Brian Fillingim Joins Dallas Market Center as Vice President, Protective Services

DALLAS – May 15, 2024 – Dallas law enforcement veteran Brian Fillingim has joined Dallas Market Center as vice president of protective services, the company has announced. Fillingim is responsible for the security of the 68-acre campus of Dallas Market Center including more than 5 million square feet of interior space across four buildings. His responsibilities include risk assessment, emergency preparedness, security operations, and the coordination of protective services personnel. He reports to Cherie Marcum, executive vice president of finance.

Bob Storer, former head of protective services, has retired following more than 16 years of service to Dallas Market Center and nearly four decades in security and protective service roles with numerous companies and service providers.

“As we bid farewell to Bob and thank him for his tireless efforts to protect our marketplace and care for customers, we are fortunate to have Brian join the team,” said Cindy Morris. “Protective Services is extremely important for the operation of our business but also for customer and community relations. Brian’s background in law enforcement is impressive but he also knows our business, our campus, and our commitment to the community. His experience and leadership are strong additions to the team.”

Fillingim joins Dallas Market Center during a time of increasing scrutiny of cities and facilities hosting trade events. Dallas was recently named the safest large city in America according to the Gallup organization. Nearly three-quarters of U.S. adults surveyed considered Dallas safe. In contrast, large cities such as Atlanta, Chicago, and New York were rated unsafe by at least 45 percent of survey participants. City hospitality is another value ranked highly by Dallas Market Center visitors. The neighborhood in which Dallas Market Center is located, north of downtown and adjacent to the Design District and Hospital District, has experienced recent growth in hotels, retail, and restaurants enriching the travel experience.

“Dallas Market Center has a strong legacy as safe and welcoming, supporting our open-daily business and welcoming customers from around the world for tradeshows,” said Brian Fillingim. “Our goal is to ensure their experience is positive and that they look forward to returning to Dallas. I’m proud to be part of the team.”

Dallas Market Center has a protective services division that includes veteran staff such as Bishop Spencer, Senior Director of Protective Services; a full roster of officers who patrol the property 24 hours a day; a fleet of vehicles; and state-of-the-art technology that supports their mission.

Fillingim has arrived at Dallas Market Center after a fifteen-year career with the Dallas Police Department (DPD). He began with DPD in 2009 and spent nine years as a Police Officer/Senior Corporal in patrol. He then became a Detective in the Domestic Violence Unit for two years and in 2020 became a Detective in the Special Investigations Unit where he investigated Officer Involved Shootings, In-Custody Deaths, Cold Case Murders, Wrongful Convictions, and High-Profile crimes.

Spring and Summer Trade Events
Dallas Market Center is anticipating well-attended spring and summer trade events including Apparel & Accessories Market, June 11-14; Total Home & Gift Market, June 19-25; Lightovation: Dallas International Lighting Show, June 19-22; and KidsWorld, June 19-25).

For upcoming markets, visit the Dallas Market Center website and download the Dallas Market Center mobile app. Also, keep up-to-date on all information by visiting Dallas Market Center on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the DMC Daily Dose.

About Dallas Market Center
Dallas Market Center is a global business-to-business trade center and the leading wholesale marketplace in North America connecting retailers and interior designers with top manufacturers in gourmet and housewares, home décor, holiday/floral, gifts, lighting and apparel. Inside its dynamic, five million square foot campus, nearly 200,000 customers from all 50 states and 85 countries seek industry trends, business education and new products from exhibitors throughout the year via dominant trade events for gift, home décor, holiday and floral; the nation’s most comprehensive apparel and accessories markets featuring the latest styles from East Coast and West Coast designers; the largest residential lighting trade event in North America; and the largest and most successful open-daily design center. To make plans for upcoming markets, visit the Dallas Market Center website and download the Dallas Market Center App. Also, keep up-to-date on all information by visiting Dallas Market Center on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the Dallas Market Center blog.