50 in Focus

  50th Anniversary Celebration 2009

Philly Asis

50 in Focus

Bill Allen William V. Durso, Jr. John F. Mallon, CPP Maureen Rush, CPP
John Azbill, CPP John W. Gehrlein, CPP Robert L. Martin, CPP Joe Schiavo
William J. Birks, Jr. CPP Jim Geyer Jim McGinty Thomas M. Seamon, CPP
Fred Bornhofen, CPP Greg Gilbert, CPP Benjamin McGlaughlin, CPP Don Sirianni
Jim Carino, CPP Bernard D. Gollotti, CPP Fred D. Miller, CPP Ira S. Somerson, CPP
Tom Catagnus Bob Hendrick, CPP Mela Montgomery Tom Stearns, CPP
Steve D. Chupa, CPP Gregory A. Hendrix Jim Moore William J. Stevenson
George "Al" Crane Bill Irwin, CPP John Nemerofsky Dennis J Urban, CPP
E.J. (Chris) Criscuoli, CPP Russell F. Jones, Jr. CPP Edna Newton Sam Vinicur
James M. Dallas, CPP, PI Bill Kelhower Bryn Palena John J. Ward
James G. DeStefano Justin M. Kleskie, Jr. CPP James A. Prout Mark Wolfheimer
Vince DiPiero Daniel H. Kropp, CPP Ron Rabena  
Jack Dowling, CPP William A. Lee, CPP Ben Reidell  

 

Thank you to the members of the 50th Anniversary Committee, who helped to plan and weave the 50th Anniversary theme into each of the Chapter’s events in 2009. 

            Bill Durso (Anniversary Co-Chair)

            Dan Kropp, CPP (Anniversary Co-Chair)           

            Vince DiPiero

            Greg Hendrix

            Justin Kleskie, CPP (Treasurer 09)

            Jim Moore (Webmaster)

            Bryn Palena (Senior Regional Vice President 09)

            Jim Prout (Chairperson 09)

            Ben Reidell (Secretary 09)

            Tom Stearns, CPP (Regional Vice President 09)

            Mark Wolfheimer (Vice Chair 09)

As part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration, members of the Chapter have overwhelmingly selected Ira Somerson, CPP as The Most Influential Member in the Chapter’s history

Each year the Chapter honors its outgoing Chairperson with an award.  It was decided by the Executive Committee that since the award is intended to celebrate and show appreciation for Excellence in Leadership, and recognizing Ira's obvious impact on the Chapter’s Legacy in that regard, that the award shall be henceforth named:

The Ira S. Somerson, CPP Excellence in Leadership Award.
Ira Somerson seems to know everyone and everything.  Many of us have benefited time and again from his counsel and his professional network.  It seems as though if you need someone or something and you can’t figure out how to get it, all you have to do is call Ira. 

The award reads: 

“The Ira S. Somerson, CPP Excellence in Leadership Award. 

Established in 2009 by the ASIS International Greater Philadelphia Chapter to recognize the significant Volunteer Leadership contributions made by the Chapter's Chairperson.” 

 

The "50 in Focus” is celebration of the Chapter’s past, present and future success through brief features of some of our most influential members.  Bellow are the featured profiles of members that have made a lasting impact on the Chapter's history and those that will continue to drive it's success into the future.

John Azbill, CPP

John joined ASIS International in 1996.  He is the Senior Manager of Corporate Security for Cephalon Inc.

In his time as a member, John has served the Greater Philadelphia Chapter as Secretary from 1999-2002, vice chair, then chairman of the 2002 host chapter seminar committee, and as host for the Philadelphia chapter’s annual career day event to introduce area high school kids to careers in corporate security 1999-2003.  On an international level, John worked on the CPP exam question writing team for updates to the certification exam in 2004.  He is currently serving on the advisory panel for the ASIS Business Watch Advisory Group.  John is Board Certified in Security Management, having earned his CPP designation in 1997.

John lists Chapter members Ben McGlaughlin, John Gehrlein, Dan Kropp, Bryn Palena and John Ward as friends and colleagues who have influenced his life and career.
“Benjamin McGlaughlin: Ben introduced me to the ASIS Philadelphia chapter while we worked together as loss prevention managers fresh out of College. I attended my first meetings with Ben and his enthusiasm for the society got me and many others involved in leadership roles.

John Gehrlein: I worked in the corporate security field along side John for several years and he was extremely active in local chapter and later PCB activities. John pushed me to take leadership roles in chapter activities and was instrumental in getting me involved early with the 2002 annual seminar held in Philadelphia. I met and worked with some extremely talented folks while working on the annual seminar – the experience was educational and rewarding.

Dan Kropp:  Dan has always taken a lead role in local chapter events and went on to rise quickly through the ranks of the society all the way to the top position. Dan’s work ethic and his networking skills serve as a model for many of us.

Bryn Palena & John Ward: I worked with Bryn Palena, John Ward and Ben McGlaughlin for many years on the executive team for the Philadelphia chapter and we had a great time and did a lot of good for the chapter – at least I would like to think so.”

When asked his opinion regarding the greatest change in the Security Industry since he joined ASIS International, John offered:  “The advances in technology specific to video and networking have been more than I could have imagined just 10 years ago. The world is much smaller due to our ability to communicate and do business around the world so the challenges are great. Only those security professionals willing to stay ahead of the changes will survive in our business.”

With regard to the greatest change in the Greater Philadelphia Chapter since he joined ASIS International, John offered: “The folks in the leadership positions have changed but the “can do” attitude and professionalism has not.”

Of his future career and life goals, John states: “To be a chief security officer for a multinational company and be a good father and husband.”

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William J. Birks, Jr., CPP

Bill is a member of ASIS International’s Quarter Century Club.  He first joined the Society in 1979, and has maintained consistent membership since 1981.  He recently accepted the position as Chief Security Officer of Penske Truck Leasing Co., LP in Reading, PA.

Bill served the Greater Philadelphia Chapter as Chairman in 1985 and 1986.  He’s also served the Society on an international level as a member of the Standing Committee on Investigations and the Pharmaceutical Security Council.  He’s Board Certified in Security Management, having received his CPP designation in 1985.

Bill lists Chapter members Dan Kropp, Jim Dallas, Fred Bornhofen, Russ Jones and Ira Somerson as friends and mentors who have influenced his life and career.

I have been very fortunate as there have been a number of individuals in the Chapter that have made an impact on both my life and my career.  At best I can only reduce the number down to five members.  All are true professionals in their own right.

Dan Kropp – An insightful, mentoring practitioner and supportive friend.
Jim Dallas – A friend, colleague, and confidant.  Over the years we have worked with and for each other.  
Fred Bornhofen – A teacher, advocate, intellectual, and friend.
Russ Jones – An academic, peer, friend, supporter.
Ira Somerson – Stubborn, opinionated, most often right, friend.

When asked his opinion regarding the greatest change in the Security Industry since he joined ASIS International, Bill replied:

“The greatest change is the acceptance of and need for security at the decision    making table and in the executive suite.  There has been a profound cultural and     paradigm shift that now views our function as a proactive business partner vs. a reactive low- level function.” 

With regard to the greatest change in the Greater Philadelphia Chapter since he joined ASIS International, Bill offered:

“I think that the Chapter has always been a trend setter.  I am very proud of the fact that our group is, and always has been responsible for producing leaders who go on to shoulder the security responsibility for the security effort in many            Fortune 20 companies to leading ASIS International.  This is evidenced in both regional and international capacities, from (former ASIS President and Executive Director) E.J. (Cris) Criscuoli to Steve Chupa to Dan Kropp to many, many others, the Philadelphia ASIS chapter enjoys a rich history.  We have sponsored many successful seminars, member socials / outings and won numerous awards from the I. B. Hale award, to the Newsletter of the Year, some multiple times.  It can all be attributed to the character and the drive that the Philadelphia chapter has always been known for."

In the end I guess that we have changed, because we continue to keep getting better and better at mentoring our new members, teaching our existing members about topical issues / subjects, and are more successful acquiring /             communicating career opportunities amongst our membership.”  

Bill’s future career and life goals include continuing to learn and expand his business acumen and security knowledge base so that he can be a reliable subject matter expert and resource for his organization and himself.  He’d also like to be a source of information for individuals seeking career direction and security advice.

He closed his comments by saying:

“The Philadelphia ASIS Chapter is and continues to be a very worthwhile   experience for me.  Through the Chapter I have been able to meet other security professionals as well as grow my own knowledge base.  I have been able to be a part of a great experience, coming all most full circle if you will, by initially   attending and participating in events to eventually being counted upon to give back to the Society by working with other security professionals to create, produce and provide topical educational seminars for others in the industry.  I  have been fortunate.”

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Jim Carino, CPP

Jim is a member of ASIS International’s Quarter Century Club, having joined the Society in 1976.  He is the President of Executive Security Consultants and the Executive Director of Intellenet.

Before joining the Greater Philadelphia Chapter, Jim served as Vice Chairman and Membership Chair of the Maryland Suburban Chapter in 1978-79.  He has been a long-serving member of our Chapter’s Executive Committee, as well as the Chair of our Chapter’s first Private Security Officer Selection Committee.  On an international level, Jim has served as a member of the Society’s Investigations Council from 1999-2007.  Jim is Board Certified in Security Management, having received his CPP designation in 1978.

Jim lists Chapter member Fred Bornhofen as a friend and mentor who has influenced his life and career.
>“Fred Bornhofen, retired Director of Security for Sun Oil, and former Philadelphia Chapter Chairman (1984) is a colleague and friend.  He is a long time nationally recognized leader in the security field and an inspiration to emulate.”

When asked his opinion regarding the greatest change in the Security Industry since he joined ASIS International, Jim replied: > “The level of professionalism has increased exponentially since the mid 1970s.  Many security professionals are now as comfortable in the Board Room as the interview room.  Training, education and certifications are now essentials for growth and development.”

With regard to the greatest change in the Greater Philadelphia Chapter since he joined ASIS International, Jim offered: > “The willingness of Chapter Members to assist in the career development of younger members.  Recognition of outstanding performance in recent years for security and law enforcement personnel.”

