Tony Vitrano Joins Populous to Expand Event Practice

July 15, 2019

Tony Vitrano joins Populous to strengthen and expand the firm’s event practice. Highly respected in the industry, Tony holds two decades of event planning experience on a global scale for events such as the FIFA World Cup; Olympic Games; the NCAA Final Four; Daytona 500 and a Presidential Inauguration, as well as work with several federal agencies. Joining Populous as a Principal, Tony will bolster Populous’ thriving event practice with his ability to understand how every layer of an event comes together while offering niche expertise in transportation planning and management.

“Tony has an impressive track record of innovating, planning and implementing some of the world’s most iconic events,” said Populous Senior Principal Todd Barnes. “After working alongside him for years at various events, we’re thrilled to finally welcome him home.”

Accompanying his vast knowledge in event operations and planning, Tony’s prior work also features expertise in transportation, security and accreditation.  He understands the importance of widening an event’s focus to include more than the ticketed guest, addressing the distinct needs of all stakeholders.

“With millions of people experiencing what we do each year, I’m honored to join the world leader in special events,” said Tony. “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Populous on events for the past two decades, so for me, this team already feels like family.”

As a leader in the transportation industry, Tony considers all stakeholder transportation – from players, coaches and officials to VIPs, sponsors, spectators and the media – and transporting them to and from the event site as efficiently as possible. This means minimizing congestion, expediting travel times, reducing expenses and maximizing event revenue for our clients.

“Every event begins with transportation in mind because an event can’t happen if people can’t get there on time,” said Populous Senior Principal Jeff Keas. “Tony’s technical expertise blended with innovative ideas will be invaluable to our event practice. We’re excited to have him on board and to expand our event practice offerings.”

With the addition of Tony, Populous continues its history of innovation in delivering world-class events, offering an integrated planning approach to special events at scale. Populous offers services in event overlay design, operational planning, accreditation and transport. To learn more about Populous’ event practice, visit

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