Certificant Spotlight

ASIS salutes all certified practitioners for their commitment to professionalism and continued improvement. Spotlights, featured here and in Security Management magazine, offer personal insights from certified practitioners who explain why they opted to earn their board certification.


In 2016, Timothy McCreight, CPP, made two important changes to his résumé. In March, he joined Above Security, A Hitachi Group Company, as director of advisory services. In September, he was elected to the ASIS Board of Directors.

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In 2006, Francine Staple, PSP, joined APM Terminals (Jamaica), Ltd., now Kingston Container Terminal Services, Ltd. (KCTSL), as security coordinator, which was an entry-level position in the firm’s proprietary security department. She had entered the profession seven years previously, when she was hired as an administrative assistant for Jamaica’s state-run Ports Security Corporation.

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William H. Nesbitt, CPP, who now proudly boasts that he has the confidence and ability to effectively present a cost-benefit analysis for security to any CEO, states, "At Wharton, I learned how to speak in a language that is relevant to the C-suite."

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“Both of my clients are large corporations engaged in business activities that have the potential to draw protesters,” says Johnnie L. Mock, PSP. In addition, “we are constantly concerned about a possible active shooter situation, and we train to respond accord­ingly.”

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"Displaying my certifications, helps me to say to my peers and customers – I respect you and your area of expertise. For example, when I speak to an experienced investigator and they see that I have a PCI, it sends them the message that I respect what they do and have invested heavily to be able to speak their language." says Michael Glasser, CPP, PCI, PSP

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David Feeney, CPP, joined ASIS in 2004 just three years after the events of September 11, 2001, brought him back into the security industry.

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After a five-year teaching stint left Robert A. Carotenuto, CPP, PCI, PSP, wanting more diversity in his career, he was inspired by his grandfather’s love of the arts to take a position as a security officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET).

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For this career military and security management professional, a Grand Rounds presentation to an audience of medical school interns and practicing psychiatrists and psychologists was out of the scope of a typical day, but the workplace violence expert did so confidently and credibly.

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Martin Deslauriers, CPP, PSP, of Brink’s Canada Limited, is currently preparing for his third ASIS International board certification. Already a Certified Protection Professional® (CPP) and a Physical Security Professional® (PSP), soon Deslauriers will take the test to become a Professional Certified Investigator® (PCI).

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Russell K. Mallette, Jr., CPP, says that his shift in career began with a newspaper advertisement he happened to glimpse: “National Security Services Firm Seeks Qualified Account Manager in the Los Angeles Area.”

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When Bruce Canal, CPP, was asked would he recommend security management as a career to others, he emphatically responded, “Yes, for those who have a servant’s heart!” This term, a “servant’s  heart” has defined Canal’s 30-year security career from his 18 years as an Indiana State Police officer to his current role as president of Social Net Watcher (SNW).

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With just $100 in his pocket and a limited knowledge of English, Ruben Karapetyan, CPP, immigrated to the United States in 2000. In 2001, he landed his first American job as a security officer with Guardsmark, LLC.

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Before entering a career in private security, Scott T. Fischer, PSP, was deeply entrenched in his military career in the Air Force, which he joined in 2007.

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There are more than 38,000 members of ASIS International. Michael Brzozowski, CPP, PSP, is one of only 401 to have achieved both the Certified Protection Professional® (CPP) and Physical Security Professional® (PSP) certifications.

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Entering into law enforcement and security was a driving passion for Charles E. “Chuck” Andrews, CPP. Before becoming a commissioned police officer in Texas on his 19th birthday in 1983, Andrews served six years and logged 4,000 hours of patrol time as a police explorer. Law enforcement explorer programs are part of Learning for Life, a U.S. youth program and subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America

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Recently, a six-year old asked Gail Essen, CPP, PSP, “What do you do for work?” She replied, “I help important people make sure their buildings are safe and secure.”

Though a simplified statement of security’s functions, it summarizes what practitioners have done throughout history in conducting risk assessments to bring comprehensive safety solutions to their customer objectives.

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Monique Wilkerson, CPP, pursued and achieved her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminal justice. Despite that she says, “I never really saw myself as a police officer.” When researching related career paths for which she might be better suited, Wilkerson kept in mind her strong desire to follow altruistic avenues to help people. And so, she set her sights on security management. 

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A former Israeli Army warfighter and physical security officer, Garret Macrine, CPP, brings a high degree of knowledge, experience, and expertise in counter terrorism to his current role as an independent consultant.

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Karen Dickey, CPP, wants all schools to receive an A+ in one subject: school security. As a school security consultant in South Carolina, Dickey evaluates and creates emergency operations plans, performs security site assessments, and trains the school’s staff in conducting emergency response with exercises such as tabletop drills.

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