Of his future career and life goals, Jim states:    “After 53 years in the security and investigations fields I am in my twilight years.  For older members – goals must include contributing to raising the bar ethically and professionally within the private security and investigations fields and to assist in the growth and development of our future leaders.”

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Tom Catagnus

Tom joined ASIS International in 1987.  He is the Vice President for Corporate Accounts for ADT-Advanced Integration.

Since joining ASIS, Tom has served our Chapter as Membership Liaison between 1991-2000, and as a member of our Golf Tournament Committee between 1995-2000.  He has also participated in numerous Chapter seminars, and has supported the Chapter through sponsorship of many of our special events.  Tom lists Chapter members Don Sirianni, John Nemerofsky and Dan Kropp as friends and mentors who have influenced his life and career.

“Don Sirianni introduced me to ASIS.  He is a gentleman, a mentor and a good friend.  John Nemerofsky and Dan Kropp both were inspiring leaders that helped the ASIS Philadelphia Chapter grow to what it is today.”

When asked his opinion regarding the greatest change in the Security Industry since he joined ASIS International, Tom replied: “The increased emphasis on volunteering.”

With regard to the greatest change in the Greater Philadelphia Chapter since he joined ASIS International, Tom offered:

“The partnership that has developed between vendors and security personnel.”

Of his future career and life goals, Tom states:  “My short term career goals are simple.  Continue to grow the business the right way, by helping security professionals reach their objectives.  My long term career goals are to continue to make an impact in a company that puts their clients and employees needs ahead of their own.  My life goals are to continue to make a positive difference in my kid’s lives, and to take care of my parents.”  

He closed his comments by saying:  “It’s nice to be recognized for our individual achievements, but when we all work together for a worthwhile goal as team, the biggest results seem to come faster and much easier.”

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Steve D. Chupa, CPP 

Steve is a member of ASIS International’s Quarter Century Club, having joined the Society in 1983.  Prior to joining the Greater Philadelphia Chapter, Steve was a member of the Society’s Central New Jersey Chapter.  He is the Director of Worldwide Security for Johnson & Johnson in New Brunswick, NJ. 

Steve served the Greater Philadelphia Chapter as Newsletter Editor, I.B. Hale Committee Chairman, Secretary (1989), Treasurer (1990), Vice Chairman (1991) and Chairman (1992).  He’s also served the Society on an international level as Assistant Regional Vice President (ARVP), Fire Safety Council member and Business Practices Council member.  Steve was elected to the ASIS International Board of Directors, and served as a Board member (2002-03), Secretary (2004), Treasurer (2005), President-elect (2006), President (2007), and Chairman of the Board (2008).  He is currently the Chairman of the Society’s Council of Past Presidents.  He is Board Certified in Security Management, having received his CPP designation in 1990. 

Steve lists Chapter members Ira Somerson and Dan Kropp as friends and mentors who have influenced his life and career. 

Ira Somerson – Influential both in life and work.  Ira continues to be an inspiration in how life is lived and business is conducted.  I admire Ira for his kindness, generosity, charity to others less fortunate, and his ability to see the bigger picture.  He lends career guidance to the benefit of many.  I do not know anyone that walks so softly but whose footfall impacts so many in so many ways.  

Dan Kropp – Actually Dan was responsible for my running for the Board of Directors of ASIS.  I admired Dan as a young man when we first met many years ago now.  His energy and good humor is contagious but he had and continues to have today a vision that is clear and on target not only in his personal life but also in business.  His kindness to everyone is evident each time we are together.  I look to Dan for guidance on many issues and will continue to do so in the future. 

When asked his opinion regarding the greatest change in the Security Industry since he joined ASIS International, Steve replied: 
“The greatest change in the industry has been caused by the proliferation of  counterfeit products due to globalization of the markets, placing consumers at  risk.  Look at the food you eat and the products you ingest next time you are in a  store.  Notice that the product is now normally “Distributed by” not “Made by” the  company that is named on the box or package.  This indicates that the product is  from an unnamed contract manufacturer and the name on the box is simply the  distributor. "  

Another significant change is the use of the internet as a medium in providing  information both in good and destructive ways.” 

With regard to the greatest change in the Greater Philadelphia Chapter since he joined ASIS International, Steve offered: 

“The greatest changes in the Chapter have been the intensity of Leadership  moving the chapter in what are challenging times, both in available time and  money.  Also, moving to a Web-based newsletter.” 

Steve’s future career and life goals include establishing a proactive system and approach to addressing the counterfeit products in Southeast Asia and China, and eventually retiring on the coast of Maine 

He closed his comments by saying: 

      “I joined the Greater Philadelphia Chapter even though other Chapters were  closer to my work and home.  The reason for that was many years ago I went to  a Greater Philadelphia Chapter meeting and was warmly welcomed by many of  the members there at that time.  That experience stays with me even today and I  find the people in our Chapter are friendly and warm. They treat people how they  would also like to be treated.  They are willing to go the extra mile for others and  therefore have become one of the most successful chapters I believe in the ASIS  organization.”

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James M. Dallas, CPP, PI

Jim is a member of ASIS International’s Quarter Century Club, having joined the Society in 1976.  He is President of Dallas Security and DSI Investigations.

Jim served the Greater Philadelphia Chapter as Editor of the Chapter’s Newsletter, The Bulletin (1978-1984), Chairman (1988), a member of three Seminar Committees - “Security for Small Businesses”, “Fighting Drugs”, and “Corporate Ethics”.  As Chairman, Jim organized the Chapter’s first golf outing, and was the first to institute chapter dues.  In his words, he’s been a member of the Chapter’s Executive Committee “forever”!  Jim has served the Society on an International level as Regional Vice President (1991), a Member of the Standing Committee on Investigations (1984-96), and Chairman of the Committee (1990).  He is Board Certified in Security Management, having received the CPP designation in 1985.

Jim lists Chapter members Ira Somerson and Bill MacMurray as friends and mentors who have influenced his life and career.

Ira Somerson, of course, and Bill MacMurray (Chairman, 1978).  Bill gave me my first project: Find and arrange rotating locations for meetings.

When asked about his future life and career goals, Jim replied that he wants to: “survive the recession which will later be known as the Second Great Depression”.

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James G. DeStefano

Jim joined ASIS International in 1989.  He is the Vice President of Sales for Service Works, Inc.

Jim served the Greater Philadelphia Chapter as Treasurer (1994), Vice Chairman (1995), and Chairman (1996).  He’s also volunteered as a member of various Chapter Committees throughout the years.  On an international level, Jim has been a member of the Physical Security Council and acted as the International Liaison for the Council.  He’s spoken at numerous ASIS International Seminars and Workshops throughout the years at various venues.

Jim lists Chapter members Ira Somerson, Steve Chupa and John Nemerofsky as friends and mentors who have influenced his life and career.

Ira Somerson was someone I looked up to when I first joined.  He seemed to be involved in everything and knew everyone and everything regarding security but never stopped learning.

Steve Chupa was a member who I saw and regarded as a security professional to emulate.

John Nemerofsky has been a great mentor and friend and has helped provide invaluable advice throughout the years.

When asked his opinion regarding the greatest change in the Security Industry since he joined ASIS International, Jim replied:

“The greatest change I’ve observed is the transition from the “ex-law enforcement officer looking for a second retirement” as a security director, to   the professional security executive making career choices and providing true security direction and professionalism.  Many of the current Directors and other high level positions are starting to be filled with people who’ve made Security their career and have brought professionalism in the industry to new heights. “

With regard to the greatest change in the Greater Philadelphia Chapter since he joined ASIS International, Jim offered:

“Greater demands in the workplace have made it increasingly difficult for chapter members to get to meetings, but the great networking continues and is more important and powerful than ever.”

Of his future career and life goals, Jim states My career has taken some unique twists including moving from a corporate security role to a manufacturer, to integrator, back to corporate security, manufacturer, and now finally back to the integrator role where I believe I’ll be retiring from.  After that it’s hopefully on to enjoying time with my wife Kim and my two kids (and eventually their kids).  Right now it’s getting the kids thru high school and college and trying to keep some kind of retirement fund intact!”
He closed his comments by saying:

“This has been a great organization for networking and making lifelong friends.   Many of us have been fortunate enough to share more good  times than bad but in the end, I believe we’re all better people for being involved, and for that, I’ll always be grateful.”

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Jack Dowling, CPP

Jack joined ASIS International in 1991.  He is President and Principal Consultant of JD Security Consultants, LLC.

Jack served the Greater Philadelphia Chapter as Chairman of the College/University Liaison Committee from 1993–2001, and as a member of the Scholarship Committee in 1995–96.  On an international level, Jack has served as a member of the Educational Institutions Council from 1994–2000, and Chairman of the Council from 2001–04.  He’s also been a member of the Commercial Real Estate Council from 2005–Present, and the Facilities Physical Security Measures Guideline Committee from 2005–Present.  Jack has had several security-related articles and Book Reviews published in The Bulletin and in Security Management magazine.   Jack holds two ASIS Certifications, having received his CPP designation in 1991, and his PSP in 2003.

Jack lists Chapter members Jim McGrory, Dan Kropp and John Ward as friends and mentors who have influenced his life and career.
“Jim McGrory, ASIS Delaware Chapter, introduced me to the ASIS International.” 
“Dan Kropp got me involved in the organization.” 
“John Ward kept me involved in the organization.”

When asked his opinion regarding the greatest change in the Security Industry since he joined ASIS International, Jack replied: “Responding to the security needs after 9/11.”

With regard to the greatest change in the Greater Philadelphia Chapter since he joined ASIS International, Jack offered: “Getting the membership more involved in the Chapter’s activities and greater participation at the monthly meetings.”

Of his future career and life goals, Jack states:  “Continuing in the security consulting field as long as I am able to contribute and enjoying quality time with my family and friends.”

