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.
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 graduated from Radford University in 1990 and found his calling to serve the community by entering the Law Enforcement field. David began his career in Law Enforcement in 1997 as a Patrol Officer for the Prince George’s County Police Department. Over the next 22 years, David rose through the ranks serving in supervisory positions in various units to include Bureau of Patrol, COPS, and The National Harbor Unit which is a highly trafficked tourist destination. As he rose to the rank of Lieutenant he was assigned to the Special Operations Division where he served as Commander for the Crisis Negotiation Team and the Canine Unit and ultimately as the Commander for the Special Services Section from 2014 until 2019.
In his role overseeing Special Services Section, David led a four-person team that developed, coordinated, and executed safety/security/counter-terrorism strategies and plans for large, public events and venues. He also was a liaison with the event sponsors as well as with federal, state, and local government agencies; venue owners; vendors and directly oversaw more than 40 major events each year in Prince Georges County. In his role as Stadium Commander at FedEx field, he worked with the Washington Redskins with the comprehensive planning for FedEx Field/Washington Redskins games and Concerts which required unique planning due to the volume of elected and senior government officials that attended on a regular basis. Furthermore, David has provided services for large, high-profile events at the Gaylord Convention Center at The National Harbor, including, The Marine Corps Marathon/Health & Fitness Expo and the Conservative Political Action Conference/CPAC. During this time, David led Operation Plans and 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 as well as Conflict Negotiation School with the FBI. David also has had extensive training in the Incident Command System.
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.
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.
Bailee Blakley Office and Event Coordinator
Originally from the Lone Star State, Bailee moved to Florida in 2011 and was the first Female in her family to not only attend, but graduate from an accredited university, Jacksonville University (Go Dolphins!). While in her undergraduate studies in 2015, she quickly was involved in the production of sporting events, managing the Athletic Bands for the university. She collaborated closely with ESPN, the College of Fine Arts, and Division I Collegiate Athletics Departments. In 2019, she served as a primary liaison for the NCAA March Madness Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament hosted in Jacksonville. Upon graduation with a Bachelor of Science in Music Business Management in 2019, she continued her passion of planning and executing sporting events by becoming the Director of Operations and Recruitment Coordinator for the Jacksonville University Ripcurrent Marching Band. She joined the S.A.F.E. team full time in early 2020 as Office & Events Coordinator and is excited to expand her knowledge and continue her growth in the Events and Sports industry.