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#MyASIS Stories

Members are the heart and soul of ASIS International. Their stories are not only as diverse as our population, but thoughtful and compelling. When they face challenges or need help in their jobs, they can turn to their community of 34,000+ strong global security professionals.

We spoke to a handful of members and found out why ASIS is important to them.

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Gamal Newry
Preventative Measures

"I've been a member of ASIS now for about 15 years. It's proven very valuable to my business in that, in a small country like The Bahamas, there's a very short grouping or small grouping of security expertise and networking, and I found that through ASIS, I've had an opportunity to tap into the global network and global experiences that, like I've said, have been very valuable to give me the opportunity to present those types of information to my clients. It's worth investing at the beginning and through your career because it's a good foundation, and it's a good maintenance. So here, in one instance, ASIS helps the individual new to the profession to become well rounded, to get a very good education, but also, as another question you asked about change, if you want to stay in tuned to change as you progress through your profession, then ASIS is definitely the place to be as well, because it helps to create that foundation, but it also helps you to manage and adapt to change in a much more beneficial and efficient way."

Werner Cooreman, CPP, PSP

"One of the first things I had to do when I transitioned from the military into a retail company was a large multi-site camera project. Now I did have some basic knowledge about cameras, having used them myself in the military, but managing sizeable projects for acquisitions and implementing camera systems was something else so I needed very quick information on how to do that and support as well on how to do that and thanks to my contacts with ASIS International, I was able to get that information, I was able to get that support and this is what really pulled me through that first project which was immensely important for me."

Elizabeth Yakubu, CPP, PCI, PSP

"The wealth of knowledge in the study hours leading up to taking the certification puts you at an advantage in the workplace because you are better able to handle tasks, targets, and to deliver on things with top quartile information. And any time you have a challenge, the network available to you and the ASIS family helps you to surmount any of them. So I'd like to encourage anyone who is thinking of furthering their professional career as a security professional, take one or all three certifications and see what a difference it will make."

Anders Noyes, CPP

"So my membership in the CSO Center is extremely important as I do operate globally with various operations in terms of wineries, resorts, other physical properties. And having the ability to connect with people who operate in those countries to help me understand and do the due diligence I need to understand what the risks are in those countries has been invaluable from my membership in this organization."

Paul Moxness

"In 2015 I was part of the advisory council for the old CSO roundtable at a workshop to move towards what we are now with the CSO Center for Leadership & Development but during that workshop, the Paris terrorist attacks started and so, being together with a group of our peers, all of us trying to figure out who did we know in Paris, what employees did we have there, how was everybody doing and being able to help each other do that, was a huge, huge benefit, and being able just to reach out to expertise and peers, no matter what - no matter when, that's been a big, big part of why I continued to be with ASIS for all these years."

James Morris, CPP

"So I support clients around the world, often in areas that I've never been to myself, or I don't really know, and I use the members' directory pretty frequently when I'm getting ready to travel, or if I'm working on a project to support a client. I've often found that if I go into the members' directory, if I'm looking for a specific location, I can then email or message a number of ASIS colleagues and more often than not, someone or a couple of people will come back to me and help me, and to be honest, as I support a global client network it's almost impossible for me to know everything about everywhere and I've lent very heavily on my ASIS network, in the last 10 years of my security career."