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  • Curtis Baillie
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    I haven't received that call yet.

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  • SgtUSMC8541
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    Just got the harassing, "Want to confirm you are going to come" phone call today. I'm still in.

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  • bpdblue
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    SecTrainer, as usual, you make a good point for those of us not lucky enough to live out east.

    I wonder if it will do any good.

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  • Curtis Baillie
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    Feb. 28th

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    The International Association of Counterterrorism for Security Professionals - Washington, DC Group is presenting a free conference.

    The February 28, 2008 IACSP Conference will be held at:
    Alion Science & Technology, 1100 New Jersey Ave., S.E., Suite 200, Washington, DC

    This is a great opportunity to network with your colleagues in DHS , DOD and stakeholders. Speakers and presenters include:

    Mr. James M. Loy - the Cohen Group
    Former Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security (2003-2005)

    Mr. Robert B. Stephan - Department of Homeland Security
    Assistant Secretary
    Infrastructure Protection

    Dr. Ayman Wasfy - CEO Nevine LLC. Noted Arabic Linguist deciphers statements from terrorist organizations

    Mr. David Cid - Deputy Director
    Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism (MIPT)

    Mr. Dennis Smith - Retired New York City firefighter and best-selling writer

    Mr. Jeff Beatty - IACSP Washington DC Chapter Special Advisor
    President and CEO TotalSecurity.US. Jeff is a former Army Delta Force Officer (wounded in first Blackhawk shot down) who earned a Purple Heart and a Combat Infantry Badge helping to rescue hundreds of Americans.

    Forum Agenda and Registration at: Red Team One.
    I will be attending this conference and look forward to meeting any SIW fourm members who will be in attendance.

    Just a reminder that this free, one day conference will be held on Feb. 28th. I'm still scheduled to attend and look forward to meeting any fourm members who will be going.

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  • NRM_Oz
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    Look for the plant that follows you around the lobby wearing glasses.

    Actually I recall a conference I had in New Orleans for a 3 days but stayed for the week. Bourbon St was popular you could say and the idea of a snack of a Po-Boy almost killed me as the bloody things are massive. The same group used to have conferences in Asian cities or in Australia but I only went to a few as leaving your business to fend for itself is a sure sign of bankruptcy for most people.

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  • Curtis Baillie
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    Originally posted by SgtUSMC8541 View Post
    Ok, I am deff in.
    Good. Make sure you look me up - I'll be wearing a pink rose in my lapel. But then....you know what I look like.

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  • SgtUSMC8541
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    Ok, I am deff in.

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  • SecTrainer
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    Originally posted by Silva Consultants View Post
    I have been involved in a couple of associations over the years, and I too have asked the same question posed by SecTrainer: "Why not hold an event in Seattle or Portland (Oregon) once in awhile?"

    The answer I got was that, if you look at past attendance records, most attendees come from the central and eastern US and that is why most events are held there. The Pacific Northwest was considered too remote for most attendees.

    They didn't want to hear my counter argument that the reason you don't have many attendees from the west coast is because events are mostly held on the east coast
    Right there you have it, Michael...the old catch-22.

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  • Silva Consultants
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    I have been involved in a couple of associations over the years, and I too have asked the same question posed by SecTrainer: "Why not hold an event in Seattle or Portland (Oregon) once in awhile?"

    The answer I got was that, if you look at past attendance records, most attendees come from the central and eastern US and that is why most events are held there. The Pacific Northwest was considered too remote for most attendees.

    They didn't want to hear my counter argument that the reason you don't have many attendees from the west coast is because events are mostly held on the east coast

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  • jmaccauley
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    I've conducted training in 7 states and the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.It really isn't that hard to host a class and these training outfits that demand the moon usually wear out their welcome quickly. You get me the itinerary and I can find you the trainers. I'm still amazed at what some groups will pay for less-than-stellar training programs, but they do like name recognition.

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  • SecTrainer
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    Originally posted by jmaccauley View Post
    SecTrainer, sounds like you need to get on the horn and get some of your contacts together for a social, er I mean conference in your neck of the woods. Personally, I love the north west (except in the winter).
    The NW is beautiful in winter, too!

