Past Meetings

August's Monthly Breakfast

August 14, 2018
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Desert Financial Credit Union
148 N. 48th St
Phoenix, AZ 85034

ASIS Phoenix Chapter – August Chapter Meeting


Please join us for our Monthly Chapter meeting on Tuesday August 14, 2018. Desert Financial Credit Union is hosting a breakfast meeting with networking beginning at 730am. The address is 148 N.48th St, on the northwest corner of 48th st and Washington.

Our speaker is:


Kevin Curran

Warden, ASPC-Florence

Warden Kevin Curran celebrates almost 28 years in the field of Corrections. He began his career as a Correctional Officer at the Florence Complex where he worked in maximum custody at Central Unit and as a Transportation Officer.

He’s worked custody levels from minimum to maximum including General Population, Sex Offenders and inmates assigned to Protective Custody.  

During his career, Warden Curran promoted through uniformed and non-uniformed Correctional Officer ranks:

  • He promoted to Correctional Officer II in 1995 and then to Sergeant in 1996 in medium custody at East Unit, Florence Complex.
  • In 1998, he moved to Correctional Officer III in maximum custody at Cell Block Six/medium custody at South Unit at Florence Complex.
  • He promoted in 2004 to Correctional Officer IV at Lewis Complex, and in 2005 he became Associate Deputy Warden in close custody at Buckley Unit at Lewis Complex.
  • In 2007, he promoted to Deputy Warden at Lewis Complex.
  • In 2008, he became Deputy Warden in medium custody Meadows Unit at Eyman Complex, and in 2010, he became Deputy Warden at Eyman, Special Management Unit I
  • He promoted to Deputy Warden of Operations at Florence Complex in 2012, and in 2013, he became DWOP at Eyman Complex.
  • He was appointed as Phoenix Complex Warden in November of 2014 and has been the Florence Warden since November of 2016.

Warden Curran is a veteran of the US Marine Corps and attributes his leadership skills and success with Arizona Department of Corrections to the experience he gained leading Marines and serving his country. Warden currently holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Emergency Management from Grand Canyon University.

July's Monthly Luncheon

July 18, 2018
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Haus Murphy's German restaurant
5739 W Glendale Ave
Glendale, AZ 85301

ASIS Phoenix Chapter July 2018 Meeting Announcement

Join us on Wednesday July 18th at 11:00AM for our monthly ASIS Phoenix Chapter Meeting.  The chapter has the exclusive use of Haus Murphy's German restaurant at 5739 W Glendale Ave, Glendale, AZ 85301.

Our speaker this month will be Senior Special Agent Kyle Schuldt of the BNSF Railway Police. He will talk about the unique law enforcement duties of railroad police; cargo theft; and the railroad's new UAV program, which uses drones to keep an eye-in-the-sky on far-flung railway lines.

Kyle Schuldt is a Senior Special Agent for the BNSF Railway Police, assigned to the Flagstaff Office. He has held this position since March 01, 2016.
The mission of BNSF Railway Police is protect the people, property, and cargo of the BNSF Railway while also acting as liaisons to local and federal law enforcement entities within our jurisdiction. The Flagstaff Office is responsible for an approximately 260 mile section of transcontinental track stretching from Chambers, AZ to Seligman, AZ and 215 miles of spur track from Williams to Phoenix. In addition to his regular duties, Kyle is a firearms and defensive tactics instructor, UAV pilot, and Terrorism Liaison Officer.
Prior to working for BNSF Railroad Police, Kyle began his Law Enforcement career with the Prescott Police Department in June of 2006. During his time at the Prescott Police Department, he held the positions of Patrol Officer and Field Training Officer with additional assignments as Terrorism Liaison Officer and Crisis Negotiator.


Register now to join us!

Sign in and Networking 11AM
Meeting begins at 11:30AM

$30 for chapter members
$40 for non-members



June's Monthly Luncheon

June 20, 2018
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The University Club of Phoenix
39 E. Monte Vista Road
Phoeniz, AZ 85004

ASIS Phoenix Chapter June 2018 Meeting Announcement
Join us on Wednesday June 20th at 11:00AM for our monthly ASIS Phoenix Chapter Meeting at The University Club Of Phoenix, 39 Monte Vista Rd., Phoenix AZ 85004.