He closed his comments by saying: “The Greater Philadelphia Chapter of ASIS has been an important part of my security career and I have benefited from my membership, participation and friendship with many of the professionals that I have met throughout the years.”

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William V. Durso, Jr.

Bill joined ASIS International in 1996.  He is the Director of Operations for NutriSystem, Inc. in Horsham, PA.

Bill is a member of the Chapter’s 50th Anniversary Committee and is serving as Chairman of the formal Celebration Dinner scheduled for June 10.  He served the Greater Philadelphia Chapter as Secretary (2002), Treasurer (2003), Vice Chairman (2004), and Chairman (2004-05).  He has also been a member of the International Seminar & Exhibit Committee (2001-02), the Chapter’s Law Enforcement Appreciation Night (LEAN) Committee- (2002-present), the Private Security Appreciation Night (PSAN) Committee (2003-present), the Golf Outing Committee (2002-06), and has been an At-Large member of the Chapter’s Executive Committee since 2005.  Bill was a member of the Chapter’s CPP Study Group that received the Society’s Professional Certification Board’s Annual Recognition Award for developing a CPP Study Guide in 2004.  He served the Society on an international level as Assistant Regional Vice President of Region 16B (PA, NJ & DE) in 2006, and as Regional Vice President in 2007.

Bill lists Chapter members Ira Somerson, Dan Kropp and John Gehrlein as friends and mentors who have influenced his life and career.

When asked his opinion regarding the greatest change in the Security Industry since he joined ASIS International, Bill replied:“Business Acumen.  When I joined ASIS, most members were former military or law enforcement, where the only thing that mattered was how many investigations were closed and arrests were made.  Now, ROI, P&L and a   business approach to security are paramount.  Guns and badges, in some cases, have been replaced by spreadsheets and board meetings. Graduate business degrees with a security concentration are offered in many more universities today and security as a profession has gotten the attention at the C-level and is no longer just guards and cards.”

With regard to the greatest change in the Greater Philadelphia Chapter since he joined ASIS International, Bill offered: “Globalization.  When I became a member of the chapter in 1996, directors and managers in the Chapter secured a building or group of buildings in the city or suburbs and that was it.  Now, these same directors and managers have to leverage their technologies while stretching their budget resources as they have national and international responsibilities as a one man show making it difficult to “come home,” to the Philly chapter each month.”

Of his future career and life goals, Bill states:  “Professionally, I plan on achieving my CPP and CISSP designations and leveraging my physical security experience with my growing information security background as I continue to grow and learn as a proactive business security professional.”

“Personally, I plan on spending as much time with my son, Liam and daughter, Erin as they are little only once. One day, I’d like to return to St. Andrews, Scotland and play the Old Course again, but with my son.”

He closed his comments by saying: “My hope is that ASIS continues its standardization endeavors and becomes the benchmark for the security industry encompassing personnel, people and information in the near term. When I became a member of this organization this was not possible as it was not looked upon as a priority.  This left ASIS behind other leading organizations entering the 21st century as globalization, convergence and information security became the rage as standards and guidelines were being sought by many outside ASIS.”

“That being said, I have met some incredible people as a member of this chapter and organization.  I am quite grateful for the friendships that I have made over the years and continue to make to this day, both locally and nationally.  I am confident that the many professionals who make up this fine chapter and organization will see to it that ASIS at all levels is the standard by which we are all measured as a security professional and an industry fro the next 50 years!”

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John W. Gehrlein, CPP

John joined ASIS International in 1995.  He is the Total Service Manager for SimplexGrinnell’s Harrisburg District.

John served the Greater Philadelphia Chapter as Chairman of the Placement Committee (1995-98), an Instructor in the Chapter’s initiative with the Philadelphia Public School District’s Academy for Law, Criminal Justice, and Public Administration (1999-2001), and as the Society’s Annual Seminar & Exhibits Committee Chairman (2001-02).  He relocated to Pittsburgh in mid-2002 and served the Pittsburgh Chapter as Golf Committee Chairman (2003-04), Certification Review Course Chair/Course Manager (2006), and Chapter Chairman (2007).  John has served the Society on an international level as the Assistant Regional Vice President for CPP (1999), and as a member of the Professional Certification Board (2000-05).  He was the Professional Certification Board’s Vice President (2004) and President (2005), a Member of the ASIS International Strategic Planning Committee (2005), and the Assistant Vice President for Region 10A (2008).  John is Board Certified in Security Management, having received his CPP designation in 1996.

John lists Chapter members Ira Somerson and Dan Kropp as friends and mentors who have influenced his life and career.

When asked his opinion regarding the greatest change in the Security Industry since he joined ASIS International, John replied:  “The increased emphasis on certification; the expansion of the certification program; the development of guidelines and standards; and the more focused relationships with other professional organizations and entities have all served to increase the professionalism of the security profession.”

With regard to the greatest change in the Greater Philadelphia Chapter since he joined ASIS International, John offered: 
“I can’t really answer this one, as I’ve been away for almost 7 years. The trend I did see when I was there was the development and maturation of younger chapter leaders under the guidance/mentoring of more senior experienced   members.”

Of his future career and life goals, John states: “To be healthy, happy, and successful in whatever twists life throws at me.”

He closed his comments by saying: “Having seen many other chapters since joining ASIS International in 1995, I feel fortunate to have started in Philadelphia. The professionalism, the activities, the energy and enthusiasm made me want to participate and get involved. I firmly believe that this was beneficial, helped me grow, and was the primary reason that I chose to get involved at so many levels because of the value I took from participating.”

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Jim Geyer

Jim joined ASIS International in 1999.  He is the General Manager of ADT’s Advanced Integration Division in Chicago.

Jim served the Greater Philadelphia Chapter as Chairperson in 2004, Vice-Chairperson in 2003, and Secretary in 2002.  He was Chairperson of the Chapter’s Golf Tournament Committee from 2001-04, a member of the Law Enforcement Appreciation Night and Career Day Committees, the Chapter’s local seminar committee, and the Society’s Annual Seminar & Exhibits Committee in 2002.

Jim lists Chapter members Dan Kropp, John Gehrlein, John Nemerofsky and Bryn Palena as friends and mentors who have influenced his life and career. “During my time in the Philadelphia Chapter, I had the privilege of learning from people such as Dan Kropp, John Gerhlein, John Nemerofsky and Bryn Palena, all of whom held a variety of positions at one time or another; whether Regional Vice President, a National Committee position or at the time President of ASIS International.   I was proud to be a part of this Chapter, my time spent with these people as well as many others from the Chapter provided me the opportunity to learn much more about this industry.  These people all lead by example and made me want to be a part of the Chapter and join several committees, holding positions on the executive committee or even just attending the monthly meetings.  My first meeting ever, I was approached by Dan Kropp.  Like other new members I probably had that deer in the headlights look on my face.  Not knowing anyone or anything about ASIS, Dan and I talked he explain what ASIS was all about and let me know how I could be involved in the Chapter.  Were it not for this, I probably would never have gone to another meeting.” 

When asked his opinion regarding the greatest change in the Greater Philadelphia Chapter since he joined ASIS International, Jim offered:  “I would have to say that during my time in the Philadelphia Chapter, the   greatest change was the creation of the CPP study group.”

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Greg Gilbert, CPP

Greg is a member of ASIS International’s Quarter Century Club, having joined the Society in 1975.  He is the President and CEO of Greg Gilbert and Associates, LLC.  Greg was originally a member of the Society’s Connecticut Chapter before relocating to the Philadelphia area.  He served the Connecticut Chapter as Secretary, as well as Editor and Chief of CONASIS (Connecticut Chapter ASIS Newsletter) from 1975-80.  He is the longest tenured member of the Society’s Crisis Management and Business Continuity Council.  When he joined the Council in 1991, it was call The Standing Committee on Disaster Management.  Greg is Board Certified in Security Management, having received his CPP designation in 1980, and has served the Greater Philadelphia Chapter for many years as our CPP Liaison.

Greg lists Chapter members Ira Somerson, Dan Kropp and Leo Forbes as friends and mentors who have influenced his life and career.
“Dan Kropp has always been there for me when I needed him.”
“Ira Somerson helped me out a great deal when I relocated back to my hometown Philly from Connecticut.”
“Leo Forbes made me feel right at home here in the Philadelphia Chapter.”

When asked his opinion regarding the greatest change in the Security Industry since he joined ASIS International, Greg replied:  “The advancements in the technology have presented the greatest changes over the years.”

With regard to the greatest change in the Greater Philadelphia Chapter since he joined ASIS International, Greg offered: “The greatest changes in the Philadelphia Chapter have been around the  virtual explosion of the number of vendors joining the chapter.”

Of his future career and life goals, Greg states:  “I am currently semi retired and not doing very much in the security field. I have been a teacher for the past year and doing some business consulting.”

He closed his comments by saying: “Security is a noble profession and it makes me proud to have been a part of it for the past 43 years.”

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Bernard D. Gollotti, CPP

Ben is the Greater Philadelphia Chapter’s 2009 Vice Chairman, having held the same office in 2008.  He joined ASIS International in 1989, and is the Executive Director of Business and Support Services for the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. 

Before becoming Vice Chairman in 2008, Ben served as Chapter once before as Vice Chairman (1994) and Chairman (1995).  He’s also served as CPP Certification Chairman (2002), and Seminar Chairperson (199l-92, 1996).  He’s served the Society on an international level as a member of the Society’s Educational Institutions Security Council (2003-07), and Chairman of the same Council (2008-09).  Ben is Board Certified in Security Management, having received his CPP designation in 2002. 

Ben lists Chapter Members John Mallon, Ron Rabena and Steve Chupa as friends and mentors who have influenced his life and career. 

John Mallon and Steve Chupa were both mentors and extremely influential in my career selection and success. Starting out in contract security services was not an easy career transition given that I had just graduated with a degree in graphic design. Both John and Steve provided the trust, resources and tutoring that allowed me to be successful and encouraged my involvement in ASIS. 

