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
  • Construction 

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.

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Ric Newell, Founding Member & Chairman

Ric Newell is the Director of Safety at Wynn Resorts in Las Vegas and the Founder/President of the nonprofit organization International Safety and Health Foundation (ISHF). 

He feels blessed to have had the opportunity throughout his career to oversee safety operations and lead teams at such luxurious and well-respected organizations, including some of the most high-profile entertainment events in the world. Working alongside dedicated professionals who maintain the highest standards of safety, health, compliance, and emergency preparedness has resulted in proud achievements, such as establishing world-class safety committees, successful safety training programs, accomplishing 3 million work hours without a lost-time incident, and enhancing emergency response protocols. These accomplishments are a testament to the collective effort and commitment of many.

Serving in the U.S. Air Force laid the foundation for his career in occupational safety and health leadership. His military experience taught him the importance of discipline, attention to detail, and the value of a proactive safety culture. Ric continues to volunteer multiple hours to mentor and guide small businesses in safety.

He hopes that establishing these platforms will help many safety professionals and businesses succeed, the safety way.


Randy Conner

Director of Safety, Fontainebleau Las Vegas

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

Bobby Albright

Training Supervisor-Safety, Safety Consultation and Training Scetion

Our Partner Organizations

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.

Bobby Albright serves as Training Supervisor-Safety with Safety Consultation and Training Section (SCATS). He entered safety back in the mid 1990’s through the construction industry. Safety was a core value of the company he worked for, and he carried that with him while running his own construction company for 12 years. In 2007, he was asked to create training curriculum for the construction industry and that led him into designing and delivering content.  Since he understood OSHA, many of the education organizations he worked for wanted him to consult on their safety programs which landed him in the General Industry side of the house.