The 2020 Judging Panel

  • Lynda Buel CPP CFE CSC – Owner and CEO of Security Risk Management Consultants
  • David C. Davis CPP – Director, Industrial Security, General Atomics & Affiliate Companies
  • Doug Farber – Global Head of Security for Millennium Management
  • Dr. Linda Florence Ph.D., CPP – Past President of ASIS Foundation Board of Trustees, Vice President & Dean of Specialized Programs, University of Phoenix, College of Security & Criminal Justice
  • Mark P. Hahn CISSP CSM – Principal Architect and Security Engineer, TCB Technologies, Inc.
  • Bob Hayes – Managing Director, Security Executive Council (SEC)
  • Martin B. Herman – President ant CEO, Special Response Corporation
  • Thomas J. Langer CPP – Principal of Atlantic Security Advisors, LLC
  • Joe McDonald CPP, PSP, CMAS –  Former Chief Security Officer
  • Bryn Palena – ASIS Foundation Board Member
  • Tracy Seymour – Business Development Manager, Allied Universal
  • Roy Williams III MBA, CHPA – President-Elect for the International Association for Healthcare Security & Safety (IAHSS)

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.

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).

David C. Davis

Dave is a senior security executive with forty-eight years of diversity in

security and law enforcement with current accountability for the protection of company assets to include human, physical, technology, and proprietary and sensitive information at U.S. and international locations. His experience encompasses large, complex organizations and includes leading security activities through multiple mergers and acquisitions, as well as company reorganizations and start-ups. Besides security in defense, Dave’s knowledge and ability extends into the entertainment, hotel, retail, education and executive protection disciplines.

In addition to Security, he accumulated several concurrent years of managing Fire Protection and Environmental, Safety & Health, as well as International Trade Compliance functions pertaining to technology transfer, exports and imports.

Dave’s Southern California law enforcement experience includes patrol, undercover narcotics and vice, robbery, mounted enforcement, criminal intelligence, gang enforcement, various stadium and arena venues, and SWAT.

He is a past ASIS International President and Board Chairman, a former ASIS International Foundation President, and a former Defense and Intelligence Council Chair.

Dave is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.

Doug Farber

Doug Farber OSPAs judge

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.

Dr. Linda Florence

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.

Mark Hahn

Mark Hahn OSPAs JudgeMark 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.

Bob Hayes

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.

Martin B. Herman

Martin B Herman OSPAs judgeMartin Herman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Special Response Corporation and TeamWorks USA, maintains more than 30 years of diverse security experience. Mr. Herman is nationally known and recognized by the Federal court system as an expert in strike and work stoppage security, as well as a trainer and lecturer for various law enforcement and professional security seminars.

Since its foundation in 1986, Mr. Herman has guided Special Response Corporation through more than 3,000 security-related deployments throughout North America and has formulated security contingency plans for thousands of companies, small businesses and public agencies facing crisis situations ranging from homeland security threats to natural and manmade disasters.

Special Response Corporation’s experience includes the deployment of professional security teams to protect Fortune 500 companies during the Los Angeles and Baltimore Riots, protection of the anthrax vaccine for the CDC, and successful RICO cases as a result of concerted union violence and intimidation. Mr. Herman was instrumental in assessing the risk and developing the plan for the International Longshoreman and Warehouse Union (ILWU) West Coast protests in 2011 and the Verizon work stoppage in 2016. Special Response Corporation gained control of one of the largest ILWU actions from a volatile situation to a federal cease and desist order and one of the largest and longest North American strikes of the past decade.

He continues to broaden his base of knowledge and expertise in the field by completing courses and training in physical security, asset protection, security management, special weapons and tactics, terrorism, dignitary protection, and hostage negotiations from accredited institutions and programs.

Mr. Herman is very active in the security industry and has served on the board of the National Association of Security Companies (NASCO) for the past 10 years, a national association representing the largest security providers. Mr. Herman is also a member of ASIS, IACP, and was the Chairman of the Baltimore ASIS Chapter in previous years. Martin Herman has published numerous articles in trade publications and journals and has been featured in more than 50 national radio, television, and newspaper media on issues ranging from counterterrorism to labor unrest.

