Building Coalitions, Communication, Project Management

Building Coalitions, Communication, Project Management

I was chosen by the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) to be the Host Chapter Seminar Chairman for the Society’s Annual Seminar & Exhibits held in Dallas, Texas.  To succeed in this critical assignment, I called on talented managers from different sectors of the security community. In addition to my own management team and other host chapter members, I networked with colleagues in the DoD, semiconductor, airline, healthcare and hotel industries as well as local and federal law enforcement.  These managers interviewed members in their own organizations to help gather the vital information needed to organize this effort.  I met weekly for over a year with many of the participants to compare notes and to draft a plan that would address our city’s special needs in hosting this huge spectacular.  The result was the creation of a new approach for hosting such a large event and the detailed plan for making it the “Biggest and Best Ever” annual seminar — Texas Style.

During the tenure of this project, I was continuously required to represent ASIS to many diverse groups throughout the city (e.g., lobby groups for transportation, hotels and restaurants/caterers) whose cooperation was needed to complete the project. I was often required to make presentations to management officials of those groups, to gain their support.

When the big week finally came, we had over 5,000 attendees and 500 exhibitors making it the biggest and best ever!  At the conclusion of the extravaganza, we received hundreds of phone calls and letters praising our efforts. The event was covered on local radio and television stations, and in the print media on a national basis.  I received a Certificate of Appreciation, inlayed in a walnut plaque, during Awards Ceremonies presented by the President and Board of Directors.  At our next local chapter meeting, I received a standing-ovation for my efforts on this yearlong project and I treasure that memory still today.