Michael J. Heimbach of ESPN

Michael Heimbach possesses more than 30 years of security and law enforcement experience; comprised of executive leadership with ESPN and the FBI, and additional work as a Police/K-9 Officer for 8 ½ years in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, and service as Military Police Officer in the United States Army.

Currently serving as the Vice President of Global Security and Facilities Operations at ESPN, Michael directs and manages ESPN global facilities, real estate, construction, and security operations for all ESPN owned and leased properties worldwide to include the oversight of 2,500 plus live events. He manages ESPN’s Operating ($75M) and Capital ($45M) budgets for Global Operations; planning for immediate changing needs, as well as future growth; direct the policies, procedures, design and maintenance of all ESPN global locations to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements; work collaboratively with The Walt Disney Company on real estate transactions, budgeting and construction for all worldwide leased and owned facilities.

Starting in 2009, he developed and implemented multiple long-term change management initiatives that enhanced physical security measures. Technology upgrades consisted of bar code ID badges, 24/7 digital surveillance monitoring, and a state of the art CCTV command center with surveillance capabilities at all ESPN facilities. He was also instrumental in the development of the new build of the on-site child-care facility. Incorporating internal and external security features such as biometric access control, external license plate recognition technology, video surveillance, alert notification technology, and internal security staff, makes this one of only two Bright Horizons operated child care facilities utilizing these practices.

Challenged with a 90-day rollout, he successfully transitioned onsite physical security from an outsourced private contractor to an internal 24/7 proprietary structure complete with its own two-week training program, compliance oversight, professional appearance requirements, and internal leadership structure. He built relationships with professional sports organizations and venue security directors to enhance security and safety strategies and operations for national and international sporting events. In 2015, Michael assumed Global Facility Operations responsibilities overseeing a 250 personnel department and all capital and operating budgets. He has reorganized the department and created efficiencies in the day to day operations.

Prior to joining ESPN, Michael was an FBI agent. He started as a Special Agent assigned to New Orleans in 1988, advanced into Senior Management in Washington, D.C. by the year 2000, and retired in 2009 as the Assistant Director of the Counterterrorism Division. He directed security intelligence divisions consisting of up to 1,100 personnel and managed operating budgets in excess of $225 million. Throughout his FBI career, he managed and directed multiple facets of national and international intelligence and security including homeland security, domestic intelligence, counterterrorism, cyber-intelligence, law enforcement, threat assessment, policy management, and intelligence analysis.

His professionalism, innovation, and service were consistently recognized throughout the Intelligence Community and he received numerous honors and awards including a 2008 nomination for Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive, Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service in 2004, and a Director’s Award for Excellence in Management in 2000.

Michael is actively involved in community leadership and serves on the Board of Directors for Bristol Hospital and as an Executive Champion for the ESPN Veterans Group. Michael is originally from Shamokin, PA and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Alvernia University where he is a Distinguished Alumni and member of the Presidential Advisory Board.

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