A Message from the IAPSC President
by Frank Pisciotta, CSC, IAPSC President 2013-2015
The Conference in New Orleans was another chapter in the continuing successful conferences that we have enjoyed of late. There appeared to be universal appreciation for the content and location of the conference. Surveys were recently issued and we would love to hear from you about your experience and what we can do to make the conference better.
Also in New Orleans we held a board meeting and covered some critical topics such as effective financial management to maximize member benefits, bylaws maintenance and created an educational committee to better manage the related but currently separate initiatives such as Successful Security Consulting and the Certified Security Consultant designation. That committee will be getting staffed up within the next few weeks.
At the Tuesday night banquet, the IAPSC celebrated and reflected back on our 30 year history and Chuck Sennewald was honored for his contributions and in particular his legacy contribution of the transferring of the rights to publish the Fifth Edition of Security Consulting to myself on behalf of the interests of the IAPSC. This book was originally published in 1989. For anyone who has seen the fourth edition of this book, you will recognize that IAPSC members made a notable contribution to the book and the intention is to extend this tradition in next edition.
Jim Clark did a much deserved memorial for Mrs. Aggleton and Mrs. Witherspoon who sadly passed away in the past year.
The conference featured a program on getting published and unlike any other conference I have witnessed, there was significant media coverage and we should expect to see a nice write on the program in Security Info Watch; but there will be ongoing opportunities to get published in that publication as well as some new ones that are being started for the Architectural and Engineering Community.
Lynda Buel has again stepped up to plate to serve as the 2015 conference chair for Napa Valley. Al Zajic will serve as an advisor to the conference and many thanks to him for his dedicated service over the past two years. Ken Wheatley was also honored for his coordination of an outstanding program which provided significant content to attendees as to how to grow our practices as well as substantially enhance the quality of our threat assessment and expert witnessing work through effective crime analysis.
Rich Grassie was honored for his continued diligence in getting the Successful Security Consulting program visibility at ASIS and the ISC East and West. This effort supports a nice revenue stream for the IAPSC and helps to reinforce our brand as the “go to” place for cutting edge knowledge on independent security consulting.
Lastly, as we get ready to staff up the committees for the 2014/2015 year, some of you will be hearing from me to seek out your participation on a committee and I hope that you will agree to serve. The fuel of the IAPSC is volunteerism and without it, we could not operate as we do today. Thanks to all of our volunteers and members.