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Mr. Khairallah

Michael Khairallah

Senior Security Systems Consultant, Security Design Solutions

Michael Khairallah is a physical security systems consultant, expert witness and featured speaker with Louisiana based Security Design Solutions (http://www.sds-web.net). He has been in the security industry for 30 years and specializes in performing vulnerability studies and creating system designs that help businesses mitigate security threats. Mr. Khairallah is the author of “The Physical Security Systems Handbook” a guide for the security professional on assessing security needs and acquiring then implementing security systems. His book emphasizes the business methods used to design and implement the systems needed by businesses to mitigate vulnerabilities and reduce loss. He has also authored, or contributed to, numerous articles on physical security. Mr. Khairallah is a native of New Orleans and was educated at LSU where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Business. He served in the United States Navy as an Electronic Countermeasures Specialist and worked 10 years in the Bell System specializing in data communications. Mr. Khairallah entered the security industry in 1980 with Cardkey Systems then founded Card Access Systems where he served as President and CEO for 17 years. Mr. Khairallah is a Board Certified Physical Security Professional (PSP) and a member of ASIS International where he served as Regional Vice President. He is a member of the International Association of Professional Security Consultants and the FBI Infragard Program. Mr. Khairallah specializes in the application of access control, closed circuit television systems, alarm monitoring systems and perimeter protection systems. His expertise includes system design, product application and project management. Michael has developed systems for: • Airports • Banks • Petrochemical Plants • Educational Institutions • Government Agencies • Hotels • Manufacturing Plants • Medical Facilities • Office Building • Public Utilities • Research Facility • Residential Communities

Mr. Khairallah can be contacted at 985-809-1711 or michaelk@sds-web.net

Coming up in April 2018...

Guest Service: Empowering People

Excellent customer service is vitally important in all businesses but it is especially important for hotels where customer service is the lifeblood of the business. Outstanding customer service is essential in creating new customers, retaining existing customers, and cultivating referrals for future customers. Employees who meet and exceed guest expectations are critical to a hotel's success, and it begins with the hiring process. It is imperative for HR personnel to screen for and hire people who inherently possess customer-friendly traits - empathy, warmth and conscientiousness - which allow them to serve guests naturally and authentically. Trait-based hiring means considering more than just a candidate's technical skills and background; it means looking for and selecting employees who naturally desire to take care of people, who derive satisfaction and pleasure from fulfilling guests' needs, and who don't consider customer service to be a chore. Without the presence of these specific traits and attributes, it is difficult for an employee to provide genuine hospitality. Once that kind of employee has been hired, it is necessary to empower them. Some forward-thinking hotels empower their employees to proactively fix customer problems without having to wait for management approval. This employee empowerment—the permission to be creative, and even having the authority to spend money on a customer's behalf - is a resourceful way to resolve guest problems quickly and efficiently. When management places their faith in an employee's good judgment, it inspires a sense of trust and provides a sense of higher purpose beyond a simple paycheck. The April issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some leading hotels are doing to cultivate and manage guest satisfaction in their operations.