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ASIS Awards of Excellence

ASIS International recognizes the important work of ASIS members around the world with awards that celebrate their accomplishments and dedication to the security management profession.  

Congratulations to the 2023 ASIS Awards of Excellence recipients!

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Individual Awards

President's Award of Merit
The President’s Award of Merit is an annual award bestowed by the President of ASIS International to an individual member for distinguished service, achievement, and/or contributions. Distinguished achievement includes significant contributions to the knowledge of the profession, literature of the profession, outstanding service to ASIS International, and/or service to other organizations affiliated with the security profession. Individuals do not apply for this award; rather, the honor is bestowed by the ASIS President.

Women in Security Global Community Karen Marquez Honors
This award honors an ASIS International female security professional who has consistently worked for the betterment of the security industry. Karen Marquez was the Co-owner and Executive Vice President of MVM, Inc., a physical security services firm based in Virginia. Karen passed away in 2006 after a long battle with cancer. During her 23-year career in security, Karen developed and implemented core administration and support functions.

NextGen of the Year Award
This award honors an ASIS International member under age 40 who demonstrates a dedication to the security industry through strong leadership, teamwork, and innovation, while continually developing their knowledge and experience, necessary in this ever-changing industry. The nominee must also be a strong advocate of ASIS’s mission to support, grow, and nurture the security industry. 

Ralph Day Memorial Security Officer Heroism Award
Each year, one security officer is recognized by the ASIS Security Services Community (SSC) for outstanding service/acts in the security profession through the Ralph Day Memorial Security Officer Heroism Award. This award is meant for those that perform a heroic act that involves circumstances where a private security officer risks their life to protect or save lives and/or property. The award nominee must be an employee of a contract security company employed as a security officer.

Security Book of the Year Award
The ASIS Security Industry Book of the Year is selected by a panel of ASIS members who review member-authored titles using criteria including relevancy to today’s security threats, importance of the subject in the field, and the uniqueness of the coverage of a new security concept, idea, or technology.

E.J. Criscuoli, Jr., CPP Memorial Volunteer Leadership Award
This award celebrates an ASIS International member who has exhibited selfless devotion at the volunteer level, emphasizing significant contributions at the chapter and regional levels over an extended period of time. 


Don Walker Memorial CSO Center Security Executive Award
The Don Walker CSO Center Security Executive Award recognizes a senior level executive who demonstrates commitment to security management education, certification, and standards and guidelines for the executive management level of the security discipline in a given enterprise. It is named in honor of ASIS Past President and Past President of the CSO Center, Don Walker, CPP, former Chairman of Securitas Security Services and one of the first co-chairs of the CSO Center.

Roy N. Bordes, CPP Community Member Award of Excellence
This award recognizes an ASIS member who has exhibited selfless devotion as a volunteer, emphasizing significant contributions at the community steering committee level over an extended period. Nominations may be submitted by a Community Vice President, Community Chairperson, or Vice Chairperson. The candidate’s nomination will be assessed based on years of service, contributions, and leadership provided.

Regional Certification Award
The Regional Award recognizes certified security professionals who have made significant contributions to the enhancement and advancement of the CPP, PSP, PCI, or APP designation.

Organizational Awards

I.B. Hale Chapter of the Year Award
This award recognizes outstanding chapters that provide security practitioners timely and relevant resources, thus helping promote excellence in the security management profession worldwide. Chapters are recognized for their proficiency at sharing knowledge, best practices, and peer-to-peer connections that give ASIS International members a means to succeed personally and professionally.

Chapter Communications Award
This award encourages establishment and improvement of overall communications to chapter members via website, newsletter, social media, e-mail or other forms of communication. 

Outstanding New/Revitalized Chapter Award
The award recognizes Chapters that have exhibited outstanding motivation, excellence, and service in Chapters that have been in existence for fewer than 5 years or revitalized an existing Chapter. 

Chapter Community Service Award
This award recognizes an outstanding community-based activity that complements and supports the goals and purposes of ASIS International while increasing chapter awareness within the local community.

PCB Organizational Award of Merit
The Organizational Award of Merit recognizes an organization displaying outstanding leadership and commitment to professional development of their own security professionals through certification.