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[Event Recap]: Education & Healthcare Security Forum | Dallas, TX | April 2016

The Education & Healthcare Security Forum hosted approximately 315 one-on-one meetings at the Sheraton Dallas on April 25th and 26th,2016. Executives from companies including Colorado State University Police Department, Children's Specialized Hospital, Dallas County Hospital District Police, Henderson State University, Mission Regional Medical Center and South San Antonio ISD connected for informative meetings with solution providers, seminars and networking opportunities.

Face-to-face meetings kicked off promptly on Monday morning and ran throughout the next day and a half, separated by meals and seminars. "The one-on-one meetings with vendors allowed me to ask questions that pertained to my particular facility without interrupting or listening to others who had different needs than my own. The time allowed for these meetings was just right, enough to demonstrate the need for the product without it really being a sales pitch," explained an attendee from Hendriz College. Speakers including Tim Grosse, George Belich and Dominick Armato led discussions on energy management, capital forecasting and operational efficiency.

Prime networking continued into the evening with a gala dinner and casino games overlooking the stunning Dallas skyline. 

After a fun evening, attendees reconnected on Tuesday morning for more face-to-face meetings and additional seminars, ending with a closing lunch.

For more information, or to attend future events, contact VP of Operations Rob Muise here.

Guest Blog: The Front Door

Featured Blog from Raptor

Technology is a critical component in the education of our nation’s children. “Overall education technology spending globally will reach $19 billion by 2019,” states Fortune magazine (April 28, 2015). However, there is one critical area where investments are lagging behind:

The Front Door.

In an increasingly technology-driven era in our schools, many of the institutions that educate our children are not implementing the technologies available to keep our students, faculty, and staff safe. For example, up to 80% of schools still rely on the pencil-and-paper method of signing in their visitors. Barring the introduction of smart paper and pencils with biometric sensors on them, this method is useless in practice for protecting our students.

Those days need to be behind us. In an age where technology can allow you to lock the front door of your home from halfway across the world, there’s no excuse for leaving the front door of our schools standing wide open for sexual predators, gang members, or any person who would do our students harm.

Every school wants to keep their students safe, and their actions need to back that up. There are a few areas that should be non-negotiable: every visitor, volunteer, or vendor needs to be accounted for, every visitor, volunteer, or vendor needs to be verified, and every visitor, volunteer, or vendor needs to be screened, in every school, every day.

So what is stopping you from taking this basic step in school security? Our mission it to protect every child, every school, every day.

Visit to find out more about the Raptor Visitor Management System.

Press Release: International Systems of America (ISA) Launches New eCommerce Site

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (March 1, 2016) International Systems of America (ISA), LLC, a national fire and life safety company, has launched a new Ecommerce site at The new site will give current and potential customers full access to our parts database.

“We are very excited about the launch of our new Ecommerce site. It will allow users to order new or ISA certified parts, check previous orders, view pricing and availability and search our vast database of legacy / hard-to-find parts,” said Michael G. Epperson, President/CEO for ISA.

The site allows customers to search by product type or brand and if available can view new part, ISA certified or repair part pricing.

About International Systems of America (ISA)
ISA is a National fire and life safety management company who provides advanced solutions for building owners, engineers, and contractors for a wide range of building types. ISA’s National service capabilities are managed by 30 years of field experience backed up by a fire alarm parts repair laboratory. ISA’s fire alarm parts repair laboratory ensures its national service clients receive unmatched service in the National fire and life safety service arena.

Contact: Julio Rodriguez
National Sales Manager
International Systems of America (ISA)

The Education & Healthcare Security Forum Releases 2016 Seminar Program

The Education & Healthcare Security Forum offers limited complimentary registration to the Directors & VPs of Security at healthcare and educational facilities. Registration includes a personalized event itinerary of one-on-one networking and seminars, meals and refreshments, a gala dinner and casino night. All meals and refreshments are included along with overnight accommodation at the Westin Park Central in Dallas, Texas. To register, click here.

