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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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Scott Levy, CPP
Senior Manager, Security Operations & Visitor Support
Mayo Clinic

"If someone asks me, 'Should I join ASIS?' I would say absolutely, you should do so immediately. And the reason for that is you're going to receive in return 10 times more than what you put in. I think part of that really is on the person. You wanna contribute as an active member of your local chapter, of your counsels, of the various peer groups, the online forums, and all the different ways here at GSX and otherwise to connect with people. Because we're a people business first. Everything that we do in security is based on helping people feel safe in their environment whether that environment is corporate, commercial, healthcare, whatever that may be. And all of those situations really are driven by people that want to help provide that protection. So being part of ASIS is a key asset, and a key tool on anyone's tool belt, to be a true security professional. This is the linchpin, the pinnacle of being a security professional in our industry. "

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."

Dr. Nicolas Le Saux, CPP

"And when I've been able to rely on the network a lot of times, over the last few years. I remember a time when I was working in eastern Europe in the Czech Republic and I wanted to check a specific security legal point with our supplier, and I just used my telephone to ask a question to an ASIS colleague who was from the Czech Republic; and in five minutes, during the conversation, I had the answer I'd looked for and was able to deal with the issue with my supplier right on the spot."

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."