The International Security Foundation funds security programming by the Overseas Security Advisory Council, Domestic Security Alliance Council and U.S. security nonprofits to keep Americans and American interests safer and more secure.
I was there before the ISF was created and saw first hand how Regional Security Officers’ and OSAC leaders’ hands were tied [financially] when it came to holding and marketing Country Chapter and Regional Council events. With the ISF, funds can be used for OSAC event logistics and promotion.
Jeremy Rodrigues, ISF Member, Senior Director, Enterprise Security, Excelerate Energy
Former OSAC Foreign Affairs Officer
In 2011, there were a number of very serendipitous events that came together, just at the right time at the right place with the right individuals that enabled the ISF to come together to become a reality.
John McClurg, ISF Founding Father, First ISF President
Sr. Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, Blackberry
The creation of the ISF has been a true turning point for OSAC. It’s been incredibly impactful and a real enabler for OSAC’s mission at all levels.
Sandy Cowie, Director of Global Security
Principal Financial Group Past OSAC Private-Sector Chair
One of the most powerful aspects of OSAC is that we never charge dues. ISF funding helps keep our meetings completely free and accessible to all U.S.-based organizations operating abroad regardless of size. The ISF minimizes financial barriers and helps keep our public-private partnership thriving all over the world.
Ellen Tannor, Executive Director
Our gifts and sponsorships enable ISF to fund DSAC and OSAC programs that share security information and connect partners. ISF makes it possible to support the DSAC’s and OSAC’s critical work, which, in turn, allows Target to create a brighter, safer future for our team, our guests and the communities we serve.
Mark Krause, Senior Director, Corporate Security
DSAC and OSAC are the critical difference to security leaders in the private sector. Protecting the companies and communities we serve requires cutting-edge resources and exceptional connectivity with our security colleagues, which DSAC and OSAC provide. Supporting the ISF ensures that these incredible public-private partnerships are thriving.
Rich Davis, International Security Foundation (ISF) President for the past six years, is the 2023 recipient of the prestigious George P. Shultz Award for Excellence to OSAC for his incredible service to the broader security community.
He received the award at the 12th Annual ISF Dinner Celebrating OSAC on November 15, 2023 at the National Building Museum before a capacity crowd of his security peers across public and private sectors. Rich, who will remain on the ISF Board, steps down as President on December 31, 2023, when Dave Komendat, ISF Vice President, becomes ISF President.
Named for the founder of OSAC, Secretary of State George P. Shultz, this ISF award – separate and distinct from any U.S. government or State Department award program – recognizes exemplary, visionary service to the security profession. Rich embodies these ideals throughout his 40-year career with United Airlines. He spent 22 years at United as Director, Global Security. His leadership on the OSAC Council and his pioneering model of connection and collaboration between the private and public sectors helped to create the foundation upon which today’s public-private partnerships stand.
The George P. Shultz Award was presented to Rich by the Hon. Sue Gordon, former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, who was the Dinner’s keynote speaker. Highly regarded for her role as an innovator in the security profession, Sue spoke to Rich’s reputation as a security legend and for his “passion for innovating in an industry that must constantly assess threats and determine new ways to mitigate danger,” she said.
“Your tool for transformative leadership is your ability to connect with others and across industries and sectors to forge needed partnerships and develop the lasting trust needed to create change. As you did before, during and after 9/11, over thousands of flights during your United career, at hundreds of OSAC and DSAC events, you have brought people together to create a better, more connected way to serve and protect our communities.”
Watch the presentation:
Prior to her remarks, Dave Komendat introduced a surprise video for Rich, noting that the word “partnership” encapsulates how Rich leads. Recalling how he met Rich through ISMA (The International Security Management Association) while Rich as at United and Dave, at The Boeing Company, he described for the 900-person audience how Rich created meaningful connections and trusted relationships between the private sector and all levels of the public sector – an approach that has become the standard for airline security and of all security. He touched on Rich’s genuine, personable approach with everybody, top security leaders and those new to the field: “No matter what kind of day you are having, you will always leave a conversation with Rich feeling just a little bit better than when you started it.
During her remarks, Peggy O’Neill, ISF Executive Director, shared the impact Rich has had on the ISF and on her. “The relationship between an Executive Director and the Board President is critical to the success of any nonprofit organization,” she explained. “I have been blessed to have Rich as a partner in the role of ISF President. We worked hard together, laughed a lot and created a life-long friendship that I cherish. Thank you for sharing your gifts with me and so many others in this room. We are all better for having you in our lives.”
Watch the video of the full tribute to Rich during the dinner.