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Workshop workout.

Knowledge-thirsty security professionals could take advantage of several ASIS-sponsored educational programs offered in conjunction with the seminar sessions. Using unique formats and targeted handouts, the well-attended workshops helped security professionals from all over the world connect to the future.

Getting ready. The next generation of CPPs got a head start on reaching their professional goal by attending the ASIS CPP Review on the weekend before the seminar and exhibits commenced. A record 185 attendees traveled from the four corners of the globe to learn specifics applicable to the exam. Citizens of such countries as Saudi Arabia, Australia, Colombia, and Russia as well as from the United States worked through a meaty notebook that focused on such topics as emergency planning, the protection of sensitive information, and investigations. The diligent students kept up with the fast-paced program, which was led by Program Adviser Edward F. McDonough, Jr., CPP; James R. Bomba, CPP; and Milton E. Moritz, CPP.

The size of the class did not decrease the benefit, according to Stanley J. Haar, security manager for Megacenter, who said that the course was "fantastic." The St. Louis native began studying for the CPP test on his own more than two years ago, but found that the review helped concentrate his efforts on specific topics. He said that adding the CPP to his credentials was important for professional recognition and was essential for career development.

Fellow student Randy Howson, security manager for DISA in Dayton, Ohio, concurred that professional recognition was the key reason for attaining the CPP designation. As a government employee, Howson hoped the CPP test could help bring some standardization among various government agencies. A new participant in ASIS activities, Howson felt the CPP Review was an "excellent" program.

Recent changes in the test itself have led to changes in the course content as well. According to McDonough, another positive change has been an increased dialogue between the review course faculty and the Professional Certification Board. The openness in no way compromises the integrity of the testing process, assured McDonough. "We both share the same goal. We want to do what's best for the members."

Survival tactics. "Practice Does Not Make Perfect," a career development workshop, was designed to help security practitioners keep their careers on track during an unsettling era of downsizing.

Using examples of real corporate environments, workshop leaders Marlene Palkovich and Patrick Gerkey of Marlene Palkovich Consultants, St. Paul, Minnesota, discussed the importance of office teamwork and explored a new definition of success. During the day-long preseminar workshop, Gerkey led attendees in aikido, a Japanese form of self-defense that combines relaxation and exercise, and Palkovich lectured attendees on coping with stress.

"This is the best ASIS session I have ever attended," said Dorothy Brazelton of Fujitsu Network Communications in Richardson, Texas. "This workshop dealt with issues we face on a daily basis."

Jahnes Swanepoel of Electronic Media Network, Randburg, South Africa, attended the seminar and exhibits for the first time in 1996 and came early this year to attend the career development workshop. "We have the same management problems in South Africa. It is wonderful to hear some ways of solving them."

Seeing results. Chapter-level volunteer leaders participated in a Sunday afternoon workshop on infusing excellence into the leadership of ASIS chapters. Steven C. Millwee, CPP, ASIS regional vice president (RVP) - education, led the first part of the workshop with a motivating presentation on creating a top-of-the-line ASIS chapter.

Millwee discussed four types of ASIS chapters: those that want to be excellent chapters but can't find the correct leadership synergy; those that believe they are excellent chapters and feel no need to change or listen to outside suggestions; those that are run by a "leadership of one" person who does all the work because no one else will; and those that are excellent chapters because of the efforts of a committed "T.E.A.M" (Together Everyone Accelerates Membership).

Millwee emphasized that expectations for each chapter team member's role for the year should be clearly understood and put in writing and that the chapter chairperson must also be accountable for the completion of agreed-to tasks and responsibilities. "If you're not committed, then who will be?" Millwee asked attendees.

A successful chapter leader, said Millwee, has a vision that is shared with the leadership team and the chapter at large. He discussed setting attainable chapter standards, which should include holding monthly meetings, annual seminars, law enforcement appreciation events, and periodic CPP review programs.

Later in the program, attendees heard Daniel H. Kropp, CPP, RVP of Region XVI, provide insights on the process of building a strong chapter leadership. Kropp described his experience as chairman of the Philadelphia Chapter, which strove for and won the I.B. Hale Award for chapter excellence by successfully completing a challenging and diverse year of programming. John P. Drew, RVP of Region XI, related another success story, using the Detroit Chapter's Update Seminar, a fourteen-year-old tradition that draws chapter members together as they work toward a common goal.

Nicholas A. Keck, CPP, of the Sacramento Valley Chapter, provided details on running a chapter newsletter, including soliciting materials, developing layout, and coming up with a design. Jeffrey R. Bedser, CPP, former assistant RVP for Region XVI, discussed the Central New Jersey chapter's decision to first discontinue a printed newsletter in favor of one that is faxed, thus saving paper and postage costs, and then to begin e-mailing newsletters to members with Internet access, which further saves costs and conserves paper.

In addition, Jeffrey M. Spivey, RVP for Region XIV, relayed his experiences in setting up a chapter Web site, and Brian K. Fox, CPP, former RVP for Region XIII, enlightened listeners on how to run a successful scholarship program.

The final part of the workshop was devoted to a panel discussion. "I guarantee you," Millwee promised the leaders, "you will leave here today with a golden nugget - some project you can get behind to motivate and strengthen your chapter."
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Title Annotation:ASIS 43rd Annual Seminar and Exhibits; American Society for Industrial Security's 43rd annual conference in St. Louis, MO
Publication:Security Management
Date:Dec 1, 1997
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