- Dana W. Adams MBA, CISSP, CPP – ASIS Foundation
- Lynda Buel CPP CFE CSC – IAPSC
- Sandi Davies – International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO)
- Maria Dominguez CPP – ASIS International
- Doug Farber – ISMA
- Linda F Florence Ph.D., CPP – IFPO
- Mark P. Hahn CISSP CSM – ISSA
- Brine Hamilton CHPA – IAHSS
- Bob Hayes – Security Executive Council (SEC)
- Donna M. Kobzaruk – ASIS International
- Eric (Ric) Pohland – NASCO
- Andrea Saccomanno – BOMA
- Chiko Scozzafava – ASIS International
- J. Kelly Stewart – ASIS International
- Ben Suurd – ASIS Foundation
An independent panel will judge each nomination based on the criteria set out for each award category. Judges, all of whom have experience in security and or business, are required to assess each entry on its merits and act impartially and ethically.
Dana W Adams MBA, CISSP, CPP
Presently a Senior IT Security Consultant working with Public Safety, “Smart City” initiatives and GTAC Chief Development Officer. Dana previously was Director of Security Services at TELUS, a leading International telecommunications company based in Canada. Dana oversaw multiple Canadian and overseas locations responsible for enterprise-wide physical and logical integrated access control systems, audit compliance, corporate investigations, event planning, business continuity, on-board screening programs, and law enforcement liaison work including Lawful Intercept, warrant and subpoena programs.
During his tenure with TELUS, Dana successfully developed and delivered the TELUS security plan for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, established effective partnerships with Law Enforcement and Public Safety, redesigned and implemented a new executive protection program, and developed and delivered asset protection programs for network infrastructure, retail operations, supply chain security and data protection. The Security Services directorate has successfully transitioned from command and control to a strategic consulting partner with internal stakeholders, clients and both provincial and national law enforcement organizations. Ultimately a “Business Enabler” program with focus on an ESRM Enterprise Security Risk Management strategy.
Lynda L. Buel
Lynda L. Buel, CPP, CFE, CSC, CPTED Practitioner is the owner and CEO of Security Risk Management Consultants, an independent security consulting firm. A graduate of the Ohio State University with a degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Lynda worked in the corporate security sector prior to beginning her consulting career. She is an expert in threat/vulnerability assessment, master planning, security operations and programming, CPTED, law enforcement, policies and procedures development, asset protection, access control, visitor management, executive protection, emergency management/planning, and security training. She is actively involved in and a member of ASIS International and IAPSC serving in numerous volunteer leadership positions. Lynda is also a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), the International Association for Healthcare Security & Safety (IAHSS), the International CPTED Association (ICA), the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), and the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce (USWCC).
Ms. Davies started her career in security in 1980 working for a contract agency in Calgary, Alberta Canada. She was instrumental in the development of the International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO) and in 1992 was voted in as executive director. Since that time Ms. Davies has held numerous volunteer leadership positions with a multitude of industry related associations and organizations.
Having published more than a dozen textbooks relating to security officer training she has quickly become an internationally recognized proponent of professional development. Having been the recipient of a number of awards relating to contributions to the industry Ms. Davies continues to direct her focus on awareness and research. Since the inception of the IFPO the organization has expanded to more than 52 Countries. The IFPO offers a wide range of security officer, supervisor and management programs.
Maria Dominguez CPP
Maria Dominguez is an SVP/Regional Security Manager for Bank of America, she has been with Bank of America since May of 1999. Prior to BAC she worked for United Bank of Arizona, Citibank, Norwest Banks and Wells Fargo, without changing offices.
Her career includes 34 years in the Security field, starting out as a security guard, after a one term of enlistment in the US Air Force. Maria has BS in E-Business from the University of Phoenix and a Masters in Business and Organizational Security Management from Webster University.
She is an active Quarter Century member of ASIS International and achieved her Certified Protection Professional Certification in 1996. Over the last 25 years she has held chapter positions serving as committee member, committee chair and chapter officer position to include chapter chairman for two years. Currently she is on the North America Board of Directors. She has also been on several working groups related to Councils to Communities and on several technical and working committees for ASIS Guidelines and Standards. She has written several articles for security newsletters and contributed a chapter in the book Women in the Security Profession and was one of the contributing editors to the Physical Security Protection of Asset Manual.
After receiving her Master’s degree, Maria worked two year as an Associate Adjunct Professor at the Luke AFB campus of Webster University.
