October 11, 2017


Los Angeles, Calif. (October 11, 2017) – The NBA held their First Annual NBA Security Awards in Los Angeles at the NBA Security Conference held in Los Angeles September 18-20, 2017. The NBA Security Awards recognize security professionals who exhibit the NBA’s Calling to compete with intensity, lead with integrity and inspire play. STAPLES Center is proud to announce that David Born, Senior Director of Security for the arena was named the Venue Security Manager of the Year. 

“The safety and security of our guests, tenant teams, artists and employees at the over 250 events we host at STAPLES Center annually is our number priority,” Lee Zeidman, President, STAPLES Center, Microsoft Theater and L.A. LIVE. “I cannot think of another security person in our industry who is more deserving of this honor than David Born, we are incredibly fortunate to have him on our team.”

“I am beyond humbled by this honor presented by the NBA, they are a first class organization that I have the privilege to work with day in and day out,” David Born, Senior Director, Security at STAPLES Center.

Born started at STAPLES Center in 2011 as the Director of Security. In his role at the arena he oversees security operations at the home of four professional sports franchises, the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers, the NHL's Los Angeles Kings and the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks. In addition, he helps oversee security operations for the arena 30-35 concerts annually, family shows, special events and other high profile events.

Born is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) with ASIS International and a Certified Sports Security Professional (CSSP) through the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4).  He is also an active member of the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), and current faculty member of the Academy for Venue Safety and Security.  He has been a speaker at numerous security and crowd management conferences. Born is also part of the adjunct faculty at the University of Phoenix Southern California campus.

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