O'Neil Named as New ASIS CEO
ASIS International has a new CEO. He is Peter J. O’Neil, a Certified Association Executive with more than 20 years of experience managing and leading trade associations and professional societies. He replaces retiring CEO Michael J. Stack, who guided the Society for more than two decades.
“I’m really excited to be coming on board,” says O’Neil. “ASIS is a very well thought of professional society among other professional groups. It is an honor and privilege to become part of ASIS and the security community.”
“It is a critical time for our association and our industry-at-large as unique threat scenarios continue to arise globally driven by world events and advances in technology. As adversaries are multiplying and becoming more sophisticated, our role in preparing security management practitioners worldwide to mitigate threats to their people, property and information has become more vital than ever before,” says ASIS Chairman of the Board of Directors Dave N. Tyson, CPP. “Peter is definitely the leader we need at this point to take our organization forward. Beyond his remarkable leadership and management skills, he has clearly demonstrated an exceptional aptitude for business and a rare passion for professional advancement.”
O’Neil comes to ASIS by way of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, an international professional society representing 10,000 occupational and environmental health and safety professionals in Fairfax, Virginia, where he was the CEO. It is an organization similar to ASIS, with approximately 50 staff and 73 chapters, with a consolidated $21 million annual operating budget. While CEO there, O’Neil had management responsibilities for three limited liability companies, a related education-oriented foundation, a foundation that established guideline values for exposure limits, and a Product Stewardship Society.
O’Neil is a 1991 graduate of New York’s Syracuse University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in international relations. He undertook additional post-graduate work in public administration, knowledge management, and association management.
O’Neil has served in leadership positions with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives, the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), and the Center for Association Leadership. Additionally, he served on the 2009 Distinguished Presidential Rank Awards Board, an effort of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. O’Neil is a past chair of ASAE and the ASAE Foundation. He received the Certified Association Executive certification in 1998 and was named as an ASAE Fellow in 2006. He is an author and frequent presenter, facilitator, and speaker at industry events.
“I look forward to using my 23 years of association management and business experience in a collaborative partnership with the ASIS’s membership, leadership, and staff to advance the mission envisioned by the organization and the profession,” O’Neil states. “I see a lot of opportunity to build from the foundation of where ASIS stands today. I’m looking forward to taking it from where it is to greater heights.”
O’Neil also adds, “I sincerely appreciate the faith that the ASIS Search Committee and ASIS Board of Directors has placed in me. I do not take that responsibility lightly.”