The next Exhibition Services & Contractors Association “Webinar Conversation” will feature a discussion on Exhibition & Venue Security by panelists Mark Herrera, director of education & life safety for the International Association of Venue Managers; Mark Camillo, senior policy advisor at Contemporary Services Corporation and Bill Flynn, president at GARDA Risk Management, on April 22 at 2 p.m. CST.
Herrera (pictured right) is recognized as one of the 25 most influential leaders in the meetings and event industry. As part of his duties, he teaches Situational Awareness-Mindset training aimed at giving venues the tools to be safer and more secure. The training emphasizes exceptional focus, performance and control in extreme situations and risk mitigation through guest services interjection. In addition, as the director of education for IAVM, Herrera represents the Department of Homeland Security Office of Infrastructure Protection through the Public Assembly Facility Sub-Sector Council. As a representative of the Public Assemblies Facilities Sub-Sector Council he works in collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security and the Protective Security Advisor to identify capability gaps across soft target community, counter threats to the pattern of life, research technology to mitigate risk and provide information to protect our public facility assemblies and all critical infrastructures. Herrera, in addition, serves on the National Fire Protection Association Technical Advisory Committee for Assembly Occupancies.
Herrera is also a seasoned law enforcement officer and trainer, having spent 20 years with the Hobbs, New Mexico Police Department in numerous roles including patrol officer, detective for the Gang and Narcotics unit, supervisor of the Crime Prevention Division, field training officer, Honor Guard commander, and entry team leader and tactical sergeant for a special operations unit (S.W.A.T.) During this time, his responsibilities also included the development and implementation of security policies and procedures and security awareness programs for the community of Hobbs.
Camillo (pictured left) offers clients and audiences insight and guidance derived from a unique blend of government, education and industry experience on the subject of infrastructure protection. Trending and persistent threats create significant challenges to protecting mass gathering areas and major events. His approach encourages the proper design, plan and implementation of security systems where the people, process and technology within the system are continually assessed for optimal efficiency and effectiveness. Table-top exercises, seminars and quality assurance assessments are also offered for the goal of gaining and maintaining security resilience.
Flynn (pictured right) is a strategic leader with more than 30 years of domestic & international counter-terrorism, military and public safety experience. He helps organizations address and craft security programs, leverage intelligence analysis, build public/private partnerships, optimize supply chain resilience and train for active assailant preparedness. He helped stand up the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, serving as the principal deputy assistant secretary, infrastructure protection, building programs that are the foundation for critical infrastructure protection across the U.S. He is a Senior Fellow at George Washington University’s Center for Cyber & Homeland Security & is the president of Garda Risk Management. This management consulting firm specializes in homeland and national security policy and operations and a partner with The Power of Preparedness. This e-learning company provides the knowledge and tactics to prevent workplace violence and survive an active assailant attack.
Previous webinars are also available on demand.
Since 1970, ESCA has provided a unified voice for service contractors and their partners in the exhibition industry. ESCA now has more than 160 member companies throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico and maintains alliances with IAEE, TSEA and CEIR to promote the exhibition industry. ESCA is dedicated to the advancement of the exhibition, meetings and special events industries. Through the education, information exchange and level of professionalism shared by members and their customers, ESCA promotes cooperation among all areas of the exhibition industry. For more info, visit www.esca.org.