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Paul Frederick

Paul Frederick, co-founder of Hospitality Security Advisors, is a 30-year veteran in hospitality safety and security who led the global safety and security organizations for both Hilton Worldwide and Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

His responsibilities included oversight and direction of all security and safety responsibilities, including crisis management, emergency management, environmental safety, travel security, physical security, workplace safety, fire safety and violence prevention.

Among his career highlights, Paul deployed to New Orleans in 2005 to evacuate hotels after Hurricane Katrina. In advance of the London 2012 Summer Olympics, he conducted onsite security planning and preparations for 17 hotels in the city, including the Olympic Committee Headquarters. He implemented a global risk assessment tool for 6,000 hotels in 110 countries.

He currently serves as a senior advisor to the U.S. State Department’s Overseas Advisory Council and formerly was a member of the FBI’s Domestic Security Alliance Council and chairman of the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s Loss Prevention Committee.  Paul has also served as an expert witness in premises liability cases.

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Kevin belligiere

Kevin Belligiere co-founded Hospitality Security Advisors after more than 30 years of experience overseeing crisis management, security operations and administration for the largest hotel operator in New York City.

During his career with Starwood Hotels & Resorts, he managed a staff of more than 100 security personnel across more than a dozen properties and brands including one of New York City’s largest hotels, the 1,750-room Sheraton New York. In that capacity, he established a record of successfully managing safety and security programs, crisis management, risk management, fire and safety management, travel security and fire safety and planning. He led the organization’s first line of communication with law enforcement and built effective and valuable relationships with local and federal agencies including the New York Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Secret Service and Homeland Security.  He also provided counsel to Starwood’s regional security teams.  

Among his career highlights, Kevin planned and executed security procedures for major events in New York, including New Year’s Eve, The Clinton Global Initiative, The United Nations General Assembly and the Macy’s Day Parade.  He has served on Starwood threat assessment and crisis go teams deployed for national disasters and workplace violence incidents.

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david trumble

David Trumble, a 30-year corporate communications and public relations executive, has served leading hospitality and travel companies including Hilton Worldwide, Doubletree Corporation, Best Western International and Mesa Air Group, the nation’s largest regional airline.

In his roles as a communications leader, he directed teams responsible for developing and implementing enterprise-level crisis communications plans, protocols, media relations, executive coaching sessions and recovery efforts.

As founder of The Crisis Communications Company, David works with his team of professionals to offer proven strategies for managing and mitigating the impact of crises, from hurricanes and wildfires to lawsuits and security breaches.

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Jeri clausing

Jeri Clausing brings her understanding of media relations and crisis communications from her formative experiences as a daily newspaper and wire service reporter.  This 30-year veteran has developed specialties in lodging, travel, tourism, politics, the internet, e-commerce, software and technology.

Her experience includes managing, reporting and editing news coverage for The Associated Press, The New York Times, The Denver Post, Seattle Post-Intelligencer and other major daily newspapers.

As senior editor for Travel Weekly, she provided in-depth coverage of hotel and tourism trends and reported from development hot spots around the world, including China, Dubai and Vietnam. During her tenure as executive editor of Interactive Week, she developed and edited cover stories and investigative stories.

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Rich Roberts

Rich Roberts, a communications veteran whose career spans more than four decades, began as a newspaper journalist and served three Fortune 500 companies as a corporate communications executive.

In his roles at Wyndham Worldwide, Cendant Corporation and Choice Hotels International, he developed crisis communications programs and implemented 24/7/365 coverage to protect the companies and their franchisees.

Using insights gained as a reporter covering numerous natural and manmade disasters, notably the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant accident, he served on teams that authored crisis communications plans for the American Hotel & Lodging Association and U.S. Commerce Department.

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Kathryn potter

Kathryn Potter has devoted 30 years to the hospitality industry, now as president of KCP Media Public Relations and previously as a senior vice president of marketing and communications for the American Hotel & Lodging Association.

During her tenure at AH&LA, she consulted directly with the CEOs of the nation’s largest hospitality companies.  Her responsibilities included all communications, from promotions to crises.  She also coordinated the activities of AH&LA’s Communications and Safety and Security committees.

Among her accomplishments, she redeveloped AH&LA’s crisis communications program for member hotels and hotel companies.  The project included a new how-to manual and an educational video.  She also published AH&LA’s award-winning Traveler Saftely Tips.

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Nina Fairweather

Nina Fairweather, with more than 30 years of crisis management experience serving hospitality, travel and tourism clients worldwide, provides on-the-ground support to Integrated Crisis Management Solutions throughout the United Kingdom and Europe from her base in London.
She serves as a risk assessor, policy developer, trainer, auditor and advisor. Her role encompasses establishing functional strategies and priorities, developing and implementing policies, procedures and compliance toolkits and collaborating with contractors, government agencies and customers.
Her corporate experience includes interim head of safety & security for Travelodge Hotels Limited from 2017 to 2018; director of safety & security for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide from 2014 to 2017; associate director of environmental health & safety for Starwood from 2006 to 2014; and hygiene & safety advisor for Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts from 1999 to 2006.
Fairweather is a chartered member of the Institute of Occupational Safety & Health, a fellow of the Institute of International Risk Safety Management and a member of the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland.  
She is enrolled on the Occupational Health & Safety Consultants Register and is an auditor of ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 45001:2018 standards.

Nina Fairweather

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