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2018 Annual Conference & Exhibition (AC&E)


50th Annual Conference & Exhibition (AC&E) 

Chicago, IL, USA

April 15-18, 2018



You won't want to miss these keynote sessions!



 Britt Berrett, PhD

"Patients Come Second"

Based on his co-authored book, Patents Come Second - leading change by changing how you lead which has become a New York Times, USA Today and WSJ Best Seller, Britt's presentation will discuss how your leadership strategy impacts your outcomes, and if you can take care of your employees first, they will in turn take care of your patients. He will cover 10 key points, with examples and humorous stories that will inspire folks to lead differently.

Dr. Berrett is the program director of the undergraduate Healthcare Management Program at the University of Texas at Dallas in the Jindal School of Management. He lectures nationally and internationally on transformational leadership, organizational change and performance.




Keiron McConnell, PhD

"Who is Your Gangster?"

Through an exploration of his research in Chicago, Los Angeles, London, Toronto, and Hobbema, Dr. McConnell will demonstrate that while many of us believe we know what gang members look like, it can only be through a localized lens that we can be confident that we understand the threats to our facilities. How do we learn about our local gang population?

Dr. McConnell is a Sergeant with the Vancouver (Canada) Police Organized Crime Section. He has over 28 years of police experience, half of which is solely in gang enforcement. In 2014 he was awarded the Frederick Thrasher Award for Excellence in Gang Scholarship, Leadership and Enforcement from the National Gang Crime Centre in Chicago.




Craig Valentine, MBA

"The 4 Rs to Remarkable Results through Leadership, Communications, and Change"

What does it take to lead like a champion? Is there a secret to getting remarkable results through change? No. In this powerful and interactive presentation, Craig Valentine will share the secrets that help you not only manage change, but master it. Whether you have the title of a leader or not, you can become the type of leader others want to follow.

Mr. Valentine, known as the Champion of Change, is a professional speaker and has spoken in multiple countries with as many as 160 presentations per year. He is a Toastmaster award winner, the 1999 World Champion of Public Speaking, and an #1 Bestselling author.




"Making Human Interactions Matter"

Join us as Second City Works takes the skills that have given The Second City success in improv comedy for nearly six decades and applies them to your world through a fun and meaningful keynote session.   The Second City uses improv, creating dialogue and interaction with audiences, to successfully build award-winning shows. But improvisation is about more than just being funny. It’s based on key tenets of communication, building trust, being authentic, thinking quickly on your feet, working as an ensemble and creating ideas collaboratively. All of the core skills that are vital to successful improv comedy are also important for successful organizations.

About The Second City and Second City Works
Revered as The Harvard of Comedy, The Second City name is synonymous with the art of sketch comedy and improvisation. The Second City’s unique brand and creative process has cultivated the talents of such comedy heavyweights and legends as Joan Rivers, Gilda Radner, John Belushi, John Candy, Bill Murray, Martin Short, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler, just to name a few.  Second City Works, the corporate services division of The Second City, works with organizations to create a fun, interactive, and unconventional approach to corporate training and strategy. Over the years Second City Works has collaborated with more than 400 Fortune 1000 companies.


Click here to learn more about Second City Work's training & approach. 



Join the largest exclusive gathering of healthcare security and safety leaders at the IAHSS 50th Annual Conference & Exhibition (AC&E).  Build your professional network by sharing experiences, ideas, strategies and solutions with peers and industry partners.  Discover how colleagues and experts are tackling industry challenges and addressing emerging trends during the general sessions and smaller breakout discussions.  



Hotel Information


            The conference & exhibition will be held at: 


The Sheraton Grand Chicago Most nights are sold out during the conference
301 E North Water St 
Chicago, IL  60611 United States 
Phone: (1) 312-464-1000  


IAHSS offers the discounted rate of $245 USD plus taxes per night.

Rooms may be reserved at the discounted rate based on availability within
the IAHSS room block or until March 21, 2018 at the latest. When the room
block is sold out, standard rates will apply. IAHSS encourages attendees to
book their rooms early.

A deposit equal to one night's room and tax will be charged at the time a guest makes a room reservation, and
upon check-in
, will be applied towards the guest's bill. Deposits paid by guests are refundable if notice is received
by Hotel at least three (3) days prior to arrival and a cancellation number is obtained.


Alternate hotels guests may consider for the AC&E:

Hotel Distance from conference hotel Room rate as of March 2, 2018 (in USD)
Embassy Suites 5 minute walk $319/night
DoubleTree 7-8 minute walk $319/night
Radisson Blu 7-8 minute walk $300/night
Hilton Garden Inn 14 minute walk $250/night
Cambria 15-18 minute walk $260/night
Warwick Allerton 15 minute walk $189-$240/night


2018 AC&E Program


Click here to view full program


Registration Information


2018 AC&E pre-registration is now CLOSED!  Pre-registration rates are as follows:


IAHSS Member Full Registration:  $750 USD (on or before March 9th) or $850 USD (after March 9th)


Non-Member Full Registration:  $850 USD (on or before March 9th) or $950 USD (after March 9th)


One-Day Registration:  $350 USD in advance or $400 USD onsite.


Exhibitor Personnel Registration*:  $400 USD in advance or $450 USD onsite.

*does not include education sessions or Tuesday IAHSS Foundation Recognition Banquet


2018 AC&E on-site registration will be available starting Sunday, April 15th at the event. 


IAHSS Member On-site Registration:  $900 USD 


Non-Member On-site Registration:  $1000 USD 


One-Day On-site Registration:  $400 USD 


Exhibitor Personnel On-site Registration*:  $450 USD 

*does not include education sessions or Tuesday IAHSS Foundation Recognition Banquet




Boasting an attendance of decision-makers from North America’s largest healthcare organizations, the IAHSS Annual Conference & Exhibition is the only event with direct access to healthcare leaders with the primary responsibility for security, safety, emergency management and parking infrastructure.


Click here to view the 2018 Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities.


2018 Conference Sponsors
































2018 Exhibitors


Alertus Technologies 

Associated Technical Services, Inc.

AppArmor Mobile

Assa Abloy


Axis Communications

Beresford Company

Blackboard Transact

Code Blue Corp.


Columbia Southern University

Command Security Corporation

Commend, Inc.

Convergint Technologies

Crisis Prevention Institute 



Data Management Inc. 



EAGL Technologies, Inc.

Forard Move, LLC



GEOS Safety Solutions



Identicard/Brady Corporation


IRIS Ltd, Inc.

Joint Commission Resources

Johnson Controls / Tyco Security Products

Lowers & Associates

KeyTrak, Inc.

Kratos Public Safety & Security Solutions

Master's Transportation

Matrix Systems LLC


Motorola Solutions, Inc. 

Off Duty Services

Omnigo Software


Paladin Security

PalAmerican Security

Parkmed, Inc.

Pinpoint, Inc.


Quantum Secure

NNSA Office of Radiological Security

RF Technologies

RS2 Technologies


Security Risk Management Consultants, LLC


Southern Software, Inc. 

SP Plus Corporation




Trikke Professional Mobility

US Security Associates


Vistacom Control Room Solutions

911 Cellular




General AC&E Photos










IAHSS Foundation Reception Banquet Photos









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