Frank Keller is the founder, president and chief executive officer of Alpha & Omega Mounted Patrol, the oldest and largest private mounted patrol firm in North America, and co-founder of Kel Executive Services, a full service security consulting firm. Both firms are leaders in the festival security industry providing public safety services on an ongoing basis to the nation’s largest events. Together, the firms’ clients currently include:
- Bonnaroo Music & Camping Festival, 100,000 fans, 16 years
- Phish Music & Camping Festivals, 10 festivals
- Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, Golden Gate Park, 10 years
- Coachella and Stagecoach Festivals, California, 9 years
- Lights All Night, 5 years, Dallas New Year’s Eve electronic music festival, dance party and light show.
- Electric Forest Festival, 10 years, Double JJ Ranch Resort near Detroit
A certified mounted police instructor, Keller trains mounted police units throughout the United States and is the chief training officer for the Alpha & Omega Mounted Training Division. Keller is a graduate of the International Association of Assembly Managers’ inaugural Academy for Venue Safety & Security (AVSS). The Academy’s intensive training focused on emergency planning and life safety management for the public venue industry. In 2012, he completed training in handling severe weather emergencies at large-scale events at the International Association of Venue Managers’ first weather seminar . In 2015, he became certified as a NOAA National Weather Service SKYWARN Storm Spotter.
Keller and his A&O’s instructors have trained over 500 mounted law enforcement units. A consultant to the shopping center and arena/stadium industries, Keller offers expertise on issues of management and security, such as site surveys and inventory of developments for security plans.
He has lectured for the International Council of Shopping Centers, the North American Horseman’s Association, and The International Association of Assembly Managers. He has been a consultant to the Assembly Managers association on crowd management issues and to the Savannah Police Department for the international G8 (Group of 8) Summit. He also has given lectures on special training for mounted law enforcement officers on crowd management issues as well as emergency and VIP vehicular extrication in unruly crowds.
Keller is the author of the only generic set of standard operating procedures (SOP) manuals in the United States for public and private mounted patrols. These SOPs have been adopted by several police departments nationwide and are now considered the standard of the mounted services in the US.
He attended New Mexico State University, majoring in Criminal Justice. He is a graduate of the Robert L. Oatman & Associates Executive Protection School and is a member of the American Society of Industrial Security, the International Council of Shopping Centers, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Association of Venue Managers, the International Downtown Association, and the North American Horseman’s Association.
In addition to music festivals, A&O and KES professionals have protected crowds at shopping malls, airports, Business Improvement Districts, amphitheaters, arenas, sports events, and commercial business districts. Along with the current festivals listed above, clients have also included Virgin Festival by Virgin Mobile; the Freedom of Speech North American tour of Crosby, Stills Nash & Young; the reunion of The Grateful Dead at Alpine Valley Music Theater; ongoing security for The Woodlands Township, Texas; patrols for United Center in Chicago including the Paul McCartney concert and the Bruce Springsteen concert; World Cup Soccer Games, Dallas, Texas; and the 1994 Woodstock Music Festival in New York State.