Ron Rabena is a good friend and as close as you can come to being family without having the same blood.  Ron will take full credit for my successes professionally and personally, and in retrospect he is probably right. The Rabenas accepted me as part of the family; they taught me the ins and outs of the event business; and most importantly, they gave me a chance. 

When asked his opinion regarding the greatest change in the Security Industry since he joined ASIS International, Ben replied: 

      “Advances in computer technologies have changed the way we do business,  as far as moving us away from pen and pencil report writing to the more  complex smart technologies in electronic security applications.” 

With regard to the greatest change in the Greater Philadelphia Chapter since he joined ASIS International, Ben offered: 

      “The level of professionalism and the skill sets that everyone now brings to  the table; it is great to see so many intelligent, professional and successful  individuals involved in the organizations.”  

Ben’s future career and life goals include contributing to the continued positive development of the security profession while mentoring others in accepting the security profession as a career path.

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Bob Hendrick, CPP

Bob joined ASIS International in 1987.  He is the Managing Director of Public Safety at Thomas Jefferson University.

Since joining ASIS, Bob has offered several Training Seminars to our Chapter.  On an international level, he has presented at numerous ASIS Seminars and Workshops.  He has served as a member of the Law Enforcement Liaison Council and the Healthcare Council, of which he remains a member today.  Bob is Board Certified in Security Management, having received his CPP designation in 1995.

Bob lists Chapter members Tom Stearns, Jim Prout and James Melvin as friends and colleagues who have influenced his life and career.

“I am most proud of the chapter members that have worked for me in the past in entry level positions, and have advanced their careers to professional positions of leadership.  Members like Tom Stearns, Jim Prout and James Melvin motivate me to want to help others like them develop professionally as they have done.  It’s like watching your children grow into mature and responsible adults – it a great feeling and motivator."

When asked his opinion regarding the greatest change in the Security Industry since he joined ASIS International, Bob replied:“The industry has grown particularly in the area of technology, but it is often   disappointing that the talented officers and supervisors are often just viewed as “guards”.

With regard to the greatest change in the Greater Philadelphia Chapter since he joined ASIS International, Bob offered:“The Philadelphia chapter is well organized and professionally managed.”

Of his future career and life goals, Bob states:“My career in law enforcement and corporate security has been very personally rewarding, however, much of my success has not been accidental.  As I consider “retirement” to be my most likely next step, I would like to teach some of the “tricks of the trade” to those who want to seek significant positions of leadership in the Security profession.”
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He closed his comments by saying: “If I had it to do all over again, there is little about my career path that I would             change!”

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Gregory A. Hendrix

Greg joined ASIS International in 1997.  He is the Manager, Division Operations-National Accounts for ADT Security Services in Fort Washington, PA.

Greg is a member of the Chapter’s 50th Anniversary Committee.  He served the Greater Philadelphia Chapter as Foundation Representative (2003-08), Treasurer (2005), Vice Chairman (2006), and Chairman (2007).  He has served the Society on an international level as a member of the Physical Security Council, first as an Education Sub-Committee Member (2005-07), and then as a full Council Member (2007-present). 

Greg lists Chapter members Bill Lee, Bill Durso and Dan Kropp as friends and mentors who have influenced his life and career.

When asked his opinion regarding the greatest change in the Security Industry since he joined ASIS International, Greg replied: “The impact of 9/11 forever changed the mind set of those providing – and needing solutions. In addition, the Physical Security realm has seen a fast pace of technology advancements.”

With regard to the greatest change in the Greater Philadelphia Chapter since he joined ASIS International, Greg offered:
“That’s a bit difficult to answer beyond the faces changing. Perhaps there seems to be fewer folks volunteering…fewer folks coming to the exec committee meetings and volunteering to be involved.”

Of his future career and life goals, Greg states:  “I’ve been in the industry since June of 1982, so after 27 years I guess I’m not inclined to find a new career path. Integrated solutions and technologies are my passion – I love the ever-changing face and challenge of keeping on the leading edge. My ultimate goal at the end of life’s journey is to have been known as a   good father and husband for my family, and for those I work with – honest, dependable, trustworthy – a good partner.”

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Bill Irwin, CPP

Bill is a member of ASIS International’s Quarter Century Club, having joined the Society in 1978.  He is the Chief Security Officer, Weston Solutions, Inc. 

Since relocating to the Philadelphia area in 1994, Bill has presented at Chapter Seminars in 1995 & 1999, and was a member of the Host Committee for the ASIS International Annual Seminar & Exhibits in 2002.  On an international level, he has served as a member of the CPP Review Council in 1998, the Investigations Council from 1999-2002, and has been a presenter at the Annual Seminar & Exhibits from 2000-2003.  Bill is Board Certified in Security Management, having received his CPP designation in 1981.

Bill lists Chapter members Dan Kropp, Bryn Palena and Bill Whitmore as friends and mentors who have influenced his life and career.

Dan Kropp, because I contacted him for a vendor referral when I first moved the PA in 1993.  He was Chapter Chairman and got me involved with the GPC.

Bryn Palena, because she got me involved with the 2002 Chapter Host Committee for the Annual Seminar & Exhibits, which was my most rewarding experience in 30 years of membership.

Bill Whitmore, because I met him before he became an industry Titan and have always been impressed by his and his team’s professionalism.

When asked his opinion regarding the greatest change in the Security Industry since he joined ASIS International, Bill replied:"The way the profession views itself.”

With regard to the greatest change in the Greater Philadelphia Chapter since he joined ASIS International, Bill offered:“The way the profession is viewed by the rest of the business community.”

Of his future career and life goals, Bill states: “I don’t have any because I never needed any. My career has been full of new adventures…and still is. That’s what I like about it, so I’ll never retire completely.”

He closed his comments by saying: “I’ve been in this profession since 1967 and it’s been made worthwhile by the experiences I’ve had and the people I’ve met along the way.  The GPC has been a constant source of personal and professional fulfillment amidst a lot of change. 

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Russell F. Jones, Jr., CPP 

Russ is a member of ASIS International’s Quarter Century Club, having joined the Society in 1982.  He is the Network Director of Protective Services for Albert Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia. 

Russ served the Greater Philadelphia Chapter as Vice Chairman (1988), Chairman (1989), and Foundation Liaison from (1990-95).  He’s Board Certified in Security Management, having received his CPP designation in 1989. 

Russ lists Chapter members Bob Hertzog, Jim Dallas and Ben McGlaughlin as friends and mentors who have influenced his life and career. 

Bob Hertzog was my first supervisor who introduced and encouraged me to join ASIS.

Jim Dallas was my ASIS mentor who encouraged me to get involved and became a life long friend. 

Ben McGlaughlin - Even though Ben became a member after me I was inspired by his involvement in the chapter and our profession. 

When asked his opinion regarding the greatest change in the Security Industry since he joined ASIS International, Russ replied: 

      “The biggest change for me has been the level of professionalism and the  commitment of creating a level of standard that is recognized by others.” 

With regard to the greatest change in the Greater Philadelphia Chapter since he joined ASIS International, Russ offered: 

      “The greatest change in our chapter was having and continue to have the  annual  golf outing.”  

Russ’ future career and life goals include retiring from Einstein in a few years and playing golf as much as he can. 

He closed his comments by saying: 

      “I have been blessed to be a Security Professional.  It has allowed me to create  friendships; mentor fellow colleagues; teach; travel; and most of all have fun.

It has been a wonderful opportunity and my hope is others will continue with what we have started.”

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Bill Kelhower

Bill joined ASIS International in 1993.  He is the Assistant Director- CIGNA Corporate Security and Investigations in Philadelphia.  In his time as a member, Bill has been a member and co-chair of the Chapter’s Law Enforcement Appreciation Committee for the past 11 years.

When asked which ASIS Members influenced his career, Bill stated:“I would not want to miss someone, so let me say this; I have not met a Charter member who did not offer help if I needed it. Also, the entire Law  Enforcement Appreciation Committee.  I have been proud of the committee’s work for the last 11 years. This year’s dinner was outstanding, what a way to end my time on the committee."

When asked his opinion regarding the greatest change in the Security Industry since he joined ASIS International, Bill offered:“The advancement in technology makes me concerned if the security officers will be able to keep up with the advance systems. As we all know it comes down to people.”

With regard to the greatest change in the Greater Philadelphia Chapter since he joined ASIS International, Bill offered:“It has gotten younger.”

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Justin M. Kleskie, Jr., CPP

Justin joined ASIS International in 1994.  He is the District Manager for AlliedBarton Security Services in Philadelphia.

Justin was initially a member of the Society’s Lehigh Valley Chapter, where he served as a member of the CPP Exam Domain Review committee (2003), Chapter Secretary (2003) and Treasurer (2004).  Since transferring to the Greater Philadelphia area, he’s served our Chapter as Secretary (2008-09).  He is Board Certified in Security Management, having received his CPP designation in 1997.

Justin lists Chapter members Steve Chupa, Jim Gorman and John Russell as friends and mentors who have influenced his life and career.

When asked his opinion regarding the greatest change in the Security Industry since he joined ASIS International, Justin replied: “The advancement and use of technology has been the greatest change in the     Security Industry since I joined ASIS International.”

With regard to the greatest change in the Greater Philadelphia Chapter since he joined ASIS International, Justin offered:
“I think the greatest change in the Greater Philadelphia Chapter has been the diversification of the membership and the industries they represent today (Software and technology companies, etc).”

Of his future career and life goals, Justin states:  “I want to have a positive impact on the security industry by striving to be  innovative as well as always raising the bar for quality of service.  I believe in the core purpose of my employer which is to serve and secure the people, homes and businesses of our communities.  Working in the security industry is rewarding as it gives me an opportunity to make a huge impact on many others.My wife and I were married just last year and I look forward to a long, happy life with her, and starting a family.”

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Daniel H. Kropp, CPP 

Dan joined the Society in 1990.  He is the Director of Physical Security for Towers Perrin in Philadelphia. 

