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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 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.