The Wayne J. Wunder and Duffy awards are awarded annually at the NCISS conference
Each year, prior to the Annual Conference, select committees comprised of past recipients of each Award, forward their nominations to the Awards Committee Chair. Nominations for all the Awards should contain a brief account of the service and contributions given to the profession by the nominee which qualifies him or her for the award in question. Once nominations have been made, circulated and discussed, the committees vote and a winner is selected.
The Wayne J. Wunder Memorial Award is awarded at the Annual Conference Luncheon and the John J. Duffy Memorial Achievement Award at the President’s Banquet.
Click on an Award name to see the current Award recipient.
Named for our first President, John J. Duffy of Davenport, Iowa, founder of Per Mar Security Services, the "Duffy" is the Council’s highest honor. The award is presented every other year to an NCISS regular member, “who by their specific deeds and accomplishments has exhibited the highest standards of conduct and service to the private investigation and security service industries.”
In alternate years the “Duffy” is awarded to a person or entity outside the regular membership, who for their specific service, heroism or other exemplary deed is being honored by the Council.
The Wayne J. Wunder Memorial Award is given annually in memory of the late Wayne J. Wunder, security pioneer and founder of Continental Secret Service in Toledo, Ohio. The award recognizes exceptional contributions to NCISS by members who characteristically are not in the forefront in terms of recognition.
Named for Vinson Guard Service founded by Joseph D. Vinson, Sr. in 1963, in appreciation of the family members and company managers who have served our organization and profession for decades. It is presented annually since 2012 to an elected Director, Committee Chair, or other member in recognition of outstanding leadership, dedication, and service to the National Council of Investigation and Security Services.