ASIS International Vice President, Education Susan Melnicove formally announced her plans to retire after a career spanning four decades of service to association members and security professionals around the globe. Melnicove, who began her expansive ASIS career in February 1974, rose from an entry-level administrative role in Education to her current position as vice president, Education. Her retirement is effective April 29, 2016.
“There is no question that Susan has been a formidable force within ASIS for decades. She and her team took our Annual Seminar and Exhibits from less than 100 booths and an attendance of fewer than 400 to a high of 2,700 booths and nearly 24,000 attendees,” stated ASIS President David C. Davis, CPP. “Under her adept leadership, ASIS also experienced exponential growth and gained tremendous respect in the areas of education, standards and guidelines, and certification.”
Among Melnicove’s chief career accomplishments is certifying ASIS as an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards development organization (SDO) in the early 2000’s. Today, after publishing several standards and guidelines relevant to security professionals, ASIS is a highly respected SDO and is actively engaged in the International Standards Organization (ISO) technical committees, as well as in development tasks with other standards bodies around the world. Melnicove went on to achieve ANSI certification for ASIS board certifications (CPP, PCI, PSP), further solidifying the credentials as the gold standard for security practitioners worldwide.
ASIS Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Peter J. O’Neil, FASAE, CAE, came to realize the significant value of Melnicove’s vast institutional knowledge when he joined ASIS in January 2016. “Coming from outside of the security industry, Susan’s historical insights into the evolving needs of our customers and core stakeholders proved a great resource during my own on-boarding process. She leaves behind a talented, experienced team of education and meeting professionals who’ll assume management during the transitional period.”
“The ASIS Board of Directors and global staff join together to celebrate her invaluable contributions to ASIS and to wish her good health and much happiness in the years ahead,” commented Davis.
A successor has not been identified. Transitional planning, led by O’Neil, is currently underway.