Brad Bonnell

Hotel Security Group, LLC
3756 Turnberry Court
Duluth , GA 30096
Mobile: 470-258-0098
Office: 470-258-0098
Introduction

Brad Bonnell is a hotel security expert with expertise in:

* Forensic Liability Analysis.
* Risk Management.
* Loss Prevention.
* Hotel Security Policy Development.
* Strategic Fraud Prevention, Detection and Investigation.
* Internal Investigations.
* Crisis Management.
* Emergency Response Procedures.
* Threat and Vulnerability Assessment.
* Hotel Security Training.

Hotel Security Group's expertise knows the answers and how to prove them with:

* 26 years of global experience at the corporate level with major hotel brands.
* 15 years of law enforcement experience.
* Unmatched courtroom presentation skills.

Employed for 19 years as the Global Director of Security for the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), Bonnell developed, implemented and directed threat based intelligence led security programs for 4,700 business units in 100 countries which included the following IHG brands:

* Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts.
* Holiday Inn Express.
* Staybridge Suites.
* Candlewood Suites.
* Indigo Hotels.
* Crowne Plaza Hotels.
* InterContinental Hotels.

For the past 7 years, Bonnell has served as the VP of Loss Prevention for Extended Stay American Hotels providing strategic guidance to 600 company owned and managed economy sector properties.

Bonnell is the recipient of the Tom G. Davis Loss Prevention Life Time Achievement Award presented by Hospitalitylawer.com.

During his law enforcement career, Bonnell testified as the lead investigator in over 350 felony criminal proceedings in state, federal and military courts.

Bonnell has recently been retained as an expert witness for both the defense and plaintiff in negligent security litigation involving:

* Embassy Suites.
* Holiday Inn.
* Value Place Hotels.
* Candlewood Suites.
* La Quinta Hotels.
* Multiple independent economy sector hotels.

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.

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).
* Detective, Whitfield County, Dalton, Georgia Sheriff's Department.

Brad Bonnell is a member of:

* International Association of Professional Security Consultants (IAPSC).
* American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS).
* Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).

Bonnell graduated from Florida State University in 1975 with a degree in Criminology.


Areas of Expertise
  • Fire & Life Safety
  • Hotel & Hospitality
  • Hotel Security
  • Lighting & Illumination
  • Liquor Liability/Dram Shop
  • Premises Liability
  • Tourism & Travel Industry

Expert Background
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 a four hour block of security training to all IHG hotel General Managers, Corporate and Franchise on average 4 times a month for 15 years.

I have also presented at the:
* Tourism Safety and Security Conference on Counter Terrorism Strategies for the Hospitality Industry
* Global Congress on Travel Risk Management concerning the Inherent Risks Associated with The Economy Sector of the Hotel Industry
* Hospitality Law Conference concerning Human Trafficking
* American Hotel and Lodging Association Security Conference concerning Fraud Risk Management
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 over the last three years been retained as an expert witness on 19 occasions.
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Compliance with best industry practice concerning safety and security in the hospitality industry.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 56% of the cases for which I was retained were for the plaintiff.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 44% of the cases for which I was retained were for the defendant.
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: In the last two years I have been deposed five times.
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: February 29, 2020 in the case of Sinerurat v. Manhattan Condo Association et. al. in the District Court, Clark County Nevada, Case No. A-17-759773-C Dept. No. 15.
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.

Most recently in 2019, in the case of Reneer v. VP Louisville and Jay Paul Moberly, Jefferson Circuit Court, Division 8, Jefferson County, KY Case No. 15-CI-06458
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.

I testified for the defendant as an expert forensic consultant in 2019 in the case of Reneer v. VP Louisville and Jay Paul Moberly in the Jefferson Circuit Court, Division 8, Jefferson County, KY Case No. 15-CI-06458. Jury ruled in favor of the defendant.
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: Three years.
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: There is no hourly rate or charge associated with consulting with an attorney.
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: $350.00 an hour.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: $350.00 an hour. When travel is required, I ask for a "flat" total daily rate of $3,500.00.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: $350.00 an hour. When travel is required, I ask for a "flat" total daily rate of $3,500.00.
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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