RMA is a supporter of USO North Carolina and believes in what they do to support our troops here in North Carolina. RMA has sponsored a BBQ and been a supporter of the USO Gala to raise funds for USO North Carolina. This year, the entire RMA team has collected the items needed to create “Rack Packs” for our military men and women. The purpose of the Rack Pack Program is to provide our warriors with the basic necessities needed for the first 48 hours after returning home.
In November, RMA packed the Rack Packs and delivered them the USO Center at RDU. Each pack was filled with the following items:
Travel Size Shampoo
Travel Size Conditioner
Travel Size Body Wash
Gum/Snack Items (i.e. beef jerky, peanuts, cookies, crackers, hard candy, etc)
Kool-Aid/Tea/Crystal Light Individual Drink Mixers
Travel Size Toothpaste
Makeup Remover Pads
If you would like to participate in the Rack Pack program or to learn more about the USO North Carolina, please visit their website http://uso-nc.org/.
Russell Gilmore attended an Active Threat Training program sponsored by Orange County Emergency Management. The course provided a history of active shooter events and included a tactical movement lecture and demo along with a skills overview. The objective of the training session was to review and learn from past events so as to be better prepared to respond and manage active shooter events in the future.
The program was conducted by Dr. Stephanie Crapo, Orange County Assistant Medical Director, UNC Emergency Medicine ED Fellow.
Jerry Blanchard attended the Lenel and Interlogix Elevate 2014 Partner Summit October 28 -30, 2014 at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville North Carolina.
The 2014 Partner Summit is an opportunity to get detailed information on security components from Lenel and Interlogix. The Summit was filled with interactive sessions that cover the latest in Lenel and Interlogix innovations as well as industry trends.
Chris Peterson and Rusty Gilmore presented Enemies Within at Meredith College to the Sociology and Criminology Classes on November 7, 2014
The presentation was created to expose the students and future business leaders that the majority of business security breaches are committed by current employees and former employees. This requires employers to create and implement comprehensive security programs that blend the people, processes and technology. People cause security problems and security programs provide the guardianship that protects businesses’ assets and competitive advantage.
Chartered in 1891, Meredith College is one of the largest independent private women’s colleges in the U.S. Meredith also offers coeducational graduate programs in business, education and nutrition, as well as post-baccalaureate certificate programs in pre-health and business, a dietetic internship program, a didactic program in dietetics and a paralegal program. Meredith’s programs – undergraduate and graduate — challenge each individual student to think deeply, push hard, discover new strengths and grow even stronger. Meredith has been cited as one of the “best colleges” in the region and the country by U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review and Forbes.com.
“Public Safety Departments Need More Resources, Support to Comply With Clery & SaVE” was published in Campus Safety Magazine on November 3, 2014.
Clery Act legislation with the newly enacted SaVE requirements and Title IX are federal statutes that require colleges and universities participating in federal financial aid programs to maintain and disclose campus crime statistics and security information. Clery Act compliance is a requirement of the entire institution, not just the security or police department. This is an important distinction and one that too many college and university administrators fail to recognize and embrace. Until administrators recognize this distinction and put in place top-down responsibility and accountability for Clery Act compliance, institutions will be at risk from a compliance and litigation perspective.
To read the entire article, please visit Campus Safety Magazine.
Risk Management Associates, Inc. (RMA), recently reengaged Michael Epperly to lead our investigations division. Michael previously served as RMA’s vice president and general counsel. Mike’s experience as a consultant, investigator and attorney make his addition a valuable asset to both RMA and its clients. Michael is a graduate of Campbell University and former law enforcement officer and will serve as our Director of Investigations, focusing on white collar crime, misappropriation, due diligence, compliance and ethics investigations and consulting.
Epperly, a native of Roanoke, Virginia, received his Juris Doctorate degree in 2002, and served in various investigative capacities in Virginia law enforcement before moving to North Carolina to begin his legal career. Prior to his hiring by RMA, Epperly worked for the NC Attorney General’s office and as the lead investigator for the NC Innocence Commission, where he investigated post-conviction claims of innocence by examining new evidence not presented at trial. Epperly also served as an intelligence officer in the US Navy.
“I am honored to once again be associated with RMA,” said Epperly. “RMA has a long history of superior investigative outcomes. Much of this success is directly attributable to the unrivaled skill and integrity of its people. RMA has a proud tradition of pairing each client with investigators and analysts who are uniquely qualified to deal with the issues at hand, and who also have the courage and integrity to report the truth – even when not favorable to the client. I intend to ensure that this tradition continues, and am both honored and humbled by this opportunity.”
Detex Corporation, a life safety and security door hardware company located in New Braunfels, Texas held a Specification Writing and Consultant Training Seminar in Gruene Texas. Kevin McQuade, CPP of RMA attended the seminar which included a complete review of the products that Detex Corporation manufactures and distributes throughout the United States and around the world. Designed Security Incorporated (DSI) a Detex Corporation gave a brief overview during the seminar of the products that they produce which include entry and door alarm devices. The Detex Corporation and Designed Security Incorporated products complement each other to provide the highest customer value while meeting today’s most demanding security requirements. At the end of the seminar Detex Corporation provided a tour of the manufacturing facility where all of the products are manufactured and go through vigorous testing.
Jerry Blanchard, Kevin McQuade, Chris Peterson, Travis Hall and Dana Frentz attended ASIS 2014. The ASIS International 60th Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2014) was held September 29 – October 02, 2014 at Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. ASIS 2014 is recognized as the security industry’s most comprehensive education and networking event, ASIS 2014 is the showcase for the latest in technology and solutions . ASIS International is a global community of more than 38,000 security practitioners, each of whom has a role in the protection of assets – people, property, and/or information.
Rusty Gilmore spoke at the Insurance and Risk Management Seminar sponsored by the NC Association of Insurance Agents a division of the NC Department of Insurance/Risk Management. The seminar was help on September 30, 2014 held at the offices of the Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina. Rusty had the opportunity to speak to the agents on Computer Forensics with emphasis on intrusion cases and protective measures.
On September 16, 2014, the ASIS Chapter 119 held their monthly meeting at the Wake County Detention Center in Raleigh, NC. The meeting opened with Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison welcoming the attendees to the detention center, giving an introduction to the detention center facility and who the facility supports, and concluding with the threat of terrorism in this country. Next, Sam Pennica, Director of CCBI, was introduced along with Andy Parker, Deputy Director of the CCBI. After a brief description of the services they provide to all of the law enforcement agencies located in the County, the group was given a tour of the crime lab area and administration area, both located in the Wake County Detention Center.