On a local, regional and national level, Landmark’s management is hands-on. Landmark’s ownership and senior management is dedicated to ensuring the success of your event and will be available to you at all times. Our senior team is supported by talented and experienced management teams at the regional and local level throughout the United States.
Peter Kranske – President/Chief Operating Officer
One of the true pioneers of the crowd management industry, for four decades Pete has been responsible for the field operations for thousands of events at venues throughout the United States. He has developed and directed security and crowd management programs for almost every type of sporting and entertainment event imaginable.
Pete has been involved in many hallmark industry events: directing the security and crowd management operation for the 1984 Jackson Victory Tour; serving on the security staff for the Van Halen and Run DMC rock tours; directing the security and crowd management operation for the “US 93” concert with over one million people attending; managing or directing the crowd management operations for over a thousand concerts; directing the crowd management operations for 29 consecutive Super Bowls; numerous college bowl games and NCAA Championships; and developing and overseeing the crowd management and security program for five U.S. venues for World Cup 1994 and the Women’s World Cup in 1999.
Pete has been directly involved in the development of crowd management and security plans for numerous new or remodeled stadiums and arenas over the years. After September 11, 2001, Pete was appointed by the NFL to the Commissioner’s Task Force on Best Practices for Stadium Security, and was asked to Chair the NFL Stadium Security Training Sub-Committee. In that position he led and provided major input into the NFL Best Practices training program which is in place today. He is currently a consultant with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and the NCAA Final Four.
Since forming Landmark, Pete has led Landmark’s client support and field operations. He was inducted into the Event Industry Hall of Fame in 2004.
Michael Harrison – Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer
Mike brings a unique and varied perspective to Landmark, with extensive experience in crowd management operations, venue operations and legal matters.
After beginning in private practice as a business litigator, Mike moved to a General Counsel position in the crowd management industry and became familiar with the contractual and liability aspects of the business. During this time Mike developed training systems, policies and documentation systems to protect the contractor and its clients from undue liability. He managed outside counsel, as well as handling all insurance matters, employment issues and contracts.
Mike was then appointed Deputy Commissioner of the Continental Indoor Soccer League, a major professional indoor soccer league. In that capacity Mike served briefly on the national board of directors of the United States Soccer Federation.
Mike left the soccer world and took the position of Vice President/General Manager of Lakeside Sports and Entertainment, for which he managed the Lake Elsinore Diamond, home of the then-Angel affiliate Lake Elsinore Storm. He directed all operations of the facility, promoted numerous events, including major concerts, festivals and the California League/Carolina League All Star game. Mike also negotiated and executed detailed concessions and tenant lease agreements.
In 2000, Mike returned to the crowd management industry as part of a small senior management team which had daily oversight of supplier operations. Mike was responsible for new business development, new branch openings and revamping of underperforming branches. Mike also had operational responsibilities, with direct oversight of several markets nationwide, including Indianapolis, Dallas, Seattle, San Francisco and Milwaukee.
Since 2006 Mike has been the executive vice president and CEO of Landmark Event Staffing Services, with oversight of offices in the San Francisco Bay Area; Seattle, WA; Laramie, Wyoming; Ft. Collins/Denver, CO; Albuquerque, NM and Pittsburgh, PA, including administration, legal matters and operations. These offices serve the NFL, major universities, special events and festivals, and major concert facilities. Landmark also handled the contracted security for the 2007 MLB All-Star Game, the team operations for the 2009 and 2010 Super Bowl, security for the 2010 Pro Bowl ancillary operations and the transportation for the NFL Pro Bowl in Honolulu, HI.
Mike has served on both the allied and public policy and public affairs committees of the International Association of Assembly Managers.
Grant Haskell – Vice President of Operations
Grant Haskell began his career in event staffing in 1983 at Boise State University working concerts, football and basketball in conjunction with his service in the United States Army. In 1987, after graduating Boise State, Grant was promoted to its peer group security manager, with responsibility for managing all staff for collegiate sports and special events, with the vast majority of his work involving concerts. Grant also managed the staffing for concerts at the Boise River Festival and the Western Idaho Fair In 1995, Grant moved to Seattle, where he joined Contemporary Services Corporation. After just a few events, Grant was moved into the office as the scheduler. Shortly afterward he was promoted to Assistant Manager.
In 1999 Grant was named Seattle Branch Manager. As the branch manager he oversaw the management of such accounts as the Everett Events Center, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Center, University of Washington, White River Amphitheatre, Seafair, Bumbershoot, Summer Night concert series, Experience Music Project (including the creation and management of the security program for the vast grand opening concert-four days, seven stages), and the Frye Museum . Grant was part of the crowd management team for nine Super Bowls and the Pro Bowl.
Grant’s concert experience encompasses just about every major touring artist of the last 20 years, including a range of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Rolling Stones, Queen, U2, REM, Lilith Fair, Metallica, Judas Priest, Ozzfest, Alice in Chains, Kenny Chesney, Garth Brooks, Alabama and Vince Gill.
In 2006 Grant joined Landmark Event Staffing Services Inc. as its Vice President of Operations. Since joining Landmark, Grant has overseen the operations at such venues as the Cal Berkeley Stadium and Arena and the McAfee Coliseum and Oakland Arena in Oakland, Colorado State University Athletics, Stanford Athletics and Seafair. He is also a major part of Landmark’s senior team for NFL Super Bow and Pro Bowl operations. Grant is a certified TEAM trainer.
Chris Hagerty – Traffic and Parking Consultant
One of the most respected event operations managers in the industry, Chris brings over 40 years of experience at the highest levels. A 28 year veteran of the Pasadena Police Department, Chris spent over 25 years working on the Rose Bowl security operations and 15 years as the lead officer and planner for security and traffic operations for the Rose Bowl, UCLA Football and the Tournament of Roses.
After retiring from the Pasadena Police Department in 1991, Chris moved to Ft. Collins, Colorado, where, among other things, he served as the crowd management command post supervisor at Hughes Stadium. In 1993, he was chosen to be in command of private security for the 1994 World Cup Soccer matches at Soldier Field in Chicago. He planned and coordinated security for the Opening Ceremonies as well as all matches at the venue.
Chris has served as lead on the operations team for the NFL Super Bowl and Pro Bowl for over 12 years. During that same time he was a consultant on parking, traffic and security to the Ridgeway Corp., serving major special events throughout the country. As Director of Venue Transportation for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, he was responsible for the development and implementation of all parking and transportation for the 42 venues.
Since 2007, Chris has served as Landmark’s lead advisor for Landmark’s operations at Colorado State University, the NFL Pro Bowl in Honolulu, the San Francisco 49ers, and oversaw Landmark’s coordination of Walmart Stores, Inc.’s 2009 national crowd management plan for their Black Friday sales event. He also served as a consultant to the Ranch and Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colorado, and the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.