Our speaker this month will be Mark J. Maciha, Director of the Park Ranger Training Program at Northern Arizona University.  He will be speaking on the topic of “The Duties and Responsibilities of Park Rangers”
Mark started his career in the National Park Service at age 18 at Petrified Forest National Park and rose through the ranks to retire as the chief ranger at Carlsbad Caverns National Park in 2007.  With two of his partner rangers, he earned the U.S. Department of the Interior Valor Award in 1991 for actions that resulted in the saving of two lives at Death Valley National Monument.  Since 2011, he has been the Director of the Park Ranger Training Program at Northern Arizona University (NAU), coordinating law enforcement academy programs for seasonal (temporary) park rangers.

Mark has been involved in the training and education of rangers from the earliest days in his career, specializing in law enforcement and emergency services training.  He graduated from NAU in 1983 with a B.S. in Police Science in Administration and earned master’s degrees from Oklahoma State University and NAU prior to completing a Doctor of Education degree at NAU in 2014.    


Mark’s professional interests include law enforcement, security, tactical communications, and leadership.  He has taught throughout the country for the private campground industry, the National Park Service, and the U.S. Forest Service.  In his spare time, he is a Major in the Civil Air Patrol, serving as a squadron commander and safety officer in Flagstaff.  He also enjoys hiking and other outdoor recreation activities.

Register now to join us!
To make reservation, please register at
Sign in and Networking 11AM
Meeting begins at 11:30AM

$30 for chapter members

$40 for non-members

2018 ASIS Phoenix Chapter Charity Golf Outing

May 12, 2018
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Legacy Golf Club
6808 South 32nd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85042

The 2018 ASIS Phoenix Chapter Spring Golf Outing will be held on Saturday, May 12th. The tournament will be the day following the Southwest Security Conference.  It will be held at The Legacy Golf Club where we will start with a 7:30 am shotgun start. 

The price for participation for a single entrant is $85.  If you have a foursome your registration price will be $340.  The registration fee includes golf, cart, range balls and BBQ dinner buffet.


Awards and prizes will be presented to the teams finishing first, second and third.  Most importantly, the winning team will secure chapter bragging rights for the next year.


Now is the time to start forming your team and get in some practice rounds for the tournament.  If you are not a player and want to participate, we are eagerly looking for volunteers to help with the organization and event day operation of the tournament.

Sponsorships are currently available for the on course contests and the beverage cart.  Individual holes are also available for vendor sponsorships.

 For more information please contact Steve Norris @ 602-501-1594 or Amy Naccari @ 602-621-3440 for more information.




April 18, 2018
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Sojourner center
2330 E. Fillmore St.,
Phx, AZ 85006

Please join us for our Monthly Chapter meeting on Wednesday April 18, 2018. 


We are holding the lunch at the Sojourner center.   The Sojourner center is located at 2330 E. Fillmore St., Phx AZ 85006  


Please come support the chapter as Sojourner Center selected ASIS Phx chapter as their corporate partner of 2017. 


Networking begins at 11am 

At the conclusion of our monthly meeting, a private tour will be given for anyone who is interested.   

Adrian Ruiz 

Valley Metro Director of Safety, Security & Quality Assurance 

As the Director assigned to Safety Security and Quality Assurance for Valley Metro, Adrian Ruiz manages a division serving all of light rail in three cities as well as the East Valley bus service. She retired from the Phoenix Police Department in October 2014 after proudly serving 23 years, 15 of which were as a lieutenant in various details, including Court Services and Judicial Process, Office of Administration, Central City Precinct, Transit Enforcement Unit and the Violent Crimes Bureau/Assaults and Gun Unit. She attributes her time in the Phoenix Police Department Transit Enforcement Unit (2006 – 2013) to her success in being selected as the Director of Safety and Security in 2014.  

Adrian holds a BA from the University of Arizona and a master’s degree in Organizational Security Management from Webster University. She is a graduate of Valley Leadership Institute Class 35 and a recipient of the Outstanding Transit Individual from Arizona Transit Association-2013. She has been involved in the security planning of various special events in the metropolitan area, completed All-Hazards Operations Sections Chief Training, and numerous ICS courses. During her law enforcement career, she was a Certified General Instructor for in-service training and a certified trainer in DHS courses. Adrian continues to develop the Safety Security and Quality Assurance Division in preparation for the numerous transit projects serving the Metropolitan area in the next several years.?  

?TOPIC: Challenges of contract?supervision for?local transportation safety and security?

March Chapter Meeting

March 21, 2018
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Miele’s Restaurant
2050 W.Guadalupe Rd
Mesa, AZ 85202

The March meeting will feature a presentation by Ana Rosa Velarde with DPS.

