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Rawle steers ASIS into 1992.

Rawle Steers ASIS into 1992

When Mary S. Rawle, CPP, joined Texas Instruments (TI) in 1965, she made a move that would influence her career and the rest of her life. According to Rawle, what she found at TI was a group of coworkers who became a family and a job that became a constant challenge.

At that time, Rawle entertained no thoughts of entering the security field. Twenty-six years later, she looks back on her career and says, "Every day is a new day. When I come in in the morning, I never know what I'm going to be working on by the time I leave that afternoon."

Rawle, a native Texan, loves her home state in a big way, as Texans do everything. "I grew up 150 miles northwest of Dallas. I was born in Texas, I've always lived in Texas, and I'll probably die in Texas. The people are so fantastic. They're genuine, and they speak their minds. You always know where you stand with a Texan." She is fittingly proud of the fact that the 38th Annual ASIS Seminar and Exhibits will take place in her home state, in San Antonio, during her tenure as president.

In the following pages, Rawle remembers some of the key events in her life and shares her reflections on the security profession, ASIS, and TI. She then looks to the future, offering comments on 1992, her year as president of the Society.

Following are some of Rawle's reflections.

On getting started in

the security field:

I was working in the personnel office at TI when Ken Moody, who was then TI's physical security manager for corporate security, asked me if I'd be interested in working in security. And since what I was doing was pretty routine, I thought it might be a nice change.

My first job in security was as security administrator. I was responsible for the parking program, the badge rooms, and the service representatives program - in other words, I had most of the complaint programs.

I think of security as a career field that women discovered a little later than men did. When I first joined security, I was accepted by the managers immediately. Some of the old-time security officers were reluctant to have a female in that position. However, once I proved to them that I was willing to do the same tasks that I was asking them to do, they not only accepted me but they've become real supporters and true friends over the years.

My job now is manager of risk analysis, and I can honestly say it's been a continuous challenge.

On her


I admire and have a tremendous respect for a great number of people, both in the security field and in management. I think that I've really learned and grown through my association with these people. I couldn't single out one person who has had the most impact on my career - that would be too limiting. Many people have contributed to my career and my progress, both inside and outside of TI.

On becoming

active in ASIS:

I really didn't have a choice when it came to joining ASIS. The day I reported to security, the first thing Ken Moody did was hand me an ASIS application form and the second thing he did was make me take my yellow fever shots so I could travel.

Every month the entire security staff carpooled to the local chapter meeting. That was the North Texas Chapter. I joined the North Texas Chapter in 1973 and have continued to call it home ever since. Our security director at that time was Floyd Purvis, and if you didn't go to the chapter meeting you had to tell Floyd why you weren't going.

Floyd was a firm believer in ASIS, and Floyd and Ken were always talking about how important it was to network. All the managers at TI were major supporters of ASIS, so joining was just a natural step to take.

On chapter and

volunteer leadership:

I have held every single position in the chapter with the exception of placement, and you can't count that because one person has been the placement chairman ever since I can remember. In addition, I chaired regional seminars, was the deputy chairperson of the 1985 annual seminar and exhibits in Dallas, and in 1986 was elected to serve on the board.

This is my third year on the executive committee, and I've served as secretary/treasurer, vice president, and senior vice president.

Every job I've done has been satisfying in its own way. The job of chapter chairman is probably the one where I could see the most direct impact. However, working on the committee of the host chapter for the 1985 seminar was the most fun, after it was all over. While it was going on it was really a tough job.

But now that it's over I can look back and say it was probably the only seminar that's ever had an indoor golf game. We got rained out, and we actually played golf in the hallways and the ballroom of the Hyatt hotel. It was really a growing together of the chapter members and a great opportunity to meet a lot of members outside the North Texas Chapter.

On the support of Texas

Instruments and family:

I could not ask for a better company or better coworkers than I have at TI. I was 19 when I started at TI, and it's really the only company I've known.

I'm extremely fortunate that I have the support of management, but just as important I have the support of everyone in the organization. My boss, Mike Weinstein (TI's security director), is extremely supportive. The secretaries have all picked up the load and helped with the additional phone calls and correspondence.

The other managers are willing to help me fulfill my obligations on the board by filling in for me when I'm out of town, taking calls, and covering my position for me. This group is like a family to me, and they've all pitched in and are being helpful and understanding.

The support from my husband Chuck is also fabulous. He's always been extremely understanding of my work for TI and ASIS. He takes most of his vacation time to attend ASIS events with me.

Chuck's understanding when discussions of ASIS take over a dinner or social event, and he participates actively in the spouse activities. On the whole he gives about 200 percent of what is really required for a spouse, and he's looking forward to serving with me in 1992. And I think headquarters will enjoy having him around too.

On security at Texas


Security exists to support the business objectives of TI by protecting its employees and assets through cost-effective services. As a multinational corporation - TI manufactures in 20 countries - we have a particular concern for our expatriates and business travelers who often are in situations that pose a potential for serious problems.

As a high-tech corporation on the leading edge of technological advancement, we have a major concern for the protection of our technology with a strong corporate policy for the protection of proprietary information.

