ASIS News November 2015
Diamond Club Security Buyers Forum
In mid-July, ASIS International held a successful three-day Diamond Club Security Buyers Forum in Miami, Florida, that brought together two groups that sometimes have trouble connecting. It was an invitation-only event during which vendors and top-level security buyers were matched for two days of prescheduled, private, guaranteed sales appointments. Participating buyers had to be the final decision makers or key members of a buying team, and had to be from a company with an annual security budget of at least $1 million or a Fortune 500 company. The buyers also had to be currently searching for security solutions, and have purchasing plans within 12 months of the forum.
Among the buyers were representatives from well-known companies such as Altria; Bank of New York Mellon; Big Y Foods, Inc.; Caterpillar, Inc.; Citigroup; DuPont; Ingersoll Rand; Raytheon; and Panera Bread. The vendors included 3VR; ASSA Abloy; Axis Communications; Eid Passport, Inc.; Total Recall Corporation; Digital Watchdog; Competitive Edge Software, Inc.; Tyco Integrated Security; and UnitedHealthcare-Global Risk.
On the second day of the forum, all the buyers were assigned their own room and the vendors came to them, one by one, to make presentations on the solutions they could provide. The process continued the next day with one-on-one meetings between the vendors and potential clients to discuss the company or organization’s individual needs and how the vendors’ products or services could potentially meet them.
Above and beyond meetings focused on needs and solutions, vendors and buyers were also treated to a topical presentations. On the first day George Neary, associate vice president of cultural tourism for the Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, spoke on the city’s past, present, and future. Additionally, Richard Kelly, CPP, director of global security for Ingersoll Rand—a former FBI agent—explored the active shooter epidemic and presented training methods and philosophies that could help organizations best respond to an active shooter incident.
On the second day, there was an active shooter panel discussion moderated by Kelly that featured global security directors from several large companies and a healthcare system. The final speaker was Dr. Steven Sloan, professor emeritus at the University of Oklahoma, whose keynote topic was “Back to the Future: The Changing Face of International Terrorism.”
The forum also featured networking luncheons and receptions to help the attendees develop meaningful and personal relationships with the buyers.
Human Trafficking and Slavery White Paper Released
The ASIS International School Safety and Security Council, with the participation of the Crime and Loss Prevention and Women in Security councils, has released a white paper, “Human Trafficking and Slavery: A Global Crime,” which is available to ASIS members as a PDF at no cost. In the introduction, the authors write, “This paper will reveal the many faces of those trafficked, though no definition can truly convey the monstrous nature of this social epidemic. It is a global sickness, the third largest revenue source of organized crime after narcotics and arms, and described as the fastest growing ‘industry’ in the world by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.”
The white paper provides the facts about the phenomenon: That there are 20 to 30 million people definable as slaves in the world today; that between 14,500 and 17,500 people are trafficked into the United States each year; that children are trafficked not just for commercial sex, but to work in restaurants and hair and nail salons, to do agricultural work, and to beg for money; that women and girls represent the largest share of forced labor victims; and more. Also included are ways to identify victims, how to report a suspected incidence of trafficking, and up-to-date trends in trafficking.
To download a copy of this paper, go here.
Apply Now for Bordes Physical Security Award
Applications from all ASIS International chapters vying for the 2015 Roy Bordes Physical Security Award will be accepted from November 5 to December 21. This annual award, administered by the ASIS Foundation, includes $5,000 to develop and host a local educational program.
All chapters are eligible to apply. However, preference will be given to developing chapters working to expand their membership and educational offerings. Chapters may submit only one application each year. The award pays toward the cost of the instructors, including their travel and accommodations, and collateral materials. Meeting expenses will be the host chapter’s responsibility.
The application can be downloaded under the Foundation tab at www.asisonline.org. In addition to basic chapter information, the application asks who the chapter intends to attract to their program and how many participants are expected. It also includes space for the chapter to answer organizational questions, including the following:
- What kind of physical security education would be most valuable to your membership?
- How would this program expand your chapter’s impact on your community?
- What is the estimated budget?
- Where would the chapter host the program?
In addition, chapters are required to identify an “award champion,” who would work with the Foundation to organize and deliver the program.
This award was established in 2008 to memorialize the professional security career of Roy N. Bordes, longtime ASIS member and volunteer leader over his 30-year career. Bordes was a member of the ASIS Foundation Board of Trustees and a frequent speaker at ASIS educational events.