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ASIS Foundation Selects Walsh Award Winner

Alexandria, Va 2009-11-04

​The ASIS Foundation is pleased to announce that Eric Amerland of the ASIS New Orleans chapter is the winner of the prestigious Timothy J. Walsh APC I Award. The Walsh Award pays for tuition, transportation, hotel costs and course materials for the Asset Protection Course I, to be held Nov. 16-19 in Philadelphia. The ASIS Foundation is the charitable arm of ASIS International, the leading organization for security management professionals worldwide.

Amerland is Operations Director for Merchants Security Services Inc., in Metairie, La. Prior to working for Merchants Security Services, Amerland worked for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette as a police officer. While in Lafayette, he attended the University of Louisiana and graduated from the Acadiana Law Enforcement Training Academy.  He is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans, with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. “I know I have a long way to expand my knowledge of the industry, but I believe that I am off to a good start,” he says.  “ASIS definitely has the information that is needed for security professionals to advance in their careers.”

Candidates for the Walsh Award must be nominated by their ASIS chapter, be members in good standing and have at least two years of security experience. The award, introduced in 2004, recognizes the efforts of individuals striving for excellence within the security profession. Given twice a year, it is named in honor of Timothy J. Walsh, CPP, one of the early pioneers of ASIS International who served as the organization’s president in 1964-1965.

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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.
Founded in 1966, the ASIS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, provides funding and manages endowments for a wide range of academic, strategic and professional development activities. Support for the Foundation is achieved through financial contributions from individuals, chapters and companies employing ASIS members, and corporations with an interest in security.