Brad Bonnell has 25 years of experience as an executive level director of security and 15 years of experience as a criminal investigator having served at the local, state and federal levels.
Employed for 19 years as the IHG Global Director of Security, Bonnell developed, implemented and directed threat based intelligence led security programs played a key role in establishing the IHG Group Global Security Team delivering security capability to all levels of the business including 4,700 business units in 100 countries. Employed for the past 6 years as the VP of Loss Prevention for Extended Stay American hotels, Bonnell established the strategic risk rating program supporting the security capability of over 620 company owned and managed properties.
Bonnell has served Extended Stay America hotels for the past 6 years as the VP, Loss Prevention responsible for the strategic development of a comprehensive security function for 620 company owned and managed limited service, economy sector hotels.
Recipient in 2013 of the Tom G. Davis Loss Prevention Life Time Achievement Award presented by Hospitlitylawyer.com, Bonnell has testified in depositions and in civil and criminal courts at both the state and federal level. On behalf of the America Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) Bonnell testified before a Congressional Subcommittee of the Department of Homeland Security concerning hotel security capability in the U.S. following the terrorist attack against hotels in Mumbai. He has also testified as the lead investigator in over 350 criminal proceedings and trials.
Bonnell also possesses 15 years of law enforcement experience having served as Chief of Staff, Georgia State Patrol; Internal Affairs Investigator, Georgia State Patrol; Special Agent, Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI); Special Agent, Office of the Inspector General, Tennessee Valley Authority; Special Agent, US Army, Criminal Investigation Command (CID) and as a Detective for the Whitfield County Sheriff's Department.
Bonnell has a broad range of of security expertise and experience including; Forensic Liability Analysis; Threat and Vulnerability Assessment; Crisis Management; Fraud Risk Management; Hotel Security Policies and Structures; Hotel Security and Safety Training.
Areas of Expertise
- Fire & Life Safety
- Hotel & Hospitality
- Hotel Security
- Lighting & Illumination
- Liquor Liability/Dram Shop
- Premises Liability
- Tourism & Travel Industry
- Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
- A: Bachelor's Degree in Criminology, Florida State University
- Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
- A: American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) Security Committee
American Society of American Security (ASIS)
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)
International Association of Professional Security Consultants (IAPSC)
Overseas Security Advisory Council
- Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
- A: Provided four hour block of security training to all IHG hotel General Managers, Corporate and Franchise for 15 years.
- Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
- A: None
- Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
- A: I have recently been retained by five clients as an expert witness concerning hotel security.
- Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
- A: Compliance with best industry practice.
- Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
- A: of the five cases, I have been retained by the plaintiff in one case.
- Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
- A: Of the five cases, I have been retained four times by the defendant.
- Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
- A: Approximately 20 times over the past 30 years.
- Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
- A: January 2018 in Herrera v. Sweeting
- Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
- A: Twice, in the US District Court of Eastern Tennessee.
- Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
- A: I have testified as the lead investigator in over 350 criminal proceedings at both the state and federal level.
- Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
- A: 2
- Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
- A: Forensic Consulting, Site Security Survey, Expert Witness Reporting
- Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
- A: $300.00 an hour with a flat rate of $2,400.00 when travel is involved.
- Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
- A: $300.00 an hour.
- Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
- A: $300.00 an hour.
- Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
- A: $300.00 an hour.
- Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
- A: Reasonable travel expenses to include coach class airfare, ground transportation, lodging, meals, parking, tips and tolls and personal vehicle mileage at $.55/mile.
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