Kevin W. Cheney, President/CEO
Kevin W. Cheney is a security and crowd management expert with 25 years of experience, including the last 19 years as President/CEO of Green Mtn. Concert Services, Inc. (GMCS). He is a specialist in crowd management, risk assessment, and safety procedure design and execution. He is a leader in the industry and his expertise and consultation is sought after by other leading industry professionals.Mr. Cheney became the Security Director for Phish’s Lemonwheel in 1998 and since has been Security Director or Security Consultant to large-scale events such as, but not limited to: Phish’s multi-day festivals, Gathering of the Vibes, Bonnaroo, ESPN Great Outdoor Games 2000-2002, ESPN Winter X Games 2000-2001, 2007 Fed Cup, Garden of Eden Festival, Lake Champlain Maritime Festival, and many more. Few other security professionals have as much experience and knowledge as Mr. Cheney in providing security to large-scale, multi-day festival style special events. He is at the top of the profession in this area and has an impeccable reputation. This specialized experience provides him with exceptional insight and expert knowledge that makes him an authority in crowd management, risk assessment, and security planning.Whether Mr. Cheney is protecting dignitaries such as President Clinton, Supreme Court Justice John Roberts, and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, creating a security plan for special event, or running the Red Light Management compound at Bonnaroo, he uses his advanced training, knowledge, and experience to provide added value to his clients. His charisma is infectious and inspires a productive environment. He understands events from many perspectives and is a dynamic asset on any event team.
Prior to a career as a safety professional, Mr. Cheney spent six years in the Vermont Army National Guard as a Combat Medic / Medical specialist in the 3rd Battalion 172nd Infantry Regiment (Mountain Battalion) and completed the Mountain Warfare School summer phase. He uses the discipline and attention to detail he learned from his military training as a guide to each security job – careful planning, precise execution, and thorough “post-op” analysis and reporting.
Mr. Cheney is a dedicated community leader. He serves on the Board of Directors for First Night Burlington, the Hinesburg Recreation Commission, the Hinesburg Development Review Board, and is a founding member on the Advisory Board of White Ribbon Campaign of Vermont. He helped establish the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival to celebrate Lake Champlain and the Burlington Waterfront. As a local business owner he believes in supporting area businesses and uses, almost exclusively, Vermont companies when needing to outsource a project. In addition, he and his wife founded the Green Mountain Autism Foundation to provide support to Vermont families with children on the spectrum.
Other accolades and achievements of Cheney’s include, receiving a national certification from the IAVM’s Academy for Venue Safety & Security (years 1 and 2); attending the IAVM’s International Crowd Management Conference (2002 – present); acting as a Vermont State certified trainer in security and Vermont State certified trainer in temporary traffic control. He has also completed an Executive Protection course offered by R.L. Oatman & Associates in 2002 in Towson, Maryland. He has completed certification in the Sport Event Risk Management Workshop put on by the Department of Homeland Security, and San Diego Police Department Veteran, Robert Smith’s training course in Hospitality Operations Security Techniques (HOST™). He was also awarded the Certificate of Recognition and Appreciation in 2007 from the University of Vermont Department of Police Services.
Robert W. Sinkewicz, CPA, CGMA Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Allen H. Ostroy, Chief Operating Officer
Christina Lord, Human Resources Director
Jason Clifford, Regional Manager, Western New England
Jason Clifford is the Regional Manager for the Western New England territory. He has been with GMCS since 2011 and joins the team with thirteen (13) prestigious years of Law Enforcement experience. Mr. Clifford served with the Manchester Police Department in Manchester CT where he received 2 chief’s citations; the Distinguished Service award, and an Exceptional Service award. He brings to GMCS an appreciation and focus on the fundamentals of team work during a deployment. He is an expert at security operations and report writing.
Prior to working with GMCS, Mr. Clifford received other experience in the special event industry while working security at the water polo stadium at the 1996 Centennial Olympic games in Atlanta, GA, and also at the 2002 Winter Olympic games in Salt Lake City UT. His innate desire to protect people is a perfect fit for GMCS and our goal of creating a safe and exceptional experience for each guest at each event.
