For the past 14 years, Karl de la Guerra has been engaged in international conference security management for U.S. based pharmaceutical companies.  His assignments have taken him to numerous locations throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico, the Middle East and Asia.  During this time, Karl has worked with some of the largest meeting planning companies at some of the most prestigious properties and venue locations around the world.

Now, KDI Protective Services has launched their Conference Security Management Team to address what was called "The New Normal in Event Security" at a Corporate Event Marketing Association (CEMA) meeting held in San Jose, CA in 2018.  For many years, organizations that hosted meetings, conventions and conferences utilized security only when they thought it was necessary.  But today, things have changed.  Our society recognizes that any time you bring a gathering of people together, whether in a church, school, hotel or conference center, you accept a duty of care for those individuals in attendance.

Our team of professionals acts as a one-stop-shop for all your conference security needs.  Recognizing that your liability is our number one concern, we ensure that your event is staffed with only licensed security personnel or police officers.  In addition, our staff is capable of managing all aspects of your security from daily incident documentation (daily duty logs) to escorting your attendees with medical issues to the proper hospital or urgent care facility.  We stand ready to be your ultimate facilitators for conference security. 


Our senior executive services include:

- Conference Security Director

- Assistant Conference Security Director

We provide security managers for:

- Logistics

- Entry Control 

- VIP Protection 

- Venue Support

- Threat Assessment

- Behavioral Profiling

- Emergency Operations

- Overnight Quality Control

- Security Operations Center

- Checkpoint Screening Operations

- Law Enforcement and Security Liaison

- Technical Support / Technical Countermeasures


Because we have operational experience in so many cities in the United States and abroad, we established a network of organizations that help us facilitate both your immediate and long term needs.  Our partners include federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, local private security agencies, emergency medical providers, hospitals and urgent care facilities and numerous local support agencies that assist with both large and small events, meetings, conferences and conventions.


Our Commitment to Your Safety 

At KDI, we know how to protect your conference, meeting

or convention.  And we have the resources to accomplish

that critical task by making your venues the safest location

possible for the time you're on site.  That's our mission.

It's because of this commitment that we offer you certain

capabilities requiring specialized expertise, ensuring you 

receive a deliverable that provides you, and your team, the

quality on which we built our reputation.  It's all about giving

you the peace of mind you need to get your job done...

24/7, anywhere in the world. 

Behavioral Profiling

Mark Oliphant

U.S. Secret Service (Ret.)

Threat Assessment for Recognizing Vulnerabilities

Herbert Maier, Ph.D

VIP Protection

Robert Bonasia

U.S. Secret Service (Ret.)

Technical Support / Technical Countermeasures

Joseph Keenan, Ph.D.

Emergency Operations

Charles Cooper

Nassau County, Florida, Fire Chief (Ret.)


Global Security Through Constant Vigilance

​​From those who know us best...

"For over ten years I have had the pleasure of working with Karl de la Guerra, at locations throughout the United States.  He has led numerous conference security details in support of our meetings and conventions.  Anyone that works with Karl can see that he consistently demonstrates a high level of professionalism and assimilates extremely well into the corporate environment.  His alert attention to detail, ability to immediately respond to a variety of situations and his extensive operational experience is truly commendable.  Recently, my son was involved in an international incident that made me realize Karl's true capacities as an international security consultant.  While working with Karl at a corporate event in Atlanta, Georgia, I had the unfortunate experience of being notified that my son, working on an overseas assignment as a professional diver for an American based company and his five crew members, had just been illegally detained in the country of Honduras.  They were now being held in a remote, primitive Honduran prison on a small isolated island.  As his mother, being in an unfamiliar city and not knowing where to start to manage this type of situation, I immediately turned to Karl for guidance.  Karl spent the next 72 hours wholly focused on this incident.  I can tell you, without question, that Karl has a very unique set of skills.  His breadth of knowledge in international protective services, his national and international contacts, his understanding of Central American culture and his years of operational experience, both here and abroad, led to the creation of a successful long-term strategy that saw the eventual release of my son, and the Aqua Quest crew.  I am forever grateful for Karl's professional expertise, his compassion for a very concerned mother and his absolute understanding of time critical international events."

Rosemary Carroll
Travel Director
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  


"I had the pleasure of hiring Mr. de la Guerra to provide security support for multiple domestic and international pharmaceutical sales meetings. His tremendous abilities never cease to amaze me!  During these meetings, I was his direct point of contact so we had the opportunity to work together closely.  I fully understand his capabilities and can personally vouch for Mr. de la Guerra's skills and abilities as a personal protection professional.
His incredible adaptability and knowledge allows him to provide flawless execution with the highest level of customer service. His uncanny ability to anticipate client security needs makes meeting attendees feel comfortable and secure with him around. Mr. de la Guerra is team oriented and very ​attentive to details. He works well independently, completes tasks effectively and on time, has strong leadership skills and good interpersonal skills. His adaptability to be flexible allows him to effectively switch tactics based on the needs of the local environment.
He is not prone to making mistakes.  Perhaps it's because he is attuned to the fact that his actions can often times mean the difference between sustaining serious injuries and emerging from an emergency situation unharmed. 
I am supremely confident that Mr. de la Guerra can perform at a highly efficient level, regardless of the time of day, and respond to all the safety and security needs at a meeting or convention.  I consider him to be one of the best in his business."

Charlotte Robertson, CMP
Pharmaceutical Conventions & Meeting Manager

New Brunswick, New Jersey 

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If your next event is in a location that you're

not familiar with, the threat is elevated or

you're not satisfied that your existing security

is meeting today's standards, let us help.

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