2018 InfraGard Awards Program
The InfraGard Awards Committee is excited and honored to formally introduce to the InfraGard Members Alliances, a newly expanded and objective 2018 InfraGard Awards Program. Since the inception of this noble program, the mission of the InfraGard Awards Program is to provide recognition of those dedicated InfraGard members, FBI Coordinators and DHS PSAs who have not only embraced the information and intelligence sharing process between our private-sector/government partnership, but also to recognize these individuals who have gone above and beyond in their contributions, achievements, and committed efforts to help advance and promote InfraGard’s vision to address the ongoing threats facing our nations critical infrastructures today.
To all InfraGard Members, this is your opportunity to honor your accomplished Members, FBI Coordinators and DHS PSAs, by truly embracing this process and taking the necessary time to nominate your Alliance leaders to become potential award winners and be recognized in a dignified manner annually during our InfraGard Congress held in September.
This is the time we all can acknowledge those who have selflessly volunteered their time and committed efforts at the local level in order to make InfraGard possible and to help ensure the success stories of all IMAs. Therefore, we are excited and proud to announce the introduction of regional award winners for 2018, in addition to the national winners. This change directly supports INMAs goals of recognizing more individuals for their outstanding contributions to the ultimate success of achieving InfraGard excellence.
As it has been the practice in the past, where all nominations were only considered for the national awards, for 2018 and beyond, the Awards Committee will now select a winner from each region, for each award, resulting in potentially six regional winners for any given award. We the Members of this Awards Committee, hope all InfraGard Members will welcome this new addition and be part of the nomination process.
To help you better understand our procedures for the selection process of these special regional and national winners, listed below are the high lighted action items that will be implemented through a confidential and worthy nomination process:
- Each of the six regions will be assigned a number, at random, from 1 to 6.
- Awards Committee members from each region will vote on the nominations of two other regions, to help select winners from those two regions.
- The above step results in the nominees of each region being voted upon by Committee members from two other regions in order select the winners for that region.
- The process is structured so that no region will help select the winners of any region that is helping select winners from its own region.
- Assigning the numbers at random, each year, minimizes the likelihood that any region will help select winners from the same regions as they did the previous year.
- The regional winners of each award will be considered finalists for the national award.
- For each award, the entire Committee will select the national winner from those finalists.
Mike Misechok (Chair)
Roger Rieger (Vice-Chair)
Nathan King (Secretary)
InfraGard 2018 Awards
FBI Coordinator of the Year
Background: InfraGard began as a local initiative in Ohio, with a single chapter in the local FBI field office. Over the years, InfraGard has grown, in some areas due to significant contributions by those dedicated FBI agents whose duties have included coordinating with the local InfraGard chapter. The efforts of the FBI Coordinator are vital to the success of an IMA, helping develop relationships within their local community, recruiting new membership and establishing a vibrant Sector Chief program. In some cases, these efforts have included significant personal dedication and contribution that stands out as exceptional.
The Award: Recognizes the FBI Coordinator whose dedication and service to advancing their IMA and InfraGard has set a benchmark for all others to attain. Nominees must have been an FBI InfraGard Coordinator in good standing during the current awards cycle.
Distribution of Awards:
Linda Franklin National Achievement Memorial Award
Background: In the fall of 2002, criminal snipers who had been terrorizing the Washington, DC area took the life of Linda Franklin, an FBI employee who had spent numerous hours and effort in support of the creation and establishment of InfraGard. A call for a national remembrance in memory of Linda arose from the members of InfraGard who greatly appreciated the dedication and effort she contributed and who were shocked and saddened by her loss. This award was created in Linda Franklin’s memory, to honor those whose dedication and efforts have significantly contributed to the advancement of InfraGard and the ideals of the program.The Award: The Linda Franklin National Achievement Memorial Award honors meritorious service within InfraGard and is InfraGard’s most prestigious award. It recognizes the individual whose long-standing service and leadership within InfraGard has set a benchmark for all others to attain.
Distribution of Award:
DHS Protective Security Advisor of the Year
Background: InfraGard has continued to develop its relationship with the Department of Homeland Security. One area where this is most apparent is the relationship of the Protective Security Advisors (PSA) and their engagement with the InfraGard Members Alliances throughout the country. At the request of InfraGard members and in the spirit of our continued partnership, we want to honor those outstanding PSAs whose extraordinary dedication and efforts have contributed to the advancement of InfraGard. In some cases, these efforts have included significant personal dedication and contribution that stands out as exceptional.
