Upcoming Meetings

RMMWA meets the 2nd Thursday from September – May,  7:00 pm


Denny Dillard, president of Dillard Group International, will talk about airline security and assessing risk.

March 9, 2017 meeting

RMMWA Meeting: March 9

When: Thursday, Feb. 9
Location: Colorado Auto Dealers Association, 290 East Speer Blvd., Denver
6:30 p.m.: Social
7:00 p.m.: Dinner
8:00 p.m.: Program

RSVP by Monday, March 6
Entrée salad bar with pecan chicken salad~strips of chicken with organic mixed field greens, pecans, spinach, brie and caramelized onions served with hazelnut orange vinaigrette and a southwest steak and onion bistro salad~strips of beef sirloin, mixed field greens, chopped romaine, shredded pepper jack, black bean and corn relish served with chipotle ranch dressing. Salads will accompanied by mini turkey sandwiches, fresh rolls and dessert. Iced tea, hot coffee and water are provided. Beer and wine will be available for sale.

Program: Aviation Security: Assessing Risks

Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, our world changed.

The flying public, airline pilots and crew, airports, airlines and the entire aviation industry were suddenly exposed as soft targets.

Denny Dillard, president of Dillard Group International, has had a career worthy of a suspense novel. He’s an acclaimed expert in assessing threats due to cyber terrorism and cyber warfare; has taught law enforcement officers on domestic preparedness; briefed the U.S. Congress, their staffs and federal executive departments and agencies including the FBI, Dept. of Homeland Security; Federal Communications Commission; Federal Aviation Authority; Office of the Director of National Intelligence; and TSA.

Since 9/11, he’s worked closely with the FBI Transportation Crimes Unit, the FAA Flight Standards Office, and numerous aviation stakeholders to create an onboard counterterrorism strategy.

He crafted the original language for the Crew Member Self Defense Training Program which was added to the Federal Flight Deck Officer Program, which armed pilots in aircraft. That language was added as an amendment to the Homeland Security Act and signed into law in November 2002.

Mr. Dillard was hired as the Acting Directory of Industry Training in the fledgling Transportation Security Administration, under President George W. Bush. He was also considered for TSA director in the Obama Administration.

Mr. Dillard began his law enforcement career with the Los Angeles Police Department working the “beat” on skid row, Chinatown and Little Tokyo. He was hand-picked for LAPD’s 30-man “Strike Force” which targeted gangs throughout LA. He also was assigned to protect the 1984 Olympic athletes, Vice President George H.W. Bush and Pope John Paul, and ironically, the notorious serial killer Richard Ramirez, more popularly known as “The Night Stalker.”

He was also one of the youngest instructors at LAPD’s internationally renowned police academy, where he taught hand-to-hand combat, weapons training, and officer survival skills. He later transferred to the Riverside, California Police Academy, where his life story became worthy of any suspense novel.

Under his direction, Dillard Group International leverages superior operational expertise, credibility and powerful technology to provide security solutions for risks associated with violent crime and acts of terrorism against the world’s critical infrastructure and the people it serves.


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December 2016
Carter Wilson

revelation-carter-wilsonUSA Today best-selling author Carter Wilson’s fourth thriller, Revelation, will be releasing in hardcover and e-book on December 13 (Oceanview). Revelation received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, who called it an “enthralling thriller,” adding “Wilson infuses his terrifying plot with intricate twists and turns, all totally credible.” Earlier this year, Carter’s third title, The Comfort of Black, won the Colorado Book Award. A short description of Revelation:
When Harden Campbell wakes cold and beaten in a dirt-floor cell, he finds only three other things in the room with him: the mutilated body of his good friend, an ancient typewriter, and a stack of blank paper, the top sheet of which has a single, typed sentence.
Tell me a story.
He knows the message is from Coyote, his brilliant, megalomaniacal roommate whose lust for power and reverence has recently revealed him for the true sociopath he is. Now, as the founder of a new religion with disturbing roots―Revelation―Coyote’s most evil side has emerged. From the moment Harden sees that stack of paper, he knows his one chance of escape is through his own words, and only his ability to successfully recount the dark story of what happened over the past year at Wyland University will determine whether he lives to see the woman he loves once again―or is silenced forever.
This will be the most difficult story Harden has ever written, and each word must be chosen with the utmost care. Because Coyote will be reading each and every one of them.


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Signings and Sightings

February 19
Andrew Bourelle
Reading and signing Heavy Metal
4022 Rio Grande Blvd. NW
Albuquerque, NM

February 25
Janie Chodosh
Book release event
Collected Works
202 Galisteo Street
Santa Fe, NM

March 22
Mark Stevens
Chautauqua Community House
900 Baseline Road
Boulder, Colorado

March 23
Carter Wilson
Conversation with the author
Erie Community Library
400 Powers Street
Erie, Colorado

March 25
Carter Wilson
Reading and signing Revelation
4280 Tennyson Street

February member news

The Semester of Our Discontent (Lila Maclean Academic Mystery #1) by Cynthia Kuhn has been nominated for an Agatha Award in the Best First Novel category.

Andrew Bourelle is pleased to announce that his first novel, Heavy Metal, is coming out in February 2017. The novel won the Autumn House Press Fiction Prize. Author Dan Chaon described Heavy Metal as an “intense, suspenseful and moving novel” that “grabs you by the throat from the first sentence and drags you deep into a vividly imagined world.” Author Christopher Coake stated that “Heavy Metal is a brilliant debut novel, at once an incisive, complex character study of damaged youth and a ferociously exciting page-turner.” Bourelle’s short stories have been widely published, including in The Best American Mystery Stories 2015. Link: http://www.autumnhouse.org/product/heavy-metal-andrew-bourelle/

Manuel Ramos is scheduled to read at Epic Brewing, 3001 Walnut St., Denver, February 15 at 7:00 p.m. to help celebrate the launch of several new “dark, sour beers that are funky and tart.”  Beers and books will be plentiful. Check out http://epicbrewing.com/

Lise McClendon has a new short story available on Kindle. “Indian Summer” was originally published in an anthology and is now available on its own. It features a Montana rancher at the end of her rope. When a woman is pushed to the edge, well, anything can happen. “Indian Summer” has been called a “great mix of good writing, good characters and a strong element of mystery.” Check it out on Amazon here: http://amzn.to/2jy29nH


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