Guest Speakers

March 2013: Ethan Mac Andrews started boxing at age 8. He had 78 Amateur bouts and 12 professional boxing bouts. Started competing in San Shou 1990. Ethan has earned Black Belts in Diato Ryu, Iato, Kendo, Aiki- Jitsu, Aikido, Sambo, Judo, Bihonte and San Shou. Ethan began fighting in ValeTudo 1993. He retired from competitive fighting in 1999 with a record of 15-2 Pro Vale Tudo. 68-4 Pit Fighting. Ethan has trained Naval Special Warefare & Recon personnel in fighting tactics and has taught Jiu-jitsu seminars with various LE & Military groups. In 2002 Ethan was part of the Police Corps National Defensive Tactics program development, and graduated from the Soulis Shooting Systems Instructors School. Ethan has served on the Defensive Tactics Commission for Utah P.O.S.T, 4 other instructor development schools and has several LE Instructor Certifications. Professionally, Ethan has worked in a variety of high profile protection details and was Director of Risk Management for Hilton Hotels in the Western States. In his spare time referees the professional MMA fights in multiple states.

February 2013: Jodie Sampson has spent the last 18 years in Law Enforcement as a Patrol Officer. She is a Crisis Intervention Team member coordinator. Ms. Sampson not only talks on the topic of mental illness and people in crisis, she practices what she preaches in her daily work life.

January 2013: David Figge has been a corporate speaker for over 18 years with topics ranging from personal health to how to make major lifestyle changes. He spent many years speaking and teaching on the topic of attaining goals with the United Way and has helped thousands make simple and easy changes that have transformed their lives. His speaking style is both fun and informative and you never quite know what to expect. You can contact David at [email protected]  

December 2012: Brian Miyasaki is the Founder and President of ION Manager, Inc. ION Manager was created for the purpose of helping managers be better leaders to maximize their effectiveness and overall business results. ION Manager utilizes individual scorecards, effective goal setting focused on employee development and strategy, and frequent feedback and coaching to increase employee engagement, accountability, and communication. Brian began his career in leadership development with the Center for Management and Organization Effectiveness (CMOE) and quickly became Vice President. Brian worked with many small and large organizations around the country in developing their leadership programs. He facilitated groups in training sessions on topics such as; Strategic Thinking, Coaching Skills, Teamwork, and Conflict Resolution. Brian continues to do research on how to use technology to increase the effectiveness of managers and leaders in organizations and industries around the world. He believes that companies will be more profitable by providing the tools necessary for managers to become leaders and drive results from their teams.  

November 2012: Don Thomas Security Officer of the Year Award – No Guest Speaker

October 2012: Andrew Allman is the owner/operator of Utah's newest Chick-fil- A restaurant at City Creek Center, located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City. Born in Southern California, and raised in Utah, Andrew comes from outside of the Chick-fil-A family. Calling himself a "Raving Fan" of the brand, Andrew was first and foremost a customer before becoming an Owner/Operator. Andrew's previous company, Del Sol was around the corner from a Chick-fil-A restaurant, which he frequented several times a week enjoying the #3 with no pickles, and learning more about the culture and business model of Chick-fil-A. Andrew began at Del Sol as an intern managing a retail store in Puerto Rico before joining the corporate staff as a Regional Sales Manager, and then Associate Vice President of Advertising. Chick-fil-A founded, founded by Truett Cathy in Atlanta, Georgia continues to be a family-run business based on Biblical principles. Gross sales across Chick-fil-A's 1600+ independently owned restaurants eclipsed $4 billion in 2011, and continues to maintain the highest sales average per unit in the quick service industry, while only operating 6 days a week.

September 2012: René Johnson, the Power Zone Coach, partners with passionate, purpose-driven small business leaders, providing personal, leadership and team development. René is a sought after inspirational speaker, President for The National Association of Women Business Owners for Utah, the author of Leaving Your Comfort Zone: How to Lead Your Life from the Power Zone as well as an international business leadership continuing education author for the American Dental Association. René’s services are designed to accelerate clients and audiences into their Power Zones, where they transform into empowered leaders, rapidly achieving goals and improving team productivity and wellbeing which moves your business forward, all while experiencing more balance, peace and joy in their lives. To learn more about René Johnson please visit her at

August 2012: Hal Bennick has spent the last 15 years deeply involved in IT and Physical Security. His experiences include managing international server-based computing networks, designing the network topology of the first pure IP video surveillance solution in a K-12 institution in the US, and assisting in the deployment of several large wireless networks to support public safety entities around the country. Hal is currently the Regional Director of Central and Western United States and Canada for Fluidmesh Networks, Inc.

July 2012:Joe Chapman served with the U.S. military including senior levels in military police and CID (criminal investigative division), executive protection, security surveys, and crime prevention.  His overseas assignments entailed leading and anti-terrorism team that conducted worldwide, low-visibility, special operations in sensitive environments. After retiring from the military he worked in private security as Operations Manager and later General Manager before starting his own contract security company in 2001.  He has written his own training manuals and served on multiple State committees regarding the security industry and security training. In 2010 he developed J. Chapman Academy.  This training academy is certified by the Department of Occupation and Professional Licensing (DOPL), the Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI), and the National Rifle Association (NRA) and is highly-sought after by civilians and other security companies.

