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Mr. Hudak

Richard Hudak

Managing Partner, Resort Security International

Richard G. Hudak, Managing Partner, Resort Security International, graduated from Harvard University (BA) and later earned Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from InterAmerican School of Law in San Juan, Puerto Rico. From 1967 to 1970, Mr. Hudak served as an Officer in the United States Marine Corps and was decorated for his actions in combat during the Vietnam War. Following military service, Mr. Hudak was appointed as a Special Agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was assigned to several offices during his 11 year career investigating criminal matters, conducting background checks on presidential appointments, and working counter-espionage and counter-terrorism cases. Mr. Hudak's corporate career includes cross-industry experience as Director of Corporate Security positions in banking (Mbank, Dallas, TX); hotels ( ITT Sheraton Corporation—500 hotels in 64 countries) and most recently with Loews Corporation (a holding company comprised of Loews Hotels, Bulova Watch Corporation, CNA Insurance, Lorillard Tobacco, Diamond Offshore Drilling, Texas Gas, Gulf South). In addition, Mr. Hudak has been employed as an International Security Consultant with Ackerman and Palumbo, Risk Management Group, and with Resort Security International, a company that he incorporated in Delray Beach, Florida. As an Adjunct Professor, he taught Master's level security management courses at John Jay University, NYC and has lectured at NYU, George Washington University, and at the Hotel Management School in Lausanne, Switzerland. In his current capacity as Managing Partner, Resort Security Consulting Inc. (RSC), Mr. Hudak provides security expert witness testimony and litigation support for several national law firms. RSC also works with architects and developers during construction of new resorts and hotels to create a practical and cost effective approach to security. RSC conducts security surveys and audits, and provides consultation for existing hotels and resorts, marinas, golf clubs, equestrian and ski operations to ensure that they have reasonable protection and safeguards in place. Finally, RSC provides valuable security expertise to selected vendors of security equipment, technology and services. Mr. Hudak sits on the Board of Directors for Safemark Systems, Inc., IdentityTheft911 and the Board of Advisors for I-OnAsia. He is an active member of ASIS, Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI, VFW, American Legion, Harvard Clubs of NYC and Palm Beach, and the Harvard Varsity Club, and is a past member of ISMA, IBSA and the AHLA Security Committee. Mr. Hudak has authored numerous published articles regarding contemporary issues in security management and has appeared on both radio and television programs. Mr. Hudak was featured on the cover of Security Magazine, January, 2007 edition.

Mr. Hudak can be contacted at 516-381-5252 or hudak@resortsecurity.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.