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    Special Half Day Seminar

    Date: March 14, 2018, 8:00am – 12:30pm
    Kennebec Valley Human Resources Association
    Best Western Hotel, Waterville Maine
    Colby Coburn Room
    $50 for KVHRA Members, $75 for Non-Members
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    Good Decisions in a Fraction of a Second - Surviving an Incident of Violence

    Lt. Terry L Choate, Jr. and Det. Joseph Hileman of Blue-U Defense 

    Terry Choate’s life passion has been understanding violence, the true elements of violent encounters and what leads to violent encounters, the impact of response vs reaction, and finding good, practical solutions to life-saving policies and procedures from a business, family, and personal aspect, regardless of the details of the circumstances or where the circumstances occur.

    Our organizations all have policies and procedures that provide our employees with an expected response based on a circumstance. These policies and procedures are typically adopted because they are industry standard, and are written by trade associations, attorney’s, etc. These policies and procedures look great – on paper. In too many circumstances, when reality strikes, however, we find that what looks great on paper doesn’t work so well, and in many cases – they don’t work at all. What has happened is that the expected response, will not be possible based on the “natural reaction” of those we are attempting to guide by policy.

    Lt. Choate and Det. Hileman will share their passion and expertise in finding and determining real, practical solutions to business physical site security, personal employee safety, and policy and procedure all with a purpose of truly keeping employees safe while limiting liability and mitigating risk.

    This course was designed as a basic level course to large corporations, small businesses, insurance companies, schools, universities, hospitals, families, and individuals. Successfully surviving a sudden incident of violence is 90% mental and 10% physical skill. This course focuses on the 90% mental while concurrently providing skills to survive the 10% physical (as a last resort). During a sudden incident of violence there are numerous challenges that must be overcome. This course provides a complete understanding of what these challenges are, and more importantly, it provides that tools necessary to correct them!

    The Surviving an Incident of Violence Course provides a solid foundation for gaining the skills necessary to prepare for “making good decisions in fractions of a second”. "Good decisions in fractions of a second" is the key to survival. This course brings highly critical, general skills in both understanding the decision-making process and mastering what is necessary to correct the problems typically associated with this process by bringing students a solid understanding of both themselves and their opponent in a potentially life-or-death incident.

    Ultimately this course provides for the foundational skills to be able to develop an overall plan that is based on and guided by good, solid policy.

    Seminar Details:

    Cost for the seminar is $50 for KVHRA Members, $75 for Non-Members, which includes a full breakfast, beverages and snacks.  KVHRA Members who have pre-paid in advance for all 2018 meetings may attend at no extra charge, though pre-registration is required.

    Registration & Breakfast begin at 8:00 a.m.  The program will run from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    Space is limited.  Please REGISTER as soon as possible.

    Recertification Credits:

    KVHRA is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. This program has been approved for 4.0 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. This program has been preapproved for 4.0 recertification credit hours through the HR Certification Institute.

    Cancellation Policy:

    You are responsible for the cost of the program unless you cancel by noon on Monday, March 12.  For this program only, you may instead elect to send a substitute attendee in your place. 

    Should it be necessary to cancel the program due to inclement weather, attendees will be notified via email if at all possible.  Please check our website at to check on the status of the meeting in the case of inclement weather in the forecast.  Attendees will be refunded in this situation.

    About the Presenters:

     Lt Terry L Choate, Jr

    Terry Choate is a retired full-time Lt. with the Jaffrey Police Department where he has served for the past 14 years. Prior to a career change to law enforcement, Lt Choate spent over 20 years serving in Vice President and upper-level management positions in several large and Fortune 500 corporations in the areas of Sales and Marketing, and Operations Management. He is also the Team Commander of the Monadnock Regional Special Response Team. Terry is an author and subject matter expert for businesses, associations, hospitals and media outlets. His passion for personal, business, and school safety; understanding those who victimize others and how/why they do so; how our minds work to make both good and bad decisions; how to influence others and the outcomes of situations; and practical and effective means and methods to solve problems associated with protecting lives started far before becoming a police officer when he was in his early teens.

    Terry is equally passionate about finding unique and effective ways of dealing with the out-of-control drug problem. He has extensive experience and associated training in illegal drugs; undercover drug work; and has been involved in numerous drug arrests, search warrants, and drug operations. Terry also has personal experience in dealing with a loved one with an addiction problem. He teaches and attempts to find solutions to the drug problem through compassion and changing the ways in which people typically see those fighting addiction diseases. He serves on the Board of Directors for Reality Check, a nonprofit in Southwestern NH offering drug and alcohol prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery services to residents. He is also a highly experienced and engaging speaker.

    Some of his training includes:

    • Certified Homeland Security Professional
    • N.H. Tactical Officers Assn - SWAT 1&2
    • LEADS Consulting (LAPD) - SWAT 1&2
    • LEADS Consulting (LAPD) - Team Commander School
    • FBI Crisis Negotiator School
    • Joint Chiefs - Anti-Terror Awareness Training
    • S2 Anti-Terror Officer Training
    • Field Training Officer
    • NH Prosecutor School
    • Response to Active Shooter
    • Israeli Response to Active Shooter
    • Predictive Profiling Professional
    • C.A.R.V.E.R Vulnerability Security Assessment Training
    • Department of Homeland Security Surveillance Detection School
    • Self Defense Training in Numerous Methods
    • Executive Security International- Security Surveys, Advances, Personal and Executive Protection, CCTV Surveillance, Stalking and Dangerous Human Behavior, Anti/Counter Terrorism, and Business Security.

    “My passions are safety, dealing with the out-of-control drug problem, and helping those in need. My passion for these things started well before my law enforcement career began and I have strived to thoroughly study these topics and develop a program that is engaging and will instruct others in the most common sense, practical ways to keep themselves, their families, and their businesses safe. This subject matter is not something that I became interested in only after seeing a need for these types of services due to circumstances in the world. It has always been, and remains, my daily passion”

    Det. Joseph Hileman

    Joe Hileman is a retired full-time Detective with the Jaffrey Police Department which he has served for the past 11 years. He is the Assistant Team Commander of the Monadnock Regional Special Response Team. Prior to his career in Law Enforcement, he was a security supervisor for a Fortune 500 company’s proprietary security department. He also holds degrees in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice - Corrections, Probation, and Parole.

    Some of his extensive training includes:

    • NH Tactical Officers Assn - SWAT 1&2
    • SWAT Team Leader/Commander
    • LEADS Consulting (LAPD) - SWAT 1&2
    • Field Training Officer
    • Use of Force Instructor
    • Certified Forensic Interviewer
    • Active Shooter Instructor
    • Narcotics - Covert Surveillance
    • Domestic Violence Lethal Assessment Coordinator

    "You will never hear anyone ever say, I wish I hadn’t listened to my intuition or my sixth sense! What you do hear is people say, I knew something wasn’t right, I didn’t know what, but I knew it was something and I didn’t listen to myself. TRUST YOUR INSTINCT! I am alive today because I stopped and listened to that intuition/sixth sense, it is very powerful and should not be ignored!

    Join us for this important presentation!

    “I want to thank you both again for your outstanding workshop. I feel, hands down, it was the most important workshop I’ve ever attended in the workplace! It was unforgettable, powerful and jam-packed with potentially life-saving information. It was also the most painful workshop I’ve ever attended – I desperately needed to visit the rest room for the first hour and a half but could not risk missing 30 seconds of this material! Loved the entertaining rapport between you two power pack presenters as well!”   Dawna Soucy – Maine Public Employees Retirement System