The Road to ISACA 50
Follow along as we gear up for our 50th anniversary in 2019 and help us count down to the future!

By: Dario Sarlo | July 09, 2018

While the EDPAA (now ISACA) was founded in Los Angeles, CA, USA, our headquarters has always been based in the Chicago, IL, USA, area. This can be credited to Gerald Meyers (president, 1976-1977), the first person from outside of California to lead the organization. After helping to establish a chapter in his hometown of Chicago, he served on the Board of Directors for three years before becoming president. As president, he saw the importance of establishing a formal headquarters as a means to continuing growth. 

ISACA President Gerald Meyers

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By: Dario Sarlo | June 25, 2018

ISACA has gone through an incredible evolution since it operated in its first office in a spare bedroom of first employee Marian King’s home in Hanover Park, Illinois, USA, in 1976. A few decades and office moves later, we’re continuing to look ahead to a bright future in our new headquarters location in Schaumburg, Illinois, where we moved in May. This move reflects who we will be going forward, accommodates our growth plans and will allow us to better serve our members in the years to come.

In 1976, ISACA’s first office was located in a spare bedroom of the Hanover Park, Illinois, USA., home of first employee Marian King. Today in 2018, ISACA continues to grow at its new headquarters location in Schaumburg, Illinois.

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By: Dario Sarlo | June 18, 2018

Conducting research for the upcoming 50th anniversary involves sorting through boxes, envelopes and piles of paperwork to unearth all types of previously forgotten materials. So far, we’ve discovered photos, newsletters, journals and documents from as far afield as Los Angeles, Canada and Australia. Add your own photos, documents and other digital items to ISACA’s historical archives through the website’s Get Involved page.

ISACA headquarters files, late 2017

By: Dario Sarlo | April 30, 2018

Eugene Frank was among the original incorporators who signed the EDPAA into existence in 1969. He was also the second president, serving from 1972 to 1973. Eugene was instrumental in reconstituting the organization after it came to a standstill in 1971. We captured his story on camera for the anniversary.

ISACA incorporator Eugene Frank.

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By: Dario Sarlo | April 23, 2018

We recently interviewed Marian King, ISACA’s first employee. In the mid-1970s, Marian lived next door to Gerry Meyers (EDPAA President, 1976-77). Gerry needed help running the fast-expanding organization, so he hired Marian as the association’s secretary. Marian’s stories will be shared during the anniversary year.

ISACA employee #1 Marian King flips through early photographs.

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By: Dario Sarlo | April 12, 2018

In preparation for the anniversary year, we’re conducting oral history interviews with legends from our earliest years. Here’s Howard (Bud) Friedman (EDPAA President, 1973-1974) preparing for his interview at home in Los Angeles. We’ll be featuring this footage throughout the anniversary year. Watch this space.

Howard (Bud) Friedman with video crew members as they prepare to record.

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By: Dario Sarlo | April 02, 2018

By the summer of 1976, ISACA was expanding rapidly, both in the United States and internationally, with chapters in Mexico and Sydney. Today, ISACA has more than 200 chapters around the world. As ISACA and the founding Los Angeles chapter celebrate 50 years in 2019, many other chapters will reach their own milestones. Three chapters will celebrate 45 years: Utah, National Capital Area and Philadelphia.

1976 EDP Auditor Journal, summer edition