Uniquely Qualified

We have what it takes to maximize safety at large outdoor events.


Our story starts with Bryant Krizik, a fire chief and emergency planner who also happens to be a competitive athlete. After decades of competing in foot races, Bryant combined his professional talents with his running experience to help the Chicago Marathon and Chicago Triathlon develop their first holistic contingency plans. In 2012, Krizik Consulting Strategies was born.

Track Record

KCS has worked with small local 5Ks and global competitions on a world stage. We are experienced in managing multiple incidents with favorable outcomes. From cardiac arrest to severe weather, KCS has the experience to provide public safety for all. Our contingency protocols are setting a new national standard for planning outdoor mass participation events, including the ones shown here.


Bryant Krizik, President

Bryant is a firefighter and paramedic with more than three decades of experience in management and response. As a fire chief and emergency planner, Bryant has developed numerous contingency plans and served as the Incident Commander for major incidents. He currently collaborates with Lifetime Fitness’s Chicago Triathlon and The Bank of America Chicago Marathon in developing ways to avoid disasters before they occur and executing their event day contingency plans. Bryant has a master’s degree in Public Administration and has also scrambled through numerous triathlons, Sprint to Ironman distances.

Scott “Hootie” Hutmacher 

Scott brings 20 years of experience in mass participation events, with an emphasis on high-end production, strategic marketing, and media relations.

Scott has produced hundreds of corporate and sporting events, including the Chicago Marathon, Chicago Triathlon, and SailGP. He was recently the Senior Brand Manager for Life Time Fitness events, representing the $4b brand while driving 35,000 collective athletes across historic events in New York, Chicago, Miami, and Minneapolis.

Currently, Scott consults in the active lifestyle sector on marketing and communications strategies, designing compelling stories through data visualization. He is an avid open water swimmer and runner, a certified triathlon coach, and a proud middle of the pack triathlete.

Natalie Krizik

Nurse Practitioner – Robert Wood Hospital: Natalie brings a wealth of experience to the team as a practitioner in medical related injuries at endurance sports events. Natalie has consulted on medical response plans for the Chicago Triathlon and numerous running events. She earned her Master’s Degree as a Nurse Practitioner from Rutgers University and is a finisher of the Long Beach, NJ and New York City 1/2 marathons.

Andrew Krizik 

Andrew Krizik is a fifth generation firefighter and EMT.  He has aided all levels of the Incident Command system for numerous events, including the Chicago Triathlon and the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics held in Chicago. In addition, Andrew has a Bachelor’s degree from Robert Morris University in Graphic Design.

Julie Di Novo – Nurse Practitioner

Julie brings more than 15 years of Acute Care experience with her to KCS.  She oversees the medical tent and provides evidence-based care for medical emergencies, urgent injuries, and other event related concerns.  Her motivational energy is palpable at events.  She provides high fives, pep talks, and reassurance when needed. She is passionate about our athletes, their safety, and the holistic model that KCS embodies.

Bill Figel 

Owner, Figel Public Relations: Bill Figel is a former Chicago Sun-Times sportswriter and reporter with experience in print and electronic media, and a PR specialists since 1988. He has worked in high profile sensitive crisis situations, providing clients with media coaching and direction to minimize the potential of negative press coverage.

All your bases, covered.

We consider and plan for circumstances you might not think of. So you can focus on a successful event.