Chairman's Message

Greetings from the ASIS Phoenix Chapter!

Thank you for your patience and understanding while the Board used the first month of 2019 to focus on revisioning the size, scale and scope of our event, education and certification programs for the coming year. In seeking ways to provide informative, practical and engaging programing, we arrived at the conclusion that “less is more”. Let’s take meetings for example. We will be moving from a monthly to a bi-monthly meeting format to add more value to the continuing education piece. The reasoning is that by providing six two-hour blocks of continuing education we can bring in high quality speakers to drill down on a topic or issue and provide the types of practical takeaways and tools security professionals can put to use immediately. You get the same number of CEUs over the course of the year, in fewer doses and in higher quality. We are also holding our meetings in one central location and at the same time of day for consistency’s sake. We chose to go to a “happy hour” time window in hopes more members could get away at the end of the day, and we were also offered a great deal at one of the trendiest spots in town with a great meeting space.

Likewise, we are revisiting the size, scale and scope of the Southwest Security Conference. Rather than having multiple tracks and a dozen speakers, we are focusing on several keynote-quality speakers on topics relevant to all security professionals. We will be aligning with ASIS International in bringing the topics of digital convergence and ESRM to life through those who have lived it. We also plan on making it a truly regional conference by inviting other nearby chapters from Las Vegas, San Diego and New Mexico. Again, our hope is that less will be more.

Charities and community outreach are other areas we are revisiting. For the third year in a row, our chapter has crossed the stage at GSX to accept the Community Service Award from ASIS International. In the past, we have relied on a tireless committee chair and a core group of volunteers to donate their time and energy on multiple occasions. This year we want to involve more members in fewer events and have an even greater impact on our community! We are also scaling down from two golf outings a year to one spectacular golf tournament. Again, less will be more.

This could all be a smashing success…or an epic fail. But you don’t get ahead by playing it safe. So, come out and support the chapter. If you’ve fallen off the ASIS Phoenix grid we would like to welcome you back. If you are looking to retool and adapt to managing risk in a hyperconnected world, you’ve come to the right place. Apply for chapter membership or renew your dues now.

Stay safe everyone.

Rich Wilson, CPP

2019 Chapter Chair

ASIS Phoenix Chapter

 

Community Outreach

 

On December 9th the Community Outreach Committee organized a volunteer day at the Sojourner Center. Sojourner is one of the largest domestic violence shelters in the United States. They provide secure shelter along with a multitude of services to women, children and their pets who are victims of domestic violence.  The ASIS Phoenix Chapter and Sojourner have been long time partners.  This was the 5th volunteer day this year that the chapter has organized to benefit the Sojourner Center. 

On this day volunteers worked under the direction of Cheryl Hurd, Volunteer Program Manager for Sojourner.  Volunteers included ASIS Phoenix Chapter members, family and friends.  The project for this date was to bring Christmas cheer to the residents by decorating the Crisis Center.  Volunteers spent time assembling a massive Christmas tree and repairing the tree’s lights.  Others strung lights throughout the center, hung decorations and put in some time cleaning the center.  Several of those who assisted brought decorations which they donated to the center.  Those items donated were tree ornaments, wreaths, strings of lights and a Christmas tree.

Chapter members who participated in the event included Rich Wilson, Jordan Cote, Stan Humphries, Steven Bowcut, Steve Norris and  Rod Buckingham.  Buckingham, who was accompanied by his wife, is a member of the ASIS Saskatchewan Chapter.  Although unable to attend, Jeanette Guerra donated a Christmas tree and ornaments.

The Sojourner Center and the ASIS Phoenix Chapter have been long time community partners and the center is one of the beneficiaries of the Chapter’s annual golf outing. The Sojourner Center named the ASIS Phoenix Chapter as their Volunteer Group of the year in 2017.  The Chapter has won the Community Service Award from ASIS International for its’ volunteer work with Sojourner Center in 2016 and 2017.