Who are we?

Safety Allies is a network of safety professionals whose mission is to advocate for workplace safety in industries that work with the public.

  • Hospitality 
  • Entertainment
  • Tourism
  • Event Management
  • Retail
  • Healthcare

Board Members

Safety is not a sometime thing; it’s an all-the-time thing. You don’t care occasionally; you don’t do the right thing once in a while; you do them right all the time. Safety must become a habit.

Ric Newell, Founding Member & Chairman

Ric is most proud to be a husband of 30 years, a U.S. Air Force veteran and father of four amazing daughters, who each earned an NCAA college tennis scholarship. His journey started in Flint, MI where he was born and raised. After graduating from Corunna High School, Ric immediately began his career in the military and has more than 23 years’ experience in occupational safety and health leadership. He is currently the Director of Safety at Wynn Resorts in Las Vegas and the Founder/CEO of the nonprofit organization, International Safety and Health Foundation (ISHF).

Ric considers it a blessing to have had the opportunity throughout his career to oversee safety at such luxurious and well-respected organizations. Being responsible for safety operations and pre-event audits at the most high-profile entertainment events in the world has provided Ric with invaluable experience in hazard recognition, regulatory compliance, potential injury identification and emergency preparedness. This helps the show go on, whether it’s a worldwide known event or simply day to day operations.

Some of Ric’s proudest professional achievements include establishing world class safety committees, measured by attendance and engagement. Being selected by his classmates as the “Warrior award” recipient, during the multiple day Diversity Champion leadership class. Received the Airman Leadership School, Distinguished Graduate Award for being in the top 3 students of his class. Nominated and served as Green Team (Sustainability) Executive Chair at New York New York Casino & Hotel. Helped earn four “green keys” for the first time in the property history. His first paid, public speaking engagement was held at UNLV by the Emergency Management Division of Nevada. Volunteered over 100 hours in one year for a local nonprofit that provides youth leadership training, mentorship, and support to excel in their sport and life. Over the past 15 years, Ric has volunteered multiple hours of safety mentorship and guidance to small businesses. He hopes by establishing ISHF, this platform will help many more businesses succeed, the safety way.

Randy Conner

Regional VP of Risk Management at Westgate Resorts

Melony Wallace

Corporate Safety Director, MGM Resorts International

CJ Myers

Senior Director of Safety and Risk at Allegiant Stadium

Greg Goll

Vice President of Safety, Security and Risk Management at Palms Casino Resort

Rodd Weber

Executive Director of Safety and Quality at Penta Building Group

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Melony Wallace is the Director of Safety and Health in the Facilities Center of Excellence (COE) for MGM Resorts International. Melony leads safety, including maintaining safety & health compliance across all properties including our regional locations in conjunction with the property managers of safety.

Melony started with the company in 2008 as a safety manager with New York and Excalibur. She immediately focused on the need to reduce employee workplace injuries through the creation of programs and best practices that have been cascaded across the organization. In 2011, Melony transitioned to the Mirage where she continued to have success by reducing employee workplace injuries by 43%.  

Melony holds a degree in Communications from Cleveland State University and is an MGM Resorts International Leadership Institute graduate. She is also a military Veteran having previously served in the United States Air Force.

In her spare time, Melony loves traveling, reading, writing poetry, trying out new cuisines, and spending time with her husband, grandchildren, and family.  

C.J. Myers is a Graduate Safety Professional (GSP) holding management and senior level Safety, Risk, & Security roles in the Entertainment and Tourism sectors for over 15 years. His current role is Senior Director of Safety & Risk at Allegiant Stadium, home of the Las Vegas Raiders NFL team. Experience includes creating comprehensive safety management systems and safe experiences for some of the most prominent live events in the world, with over 37 different US venues, and events ranging from major prime-time award shows (Billboard Awards, CMAs, I-Heart Radio, etc.), American Professional Football, NBA Basketball, NHL Hockey, MLS Soccer, as well as Boxing & UFC superfights. In addition to being a board member for Safety Allies, he is on the Advisory Group Committee for the national American Society of Safety Professionals organization, an IAVM Academy for Venue Safety & Security graduate, as well as Secretary & Communications Committee for the Southern Nevada ASSP chapter.