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Press Release: NAID Recognizes Members with Awards of Honor

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Phoenix, Ariz, April 25, 2018 – The National Association for Information Destruction® (NAID®) announced earlier this month at the NAID 2018 Conference and Expo held in Nashville, TN the recipient of the Member of the Year Award, President’s Award, and a Special Recognition Award. Paul Hurst of Green Team Shred-Safe was bestowed the Member of the Year Award. The triple recipients of the President’s Award are Jim Beran of Gilmore Services, Amadeo Roig Casanova of Destrupack S.L., and Tom Simpson of AAA Certified Confidential Security Corp. R. Stephen Richards, CSDS of Richards & Richards was given a Special Recognition Award. Every year the NAID Executive Committee singles out one individual with the presentation of the Member of the Year Award. According to newly inducted 2018-2019 NAID President, Angie Singer Keating of Reclamere, Inc., "While this short list of contenders grows every year, this year’s recipient was a clear choice."

She went on to say, "During the last year, when our recipient wasn’t reaching out to potential members in an effort to continue NAID membership growth in Australia, and when he wasn’t overseeing the two extremely successful NAID conferences held there in the span of fewer than eight months, he was spending countless hours working with an Australian government committee in meetings which ultimately resulted in NAID AAA Certification replacing the country’s preexisting secure destruction contractor certification… an achievement that currently ranks among the association’s greatest accomplishments." The Member of the Year Award was then bestowed upon former NAID-ANZ Director and Committee Chair, Paul Hurst.

The President’s Award is not given out annually; only occasionally to acknowledge those who have given a sustained and lasting contribution to the secure information destruction industry. In NAID’s 24 year history, it has been bestowed 11 times.
This year, the 2017-2018 NAID President, Eric Haas of A.R.M.S. Inc., found it fit to add three people to that list, all of whom he felt were more than deserving. Amadeo Roig Casanova's contribution to NAID and secure destruction services spans over 15 years. In that time he has been a regular attendee of NAID events around the world. His firm, Destrupack, which has now grown to three locations in Spain, was one of the first in Europe to become NAID Certified. From the beginning, he was active on the NAID-Europe committee, including planning many of the events there.  His involvement on the NAID board of directors began 6 years ago when he was asked to fill a vacant seat as the NAID-Europe Director. Following that he was elected by his colleagues to serve an additional 3-year term. Overall those years, Roig's participation in multi-day NAID board meetings in the U.S. required an extraordinary time and travel commitment which he did with the affability and the collaborative approach for which he has become known. According to Haas, "Despite what small language issues may have arisen, he was always a significant contributor and collaborator, and responsible for many of NAID’s most ambitious projects."

Regarding the next inductee to this elite group, Haas joked, that "Jim Beran’s contribution to NAID and our industry is so extensive that it would take the rest of the day to read it in detail." First as a committee member, then as committee chairs for public relations and the annual conference, he moved on to a director and worked his way up the NAID board to become its President in 2011. It was at that time that he led a 10-day/5 city successful excursion to Asia which resulted in, among other things, the creation of NAID-Japan. And, while some would have called it quits, Jim was just getting started. He has continued with his NAID involvement and now is Chair of the Certification Review Board. Haas added that this is "the body with the thankless and crucial responsibility of protecting the NAID Certification Program."

In preparing to call the last inductee up to hand them their President's Award, Haas told the large membership gathered, "On hearing the name of our final recipient, most of you will probably have assumed this person had earned this award long ago. I know I did. Tom Simpson has, without doubt, contributed more to NAID and the advancement of the secure destruction industry than any other volunteer leader."  Simpson's firm joined NAID shortly after it formed 24 years ago. From the beginning, Simpson volunteered his time on committees. Not only did he spur the development of the NAID Certification Program, his firm was the first to become NAID Certified. Over his 24 years of involvement, he has worked his way up the NAID Board of Directors, serving as President during some of the association's most trying growing pains and challenges. Besides his service to the board, he served as the first chair of the NAID Certification Rules Committee for nearly a decade, and even now continues his involvement there. When NAID created a new Board to oversee the development of Downstream Data Coverage, Tom was appointed and continues to serve as its Chairman. Haas concluded with, "In summation, it is fair to say that Tom Simpson has taken a leadership role and given free of his time at every major juncture in NAID history and there is no one more deserving of this recognition."

As previously announced in the association's e-newsletter the NAIDdirect, the NAID membership overwhelmingly ratified proposed new bylaws that will allow a merger with PRISM International. The PRISM International members will now go through that same process. Should they ratify the decision of their board, a new organization will emerge in the coming months. There were many people on both sides of the table who put a lot of work into bringing this proposed merger about. However, Haas is certain it would not be at all possible "if not for the tireless inspiration of one man." Haas then presented a Special Recognition Award to R. Stephen Richards, CSDS in acknowledgment of his critical role in bringing the two associations together. 

NAID is proud to honor each of these individuals for their contributions to the industry and association. 
NAID® is the non-profit, international watchdog trade association for the secure information destruction industry. NAID advocates for a standard of best practices across governments and by service providers as well as suppliers of products, equipment, and services to destruction companies. NAID also works to improve the sales efforts of nearly 2,000 member companies by providing tools for compliance with all known data protection regulations. The NAID Certification Program, which is held by approximately 1,000 service providers on five continents, is now required in thousands of government and private service contracts. Learn more about NAID and its certification program at
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