Professional Excellence2021-12-29T21:47:24-05:00

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.

Prestigious Opportunity & International Exposure

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 6th Bill Zalud Memorial Award for Professional Excellence.  Nomination applications are now available and the deadline for applications will be October 31, 2022. Click Here to download and complete your application now!

“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."


2021 Award Recipients

Garry Bergin & Paul Kellett

Bill Zalud Award winners Garry Bergin and Paul Kellett, two prominent figures in the Irish security industry, were honored recently by Lord Mayor of Dublin Alison Gilliland.

"It was my pleasure to acknowledge Garry's and Paul's most prestigious achievement," Gilliland. said. "It gives our city great joy to see two of its sons rise to the pinnacle of their profession and to be recognized among their global peers. We are very proud of them."

Congratulations to Garry and Paul, and here's to many more years of excellence in the security industry!

LIKE the IFPO on Facebook!

Garry Bergin, PC; MSc; CSyP®; CPP®, CPOI®, FSyl; F.ISRM

Garry Bergin PC; MSc; CSyP®; CPP®; CPOI®; FSyI; F.ISRM is a highly-qualified and experienced security professional, with over two decades of security operations management experience across a variety of security industry sectors where he has managed some of the largest multi-national security contracts in Ireland. Garry holds an MSc in Security Management and is currently studying towards a Professional Doctorate at the University of Portsmouth focusing on the development of training programs for the security industry internationally. He is a Chartered Security Professional (CSyP) and an ASIS Board Certified CPP®.

A Peace Commissioner appointed by the Irish Minister for Justice and Equality, he is a Fellow of both the Security Institute and the Institute of Strategic Risk Management (ISRM) as well as an IFPO Certified Protection Officer Instructor CPOI®. He is the current Vice-Chair of both ASIS Ireland Chapter and the ISRM Ireland Chapter. A Director, Board Member and Lecturer with the Security Institute of Ireland, Garry also serves as an Advisory Board Member to IFPO UK & Ireland. In 2021, Garry was ranked #11 by IFSEC in the Commercial Security (Thought Leader/ Academic/ Association Figure) category. Garry has also been selected as a judge for the Irish OSPA’s for 2021/2022

Paul Kellett DSM, PC, MSc; CPP®, CPOI®

Paul Kellett DSM, PC, MSc; CPP®, CPOI® is a highly-skilled and experienced security professional with over 33 years front-line uniformed service, including 15 years of strategic management experience in a leadership role. He also has 14 years military experience, during which he was decorated for bravery, awarded the Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) and the Spanish Cross of Naval Merit with White Distinction by the Spanish Ambassador to Ireland, on behalf of the King of Spain. He holds a MSc in Emergency Management from Dublin City University (DCU), ASIS Board Certified CPP® and an IFPO Certified Protection Officer Instructor (CPOI®).

Paul was appointed by the Irish Minister for Justice and Equality as a Peace Commissioner. He is the current Secretary of the ASIS Ireland Chapter, a Director and Lecturer with the Security Institute of Ireland and a Director of the Emergency Management Institute of Ireland (EMII). Paul also serves as an Advisory Board Member to IFPO UK & Ireland. Paul has also been selected as a judge for the Irish OSPA’s for 2021/2022.


To view the full awards release, please check back soon.

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.