Tom Oddy, Regional Manager, Central New England
Tom Oddy joins GMCS after nearly four decades in the special event and public assembly industry. His most recent tenure was with the Champlain Valley Exposition where he spent thirteen (13) years as the Director of Special Events, and a client of GMCS. The Champlain Valley Exposition stages the annual Champlain Valley Fair and hosts over 120 indoor & outdoor special events annually. GMCS provides a wide range of event services to the Expo and Mr. Oddy was the main contact. He is an expert at special event operations and can share his wealth of knowledge and experience with GMCS, which provides priceless added value to our clients.
Mr. Oddy was born and raised in Saranac Lake, New York near Lake Placid where he learned to ski and ski jump at a young age. He graduated from the University of Vermont in 1975 and earned a Masters of Education Degree (M.Ed.) in 1977 from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York; where he was also the head ski team coach and assistant lacrosse coach.
After graduating Mr. Oddy moved back to Lake Placid to be Assistant to the President for the 1980 Lake Placid Olympic Winter Games. Subsequently, he was named Director of the Lake Placid Sports Council and the multi-purpose Olympic Center Arena & Convention Center. Additional responsibilities of this position included management of the Lake Placid Horse Show Grounds, the Olympic Ski Jump Complex and Craig Wood Golf Course. Oddy has also been the Director of busy multi-purpose arenas including the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Houston Field House in Troy, New York (1981-1986) and Wright State University’s Nutter Center (1986-1993) in Dayton, Ohio.
KJ Magaziner, Regional Supervisor, Mid-Atlantic
KJ Magaziner joined the GMCS team in 2012. A Nationally Certified School Psychologist and Diplomate of Clinical Forensic Counseling she is NJ-SORA, NYS, and CT certified in security. Her formal education and experience in the areas of crowd assessment, crisis intervention, de-escalation, plain clothes/UC operations, and staff development training/quality control in the public/private sectors for the past three decades makes her one of the companies “go-to” experts. She is a valuable leader who ensures quality from each employee and brings out the best in each of her subordinates. Ms. Magaziner can manage staff services for 80,000 capacity venues and has been instrumental in promoting the GMCS mission.
Prior to employment with GMCS she consulted with local, city, state, and federal law enforcement agencies on multiple situations/events. This expertise has been sought after especially post-9/11, when she was trained as a provider in CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management) for victims and first responders through UMBC. She has worked for major event security companies throughout her career and it was her background, coupled with her unique experience/qualifications, which lead to her role as Director of Training/Quality Control for Strike Force Protective Services, Inc. A contributor to Security Management (a publication of ASIS), KJ has worked in a variety of diverse venues (including, but far from limited to: Atlantic City, NJ-Boardwalk Hall, AC Convention Center, Borgata, Taj Mahal, Trump Marina, etc.; The Meadowlands-East Rutherford, NJ; SPAC-Saratoga Performing Arts Center in NYS; Montage Mountain-Scranton, PA; PNC Bank Arts Center- Holmdel, NJ; State Theatre of New Jersey; Theater of Living Arts-Philadelphia, PA; John Harms Theatre, Englewood, NJ, Mountain Jam & Taste of Country-Hunter Mountain, NY; numerous colleges; etc.) in multiple roles (as Event Manager, Operations Manager, Area Manager, Senior Supervisor, Supervisor, Team Leader, Staff), and at an array of events (from Miss America to Ozzfest). She has both the technical classroom knowledge, as well as the boots on the ground experience. Over the years, KJ has worked in most every position that any staffer would ever be assigned and in extreme conditions (weather; length of hours). In addition to working in venues, she has also worked band side for Matchbox Twenty, Rob Thomas, and a number of others.
“Customer service is an integral element of my philosophy; I believe that security is there to maintain a safe environment for the patrons, but to also be part of the overall event by assisting in enhancing their positive experience. The incorporation of diffusion and preventative strategies to avert escalation is the optimal approach. Know your crowd. Assess…Plan…Prevent…Succeed.”