The Gaming & Hospitality Active Threat & Crisis Management Symposium

Prepare * Respond * Recover

April 30 – May 1, 2018

Park MGM Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV

Formerly the Monte Carlo

About The Event

The world we live in will only grow in uncertainty. The use of terror tactics is on the rise. Yet most security experts are armed with only a handful of linear checklists and status-quo tactics aimed at yesterday’s threats.

As leaders of enterprises in which hundreds of thousands of people walk through each year, concern for their well-being and safety as well as your employees, not to mention your brand, is imperative. Great leaders lead and don’t shy away from uncertainty or the complexity it engenders. Instead they embrace it by taking the steps needed to ensure every measure imaginable has been taken to circumvent a catastrophic event from occurring.   

NNE Group is proud to have the opportunity to partner with a group of men whose mission is to pass on lessons learned the hard way, and put their unmatched skills in complex problem solving, leadership and team building in the Special Operations arena to work for businesses and leaders across the country and globe within the gaming and hospitality industries.

We have partnered with Tomahawk Strategic Solutions who is one of the country’s leading training and advisory firms for both corporate and law enforcement in the areas of Proprietary Armed Security Program Development and Instruction, Active Threat and Crisis Management.  Tomahawk’s personnel include Special Forces operators, corporate security experts, SWAT/ESU/Patrol officers (retired and active) hand-selected for their specialized skills and experience, as well as combat and civilian medics.

The company is led by:

Michael Biller

Michael Biller

President/Chief Operating Officer

Tomahawk Strategic Solutions

Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) at Naval Special Warfare Development Group (Retired)

Keith Walawender

Keith Walawender

Chief Executive Officer

Tomahawk Strategic Solutions

Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) at Naval Special Warfare Development Group (Retired)

In addition, we have partnered with Karakoram Group.

Karakoram is comprised of some of the most seasoned Special Operations professionals in the country, distinguished veterans from elite organizations that led the fight on the front lines of the Global War on Terror. They fuse cutting-edge design thinking with proven strategy and leadership development practices to treat risk and drive innovation-and bottom line performance- in the global security arena. Their clients are those businesses and business leaders who are anything but content.

Dave Cooper

Dave Cooper

Co-Founder/Chief Strategy Officer

Karakoram Group

Command Master Chief of the Naval Special Warfare Development Group (Retired)

Who Should Attend:

Gaming Executives & Owner Operators
Directors of Security
Human Resources Directors
Facility Managers
Directors of Operations
Security Practitioners (operational and infosec/cyber) across the public and private sectors
Enterprise Security Risk Management Executives
Architects & Engineers

Homeland Security Professionals
Law Enforcement Professionals
Business Leaders
Security Consultants
Security/Law Enforcement Instructors
Security Service Providers
Brand Protection Experts
Security Trainers

Venue

Park MGM Las Vegas

Formerly the Monte Carlo

3770 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(888) 529-4828

Room Rate: $89

Cut-Off Date: 4/6/18

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Agenda

Producers Note: Over the past three years NNE Group has been presenting various panels on Active Shooters/Catastrophic Events at our Gaming Industry related events. Eleven months ago, NNE Group teamed up with Tomahawk Strategic Solutions and Karakoram Group to provide our delegates in the gaming industry a much more in-depth look into the importance of top level security assessments, planning and trainings available. At the request of many within the industry we decided to organize an event specifically designed around the security of gaming and hospitality enterprises.

Today is October 12, 2017, just eleven days after the horrific shooting in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay. The original agenda was written several months ago and as with all conferences, even more so with this agenda will change each day leading right up to the event to provide a forum of the most up to date topics.

No one could have ever accurately predicted the events of almost two weeks ago and as the weeks and months pass, more information will come to light and we will try to incorporate as much as we can into our panels, speakers, topics and Roundtable Discussions to learn as much as possible from this horrific event.

Monday, April 30th , 2018

7:30-8:30 am   Registration & Breakfast in the Presidio Ballrooms 3-4

8:30-8:35 am   Welcoming Remarks in the Presidio Ballrooms 1-2

Justin O’Connor

Justin O’Connor

President, NNE Group

8:35-8:45 am   Title Sponsors Opening Remarks in the Presidio Ballrooms 1-2

Keith Walawender

Keith Walawender

CEO, Tomahawk Strategic Solutions

Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) at Naval Special Warfare Development Group (Retired)

Michael Biller

Michael Biller

President & COO, Tomahawk Strategic Solutions

Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) at Naval Special Warfare Development Group (Retired)

David Cooper

David Cooper

Co/Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Karakoram Group

Command Master Chief of the Naval Special Warfare Development Group (Retired)

8:45-9:45 am Enterprise Security Risk Management (ESRM) for Casinos and Hotels: How Holistic Security and Risk 

 

