The start of a new year brings with it an opportunity to reflect on past year accomplishments, refocus, and start anew. As 2017 President, I am deeply encouraged by the fresh path blazed at ASIS International these past 12 months, and I believe our Society is well-positioned for continued growth and opportunity in the years ahead.
President Thomas J. Langer, CPP
In 2016, we welcomed our first new CEO in more than 20 years, Peter J. O’Neil, FASAE, CAE, who has brought fresh energy, wisdom, and leadership to the association. He has already assembled a visionary executive management team and undertook a top-to-bottom review of ASIS operations. Looking forward, we have many exciting initiatives underway, including:
Establishing Enterprise Security Risk Management (ESRM) as a global strategic priority and integrating its concepts in all our programs and services
Increasing online learning opportunities to ensure our peer-developed, peer-delivered education is accessible to security professionals worldwide
Revamping the ASIS website and member communications to deliver vital content and information more timely and efficiently
Strengthening partnerships with groups like ISSA and InfraGard to ensure members maintain access to best practices throughout the security spectrum
Exploring expanded membership categories to foster greater collaboration and sharing of best practices with security professionals and stakeholders across the globe
While no other association provides the global interconnectedness, expertise, breadth and depth of resources offered by ASIS, we recognize that we must do a better job meeting member demands more quickly, effectively, and efficiently. Our profession is growing daily, and we must be able to serve the diverse education and professional development needs of members across the globe, while ensuring local communities of support are also available.
In 2016 our flagship event—the Annual Seminar and Exhibits—hosted the first U.S. Outstanding Security Performance Awards, as well as the launch of Security Week. We experienced a 10% increase in registrations and look to build on this momentum in Dallas at ASIS 2017.
We will do this by making a significant investment in the Annual Seminar and Exhibits to offer attendee and exhibitor partners more value, and a better overall experience, than any other security-oriented event in the United States. We want to ensure you walk away with measurably new skills and ideas, as well as the relationships you can turn to for problem solving and peer advice throughout the year. There is no other event that can provide the community that ASIS provides.
And no one provides the knowledge and learning opportunities like ASIS! This year, we will deliver an even stronger education program, including new learning formats, networking events, and show floor features.
In closing, I would like to take this opportunity to thank 2016 President, and now Chairman of the Board, David C. Davis, CPP, and all the volunteer leaders, for ably guiding ASIS this past year.
I look forward to working with you to expand and enhance our Society, and the profession we serve, in the coming year.
Thomas J. Langer, CPP
Vice President Security | BAE Systems, Inc.
2017 President ASIS International