Welcome to the North Texas Chapter of the Association of Continuity Professionals (ACP). ACP is a non-profit professional organization, which provides a forum for the exchange of experiences and information, for business continuity professionals, throughout a network of local chapters.
Founded in March of 1986, the North Texas Chapter is one of the oldest continuously meeting chapters, and among the largest by membership, serving the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at predetermined locations, unless the first Tuesday coincides with a holiday. We invite you to attend our next meeting.
Date/Time: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 12:00 - 2:00 (CST)
Where: Quest Diagnoistics
Location Address: 2655 Villa Creek Drive, Dallas (Farmers Branch), TX 75038
Featured Speakers: TBD
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Attendees should anticipate a minimum of 1.5 hour meetings, with the expectation that meetings may last for 2 hours. Please join us for our next meeting!
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Happy Holidays fellow North Texas Chapter Members!
As the year draws to a close, this is a good time to reflect on the past year. I believe we’ve delivered some great programs, from the recent tour of BNSF to the presentations and tours at Belfor, Regus and Mary Kay. We also had our first virtual meeting in partnership with the California Bay Area Chapter. This is not to mention the great speakers and topics we’ve had. We heard from one of our Board Members, Wendy Nelson at Raytheon, earlier this year about proving program efficiencies and effectiveness. We also heard from other chapter members like Shane Mathew and Joel Navarro about the innovative approaches they have taken within their programs. Chapter member Greg Holdburg conducted a great presentation about the metamorphosis of the profession. We even heard from well-known and respected members of the BC community like Chloe Demrovsky, President of DRI and Cheyenne Marling, President of BC Management, Inc.
It was a difficult year as well. There was the horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas and, most recently, in our own state at a church in Sutherland Springs. Puerto Rico is still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Closer to home, Hurricane Harvey came ashore on August 25th near Rockport, TX as a Category 4 storm. But it was Houston and surrounding communities that were hardest hit by several days of torrential rains that brought devastating flooding to the area. Elsewhere, there were business-impacting events like the Wannacry ransomware virus and the data breach at Equifax that compromised the personal data of at least 145 million individuals and resulted in the departure of the company’s CIO and CISO. We also saw social media drive reporting and impact as United Airlines dealt with the aftermath of a passenger who was violently removed by airport security. We are now seeing a torrent of inappropriate behavior allegations against many household names in the film and television business as well as prominent political figures.
It is not just the number of events we’ve seen this year that is striking but the variety as well as breadth and scope of some. Many of these resulted in the tragic loss of human life. The impact of others was felt elsewhere, whether it was organizational profits or the personal reputation of many well-known celebrities. Time and again we see the evidence that the best organizations and individuals take precautions not just because it is required but because it is the right thing to do. And this is reflected in the fact that the poorest prepared are often affected by problems of their own making. This does not absolve us of our responsibility. Events like these are reminders of the need for preparedness. We can only do so much to mitigate risks. Some are beyond our ability to significantly mitigate, such as storms and floods. Others, such as acts of terror, may be known and understood, but their timing and location are difficult or impossible to predict.
Constantly being the voice of readiness and vigilance can be a daunting task, particularly when others don’t see the dangers around them, but it is a necessary role. I find the work I do personally rewarding but have discovered that it comes without a lot of accolades. For that reason, I would like to thank all of you for the work you put in each and every day. It is expected that things will run smoothly and without interruption so it is rare that our contributions to such outcomes is acknowledged. At the same time it is too easy to focus on the problems when they arise rather than the improvements, benefits and opportunities they bring to light. You and your work are truly appreciated and I hope all of you continue in your efforts in 2018.
Take care and I hope all of you have a truly wonderful holiday season!
Mark Armour, CBCP
North Texas Chapter President
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