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Robert Smith

CEO & President,
Nightclub Security Consultants
San Diego, CA, USA
Robert C. Smith is the President and CEO of Nightclub Security Consultants, Inc. In 1998, while still a San Diego Police Officer, he formed his company after an incident surrounding the use of force by a security guard at a San Diego bar. This incident compelled Robert to create the first training program in the country designed specifically for the “in house security guard” or Bouncer.

His company has trained over 7000 hospitality industry employees and worked with over 1000 bars, clubs, restaurants and other alcohol service venues in the United States. Robert is called upon to provide expert guidance for insurance companies, law enforcement officials, industry trade associations and attorney's surrounding areas of liquor and premise liability. His training programs and expertise have been discussed on the floor of the U.S. Congress and were the basis for California's new law that mandates all in house security guards be licensed and trained to a true standard. He was issued the first license in the State of California to offer this licensing training.

In 2009 a national insurance broker approached Robert about using his training programs as a way to help mitigate premise liability and assault and battery issues with restaurants, clubs and bars across the country. This relationship now allows liquor licensed businesses to receive premium discounts for using a security training program for their employees. This type of insurance program has grown to be used by multiple insurance brokers and carriers.

In 2011, Robert and his company developed the first job specific online training program based on his hugely successful in person training sessions. The online session is dynamic, interactive and includes all video based learning with associated quizzes after each video or set of videos.

Now retired after 20-years as a San Diego Police Detective, Robert continues to travel the country training and consulting with bar and club operators who are looking for a smarter way to train their security employees and create a safer nightlife.