June 2012: Guest Panel

Garth Oborn, CPP – Wells Fargo: Garth graduated from Idaho State University with a BBA in Business Management, starting his banking career in 1970, working 26 years for Key Bank/Keycorp and later, Wells Fargo, where he has spent the last 14 years as a Corporate Security Agent, now applying the majority of his time to the states of Utah and Alaska.  Presently, Garth is responsible for handling physical security issues related to:  theft, bank robbery, property damage, bomb threat, biological threat, extortion, kidnapping, and the more complex cases involving information asset loss (or compromised data [more specifically, “loss of protected information”]).  As well, Garth works workplace violence cases involving:  threats, harassment, business disruption, domestic dispute, stalking, and assault. . . And, as Garth would summarize it:   “I have never experienced a boring day in this role.”

Jesse Campbell - Fidelity Investments: Jesse is Senior Director of Corporate Security for Fidelity Investments, responsible for the physical security, life safety, training and readiness, of multiple Fidelity locations throughout the Western United States as well as Fidelity's international locations. Prior to his current role, Jesse served as the Country Head for Fidelity Corporate Security in India, with responsibility for investigations, vetting services, physical security operations, travel security, executive support and incident response for all India based operations. His experience also includes managing regional security operations at Fidelity locations in North Carolina and Texas. Jesse graduated from Weber State University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. He also attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Kenan Flagler Business School and graduated from the International Security Management Association (ISMA) Leadership Program sponsored by Georgetown University. Jesse is a member of the Utah Department of Homeland Security - Private Sector Coordinating Council and a member of the Asia Crisis and Security Group.

Nancy Ford – American Express & Security 101: Nancy has over 25 year’s professional leadership experience and has held positions in a broad range of Operations, Technology and Security areas within American Express and IBM.  Currently Nancy is the Director of IT Risk and Information Security and Global Service Continuity for American Express.  Most recently, Nancy served as the Chief Information Officer for the American Express Bank, FSB in Utah. In addition, Nancy is a small business owner in Utah and serves as the President of Security 101.  Security101 specializes in providing integrated security systems, including Access Control, CCTV systems, and Intrusion Alarms for commercial clients. It is a national company with local ownership to engineer, install, monitor, manage and maintain sophisticated security solutions. On a personal note; While Nancy is a native from Florida, she has made Utah her home for the past 15 years.  She serves on the Board of Directors for the Utah Valley Mental Health Foundation, is married to her best friend (Rob) and together they are the proud parents of three college students.  In her free time, Nancy enjoys playing tennis and is an avid licensed pilot who loves mountain flying and aerial photography.

Pete Ferguson, CPP  - eBay: Pete is the head of eBay's Global Safety & Security Program Development, responsible for educating 30,000+ eBay Inc. employees and contractors on their role in providing a safe & secure workplace. Pete also heads the Physical Security audit & compliance team responsible for all external and internal audits to maintain PayPal's financial institution standing globally, requiring tight integration with Information Security departments, Legal, HR, and IT. Prior to his current role, Pete was Asia Pacific Regional Manager, with responsibility for all eBay Inc. businesses and contracts throughout Asia to include site assessments, vendor selection and management, support for traveling executives, etc. Pete graduated from Brigham Young University, where he began his security career at the Museum of Art, with a degree in Communications, Public Relations. Pete received his Certified Protection Professional (CPP) designation from the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS) International in June of 2009.

May 2012: Chris Gebhardt is a seasoned law enforcement manager and trainer for over 20 years. He served as a Police Supervisor and IT Manager for three different police departments in Utah and was the Commander of the Tactical Crime Analysis Unit for the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC. Mr. Gebhardt is a Certified Microsoft Office Expert and a nationally recognized expert in law enforcement technology. He has presented various topics and speeches at numerous local and national conferences including Department of Justice, International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the National Sheriff's Association conferences and symposiums. His presentations are often rated exceptionally high.

April 2012: Sagy Amit is an Israeli born security professional. With almost two decades of industry experience, his background includes service in the IDF as a paratrooper, with focus on border control technologies. Sagy moved to New York City in 1996 and started his civilian career with local integrators as a locksmith, and low voltage technician. In 2005 Sagy was hired to manage the US subsidiary of Israeli based Homage, than the pioneer company in the field of Video Analytics on the edge. For the past 8 years he was involved in designing Video Analytics solutions for nuclear plants, Utility substations, Chemical facilities, prisons and many more. In his current role with VideoIQ Sagy focuses on adopting smart camera technology for mainstream users.

March 2012: Peter Ferguson, CPP is our ASIS chapter Vice Chairman and an experienced people manager at the World’s Largest Online Marketplace, eBay. He has conducted interviews and found talent in India, China, Korea, Malaysia, Australia, Singapore, Ireland and throughout North America.

February 2012: Severin Sorensen, CPP is President & CEO of Sikurity LLC, where he applies his 20+ years senior-level executive management experience in physical security. Mr. Sorensen is a book author of "Economic Misery and Crime Waves". He advises security industry thought leaders on emerging trends in security, advanced video surveillance, perimeter protection technologies, and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). Severin is a Past Academic Program Advisor for the ASIS Assets Protection Course I - Concepts and Methods, Past Chairman of the Physical Security Council, and current member of the ASIS Physical Security Council International Subcommittee. Mr. Sorensen has served in the White House as a Special Assistant to the President and Regional Liaison, Bureau of State and Local Affairs, Office of National Drug Control Policy.

January 2012: David Figge has been a corporate speaker for over 18 years with topics ranging from personal health to how to make major lifestyle changes. He spent many years speaking and teaching on the topic of attaining goals with the United Way and has helped thousands make simple and easy changes that have transformed their lives. His speaking style is both fun and informative and you never quite know what to expect. You can contact David at [email protected]