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Robert (Bob) Combs

Director of Security and Visitor Services, The J. Paul Getty Trust

Bob Combs has been with the Getty since 1986. He served for a number of years as manager of technical systems and was responsible for the design and implementation of security and fire safety systems at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa. In 2000, he was promoted to Director of Security for the J. Paul Getty Trust and in 2011 added responsibility for the Visitor Services Department. He manages a proprietary staff of several hundred security and visitor services professionals responsible for security, life safety, technical systems, transportation, visitor services, call center, box office, and parking operations.

A native of Chicago, Combs also previously served as associate director of security at the Art Institute of Chicago, from 1979 through 1986. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in management from the University of Redlands, and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Anderson School of Management at University of California, Los Angeles.


12:00 to 12:10pm

Welcoming Remarks by Lonnie G. Bunch III, Secretary of the Smithsonian Lonnie G. Bunch III

12:10pm to 12:40pm

Communities of Collaboration – Similarities Far Outweigh the Differences Matthew S. Miller

12:05 to 1:00pm

Art Crimes Timothy S. Carpenter

12:55 to 1:30pm

Déjà vu Delta…Reopening Strategies 2.0 Douglas Beaver

1:15 to 2:10pm

Promoting Exhibit Access and Safety: A Collaborative Approach to Collections Care Sam Snell Jeffrey Hirsch Cali Martin

1:30 to 2:25pm

Social Unrest – The Insurrection, January 6, 2021 Robert J. Contee III Robert Glover Jeffery Carroll

2:25 to 2:55pm

Learning from Climate Change, from Hurricane Harvey to Winter Storm Uri Sheryl Kolasinski

2:40 to 3:20pm

A Hybrid Security Model for Equity in Visitor Experience Jamie Gibbons Austin Sharpe Nick Haddon

2:55 to 3:25pm

Surviving Civil Unrest Ramey J. Kyle

3:35 to 4:25pm

Year in Review Robert (Bob) Combs

3:35 to 3:55pm

Shifting the Focus: Emphasizing Safety in Customer Service Trainings During COVID-19 Vanessa Herndon Andrea Lowther Tiffany Spriggs

3:55 to 4:20pm

Back to School – University Campus Safety Alignments with Cultural Protection Andrew Flagel

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