Maria is a first generation Arizona native and the oldest of 12 kids; lives in Chandler AZ with her partner of 25 years and their rescue dogs, Maize ,Endy and Jaxson. In her free time she plays the guitar and leads her church choir.
Linda F Florence Ph.D
Prior to working in higher education, Linda gained more than two decades of practical corporate security experience in leadership positions in diverse industries such as financial services, hospitality, communications and retail. She has served as a qualified expert witness, consultant trainer, and is a published author.
Linda has remained actively involved in volunteer leadership throughout her career; serving two terms on the Board of Directors and Professional Certification Board, as the President in 2001. She has twice been honored with the President’s Award of Merit in 2014 & 2007. In addition to the Foundation she is faculty for APC1 (Assets Protection Course) and a member of the ASIS PAC. She also served as the Certificate Program Manager, and has contributed to development of ASIS Standards and a contributing author to the Protection of Assets Manual.
Linda maintains the CPP designation and earned her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology with a research focus in Workplace Violence Prevention.
Doug Farber is the Global Head of Security for Millennium Management, a leading a global alternative investment management firm, which manages more than $40 billion in assets with offices in United States, Europe and Asia.
An accomplished professional and executive leader in integrated security, Doug has established properly purposed technology and programs for some of the nation’s most iconic High Value Assets, during his career with the United States Secret Service and The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He is recognized for his attentiveness and experience in the administration and organization of diverse, multi-project deliverables with significant knowledge and proficiency in the design, implementation, and management of security technologies encompassing high value asset protection, executive protection, and physical security systems to protect people, property and assets with emerging technology.
Prior to joining Millennium, Doug spent three years with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as the Director of Security for the World Trade Center, where he was responsible for developing the first formal post 9/11 World Trade Center Security Department. He successfully established and led the team that was responsible for transitioning the site from construction to operations, and developed and implemented some of the most advanced integrated threat detection and mitigation systems deployed in modern history.
Mark Hahn is Ciber’s Director of DevOps. He has 25+ years of experience as a Principal Architect building large-scale systems, including Wall Street trading systems, multinational retail payments systems and supply chain systems. Mark is an exceptional technologist with experience directing products and projects from inception through completion, using Dev/Ops and Agile methodologies. Mark practices and coaches techniques that improve delivery timelines and increase system reliability, including lean software development and continuous improvement. A rare high-level professional who maintains excellent hands-on technical proficiency, Mark has been with Ciber for 5 years.
Brine Hamilton, CHPA, has spent over 15 years in the security industry focusing primarily on the healthcare vertical in roles ranging from frontline security to a number of leadership positions. Currently Brine is a Senior System Engineer with Omnigo Software, and faculty at Fleming College (where he has twice been named a Top 10 Prof) and Seneca College in addition to serving on the Board of Directors as 2022 President of the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety. Additionally Brine is the host of 3 podcasts, the recipient of the 2020 IAHSS Ontario Chapter Security & Safety Leadership Award and named to Canadian Security’s Top 10 Under 40 list in 2020.
Bob is the Managing Director, Security Executive Council (SEC). The SEC is a research and advisory organization that serves security leaders and other risk management decision makers. Backed by a faculty of more than 100 successful current and former security executives, the SEC creates groundbreaking Collective Knowledge™ research, which is used as an essential foundation for its solutions it creates to assist successful organizations and leaders. The SEC is the eminent voice on organizational risk mitigation leadership.
Bob has more than 25 years of experience developing security program including seven years as the CSO at Georgia Pacific, and nine years as security operations manager at 3M. He was one of the first security executives to successfully implement unified management of corporate security, computer security, and business conduct and compliance programs in a Fortune 100 company. His security experience spans the manufacturing, distribution, research and development, and consumer products industries as well as national critical infrastructure organizations. Additionally, he has more than 10 years of law enforcement and training experience in Florida and Michigan.
Donna M. Kobzaruk
Donna is responsible for security and life safety of JPMorgan Chase assets for the North and Plains states. Based in Chicago, Donna oversees buildings, employees, and customers in 15 states. Her security team assists law enforcement with investigations of robberies, burglaries, and other crimes. Under Donna’s direction, the team provides leadership, education, and support on life safety and emergency preparedness, and also investigates workplace violence cases. Donna developed, and currently chairs, an internal diversity, equity, and inclusion group for all security employees. Donna serves as an ASIS Community Vice President, overseeing 4 ASIS Councils. She is a strong supporter of mentoring and is an active member of several women’s business resource groups. Donna is an alum of University of Illinois.
