Professional Excellence – Previous Recipients2020-01-15T08:04:01-05:00

Annual Bill Zalud Memorial Award for Professional Excellence Previous Recipients


2018 Award Recipient

Grant Lecky, MSc., CSyP, CBCP, CMCP, CORP – Security Partner’s Forum and the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Each year, one security professional or an organization is recognized for professional excellence and/or outstanding service/acts in the security profession by the International Foundation for Protection Officers.

"The nominations submitted were all outstanding supporters of professional excellence," Sandi Davies, executive director of the IFPO said.

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Grant Lecky is the co-founder of the Security Partners' Forum, the first-of-its-kind agile network of the global security community, with the purpose of building security and resilience capacity globally. Initiated in 2011, the SPF facilitates and enables enhanced communication and collaborative opportunities among its networked associations, across state jurisdictions, all levels of government, bridges the public sector and private sector and crosses the multitude of security and resilience domains and disciplines.

Lecky is also the business continuity and strategic planning officer at the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship in Canada. In this role, Grant oversees the business continuity and crisis management programs and the strategic departmental security plan. Grant is also part of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network in Risk and Resilience.

Lecky’s contribution to the global security community has resulted in numerous awards, honors and accolades including the Leader of the Decade Award by the Women Economic Forum and inclusion into the Canadian Who’s Who.  Lecky also currently sits on the editorial boards for both the Journal of Business Continuity & Emergency Planning, and the Cybersecurity Journal (Henry Stuart publications) and has professional certifications in security management, business continuity, crisis management, risk management, organizational resilience and critical infrastructure protection.

Lecky has an extensive educational background which includes a master of science degree in Security and Risk Management from the University of Leicester UK, a diploma in Security Management from Algonquin College, and a series of executive level certificates from the Burrill Green Corporate Security Business School, and the International Security Management Association.

In 2011, the IFPO factored heavily into Lecky’s master’s thesis on organizations that were vital to the further professionalization of security across Canada and worldwide.  Since then, the IFPO has continued to evolve in its contributions to global security and in many cases, worked alongside the Security Partners’ Forum.


Award Honorable Mention Recipient

Gary Kuty - Kuty Associates, LLC

Gary H. Kuty, president & CEO of Kuty & Associates, LLC, is a 40-year-veteran of the law enforcement and private security.  Gary is a graduate of Youngstown State University, in Youngstown, Ohio, with a bachelor of science degree in Law Enforcement Administration. Kuty’s past is a well-balanced mix of public and private law enforcement and security.  After a 12-year career in public law enforcement in northeastern Ohio, Kuty spent the next 20 years in the private security industry, holding a variety of positions across the country, including owning a security company in Columbus, Ohio.  In 2002, Kuty fulfilled his lifelong dream and formed Kuty and Associates, LLC, a professional security consulting agency based in Dayton, Ohio.

Kuty has provided high level management, marketing and sales expertise to the industry over the years.  Highly regarded by his peers on a national basis, he is past president and chairman of both the Ohio Association of Security and Investigation Services and the National Council of Investigation and Security Services.  After 20 years as council chair, vice chair and member, Kuty now serves on the prestigious Security Services Council and ASIS International as a lifetime member.

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Currently winding down his career as a consultant, Kuty is an mentor to young security professionals and believes in giving back to the profession which has been so rewarding to him. Kuty has had numerous security and sales-related articles published in several trade association journals and has lectured on a variety of topics to several professional security organizations. Kuty and his wife Liz reside in Dayton, Ohio and spend time enjoying their second home in Cape Coral, Florida.  Their daughter, Annie, resides in New York City and their son Gary Jr. and his wife Katy live in Columbus, Ohio.

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Davies said she has worked closely with Kuty in various volunteer leadership capacities over the years and always found him to be extremely driven and willing to help others succeed.


2017 Award Recipient

Amalgamated Security Service Limited from Macoya, Trinidad

Amalgamated Security Service Limited have been huge proponents of professional excellence over the last several decades.  This agency, which employs on average 3,500 individuals, is committed to providing all levels of education to their employees. Click here for the official award newsletter.


Award Honorable Mention

SecTek, Inc. from Reston, VA

SecTek, Inc. is also very committed to making available educational opportunities to its employees.  Ms. Davies said that initially Senior Vice President Ann Trinca kicked off her program initiative with the IFPO by enrolling and successfully passing the programs herself.  Ms.  Davies recalled  a statement once made by Ms. Trinca who said, “It was clear from the beginning the IFPO certifications presented an excellent professional development opportunity for SecTek’s security officers.” Click here for more information.


Both of these organizations will be featured in an upcoming issue of Security Magazine. Additionally, the IFPO will host a very special place for them on the IFPO website. Achievement plaques will be presented as well as complimentary annual IFPO Corporate Memberships.