How Dashboard Style Interfaces & System Analytics Are Increasing Operational Efficiency & Reducing Energy Costs

Learn about new tools in the building automation industry and how they have provided stake holders from the boardroom to the boiler room with the means to increase their understanding of how building assets are serving their organization and a method of managing and implementing reductions in energy usage and operational costs.

Sustainable Materials in Restrooms, Locker Rooms & Other Applications

Credits: 1 AIA Hour & 1 USGBC Hour 
This seminar takes an indepth look at the sustainable materials in restrooms and locker rooms. 
  • Gain an understanding of how High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) reduces environmental impact and ways it offers both initial and long term improvements to the indoor air quality of any project. 
  • Hear several examples of how responsible manufacture is a critical part of any product's life cycle assessment.

Get Out of Construction Management Hell

This seminar helps facilities managers and owners finish projects under budget and ahead of schedule. Not to mention, helping them mitigate risk and protect their projects from litigation. MySmartPlans listened to the pleas of owners and facilities managers and found a solution to the headaches associated with managing and accessing project information. These issues include: Operations and Maintenance manuals, Warranty Information, Records, Drawings, Closeouts, submittals, plan rooms, and much more. Facilities Management now has a way to productively manage projects from bid phase to closeout for the next 50 years. This seminar takes client testimonials and turns them into relative stories and pain points that any construction audience can learn from. 

What We Need Is A Plan: School Security Gets Smarter

Learn how to:

  • Develop a sound, scalable security master plan
  • Assess threats
  • Manage and use the safety & security technology available and then make it work for you
  • Gain a brief & entertaining look at trending technologies in three markets: industrial security, cyber security and consumer electronics/commercial technologies

Tips for Achieving Capital Forecasting Success

Every part of your campus or facility will need repair or replacement at some point in the future. These projects can range anywhere from small work orders to multimillion dollar contracts. Learn about:

  • Long-range capital planning for capital decision making with confidence
  • Discuss the fundamentals of capital forecasting and the correlation between facility condition, asset life and student performance along with tips on how to improve your organization's efficiency and pull reports.

Mass Notification & Emergency Communications - When Seconds Matter

From catastrophic natural disasters to the threats college students face, there has been a heightened demand for effective, multi-layered emergency communications. This session will cover:

  • Integrated and interoperable Mass Notification platforms
  • Provide the perfect solution to instantly communicate to everyone – anytime, anywhere
  • Mass Notification Systems & their ability to send alerts and potentially life-saving instructions to unlimited communication devices, including voice sirens, indoor and outdoor speakers, digital display signage, text messaging, voice calls, desktop alerts, and email notifications.

Crisis Management & Planning for the Mobile Age

As professionals in the education and healthcare industries, your top priority is the safety of students, faculty, and staff. This seminar teaches:

  • How to streamline emergency response
  • How to keep your action plans relevant
  • Compares efficacy of paper safety plans versus mobile safety plans

A Case Study for Energy Management in Today's Education Environments

Energy management is essential for today's Healthcare and Education facility engineers and managers and presents an unparalleled opportunity for financial, operational, and environmental building performance enhancement. This workshop presents:

  • An overview of current innovative practices in energy management 
  • An indepth look at a Case Study examining energy management strategies and the actual energy efficiency results of a data/software management system at the Educational and Healthcare Facilities at Thomas Jefferson University.

Sexual Assault Advocate Confirmed as Guest Speaker at Education & Healthcare Security Forum

Speaker EDHC SECURITY HEAD SHOT.jpgThe Education & Healthcare Security Forum welcomes Jules Irvin-Rooney, J.D. as a guest speaker at the Forum taking place on October 19-20, 2015 in Dallas, Texas.

