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ASIS News January 2016


On June 7 and 8, ASIS International and the ASIS Foundation will hold an Open Space Forum: The Future of Security Education, Research, and Training, in Washington, D.C. The program, which is aimed at security education, research, and training (SERT) professionals, will take place at the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center. 

The Open Space Forum “unconference” format brings diverse people and ideas together in a structured, yet open setting to answer a critical question: “What is the future of security education, research, and training worldwide?”  

Participants will organize the agenda, choose the topics to discuss from a marketplace of ideas, lead the key discussions, develop actionable solutions, report and synthesize their progress, and form action teams to continue to work on the issues that matter to them. The momentum will continue with follow-up online events, publications, and easily accessible and shared progress reports. For more information, e-mail Kay Burgess, director of education programs, at [email protected]. To register, visit for-Security-Education-Research-Training-Professionals.aspx.


The 3rd Annual Karen Marquez Honors have been bestowed at an event hosted by the ASIS International Women in Security Council. The honors are presented to four ASIS security professionals who have consistently worked for the betterment of the security industry over an extended period to support, inspire, and promote women in the security field.

The 2015 Marquez Honors went to Sandi Davies, executive director of the International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO) of Naples, Florida; Victoria Ekhomu, CPP, managing director of TransWorld Security Systems, Ltd., of Lagos, Nigeria; Julieta Munoz, general manager of Pratt Mexicana SA de CV, of Monterrey, Mexico; and Susan Walker, CPP, of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in Laguna Niguel, California.

Davies. Sandi Davies began her career in contract security in 1980 with a primary focus on personnel administration. She was instrumental in developing security officer training programs for a major U.S. guard company. In 1988, she joined the newly formed IFPO, and in 1991 was named executive director. She is an ASIS Quarter Century Club member, and has served in various executive positions at the chapter level. She has also served on the ASIS Security Services Council and is a member of the ASIS Women in Security Council.

Ekhomu. The ASIS senior regional vice president for Africa, Ekhomu attended the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Lagos’s Business School, where she completed the Advanced Management Program. She earned her Certified Protection Professional® (CPP) designation in 2005. She is a fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Industrial Security and a trustee of the IFPO.

Munoz. Munoz has degrees in international relations and business security. For more than 13 years she has managed Pratt Mexicana, as well as served in ASIS volunteer leadership positions as chair of the Mexico North Chapter, assistant regional vice president, and regional vice president for Mexico. Munoz is also one of 20 members of the Citizen Security Council from Nuevo Leon State who reports to the state security secretary and government on all security matters.

Walker. Walker has more than 30 years of experience in both military and civilian organizations, spending much of her career in Germany, Iraq, Afghanistan, and South Korea. She currently secures the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service offices in the western United States. Previously, she served as lieutenant colonel in U.S. Army Military Police and holds degrees from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Chapman University. She earned her CPP in 2005. 

Karen Marquez was the co-owner and executive vice president of MVM, Inc., a physical security services firm based in the U.S. state of Virginia. She passed away in 2006 after a long battle with cancer. During her 23-year career in security, Marquez developed and implemented core administration and support functions at MVM, including finance, billing, recruiting, and human resources processes. A member of the National Association of Women Business Owners, the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, and the National Association of Female Executives, Marquez brought her hands-on expertise to global management issues. 

In 2006, in memory of Marquez, MVM established the Karen Marquez Institute to help Hispanic students obtain a college education. In 2010, the Karen Marquez Institute was transformed into the Marquez Foundation, a not-for-profit organization to honor Marquez and the causes for which she had passion. ​