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Capital Chatter

Monthly Newsletter for the ASIS National Capital Chapter

Issue #05, May 2017

In This Issue

  • ASIS Int'l First International Cup -  Member Get a Member!
  • Protection of Assets
  • ASIS NCC Valued Sponsorship Program
  • ASIS International 63rd Annual Seminar & Exhibits Keynote Speaker
  • Chairman's Corner
  • May Recap: Law Enforcement Officers Awards Program Recap
  • NCC Security & Technology Seminar
  • 2017 NCC CPP Review Course
  • Member Spotlight - Kathy Lavinder
ASIS International Cup-  The First Ever!

Get Member

Are you ready for a little friendly competition? The ASIS International Cup challenges members to recruit new ASIS members and be rewarded with chances to win and a wide range of great prizes. New members will also receive a bundle of three on-demand webinars when joining in May or June.

As a member, you know first-hand the value membership brings to security professionals around the globe. By recruiting new members, not only will you help bring your colleagues the same access to valuable resources and savings, you'll also be entered to win prizes which include $500 Visa gift cards and an ASIS Seminar package!

Win big! Learn about the great prizes that you can win!

Tap into the toolkit to help you start recruiting!

- The Ultimate Security Reference

Protection of Assets (POA) is considered the premier reference for the
security professional. Written, edited, and updated by hundreds of security
subject matter experts, it covers the full spectrum of physical, information
and personnel security.

POA is used by security management directors and others responsible for
corporate asset protection, and is the primary reference for the CPP exam.

POA is available as an online subscription, an eight-volume print set, as individual books, and on Kindle. It is also available in Spanish as a seven-volume print set, or on Kindle as two volumes: Volumen Uno and Volumen Dos.

View the complete collection of peer-reviewed resources, browse
books, and order 24/7 at the online
ASIS Store
—Security's Most Comprehensive Information Resource—
or order by calling +1.703.519.6200.

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

Monday, September 25 | 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Opening Keynote: President George W. Bush

43rd President of the United States


George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States, will be the opening keynote speaker on Monday morning, September 25th. He will share insights on his eight years in the White House, his experiences with world leaders, the nature of public leadership and decision making, and his perspective on current domestic and international issues.

ASIS 2017 will also host a Happy Hour on Tuesday, September 26, 4:30 pm-5:30 pm on the Expo Floor -

Come explore essential solutions and innovations for your business at this interactive happy hour, designed to increase your business connections.

The 2017 expo floor will also include:
-Thought Leader Forums
-Solutions Theater
-Career Center & Headshot Lounge
-International Trade Center
-Security Demo Stations...and more!


ASIS requirements are demanding and consequently, our security certifications are held only by a distinguished group of professionals. Applicants must meet education and work experience requirements to apply for board certification. In addition, the comprehensive exam requires a great deal of preparation—a commitment of time and energy. 

ASIS Board Certifications

-Encourage personal growth
-Demonstrate commitment to the      profession
-Improve skills and knowledge
-Validate expertise
-Increase opportunities and professional progress
-Hold worldwide recognition

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


It is certainly an exciting season for our National Capital Chapter as we drive towards much anticipated events.

On June 3rd, we will begin presenting the ASIS NCC CPP Review Course in Reston, Virginia, which will develop over the course of four Saturday mornings. If you missed the emails or have any questions regarding the course, please contact the Review Coordinator, Kevin Peterson, CPP.

Next up, the ASIS National Capital Chapter will host its annual Security Seminar on June 14th in Fairfax, VA. In addition to the exhibits, networking and lunch, there will be motivating educational presentations from industry professionals.

This year our annual Golf Tournament will be scheduled during the month of October. We have received requests to avoid the mid-summer heat/vacation times, and want to accommodate as many of our attendees as possible! If you can participate as a volunteer for this event (golf expertise not required) please contact Golf Tournament Committee Chair Jim Saulnier, CPP ASIS VP Region 5A, or Scott Fischer, CPP, PSP, Volunteer Coordinator.

Thank you for your continued dedication to our National Capital Chapter, and I look forward to speaking with you soon.

John E. Gallagher

MAY Recap - ASIS NCC Annual
LEO Awards and Appreciation

The National Capital Chapter was pleased to honor our area Law Enforcement Officers during the 13th annual LEO Awards Program held May 10 at the American Legion Post #177 in Fairfax, VA. This tradition was created to acknowledge and show our appreciation of the best and bravest officers from local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. The award recipients are -

LEO of the Year
Officer Eric Reynolds
Falls Church PD

LEO of the Year-Military
​TSGT Anthony Meadows
Joint Base Andrews-NAF Washington

Exceptional Patrol 
PFC Christopher Irving
Fairfax County PD

Community Policing
Officer Philip Stone
Fairfax County PD

Private/Public Service
PFC Michael R. Hall
Fairfax City PD

Life Saver
CSI Judy Taylor
Alexandria PD

Greetings of old and new friends began the event which  was opened by John Gallagher, Chair. The invocation was given by Steve Gottrich, CPP, and the keynote speaker, Chief Terrance W. Gainer was introduced.

