Professional Excellence2020-11-24T14:41:57-05:00

Annual Bill Zalud Memorial Award for Professional Excellence

Each year, one security professional or an organization is recognized for professional excellence or outstanding service in the security profession by the International Foundation for Protection Officers. The selected individual or organization is the recipient of the Annual Bill Zalud Memorial Award for Professional Excellence.

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For over three decades, Bill covered and shaped the security industry. His knowledge of the industry, his readers, the advertisers of the publications and their services have brought great value to his contributions. Bill strived to serve the industry with Professional Excellence. Click Here to read the latest News Release.

Plans are already underway for the 5th Bill Zalud Memorial Award for Professional Excellence.  Nomination applications will be available on the IFPO website by March 1st, 2021 and the deadline for applications will be October 31, 2021.

“We are very proud to have had Bill serve on the IFPO Board of Directors for more than a decade," Davies said. "His long and outstanding service to our organization made a significant difference. Bill had given strategic direction and vision to the foundation. As an industry insider, his leadership was instrumental in making the foundation the success it is today."


2020 Award Recipient

Saudi Aramco - Industrial Security Operations Academy

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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The  Bill  Zalud  Memorial  Award  was  established  in  2015  to  recognize  professional  excellence  or outstanding service in the security profession. “Saudi Aramco – Industrial Security Operations Academy is one of those organizations that is a strong advocate of professional excellence and has been an exceptional resource of professional development for employees” said Sandi Davies, the IFPO’s Executive Director.

For almost two decades, Saudi Aramco – Industrial Security Operations Academy has made available IFPO, ASIS International, and various other educational programs to their officers. Combinations of hands-on, practical, and written assessments are used to measure training efficacy, including a 360 degree feedback mechanism from the trainees, instructors, mentors, and supervisors implemented during and after each program is delivered. The Academy’s efforts have produced diversity of over 6,000 male and female security professionals, who play crucial roles in protecting Saudi Aramco’s assets and people across Saudi Arabia.

“As a premier security training institution in the Middle East, Saudi Aramco – Industrial Security Operations Academy is fully committed and couldn’t be prouder of our staff and mutually beneficial partnerships, such as with the IFPO, that have helped achieve such a big success” said Kevin Brown, Senior Trainer/Subject Matter Expert (SME).

In conclusion, Ms. Davies said “We are very proud to have a continued partnership with Saudi Aramco – Industrial Security Operations Academy. Their long dedication and outstanding service to our organization and the industry has made a significant and measurable difference because of the strategic direction they strive for in becoming a world-class security academy.”


To view the full awards release, click here.

For Past Award Recipients & Runner Ups

Please visit our Previous Recipients page.

ABOUT BILL ZALUD:  Zalud served in the U.S. Army for many years.  In 1987, Zalud became the editor of SECURITY MAGAZINE and SDM Magazine. He spent over three decades covering and shaping the security industry.  His knowledge of the industry, his readers, the advertisers of the publications and their products and services brought great value to his contributions.

In 2009, Zalud became the editor emeritus working with Editor Diane Ritchey.  He continued to do research, writing insightful articles, columns and blogs.  He wrote the Zalud Report, a popular column about technology and industry trends, up until a few years ago.  The archives of his column are available online at securitymagazine.com.