by Jonathan Vatner | December 01, 2006

M&C cover, December 2001No one needs reminding why M&C ran a story on security in the meetings industry five years ago this month. People do need reminding, however, that security deserves a major investment, says Dick Hudak, who was featured in that article.

“For the six to eight months following 9/11, the purse strings opened and management’s attention became focused on security,” says Hudak, director of corporate security for Loews Corp., based in New York City. “As things quieted down, the bean counters came back and started to scrutinize expenses.”

Having worked in the security world for many years, Hudak wasn’t surprised by the cuts in security spending over the past few years. “I was preparing for cutbacks as soon as I got the checks for improvements,” he says.

Meeting planners, he notes, are vital to keeping security departments at their best. The more explicit planners are in their safety and emergency requests, the better the security team can budget to keep equipment up-to-date and plan for appropriate staffing.