Kevin Hallinan has established a reputation in the sports industry and beyond as an innovator and a leader in professional sports security and operations. For over 20 years, he served as senior vice president of security and facility management for Major League Baseball (MLB). During his tenure working for the commissioner of baseball, Hallinan managed the full spectrum of security resources and programs for all 30 Major League Baseball Clubs, and counseled senior management in the identification and systemic remedial resolution of problems destined to protect the game, it’s players, and reputation. During his time with MLB, he was responsible for professional player education programs, interaction with major law enforcement agencies in domestic and international areas, and security and crowd management planning, including all major special events, the World Series, the All Star Game, and International Games. He also consulted on behalf of the National Association of Minor League Baseball. During his career in MLB, he was included in USA Today on the list of “Baseball’s 50 Most Influential People.”
Hallinan served as chairman of the TEAM Coalition in Washington, D.C., and as a board member of the Stadium Managers Association Council. He also is a member of the I.A.A.M. Security Safety Task Force, and the Police Executive Research Forum. He served on the board of directors of the Greater New York Council Law Enforcement Exploring Group, and was recently named an advisory board member of the Manhattanville College Sports Business Management Program. Hallinan is presently a board member at St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, NY. He also serves as principal and executive vice president of Royal Diamond Security International, a security consulting firm, with clients that include Major League Soccer, Ski Industries of America, and several universities and colleges.
Prior to his tenure with MLB, Hallinan served as co-commander of the F.B.I./NYPD Joint Terrorism Task Force. The director of the F.B.I. has cited him on four occasions for his contributions in the war on terrorism. He holds over 30 citations from the NYC Police Department, and has testified before the U.S. Congress on domestic terrorism and venue security. He received the U.S. Attorney General Award for Exceptional Public Service. Hallinan served as spokesperson for the Professional Sports Security Directors, organizing meetings with U.S. Homeland Security, sharing intelligence and information, which increased the knowledge and the awareness of security professionals in that challenging time. Hallinan conducted numerous investigations relative to due diligence and misconduct, deemed a threat to the integrity of baseball. He assumed overall responsibility for crowd control, alcohol, and emergency management at all MLB stadiums.
Hallinan earned his undergraduate degree at Fordham University, graduated from the F.B.I. National Academy, and was awarded an Honorary Doctors of Law Degree from Dominican College. He was honored by the National Center for Spectator Sports, Safety, and Security (University of Southern Mississippi) for his vision and commitment to excellence in cutting-edge sport security research, training, and education. He recently spent one week on campus working as part of the visiting faculty program at NYU-SCPS and has been asked to serve on the Preston Robert Tisch Center sports advisory board.