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July 2023 Chapter Newsletter

July 07, 2023 4:29 PM | Lisa Price (Administrator)

Word From the Chairman

Hello, ASIS Greater Kansas City Chapter Members,

I sincerely hope that everyone is off to a fantastic summer and have some fun summer trips planned. Last month in June, we had our annual Physical Security Technology Showcase and Awards Ceremony, and it was the biggest one yet! Thank you to all those who attended, especially our vendor sponsors. If you missed it, we hope to see you next year! More information about the event will be in the next section. Historically, the chapter has taken a break in July since so many of our members are out on vacations. This year we will continue this practice and will not hold a chapter event in July. Our next chapter event will be in August. Additional information can be found in the corresponding section below.

That’s all I have. We hope that this newsletter is beneficial to you. If you have specific feedback, please let us know at info@kcasis.org.

Stay safe,

Jared Oakden, CPP, PSP

Chapter Chair

Physical Security Technology Showcase and Awards Ceremony

Our 2023 Physical Security Technology Showcase and Awards Ceremony was held on Thursday, June 8th at DoubleTree Overland Park. We had 90 registered attendees for the event and 25 vendor sponsors. The total number of registered individuals, including attendees and vendors was 153. Thank you for your support and thank you to the showcase planning committee members who volunteered many hours of their time to make it all happen, namely:

  • Brandee Gary, Children’s Mercy Hospital
  • Tess Schorr, Wesco
  • Jared Oakden, Burns & McDonnell
  • Renee Wakefield-Campbell, Garda
  • Andrew Warn, Cam-Dex
  • Landon Jones, Burns & McDonnell
  • Michael Betten, Stowers
  • Elizabeth Hollinger
  • Michael Taylor, Hallmark Cards
  • Lisa Price, Saint Luke's Health System

Thank you again to all our vendors sponsors:

Gold Sponsor: Assa Abloy, Hanhwa, Identiv, Titan Protection, iPro

Silver Sponsor: Cam-Dex, Automatic Systems, Haystax, Salto, Lenel-S2, Wesco

Bronze Sponsor: GardaWorld, C&C Group, Ecamsecure, Threshold, AXIS, HID, Salient, Boon Edam, Tyco, Ontic, March Networks, LifeSafety Power, Avigilon, Alvarado

Congratulations to our 2023 Chapter Award Winners:

Security Professional of the Year: Robert Gibson, University of Kansas Medical Center

Security Officer of the Year: Doug Zeckser, Clarence M. Kelley and Associates at WaterOne

Thomas R. Meyers Award: Officer Richard Jones, Kansas City Police Department

Showcase Feedback Survey

For those who attended the showcase, please follow this link to take a brief survey. Your feedback is vital and will be greatly appreciated as we make plans for 2024! Your responses will be anonymous.

Survey link: https://kcasis.org/Sys/Poll/45200

Upcoming Monthly Chapter Meetings


For summer break, we will not hold a chapter meeting in the month of July.


See August Chapter Meeting section below.


The chapter will not hold an event in September and will encourage all members to attend ASIS GSX in Dallas, TX (virtually or physically) from September 11-13. Details can be found HERE.


Our October chapter meeting will be held at Garmin International’s headquarters on October 5th. More details will be provided in the coming months.


The November chapter meeting will be held on November 8th and will include a speaker from the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The location is to be determined and more details will be shared in the coming months.


Our December event will be a casual networking event. The location and date is TBD but will be early December.

INTERFACE Kansas City 2023

IT Infrastructure is constantly changing, bringing more new challenges with it every day. From ransomware and the latest security threats to the need for increased bandwidth and storage, it’s nearly impossible to keep up-to-date. Our conference is designed to help. We’ve assembled a combination of Best-in-Breed hardware and software solutions, along with local experts and organizations to help educate, advise and connect you to resources that can help you meet your goals.

Covering Information Security, Infrastructure, Cloud, Disaster Recovery, Communications, and more, you’ll find presentations, panel discussions, and exhibitors covering a variety of topics, as well as the latest innovations and best practices.

  • No cost for members to attend (no students, interns, or sales professionals)
  • Over 30 exhibitor booths
  • Earn up to 6 CPE credits
  • One lucky attendee will win $1,000 in passport drawing
  • Morning coffee and lunch at noon

July 13, 2023 from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm at Overland Park Convention Center

Click here for free registration for ASIS Members.

August Chapter Meeting

Protecting the Kansas City Art Institute

Thursday, August 3, 2023 from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Kansas City Art Institute is located at 4415 Warwick Boulevard, Kansas City MO 64111. The meeting will be in DeBruce Hall, rooms 102 and 103.

Come join your security peers for this educative and engaging chapter meeting.

The program will include a presentation from the Director of Safety and Security, Mike Raunig. Mike will provide an overview of the physical, technical, and operational security measures that work together to protect the Institute's primary assets.

Lunch is included with the registration. Register here.

Sponsor an Event!

Would you like to get your company name some exposure to our Chapter members and visitors? Sponsor a chapter event! Your company name will be included on the registration page of our website, and we will introduce you and your business at our event. If you are interested, please email the Chapter Board at info@kcasis.org.

Free GSX All-Access Pass

Each year, ASIS International provides all chapters with one (1) complimentary GSX All-Access Pass registration; this year, the selected chapter member will be able to attend either the in-person event in Dallas, Texas, or through the virtual experience. GSX will take place from September 11th to 13th, 2023, at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. Learn more about GSX here.

The Chapter Board is pleased to award this All-Access Pass registration to one of our chapter members. Below is the eligibility and criteria:

  • The member should be active within the Greater Kansas City Chapter by having attended previous chapter events throughout the year.
  • The member should otherwise not be able to attend GSX due to the costs and where the member’s employer does not sponsor the member for this conference.
  • The member should, in good faith, have open plans to attend GSX, so that this free All-Access pass is not wasted.

Furthermore, ASIS International provides their own criteria and eligibility requirements also, list below:

  • The recipient must be an ASIS member in good standing and affiliated with the chapter at the time of submission.
  • The same individual member may not receive this complimentary registration for more than three consecutive years.
  • If the selected individual has already registered, the paid registration will automatically be refunded.
  • Regional leaders (SRVP, RVP, ARVP) are eligible to participate in this program; Global/Regional Board of Directors are ineligible.
  • The chapter must have a 2023 Chapter Questionnaire on file with ASIS HQ.

If you are interested in this free All-Access Pass, please email the chapter board at info@kcasis.org by Monday, July 17th. In the email to the Chapter Board, the member must include a brief narrative explaining their situation and how they meet the eligibility and criteria requirements.

The chapter board will review the submissions and will select a chapter member who best meets the above listed criteria. All members will be notified if they are selected or not.

Security LeadHer Conference

ASIS International and Security Industry Association hosted the inaugural LeadHER conference on June 12-13, 2023, in Nashville, Tennessee. The LeadHER conference was created and designed to advance, connect, and empower women in security. Our very own Tess Schorr (Wesco) and Brandee Gary (Children's Mercy Hospital) were two of the hundreds of attendees.

New ASIS Certifications

Congratulations to the following members to achieving their ASIS certifications!

  • Alana Hanley, APP
  • Van Fredrickson, CPP

Contact Us:

PO Box 410043,

Kansas City, MO, 64141

Email: info@kcasis.org

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