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ASI Celebrates 30 Years
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ASI Supports NAID "Shreducation": An Interview with Ray Barry
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NAID Shred School
Feb. 5-6, 2014
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ASI Celebrates 30 Years
Scott Bidwell, President/COO
ASI is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. We’ve come a long way from the company whose software was born out of a records center in 1984 to today’s full suite of industry-tailored, proven solutions for records centers, media vaults and secure destruction operators around the globe.
We’ve done so by having an incredible group of dedicated people working well and hard as a team. Our reputation for providing innovative, yet practical software products is hard earned and well deserved, as is our reputation for delivering excellent support to our clients. I offer my sincere thanks to each and every one of them.
Of course, our success depends upon the success of our clients. We’d be nothing without them. It is through collaborating and working in partnership with our clients that we’ve been able to deliver some of our most inventive and ground-breaking software solutions and enhancements. My thanks go out to all our clients, old and new.
Looking ahead I see Andrews Software upholding its position as an industry leader by attracting and developing the best talent, continuously innovating and improving our software, and solving problems for our clients. By doing so, ASI will continue to grow over the next 30 years – and beyond.
Learn more about ASI’s rich 30-year history here: http://www.andrewssoftware.com/about_History.aspx
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Can you help keep Scott out of jail?
Like Justin Bieber, Scott Bidwell is headed to the slammer. Unlike the "Biebs," Scott hasn't actually broken any laws. He's willing to become a jailbird to support the vital work of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
MDA is dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and other neuromuscular diseases. At the same time, the Association provides health care and support services for people living with these diseases.
Scott's date of detention is February 12th - unless he makes bail. Click here If you'd like to help keep Scott out of jail.
And THANK YOU for your support!
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ASI Supports NAID "Shreducation"
An Interview with Ray Barry, NAID Chief Shreducation Officer
This year is packed with educational events. One that we’re really excited to support as a sponsor is NAID’s Shred School. As a matter of fact, we’ll be attending the first of 2014 on February 5th and 6th in Las Vegas.
We recently had the chance to sit down with Ray Barry, NAID Chief Shreducation and Member Relations Officer to ask him a few questions about Shred School and what it has to offer in 2014.
Though we suspect most in the secure destruction industry have heard of Shred School - if not attended one - could you tell us a bit about Shred School?
Shred School became the member education arm of NAID in December 2012. It offers affordable training to new industry professionals and members’ staff in an effort to improve their businesses. Over the course of two days, we introduce participants to the secure destruction industry, data protection legislation, provide sales tips, marketing best practices, review NAID programs and more.
Certified Secured Destruction Specialists (CSDS) can earn up to 12 continuing education units if they attend both days.
NAID Shred School held 5 events in 2013. What’s in store for 2014?
We’ve actually doubled the number of workshops that will be held this year. We're hitting 10 cities in 2014, bringing the workshops closer to more NAID members. We based this on the positive feedback and great reception from the industry. Last year was a pilot year to refine the sessions, see what people liked and what they needed. From July through October we “shreducated” over 150 secure destruction professionals during the five workshops we held in cities across the U.S. We saw that as a success.
What else differentiates the 2014 Shred School from its predecessors?
There are many ways that we’ve added value. First and foremost, Shred School is more affordable, which we do with the help of our NAID Shred School sponsors like ASI.
Another way we’ve enriched the workshop is in the scope of training and the information that’s covered. Prior to becoming a NAID member offering, Shred School’s focus was on sales training for shred professionals. The cool thing about Shred School being under the NAID umbrella is that the curriculum is more comprehensive. It now has a team of experts to help in the Shreducation effort. For example, having Bob (Bob Johnson, NAID Executive Director) involved has been great for participants to gain a greater understanding of the regulatory side of the business.
Who should attend a NAID Shred School?
When we put the curriculum together, we wanted it to have meaningful info for: business owners; sales managers; and operations professionals. Obviously, the majority of participants represent the shred industry; however, I’d say that at least 90% of the curriculum is transferrable to other businesses, particularly records management, scanning, medical waste, etc.
It also takes into account that participants include first-timers, as well as previous Shred School graduates. I think we're delivering on the educational value, though there’s no doubt that it is two days packed with information.
Looking at the curriculum online, it is definitely a full one. There also appears to be quite a few supplemental materials included. Can you tell us about these?
We’ve worked really hard to not only update the Shred School manual, but to provide valuable industry information to support the learning process beyond Shred School. We also see these as tools that graduates can use to help educate clients and really become information security consultants rather than “just the shred guys.”
There’s also something called the Sales Mastermind Groups. What are these?
The Mastermind program is an advanced sales coaching program available to Shred School grads. It’s designed to reinforce the strategies and best practices of Shred School while providing personalized sales coaching. During twice monthly webinar and phone meetings, eight non-competing members of each group learn from one another by sharing and discussing a industry-related topics like sales benchmarks and metrics, changes in data protection legislation, and sales successes and challenges to name a few.
Click here for full details on NAID Shred School 2014.
The first of ten Shred Schools scheduled in 2014 is February 5th-6th in Las Vegas. We hope to see you there!
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