After a 25-year career as a Special Agent in the U.S. Secret Service, David Thomas entered the sports & entertainment security business as the head of security for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings. He was responsible for leading the security operations for the team, the arena, and the multi-purpose, mixed-use development surrounding the arena in downtown Sacramento, California. The arena hosted over 200 events annually, including 81 regular season NBA games, concerts, university graduations, and others.
Dave’s 25 years in the Secret Service led him to all 50 U.S. States and at least 25 foreign countries, where he conducted security planning advances and executive protection for five current Presidents, Vice-Presidents, foreign heads of state, and others. He successfully conducted multiple complex financial crimes investigations and led the Secret Service’s premier Electronic Crimes Task Force during his time as the Special Agent in Charge of the San Francisco Field Office. He also spent time serving as the Secret Service Attaché in Moscow, Russia, where he provided strategic advice to the U.S. Ambassador on law enforcement issues.
Dave currently serves as the Vice President of Security & Ballpark Operations for Major League Baseball, where he leads the strategic planning, execution, and evolution of MLB’s league-wide SAFETY Act-awarded security program. MLB’s security standards guide the individual security programs at all 30 Major League Ballparks, which host nearly 70 million in-person fans each baseball season. Dave serves as the principle MLB representative to the Sports League Subsector Council of DHS’s Critical Infrastructure Protection program.