Julie (Jules) Carter Irvin­-Rooney, J.D. is a legal consultant and advocate. She serves as President of Title IX and Clery Act Consulting, LLC, an affiliate of The Irvin Law Firm. Ms. Irvin-Rooney’s concentration areas include higher education law, reproductive justice law, and sexuality & the law. Within these areas, her specialties are Title IX, Clery Act, FERPA, ADA, and Special Education issues. In her position as President of Title IX and Clery Act Consulting, she works as a legal analyst, legal consultant, advocate, and expert on Title IX and the Clery Act. She provides her expertise to a variety of educational settings (higher education and K­-12) on campus sexual assault prevention and compliance with federal guidelines. Ms. Irvin-Rooney has assisted students in filing Office of Civil Rights Complaints regarding Title IX compliance infractions and working with schools on their issues and policies.  Additionally, she facilitates training for schools and advocacy groups regarding compliance issues, implements discussions of “best practices,” and advocates and educates via social media. She collaborates with domestic violence advocates, police officers, commonwealths’ attorneys, and other advocates for sexual assault survivors, especially related to campus sexual assaults (K-12 and higher education). She works as an advocate for survivors who need assistance and consultation in pursuing justice through both Title IX and the criminal justice system.

Ms. Irvin-Rooney holds a JD from William & Mary Law School where she was awarded the National Association of Women Lawyers Award along with the Dean’s Certificate for special and outstanding service to the law school community. While in law school, Ms. Irvin Rooney served as a leader in promoting more scholarship and awareness on gender, sexuality, and the law, which led to her coordinating and organizing a Reproductive Justice Conference, worked with both the undergraduate school of William and Mary, along with the law school to advocate for those sexually assaulted and/or harassed. In addition, she designed learning seminars and small-group meetings for deans and advisers regarding compliance with Title IX and the Clery Act. Ms. Irvin-Rooney graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Rhetoric and Communications Studies and Sociology from the University of Richmond. She earned a master’s degree in English Rhetoric and Writing from Virginia Commonwealth University and taught at the secondary and post-secondary levels.

To register for the Education & Healthcare Security Forum, click here. Complimentary registration is available for qualifying security executives including accommodation, attendance, access to the seminar program and all networking activities including meals and refreshments.

Education & Healthcare Security Forum Call For Speakers

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October 19 - 20, 2015
Dallas, TX 

The Education & Healthcare Security Forum is now open for speaking opportunities!

Are you an expert in the security industry specializing in education & healthcare facilities?

Do you want to share your solutions & procedures with an audience of Directors & C-Suite Executives?

Are you ready to share your knowledge with leading professionals in the industry?

Join the Education & Healthcare Security Forum as a Speaker!

For more information or to apply for a speaking position, contact Director of Communications Yasmin Parsloe at

OR Shooting Triggers Gun Violence Trend Questions

TROUTDALE, OR - He was armed with a military-style rifle and a semi-automatic pistol, both taken from his home. 15-year old Jared Michael Padgett shot himself after shooting fellow classmate, 14-year old Emilio Hoffman, at an Oregon high school Tuesday. A physical education teacher, 50-year old Todd Rispler, is the unsung hero. According to police, after being grazed by a bullet, he made it to the administrative school office where he initiated a school-wide lockdown, starting the campus security procedures, likely saving hundreds of young lives.

After this tragic shooting, Everytown for Gun Safety, a group fighting to end gun violence started by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, released shocking statistics that paint a violent theme in American classrooms. The group reports 74 gun-related incidents in the past 18 months – beginning with the December 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. How are parents not weighted with concern knowing that on average there is one incident of gun-related violence at an American school each week?

Security Consultant and Founder at PVF, Patrick V. Fiel, Sr. recently gave a presentation teaching Education Security Executives about procedures in an active shooter scenario at the Education & Healthcare Security Forum. Fiel emphasizes the run, hide, fight strategy.

During a school shooting, which typically lasts just 10 to 15 minutes, victims have three options – to run if they can reasonably escape the shooter, hide if they can find a safe place, and if there are no other options, team together all forces and resources to fight back.

