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Capital Chatter

Monthly Newsletter for the ASIS National Capital Chapter

Issue #04, April 2017

In This Issue

  • ASIS NCC Young Professionals meet in DC
  • Local News - Alexandria Library Discussion
  • ASIS NCC Valued Sponsorship Program
  • ASIS International 63rd Annual Seminar & Exhibits
  • DHS Blue Campaign
  • Chairman's Corner
  • Recap: April Chapter Meeting
  • Upcoming Event -
  • May 2017 Law Enforcement Officers Awards Program
  • Member Spotlight - Ben Casey
Chapter Dues Reminder

The National Capital Chapter reminds all members that 2017 Chapter dues in the amount of $25.00 may be paid when registering for a Chapter event or by visiting our member portal. Remember, Chapter dues are separate from ASIS International annual dues and are used to support Chapter operations, scholarships and our annual contribution to the ASIS Foundation.

In appreciation for your dues contribution, the ASIS NCC extends special discounts on Chapter meeting and event fees.

the connections you make and the intelligence you gather through your ASIS membership will always keep you at the forefront of your profession.

Please note: Dues are valid for the calendar year (January 1-December 31) and are non-refundable.

Retired FBI Art Crime Team Founder to Lecture in Alexandria

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The ASIS Information Resources Center has informed us that the Alexandria Library will host “Priceless” author Robert K. Wittman for a presentation of his most intriguing cases. 

The founder of the FBI’s Art Crime Team, Wittman authored his memoir “Priceless” to reveal his remarkable career, and will

be discussing his book and investigative career with the FBI.


This free event will take place at the Nannie J. Lee Center, located at 1108 Jefferson Street on Thursday, April 27 at 7 PM, and is open to the public.


Did you know that you can find print and electronic security publications, ASIS publications such as Council white papers, Foundation CRISP reports, annual seminar session recordings (1985 to date), Security Management articles (1956 to 2012) and podcasts (2008 to date) at the ASIS IRC?

Digital/electronic resources with URL links are accessible 24/7.
Call Information Services at the IRC Reference Desk 703.518.1471 or email for hours and further information.

ASIS NCC Valued Sponsorship Program

The ASIS National Capital Chapter relies on your financial support to provide our members with opportunities to learn from industry experts, network with fellow security professionals and participate in special programs such as Women in Security, Young Professionals and Mentoring.

Bring attention to your organization through sponsorship with ASIS International's leading Chapter.  We are offering several Chapter sponsorship packages as well as sponsorship opportunities for specific programs. 

Learn more about our Valued Sponsor Program.

ASIS 2017
ASIS International
63rd Annual Seminar & Exhibits

REGISTRATION IS OPEN! Early Bird rates in effect until June 30th

63rd Annual Seminar and Exhibits
September 25–28, 2017
Dallas, Texas USA


Tuesday, September 26 •
10:00 am - 5:30 pm

Wednesday, September 27 •
10:00 am - 5:30 pm

Thursday, September 28 •
10:00 am -1:00 pm

Attendees will see a transformed exhibit floor that is less about navigating a massive landscape of booths and more about blending the most innovative products and services with cutting-edge educational forums. The ASIS 2017 expo floor will include:

·        Thought Leader Forums

·        Solutions Theater

·        Career Center & Headshot Lounge

·        International Trade Center

·        Security Demo Stations...and more!

Registration now open -
See more

DHS Blue Campaign
Blue Campaign
As the unified voice for the US DHS, the Blue Campaign strives to protect the basic right of freedom and bring those who exploit human lives to justice.

Human Trafficking is:
•Modern day slavery
•Exploitation of a person through force, fraud or coercion
•Sex trafficking, forced labor and domestic servitude
It is happening everywhere, and the victims can be US citizens or of any nationality, age, socioeconomic status or gender.

To learn the indicators of human trafficking, please visit the DHS site.

To contact federal law enforcement, call 1-866-DHS-2-ICE

Or submit a tip online at


Did you know?

CPPs, PSPs and PCIs can normally earn one (1) point towards recertification by attending monthly chapter meetings where educational sessions and briefings are included? 

You can also earn recertification points by volunteering to fill key chapter roles and by serving on committees. 


Chairman's Corner


The National Capital Chapter hosted its annual Security
Educational Fund Scholarship Awards night on April 13th,
honoring the ‘best of the best’ students who applied in our
area. Scholarship Night is a symbol of belief in the continuing pursuit of knowledge, and one way we help support the goals
of a new generation of security professionals. I personally
extend our thanks and gratitude to all our volunteers and contributors who made this evening possible!


I also want to acknowledge our members who support the SEF monthly with the purchase of our 50/50 raffle
tickets (some even donating back their winnings!), and all
those who quietly contribute to the Security Education Fund
when registering online for meeting events. This endeavor
is possible because of you, our members, and your gracious guests!


This year our Security Seminar and Expo will take place 
June 14 and will be enhanced with the subject matter of IT and ASIS IT standards. Expert guest speakers are being lined up
for this event so please check your emails for the event notice
soon to be released.

As always, I look forward to meeting with you at a future
ASIS NCC meeting/event!

John E. Gallagher

April Meeting Recap -
Annual Scholarship Night

On April 13th, our  NCC Chapter recognized the academic
achievements of students in security management,
administration of justice and programs allied to security, with
cash scholarships. This has been a tradition of the National Capital Chapter since 1983. It is an important opportunity
for us, as members of a professional society, to make a contribution to the community beyond our own membership.

