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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 March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.