Chief Terrance W. Gainer, a senior security advisor for Securitas, has a distinguished 47-year career in law enforcement, security innovations, and organizational change in the United States and worldwide. He retired as the 38th United States Senate Sergeant at Arms in May 2014, a culmination of 11 years of service on Capitol Hill as Sergeant at Arms and Chief of the United States Capitol Police. Gainer, a decorated veteran who served in Vietnam, also retired as a Captain in the United States Navy Reserve.

The National Capital Chapter is grateful for all the effort put forth by those volunteers who participated, including the ASIS NCC LEO Awards Committee Co-Chairmen Brian A. Glynn, CPP, NCC Programs Chair/Sgt-at-Arms; James R. Saulnier, CPP, Regional VP of ASIS Region 5-A; and Tor Bennett, Lieutenant, Fairfax County Police (Ret.).

We extend a special "thank you" to those members who purchased and sponsored LEO tables for this event.

                 LEO AWARDEES
     LEO Award Recipients with John Gallagher, Chairman (L)
      and Brian Glynn, CPP, Programs Chair/Sgt at Arms (R)

LEO Spkr  LEO Pic.3
Left - John Gallagher, Chair, applauds Keynote Speaker, Chief
      Terrance Gainer; Right - Attendees assemble for event

ASIS NCC 2017 Security and
Technology Seminar - June 14th

Have you made plans to attend the ASIS National Capital Chapter Security and Technology Seminar on June 14th?


Our seminar will feature several learning sessions and exclusive vendor exhibit periods during the morning and afternoon sessions. In addition, there will be ample networking opportunities at our registration coffee social, session breaks and during the lunch period.

The event will be held at the American Legion Hall Post #177, located at 3939 Oak Street in Fairfax, VA.

We look forward to meeting with you there!


There is still time to secure exhibit space in the seminar exhibit hall. For more information, contact Denis Lynch, CPP, PSP, co-chair of this event or click below:

Click here for the event summary



ASIS-NCC 2017 CPP® Review Course

According to a Security Magazine poll, the ASIS Certified Protection Professional (CPP) certification tops the list of certifications security leaders plan to obtain this year. Are you ready to take the next step in your career with a CPP board certification?

To help you prepare, the ASIS National Capital Chapter CPP Review Course will take place over four Saturday Mornings, beginning June 3rd and ending June 24th.

The Review Course is designed to:
-help you plan and implement a successful study plan for the CPP exam
-introduce you to each of the content domains covered on the exam
-provide useful perspectives on each of the domains and how they interact
-encourage networking and collaboration among those studying for the CPP exam
-assist with the application process and answer questions on policies and procedures

The cost of the Review Program includes handouts, snacks and a resource collection (distributed electronically and/or on CD at the last class). Proceeds from the Review Program are donated to the National Capital Chapter Security Education Foundation (scholarship fund).




If you ask Kathy Lavinder to describe her employment history, she will tell you she is a bit of a chameleon.

Seventeen years ago, Lavinder founded her recruiting firm, Security & Investigative Placement Consultants LLC, and as the owner/Executive Director, “does it all”. She develops clients, executes on recruiting engagements, interacts with candidates and job seekers, handles administrative tasks and provides guidance and support for two recruiters who work with her.

Kathy began her career as a broadcast journalist, and worked as a TV reporter/anchor, then a producer, writer and manager for ABC News. After moving to the DC area, Kathy applied her interviewing skills to her role as a private investigator working for Investigative Group International.

Kathy said she quickly realized the extent to which security issues and investigative matters relate to each other. She had a eureka moment while recruiting for several roles at the firm and decided to start a niche recruiting firm specializing in filling security and investigative roles. Her company delivers highly qualified and diverse candidates, the best of the best, to clients across the U.S. and around the world.

Kathy has been involved with ASIS and the ASIS NCC for more than 17 years and said ASIS is the most collegial group she has found. “I value the sharing, peer-to-peer learning, networking and dedication to professionalism. Simply put ASIS helps me do my job better”, Kathy said.

She also likes that the NCC is creative in its offerings, taking members ‘behind the scenes’ to learn about security challengers within a variety of organizations in the region. “No matter the topic or the event, I always enjoy catching up with colleagues and hearing from high-caliber speakers”, Kathy said.

“The willingness of America's veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude."

—  Jeff Miller


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
Reston, VA  20195-2014

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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
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
CPP® Review Course
Saturday mornings beginning
June 3rd through June 24th
Reston, Virginia
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

ASIS NCC Security & Technology Seminar    
June 14, 2017
9am - 3pm
American Legion Hall #177
3939 Oak Street
Fairfax, VA 22030

ASIS NYC 27th Security Conference and Expo
June 7-8
Javits Center, New York

More than 2,500 security and law enforcement professionals from the public and private sectors will convene for two days of education, exhibits, and unparalleled networking.


Securing the North American Electricity Grid
ASIS International Webinar
June 07, 2017
3pm - 4:30pm

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


Congreso Latinoamericano de Sequridad ASIS Mexico

June 28-29


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