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ASIS Recognizes Security’s Best

Every year, ASIS recognizes the important work of ASIS members around the world with awards that celebrate their accomplishments and dedication to the security management profession. From individual volunteers assuming expanded leadership roles to chapters nimbly transitioning from in-person to virtual events to organizations reaffirming their commitment to certification programs, ASIS members demonstrated that we truly are #StrongerTogether

ASIS is honored to recognize the following outstanding individuals for their accomplishments during the past year. GSX attendees can also visit the Gallery of the Stars: ASIS Awards of Excellence and the Outstanding Security Performance Awards throughout the event to learn more about the winners.

President’s Award of Merit: Dana W. Adams, CPP, and Jaime P. Owens, CPP

Bestowed by the president of ASIS International to an individual member for distinguished service, achievement, and/or contributions. Distinguished achievement includes significant contributions to the knowledge of the profession, literature of the profession, outstanding service to ASIS International, and/or service to other organizations affiliated with the security profession.

Women in Security Global Community Karen Marquez Honors: Lynda L. Buel, CPP

Honors an ASIS International female security professional who has consistently worked for the betterment of the security industry.

Young Professional of the Year Award: Angela J. Osborne, CPP, PCI, PSP

Honors an ASIS International member under age 40 who demonstrates a dedication to the security industry through strong leadership, teamwork, and innovation, while continually developing their knowledge and experience, necessary in this ever-changing industry.

Ralph Day Memorial Security Officer Heroism Award: Jacqueline Green, Sunstates Security; Honorable Mention to Irving Wallace, Securitas, and David Powell, Hawkeye Security

Recognizes outstanding service or acts in the security profession. This award is meant for those who perform a heroic act that involves circumstances where a private security officer risks his or her life to save another person. It is bestowed by the ASIS Security Services Community (SSC).

E.J. Criscuoli, Jr., CPP, Volunteer Leadership Award: Ronald Lee Martin, CPP

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.

Don Walker CSO Center Security Executive Award: Joe Olivarez

Recognizes a senior-level executive who demonstrates commitment to security management education, certification, and standards and guidelines for the executive management level of the security discipline in a given enterprise.

Roy N. Bordes, CPP, Community Member Award of Excellence: Omar Valdemar, CPP

Recognizes an ASIS member who has exhibited selfless devotion as a volunteer, emphasizing significant contributions at the community steering committee level over an extended period.

PCB Regional Certification Award: Abdullah Alshehri, CPP, PCI, PSP; Thamer Hussain Al-sufiani, CPP, PCI, PSP; Melvin Tze-Hui Cheng, CPP, PSP; Macky Diop, CPP; Daniel Jimenez; Tom Kipyegon, CPP, PCI, PSP; Jose Wilson Massa, CPP; Elroy Shirvington, CPP; Jason Michael Struck, CPP, PSP; Larry Woods, CPP, PSP

Recognizes certified security professionals who have made significant contributions to the enhancement and advancement of the CPP, PSP, PCI, or APP designation.

I.B. Hale Chapter of the Year Award: Jamaica Chapter; Lima, Peru Chapter; Phoenix Chapter; and United Kingdom Chapter

Recognizes outstanding chapters that provide security practitioners timely and relevant resources, thus helping promote excellence in the security management profession worldwide.

Chapter Communications Award: Ukraine Chapter, Jamaica Chapter, and Singapore Chapter

Encourages establishment and improvement of overall communications to chapter members via website, newsletter, social media, email, or other forms of communication.

Outstanding New/Revitalized Chapter Award: Philippines Chapter

Recognizes chapters that have exhibited outstanding motivation, excellence, and service in chapters that have been in existence for fewer than five years or have been recently revitalized.

Chapter Community Service Award: Middle Tennessee Chapter and New Delhi, India Chapter

Recognizes an outstanding community-based activity that complements and supports the goals and purposes of ASIS International while increasing chapter awareness within the local community.

PCB Regional Certification Award: Daniel Jimenez, CPP, PSP (Region 8B, Chapter 225) Melvin Tze-Hui Cheng, CPP, PSP (Region 13B, Chapter 78), Abdullah Alshehri, CPP, PCI, PSP (Region 12A, Chapter 194), Jason Michael Struck, CPP, PSP (Region 4A, Chapter 49), Elroy L. Shirvington, CPP (Region 4A, Chapter 49), Larry D. Woods, CPP, PSP (Region 4A, Chapter 49), Macky Diop, CPP (Region 4A, Chapter 49), Jose Wilson Massa, CPP (Region 8A, Chapter 214), Tom Kipyegon, CPP, PCI, PSP (Region 10A, Chapter 269), and Thamer Hussain Al-sufiani, CPP, PCI, PSP (Region 12A, Chapter 194) 

PCB Organizational Award of Merit: KAUST Government Affairs & Security

Recognizes an organization displaying outstanding leadership and commitment to professional development of their own security professionals through certification.

Outstanding Regional Foundation Supporter: Latin America (Groups 7 and 8)

ASIS Foundation Public Private Partnership in Excellence Grant in honor of Matthew Simeone: Hanover County Sheriff’s Office SHIELD, Captain Terry Sullivan; nominated by the Richmond, VA Chapter

Security Industry Book of the Year: Critical Infrastructure Risk Assessment: The Definitive Threat Identification and Threat Reduction Handbook by Ernie Hayden, PSP

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