Magazine article Security Management

Bright Beginnings

Magazine article Security Management

Bright Beginnings

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The registration desks at the ASIS 43rd Annual Seminar and Exhibits in the St. Louis America's Center were the first stop for attendees eager to begin their Connection to Innovation. Spirits were high throughout the week, as about 15,200 members, associates, spouses, and other guests gathered seminar packets, adjusted to the convention center layout, and compared notes with friends and colleagues.

Attending the seminar and exhibits is a long-standing tradition for many ASIS members. One such registrant was Chuck Fisher, CPP, of SecPro Services, Inc., in Bellmawr, New Jersey. "This is my twentieth seminar," said Fisher. "I wouldn't want to miss any of it - the exhibit hall, sessions, networking - it's all worthwhile."

Not to be bested, Fisher's colleague on the ASIS Private Security Services Council, James Steinbeck, CPP, president of Smith Security Corporation in Troy, Michigan, noted that he had attended the seminar and exhibits for twenty-one years. Steinbeck, a member of the first class of CPPs, was especially excited about the CPP 20th Anniversary Celebration, which would take place on Tuesday.

Whether it was the lure of technology, the need for information, or the chance to catch up with industry colleagues, each registrant had strong reasons for coming to St. Louis. "This is my fifth seminar," said Fern Abbott, president of Guardscreen. "In this business, you can't afford to miss contacts or you'll get behind on technology."

Ingeborg Sebyan-Larson, CPP, president of Sebyan and Associates in Burnsville, Minnesota, targeted session attendance as her primary goal. A faithful seminar and exhibits attendee since 1982, Sebyan-Larson planned to focus on sessions that addressed workplace violence and crisis management issues.

For Charles T. Thibbedeau, an instructor at Pine Technical College in Pine City, Minnesota, networking is a key element of the seminar and exhibits. "There is no better place to meet up with peers," he said.

Attendance at the ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits is an essential part of every security professional's portfolio. Well planned seminars and an expanded exhibit hall, as well as all the related activities, made this year's event a premier Connection to Innovation. The following highlights will rekindle memories for those who attended, provide useful information for those who could not, and underscore the need to register early for the ASIS 44th Annual Seminar and Exhibits in Dallas, September 14 to 17, 1998.

Up and running. Notable guests and a lively performance by Up With People ushered in the ASIS 43rd Annual Seminar and Exhibits on Monday. In his opening remarks, ASIS President James H. Van Houten II, CPP, urged listeners to take advantage of the numerous opportunities available throughout the week. He noted that in today's competitive business environment, security professionals face two choices. "We can merely exist or, if we truly want to win, we can innovate and change."

Attendees also heard from two distinguished public office holders: Congressman James Talent, who represents the Second Missouri District and serves as chairman of the Committee on Small Business in the U.S. House of Representatives, and Mayor Clarence Harmon, ASIS member and former chairman of the St. Louis Chapter. Van Houten then introduced Up With People, who sang and danced through their presentation titled "Festa Humana." The celebration included exuberant performers dancing through the aisles, shaking hands with attendees, and singing original songs as well as old favorites.

Infused with vitality. Tuesday's opening session was an explosion of oratory from sportscaster Dick Vitale. Vitale, ESPN's college basketball analyst and former head coach of the Detroit Pistons, told of his rags to riches life as coach, businessman, and father, while shedding light on the qualities of successful people. As he enthusiastically gestured to accentuate his speech, the audience frequently erupted with applause and laughter. …

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