Monday, March 24, 2014
Providence Public Safety Complex Auditorium

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Chapter Chairman Gary Miville opened the meeting with chapter business and a discussion of upcoming events such as the 2014 Charity Golf Tournament.  Gary spoke about the importance of career development through ASIS Certifications, Councils and the Young Professionals branch of ASIS headed locally by Jeris Braga.

Chapter Treasurer, Victor Mason, CPP presented the Chapter Treasurer"s Report and his report was accepted by the membership.

ASIS International President Richard "Rich" Widup was introduced by Gary and expertly presented important information on the topic "Pharmaceutical Counterfitting and Diversion" after which Rich took questions on the topic and listened intently to questions relating to ASIS International and the direction the organization is headed.

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Providence Chapter Secretary, John Stewart, CPP presented Mr. Widup with a gift basket of local Rhode Island favorite treats as a token of the chapter's gratitude for his visit and expert presentation.

NOTE: There was an admission fee of $5.00 and 50% will be donated to Wounded Warriors.  According to Victor Mason, CPP, Treasurer, gross receipts totaled  $158.25: hence, Wounded Warriors will receive $79.13, and the Chapter will net $79.12. 

Speaker Bio....

Richard "Rich" Widup was a Senior Director within the Corporate Security team at Purdue Pharma L.P. Before joining Purdue, Richard was the Director, Americas Region for Pfizer Global Security. At Pfizer he had responsibility for all security related matters in the Western Hemisphere, including oversight of brand protection matters involving the counterfeiting, tampering theft and diversion of Pfizer products. At Purdue he is responsible for brand protection related matters.

Mr. Widup has 27 years of law enforcement experience, previously serving as a Special Agent with the United States Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) and with the Office of Criminal Investigations for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). While at FDA, Richard investigated offenses which involved violations of federal law, to include the counterfeiting, diversion and tampering of foods and medicines. He also supervised FDA's polygraph program and served as the FDA-OCI representative on the Permanent Forum on International Pharmaceutical Crime, an international law enforcement network established to develop and exchange information regarding the challenges associated with global pharmaceutical counterfeiting.

A graduate of the Advanced Detective Training course at Scotland Yard, he also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a Master of Science degree in Public Administration.