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Mr. Porter

Jason Porter

Regional Managing Director, Pinkerton

Jason Porter CPP, is a Regional Managing Director at Pinkerton, and has been involved in corporate, criminal, and civil investigations and executive protection for over 15 years. He served honorably in the U. S. Marine Corps as a non-commissioned officer with the 1st Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team Company working with both public, private and federal organizations. During his time with FAST Company he was highly trained in counter/anti-terrorism operations, hostage rescue diplomat security. After leaving the Marine Corps Mr. Porter was hired by a prominent investigations and consulting firm in Las Vegas as the Director of Operations & Investigations. He has been a successful executive with two major contract security companies, where he was responsible for over three-thousand billable hours per week. He has managed the security at many facilities including a DOE Security contract which provided armed and unarmed security. He has developed training and quality assurance programs that increased the production and effectiveness of the security forces for numerous clients. Jason has over 15 years of high-level corporate security experience, and has been awarded his Certified Protection Professional (CPP) by the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS). Mr. Porter successfully developed and implemented an anti-piracy and counterfeiting enforcement and training program. This program was largely successful in Nevada, Arizona, and Utah where he has conducted identification of pirated/counterfeit product training for numerous local, state, and federal agencies. Mr. Porter has been invited to and spoke at the National Gang Conference on the connection between street gangs and intellectual property crimes. Mr. Porter is currently a court recognized expert, and has testified on behalf of the plaintiffs and the defense. He has conducted numerous employee theft and loss investigations for various corporations, and has extensive training and experience in interviewing and interrogation techniques

Mr. Porter can be contacted at 46-431-5598 or Jason.Porter@pinkerton.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.