Monday was the Board meeting, following by the Annual Meeting and elections.
Tuesday was the Hit the Hill with each member visiting the offices of their Senators and Representatives. Also on Tuesday was the special luncheon and presentation of the "Duffy Award" inside the US Capitol building, and an afternoon reception, also in the US Capitol building.
Wednesday brought some unexpected challenges. Inclement weather overnight resulted in cancelled and changed flights, and having to adapt the schedule for our members. The new Board meeting was held, followed by the presentation of the Vinson Award and the Wunder Award, swearing in of Officers and Directors, followed by special speakers - Terry Kilburn for Tracers Information Specialists, and Cynthia Hetherington for The Hetherington Group. Tim Dimoff, for SACS Consulting and Investigative Services, was scheduled to speak and instead yielded his time so Cynthia could give her full presentation (one consequence of the weather and schedule change). Tim has agreed to come back next year.
Here are some photos and videos of this years events - NCISS_2018_HTH_Photo_Album
Officers (serving one-year terms):
- President - Brad Duffy
- 1st VP - Andrea Orozco
- 2nd VP - Chris Reynolds
- 3rd VP - Wes Bearden
- Treasurer - Candace Ivey
- Secretary - Mark Gillespie
- Board Chairman - Terry Myer
Regional and At Large Directors (serving alternating two-year terms)
Mark Gillespie (Region 4 – AL-AR-MO-LA-MS-NM-OK-TN-TX)
Michael Julian (Region 6 – AK-CA-HI-ID-MT-OR-NV-WA)
Tim Gilbert (appointed to Region 1 – IL-IN-MI-KY-OH-PA-WV)
At Large Directors – Dean Gluth and Tawni Tyndall
This year, the committee of the "Duffy" past recipients selected two persons - U.S. Capitol Police Special Agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey. for their acts in stopping a shooter and saving the life of Rep. Scalise and others at the softball practice on June 14, 2017 in nearby Alexandria VA.
This award was presented during the Hit the Hill luncheon, in the US Capitol Building. Giving the keynote address was Rep. David Young (IA) and presenting the award was House Majority Whip, Rep. Steve Scalise (IA).
Presentation of the John J. Duffy Memorial Achievement Award
Special Agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey
United States Capitol Police
March 20, 2018 – United States Capitol, Senate Visitors Center
The award recognizes exceptional contributions to NCISS by members who characteristically are not in the forefront in terms of recognition. This year the committee of the “Wunder” past recipients selected 2nd Vice President, Andrea Orozco. Her steadfast leadership and accomplishments on behalf of the Council and the profession epitomize what the Wunder family originally had in mind for recipients of the Award.
Here are some comments from NCISS leaders who have worked with Her: “When she says she will get it done – it gets done.” “She goes outside the box for solutions – and this is reflected in her tenure as a Board member.” “She is always thinking of others first.”“She quietly goes about her work and never cares about taking credit.” and “The Council owes her a lot over the past several years and she will play an integral part in securing its future.”
Presentation of Wayne J. Wunder Memorial Award by past recipients Brad Duffy and Michael Duffy:
The award is presented annually since 2012 to an elected Director, Committee Chair, or other member in recognition of outstanding leadership, dedication, and service to the National Council of Investigation and Security Services. Selected by the Executive Committee, this year’s award was presented to At Large Director, Brandy Lord.
Brandy is alternatively described as “dynamic” and a “powerhouse.” An unabashed NCISS supporter who knows the importance of the Council’s existence and lets other professionals know every chance she gets. She is a respected President of her state association in Indiana and a recruiter extraordinaire for the Council.
Presentation of Vinson Award to Brandy Lord by the first and most recent recipients, Dean Beers and Terry Myer:
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