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Mr. Roman

Anthony C. Roman

CEO, Roman & Associates

Anthony C. Roman is CEO of Roman and Associates, a global insurance and corporate investigation, risk management, and security consulting firm. He is a frequent contributor to CNN, MSNBC, CNN International, Associated Press, New York Times, Crain's New York Business, and New York Newsday. He is the software designer of WEB TRAC, a claims, legal, risk management and security intelligent software program. You can follow him @RomanSearch.com, Twitter and Facebook. He may be reached at aroman@romansearch.com. Mr. Roman has performed investigations throughout the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, South America and Chile. He has 35 years investigating criminal, corporate, insurance fraud and technical cases. The Roman & Associates management team is comprised of attorney investigators, former United States Justice Department special agents and former investigative journalists. Early in his career Mr. Roman was a member of the executive protection team for Harry and Leona Helmsley. His responsibilities for the Helmsley-Spear Corporation also included securing residential and corporate facilities, investigating major boutique hotel and corporate thefts, and internal malfeasance. Mr. Roman has worked for the insurance industry specializing in technical investigation which includes such areas as medical malpractice, environmental pollution and construction defects. He has also conducted major studies of metropolitan hospitals medical/surgical policies and procedures, uncovering and correcting deficiencies, which were likely to lead to medical/surgical incidents resulting in malpractice litigation. Mr. Roman has specialized in investigating multimillion dollar commercial burglaries including major art thefts, high value warehouse inventory burglaries and corporate internal malfeasance. He works to design policy and procedures for companies in the Fortune 500 group to deter organized crime infiltration of executive level positions. Other services that his company provides include high level security system audits, liability risk management, premise anti-theft measures and devising tractor trailer anti-hijacking procedures. In addition, he is a qualified commercial corporate pilot and flight instructor. Mr. Roman is a prolific inventor and is in the process of patenting five inventions including a software driven life-saving device and an anti-kidnapping device. He has been an Adjunct Instructor at the State University of NY Aerospace Department and is a former Human Rights Commissioner.

Mr. Roman can be contacted at aroman@romansearch.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.