Ana holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Arizona State University, and a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Development from Ottawa University. Ana has worked for the Arizona Department of Public Safety for the past 15 years. Her career at DPS includes supervision and management of a variety of sections, including Property and Evidence, Safety and Loss Prevention, and most recently, the Material Resources Bureau, (logistics, fleet, facilities, and security sections). Ana currently manages the Licensing and Regulatory Bureau which consists of the Applicant Processing Section, Concealed Weapons Permit Unit, Sex Offender Compliance Unit, and the Security Guard/Private Investigator Licensing Unit.

CPP Review

March 06, 2018 6:00 PM to March 27, 2018 9:00 PM

Desert Highlands Association
10040 E. Happy Valley Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85255

The ASIS Phoenix Chapter will be offering a CPP review for those members interested in taking the Certified Protection Professional (CPP) exam. The classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00pm-9:00pm, beginning on March 6, 2018 and ending on March 27, 2018. The classes will be held in N. Scottsdale. The cost of the class is $250.00 for Phoenix Chapter members and $300.00 for non-members. Payment can be made through PayPal on the website or by check.

Click on the link to review qualifications for the CPP exam

If you are interested, please contact Nick Ciliento, CPP at for a class application/information sheet. If you have any questions, please contact Nick at 602-339-2865.

February Chapter Meeting

February 21, 2018
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The Stockyards
5009 E. Washington St.,
Phoenix , AZ 85034
Venue website


 ASIS Phoenix Chapter February 2018 Meeting Announcement


Join us on Wednesday February 21st at 11:00AM for our monthly ASIS Phoenix Chapter Meeting at  The Stockyards Restaurant, 5009 E. Washington St., Phoenix AZ 85034.

The meeting will be held in the Rose Room, which has an entrance near the rear of the restaurant. 

Our February speaker is Bernard (B.J.) Zapor of Banner Health will speak about healthcare security and the increase in hospital/clinic violence.

Bernard J. Zapor is a retired 25-year veteran of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). He currently is a corporate security executive and Faculty Associate with the Arizona State University, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Mr. Zapor retired as the Special Agent in Charge, Phoenix Field Division after serving as the Deputy Assistant Director, Washington, D.C.; Special Agent in Charge, Minneapolis, MN; Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Los Angeles, CA; Resident Agent in Charge, Las Vegas, NV; Program Manager, ATF Headquarters in Washington D.C. He also served as the acting ATF Representative to the U.S. Treasury Department and was later detailed to the Office of the Director.

He was commissioned as a Special Agent with ATF in 1989 and was stationed in Phoenix, Arizona where he served for 8 years, primarily investigating violent crimes and violations of the Federal firearms, explosives, narcotics, and arson laws. During his tenure, he performed many undercover roles, throughout the U.S., including murder-for-hire, international weapons’ trafficking, and the covert penetration of outlaw motorcycle syndicates, racist and extremist groups. While in Phoenix, he was a Special Response Team Member, Tactical Medic and Public Information Officer.

He received a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of Northern Colorado in 1988. He earned a Master of Business Administration Degree from Northcentral University in 2008, where he was awarded membership in Delta Mu Delta, an International Business Honor Society. Mr. Zapor has completed leadership programs at Harvard University; American University; Graduate School of Public Communications; University of Virginia; and the Center for Creative Leadership. Additionally, he is credentialed by ASIS International as a Certified Protection Professional. He is a member of the Senior Executive Service, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and is a current advisor to the Police Executive Research Forum. Mr. Zapor is the recipient of numerous awards and commendations.

Register now to join us!

To make reservation, please register at where you can submit your payment.

All reservations must be made by Monday February 19th at 10am.

$30 for chapter members
$40 for non-members


January Meeting

January 18, 2018
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

King’s Fish House
35 S. McClintock Dr.,
Tempe , AZ 85281.
Venue website

J. Matias Tafoya was appointed by the Mesa City Council as Presiding City Magistrate on September 8, 2003. 

Prior to his appointment as Presiding City Magistrate, he served as a judge in the Phoenix Municipal Court for nineteen years.  He also has worked as a Deputy County Attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, as an Assistant City Prosecutor for the Phoenix City Prosecutor's Office, and was in private practice. 

Judge Tafoya has been a member of the Arizona State Bar since 1975, a member of the Los Abogados Hispanic Lawyers Association since 1976, and a member of the Arizona Asian American Bar Association since 2001.  He is a Founding Member of the Minority Judges Caucus.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science/Economics from Northern Arizona University.  Judge Tafoya was awarded his Juris Doctorate by Arizona State University College of Law.

Joel Otting

Office Number: (480) 715-6236