Scholarship awards were presented by David Gilmore,
Academic Programs Coordinator, John Gallagher, Chapter Chair, and Scott Fischer, CPP, PSP, Chapter Vice Chair. The recipients were:

-Gabriel Holley, NOVA Manassas Campus
-Lilian Oviedo, NOVA Woodbridge Campus
-Tyler Figenbaum, George Mason University
-Julianna Rollo, George Mason University
-Meagan Carney, The George Washington University
-Ashaki Jones, Webster University
-Amanda Ross, NVCC Manassas Campus

We were also joined by guest speaker Kevin Peterson,
Past Chairman of the Board of The National Partnership
for Careers in Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security,
and a Director and Trustee of our NCC Security Education Foundation.

Kevin provided an introduction to The National Partnership,
the career pipeline concept, and why it is important in
today's world. He also addressed security career paths and the roles of education, experience and certification.


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ASIS NCC Young Professionals
Spring Networking Event

The ASIS National Capital Chapter Young Professionals held
their Spring Networking Event and Business Card Exchange
in Downtown DC at the W Hotel Pinea Bar last month. 


The ASIS Young Professionals group mission is focused on the development and education of young careerists in the security industry. The event was attended by a range of professionals representing industries from Government to Small Business
and Large Corporations.


These networking events are a great way to meet other
members if you are new to the National Capital Chapter or
have not attended an event recently.


A commonly asked question is who should attend a Young Professionals Event. The answer is not an age range; if
you support the mission of the Young Professionals or are
new to the industry you are encouraged to attend a future


If you have suggestions or an event you would like the
group to host, please reach out to Chris Czarnowski, Young Professionals Liaison     


Be on the lookout for more information on our next
networking event which we will held in Arlington this summer.


13th Annual LEO Awards
May 10, 2017


The National Capital Chapter of ASIS International will honor
area Law Enforcement Officers during our annual Law
Enforcement Officer Awards program.  This year’s event and luncheon will be held on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the American Legion Post #177.

Our purpose is to recognize the best and bravest from local,
state and federal law enforcement agencies.  Our award
selection committee, comprised of chapter leadership along
with present and former senior level officers from area
agencies, will review nominations submitted in one or
more of the following categories:

  • Bravery
  • Exceptional Patrol
  • Community Policing
  • Public/Private Partnership

From among the nominees, the panel will also select a “Law Enforcement Officer of the Year”, to be recognized at our
event. Please join us as we honor our outstanding area law
enforcement officers and thank them for their tireless
community support.

For more information View Event Summary
Registration Deadline is Friday, May 5, 2017

To learn how you can support this event to recognize our
local law enforcement officers, contact our Committee Chair:

Brian A Glynn, CPP



Ben Casey, CPP, PSP
, has been a member of ASIS International since 2006, and joined our National Capital Chapter in 2016, volunteering to be the Membership Committee Chair.

In his position as Director of the Arlington National Capital Office of JENSEN HUGHES, as well as Director of their Mid-Atlantic Security Group, Ben operates, manages and provides business development efforts for his team as well as the overall growing security practice throughout the entire firm. 

Ben said he designs physical, technical, and operational security systems, and also designs and consults on fire alarm and fire suppression systems. A security challenge he faces is prioritizing and deciding on the best opportunities to pursue. Ben said “Being able to listen to client or prospect needs or desires and then turn a new request into an excellent quality design package…is what keeps every day fresh and interesting and provides fulfillment in all we do to protect persons and property in the built environment.” 

In addition to being a licensed Professional Engineer, Ben has earned the ASIS International CPP and PSP certifications, which he said are necessary for his career. These certifications are required in requests for proposals by prospective clients and are mandated by different governmental and private organizations. Ben also credits the security certification training as necessary background development for security consulting and design services.

“Truly powerful people are not concerned about their power, but about being in a position of being able to empower."

—  Nadja Swarovski


About Us

The ASIS National Capital Chapter official charter was issued on April 27, 1957 and our volunteers have been in constant service to ASIS and our chapter members ever since.

ASIS National Capital Chapter

ASIS National Capital Chapter
P.O. Box 2014
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2017 ASIS NCC Leadership
John Gallagher
Scott Fischer, CPP, PSP
Denis Lynch, CPP, PSP

Patricia Gallagher
Programs Chair/

Brian Glynn, CPP
Committee Volunteers
Communications Chair
Chuck Webber
IT Security Committee Chair
Mark Fearer

Volunteer Coordinator
Scott Fischer, CPP, PSP
Certification Coordinator
Jim Saulnier, CPP
Dan Novak, CPP
Academic Programs Coordinator
David Gilmore, CPP
Terrorist Activities Committee Chair
David Gilmore, CPP
Law Enforcement Appreciation Committee Chair
Brian Glynn, CPP
Private Security Appreciation Committee Chair
Marty Mitzel
Golf Tournament Committee Chair
Jim Saulnier, CPP
Newsletter Editor
Social Media Coordinator
Patricia Gallagher
Young Professionals Liaison
Chris Czarnowski
Physical Security Committee Chair
Denis Lynch, CPP, PSP
Membership Committee Chair
Ben Casey, CPP, PSP

Budget Director
Eric Gutierrez

Upcoming Events
ASIS National Capital Chapter
13th Annual Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) Awards
May 10, 2017
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Mark your calendar!
Finance 101 for Security
ASIS International Webinar        
May 03, 2017
3pm -  4:30pm                               
Learn more          
Behavior Detection and Assessment: Protecting Mall of America
ASIS International Webinar
May 17, 2017
3pm - 4:30pm
Learn more
Securing the North American Electricity Grid
ASIS International Webinar
June 07, 2017
3pm - 4:30pm
Learn more

Soft Target Hardening: Houses of Worship
ASIS International Webinar
July 12, 2017
3pm - 4:30pm
Learn more

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