    Actually, I've been thinking about buying 10 acres or so and putting up a training facility that would have first-class media capability and could be used to host smaller events - maybe up to 100 attendees or so. In that process, I've contacted a few better-known "providers" (very few providers are headquartered in the Northwest) to see what their interest would be in coming here if such a facility were available, including the event planning, but the ho-hum - and in some cases, downright silence - has been deafening.

    By way of a little creative intelligence, I've found that in at least a few cases, the "attendance guarantee" they quote me, if they're interested at all, is 10 to 20% higher than they require to conduct seminars, etc. in cities in the central or eastern US. This is, in part, what I'm talking about. If I were contacting these providers about hosting a YACOTEC - especially one in DC or New York - they only have to travel across town or take a 2-hour flight, and all I'd have to promise is that three circus clowns and a dog with the mange would show up. They'd be right there, johnny-on-the-spot, before I put down the phone.
    Last edited by SecTrainer; 01-07-2008, 10:55 AM.

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  • jmaccauley
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    SecTrainer, sounds like you need to get on the horn and get some of your contacts together for a social, er I mean conference in your neck of the woods. Personally, I love the north west (except in the winter).

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  • SecTrainer
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    Originally posted by Curtis Baillie View Post
    Whenever I'm in the Seattle area I stay at the airport Holiday Inn - I like the revolving restaurant, especially after a few glasses of wine. Thanks for the invite, but I think I'll pass up the "Sleep & Eats".
    Wall, if yew want to spend ten times the money, I guess that's an okay place, but it makes me dizzy. Plus, it don't have the down-home aroma of Sleep & Eats, they don't let yew spit yer baccy on the floor and they're always runnin in and changin yer sheets just when you get 'em broke in good. I promise that yew kin stay at Sleep & Eats til the Trump of the Lord sounds, and we'll never change yer sheets. We respeck yer privacy!

    Wutt if we wuz to put Sears catillogs in the outhouse insted of the corn cobs and free hog jowls fer happy hour? I guess that makes them uppity folks at the Holiday In look purty damn sad, don't it?!

    Oh, and our hotel sekurity can't be beat by them folks neither. Sharrif Dingle hisself uses one of the rooms fer an hour or two whenever Rhonda May Goodhue gits away from her brothers, and if she brings her nanny-goat he stays a good deal longer.
    Last edited by SecTrainer; 01-06-2008, 11:40 AM.

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  • Curtis Baillie
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    Whenever I'm in the Seattle area I stay at the airport Holiday Inn - I like the revolving restaurant, especially after a few glasses of wine. Thanks for the invite, but I think I'll pass up the "Sleep & Eats".

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  • SecTrainer
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    Originally posted by Curtis Baillie View Post
    This conference is being put on by the "Washington, DC chapter" - thus the location of the conference.
    I'm sure you understood the general point I was making, Curtis - it had nothing to do with your specific event. Whether this YACOTEC happens to be locally sponsored is unimportant - the point is that whether it's a national organization that never brings an event to Seattle or the increased difficulty we have here in attracting "outside experts" to our own events, the fact remains that our region suffers from the fact that the expertise - especially government expertise - is concentrated in the East, and particularly around DC. The concentration is understandable, of course, but in the age of air travel this should not result in what I see as a great disparity in access to these people for our events...and that is what I was lampooning in my post. We are the forgotten corner of the country, but we're not some backwater.

    It isn't just travel, either. Our industry has been very slow to adopt the simple technologies now available to securely produce conference Webinars and thereby reach national audiences, which mystifies me even more. Fortunately, a few in our field are beginning to figure it out as other industries show the way, and I am hoping the trend continues. ASIS is also very smart to record their annual conference sessions and produce CD's - another alternative.

    My message is to Experts and Event Sponsors: See if you can locate one of the airports in DC and you'll probably find there are flights to Seattle...not just to Los Angeles or San Francisco. Failing that, see what technologies might make your events available to a national audience.
    Last edited by SecTrainer; 01-06-2008, 11:04 AM.

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