Originally published by Plan Your Meetings, this article includes an interview by Arrive Management.
In September 2001, Alan Kleinfeld was living in Washington, D.C. The meeting professional was about to launch his own meeting management company, Arrive, but as the events of Sept. 11 unfolded around him, he felt the need to do something more.
“My apartment patio faced the Pentagon,” he says. “I got home after dark and looked out the balcony and could see the glowing fires at the Pentagon, and I was angry. I soon found out that I could be a reserve county police office, and I’ve been doing something in law enforcement on the side ever since.”
Kleinfeld realized something that day: The world was a different place than it had been just 24 hours before. He began counseling his clients to take security more seriously when planning events. It wasn’t just the threat of terrorism that loomed; in recent years, the term “active shooter” has become a part of popular lexicon. And while terrorist attacks in the West are still comparatively rare, mass shootings in the U.S. are on the rise. There have been more total mass shooting incidents and deaths in the U.S. since 2005 than there were in the previous 23 years combined.
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