Preparing for the Worst: Key Considerations for Meeting Security and Risk Management

Presenter: Bruce McIndoe, President, iJET International, Inc.

Moderator: Lori Cioffi, Senior Vice President/Chief Content Director, Northstar Meetings Group

We live in risky times — are you prepared to deal with worst-case scenarios during your meeting or event? What can be done to improve event security, and whose responsibility is it? Northstar Meeting Group’s Lori Cioffi will moderate a frank Q&A with risk-management expert Bruce McIndoe that touches on key topics of concern to planners, suppliers and destination marketers. Half of the session time will be devoted to discussion with participants. 

 Among topics to be addressed:

  •  How to assess the risk profile of your meeting/event
  •  Considerations for site selection in high-risk destinations
  •  Establishing internal and external communications to mitigate risk
  •  Best practices for effective crisis-management plans
  •  Common vulnerabilities and what to do about them


As founder and president of iJET International, Inc., an integrated risk-management solutions provider, Bruce McIndoe leads the company’s intelligence, global operations and business development. iJET’s end-to-end tailored solutions integrate world-class threat intelligence, innovative technology and global response services to help organizations avoid threats, mitigate risk and protect their people, assets and reputation. A recognized leader in the risk-management, travel and intelligence industries, Bruce has secured iJet’s position as a leader in risk management and business resiliency with the development of the Worldcue® Global Control Center. Bruce is a past member of the Homeland Security Technical Advisory Council and supporter of the Transportation Security Administration. Prior to joining iJET, Bruce was the founder and CEO of CSSI, an Inc. 500 and four-time Washington Technology FAST 50 company that developed software for the intelligence community. He also served as a lead architect on intelligence programs for the U.S. government.

Strategic Review & Outlook for the Meetings Industry

Presented by: 

Nan Marchand Beauvois, Managing Director of Meetings Mean Business

Roger Dow, President & CEO, U.S. Travel Association





Nan Marchand Beauvois is the U.S. Travel Association’s senior director of national councils, overseeing the National Council of State Tourism Directors, the National Council of Attractions, Destination Council, and the Meetings Mean Business Coalition. She is also general manager for U.S. Travel’s Educational Seminar for Tourism Organizations (ESTO).

Marchand Beauvois is a strategic leader with more than 25 years of travel industry experience. Her successful career has been built on the personal tenets of creativity, passion and entrepreneurial thinking. Her innovation and strategic leadership were responsible for creating branded products and promotions that were engaging, imaginative, effective and able to increase the bottom line of both top destinations and Fortune 500 travel companies. Marchand Beauvois was recently recognized as one of Successful Meetings’ 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry.


Roger Dow is president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, the Washington, D.C.-based national umbrella organization representing all segments of travel in America — an industry responsible for generating $2.1 trillion in annual economic output. U.S. Travel’s mission is to increase travel to and within the United States. U.S. Travel champions a pro-connectivity, pro-growth, pro-traveler agenda, and advocates for policies that reduce barriers to travel and improve America’s travel infrastructure. In addition, the association provides essential research, such as the monthly Travel Trends Index, and engages, connects and informs the travel industry at events year-round. Under Dow’s leadership, U.S. Travel has been recognized as one of Washington’s top places to work by both the Washington Post and Washingtonian magazine two years in a row (2015 and 2016).


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