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ISSA International President Keyaan Williams

A New Season is Dawning for the ISSA

November marks the beginning of a new season for the ISSA. As part of our ongoing commitment to improve services for our members and the chapters that support them, the ISSA is restructuring the association. Small changes have been occurring since this summer; however, fall marks the beginning of a major transition for the association and the way we operate.

The most significant change relates to our relationship with Drohan Management Group (DMG). DMG has supported numerous functions since 2014 that contributed to the growth in our membership, our programs, and the number of chapters that exist globally to support our mission. DMG provided a variety of executive directors to support operations and strategic initiatives, and many members are familiar with Leah, Matt, and Monique who worked directly in support of various programs like member services, chapter support, SIGs, committees, and the ISSA CISO Forum.

As of October 31, DMG no longer serves as the management company for the ISSA. Allowing one provider to support most of the association’s operations had limitations regarding our ability to negotiate pricing and manage operational risks for the association.

On behalf of the ISSA International Board of Directors, it is my honor and privilege to announce Dave Tyson as the new Executive Director for the association. Dave is a seasoned physical security and information security professional who has years of experience of association management and organizational transformation from his time as the president of the ASIS International. With Dave’s support, the transition from DMG provides an opportunity for us to obtain the best value from each individual provider who supports the association. Each service provider will report to the executive director, who will provide daily oversight for every function that allows the association to provide support to our chapters, our members, and our stakeholders.

Members of the ISSA CISO Forum have already realized the benefits of our new approach. Since hiring Mansfield Sales Partners (MSP), we have been able to provide concierge services that make participation in the CISO Forum more valuable for the executive members of the ISSA. If you are not a member of the CISO Forum, now is a great time to enhance the value of your membership. In addition to the support from MSP and our drive to constantly improve this membership service, the value of the CISO Forum has been enhanced by our partnership with Wisegate, providing complementary (opt-in) access to a practitioner-based research service that enables qualified senior professionals to freely share information.

All ISSA members will notice incremental changes as part of our organizational transformation. Some of those changes are reflected on the www.issa.org website where we have updated information for various management contacts. Soon, instead of contacting a specific person for help, program mailboxes and web forms will be available to improve the process we use to provide accountability and updates for support requests from our members.

Inclusiveness is another initiative that supports the changes to the ISSA. Rather than limiting decisions about the direction of the ISSA to the board of directors, we also plan to provide opportunities for our members to contribute to the decisions we make by participating in the committees established to govern the activities of the ISSA. This initiative started for the chapters committee at the October Chapter Leaders Summit. Some chapter leaders have already submitted requests to participate. Anyone else who is interested should email chaptercommittee@issa.org.

We also have a few inaugural members of the education and professional development committee who will identify programs and solutions that allow chapters to contribute to the professional growth of their members. Beginning in January, we plan to open all committees to any ISSA member who wants to participate in the process that defines initiatives, programs, and decisions at the committee level.

The future of ISSA is an exciting one, and you can look forward to additional announcements to come in the next few months.

~Keyaan Williams

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