Dan served the Greater Philadelphia Chapter as Newsletter Editor (1991-92), Vice Chairman (1993) and Chairman (1994).  He’s also served the Society on an international level as ARVP of Region XVI (1995), and RVP (1996-98).  Dan was elected to the ASIS International Board of Directors and served as a Board member (1999-2000), Treasurer (2001), Vice President (2002), President (2003), Chairman of the Board (2004), Chairman of the Society’s Council of Past Presidents (2005).  He’s been a member of the International Commission on Standards & Guidelines (2005-06), Vice Chairman of the Commission (2007), a member of the Public Policy Advisory Commission (2008-09), and the ASIS Foundation Business Watch Advisory Council (2008-09).  He is Board Certified in Security Management, having received his CPP designation in 1996, and was awarded Life Membership in the Society following his service as President. 

Dan lists Chapter members Ira Somerson, Jim Dallas and Steve Chupa as friends and mentors who have influenced his life and career. 

Steve Chupa, CPP – I met Steve while attending my first Chapter meeting, and eventually worked for him.  Steve not only encouraged my involvement in ASIS, but he allowed me time to get involved.  As any Volunteer knows, finding the time to be involved is a huge part of the challenge.

Ira Somerson, CPP – I got my first real taste of Chapter involvement from working with Ira on the Chapter’s Award Winning Newsletter – the Bulletin.  I started off writing articles and eventually took over as editor.  Since the day I met him, Ira has taken an active interest in my career, and has helped me on many levels. 

Jim Dallas, CPP – Jim’s also been a constant mentor and supporter of mine.  Early in my career, Jim encouraged me to expand my horizons – both employment and volunteer-wise, and was always willing to act as a sounding board or offer advice on many levels. 

When asked his opinion regarding the greatest change in the Security Industry since he joined ASIS International, Dan replied: 

      “The greatest change I’ve observed has been the change in focus of security as  a primary career.  In my early days, the people who were considered my “peers”  were 20+ years older  than I, and retired from careers in Law Enforcement.  It’s  much more common today to see young people entering the field as their first  career choice.”  

With regard to the greatest change in the Greater Philadelphia Chapter since he joined ASIS International, Dan offered: 

      “The greatest change in our Chapter is actually a constant – in that our Chapter  encourages newer and younger members to become involved early and rise to  the rank of Chapter Officer.  I’ve seen many Chapters that have to beg to get the  same people to serve as Officers year in and year out.  The Philly Chapter’s  done a tremendous job of recruiting Volunteers and keeping them involved.” 

Dan’s future career and life goals include continuing to build Towers Perrin’s Physical Security Program and keep it relevant during changing times, and focusing much of his free time on his family. 

He closed his comments by saying: 

      “My involvement in ASIS International has opened up so many opportunities for  me.  I’ve made lifelong friends in the Philadelphia region and around the world;  I’ve found challenging career opportunities; and my family and I have been  enriched in many ways.  I tell anyone who will listen that, while involvement as a  Volunteer takes some personal sacrifice, it always opens up more opportunities  that far outweigh the effort.”

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William A. Lee, CPP

Bill is a member of ASIS International’s Quarter Century Club.  He first joined the Society in 1968, and has maintained consistent membership since 1983.  He is a National Accounts Manager for ADT Security Services.

Bill served the Greater Philadelphia Chapter as Treasurer (1988-89) and Chairman (1990).  He’s also served the Society on an international level as a multi-year member of the Physical Security Council, including terms as its Secretary (2003) and Vice Chair (2004).  He’s been a member of the PSP Review Course Development Committee (2003), the PSP Review Course Staff (2003-07), Chairman and Speaker at Physical Security Council Workshops (2003-07), and as a Speaker at several ASIS International Seminar & Exhibits.  He is Board Certified in Security Management, having received his CPP designation in 1988.

Bill lists Chapter members Ira Somerson, Jim Dallas and Steve Chupa as friends and mentors who have influenced his life and career.

Ira Somerson – Ira’s solid support for the industry and the chapter and his continual drive to see it grow helped me focus. I worked with Ira on several large projects and learned much from his way of developing a project and evaluating its merits.

Jim Dallas – Jim’s work with new members and focus on getting new members more involved in the industry and the Chapter caused me to be more involved with mentoring other member.

Steve Chupa – Steve’s commitment to working with chapter members and growing the Chapter membership led me to look to members for advice when needed.

"I took from each of these their support and commitment to the Industry, the Chapter and to National and became more committed to doing what I could to also make a difference in our industry".

When asked his opinion regarding the greatest change in the Security Industry since he joined ASIS International, Bill replied:
I’ve watched the Society mature into a real industry. My first ASIS National was in the ballroom at the NY Hilton.  Today there are few cities that can accommodate the National Seminar & Workshops.”

With regard to the greatest change in the Greater Philadelphia Chapter since he joined ASIS International, Bill offered:
“The faces change and the chapter continues to move forward.  I have watched a younger generation take over and continue to move the chapter forward with more programs and more involvement by the membership. As National has grown so has the Greater Philadelphia Chapter.”

Succinctly, Bill states that his future career and life goals are “Retirement”.

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John F. Mallon, CPP 

John is a member of ASIS International’s Quarter Century Club, having joined the Society in 1978.  He is a Life Member of the Society, having most recently held the position of Director of Global Security of S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc. in Racine, WI.  John was a member of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s while serving on the Society’s Board of Directors.  He attained the position of the Society’s President and Chairman of the Board while a member of our Chapter.

John served the Society as Regional Vice President (1982), Member of the ASIS Foundation Board of Trustees (1986-90), Vice President of ASIS Foundation Board of Trustees (1990), Member of the Society’s Board of Directors (1991-96), Board Secretary (1992), Treasurer (1993), Vice President (1994), President (1995), Chairman of the Board (1996), and Chairman of the Council of Past Presidents (1997).  He’s also served as a member of the Committee on Safeguarding Proprietary information, the Committee on Coupon Fraud, and as a member of the ASIS Commission on Standards and Guidelines (2008-09).  John is Board Certified in Security Management, having received his CPP designation by examination in 1984.

John lists Chapter members Ira Somerson, Dan Kropp and Bob Martin as friends and mentors who have influenced his life and career. 

Ira Somerson instilled in me the need to volunteer and he and others convinced me to run for the Board of Directors. 

Bob Martin always challenged me to stay ahead of him both in work and family. 

Dan Kropp, along with Bob Martin made me laugh, not take myself too seriously, and stay involved with the Profession and the Society.  As a Newsletter Editor, Dan also made a lousy proof reader. 

When asked his opinion regarding the greatest change in the Security Industry since he joined ASIS International, John replied: 

      “I can not begin to tell the changes in the Society since I joined.  It has grown  from about 18,000 members since I joined, and has truly became International in  membership and representation.  Hey - how about women in the Society?  When  I first joined, I think there may have been 30 women.  Continuing education,  Seminars, Workshops, Partnership with the Wharton School at the University of  Penn...  I got my Masters Degree there as a result to being exposed to the  University and members of the Faculty while working on an ASIS Foundation  Project.” 

John cites the strength of Membership, vision and Leadership to be greatest change in the Greater Philadelphia Chapter since he joined ASIS International. 

As for future plans, John states “I retired in August 2006 and as I write this, God willing I do not plan to return to the work force.” 

He closed his comments by saying: 

      I want to express my Congratulations to the Chapter for accomplishing 50 years  of leadership in the Society.  The profound pleasure it has been for a short time  in my career to have been a member of the Philadelphia Chapter.  As an  example, the surprise party at the Art Museum as I was becoming the 40th  President of Society.  My heart on many occasions still is a member of the  Chapter even though events in my life moved me on.  I cannot begin to express  the joy I receive from all the fine friends I have in the Great “City of Brotherly  Love.”

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Robert L. Martin, CPP

Bob joined ASIS International in 1988.  He recently accepted the position of Director of Corporate Security for Shire Pharmaceuticals in Wayne, PA.

Bob served the Greater Philadelphia Chapter as a writer for our Newsletter, “The Bulletin” (1991-92), Chapter Secretary (1993), Seminar Chairperson (1994), Treasurer (1995), Vice Chairman (1996), and Chairman (1997).  He served the Society on an international level as a member of the Disaster Management Council (1993-94), a member of the Item Development Group for the Professional Certification Board (1999-2000), and a member of the Professional Certification Board (PCB) (2001-06).  He went on the serve as Vice President (2005) and President (2006) of the PCB.  Bob is Board Certified in Security Management, having received his CPP designation in 1998.

Bob lists Chapter members John Mallon, Dan Kropp, and John Gehrlein as friends and mentors who have influenced his life and career.

When asked his opinion regarding the greatest change in the Security Industry since he joined ASIS International, Bob replied: “The greatest changes I’ve seen have both been positive - Diversity among practitioners and the Security Function’s acceptance into the C-Suite."

With regard to the greatest change in the Greater Philadelphia Chapter since he joined ASIS International, Bob offered:
“The continued positive changes to make the organization think, feel, look and operate more professionally, e.g. the move to what was then known as the Eagle Lodge Conference Center, now the ACE Center.”

Of his future career and life goals, Bob states:“My near term goal from a career perspective is to build a scalable and sustainable security function for my new employer.  From a life perspective, my goal is to educate my children and provide them with all the right tools to find their passion, make their own way in the world and achieve success.”

He closed his comments by saying: “The Greater Philadelphia Chapter will always be near and dear to me.  I am excited to back in the area and back in the chapter.  It is a comfort to be among security professionals who strive to do what is right and take pride in the industry which we all represent.  Congratulations Philadelphia, now on to the next 50 years of great accomplishments!”

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Jim McGinty

Jim joined ASIS International 1993.  He is the Vice President Training & Safety for Covenant Security Services, Ltd.

Since joining ASIS, Jim has offered numerous Training Seminars to our Chapter, and was a member of the 2009 Law Enforcement Committee.  On an international level, he has presented at ASIS Seminars and Workshops in 1998, 1999, 2007 and again at the most recent Seminar & Exhibits in Anaheim, CA.

Jim lists ASIS members Joe Garrison, Tom Seamon and Dan Kropp as friends and mentors who have influenced his life and career.
“Joe Garrison introduced me to ASIS.”