  • Experiential training, or any training for that matter, is an investment in the safety and security of your organization. As leaders within the hospitality industry we look for our employees to represent themselves at their best at all times, do we truly understand the benefits of our people feeling both empowered and confident? What does it mean to the overall culture of the company simply offering both tactical and psychological tools to help your people survive a hostile event?
  • Now, our facilities have to worry not only about protecting our cash but an even more valuable asset, our staff and our guests.
  • Architecture and technology helped to solve the Bank’s problems….now they have the solutions and the ability to help solve the current threat. A threat that will not go away.
  • Casinos, like many public venues, are “soft targets” making them extremely vulnerable. The best opportunity to control an event is before it happens. What proactive capabilities exist and how can they be integrated into operations for maximum effectiveness?
  • Why are approaches such as ESRM and Integrated risk management becoming so popular? What influence should security and risk practitioners have in the boardroom? How do security and risk sensors/data overlap and what insights can be gained from holistic risk management? How does perceived security influence the casino bottom line?
  • What breakthroughs have been made in risk assessment methodology and techniques? How does the advent of big data help and hinder risk assessment and crisis planning?
  • What role does training have in casino security operations? What training has the highest ROI? What steps can be taken to create a holistic risk culture in your organization?

Moderator:

Toby Houchens

Toby Houchens

CEO & Founder, Alpha Recon

Presenters:

Nick Schoenfeldt

Nick Schoenfeldt

Vice President, TBE Architects (Thalden Boyd Emery)

David Cooper

David Cooper

Co-Founder/Chief Strategy Officer, Karakoram Group

Command Master Chief of the Naval Special Warfare Development Group (Retired)

9:45-10:15 am   Morning Break in the Presidio Ballrooms 3-4

10:15-11:15 am   Corporate Active Threat Training: Understanding the Threat is Training; the First Responders are Training, are You?

  • Does your training account for essential factors such as the average response time of law enforcement
    personnel?
  • Have you provided instruction for employees to self-sustain until first responders address the threat?
  • How up to date are you and your employees when it comes to modern and emerging threat dynamics
    used by today’s terrorists?
  • This panel will consist of subject matter experts in law enforcement response methods and current
    tactics.
  • You will also walk away from this panel with an understanding that there are no boxed training
    programs as each corporation’s culture and environment determine the factors that are needed to tailor
    a program accordingly, especially while not interrupting the workflow of customer experience in the
    hospitality/gaming industry.

Presenter:

Joseph Collins

Joseph Collins

Senior Instructor, Tomahawk Strategic Solutions

11:15-12:00 pm   Best Practices & Proactive Approaches to Avoiding Workplace Violence

  • Recent incidents around the world drastically illustrate that no one is immune to the possibility of an
    attack.
  • Conducting a violence risk assessment: what are the latest tools available to corporate security
    professionals to evaluate the risk of violence in the workplace?
  • What to look for psychologically: preventing, identifying and reacting to the signs of a potential threat.
  • Is your organization management trained to identify behavioral concerns in employees which could
    lead them to conduct an act of violence in the workplace?
  • Is it the responsibility of the company to prepare its employees how to act in the event of an
    emergency? Do you have a violence prevention program in place?
  • This panel will go over the importance of making sure that your organization’s personnel understand
    the protocol to increase their chance of survival in the event of an active shooter or similar threat.

Presenter:

Ty Smith

Ty Smith

Founder, Vigilance Risk Solutions, Inc.

12:00-1:00 pm   Lunch in the Exhibit Room

1:00-1:45 pm   Pre-screening and Background Checks

  • What are your organization’s legal rights when requiring background checks or pre-screenings?
  • Are background checks part of your organization’s onboarding/hiring process?
  • So your employees passed background, they are good to go, right?
  • What type of background do you conduct?  A complete background or do you take shortcuts?

Presenter:

Randy Lawrence

Randy Lawrence

Director of Security, Casino Pauma

1:45-2:30 pm   What is the Best Way to Substantially Decrease Your Legal Liability if an Incident, such as an Active Shooter, Was to Happen?

  • Know your rights: abide to OSHA’s rules and regulations to reduce violations.
  • Legal environment of business: assume all potential employers understand the legalities within a
    company to dismiss potential OSHA infractions.
  • Enroll into a course where legalities of a workforce are discussed including discrimination, harassment
    and human resources processes.
  • Does your company have prevention strategies in place to ensure the safety of your staff?
  • Does your company have a termination protocol?
  • Your liability is to protect your employees—do you have the proper employee training and equipment
    to diffuse an act of violence in your organization?