All corporate activities at TI are performed with a background of high ethical standards. Ethics at TI is not a new initiative. It has been the mainstay of all corporate policy and has been the overriding theme woven throughout the fabric of TI history.

We are fortunate that the corporation is fully supportive of the security department and recognizes the importance of our mission and charter. Security at TI is taken very seriously and has direct input in making corporate policy.

The biggest security challenge at TI is not unique to our corporation. Many security departments have been upgraded over the past decade based on true professionalism with a strong emphasis on career development and training. An example of this is our commitment to ASIS - we currently have 55 members from TI.

With the current downturn in the economy, many corporations have been downsizing, and in all probability these lean and mean corporations will never return to the number of people previously committed to the various corporate services. We have been streamlining corporate security at TI without losing sight of our mission and our ability to accomplish what the corporation expects.

Innovative thinking and activity have been and are the name of the new game. We certainly have to be in a posture of highlighting security's value in view of the recent lessening of tensions throughout the world. We know from experience that while all of this is positive, many problems remain with us and will continue into 1992. These problems will have to be resolved by corporate security.

On the challenges facing

the Society:

I think we're going to continue to have a tight economy in 1992. We must do everything we can to provide excellent educational programs and make sure that they are extremely cost-effective. We must control the costs for the Society while continuing to be sensitive to the members' needs. We must do what has to be done but not be frivolous in our activities.

We'll be working very closely with the standing committees, the volunteer leaders, and the headquarters staff to meet those challenges.

I think one of our major problems in ASIS is communication. As volunteer leaders, sometimes we sit back and think we're communicating, but apparently we're not doing a very good job of it. Many of our members do not understand the role of the standing committees, the Foundation, the Professional Certification Board, the regional vice presidents, and headquarters.

If we do nothing else, we need to try to improve the communications between the volunteer leaders and headquarters staff and chapter members, and get members talking to one another and not at one another.

On the 38th Annual

ASIS Seminar and Exhibits

in San Antonio:

I'd like for the 1992 seminar and exhibits to be the best educational offering with the most complete display of technology and services. I'd like to see a sharing of information from member to member and top it off with a bunch of "good ole" Texas hospitality, which means a lot of fun for everybody.

On being president:

I would like for people to think I was a president who cared, dared to do things differently, was not afraid to tackle difficult problems, and was open-minded to other points of view.

As president, I am most looking forward to meeting new members and reacquainting myself with old friends. I'm also looking forward to visiting the chapters and sharing with other ASIS members.

On the Society's


I think we have two kinds of members. First, there's the kind of member who attends meetings, participates in workshops and seminars, and networks aggressively. These are the people who sing the praises of ASIS and enjoy all the advantages of being a member.

But then you have the second kind of member who doesn't participate, go to the chapter meetings, or share thoughts and ideas with other security professionals. This kind of member is the one who constantly asks, "What is ASIS doing for me?"

I'm glad we have the members who do always participate because they motivate me to try to do the best job I can. And I'm really sorry for the others, because they don't know what they're missing.

On world events and their

effect on the security field:

Anything that affects society affects the security field. Change of any kind brings with it new challenges and opportunities. Any time business makes a move, security makes a move with it. So as the world economy and situation change, security will be given new challenges and we'll have to come up with ways of dealing with those challenges.

On ASIS's international


Establishing closer ties with the international membership is an important goal for me during my term as president. The world is growing smaller every day, and we must be able to share with our fellow security professionals outside the United States.

To accomplish those closer ties we've got to welcome international security professionals into ASIS and not only share with them the collective security knowledge of the membership but at the same time learn from them. Many of our companies - my own is a good example - work outside the United States as much as inside. We have to be more global in our thinking.

On the future of

the security industry:

As the situation around the world continues to broaden, the security industry will continue to grow and security professionals will be challenged more and more. As security managers we must learn to do things smarter than ever before. We can't always try to accomplish everything with more personnel.

We must learn to be more cost-effective, more innovative, and more focused in our organizations as business managers, not just security managers. We've got to become business partners with our companies and contribute to the bottom line.

On professionalism:

When I joined security 18 years ago, the move toward professionalism in the industry had already begun. It's a slow process, but I believe we've made great progress. For instance, 18 years ago you didn't see vice presidents of corporations who were security directors. You do today.

We're growing in recognition. But to keep that momentum going, we need to keep high ethical standards and we've got to keep quality training and educational programs available. We must make sure that our security professionals continue to grow in the future and improve the overall professionalism of the field.

On key issues for

security managers:

The economy must be dealt with by security managers in 1992. We're all dealing with budget cuts and downsizing, and we've got to become more efficient. We also must be prepared to meet the changing environment with the increase in espionage and white-collar crime.

At the same time, the problems and issues we see today at work and in the industry never really go away - we just keep looking for and finding new and better solutions for the old problems while trying to manage or prevent the crisis of the month.

On new members

of the Society:

I urge new members to participate. Be active. The more you give, the more you get.

Caroline M. Cooney is staff editor of Security Management.
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Date:Jan 1, 1992
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