“Tom Seamon and Dan Kropp educated me on how ASIS can be used to enhance your professional career through professional relationships/friendships and training.”  

When asked his opinion regarding the greatest change in the Security Industry since he joined ASIS International, Jim stated:“The impact of Security Industry Standards and Training.”

With regard to the greatest change in the Greater Philadelphia Chapter since he joined ASIS International, Jim offered:“How the chapter has enhanced relationships within the Security Industry and Public Safety, emphasizing both education and training.”

Of his future career and life goals, Jim states:“I will continue to strive to have security officers recognized as the backbone of our industry.”

He closed his comments by saying: “In my opinion, the security industry continues to be one the most important parts of our nation’s security; ASIS is going to be a major force to solidify this cause.”

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Benjamin McGlaughlin, CPP

Ben joined the Society in 1987.  He is the President  & CEO of Wolfgang Candy Company, Inc. in York, PA.

Ben served the Greater Philadelphia Chapter as Seminar Chairman, Secretary (1999), Vice Chairman (2000) and Chairman (2001).  He’s also served the Society on an international level as a three-year member of the Professional Certification Board’s CPP Item Development Group.  Following years of membership and service in Philadelphia, today Ben is a member of ASIS’s Central Pennsylvania Chapter.  He’s Board Certified in Security Management, having received his CPP designation in 1993.

Ben lists Chapter members Russell F. Jones, CPP, Robert Hendrick, CPP and Dan Kropp, CPP as friends and mentors who have influenced his life and career.

Russell F. Jones, Jr. CPP – my Mentor, former boss and friend – taught me that with hard work and ingenuity your age is irrelevant and can’t hold you back.

Robert Hendrick, CPP – former boss – taught me a lot of really good management skills, specifically around influence, accountability, and motivation.

Dan Kropp, CPP – friend – taught me that giving back to the profession is important to sustaining the industry

When asked his opinion regarding the greatest change in the Security Industry since he joined ASIS International, Ben replied:
The age of professionals has dropped dramatically while the education level has climbed.  The security industry has truly professionalized in the last 25 years.”

With regard to the greatest change in the Greater Philadelphia Chapter since he joined ASIS International, Ben offered:
“The quality of speakers and educational programs as well as the overall monthly meeting content has been enhanced dramatically.”

Ben’s future career and life goals include growing his business exponentially (over next 3-5 years) and beginning to do consulting around leadership development.

He closed his comments by saying:
“I truly miss my interactions/experiences with Philadelphia Chapter of ASIS. My experiences and volunteerism helped to shape my career and teach me valuable lessons around leadership that I continue to use daily in my career.”

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Fred D. Miller, CPP

Fred is a member of ASIS International’s Quarter Century Club, having joined the Society in 1979.  He is the President of Security Resources Group.

Since joining ASIS, Fred has served as Chair of several Chapter Committees, as well as interim Vice Chair during the 1980’s.  Fred is Board Certified in Security Management, having earned his CPP designation early in his tenure as a member.  He also holds the CHS Level III designation and is working toward specialized maritime certifications to support his firm’s ports and harbors business.

Fred lists Chapter members Jim Carino, Ira Somerson, Jim Dallas and Fred Bornhofen as friends and colleagues who have influenced his life and career, stating “They’re my buddies too. . .”

When asked his opinion regarding the greatest change in the Security Industry since he joined ASIS International, Fred replied: “There are many I could address, but a few come to the forefront in my opinion:
~ The quest to find a technology solution to solve every problem
~The vaporizing of many companies.
~An excess of overnight so-called experts”

With regard to the greatest change in the Greater Philadelphia Chapter since he joined ASIS International, Fred offered: “Younger faces.  Fewer gray beards like me.”

Of his future career and life goals, Fred states:“I love what I do; the company [SRG] and my business interests occupy much of my life and I have no plan or reason to slow down.  Then again, I might consider a merger or other arrangement to free up more time for my family.”

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Mela Montgomery

Mela joined ASIS International in 1985.  She is the Relationship Manager for Day & Zimmermann Security Services in Philadelphia.

Mela served the Greater Philadelphia Chapter as Program Chair (1990), Secretary (1991), Vice Chairperson (1992) and Chairperson (1993).

She lists ASIS Members Lou Tyska, Ira Somerson and Steve Chupa as friends and mentors who have influenced her life and career.

When asked his opinion regarding the greatest change in the Security Industry since she joined ASIS International, Mela replied: “The advancement and use of technology has been the greatest change in the     Security Industry since I joined ASIS International.”

With regard to the greatest change in the Greater Philadelphia Chapter since she joined ASIS International, Mela offered:“The growth of the membership over the years.”

Of her future career and life goals, Mela states:  “My career goal is to continue to enjoy my job and the relationships that I have fostered while reaping the benefits of my work. My life is my family and I would like to continue to provide for my children and their future.”

She closed her comments by saying: “ASIS has been a great organization to be a part of over the years.  I have met so many wonderful people.  After so many years, it saddens me to experience colleagues actually age (but gracefully) and to find that some not only left the organization but also the world as we know it and hopefully on to a better place.”

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Jim Moore

Jim joined ASIS International in 1994.  He is the National Portfolio Manager, Johnson & Johnson, for AlliedBarton Security Services.

Jim has served the Greater Philadelphia Chapter as our “Award Winning” Webmaster since 2001; as a member of our Chapter Seminar Committee; liaison with  SecureWorld; a member of our Law Enforcement Appreciation Night Committee from 2006-08; and as, chapter placement contact from 2005-09.

Jim lists Dan Kropp, John Ward and Steve Chupa as being influential mentors in his life and career.

“Dan Kropp, CPP showed me that a “young” guy can do things at the local level that lead to the highest level of International leadership in the organization.  He’s always been available to provide assistance and guidance.”

“John Ward is another “young” guy who has contributed to making the chapter stronger.  He’s full of enthusiasm and provided me the opportunity to become involved as a volunteer.”

“Steve Chupa, CPP has always been there as a resource.  No matter what the topic, Steve is the “go to guy!”

When asked his opinion regarding the change in the Security Industry since he joined ASIS International, Jim replied:“Design and implementation of various guidelines for industry guidance and standardization of various areas within the industry.”

With regard to the greatest change in the Greater Philadelphia Chapter since he joined ASIS International, Jim offered:“Involvement of younger security professionals in the Chapter, and the diversity of our membership.”

Jim’s future career and life goals include:“Continued employment in the security industry, progressing to levels beyond my current level, providing support and resources to younger members of the profession to assist in their development and attaining professional certification.

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John Nemerofsky

John joined ASIS International in 1989.  He is the President of TSS International, a company he launched to place future leaders in the security industry.

John served the Greater Philadelphia Chapter as Secretary (1995), Treasurer (1996), Vice Chairman (1997), and Chairman (1998).  Since 1999, John has been the Election Committee Chairman and has continuously driven chapter sponsorships for all of the chapters’ special events.  John re-instituted local chapter dues when he moved into the role of acting chairperson in 1996. The dues helped bring the chapter out of debt and allowed it to progress with new initiatives such as Past Chairman Appreciation Night and the resurgence of Private Security and Law Enforcement Night.   John served the international Society as Assistant Regional Vice President (ARVP) in 2000, Regional Vice President (RVP) in 2001, and Chairman of the Commission on Chapters in 2002, 2003 and 2004.  The Commission on Chapters made many recommendations to improve chapter life and to revive chapter activity.  Many of those recommendations are in place today and have greatly improved Chapter life for the average member. 

John lists Don Siriani, Steve Chupa, Tom Catagnus and Dan Kropp as being very influential mentors in his life and career.

When asked his opinion regarding the change in the Security Industry since he joined ASIS International, John replied:“The greatest change in the Security Industry has been technology and the  application of enterprise-wide security standards. Technology advances more and more every day.  Keeping up with those changes is vital to the security industry and its mission of continuous protection of the public’s safety and security.”

With regard to the greatest change in the Greater Philadelphia Chapter since he joined ASIS International, John offered: “The greatest change in the chapter is the challenge of volunteer leadership and succession planning for the chapter.  Bringing new members in and encouraging them to get active and keeping more experienced members involved at many chapter levels.”

John’s future career and life goals include contributing to the continued positive development of the security industry and mentoring others in all aspects of business.   “It is important to be a positive influence on others, especially the student and newer members of the Society, so that they will be best suited to deal with the continuously changing security industry.”

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Bryn Palena

Bryn joined the Society in 1998.  She is the Director of Business Solutions for First Advantage.

Bryn served the Greater Philadelphia Chapter as Chairperson (2002-03), Vice Chairperson (2001), Treasurer (2000), and Newsletter Editor (1998-99).  She’s organized the Chapter’s first Past Chair Event, and was instrumental in injecting new life into two of the Chapter’s premier events – the Law Enforcement Appreciation Night (LEAN), and Private Security Appreciation Night (PSAN).  Bryn’s also been involved in organizing and/or participating in various Golf Outings, fund raisers, and activities such as Kinderprinting.  The Chapter was awarded consecutive I.B. Hale awards during Bryn’s tenure as Chairperson.  She’s served the Society on an international level as an Assistant Regional Vice President (2002-03), Regional Vice President (2004-06), Senior Regional Vice President (2007-09), and as a member of the Awards Committee (2005-06).  Bryn was recognized as RVP of the Year in 2005.

Bryn lists ASIS members John Nemerofsky, Bonnie Michelman and Steve Chupa as friends and mentors who have influenced her life and career.

John Nemerofsky- John initially got me involved with ASIS and has been a good friend for over 12 years.  He and I worked together and I learned a lot from him, with regard to selling. He has such a fantastic business sense and seems to always find a unique idea or angle to present. Certainly never the same day twice with John and his wit and business savvy is apparent in all of his adventures. A true entrepreneur, with excellent wit and loyalty.

Bonnie Michelman- Bonnie was one of the first women I met in the security industry and she has become a genuine friend and confidante.  I love that she is a girl’s girl, knows how to thrive as a professional in a male-dominated industry, and still maintains her sense of womanhood. She is the life of the party, and I love the energy she brings to everything she does.

