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Mr. Khairallah

Michael Khairallah

Senior Security Systems Consultant, Security Design Solutions

Michael Khairallah is a physical security systems consultant, expert witness and featured speaker with Louisiana based Security Design Solutions (http://www.sds-web.net). He has been in the security industry for 30 years and specializes in performing vulnerability studies and creating system designs that help businesses mitigate security threats. Mr. Khairallah is the author of “The Physical Security Systems Handbook” a guide for the security professional on assessing security needs and acquiring then implementing security systems. His book emphasizes the business methods used to design and implement the systems needed by businesses to mitigate vulnerabilities and reduce loss. He has also authored, or contributed to, numerous articles on physical security. Mr. Khairallah is a native of New Orleans and was educated at LSU where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Business. He served in the United States Navy as an Electronic Countermeasures Specialist and worked 10 years in the Bell System specializing in data communications. Mr. Khairallah entered the security industry in 1980 with Cardkey Systems then founded Card Access Systems where he served as President and CEO for 17 years. Mr. Khairallah is a Board Certified Physical Security Professional (PSP) and a member of ASIS International where he served as Regional Vice President. He is a member of the International Association of Professional Security Consultants and the FBI Infragard Program. Mr. Khairallah specializes in the application of access control, closed circuit television systems, alarm monitoring systems and perimeter protection systems. His expertise includes system design, product application and project management. Michael has developed systems for: • Airports • Banks • Petrochemical Plants • Educational Institutions • Government Agencies • Hotels • Manufacturing Plants • Medical Facilities • Office Building • Public Utilities • Research Facility • Residential Communities

Mr. Khairallah can be contacted at 985-809-1711 or michaelk@sds-web.net

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.