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From April to June each year, ASIS International accepts nominations for its annual Awards of Excellence, with winners to be recognized at Global Security Exchange (GSX). Each year, a dedicated group representing our global membership, serving on our Awards Committee reviews award submissions representing the work of our chapters and individual volunteer members. At the time of this article's publication, the window to apply for 2023 awards is open and will remain open until 15 June. 

To learn more about the Awards of Excellence and their importance to the profession, the ASIS Blog sat down with Awards Committee Chair Lynda Buel, CPP. 

Why are the ASIS Awards of Excellence important to the security profession? 


ASIS International earns its reputation through the efforts of each and every volunteer member of the organization. As such, it is important for ASIS to acknowledge the extraordinary efforts of those within the membership ranks who have unselfishly worked toward the betterment of the security industry. 
The ASIS Awards of Excellence are important to the security industry for they acknowledge the best in the industry and recognize the outstanding achievements and performances of those most deserving. They set the bar for those wishing to showcase their proud accomplishments to the world. 
Why should someone apply for an award? 
The annual ASIS Awards of Excellence celebrate the important work and accomplishments of ASIS members worldwide. ASIS honors these individuals and chapters not only for their accomplishments but also to share their efforts and to recognize that they have set the standard for the security industry.

There are so many people who have gone above and beyond to elevate the security industry and help ASIS share that knowledge with security professionals and organizations around the world.  Each year, ASIS is pleased to recognize dozens of individuals and chapters who have made their mark and made a difference. And there is no cost to the award applicant. 

Who should I nominate for an award? 

In terms of who should be nominated for an award, it depends on the award. There are several types of award categories available. They are individual awards, Chapter awards, certification awards, Foundation awards, and Publication awards. 

For example, there are numerous individual awards. The E.J. Criscuoli, Jr., CPP Memorial Volunteer Leadership 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. 

Another award is the Ralph Day Memorial Security Officer Heroism Award, where a security officer is recognized by the ASIS Security Services Community for outstanding service/acts in the security profession. This award is meant for someone who performs a heroic act that involves circumstances where a private security officer risks his or her life to save another person. The award nominee must be an employee of a contract security company employed as a security officer and is nominated by their employer. 

View all of the awards and related criteria on the Awards page. 

How are award winners selected? 

ASIS International has set up an excellent process to submit award applications via an online portal that makes it so much more convenient than before. Applicants can sign into the awards portal and enter their information, upload documents, and complete the entire application process in one sitting. If they don’t have the time to complete it initially, they can come back in and add information later as long as it is submitted by the deadline. 

You can research all the information related to the awards on the Awards page. The beauty of this process is members and chapters no longer have to copy and mail a mountain of data into ASIS Headquarters for review. And it is important to note that ASIS is continually monitoring and tweaking the system to make it as user friendly as possible for our members. 

Award winners are selected based on meeting the criteria of the award. The Awards Committee has a detailed process that they follow during the selection process. If the award applicant has met and/or exceeded the criteria listed in the application, they should have a good chance of being selected as an award winner. The Awards Committee has a tough job because we receive so many great applications. This is your year, so do not delay. Get your application submitted on-line for consideration.