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ASIS Foundation Award Recognizes Heroic Acts by Security Officers

Alexandria, Va 2010-07-13

The ASIS Foundation, in partnership with the Brownyard Group, has re-established the W.H. Brownyard Meritorious Award. The award, first founded in 1987, is presented to an individual who performed a heroic or meritorious act in the face of adversity. The 2010 award will be presented at the ASIS International 56th Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2010) on October 14.   

“Security officers play a critical role in the protection of life and property, and in many instances serve as an organization’s first line of defense,” notes ASIS Foundation President David C. Davis, CPP, senior manager- Business Unit Security, Northrop Grumman. “The ASIS Foundation is honored to formally acknowledge professionals who have demonstrated outstanding commitment and skills in the performance of their duties with this award and to support their future enrichment.” 

“When my father – Bill (William) Brownyard – proposed the idea for this award, it was because he saw that security guards didn’t receive the recognition they deserved,” says Brendan Brownyard, CEO, Brownyard Group. “There are many security guards who provide great protection, reduce losses, and often thwart danger and tragedy by taking heroic action. We’re proud to recognize their service.”

Nominations for the Award are open through August 31, 2010. Nominations can be made by visiting Questions can be directed to Ruth Connelly at +1.631.666.5050 x104, The award winner receives a commemorative plaque and an all-expenses-paid trip to ASIS 2010.

ASIS 2010 will be held October 12-15 (Tuesday through Friday) at the Dallas Convention Center. With 750 exhibitors featuring everything from access control to X-ray scanners, along with more than 160 educational sessions, ASIS 2010 is the security industry’s leading event.  For more information, visit  

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​The ASIS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, advances the security profession worldwide by funding leading-edge research, education, and training. Foundation awards and scholarships ensure those pursuing a security management career are able to realize their academic and professional goals. Support for the Foundation is achieved through financial contributions from individuals, chapters, and companies with an interest in the security industry.
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.
About Brownyard Group
Brownyard Group is a program administrator that has developed and provided specialized insurance programs for selected industries for more than 50 years. These industries include security guards, pest control operators, cosmetic manufacturers, alarm systems, private investigators and security consultants, and the beauty industry. In 1993, Brownyard established Brownyard Claims Management, a loss prevention and full-service insurance claims facility. The company is based in Bay Shore, N.Y.