This strategy is a responsive one, however. Without proactive measures and practiced training procedures – there is room for crisis.

“There are only two types of school administrators; those who have faced a crisis and those who are about to!”

–Ron Stephens, Executive Director, National School Safety Center

Below is just a brief overview of the four phases of crisis management:

  1. Prevention: Addresses what schools and districts can do to reduce or eliminate risk to life and property. 
    Several strategies for prevention include: making the target less attractive and deterring criminal activity. For example, in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, the school had implemented an egress system, however the shooter simply shot through the adjacent window making the prevention methods superficial. Also, consult a third party risk assessment. An expert will be able to detect potential hazards and holes in the plan. During Fiel’s presentation, he explains a shooter’s mentality as robotic – a rational person will not be able to foresee his or her next move, therefore an expert is well worth the money and time.
  2. Preparedness: Focuses on the process of planning for the worst case scenario. Develop procedures and policies for high pressure scenarios.
    Train staff on how to react and implement these curriculums and make methods known to students and parents. Implement an Incident Command System (ICS). This is a structured way to organize responsibilities among school officials and all emergency responders during crisis response. Emergency Responders use ICS to manage incidents. Schools should also consult with the district as a whole to uniform reaction and preparedness.
  3. Response: Devoted to the steps to take during a crisis.
    This is the time to follow the crisis plan that has been reinforced through repetitive training, practice and drills school wide. Students should know how to react and teachers should know how to communicate during a crisis.
  4. Recovery: How to restore the learning and teaching environment after a crisis.
    The sooner classrooms return to learning, the better. During the recovery process, depending on the degree of crisis, a sense of school community needs to be restored. Schools should identify resources and make them readily available to students, staff and the community. Debrief with staff and emergency responders. During these “post-meetings,” schools can facilitate lessons and plan revisions and alternate trainings for future incidents.


Attend one of our Active Shooter Workshops at our Education & Healthcare Security Forum coming up in October 27 & 28, 2014 at Chicago, IL. For more information, click here.

"Good, Quality Meetings!"

We are pleased to announce our April event in Philadelphia was a success! Seeing business meetings in full swing is a satisfying feeling for us as we work all year round to make these connections happen. What makes us feel even better? Your feedback. Here's a look at some comments from our Vendors and Delegates:

Vendor Feedback

"I received excellent leads; contacts I wouldn't have been able to make were it not for these quality meetings!" -Elkay

"This event was well worth my time and investment." -Kimberley-Clark

"This is an event that provides vendors the chance to really connect with potential clients without the hassle of a trade show booth!" -Detex

"Productive day and a half!" -ISSBallroom.jpg

"Very effective process in meeting with interested customers!" -Container Store

Delegate Feedback

"I was pleasantly surprised about the number of new or improved products I learned about that I can use. I can think of three suppliers whose products I will begin using immediately!" -Innovative Senior Living

"The Forum was a great experience. I met a lot of people in my field and learned so much!" -CBRE

"Thanks for exceeding my expectations. You made this Forum educational, informative and fun!" -FMOLHS

"It was a great experience, educational about offerings from vendors and no hard sell from anyone! Will recommend to others." - St. David's Georgetown Hospital

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"I was very surprised: This gives you the opportunity to have one-on-one contact with the vendors which allows you to get a better feel for their product unlike conventions where they are talking to several people at one time. I really like the one-on-one experience." - Bolivar Medical Center

"Great information and contracts and also, great Forum!" -Rice University

"I have been in education for over 30 years and the Education Facilities Management Forum is at the
top of my list for meeting needs in facilities planning, new products and networking." -Texas State Technical College

"This is my second Forum; I found it to be even more advantageous than my initial Forum. I got to the end of the day full of new and useful information for my upcoming challenges." -Ivy Tech

Many companies are skeptical of our one-on-one business events, but as our Vendors and Delegates say - you have to see it to believe it. Register to attend our next event, here.




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