his internship, Alex joined the S.A.F.E. team full-time in preparation for 2019. Alex is excited to continue his passion for large-scale events with S.A.F.E. Management.