Steve Chupa- Steve has always been a generous friend, always willing to catch up, share fun stories, and be there to mentor and guide me. He is one of those rare friends, where time can pass between our travels, and when we catch up, it’s as if we just spoke yesterday.  His gentle spirit and generosity comes through in his kind words and I appreciate and respect our friendship.

When asked her opinion regarding the greatest change in the Security Industry since she joined ASIS International, Bryn replied:
Since my involvement 11 years ago, the most compelling difference I have seen is the globalization of our industry. Our focus is no longer regional and single-focused, but rather more broad to encompass the various international needs of our members.  I feel we have taken a great leap forward in getting on the map as the premiere security organization and our caliber of seminar speakers reflects that.  I also feel that the volunteers within the regional ranks   have expanded and taken on a stronger voice of influence in the progression of the society and have been more engaged with the chapters to provide that  voice, than ever before.”

With regard to the greatest change in the Greater Philadelphia Chapter since she joined ASIS International, Bryn offered:
“The greatest change I have seen for the Greater Philadelphia Chapter is the new faces I encounter when attending a meeting. I love the traditions we have created, but also the new ideas emerging. The way the Executive Committee has opened attendance in these meeting, to allow a more inside glimpse in, has sparked new, innovative ideas.” 

Bryn’s future career and life goals include continuing to strike a work/life balance, and to excel in projects she commits to, not only for her employer, but also for ASIS International and her family.  Her wish is to continue in a leadership role within First Advantage, participate and build toward improvements, which differentiate their services, and to continue to learn from her teams.  She hopes to provide guidance to ASIS’s regions and chapters, and be a “touch stone” for them to exchange ideas, network and thrive toward common goals.  She wants to offer support to her family, and to love and to build memories with the time and traditions they are creating.

She closed her comments by saying:
“I just simply want to say “thank you’ to this Chapter and its members for being such wonderful colleagues and friends over the years. I have always  said how this organization has been an extended family for me, since my family is primarily in Colorado. I have learned so much on this journey with so many other talented people, and I continue to be involved, roll my sleeves up and help maintain what a fantastic chapter we have become.”

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James A. Prout 

Jim is the Greater Philadelphia Chapter’s 2009 Chairman, having held the same office in 2008.  He joined ASIS International in 1998, and is the Security Technology Manager for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. 

Before becoming Chairman, Jim served as Chapter Secretary (2006), Treasurer (2007), Law Enforcement Appreciation Night (LEAN) Committee Member (2006-09), Private Security Appreciation Night (PSAN) Committee Member (2007-08) and Golf Outing Chairperson (2006-09).  

Jim lists Chapter Members Bob Hendrick, Tom Stearns and John Nemerofsky as friends and mentors who have influenced his life and career. 

Bob Hendrick – When I first started down this career path at CHOP, Bob was the first Director I worked under. His knowledge of the Security Industry as well as his management style influenced me a great deal.  I believe Bob’s influence changed my career path as I have been in this industry for 18 years now. 

John Nemerofsky – I’ve been in my current position for over ten years.  When I first accepted the position I literally knew nothing about access control and CCTV.  John was my account manager with SST at that point and I can’t tell you how much I learned about this side of the industry from him.  John helped me learn how these systems worked and my fascination with this side of the business grew.  It is one of the reasons that I still enjoy working with the ever increasing changes in Security Technology. 

Tom Stearns – I’ve known Tom as a colleague and friend for 17 years.  I was a fringe member of ASIS for a long time and Tom pushed me into getting involved when he was Chairperson.  Having ascended to the Chairperson role I have gone to Tom for advice on Chapter matters many times.  He has always steered me in the right direction or right person to resolve matters concerning the Chapter.  One of the many things I have learned from him is that when you get involved with a volunteer organization such as ASIS you have to be “all in”.  You must put personal interests aside and work to make the success of the organization your first priority. 

When asked his opinion regarding the greatest change in the Security Industry since he joined ASIS International, Jim replied: 

      “The biggest change has been the advancement of Security Technology.   The access control and CCTV side of the industry have converged with the IT  world to take the Security Industry to another level.  In today’s world the  Security Professional not only needs to be an expert on Physical Security but  he or she needs to have a working knowledge of electronic systems as well  as a grasp on how the IT world works to be successful.” 

With regard to the greatest change in the Greater Philadelphia Chapter since he joined ASIS International, Jim offered: 

      “When I first joined ASIS it seemed that it was an “old boys club”.  New  members seemed to be on the outside looking in.  I believe that the Chapter  has taken a new direction in making new members feel more comfortable and  hopefully those members will take the opportunity to get involved in the  Chapter.”  

Jim’s future career and life goals include obtaining the CPP certification and advancing his career in the Security Industry. 

He closed his comments by saying: 

      “One of the rewarding things about being involved in the GPC is that you  meet all different kinds of people throughout the Security Industry.  To talk  with them and hear how they got started in the Security field is something I  have really enjoyed. 

      It has been a privilege to serve on the Executive Committee for the last four  years.  The Chapter continues to strive to provide Security related programs  which interest our members and make the Chapter an even greater success.   I encourage all of our members to become involved with the Chapter at some  level.  The people you’ll meet and the difference you’ll make will be rewarded  with the knowledge you’ll take with you.”

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Ron Rabena

Ron joined ASIS International 1987.  He is the Division President for AlliedBarton Security Services.

Since joining ASIS, Ron has served both the Greater Philadelphia Chapter and the International Society as a member of the Law Enforcement Liaison Committee/Council since 1999.  He has also supported the Chapter through sponsorship of many of our special events.   Ron lists ASIS members Steve Chupa, Ira Somerson and Tom Seaman as friends and mentors who have influenced his life and career.

“All three gentlemen have had an enormous impact on my career. Their strategic skills, business acumen and intellectual horsepower have been an inspiration to me over the years.”

When asked his opinion regarding the greatest change in the Security Industry since he joined ASIS International, Ron stated: “We’ve seen major changes in security technology and training of security officers over the years. The goal of a successful training program is to not just train the entering security officers, but also to nurture careers and foster management and leadership skills. This type of comprehensive training results in long-term client satisfaction and has helped our industry mature and become even more quality focused.”

With regard to the greatest change in the Greater Philadelphia Chapter since he joined ASIS International, Ron offered: “Each year our local chapter has improved in both leadership and creativity. The local chapter has really embraced change which has lead to new and exciting opportunities for our members.”

Of his future career and life goals, Ron states:   “To continue to grow AlliedBarton Security Services as the industry leader and the premier provider of highly trained security personnel.”

He closed his comments by saying:“Thank you for the opportunity to share my thoughts.  I appreciate the contributions this chapter has made to the security industry.”

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Ben Reidell

Ben is the newest and youngest member of our “50 in Focus”, having joined ASIS International as a Student Member while at Northeastern University in 2005.  He became a full member in 2006.  He is the Branch Manager for Securitas Security Services USA, Inc., based in Conshohocken.

Ben has served the Greater Philadelphia Chapter as a member of the 50th Anniversary Committee, and is responsible for obtaining the customized lapel pins that were designed to celebrate our Chapter’s proud history.  He is also our I.B. Hale Award Chairman for 2009.  He is in the process of studying for the Physical Security Professional (PSP) exam, and is leading an in-house study group for his employer.

Ben lists Dan Kropp, Bryn Palena and Chuck Davis as friends and mentors who have influenced his life and career.

“I feel very fortunate to belong to such an esteemed and distinguished group of security professionals as the Greater Philadelphia Chapter has to offer, but the following three individuals have played a very prominent role in my career.  When I first came to the area after going to school in Boston I had a list of ASIS member names that my professor and former ASIS President Bonnie Michelman had given me to contact and network with. It was my good fortune that Dan Kropp’s name was at the top of that list. I was a complete stranger to him and an inexperienced newcomer to the security field, but from the moment he picked up my anxious phone call he made it clear that he would offer any assistance as a friend and mentor, beginning with his invitation to tag along on a risk assessment he had the very next day. From that first phone call to the present Dan has been incredibly generous with his time, his experience, and his input. I consider myself extremely lucky to have known and benefited from the professionalism and mentorship of not one, but two former ASIS Presidents.”

“Bryn Palena’s name was also on Bonnie Michelman’s list (again, very lucky) and she showed an immediate interest in including me into the ASIS-GPC community when I contacted her to pick her brain about getting into the private security field. Bryn invited me to accompany her to the February 2006 chapter meeting and introduced me to other chapter members as her friend, even though we had met only moments before. She even bought me a beer and introduced me to my boss Chuck Davis!”

“With Chuck Davis as my boss, I consider myself fortunate to work with such an avid supporter of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter. From frequent event sponsorships to attendance at Executive Committee meetings, Chuck has been instrumental in fostering my interest and growth within the chapter.”

When asked his opinion regarding the change in the Security Industry since he joined ASIS International, Ben replied: “The inclusion of security and asset protection into global business models”

With regard to the greatest change in the Greater Philadelphia Chapter since he joined ASIS International, Ben offered:“The attendance of the monthly meetings.” 

Of his future career and life goals, Ben states: “To attain PSP and CPP certification, contribute to the safety and security of others, and follow in the footsteps of those people whom I admire and respect.”

He closed his comments by saying: “I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to be a part of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter’s milestone celebration.”

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Maureen Rush, CPP

Maureen joined ASIS International in 1996.  She is the Vice President for Public Safety at the University of Pennsylvania.

Maureen has served the Greater Philadelphia Chapter as Chairperson of our Law Enforcement Appreciation Night from 1998-2008.  She is Board Certified in Security Management, having received her CPP designation in 2004. Maureen lists Tom Seamon and Bonnie Michelman as friends and mentors who have influenced her life and career. > “Tom Seamon was a mentor and friend in municipal law enforcement (Phila. PD).  We were partners at Penn for five years when he was Vice President for Public Safety and I served as the Chief of Police”.  “Bonnie Michelman – as President of ASIS and head of security for Mass General, she exemplifies leadership and character.”

