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Jul 18, 2013

Circuit Of The Americas Names Director Of Security

Circuit of The Americas™ names Frederick Gardy Director of Security

Law enforcement executive brings 34 years of experience to United States’ world-class Grand Prix racetrack and multi-purpose sports and entertainment complex

AUSTIN, Texas – Circuit of The Americas is pleased to name Frederick Gardy as director of security of the new world-class destination for premium motorsports and entertainment—and the United States’ home for Formula 1® racing. Gardy joins the Circuit team with extensive experience in large event and venue safety and security, following nine years as an assistant police chief at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Police Department. Most recently Gardy worked as a certification coordinator at the nationally recognized National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4).

Gardy will report directly to Circuit of The Americas Senior Vice President & General Manager Mel Harder and assumed his responsibilities on July 8. In his new role, Gardy will be responsible for managing and developing the Circuit’s security infrastructure for staff, participants and guests at all events.

“Circuit of The Americas is pleased to welcome someone with Frederick Gardy’s experience in security specific to major events and large venues,” Harder said. “The safety of our guests, participants and staff is our top priority, and Fred will be an invaluable resource as our motorsports and entertainment roster continues to grow and we continue to develop our security infrastructure. He has a proven ability to not only develop essential security programs, but to train staff and develop partnerships with the local community so that these programs become an integral part of a major event.”

From 2003 to 2012 Fred was an assistant police chief with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a research-extensive institution with 30,000 students and staff, an 85,000 seat football stadium and a 13,500 seat basketball arena. He was responsible for emergency management, large venue protection, large event planning, and physical security. During his time at the university, he developed the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for the graphical depiction of data pertaining to Memorial Stadium. This has been recognized as the first use of GIS in a stadium.

Most recently, Gardy worked as a certification coordinator with the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security, a recognized leader in sporting event safety and security. There, he developed curriculum and presented courses nationwide to university and professional sports facilities on safety, security and incident management.

“It’s an honor to join Circuit of The Americas during such an exciting time of growth and after a remarkable first few months of operation,” Gardy said. “I plan to build on my diverse experience and commitment to innovation as I join the Circuit team, and I look forward to continuing to improve the experience for all who attend future events.”

About Circuit of The Americas
Circuit of The Americas is a world-class destination for premium sports and entertainment. It is the first purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the United States designed for any and all classes of racing, from motor power to human power, and is home to the FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX while also hosting MotoGP™, V8 Supercars™, GRAND-AM Road Racing™, American Le Mans and the FIA World Endurance Championships. The Circuit of The Americas’ master plan features a variety of permanent structures designed for business, education, entertainment and race use. Its signature element is a 3.4-mile circuit track. Other support buildings include the Austin360 Amphitheater, an expansive outdoor live music space; an iconic 251-foot, 25-story tower with observation deck; an events and conference center; a banquet hall; and a state-of-the-art medical facility. For more information and downloadable video, audio and photos, visit: www.CircuitofTheAmericas.com, www.Austin360Amphitheater.com or the Circuit’s dedicated FTP site, media.circuitoftheamericas.com.