Roy Bordes, 1940-2008

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

ORLANDO, Fla.—Long-time active participant in the security industry Roy Bordes died here, Feb. 9, at the age of 67. He is fondly remembered by many colleagues as a man of integrity who was constantly trying to raise the professionalism and standards of those working in physical and electronic security.
“He was the kind of guy who was always willing to stand in,” said Howard Moster, a consultant with Practical Protection Partners who served with Bordes on a number of ASIS committees and councils and with whom Bordes frequently traveled and lectured. From working on the Physical Security Professional certification to lecturing ASIS members to hosting his annual new-product session at the ASIS International conference, Bordes was constantly looking to help educate his peers, Moster said.
“That’s what Roy was about,” Moster said. “He was about sharing his ideas and experience as a consultant with other practitioners, letting them steal ideas from him and if they had a challenge they couldn’t meet, he’d offer to help. Roy was very vibrant and he was a good presenter.”
Tom Ianuzzi, president of Information Consultants, formed a business partnership with Bordes in 2006 and, “I couldn’t say enough good things about Roy,” he said. “His passing is the whole industry’s loss.” Ianuzzi credited Bordes with being very up-front with his clients, always completely ethical, and really caring about their individual projects.
“A lot of people looked to Roy as the voice of the industry,” Ianuzzi said. “People looked to him as an authority on the latest and best in physical security ... when we were together, I always felt I was in extraordinarily good company.”
To recognize his contributions to the security industry, the ASIS Foundation Board of Trustees announced in December it will honor Bordes by establishing the Roy Bordes Award for Physical Security, which will be presented annually at the Foundation Dinner each September.
Bordes established his consulting firm, the Bordes Group, in 1978, and it has four U.S. offices and one in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. If you would like to remember Bordes with a gift, the family has requested that donations be made to the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, 1400 S. Orange Ave., MP-700, Orlando, Fla., 32806, att: Mike Mangan. SSN