Rick Fisher, chief security officer of Infrastruct Security Inc., Houston, briefly discusses the goals of the company’s October conference, of which more than 40 people attended. Seated from left are: Daniel Weiss, president and CEO of Infrastruct, and Kerry Spaulding, protective security advisor, Houston District, of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Infrastruct Security Inc., Houston, views itself as “participatory corporate citizens,” said Daniel Weiss, president and CEO of the company. The security integrator, which offers security systems, consulting services, and monitoring, testing and maintenance services, aims to protect America’s critical infrastructure.

Oct. 27-29 in South Padre, Texas, Infrastruct held a conference for both private and public sector security officials that was a virtual “Who’s Who” in the security industry. Chiefs of police, bomb squad officials, Department of Homeland Security leaders, consultants, and presidents and executives of data, IT and corporate security, all joined together for a weekend of educational sessions on terrorism and suicide bombing, networking and discussions.

Kerry Spaulding, protective security advisor, Houston District, of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security spoke at the conference, and emphasized the importance of security professionals and officials in the public and private sectors building relationships to help secure the country now and in the future.

The conference wasn’t all business. Infrastruct sponsored golf and a bay fishing tournament, for which participants won trophies and awards. After a day of fishing, attendees were treated to dinner at a local brewhouse, which cooked the fish that participants had caught earlier that day.

Weiss, who has more than 15 years in the security industry, has founded two other companies in the past. In 1997, Weiss founded EPS Security and Life Safety Systems, which was later sold to a division of Tyco. In 2002, he co-founded General Cabling and Security, which is now a part of Infrastruct.

The company has recently secured several million dollars in venture capital and plans to follow through with at least one acquisition in the next few months, according to Weiss. However, while Infrastruct is looking to expand, the company will focus on organic growth and will only consider key strategic acquisitions.

With trained IT personnel on staff, along with veteran security and low voltage professionals, Infrastruct has assembled an experienced team to offer its clients. Some of the verticals the company is focusing on are the petrochemical, industrial and maritime industries.

With a successful networking and educational event behind them, the Infrastruct team prepares to offer another such conference in March 2007 for key strategic public and private sector officials. For more information about Infrastruct, visitwww.infrastructsecurity.com.