HOUSTON (June 24, 2016) – Carly Caulfield, Senior Director, Operations for the Houston Marathon Committee (HMC), will be recognized as one of the top sports security professionals under the age of 40 at the 2016 National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition set for July 12-14, in Phoenix, Arizona.

This award recognizes a young professional (under 40 years old) of the sports safety and security field that has, over the past year, demonstrated outstanding leadership in addressing safety and security issues. As a member of the Public Safety Committee, Caulfield has been an integral part of improved integration with local, state and federal agencies, including Police, Fire, FBI, Homeland Security and the Office of Emergency Management, among others. She has been with the HMC for more than fifteen years and has served in virtually every operational capacity within the organization. Promoted to Operations Director in 2007 and Senior Director in 2016, the organization has enacted a diverse set of safety and security measures during her tenure.

“Carly’s leadership has been imperative to our public safety planning efforts over the past few years,” said Houston Marathon Committee and Foundation Executive Director Wade Morehead. “Her attention to detail and insight has helped us improve security without compromising the participant experience and joy of the event.”

The presentation of the “Industry Leader Under 40 Award” will take place on the second day of the seventh annual conference, which is hosted by the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi.

“The Industry Leader Under 40 award is to allow professional leagues, NCAA member institutions and marathon and endurance organizations to honor outstanding individuals that have gone above and beyond for their sports safety and security.” said NCS4 Director Dr. Lou Marciani. “These contributions involve enhancing safety and security at their venue beyond what is normally required, and setting an example for other aspiring sports security professionals to follow.”

Those being recognized include the following:

Carly Caulfield, Houston Marathon Committee (Road Race/ Endurance Events)
Andrey Reis, Rio 2016 Olympics (Olympics)
David Ellis, Boise State University (NCAA)
Dan Lolli, Columbus Crew Soccer Club (MLS)
Chad Ludkey, Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena (NHL)
Kevin Dooley, Spurs Sports & Entertainment/AT&T Center (NBA)

For more information about National Conference, visit www.ncs4.com/conference and for more information about the awards visit  ncs4.com/about/ncs4-recognition-awards.
For more information on the 2017 Chevron Houston Marathon Race Weekend of Events, to be held January 13-15, 2017, visit www.chevronhoustonmarathon.com.
About NCS4
The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4), at the University of Southern Mississippi, supports the advancement of sport safety and security through training, professional development, academic programs and research. NCS4 collaborates with professional leagues, open access events, intercollegiate and interscholastic athletics, along with professional associations, private sector firms, and government agencies.  It is a critical resource for sport venue managers, event managers, first responders, and other key stakeholders.
About the Houston Marathon Committee, Inc.
Established in 1972, the Houston Marathon Committee, Inc. (HMC) annually organizes the nation’s premier winter marathon, half-marathon, and 5K. Over 250,000 participants, volunteers and spectators make Chevron Houston Marathon Race Day the largest single-day sporting event in Houston. A founding member of Running USA, the HMC is an IAAF bronze level event that retained Gold Certification from the Council of Responsible Sport and was awarded the AIMS Green Award for industry-leading sustainability initiatives. Race Weekend generates over $50 million in economic impact for the region annually. In 2016, the Run for a Reason Charity Program raised $2.3 million, while the Houston Marathon Foundation supported youth and community running initiatives. Televised annually by broadcast partner ABC13, 2016 was the first time that the event was syndicated live nationally and internationally on ESPN3 and the Longhorn Network. Host to 16 U.S. Half Marathon Championships since 2005 and the 1992 women’s Olympic Trials Marathon, the HMC also conducted the 2012 men’s and women’s U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon.