Notable Veteran Executives: David Harrell

Director of arena security, Fiserv Forum/Milwaukee Bucks

  • Category: Notable Veteran Executives
  • Number of years working in your current industry: 22
  • Number of years with your current company/firm:
  • Undergrad degree/university: BA from Ottawa University

Last updated on November 19th, 2020 at 04:56 pm

David Harrell has spent the last 20 years in the sports and entertainment industry, serving as director of arena security for the Milwaukee Bucks. Before joining the organization, he served more than two decades in the U.S. Army. He traveled all over the world, serving in Germany, the Middle East and Korea. Throughout his career, he was responsible for medical and training management for tens of thousands of troops.

He won more than 20 awards and medals throughout his career in the Army.

With the Milwaukee Bucks, Harrell has worked at both the Bradley Center and Fiserv Forum in security and guest services roles. He has implemented procedures, including the emergency and safety/risk management programs, that ensured the safety of up to 20,000 spectators that attended each event at the arena.

He also maintains relationships with the major sports teams that utilize the venue and proactively manages security, building monitoring and operations year-round.

Outside of his career, Harrell has two daughters who have also embraced military life. One of his daughters graduated from West Point Military Academy and will soon be promoted to Major. His other daughter is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and will soon be promoted to lieutenant.

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