SMG’s 2013 Annual Operations Meeting held in New Orleans, LA at SMG’s first venue, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome from July 25th through the 27th, has received tremendous feedback from SMG attendees and SMG Preferred Vendors alike. This fourth annual Meeting proved to be the biggest yet, drawing over 115 attendees from venues across North America and roughly 75 of the industry’s leading vendors.
In keeping with SMG’s commitment to employee safety, the Meeting focused on a wide-array of safety related topics including: Lock Out/ Tag Out, Personal Protective Equipment, Rigging and Forklift Training. A voluntary OSHA 30-Hour Training Course coincided with the Meeting; the course allowed 39 SMG Operations personnel to receive their OSHA 30-Hour certification and cards. Other topics covered were Security, MSA’s, Presentations from Preferred Vendors, and a tour of the Superdome.
During the Meeting, a panel of security experts from various organizations volunteered to present in front of all the SMG attendees. The panel consisted of representatives from Homeland Security, the New Orleans Fire Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Louisiana State Police, and the New Orleans EMS. The panelists educated SMG attendees on current security Best Practices, procedures, training and post orders. SMG would like to thank all of the panelist for sharing their expertise with the group.