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2021 Awards/Honors Gala
December 14, 2021


2021 Awards/Honors Gala

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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.

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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
Posthumously

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.
OEMC

 

Patricia Bounds
OEMC
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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
Securitas



 

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