Eric (Ric) Pohland
Ric Pohland has served in Government (military) and private security since 1983, most recently as President, and Chief Operating Officer for American Security Programs (2015 – 2021), and as President of Coastal International Security. In those roles, he developed and led corporate strategic direction and operational initiatives to ensure high-quality security operations and generate business growth. He served initially with Coastal Int’l Security as Center Operations Director at NASA Kennedy Space Center, FL, where he directed all emergency services—fire, security, and disaster prep/response, and was On-scene commander to all major incidents. Following the NASA contract, Ric moved to the Washington D.C. Region, serving as Coastal’s Vice President of Operations, and then as President.
Prior to joining the Private Security Services Industry, he served for 25 years in the United States Air Force (USAF) as a career Security Forces Officer. He held multiple senior level positions culminating as Wing Commander of the Air Force’s largest base — Eglin AFB, FL. He led in five ‘command tours’ (organization’s senior executive) in the USAF to include; Wing Command – 96ABW; Group Command – 820SFG, USAF’s unique Force Protection and Contingency Response Group; and 3 Squadron Command assignments: 89SFS – Air Force One responsibilities, AF’s largest training Academy, and a nuclear security unit. Ric additionally served in executive staff assignments including; Director of Security for Air Combat Command, and Chief of Assignments for USAF Security Police.
Ric served as Vice Chair of the National Association of Security Companies (NASCO), and as an appointed Board Member on the Virginia, Dept. of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), Private Security Services Advisory Board (PSSAB)
Andrea Saccomanno is a Regional Manager for GuardTexas, a private security company serving all major markets in Texas. She has over ten years of security experience, with specific expertise in commercial office and industrial property security. She collaborates with law enforcement entities to build relationships within the private security sector. Andrea currently serves as Vice Chair of BOMA’s International Preparedness Committee, the Allied Director of Texas BOMA, and on various committees in local chapters.
Chiko Scozzafava has over 25 years of diverse strategic, operational and risk management experience in the nonprofit, technology, and government sectors. She has been responsible for building strategic programs on a global scale, leading diverse teams, driving new initiatives, and serves on several boards.
During her 20-year law enforcement career, Chiko has spent approximately 13 years as a Special Agent with the United States Secret Service where she managed multiple critical priorities to include, fraud, internet and financial crimes investigations, threat management and intelligence, physical security assessments, major event security, and the protection of individuals from the President of the United States, to Former US Presidents, US Secretaries, and visiting Head of States. She spent 10 years assigned to Oceana, South, Central, and Eastern Asia and has extensive experience as an international instructor.
Since transitioning from law enforcement, she has spent time in the tech start up and nonprofit spaces, continuing to build programs and teams within physical security, internal audit, risk management, event production, as well as competitive and threat intelligence.
Chiko holds a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration degrees and considers herself a lifelong learner who is passionate about innovation and technology.
J. Kelly Stewart
Managing Director & CEO of Newcastle Consulting, LLC – a premiere Security Risk Management Consultancy that provides security strategies ensuring your Piece of Mind through a proactive prevention strategy to reduce risk. Kelly draws upon more than 30 years of public and private sector experience as a Security Advisor, Subject Matter Expert, and former Chief Security Officer focused on assisting executives in directing their organizations on core competencies where they can achieve definable advantages and add value that facilitate and protect organizational objectives.
Kelly is the former Chief Security Officer of Intelsat Corporation. He has managed and led physical security operations for both CACI and Deloitte as well as being the key advisor to the Chief of Defense Nuclear Security on matters of security policy and special projects, concentrating on physical security systems design and operations, vulnerability assessments, technology applications and security management.
He further served a distinguished tenure with the United States Secret Service coordinating advance operations in the areas of technical security, threat identification and planning, and emergency evacuation operations.
He has managed teams in assessing, evaluating, and implementing anti- terrorism and force protection improvements for high asset targets within the Departments of Defense, Energy, Homeland Security, and Treasury while simultaneously assembling a team of top security experts from diverse backgrounds to advise leadership on implementation of Design Basis Threat.
All the Judges are picked by the OSPAs for their professional knowledge into the field of Security. We take this process seriously, knowing the judges will be representing the OSPAs brand.