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Mr. Glasser

Marc Glasser

Managing Director, RM LLC

Marc Glasser is the Managing Director of RM (Protection Risk Management) LLC. RM LLC provides security, business continuity, and emergency management services spanning the protection of life, operations, assets and stakeholder value. He directs risk management, security, and business continuity programs (including business impact and supply chain analysis) to mitigate vulnerabilities, including natural (e.g., floods, earthquakes, hurricanes), technical (e.g., utility service disruptions, hazardous materials incidents), and intentional (e.g., terrorism, theft, espionage). Mr. Glasser also directs security, crisis and emergency management training, exercises, and evaluations. His risk management program evaluations are comprehensive and assess organization-wide, single point of failure, and site-specific variables in terms of financial (e.g., cost-benefit, profit and loss implication), stakeholder, and operational feasibility. Mr. Glasser is a former US Department of State Special Agent and a graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. He holds a U.S. Government Top Secret security clearance and has worked in over 90 countries. Mr. Glasser has presented at national and international conferences. He participates on multiple professional associations and academic boards. His publications include industry and academic peer-reviewed journal articles. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Crisis and Emergency Management from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Law Enforcement and Police Science from Sam Houston State University. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, University of Maryland University College, and Henley-Putnam University. Mr. Glasser's professional accreditations include: CORE (Certified Organizational Resilience Executive, The International Consortium for Organizational Resilience); CPP (Certified Protection Professional, ASIS International); CEM (Certified Emergency Manager, International Association of Emergency Managers); CMAS (Certified Master Anti-Terrorism Specialist, Anti-Terrorist Accreditation Board); and ABCHS Fellow (American Board for Certification in Homeland Security Fellow). Additionally, he is Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) and HSEEP Train-the-Trainer Certified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and FEMA Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planner's Train-the-Trainer Workshop Certified.

Mr. Glasser can be contacted at 702-809-3434 or mglasser@rmllc.com

Coming up in September 2020...

Hotel Group Meetings: Demand vs. Supply

It is a great time for hotel group meetings. It is expected that once again this sector will grow by 5-10% in 2020, partly due to the increasing value of in-person group meetings. Because people now spend so much time in front of their screens, face-to-face interactions have become a more treasured commodity in our modern world. Plus, the use of social media reinforces the value of engagement, discussion, conversation, and networking - all areas where group meetings shine. Despite this rosy outlook, there is a concern that demand for meetings far exceeds the supply of suitable venues and hotels. There are very few "big box" properties with 500-plus rooms and extensive conference facilities being built, and this shortage of inventory could pose a serious challenge for meeting planners. In addition to location concerns, the role of the meeting planner has also evolved significantly. Planners are no longer just meeting coordinators - they are de facto travel agents. Cultural interactions, local dining, experiential travel, and team-building activities are all now a part of their meeting mix. Plus, they have to cater to evolving tastes. Millennials are insisting on healthier venues and activities, and to meet their demands, hotels are making yoga breaks, fresh-pressed juices, plant-based diets, state-of-the-art gyms, and locally-sourced menus available. Millennials are also insisting that meeting venues practice Corporate Social Responsibility, which means upholding sustainable and ethical values; investment in the local community; health and well-being of employees; and general business practices that reflect being good citizens of the planet. Finally, there is a growing trend to merge meetings with other local events, such as music festivals, sporting events, and cultural attractions. The December Hotel Business Review will report on issues relevant to group meetings and will document what some hotels are doing to support this part of their operations.