ATLANTA – April 11, 2014 – This week, real estate and retail industry leaders are flying south for RECon Latin America, hosted by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). Security company representative Bill Besse, vice president of Consulting & Investigations at U.S. Security Associates (USA), joins real estate developers, property owners, and retail decision-makers for the convention in Cartagena, Colombia.
Held this week at the Cartagena de Indias Convention Center, RECon Latin America is the retail real estate event of the year in Latin America. The convention offers an in-depth look at industry trends in this dynamic region of the world through keynote speakers, expert panelists, and educational sessions focused on the challenges and opportunities shaping the retail industry. Conference goers have the opportunity to interface with experts and key decision makers through roundtable discussions, the Trade Exposition, the Gala Dinner, and other opportunities for networking and education.
USA's Bill Besse and Marty Cooper, author of Coping With Crisis in a Complex World, are delivering a presentation on "Crisis Management, Safety, and Communications in Shopping Centers." The presentation highlights the specific threats targeting retail spaces and prevention strategies learned from over four decades of risk mitigation experience. Attendees will learn to identify crisis patterns, develop crisis prevention programs, establish communication and planning strategies, and use crisis minimization and management techniques.
Besse is eager to increase awareness of public safety resources and tactics among shopping center designers and developers. "Since its inception in the 1980s, crisis management strategy has matured to a sophisticated and complex level. While we can't eliminate crises, we can limit their impact through careful advance planning and informed management techniques. RECon is the perfect forum for retail stakeholders and security and safety professionals to connect with one another and engage in dialogue about how best to achieve our mutual goals."
Founded in 1957, the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) is the premier global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 63,000 members in over 100 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials. As the global industry trade association, ICSC links with more than 25 national and regional shopping center councils throughout the world.
U.S. Security Associates (USA) is the market-leading, wholly-owned American, full-service safety and security solutions provider. With over 160 locally-responsive offices, international locations and over 50,000 dedicated professionals, they offer the most complete array of physical security, remote surveillance, and global consulting and investigations to ensure better outcomes for thousands of clients and a range of industries. Innovative applications of leading-edge, proprietary technology enable USA to rank annually among the world's best training companies, sustain the highest standards of quality, and underscore world-class customer service with unparalleled accountability. USA's rise as one of the largest innovative security solutions leaders is a natural byproduct of these differentiators and enables the company to provide the most Safe. Secure. Friendly.® environments for people, assets, and brands. For more information, visit www.ussecurityassociates.com.
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