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Ray Van Hook, CPP, CIPM
Global Security Department, Manager Lake County Security
Abbott Laboratories

ACP/North Shore ASIS Joint Meeting
Preparing Your Organization for Major Events -High Profile and Large Scale"

Mr. Van Hook's presentation will provide a foundation for attendees to build upon in making plans to successfully provide for safety and security during any high profile or large scale event.  His years of experience in leadership positions, having both public and private sector responsibilities afford him a comprehensive understanding of the resources available and preparatory processes necessary.

Mr. Van Hook currently is a member of the Global Security Department of Abbott Laboratories as the Manager of Lake County Security.  Prior to joining Abbott Laboratories, he served as Executive Director of Campus Security for the School of The Art Institute of Chicago, one of the leading arts colleges in the United States.

Mr. Van Hook also served as the Senior Director for Security and Safety for the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority managing McCormick Place Convention Center and Navy Pier complex.  McCormick Place is North America's largest convention center and Navy Pier is the Midwest's most visited entertainment venue.  Mr. Van Hook was also featured in an article in Crain's Chicago Business titled, "Convention Crackdown" September 1, 2008.

He has extensive experience as a security professional in Cultural Property Protection having served as the senior security executive for the following institutions; The Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Science and Industry Chicago, and the Terra Museum of American Art.  Mr. Van Hook also provided consultation to the museum Director at the Terra's sister institution the Musea D'art Americain in Giverny, France.

Mr. Van Hook is a member of several security organizations where he has served in leadership roles or is now an advisory board member.  Mr. Van Hook has received several awards including the "Legislative" and "Excellence in Security" awards.  Mr. Van Hook has served as a guest speaker at several national conferences, and is a member of ASIS International and is a board certified Certified Protection Professional (CPP).  Mr. Van Hook has served as the Chairman for the Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Properties Council and continues to be a council member.  While chairing this council Mr. Van Hook assisted in the updating of the "Best Practices in Museum Security" manual.

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