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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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Brian Reich, CPP
CIT Group

"I think one of the most pervasive problems that we have coming from law enforcement, which I did, is transitioning into the private sector. How are we going to complete a public sector career, and then make that jump into an entirely different sector, into the private sector, ASIS allowed me to meet the people, get the information, learn what hiring managers are looking for, and really differentiate the difference between what we did in law enforcement, and how we can apply those skills in the private sector. ASIS was there for me every step of the way."

Drew Brennan, CPP

"Attending an event like GSX is critically important for a couple reasons. Its networking with those folks that you interact with on a daily basis. Whether its vendors, or others in the industry is important. What I find critically important, and what I encourage my team to take advantage of is all of the educational sessions. The educational sessions have gotten better and better. At last years’ GSX, the educational sessions were phenomenal. I anticipate they will continue to get better and better. It’s a team building opportunity. Its connecting with current vendors and maybe future vendors. But its really growing yourself, and tis going as a team and learning what opportunities there are to learn things you haven’t learned, and to strengthen some of the foundational concepts that you already may have. And really, just branching off into new things that you didn’t realize were there for security professionals."

Dave Dodge, CPP, PCI

"The competence of the people of ASIS members, I have found to be incredible. High level, helpful in terms of mentoring and assistance and then there is the educational component, which is useful as I come from police environment. Then I got to learn the corporate side – CPP, I have done PCI as an investigator, it’s been the total package – networking and educational opportunities."

Herbert Calderon, CPP, PCI, PSP

"I have been a member of ASIS for 15 years and I have worked in security for almost 20 years. Since I connected with ASIS, I have benefitted from the many resources and guidelines to help problem solve. Because many of the problems I have found have been solved by other professionals, using these guidelines and my certifications, I have been successful in my business."

Jerry Heying, CPP

"Some of the value of being a member of ASIS is first of all, I believe it's shaped my career. It's helped me tremendously. Particularly when I obtained my CPP, when I would go somewhere and hand them my business card and they said, oh you're a CPP, what do you need? So it's opened doors for me. Many times, I travel all over the world, I've worked in more than 50 countries, I would go to the ASIS directory and look up a member - in particularly, one that was a CPP, and sometimes I'd blind call them and introduce myself, 'hi I am an ASIS member and I'm a CPP coming to your country, anything you can do to help me; I hope it's not a bother'. But there was not once, ever, that an ASIS member didn't say, 'what do you need? I'm here to help.' I can do, you know, local information, things like that. It was a tremendous help for me as a security professional."

Ray O'Hara

"To be effective as a security leader today you have to have access to information, people and what have you from around the world. And I can remember many many times when I needed an answer to something in Australia in Vietnam or Japan or Korea or whenever. And you go to the membership directory and you say: “hey there are 5 members there”. And you reach out to them and you get an answer because you can’t do this by yourself today in a global organization or any organization for that matter because the world is moving too quickly. It’s much smaller today than it was years ago so reaching across the pond or somewhere to get some information that’s valuable to your business is critically important."