Industry Insights In Atlanta

By Ann Longmore-Etheridge

October 27, 1955; Washington, D.C.: Fifty-two security professionals gathered for the first annual meeting of the newly founded American Society for Industrial Security. September 29, 2014; Atlanta, Georgia: More than 20,000 security professionals will meet to participate in the ASIS International 60th Annual Seminar and Exhibits at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Much has changed during the last six decades in the security industry, and ASIS International has changed with it, consistently providing security professionals with cutting-edge information, access to the latest solutions, and the framework for peer networking that is so valuable to business and career success. All of this will be on offer this anniversary year, with keynote addresses from former U.S. Secretary of State General Colin Powell (U.S. Army-ret.), former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr., and U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Scott Moore.

There will be more than a half-dozen special preseminar programs, ASIS certification reviews, and the ASIS Foundation Golf Tournament taking place during the weekend before the seminar and exhibits officially opens. After the event be­gins, attendees can explore the massive exhibit hall, as well as enjoy the Annual President’s Reception at the Georgia Aquarium, the Welcome Reception, the Annual ASIS Foundation Night, and other peer-networking social events and luncheons.

Most impressive of all may be the dazzling choice of educational sessions open to attendees. There will be more than 250 sessions in 24 tracks catering to the needs of beginner, intermediate, and advanced learners. The two seminar sessions summarized below highlight the depth of knowledge that will be on display in Atlanta this autumn.

Victim Impact

On Monday, September 29, James E. Luk­­aszewski, president of the Lukas­zew­ski Group Division, Risdall Marketing Group, will present “Managing the Victim in a Crisis” from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Lukaszewski describes a crisis as a “people-stopping, show-stopping, product-stopping, reputation-redefining event.” The plans of most organizations focus on facilities response and business continuity. “These are important,” he says. “But what gets in the papers is not that the organization didn’t have a business continuity plan, it’s that it failed to respond to the issues that could stop people, animals, and living systems from becoming victims.”



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