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 Chapter News

PSAN - Call for Nominations and Sponsors!!! 

On Wednesday, November 19, 2014, ASIS Greater Philadelphia Chapter will hold our annual Private Security Appreciation Night.  This will be our sixteenth year for this event.  There are three categories where nominees will be recognized; Outstanding Performance for Valor, Outstanding Performance, and Sustained Superior Performance.

As leaders, we understand the benefits of recognizing the strengths and efforts of our staff.  This is an opportunity for all levels of a security program to recognize their peers, supervisors, managers, etc.


Congratulations to the chapter members that have recently achieved their Board Certification. Job well done!

  • Joshua Carver (CPP) 
  • Louis John DeShullo (CPP)
  • Matthew Ginther (PSP)
  • Craig P Lawrence (PSP)

Message from ASIS President, Richard Widup, Jr., CPP:

October 10, 2014

Dear ASIS Member:

Thank you for your membership in ASIS in 2014. It has been an honor to serve as your president this past year and to meet or reconnect with so many of you.

As we enter the final quarter of 2014, I hope that you have taken the opportunity to become involved in your ASIS global community over the course of this year. From networking and information to education and certification, your membership in ASIS provides ready access to the resources and tools required for you to stay current in the security profession and to advance your career.

I invite you now to take a moment to renew your ASIS membership so that you can secure your member benefits through 2015. The preferred method to complete your renewal is to simply go to your “My ASIS” page at www.asisonline.org, sign into your “My ASIS,” and select the “My Transaction” tab followed by “My Open Invoices” to view your renewal invoice. Please select the invoice and “add to cart.” Note: Multi-year renewals are now available for up to three years, should you choose to extend your membership beyond 2015.

Also, we ask that you update your demographic information while you are in your “My ASIS” so that we may more effectively serve you by providing information that fits your needs and areas of interest.

This year, we will be holding a drawing the last business day of each month for those who have renewed so far. The winner will receive a $100 gift card. The earlier you renew, the more months you will be eligible to win.

If you have any questions or we can help you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact Member Services representatives by email at asis@asisonline.org or by telephone at +1.703.519.6200 between 09:00 and 17:00 (ET), Monday-Friday.

On behalf of the ASIS Board of Directors, I extend our appreciation for your membership and your continuing support. We look forward to serving you in the year ahead as you work to strengthen your professional network, deepen your knowledge, and attain your career goals in security.


Richard E. Widup, Jr., CPP
ASIS International

National News


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It is the perfect time for you to connect with other security management practitioners in your professional network who are not members of ASIS and to invite them to join. By doing so, you will open up new opportunities and a host of education and information resources designed to support the advancement of their careers.

Get started now! Take a few moments to introduce your peers to the benefits of ASIS membership. They'll thank you later for your support.

Go online for more details on the rewards of our Member-Get-a-Member program.

Foundation News

The locations for the Foundation's annual fundraiser events have been announced and is open for registrations and sponsorships. Please visit the national website for more details: https://foundation.asisonline.org/News-and-Events/Events/Pages/default.aspx

Recap of Past Events 

Welcome New ASIS Members (20 August 2014): 

Since January 2013 there have been about 100 new ASIS International members that have been assigned to the Philly Chapter.

In August the Chapter hosted a New Members Event. All members were encouraged to attend our annual cook-out and to welcome these new members into ASIS. The event had a great turnout and provided an opportunity for new members to get involved. Thanks to the Committee Chairs that were able to attend and provide updates in their areas.   

Chapter 55th Celebration (18 June 2014):

On Wednesday evening, June 18th, the Chapter celebrated their 55th year anniversary at North Bowl in Northern Liberties, Philadelphia. There was a great mix of members & guest that enjoyed an evening of good food, drinks, and some competition.

Congratulations to our top two bowling teams. Each member of the first place team received a $50 gift card and the second place team each received a $25 gift card.

First place team with 574 points
  • Josh Carver
  • Sam Vinicur
  • Dan Boughton
  • Warren Duane
  • Jennifer Duane


Second place - Team Unlimited Technologies with 555 points:
  • Lucia Capriotti
  • Matt Smith
  • Gary Tate
  • Brent Franklin
  • Rick Leighton

All proceeds ($1,257.49) of this event has been donated to the Wounded Warriors Project. Thank you to all of our event sponsors who really helped to make this event special and also helped the Chapter to contribute to a worthy cause.

