2024 i-SIGMA Award Winners Announced

April 17, 2024

i-SIGMA announced the recipients of multiple awards, including the Service Provider Member Representative and Corporate Partner Member Representative of the Year Awards and the Robert Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award earlier this month at the i-SIGMA 2024 Conference in Nashville,TN. Rod Ivey of RecordXpress (Coquitlam, BC) was awarded with the Service Provider Member Representative of the Year Award. Cory Layes of Bins4 Shredding (Barrie, ON) was awarded with the Corporate Partner Member Representative of the Year Award.

In the tradition of i-SIGMA, every year the association’s Executive Committee singles out individuals with the presentation of the Service Provider Member Representative and Corporate Member Representative of the Year Awards.

Rod Ivey has served on the i-SIGMA Resolution Council, Certification Support Committee, Nominating Committee, and other committees as needed. Rod has been extremely proactive in the certification process for his own company and has taken the initiative to help others with their certification. He has even taken over the certification department in his company to ensure that process and policy was being followed correctly according to standards. Rod is always willing and helpful to be a resource to provide insights or assist with furthering the association or industry.

Cory Layes has served on the i-SIGMA Conference Committee for several years. Cory attends Shred School every year and is an active participant and contributor to the classroom conversations. He communicates with clients and other corporate partners about i-SIGMA and our events; promoting through his own social media and emails about i-SIGMA. He is always ready to jump in and help when needed, including providing industry images, insights for articles, volunteering, or assisting in furthering the industry as a whole.

Historically, the association has on occasion bestowed the President’s Award upon individuals who have achieved substantial contributions of outstanding significance in their life. Last year, the President’s Award was re-named as the “Robert Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award.” It is a representation for all the hardworking professionals in the information destruction industry who have a critical role in adhering to the standards governed by i-SIGMA to protect the confidentiality and privacy of our members’ clients.

The second recipient of the Robert Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to R. Stephen Richards of Richards & Richards (Nashville, TN, USA) for his stellar leadership and continual contributions to i-SIGMA and the industry.

R. Stephen Richards has been instrumental in the association’s success over the years. Richards created a Crisis Committee under the Association of Records Centers (ARC), which eventually became PRISM International and then i-SIGMA. This committee was made up of those who had been through a disaster already, and members could contact them immediately upon a fire, tornado, roof failure, etc. The committee assisted those going through the crisis with practical advice. In addition to this, Richards has served as President for the NAID Board of Directors and was active under both PRISM International and NAID, serving on committees for both legacy associations. Due to his help with the successful merger of the associations, Richards was recognized in 2019 with a special award for his help with the merger of NAID and PRISM International.

i-SIGMA would like to congratulate all the award winners. We cannot wait to see what they do this year!