Thomas J. Langer

Tom Langer is the Principal of Atlantic Security Advisors, LLC, a consultancy in the broad spectrum of industrial security, risk mitigation and leadership development.

Tom was the Vice President of Security for BAE Systems, Inc., headquartered in Arlington, VA., until his retirement in July 2019. BAE Systems, Inc. is the U.S.-based arm of BAE Systems plc, headquartered in London, England. During his 40-year career with the company he held site, program and leadership roles in all aspects of security operations. Prior to BAE Systems, Tom was a sworn officer of the Manchester, NH Police Department.

Tom received his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Tom served as a member of the Board of Directors and President of ASIS International and has served on a number of other professional associations related to defense and intelligence.

Joe McDonald

Joe is the Retired Chief Security Officer for Switch Ltd. where he was responsible for personnel, physical, infrastructure and information security.  He has an extensive and well-rounded background in Security, his chosen profession.  For the past 30 years, he purposefully worked in as many aspects of the security profession as he could.   His career included positions as Corporate Facility Security Officer for a defense contractor, Security and Facilities Director for a national bank call center, Senior Security Consultant and Engineered Systems Sales Manager for major systems integrators designing large security and surveillance systems for gaming and industrial venues, and a Municipal Police Officer. Former Member of the Board of Directors for ASIS International, Member of the Board of Trustees for the ASIS Foundation

Bryn Palena

Bryn Palena is employed Sterling in New York, NY, and she resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.               Bryn works closely with global organizations to examine risk within the hiring process, deploy compliant solutions by leveraging technology and reduce time to hire, while ensuring quality for pre-employment background screening worldwide.

Sterling has been leading the industry since 1975, serving organizations with employment screening and hiring solutions so your organization can be confident in your people decisions and provide a safe workplace. With 20 offices in nine countries, our team of more than 4,800 employees proudly serves over 50,000 customers around the world, including a quarter of the Fortune 100 organization around the world.

Bryn continues as a member and leader within ASIS International (a global security & risk organization). In her over 24 years of volunteer leadership, she founded the Young Professionals initiative for the worldwide organization, has worked within the Women in Security Council and now serves on the Foundation Board. Her contributions to the Human Resources field have been serving on the Board of the Philadelphia Society for People & Strategy (PSPS) 10 years ago and has rejoined the board since 2019.

On a personal note, Bryn was born in North Dakota, and grew up in Colorado and goes back often to visit her Mother and older brother. She has resided in Pennsylvania for over 20 years, enjoys travel with her 15 year-old son, Eric, and loves being outdoors, including hiking, golf, kayaking, practicing yoga and is always up for time with friends.

Tracy Seymour

Tracy Seymour is responsible for business growth and development oversight and delivery of service to her clients in Washington DC. Tracy has been an active member of the Metropolitan DC community since 1999. Tracy has been with Allied Universal Security since 1995 and has more than 28 years of security experience. Tracy is a member of BOMA/AOBA, ASIS, IREM and is involved in five Business Improvement Districts. Ms. Seymour is the Vice Chair of Emergency Preparedness for BOMA International and is the Chair of Washington DC’s BOMA Chapter for Emergency Preparedness on Training and Education. Tracy holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.

Roy Williams III

Roy Williams III MBA, CHPA is the 2020 President for the International Association for Healthcare Security & Safety (IAHSS) and the National Director of Healthcare for PalAmerican. Roy was previously the Regional Director of Security & Emergency Management for Baptist Health Louisville & LaGrange hospitals, and served as the Board Liaison for the Council on Guidelines, and Membership Council; currently he serves the Commission on Certification and the Governance Committee.  Roy has more than 24 years of healthcare security, safety, emergency management, and municipal law enforcement experience, and is a Certified Healthcare Protection Administrator (CHPA).


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.