  • Abington Township Police Association
  • AlliedBarton Security
  • Integrated Security & Communications
  • NextGen Security
  • Panasonic
  • Professional Systems Engineering
  • Salient Systems
  • Securitas
  • Shire
  • Siemens
  • Swarthmore College
  • Unlimited Technologies


A special thanks to the top corporate sponsors; AlliedBarton, Shire, and Unlimited Technologies. 

This event would also not have been possible without the planning committee that took the time to contact potential sponsors, conducted site visits, and participated in planning calls... thank you to everyone on the Fundraiser/Event Committee. The coordination and management of this event by the Fundraiser/Event Chair, Gene Cummings, with much support of his wife Peggy, made this night one to remember. The Chapter cannot thank both of them enough. 

Gene Cummings, Chapter Treasurer and Event Chair and his wife Peggy

 "Cyber Threat Awareness and Intelligence" (21 May 2014):

Jeffrey Bedser, founder and CEO of iThreat Cyber Group presented on the timely topic of "Cyber Threat Awareness and Intelligence". Jeff helped to illustrate the ways in which a security function can adjust from a reactive force to one that is proactive in mitigating risks.

We had several first time guests and attendees that had recently joined ASIS. The chapter is delighted to see the participation of new professionals. All members are encouraged to promote the benefits of local networking and to bring out colleagues & associates to a meeting. The diversity of topics presented so far this year really illustrates the many disciplines within the security industry... there is really something for everyone. 

"If Disney Ran Your Security Department" (16 April 2014):

There was a great turnout of over 30 members and guest to the monthly meeting to hear Russ Jones, PhD, CHPA, CPP deliver an outstanding presentation on running a department focused on customer service.

Comments from members:

"I thought Russ Jones' presentation was excellent! He gave great examples of how a security department can bring value to an organization and how that value should be measured and communicated to senior management." ~ Justin Kleskie, CPP

"Great speaker last night, Russ's presentation on Disney customer service is spot on - just the thing to recharge one's focus when dealing with customers, employees and process."   ~ Gene Cumming, Chapter Treasurer

Law Enforcement Appreciation Night, LEAN (19 March 2014):

The Chapter was privileged to be able to honor over 40 individuals in the law enforcement community at the 16th annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Night. These brave and dedicated men and women risk their lives to maintain safety and peace of mind for all of our citizens. Thank you for your service!

Chief Inspector Raymond Rooney Award honorees stand beside The Chairpersons Award honoree. From left to right: P/O Shawntai Cooper #1680; P/O Edward Davies #1240; and P/O William Barr #6345

Thank you to John Russell, LEAN Committee Chair and the entire team for putting together a wonderful and special event. The hard work over the past few months is very appreciated and recognized by many.

The Chapter and LEAN Committee would also like to send a special thank you to all of the LEAN Sponsors. Without them the event would not be able to take place.

AlliedBarton Security Services
University of Penn
Securitas Security Services
Uniform Gear
ABM Security
Campus Apartments
Drexel University
Michael G. Lutz, Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police
Integrated Security and Communication
N-Tech Systems Inc
Rave Mobile Safety
Security On-Line Systems Inc
Tyco Integrated Systems
Shelly Electric
Clean Rentals

Past Chairpersons Night (19 February 2014):

Eight esteemed Past Chairpersons were in attendance during February's meeting as we recognized the contributions of the 2013 outgoing Chair, Bill Lutz. We had a great time and a very good turnout. Thank you to Eric Pritchard of Kleinbard Bell & Brecker LLP for presenting on video and audio liability which led to a great discussion among the members.

Past Chairpersons from left to right: Daniel Kropp, CPP (1994, ASIS President 2003 & Chairman of the Board 2004); James Prout (2008 & 2009); Jim Dallas, CPP (1988); Bill Durso (2004 & 2005); Bill Birks, CPP (1986 & 1987); William E Lutz, Jr (2013); Russ Jones, CPP (1989) and John Ward (2000)