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Mr. Hymanson

Michael Hymanson

Regional Manager, New York Metro Business Unit, U. S. Security Associates, Inc.

Michael Hymanson, CPP has been a licensed Private Investigator in New York State for more than 30 years. He is a graduate of the New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. Mr. Hymanson was a director and owner of a New York State licensed Security Training School and a licensed Security trainer in New York and Connecticut. He also was an American Red Cross First Aid and CPR instructor. Mr. Hymanson has provided security consulting services for Fortune 500 companies, and many major organizations. He is currently the Regional Manager, New York Metro Business Unit for U.S. Security Associates, the nation's fourth largest security firm. U.S. Security Associates provides security guard, concierge, fire safety director and patrol services to Hotels and other industries through a network of more than 140 branches nationwide. The company is Certified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under the Safety Act. Prior to working for U.S. Security Associates, Mr. Hymanson was the president and owner of Pan American Investigation Service, Inc., a White Plains based security and investigations firm that provided security and investigative services to prestigious companies and organizations in the New York Metro area. Mr. Hymanson is a past president and current Board member of the Associated Licensed Detectives of New York. He received that associations highest award, the Eugene R. Fink Memorial Award for dedication to the private investigative and Security industry in New York State. Mr. Hymanson is a Board Certified Protection Professional as designated by ASIS International, and is active in the New York Chapter ASIS Museum Security Directors and Hospital Directors Security Associations. He is an active member of the New York Chapter of BOMA, Building Owners and Managers Association Emergency Preparedness Committee, and a member of The Hotel Association of New York, and The International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.

Mr. Hymanson can be contacted at 914-557-4277 or mhymanson@ussecurityassociates.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.