ASIS International welcomed long-time member and respected volunteer leader, Geoffrey T. Craighead, CPP, as its 58th president on January 1, 2013. An accomplished security management professional with over 30 years of experience, Craighead is an expert in security operations and crisis management for corporate campus and commercial high-rise facilities. He is author of High-Rise Security and Fire Life Safety and multiple magazine articles, as well as contributing author on four other security books. He currently holds the position of vice president of Universal Protection Service, one of the largest providers of security services in the United States.
Craighead, a native Australian, first became acquainted with ASIS in 1982 after arriving in California from Hong Kong. A member of ASIS since 1985, Craighead has served as a volunteer leader in various capacities for the past 17 years. “My experience as a volunteer leader within ASIS has been immensely rewarding and has provided me with a chance to gain free professional development—honing my business acumen, developing time management skills, and strengthening my leadership abilities,” said Craighead. “I often reflect on the words of the late Timothy Walsh, past president of ASIS and co-founder of the Protection of Assets Manual, ‘Every hour spent in volunteer leadership has been rewarded 100 fold.’.”
Previous to his presidency, Craighead served as president of the Professional Certification Board (2003), chairman of the ASIS Commercial Real Estate Council (2005-2006) and the ASIS Facilities Physical Security Measures Guideline Committee (2006-2009). He first joined the ASIS Board of Directors in 2007 and served successively as secretary in 2010 and treasurer in 2011, prior to his one-year term as president-elect in 2012.
“I am always amazed at the willingness of our volunteer leaders to give back—sharing generously of their time, expertise, and energy,” observed Craighead.
Mr. Craighead received his Bachelor of Science degree from the Australian National University and pursued language studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Baptist College.
“I am frequently asked, ‘What is my vision for 2013’,” shared Craighead. “Quite candidly, I feel it is not the vision of a single individual to determine the course of this Society. The Strategic Plan for 2013 has already been created. It is up to the Society’s volunteer leaders to work with and through the membership to implement the plan.”
Craighead will serve a one-year term as president.