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Press release: 12 professionals earn their CSDS

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April 8, 2015

PHOENIX, ARIZONA – In February and March, 12 secure destruction professionals joined the ranks of other Certified Secure Destruction Specialists (CSDS). The following individuals can now display “CSDS” as a professional title with their names:

  • Amy L. Krieger, CSDS, of A.R.M.S., Inc. in DePere, WI
  • Jake Reis, CSDS, of A.R.M.S., Inc. in DePere, WI
  • Tammy Kay Gramenz, CSDS, of Kent Record Management - Benton Harbor in Benton Harbor, MI
  • John C. Smothers, CSDS, of Document Shredding & Storage in Lubbock, TX
  • James Elkins, CSDS, of Document Shredding & Storage in Amarillo, TX
  • Mark Bullard, CSDS, of Document Shredding & Storage in Amarillo, TX
  • Trae Perdue, CSDS, of Watchdog Document Services, Inc. in Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Peter Yanofsky, CSDS, of Environmental Integrity Co., LLC in Holyoke, MA
  • Mark Ona, CSDS, of Proshred Security in Clearwater, FL
  • Mike Smith, CSDS, of RiteWay Shredding in Oklahoma City, OK
  • Daniel B. Murdock, CSDS, of Shred Masters in South Ogden, UT
  • Sheri Condie, CSDS, of Shred Masters in South Ogden, UT

Two exams were offered before the NAID 2015 Annual Conference began ‑ one in Chicago, Illinois and another Grapevine, Texas. Of the 20 people who took the exam, 12 passed. The CSDS exam consists of 300 questions about data protection legislation, physical security, risk management, operations and records management. It establishes an individual’s competency in seven subject areas. To prepare for the exam, NAID provides a CSDS handbook on the NAID website, online training, and a sample exam.

“Congratulations to everyone,” said NAID CEO Bob Johnson. “Passing this exam means that individual has a working understanding of a wide range of industry issues that requires lengthy and in-depth preparation. This knowledge will give these individuals the opportunity to better serve their customers.”

The next opportunity to take the examwill be in the fall of this year. To learn more about the program or to register for an exam, visit or contact


About NAID: NAID is a non-profit trade association of the secure destruction industry, currently representing over 1,900 member locations globally. NAID’s mission is to promote the proper destruction of discarded information and to encourage the outsourcing of destruction needs to qualified contractors.