As director of security services for the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Myron Love, CPP, PCI, PSP, is responsible for all physical security operations protecting the hospital’s patients, employees, and guests.
Love is one of fewer than 200 professionals in the world who are ASIS Triple Crown holders, meaning he has all three ASIS certifications. While he serves as a mentor for aspiring ASIS security professionals today, at the onset of his security management journey he looked to ASIS International as a source for mentorship and guidance.
Love left the U.S. Army in 2004 and planned to start a career in law enforcement. Attending a police academy by day, he worked night shifts as a security guard in a retirement community. When he earned a promotion to supervisor, he interacted with clients more directly and quickly grew to appreciate the significant impact the security team made in the residents’ lives.
“I was hooked,” he says, “and I’ve worked in healthcare security ever since.”
He knew he had to educate himself about his new role for the future. He took online courses in security management and joined ASIS International in 2006 as a student member. “My ASIS membership was beneficial from day one,” he says. “As a student attending local chapter meetings, I met several people that provided me with mentorship and even interviewed me for future security positions. I demonstrated my interest in growing in the field and showed that by getting more involved with ASIS, asking questions, and seeking out advice.”
He pursued the Physical Security Professional (PSP®) certification in 2012, inspired by his ASIS board-certified mentors and by what a certification meant in the industry.
“They were extremely competent, confident in their decisions, knowledgeable in security, and they were high-level contributors to our ASIS chapter and councils,” he explains. “I was motivated to gain similar knowledge and also establish myself as a subject matter expert in security.”
Despite a full calendar and a never-ending to-do list, he scheduled a firm date for his exam and studied hard—and his preparations were rewarded when he successfully attained his PSP. Driven to fully develop his security qualifications, he added the Certified Protection Professional (CPP®) credential to his résumé in 2014 and the Professional Certified Investigator (PCI®) in 2019.
“Having earned all the ASIS certifications, I can be a better mentor for everyone on my team,” he explains. “I have oversight of 75 security officers and administrative staff, with managers reporting to me who are specialists in physical protection and electronic security systems, threat and risk management, and investigations for workplace violence and loss prevention. The topical expertise I gained while preparing for my board certifications has made me a much more effective guide for them all.”
Love now relishes the opportunity to serve as a leader in the security industry. He is currently vice chair of the ASIS Healthcare Security Council and previously served as vice chair of the Cincinnati Tri-State Chapter.