ASIS Overhauls 2017 Seminar & Exhibits, Shortens Day 3 Hours

The exhibits will begin on Tuesday, rather than the traditional Monday start. ASIS organizers have also elected to reduce the exhibition hours on Day 3.

DALLAS — ASIS Int’l revamped its lineup of top networking events, among other modifications, to enhance attendee experience at the 63rd Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2017) in Dallas.

ASIS 2017 will do away with the traditional welcome reception and instead host an Opening Night Celebration at Gilley’s Dallas on Sunday, Sept. 24, from 7-10 p.m. The event is expected to attract thousands of security professionals from across the globe for a distinctly Texan experience.

“The opening night celebration will be unlike anything you’ve experienced in the past,” says Charles E. Andrews, CPP, a Texas native and member of the ASIS Int’l Board of Directors. “There will be mechanical bull riding, armadillo races, live music and of course, plenty of old-fashioned fun. We look forward to welcoming attendees to Texas and showcasing what makes our state so special.”

The annual President’s Reception is moving to a new night this year, taking place Wednesday, Sept. 27, at AT&T Stadium — home of the Dallas Cowboys — from 7-10 p.m. The event provides the opportunity to participate in on-the-field games and drills, tour the locker rooms and meet the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders.

New for this year, the exhibits will begin on Tuesday, rather than the traditional Monday start. Organizers have also elected to reduce the exhibition hours on Day 3, given flagging attendance in recent years. The exhibit hours will be: Sept. 26-27, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Sept. 28, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“We’ve listened to our members, attendees, exhibitors and sponsors, and that feedback is reflected in our modernized agenda for Dallas,” says Thomas J. Langer, CPP, 2017 president, ASIS Int’l. “The enhancements being made to our lineup of networking events allow attendees to make — and strengthen — vital connections at dynamic events kicking off and closing out a busy week that advances and celebrates the security profession.”

Among keynotes notables, on the morning of Sept. 25, George W. Bush will share insights on his eight years in the White House. Later that day, Mark Cuban will discuss his perspective on the disruptive potential of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, among topics. Carey Lohrenz, the first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy, will present the closing keynote address on Sept. 28.

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Although Bosch’s name is quite familiar to those in the security industry, his previous experience has been in daily newspaper journalism. Prior to joining SECURITY SALES & INTEGRATION in 2006, he spent 15 years with the Los Angeles Times, where he performed a wide assortment of editorial responsibilities, including feature and metro department assignments as well as content producing for Bosch is a graduate of California State University, Fresno with a degree in Mass Communication & Journalism. In 2007, he successfully completed the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association’s National Training School coursework to become a Certified Level I Alarm Technician.

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