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Vail conference to examine security issues

Daily staff report

AVON — Local Lone Star Security & Safety Services and its newly launched division, The 5D Shield, has announced the 2015 Vail-Beaver Creek Security & Safety Preparedness Conference. The conference will be held on Nov. 13 at the Four Seasons Resort Vail.

The one-day conference will host more than 12 panelists and speakers representing law enforcement agencies, hospitality businesses, training and consulting experts, community organizations and security and safety organizations. Keynote speakers include Vail Police Chief Dwight Henninger and Joe O’Keefe, protective security adviser, Denver District, Office of Infrastructure Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

“We are very excited about the level of enthusiasm and support we have received from speakers, sponsors and attendees for this unique conference,” said Todd DeJong, CEO of Lone Star Security & Safety Services. “We look forward to bringing together the lodging community and industry experts to raise awareness, align emergency response with law enforcement agencies and share proactive tools for mitigation of heightened security and safety risks while being a gracious host during the highly visible 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.”

Conference panelists include:

• Tim Baker, president, Beaver Creek Resort Co.

• Craig Bettis, commander, Vail Police and Eagle County SWAT team leader, FBI Joint Terrorism Taskforce.

• Neil Colclough, director of risk management, Inspirato and 2015 Word Championships Security Committee.

• Johannes Faessler, proprietor – Sonnenalp Hotel Vail and 2015 World Championships Organizing Committee member.

• Ceil Folz, president – Vail Valley Foundation and the 2015 World Championships Organizing Committee.

• Mark Herron, general manager, Four Seasons Resort Vail.

• Ann Norton, president, Norton Training & Consulting.

• Joe O’Keefe, protective security adviser, Denver District, Office of Infrastructure Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

• Jim Spell, captain, retired, Vail Fire and Emergency Services; contributing writer, Fire Chief Magazine.

• Robert Ticer, Avon Police chief.

Topics include:

• Emergency response — aligned with law enforcement.

• Emergency response plans simulations and best practices.

• Threat awareness while being a gracious host.

• Aggressive behavior recognition and de-escalation; situational awareness.

• Crime prevention, guest evictions and incident investigations.

• Risk management.

For more information and to register for the conference please visit

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