Caroline Whalen, County Administrative Officer, King County Department of Executive Services

Thank you all for sharing your insights and expertise with King County leadership last week. Executive Constantine and his cabinet were extremely impressed with the professionalism and high level of engagement your team fostered during the half-day seminar. We are already at work reviewing emergency plans and policies with the insights you helped inspire: de-conflicting intra- and inter-governmental protocols and making other moves to be better prepared for the next major incident in our region. Your encouraging words and open-ended thinking about our collaborative efforts among both public and private sector leaders – particularly in the areas of public health, hazard mitigation, and long-term recovery – were very much appreciated. As we look toward the future, please let us know if your program would like any information or assistance that can help make your seminars, or other products, even more beneficial for those you seek to serve.” Caroline Whalen County Administrative Officer King County Department of Executive Services

Perry Plummer, Director, New Hampshire Homeland Security and Emergency Management

The Homeland Security Executive Education Seminar presented by the CHDS Mobile Education team has been, and continues to be, the foundation for executive level disaster preparedness in New Hampshire.  We have been fortunate to receive this one of a kind executive education offered by the CHDS team for each of our last three Governors and their new leadership teams.  Each time the seminar exceeded the new leadership team’s expectation.  I do not know of a better program that introduces a new Governor to emergency management and homeland security at the State level.  NH is better prepared as a result of the program. The half-day seminar is always interesting, thought provoking and tremendously beneficial to prepare for natural and human-caused disasters.  Stan and his team are top notch!” – Perry Plummer, Director, New Hampshire Homeland Security and Emergency Management

From Tomás P. Regalado – Mayor, City of Miami

The City of Miami prides itself on its status as a major global special events destination. Every year, millions of people come to Miami to enjoy our numerous sporting events, concerts, and festivals. It is one of my most sober responsibilities as Mayor to ensure that our residents and guests are able to forge lifelong memories at these events as safely as possible. I am thankful to The Center for Homeland Defense and Security for putting together a terrific seminar that allowed executives from both private and public organizations to collaborate on critical security issues. The skillfully moderated conversations were both timely and relevant to Miami’s unique concerns. I left the seminar with renewed confidence that our city remains vigilant and is continuing to push its emergency preparations in the right direction.

From Wendy Smith-Reeve – Director, Arizona Division of Emergency Management

“It was our great pleasure to have Stan and his team here to lead the facilitated discussions of policy issues, strategic communication, and agency roles and responsibilities for key state agency leaders within Arizona’s emergency management partnership. This seminar was quite timely in that we have a newly elected Governor, which means new leadership/administrative staff in the Governor’s office as well as agency heads. Several participants, including the Governor and his staff, continue to express their regard for your expertise and appreciation for the discussion. The state’s emergency management program is stronger for having the Center for Homeland Defense and Security develop the exercise and work with state leadership. The time and effort you and your team put in to making this such a positive and beneficial event were noted and greatly appreciated. I truly believe the conversations started last month will help insure the success and sustainability of our program in the years ahead.”

From Michael Hillmann – Assistant Chief of Police, Port of Los Angeles

I want to thank the Center for Homeland Defense and Security for the recent MET seminar provided to the Los Angeles Port of Los Angeles executive leaders. The MET panel was a world class team of experts on homeland security providing insightful advice on planning, responding to and recovery from all hazard disasters that could impact the Port of Los Angeles. The facilitator, Stan McKinney was very effective in guiding the discussions and feedback from those in attendance was extremely positive. In short, the seminar exceeded all of my expectations.