Our Story


VenueScreen was created by Rick and Lea Barron, owners of Barron Event Planning & Management. They became aware that the Coronavirus was going to shut down events for the foreseeable future. Their goal was to help Americans safely get back to work and play. Partnering with a long time event client, Boston Scientific, they were able to create a protocol and use new technology to screen people entering buildings. Now, VenueScreen has screened millions of people and prevented several potential outbreaks. VenueScreen offers a wide range of products that help detect elevated temperatures as well as an alcohol free hand sanitizer. VenueScreen is determined to help Americans navigate the biggest event of our lives.

About Us

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Rick Barron, CEO

VenueScreen began when Rick identified a need, carefully chose the best technology available, and refined a proven protocol for temperature screening. Now, he leads VenueScreen to deliver our unmatched service and systems to a world eager to get back to work and play.

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Zarir Erani, President

Zarir brings decades of experience to the collective IQ of our team.  As CEO of Sun Country Airlines, he took a struggling Twin Cities-based air carrier and turned it into a winning and profitable entity.  His career spans decades in executive roles, across multiple industries, and he is a leader, advisor and board member at several companies. 

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Chris Koelzer, Chief Operating Officer

A former Marine Corps officer and F/A-18 pilot, Chris brings both discipline and determination to VenueScreen as we take on the greatest opponent America has faced in decades. In civilian pursuits, Mr. Koelzer has worked as a corporate operations analyst, aviation industry consultant, and small business owner.

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Gregg Emfield, Chief Revenue Officer

Gregg knows a thing or two about providing quality products to a hungry marketplace. He served as the Midwest Regional Sales Director for Tommy Bahama for 24 years.  Gregg is a calm presence in a world where cooler heads literally do prevail and he is the lifeblood of VenueScreen. 


Wendy Thurk, Vice President of Sales - Central Region

With a proven 30 year history in customer service and sales Wendy has been a leader in the development and growth of numerous companies.  With a strong belief in America,Wendy is dedicated to getting everyone back to work, school, and play with Venuescreen. 


Russell Miller, Vice President of Sales - Western Region

With a formidable track record of connecting the dots that exist between problems and solutions, if an answer is needed, Russell will move

heaven and earth to find it.  Throughout his career, he has played key roles in the development of numerous high-profile products and technologies.

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Paul Peterson, Vice President of Sales - Eastern Region

Paul Peterson comes from the entertainment world and is a member of the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame.  His passion for helping others and creating joy for others is immediately noticeable.  He also understands the importance of customer service and is excited to offer solutions that help people and businesses big and small get back to school, worship, work and play.