The Man From Down Under

By Ann Longmore-Etheridge

A few weeks later, sidelined at home because he’d broken several ribs in a rugby match, Craighead looked over his files and then obtained a book on how to write a proposal for publishers. “I mapped out the book and sent it off to Butterworth-Heinemann. Six months later, they accepted the proposal for a book on security and fire life safety. It was a major undertaking. It took a year to write and another year in copyediting,” he recalls.

Since its first printing, High-Rise Security and Fire Life Safety has become an indispensable tool for security and facilities managers. It has been revised twice—the last time in 2009, when the content grew by a quarter, now not only addressing office buildings but also hotels and residential and mixed-use buildings. Also incorporated is a review of the terrorist attack that brought down the Twin Towers on 9-11 and a CD-ROM that offers sample fire safety and security surveys, as well as a sample of a building emergency management plan and information pertaining to additional security and life-safety resources.

Like many others in the high-rise security area, Craighead was awed by Douglas G. Karpiloff, CPP, who worked for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as security and life-safety director for the World Trade Center. Karpiloff was always glad to share the details of the building’s security and safety program. In fact, Craighead recalls, after having had long-term voice and e-mail exchanges with Karpiloff, “I was supposed to go to the World Trade Center to meet with him on September 20, but Doug died on the eleventh. We were never to meet.”

ASIS in Action

During the 1980s, Craighead joined the Inland Empire Chapter of ASIS. His first volunteer leadership role was as that chapter’s secretary. In the 1990s, he was an active member of the Los Angeles Chapter, serving as secretary and treasurer and helping arrange guest speakers.

In his career with American Protective Services, Craighead had begun conducting security surveys. “I had done a security survey for the corporate headquarters of a major automotive facility. It was well received, but the corporate security director wanted a second opinion and so shared my survey with Rich Michau, CPP, who was then the president of the ASIS Professional Certification Board (PCB). He was impressed and invited me to interview for the PCB. I came onto the PCB in 1999, and that was how I began to get involved with national leadership,” he states. Craighead was a member of the PCB for six years and then became its president.


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