The ASIS International 61st Seminar & Exhibits in Anaheim, CA have come and gone. The Puget Sound Chapter had 68 of its members in attendance between September 27 – October 1. A couple of Puget Sound Chapter members wanted to share their experiences (good & not to so good) while attending the conference:
Dan Kieling (VP Corporate Security, Wells Fargo and Co)
After being absent from the ASIS International Seminar and Exhibits the past few years this year was a year to attend and reconnect. One thing I realize is that this is the biggest and best show of its kind for our industry.
The 61st ASIS International Conference in Anaheim consisted of among other things:
- Warm SoCal weather
- Acres of exhibitor booths and miles of walking
- The latest technology and methodology on display
- Long days that go by fast
- Too many good classes which made it difficult to narrow down which ones to attend
- Associates and acquaintances from present and past allowing one to network, connect and re-connect
- Learning, socializing, food, fun times and busy days sum it all up
If you have not experienced this event, I would encourage you to do so!
Gene Snavely (Manager, Global Supply Chain Physical Security, Global Food Defense, Starbucks Coffee Company, Global Safety & Security)
As a company, Starbucks sent 9 individuals that included our Protective Services Team and our Security Systems Team. For me personally I was recently added to the Food Defense & Agriculture Security Council so I attended my first meeting as well as spent time at our council booth. As I stated to my leadership team, this conference is an invaluable part of our professional development, education, networking and council participation. As last year was my first year to attend an ASIS Conference I can say that our team as a whole enjoyed the conference in Atlanta over Anaheim.
This year I felt that the sessions were not as good as last year and the sheer amount of individuals on the exhibit floor appeared to be overwhelming and not enough time to see everyone, even the key individuals that we wanted to meet with. The one piece of feedback that I wanted to say is that during the luncheons, all the presenters appeared to be stuck on the teleprompters and is was so over scripted that it did not come across as genuine and personal. On a positive note, I again connected with so many individuals so the networking is always extremely beneficial.