In the spring of 1993, Florida’s John Russi called together 15 private security and investigative regulators representing seven Southeastern states.
At that historic meeting in Orlando, the farsighted group realized the benefits of uniting to share information between jurisdictions. They agreed that by joining hands, they could enhance their ability to regulate and assist in promoting the professionalism of the private security, private investigative, alarm and related industries. The National Association of Security and Investigative Regulators (NASIR) was born.
Twenty-five years later, the organization has seen significant growth, a minor name change, and some expansion of its focus. Within a year of its founding, the newly registered association of government regulatory agencies broadened its membership to include associate members from the regulated industries. In 2001, the national association became the International Association of Security and Investigative Regulators (IASIR) to better reflect its increasing influence throughout the US, Canada and other parts of the world. Every next step has built upon IASIR’s strong foundation and clear vision for supporting members’ priorities.
Since the inaugural meeting, committed leaders have stepped up to ensure the association’s success. Despite the demands of their “day” jobs, these dedicated volunteers spent countless hours doing the hard work of nurturing the young association toward stability and growth: formulating bylaws; building an equitable membership and dues structure; establishing appropriate committees to get the work done; and drafting policies to guide major events and day-to-day business. Even after part-time Administrative Director Laurel Rudd joined the team in 2002, IASIR Board members and committee members continue to contribute notable time and energy to keep the association vital.
Of course, the association’s largest commitment is to its members. Unifying around IASIR’s mission to accomplish common industry goals, members connect and collaborate through the Regulator newsletter, social media posts and group inquiries to their peers, and the important networking and continuing education at annual conferences.
Reciprocal agreements between jurisdictions, coordinating secure access to emergency zones, improved procedures for federal background checks, and advising on state and federal legislation are just a few of the achievements accomplished via IASIR-made relationships.
As IASIR matures, we will find opportunities to expand and build new membership benefits. New members will bring additional experiences and perspectives. And new partnerships will underpin new programming, as members continue to benefit from longtime sponsors like NASCO.
Association changes will also come through shifts in the economy, the political landscape, and technological advancements in the industries. While adjusting focus may be disruptive, support and information from a community of peers help members navigate the new circumstances.