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Mr. Dublois

Edward Dublois

Principal Consultant, Dublois & Associates

Dublois & Associates was founded by and is currently managed by Edward Dublois. Mr. Dublois' career has spanned over 30 years of performing Security Assessment work, as well as Security Design, Engineering, Management and Operations responsibilities within the security industry. For most of these years, he had served as CEO and President and of VVE Security, a commercial security integration and engineering firm based out of the New York metropolitan area. During this period, Mr Dublois led his team to roll out the first ever security initiative utilizing hand geometry, biometric technology for installations at government and defense contractor locations nationwide. In 1998, Mr Dublois sold VVE Security to Honeywell and stayed on with Honeywell for a few years as the New York City regional security business unit leader. Since leaving Honeywell in 2001, he has been providing security related assessment and consulting services for various clients and industry related professionals. Throughout his career, Mr. Dublois has accumulated extensive experience in the areas of proactive security analysis, security system design and engineering, risk, threat and vulnerability assessments, project management, as well as many other areas of commercial security related services. Over the years, Mr. Dublois has provided these security related services to many Fortune 500 clients, governmental agencies, municipalities, law enforcement agencies, educational and institutional clients, health care, manufacturing, hospitality, distribution and warehousing clients. Mr Dublois' extensive security design, engineering, assessment and management experience, has earned him the position as being Board Certified in Security Management, Board Certified as a Certified Protection Professional, and as a Certified Security Consultant by ASIS and the International Association of Professional Security Consultants. In addition, Mr. Dublois is Certified in Homeland Security - Level III by the American College of Forensic Examiners and American Board for Certification in Homeland Security. Additionally, Mr. Dublois is a Licensed Private Investigator. Mr. Dublois is a member of good standing in the following security related organizations: - American Society for Industrial Security - International Association of Professional Security Consultants - American College of Forensic Examiners - International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators - American Board for Certification of Homeland Security - International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety - Association of Threat Assessment Professionals - United States Association of Professional Investigators - Vermont Association of Investigative and Security Services - International Intelligence Network

Mr. Dublois can be contacted at 802-362-4994 or edublois@dublois.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.