Welcome to the Illinois Security Professionals Association® (ISPA). ISPA is a duly registered 501(c)6 Not-for-Profit organization under IRS guidelines. The organization is comprised of security professionals, law enforcement and public safety professionals who are committed to working together and promoting professional relationships within the industry.

Members can expect forums for networking opportunities, the exchange of ideas and information, professional development and legislative initiatives benefiting security professionals.

ISPA has a proud history of industry involvement and since 1961 has been the leading organization promoting cooperation between law enforcement and security organizations. Throughout the years, we have fostered collaborations with the FBI, US Secret Service, Dept. of Homeland Security, Illinois State Police, Chicago Police Department, Chicago Fire Department, and other first responders throughout Illinois.

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Comprised of security professionals committed to working together and promoting professional
relationships within the industry.

Promoting cooperation between law enforcement and private security organizations since 1961.

2021 Awards/Honors Gala
December 14, 2021

2021 Awards/Honors Gala


Who represents the security industry in Illinois? The Illinois Security Professionals Association®.

Sponsoring the Awards/Honors Gala puts you and your brand in front of security professionals from across the State of Illinois who are actively engaged in the security industry. Our members trust I.S.P.A. as a resource for delivering an excellent value proposition and finding programs and products that will enhance their professional lives. Become seen and heard! Let us help amplify your brand. After all, we are the "Voice for Security" in the State of Illinois.

Click here to view sponsorship details:Sponsorship Opportunities

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2021 Award/Honors Recipients

Lindberg Bell Security Executive of the Year (Sponsored by: Palamerican)
Paul HerringPaul Herring
Senior Director Global Security
SC Johnson a Family Company

Laurence P. Mulcrone Lifetime Achievement
Timothy J. McCarthyTimothy J. McCarthy

Chief of Police (Ret.)

Orland Park Police Dept.


Law Enforcement Official of the Year
(Sponsored by: Chicago Uniform Company)
James R. BlackChief James R. Black
Crystal Lake Police Department

Chris PapaioannouChristopher Papaioannou
Commander Chicago Police Dept.

Law Enforcement Award of Valor

(Sponsored by: Chicago Uniform Company)
Ella G. FrenchElla G. French
Chicago Police Department

Carlos Yanez Jr.Carlos Yanez Jr.
Chicago Police Department

Joshua BlasJoshua Blas
Chicago Police Department


Carlos CastilloCarlos Castillo
Chicago Police Department

Law Enforcement Life Saving Award
Alejandro LopezAlejandro Lopez
Plano Police Department

James Brodie Excellence in Legislation
Marcus EvansMarcus Evans

IL. State Representative 33rd District

Rita MayfieldRita Mayfield
IL. State Representative 60th District


John ConnorJohn Connor
IL. State Senator 43rd District

Chairman's Award
Andrew BartolAndrew Bartol

P4 Security Solutions


Mentor Award
Wes HerringWes Herring

Sidley Austin LLP



Fire Life Safety Official of the Year
Richard C. Ford IIRichard Ford II

Chicago Fire Department - Retired

Public Private Liaison Award
David SmartDavid Smart

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

Nick SeneseNick Senese
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center


Excellence in Public Service
Anthony ScarpelliAnthony F. Scarpelli

Chief of Police (Ret.)
Skokie Police Department

Excellence in Emergency Management

Gary MichonGary Michon
Equity Office

Michael SchroederMichael Schroeder
Equity Office


Keith Thornton Jr.Keith Thornton Jr.


Patricia Bounds
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Excellence in Real Estate Management
Kristin PabstKristin Pabst

Merchandise Mart


Security Life Saving
(Sponsored by: Krauskopf Kauffman)
Ben RutherfordBen Rutherford
Edward-Elmhurst Health


Jason GutknechtJason Gutknecht
Edward-Elmhurst Health



Colton BoswellColten Boswell
Edward-Elmhurst Health



Seah HutmakerSean Hutmaker
Edward-Elmhurst Health


Kerri BeasleyKerri Beasley
Edward-Elmhurst Health



Ricardo PerezRicardo Perez
Edward-Elmhurst Health



Michael UlrichMichael Ulrich


Nicholas SykesNicholas J. Sykes
Allied Universal



Lawrence BethscheiderLawrence Bethscheider
Allied Universal


Joshua SpenceJoshua Spence
Allied Universal


Anthony LoughmillerAnthony Loughmiller
Allied Universal


JJacquelyn Cruzacquelyn Cruz
Allied Universal

Excellence in Security Operations (Sponsored by: TrackTik)

Michael OrtizMicheal Ortiz
Formerly with Allied Universal

Jenell BennettJenell Bennett
P4 Security Solutions


Micah LaneMicah Lane
MB Real Estate


William Jefferson William Jefferson
Allied Universal

Security Professionals Who Made a Difference (Sponsored by: Accurate Biometrics)

Matthew LyonsMatthew Lyons
Allied Universal




Michael BreeseMichael Breese
Allied Universal



Anthony WaedekinAnthony Waedekin
Allied Universal


Geena LociceroGeena Locicero
Allied Universal


Rene VillarrealRene Villarreal
Securitas Security


Ryan SuszkoRyan Suszko
Securitas Security





Upcoming Events

Dec. 14  60th Annual Awards/Honors Gala
             Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
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Jan. 13  Educational Forum Series Luncheon - East Bank Club

Jan. 17 - ISPA Webinar
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Presented by: The US Department of State
Topic: TBD