The Award: At the request of InfraGard members and in the spirit of our continued partnership, we want to honor those outstanding PSAs whose extraordinary dedication and efforts have contributed to the advancement of InfraGard. In some cases, these efforts have included significant personal dedication and contribution that stands out as exceptional.
IMA Community Outreach
Background: One of the primary roles of the InfraGard membership is information sharing, not only within InfraGard and its partners, but also within their local communities. Education and awareness of threats to our communities, as well as strategies to enhance security posture and emergency preparedness, are vital to the continuity of our communities. Nominators are encouraged to submit specific community outreach tasks, initiatives and other efforts that have strengthened the partnership between the IMA and the community.
The Award: This award is not an individual award. Instead, it recognizes the IMA that made significant successful efforts to involve their community in education and awareness, enhancing emergency preparedness and resiliency.
Distribution of Awards:
Meeting the Challenge
Background: The mark of a dedicated individual is noted in the challenges they overcome to accomplish goals and objectives in front of them. Within InfraGard, we face challenges as volunteers in participation, in garnering membership engagement, differences in opinion with a leadership team and in moving our local IMA forward. We also face personal and business challenges that affect our ability to participate or accomplish certain objectives timely or at all. We are faced with challenges every day in the protection of our critical infrastructures, and the InfraGard organization strives to promote awareness among the membership in efforts to meet various challenges through our unique public / private partnership.The Award: This award recognizes the individual who has overcome considerable challenges, personal or within the InfraGard program, in accomplishing goals that benefit InfraGard and their local community.
Distribution of Awards:
Sector Chief of the Year
Background: The Sector Chief Program was created by the Louisville KY IMA. It focused upon organizing leadership and communication within specific critical infrastructure sectors to enhance coordination of sector specific issues. In 2013, the INMA and FBI formally requested each IMA to establish a Sector Chief program. The objective was to coordinate and leverage the expertise of the InfraGard membership within the nation’s sixteen critical infrastructure sectors. As a result of an internal FBI reorganization in 2016, the InfraGard program was assigned to the FBI Director’s Private Sector Organization. With the reorganizing of rapidly growing threats to, and exploitability of, the nation’s critical infrastructures and the imperative for community-based cross-sector information exchange, the InfraGard National Sector Chief Program (INSCP) was formed. The program’s task is the identification of community infrastructure performance requirements that include Single Points of Failure and to institutionalize critical infrastructure innovation that ensures continuous and objectively measurable improvement in critical infrastructure protection, security, operational resilience and all-condition preparedness.The Award: Recognizes the Sector Chief who has substantially contributed to risk reduction and/or resilience by researching, identifying and reporting on potential threats to a particular sector within an IMA’s community and region; it recognizes an individual who demonstrated exceptional sector and cross-sector vision, understanding, leadership and expertise in building relationships and trust within InfraGard and their local community.
Background: Leadership of an IMA is directly responsible for its success. Most often there are only a few people within an IMA that truly display leadership skills and drive the IMA forward. They are responsible for setting the agenda and ensuring its success at the local level. They drive new membership, membership engagement, set the chapter agenda, recruit speakers, plan events, and create community involvement. They maintain relationships with public partners such as the FBI, DHS, OEM and local law enforcement. They typically are the driving force behind a successful IMA, having brought together a working leadership team and establishing a progressive agenda for their IMA to be a success.
Expertise in leadership, communication, and relationship building skills are key attributes of a successful IMA leader. They must possess vision and a tireless work ethic to move their IMA forward as an impactful contributor to their community and this organization.
The Award: Recognizes an IMA Director or Officer who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, dedication and service while directly advancing the goals of the IMA and substantially contributing to its success.
Rookie of the Year
Background: InfraGard seeks to attract new membership and in turn places importance on honoring those new members who have shown exceptional leadership and initiative and whose efforts have contributed towards the advancement of InfraGard. Nominators are encouraged to submit specific initiatives, leadership, participation, and other efforts that a new InfraGard member has accomplished that have shown exemplary volunteerism and dedication within their IMA.
The Award: At the request of InfraGard members, to honor those outstanding new IMA members whose extraordinary dedication and efforts have contributed to the advancement of InfraGard, this Award was created. Nominees must have joined InfraGard within one year of being nominated.