When asked her opinion regarding the change in the Security Industry since she joined ASIS International, Maureen replied:  “CSOs being invited into the board room to add value to the mission and financial bottom line of organizations.  Civilians embracing CCTV as an important security and safety tool in society.” 

With regard to the greatest change in the Greater Philadelphia Chapter since she joined ASIS International, Maureen offered: “Professionals both in the Law Enforcement and Private Security sectors dialoging and sharing intelligence.” 

Of her future career and life goals, Maureen states:   “I enjoy working at the University of Pennsylvania.  The hybrid of Policing and Security is a perfect match for Penn and for me.  I enjoy my colleagues both within the Division of Public Safety and across the University.  I will most likely merge my body of experience into full time consulting when I leave my current position.”

She closed her comments by saying:  “ASIS, both nationally and our local chapter, provides a platform for sharing intelligence, technology and career goals.  It is an important voice for our profession.”

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Thomas M. Seamon, CPP 

Tom joined ASIS International in 1992.  He is the President of Hallcrest Systems, Inc. in North Wales, PA. 

Since joining ASIS, Tom has been an invaluable advisor to the Chapter, speaking at numerous Chapter functions and serving as a strong liaison between our community’s security and law enforcement communities.  He’s served the Society on an international level as a member of the Law Enforcement Liaison Council (1995-97), Vice Chairman of the Council (1997-99), Chairman of the Council (1999-2001), and a member of the Educational Strategies Committee from (1997-2001).  He was elected to the ASIS International Board of Directors and served as a Board member (2001-07).  He is Board Certified in Security Management, having received his CPP designation in 1994. 

Tom lists Chapter members Bob Hendrick, Ira Somerson and Steve Chupa as friends and mentors who have influenced his life and career. 

Robert Hendrick – We have worked together in the police department and private security.  He is one of the best managers and motivators I know and he is a true friend. 

Steve Chupa – I have always been impressed by Steve’s professionalism and honesty.  It was a pleasure to work with him on the Board of Directors. 

Ira Somerson – Ira is a great supporter of law enforcement community and the Philadelphia Police Department.  He is one of a few people who urged me to join ASIS while I was in the police department.  He always encouraged me to participate in the Councils and to run for the Board. 

When asked his opinion regarding the greatest change in the Security Industry since he joined ASIS International, Tom replied: 

      “The greatest changes I’ve observed have been the evolution of security  technology and the Convergence of physical and IT security.” 

With regard to the greatest change in the Greater Philadelphia Chapter since he joined ASIS International, Tom offered: 

      “The greatest changes I’ve seen over the years are in the increased  professional competence of members and the increased number of law  enforcement members who join and become involved.” 

Tom’s future career and life goals include continuing his homeland security work with the United States government and continuing his efforts, through research and service, to improve policing in our nation and improving cooperation and coordination between private security and law enforcement.

He closed his comments by saying: 

      “Membership in ASIS has been the foundation of my education in the private  security profession.  It has been a significant factor in my career after law  enforcement.” 

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Dennis J. Urban, CPP

Dennis is a member of ASIS International’s Quarter Century Club, having joined the Society in 1981 as a member of the Pittsburgh Chapter.  He is the Global Security Manager for Medco Health in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Dennis served the Greater Philadelphia Chapter as Secretary (1987-88), Vice Chairman (1989), and Chairman (1990).  He also served as the Chapter’s local Seminar Chairman from 1987-89.  Internationally, Dennis was a member of the Society’s Transportation Security Council in 2007.  He is Board Certified in Security Management, having received his CPP designation in 1987.

Dennis lists Chapter members Jim Dallas, Ira Somerson and Bill Lee as friends and mentors who have influenced his life and career.

When asked his opinion regarding the greatest change in the Security Industry since he joined ASIS International, Dennis replied:“In a word: “CONVERGENCE”.  Those now in the business who want to move forward must be willing to be not only a “physical security expert” but an “IT security expert”.

Dennis’ future career and life goals include working as long as he is able to, and continuing to grow.  His next step in professional growth is to achieve Six Sigma certification for Medco Health.

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Sam Vinicur

Sam joined ASIS International 1994.  He is the President of TSS International.

Since joining ASIS, Sam has served as our Chapter’s Programs Chair; participated  in our KinderPrint initiative; volunteered on the Annual Golf Outing and Election committees; been the co-chair of Private Security Night, and has been an all-around consistent volunteer.  On a regional and international level, he has served as a member of the International Committee on Chapters, and as Treasurer and Program Speaker for the Central New Jersey Chapter.

Sam lists ASIS members Ben Gollotti, Steve Chupa and John Nemerofsky as friends and mentors who have influenced his life and career.

“Ben Gollotti was not only a fellow member of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter; he was my supervisor at a little company called SpectaGuard.  I joke about that because now they are known as AlliedBarton and are a major force in our industry and have supported the chapter for many years.  Total Quality Management was the methodology in place to take care of our customers both external and internal.  Ben was then, as he is now the embodiment of a professional, caring manager, mentor and friend. 

Steve Chupa loomed large in my experience as the first global head of security and how he approached the practice of security as a science.  If you aspired to head a worldwide security practice Steve was and is the model to follow.  Even with all of that responsibility to handle, Steve always had time to talk to me and other new members and was interested in what was going on in my world. He showed me a more global view on security and broadened my horizons.

John Nemerofsky is the ultimate volunteer leader.  I met John through Tom Catagnus, another stellar volunteer and long time member of the chapter. John and I volunteered together when he was chapter chairman and we were working together at a premier integration firm that he co-founded with Tom and a few others.  Volunteering with John was not only fun, but a growth experience.  All we had to do was have an idea for fund raising and the next thing you knew, he put a plan together and we achieved our goals.   Whether it was fate, circumstance or serendipity, I ended up working with John a few times in my career and we are now partners in not just 1, but 4 distinct          businesses that are all related to the security industry.   Johns influence has helped me achieve more than I could imagine, by showing me the business side of the business, that integrity is a rare quality, that loyalty is rarer still, and that there are no bad boat crews…only bad boat captains.”

When asked his opinion regarding the greatest change in the Security Industry since he joined ASIS International, Sam stated:“When I started out meeting with security directors in the beginning of my career, I was often meeting in a cramped broom closet in the basement of a building.  The only space worse off was reserved for the IS guy, he had a slop sink in his closet.  Security just couldn’t get out of the cost column of a corporations balance sheet and with no standards, mandates or regulations the challenge was ongoing.  Even the IS guy got out of the basement, changed his name to IT and is running the world right now.  Today security sits at the C- level of corporations as CSO and is recognized as an integral part of the corporate entity.  But our own perception of ourselves as security professionals that deserve to sit at the table is most likely, the greatest change of all.”/p>

With regard to the greatest change in the Greater Philadelphia Chapter since he joined ASIS International, Sam offered:“I believe the greatest change in the GPC is the willingness to try alternative methods to bring out the membership to meetings and events, partner with other chapters and organizations, and find ways to get and keep new volunteers involved.”

Of his future career and life goals, Sam states: “My future career goals are to continue putting great people to work at great companies in our industry.  Expand TSS International into the Top search and consulting firm servicing the security industry with a minimum of twelve recruiters.  Keep finding that next new innovation for the industry and bring it  to market.  Achieve a four day work week.

My future life goals are to provide for and see my daughters graduate from the institutions of higher learning of their choice.  Live on the water.  Fish a lot.  Chase the little white ball around more.  World travel.”

He closed his comments by saying: “There are many more people from the GPC who have influenced my career and life.  There are so many positive experiences that the list is very long.  You know who you are and I thank every one of you.”

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John J. Ward

John joined ASIS International in 1991.  He is the Corporate Director of Safety for Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, Corporate Director of Safety

John served the Greater Philadelphia Chapter as Chairman (2000), Treasurer (1999), Secretary (1998), Chapter Website Developer (1996-99), Golf Outing Chairman (1997), and I.B. Hale Award Chairman (2002-03, both Award Winning years)!  John was also a member of the Chapter’s Annual Seminar & Exhibits Host Committee (2002).  Yo! Eh?

John lists Chapter members Dennis Urban, Russ Jones and Tom Catagnus as friends and mentors who have influenced his life and career.

Dennis Urban was the first “Security Professional” I had ever met while working my first real job as a security officer at RCA in Camden, NJ. He provided an application for the ASIS GPC Scholarship in 1989 that I eventually won and split with another student in the region. His level of expertise and guidance eventually led me to remain in the security field even after earning my bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.

I was hired as a security officer at Pennsylvania Hospital in 1990 and shortly after being hired met my new director Russ Jones. Russ convinced me to become a member of the chapter and encouraged me to pursue a graduate degree in Criminal Justice, which I earned in 1994 while climbing in the ranks of the security department. I currently work side by side with Russ as the Safety Director while he is the Security Director at Albert Einstein Healthcare Network.

Tom Catagnus was the membership chairman in the chapter that took me under his wing during my first chapter meeting. His guidance on volunteerism within the chapter took hold and led me to offer my services as a novice webmaster for the first chapter website. Later, Tom hired me as a Sr. Account Specialist for the University of Pennsylvania account and was instrumental in honing my security technology experience.

When asked his opinion regarding the greatest change in the Security Industry since he joined ASIS International, John replied:
“The Internet changed how we conduct business with e-commerce and email.  I can’t imagine my workday without the added benefit of either.”

 With regard to the greatest change in the Greater Philadelphia Chapter since he joined ASIS International, John offered:
“Moving from an award winning print newsletter to a website and electronic newsletter was a big step for the chapter, but necessary as we could no longer financially support a printed version.”

John says that he has his dream job today, and that his future life goals include retiring and traveling the country with his wife of 17 years.

He closed his comments by saying:
 “As a professional organization, ASIS International has far exceeded my expectations. My professional development can be directly attributed to my membership and active involvement in this group. The friendships that were developed over my 18 years of involvement have remained strong and continue today.”

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