NAPLES, Fl. – The International Foundation for Protection Officers recently announced the appointment of three luminaries of the security industry to the IFPO Board of Directors:
Kevin Palacios, MS.c, CPP, PSP, PCI, CPOI
Kevin Palacios is passionate about security, safety and education. One of the very few Latin American ASIS triple-crowners, he as worked at organizations from several industries, in charge of executive protection, investigations, physical security, training and consulting.
Palacios currently directs the Occupational Health and Safety Master's degree at Universidad del Pacífico - Ecuador, runs his private security coaching practice and is also an instructor for Professional Security Certification training programs in Latin America, Asia, Africa and Oceania.
He also serves as a volunteer leader at ASIS, ASSP and ICF. Has published dozens of articles in the America's and Europe; is also a contributing author in both IFPO's textbooks: Security Supervision and Management: Theory and Practice of Asset Protection; and, The Professional Protection Officer: Practical Security Strategies and Emerging Trends.
Dr. Linda Florence, CPP
Linda Florence is the founder of The Florence Group, a management consulting firm specializing in executive development, organizational consulting and leadership coaching for the security profession with a wide range of successful consulting and training engagements.
She has 25+years’ experience driving enterprise security risk management to best-practice levels with expertise leading organizations through crisis events. She served as the security director for Fortune 500 companies in various industries including banking, retail, telecom and casino gaming, integrating security and risk management as an essential element of business strategy and culture.
Florence is a sought-after speaker on security and leadership topics, expert witness for security, researcher, published author, and contributor to standards and guidelines. Her academic experience includes serving as dean of security for two universities, and still mentors graduate- and doctoral-levels students, and faculty for ASIS Assets Protection Course.
In addition, Florence brings a passion for volunteer leadership and currently serves as the chairman of the Foundation Board of Trustees for ASIS International. She was previously elected to the ASIS Board of Directors and served as the president of the Professional Certification Board. In 2018, she led the Security Cares initiative for the Global Security Exchange and participated in the President’s Federal Commission on School Safety for the Department of Homeland Security.
Florence has a Doctorate in Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Industrial/Organizational Psychology with a research focus in workplace violence prevention and leadership.
In 2018, Florence was the recipient of ASIS International's Karen Marquez Women in Security Award.
Michael J. Fagel, Ph.D., CEM, CPOI, CPO
Michael Fagel has been in many phases of security and safety since first serving as a campus public safety officer in 1974, moving to industrial security in 1976. His career has spanned fire and rescue, emergency medical services, emergency management and state and county law enforcement.
He is currently teaching homeland security for several DHS contractors in the intelligence and protective fields.
As a FEMA reservist, Fagel responded to the Oklahoma City Bombing on April 19, 1995 and the World Trade Center Attack in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001, where he served for 100 days on-site as a liaison officer to the Fire Department of the City of New York.
Fagel has authored six books on safety and security, with his textbook " Crisis management & Emergency Planning" earning ASIS' Inaugural Textbook of the Year. His latest book, "Soft Targets Crisis Management" was nominated for book of the year by ASIS. He served four years as an intelligence officer for the National Guard Bureau as well as several mid-east assignments.
Fagel teaches at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Northern Illinois University, Eastern Kentucky University, The National Center for Biomedical Research & Training at LSU, as well as Aurora University. He has published over 500 articles and contributed to 20 textbooks. He also serves as a member of the ASIS School Safety and Security Council.
“We are pleased to welcome these fine professionals to the IFPO’s Board of Directors,” Larry Fennelly, IFPO Secretary and IFPO Board Member said. “Our goal is to provide relevant educational programs and opportunities for security personnel. With these individuals background and experience I’m certain that we will exceed our goals. They bring a wealth of knowledge to our Board."
“We are excited to have Michael, Linda, and Kevin join our dedicated and talented board,” IFPO Executive Director Sandi Davies said. “We look forward to their contributions in fostering the IFPO’s mission statement and Foundation objectives.”
The International Foundation for Protection Officers is dedicated to providing meaningful, cost effective education for all levels of security personnel. Educational institutions as well as individuals have found the IFPO Programs to be a valuable professional development tool.
We believe that education is an essential part of professional development for those charged with protecting others: The Foundation serves individuals, security service firms, and organizations that have their own security staff. Career orientated officers as well as individuals benefit from the recognition and professional standing that the Foundation certification conveys.