Thank you for your membership in ASIS International. For those of you who have joined in the last two months, this is your first issue of New Member Connections newsletter and the first of a series of communications you will receive over the coming year.
Dave Bareno, CPP, detective, Orange County Sherriff's Office, and chair, ASIS 2011 Host Committee, talks about how he got his start with ASIS and what attendees of the ASIS Seminar and Exhibits, taking place September
19-22 in Orlando, can expect to find.
When did you join ASIS?
I joined in 1996 when a colleague I had been working a case with mentioned ASIS and said I
would benefit by joining. I did a little research, attended a Greater Orlando Chapter meeting, and decided to make the leap.
How did you get started as a volunteer leader? Since ASIS is volunteer driven, I felt the only way to get the most out of membership was to throw myself into the association. I started by volunteering for open committee assignments-working on the chapter golf tournament and helping with meeting logistics. I continually looked for ways to get engaged and except for the two years when I was mobilized after 9-11, I was heavily involved in chapter activities. I eventually moved into chapter leadership and rose from vice chair to chairman to assistant regional vice president, and in 2008, I became senior regional vice president.
What has been your most rewarding volunteer experience? I've had many rewarding moments, not the least of which is serving as chairman of this year's Seminar host committee. However, I'm most proud of my role in developing and serving as chair of our chapter's Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) Appreciation Luncheon for the past 14 years. From an informal BBQ at the Naval Training Center in 1997, our chapter's "LEO Awards" program now draws more than 500 people from four counties, including 250 law enforcement officers. This event illustrates the power of ASIS to build bridges and partnerships between the private and public sector.
As a seasoned volunteer leader, what one piece of advice would you offer to a new member? Members should not be afraid to volunteer! The best way to make yourself known and to build relationships is by stepping up and getting involved. Help find a speaker, serve on a committee, do what needs to be done. I promise you will get much more back than you put in.
However, I also believe chapter leaders need to offer pathways for involvement. Call the new members or those that have not attended a local meeting and invite them to participate in a program or activity.
What was your first Annual Seminar & Exhibits like? My first Seminar was the Dallas show in 1998. To say I was overwhelmed would be an understatement. As my friend Rick de Treville likes to say, 'the seminar is an assault on your senses!' The show floor was jammed with products and technologies. I was also extremely impressed by the quality and quantity of educational offerings and it quickly became a "must attend" event for me. I tell colleagues that by far, this show offers more 'bang for your buck' than any other industry conference. The level of expertise, sharing of best practices, and just all round fun, cannot be found anywhere else.
What should attendees expect to "experience" when they visit Orlando? ASIS has lined-up a truly outstanding program. There are nearly 200 education sessions, terrific networking opportunities, plus special events geared toward women and young professionals. The co-location with the (ISC)2 Security Congress offers attendees an opportunity to learn from peers outside their traditional environment. Plus, I'm excited to hear Burt Rutan perspective on what's next for the US space program now that Atlantis has completed its final journey.
In addition, attendees will be warmly welcomed by members of our Greater Orlando Chapter, as well as volunteers from several other area chapters. We will be wearing distinctive shirts and will be at the golf tournament, new member welcome reception, on the show floor, and information booths.
As chair of the host committee, I encourage you to reach out and let me know if there's anything I can do to help you make the most of your time in Orlando.
What advice would you offer a first time Seminar attendee? Besides wear comfortable shoes? I encourage attendees to review the seminar program and pick 1-2 sessions for each available slot. That way, if a session doesn't meet your specific needs, you have a backup in place and don't need to waste time searching the directory or mobile app.
I would also recommend attending Monday's What's New on the Show Floor session led by Howard Belfor, CPP, and Ron Lander, CPP. This fast-paced, informative session helps newbies and veterans alike break down the new technologies on the floor. It helps ensure that they see the latest and greatest products and services.
Five ways to get the most out of Seminar!
- Apply your $100 education credit toward your Seminar registration-Only five months remain to use your new member $100 education credit. Register for Seminar by August 12 and take advantage of early-bird pricing.
- Download the mobile app-Available for the iPhone, Droid, and BlackBerry, the ASIS 2011 App puts the show floor at your fingertips. Keep current on programming news and updates; plan your itinerary, make vendor appointments, and more.
- Prepare for your ASIS board certification-Looking to earn your CPP, PCI, or PSP credential? Take a Certification Classroom Review, September 16-17.
- Network, Network, Network-Opportunities to build your professional circle abound at the Seminar & Exhibits. Enjoy a day on the links at the ASIS Foundation Golf Tournament, get acquainted with the volunteer leadership at the New Member Welcome Reception, and make sure Monday night is saved for the biggest night of all, The President's Reception at Universal's Island of Adventure.
- Get social with ASIS 2011-Join the ASIS 2011 Linkedin Group, become a fan on Facebook, and follow #ASIS11 and #ASIS_Intl on Twitter.
If you have questions about your membership, please contact Member Services at +1.703.519.6200.