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Certificant Spotlight - Nadim Sawaya, CPP

01 October 2012

Nadim Sawaya, CPP, is a numbers man who believes success is the cumulative result of effective planning and
solid business practices. He began his professional career as a civil engineer in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and first entered the security field in 1987 as a project manager and estimator. Sawaya quickly realized his affinity for the security profession and developed a passion for security project management.

During the past two decades, he held executive leadership roles with Pinkerton Systems Integration, Honeywell Security Group, and Siemens Building Technology. In 2002, Sawaya founded Enterprise Performance Consulting, a business consulting firm, to provide executive workshops and security project management training. In addition to his security consultancy, he currently serves as project director for California-based Syserco, Inc., a provider of fully integrated energy management systems.

Effective security project management, according to Sawaya, is rooted in a clear understanding and validation of the scope of work. With all stakeholders on board, the delivery of the project on time and within budget becomes the team’s goal. The veteran project manager notes, “The ultimate goal of any project is to provide outstanding customer value.” When it comes to managing a team, he believes management should take a supportive approach. “Set well-defined, smart goals for and with the employees,” advises Sawaya. “Then, get out of the way, and let them do their work.”

Various positions within the security industry have afforded him valuable opportunities to gain a strong sense for the business side of security. From budgeting, negotiation, and sales to due diligence and strategic business planning, Sawaya has developed the expertise required to drive productivity, efficiency, and profitability to achieve organizational business objectives.

“Security companies should look at their business as a portfolio of projects and embrace the project management culture to help them grow profitably,” observes Sawaya. He earned his CPP credential in January of 1998 while serving as regional vice president-Western Region for Pinkerton Systems Integration.

“The CPP certification provided me with unmatched industry recognition and increased my opportunity of career advancement in the security field for the last 14 years,” said Sawaya. "The credentials convey credibility and competence, it is a ‘must-have’ for security practitioners.”