The QCC recognizes those who have been in the business for 25 years or more. (Some of them are closer to the half-century mark than the quarter-century mark.) The goal is to recognize the contributions they have made and continue to make to our profession. They have created a gateway to the industry for literally thousands of practitioners without fanfare and continue to pave the way.
In an age where anyone with a keyboard and Internet access can be anything they want to be, this group of guys and gals are quiet professionals. My guess is you may not have heard of many of them, but their impact on the profession has been substantial.
Their contribution to the industry can be measured by looking at a group of QCC pros who own small to mid-size security companies. This small group employs approximately 250 full-time EP professionals. You don’t see them on social media. They quietly go about their work, serving their clients and employing security drivers and EP practitioners.
Their status varies. Some are still active in the business. Others are semiretired and some are retired. We communicate every once in a while, but I find that with old valued friends, you don’t have to communicate often. When we do speak, within minutes of the conversation, it is like we talk every day.
The QCC Pros have no secret handshake or clandestine websites. You won’t hear proclamations of greatness. But from time to time, I will post articles and bios of QCC pros on the Security Driver and the International Security Driver Association (ISDA) websites. Most are ISDA members, and we will post an occasional article authored by them.
We are in a time where social media is filled with “What is wrong with the business?” stories. This is a group of people who, in my humble opinion, are what is correct about the business. ISDA feels you should have the opportunity to know them, learn from them, and read their stories.