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ASIS International Recognizes Outstanding Volunteer Leaders

Alexandria, Va 2009-08-19

ASIS International, the preeminent organization for security management professionals worldwide, will recognize several outstanding volunteers during its 55th Annual Seminar and Exhibits, to be held Sept. 21-24 in Anaheim, Calif. 

ASIS President Michael R. Cummings, CPP, will bestow the Presidential Award of Merit on past-presidents Regis Becker, CPP; F. Mark Geraci, CPP; and Don W. Walker, CPP.

“In addition to their invaluable advice and counsel on a variety of topics and issues, their selfless and ongoing support of the mission, vision and values of ASIS International over these many years has earned them this recognition and the respect of their peers,” Cummings says.

Becker is being recognized for his work with the CSO Roundtable and for testifying on Capitol Hill on a variety of security topics.  Geraci is being acknowledged for his significant leadership role as the chairman of the ASIS Commission on Standards and Guidelines. And Walker is being honored for his contributions on various ethics panels, co-chairing with Becker the initial foray into ASIS guidelines, serving as current co-chair with Becker on the CSO Roundtable, and providing ongoing support through testimony and advice related to public policy issues facing the security profession.

The Roy N. Bordes Council Member Award of Excellence goes to Jim Litchko, for his work on the ASIS Information Technology Security Council and the Privacy Council.  As an active ITSC member, he also supported a number of related ASIS initiatives, including the CSO Standard and Guidelines Working Group, the Cyber Security Commission, the Cyber Security Working Group and the TASR Guidelines Working Group. He is the ASIS representative to the American National Standard’s Identity Theft Prevention and Identity Management Standards panel. Litchko is CEO of Cyber Security Professionals in Kensington, Md.

The Roy N. Bordes Council Member Award of Excellence is named in memory of an experienced security professional and dedicated ASIS volunteer. The award was established to recognize one member’s outstanding volunteer achievement and significant contribution to ASIS through council involvement. The award includes free travel, hotel accommodations and registration fees to ASIS International’s 55th Annual Seminar and Exhibits. 

R. James Benford Jr., CPP, has been selected as the winner of the 2009 E. J. Criscuoli Volunteer Leader of the Year Award.  This award honors one individual who has “demonstrated selfless devotion to ASIS International,” with special emphasis on the significant contributions made at the chapter level over an extended period of time.

Benford is chief of campus safety at Kettering University in Flint, Mich. He joined ASIS in 1979.  He has been a Flint chapter member since 1984, serving in a variety of leadership positions, including chairman, vice chairman, secretary, treasurer and chair of several committees.

The Criscuoli Award includes complimentary Seminar registration, transportation and accommodations.

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ASIS International is the preeminent organization for security professionals, with more than 37,000 members worldwide. Founded in 1955, ASIS is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and productivity of security professionals by developing educational programs and materials that address broad security interests, such as the ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits, as well as specific security topics. ASIS also advocates the role and value of the security management profession to business, the media, government entities and the public. By providing members and the security community with access to a full range of programs and services, and by publishing the industry’s No. 1 magazine—Security Management—ASIS leads the way for advanced and improved security performance.