Presenters:

Eddie Ilko

Eddie Ilko

Security Claims Manager, Casino-Security, Sycuan Casino

Ken Toler

Ken Toler

Director of Security, Soboba Casino

2:30-3:00 pm   Afternoon Break in the Presidio Ballrooms 3-4

3:00-4:30 pm   Security Experts Roundtable:
In the Wake of the Recent Shooting at Mandalay Bay and Last Year’s Bombing in Manchester, What Additional Security Protocols have been Created and Lessons Learned Help Ensure Live Entertainment Venues are More Secure?

  • Law enforcement typically controls access to high spaces during major political events. Will this lead
    other major outdoor events to now require employing additional security to monitor buildings for
    sniper fire or restrict access to rooftops?
  • Will hotel patrons need to become more accustomed to being scrutinized by security officially by the
    amount, size and shape of their luggage?
  • We all dislike waiting on the long lines to go through airport security; however, it ensures our safety
    and those around us. Should similar procedures be put in place at large events.
  • This panel will go over the latest technologies such as baggage screening, metal detectors, K9 patrols
    and the latest research available to ensure your patrons have a safe time and enjoyable time.
  • Borders need to be made at major events and those permitted to enter should be searched. What effect
    could more invasive measures have on overall event participation?

Presenters:

4:30 pm   Day 1 Concludes

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

7:30-8:30 am   Registration & Breakfast in the Presidio Ballrooms 3-4

8:30-9:45 am   Security Directors Roundtable: As Threats Increase so should your Budget. Right?

  •  With the growing number of threats such as an active shooter event, it’s important to stress to senior
    management why security needs a sufficient budget to provide education to employees and advanced
    technology to prevent an act of terror from occurring.
  • How to sell your security program to senior management: learn how to perfect your selling skills to
    obtain a budget that will allow you to heighten the security in your organization.
  • Budget for security programs or drill like activities to ensure employers can handle and dismiss
    dangerous situations.
  • As a Security Director are you satisfied with the level of training you can provide your security staff?
  • Rookie police officers come out of the academy with over 500 hours of training while most of the
    nation’s casino security guards have under 30!
  • Since the Mandalay Bay event has management been more amenable to an increased security budget?
    What are the major areas still being underfunded?

Moderator:

Mary Jane Leslie

Mary Jane Leslie

Vice President, Channel Development, LifeRaft, Inc.

Presenters:

Douglas Ladd

Douglas Ladd

Director of Security, Seven Feathers Casino Resort

Jos Gustafson

Jos Gustafson

Director of Security, Twin Arrows Casino

Benjamin Blaylock

Benjamin Blaylock

Senior Manager of Global Intelligence Support, Marriott International

Randy Lawrence

Randy Lawrence

Director of Security, Casino Pauma

Ken Toler

Ken Toler

Director of Security, Soboba Casino

9:45-10:15 am   Morning Break in the Presidio Ballrooms 3-4

10:15-11:15 am The Role of Using Culture to Manage Risk

 

The world is changing at an ever faster pace. Disruption and volatility in supply chains, input costs, raw materials, and consumer demand are commonplace. Companies are scrutinized more intensely by customers than ever before, increasing vulnerability to brand and reputation threats. Compliance helps companies mitigate risk only so much. The great companies of tomorrow will manage operational risk by shaping culture.

Presenter:

David Cooper

David Cooper

Co-Founder/Chief Strategy Officer, Karakoram Group

Command Master Chief of the Naval Special Warfare Development Group (Retired)

11:15-12:15 pm   Armed Security Training

  • With increasing numbers of active shooter and terrorist threats, armed security and/or armed personnel are becoming an essential element of modern-day security.
  • Does your organization allow security personnel to carry firearms on the premise?
  • Is there a policy in place to reduce the liability for institutions or individuals carrying a firearm?
  • What qualifies an individual to safely carry a firearm and potentially aid in a response?
  • This panel will cover a full spectrum and educate participants in the proper procedures to take to help ensure the safety of their employees while greatly reducing their liability.

Presenter:

Michael Biller

Michael Biller

President & COO, Tomahawk Strategic Solutions

Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) at Naval Special Warfare Development Group (Retired)

12:15-1:15 pm   Corporate Emergency Medicine: If Protocols Fail to Prevent an Incident, are Your Employees Prepared to save Themselves and Others Until EMS Arrive?

  • Go above and beyond when adhering to OSHA’s national standards by training employees to save themselves and their coworkers with Emergency Medicine skills.
  • Eliminate deaths and serious injuries by having knowledgeable employees who can assert various situations and the care that needs to be provided.
  • Knowing how to use a First Aid Kit is one thing, knowing how to dismiss a situation with readily accessible resources is another. This panel will help explain how simple everyday objects can save lives.
  • This vital panel will not only strengthen office operations and its safety but will leave potential victims protected and thankful for their workplace.

Presenter:

Bill Harris

Bill Harris

Director of Emergency Medicine, Tomahawk Strategic Solutions

1:15 pm   Conference Concludes

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