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ASIS News October 2016


On September 10, during ASIS 2016, the ASIS International Women in Security Council paid tribute to four ASIS security professionals who have consistently worked for the betterment of the secu­rity industry over time. The Annual Karen Marquez Honors recognized Ann Trinca, Esq., CPP, PCI, PSP, senior vice president of SecTek, Inc.; Alanood Alrabiah, head of security operational excellence and compliance for the industrial security department, Saudi Aramco; Maria Teresa Septien, director of business de­velopment, AFIMAC Corporation; and D.S. Lata, Honeywell. 

A hearty group was on hand at the Rosen Centre Hotel to add their congratulations to the winners and all who were nominated. ASIS Women in Security Council Chair Gail Essen, CPP, PSP, led the evening’s festivities and recognized the other council members, past winners, and ASIS dignitaries in attendance.

Trinca. Trinca’s security career began in 1999. She is among a few security professionals worldwide who hold ASIS triple certifications in security management, investigations, and physical security. Her security leadership roles include service on the Society’s Professional Certification Board and Women in Security Council, where she serves as committee chair for strategic alliance and certification. Trinca has contributed to several ASIS and International Foundation for Protection Officers publications and has served on the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services’ Private Security Services Advisory Board. She earned her BA from the University of California at Davis and her JD from the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C.

Alrabiah. Alrabiah has more than 10 years of experience in security and compliance. She was involved in project management for IT implementations, business continuity, and other highly demanding and complex initiatives for industrial security operations. She holds a BS in Computer Science and an MBA from University of Liverpool. She is also an associate member of the Business Continuity Institute. To inspire women in security, Alrabiah has promoted the mission of pioneering opportunities, studying the competencies gap, and coaching for high performance and team building. In 2015, she was appointed the ASIS Women in Security liaison of the Middle East Chapter.

Septien. Septien has been involved in the security industry for more than 20 years. Before joining AFIMAC, she was managing director for Latin America for STEELE International. Septien was involved in large-scale consulting projects; in the private and public sec­tors, provided security training to boards of directors in Mexico, the United States, and Latin America; and has spoken at the American Chamber Mexico, ASIS Chapter Mexico, COPARMEX, and OSAC. Septien has a BA in Information Systems, and a post-graduate degree from the University of Comillas, Madrid, Spain, in corporate security. She has been the liaison for Women in Security Council for Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean since 2015.

Lata. Lata is a veteran from the India Army and was the first female Certified Protection Professional® (CPP) in India. Lata started her Honeywell corporate career as site security manager and now is an India security manager. She is re­sponsible for the direction, development, and management of security support for all business units in India. She is a Women in Security Council liaison for the Bengaluru, India, Chapter. Lata has mentored nearly a dozen people who started their security careers at the entry-level, then scaled up their skills and knowledge to reach mid-level security positions. She also created a customized training program for women with special emphasis on situational awareness and self-defense.

The Marquez Honors are named for Karen Marquez, the co-owner and executive vice president of MVM, Inc., a physical security services firm based in Virginia, who passed away in 2006 after a long battle with cancer. During her 23-year career, Marquez brought hands-on expertise to global security management issues. 

To be considered for this prestigious award, candidates, either men or wo­men, must be ASIS members in good standing or an ASIS Life Member. The person making the nomination should describe the significant contributions made by the individual to the advancement of the security profession. 

Information on the 2017 deadline for the Honors and the nomination form can be found on at Scroll down to ASIS councils under Quick Links and click on Women in Security to access council details.​


Each year, the ASIS International Security Services Council honors one security officer with the Ralph Day Security Officer of the Year Award. This year, the council presented the 2016 award to Se­curity Officer Antoine Worsley, an employee of Sunstates Security in Raleigh, North Carolina. The council, through a sponsorship from one of its members, paid Worsley’s expenses to attend ASIS 2016. In addition, Worsley received a $5,000 check and plaque.

While they reviewed many nominations for the award, the Awards Committee was greatly impressed by Worsley’s heroism. In January, Worsley confronted a knife-wielding attacker during a fight at a high-rise facility where he works as a third shift officer. Worsley approached those involved and told them to leave. A man who was being pummeled during the fight then stabbed one attacker mul­­ti­ple times and threatened others in the area. Worsley approached the assailant from behind, forced him to drop the knife, and detained him until the police arrived. Because of Worsley’s actions, the victim survived his near-fatal wounds.

The annual award is named for Ralph Day, CPP, an ASIS Life Member, who joined the council in 1985. During his storied career, Day was instrumental in fostering professionalism within the security services industry.​


Risk Analysis and Security Countermeasure Selection, 2nd Edition by Thomas L. Norman, CPP, PSP, published by CRC Press, has been selected as the ASIS International 2015 Security Book of the Year. The winning author was presented with the award at ASIS 2016 in Orlando, Florida.

More than 25 security titles published in 2015 were eligible for the award, which is in its third consecutive year. The award was inaugurated in 2014 by the O. P. Norton Information Resources Center (IRC) and the ASIS Crime and Loss Prevention Council to recognize published writers among the ASIS membership and their contributions to the profession as well as to the publishing field.

Judges for this annual competition are the Book Award Committee, comprising ASIS members who are established authors, editors, and reviewers. The committee votes anonymously and confidentially by electronic ballot.

Next Year. The ASIS 2016 Security Book of the Year will be presented at the 63rd Annual ASIS Seminar and Exhibits to be held during September 2017 in Dallas, Texas. To be considered, security books must be authored by an ASIS member and published between January 1 and December 31, 2016. ASIS authors should notify the IRC when their works are published.