Association of Continuity Professionals (ACP) - Central Maryland Chapter is a non-profit trade association dedicated to fostering continued professional growth and development in effective Contingency & Business Resumption Planning. ACP is the recognized premier international networking and information exchange organization in the business continuity industry.

ACP provides members an excellent information exchange experience and opportunities to set response and recovery trends while strengthening relationships through public and private partnerships.

Our Vision

To build the premier international organization for business continuity professionals.

Our Mission

Everything we do professionally and as an organization is dedicated to protecting lives, safeguarding businesses and fostering community resiliency.

Our Core Values

Knowledge – We are valued as experienced thought leaders

Integrity – We are committed to the highest standards of ethics and integrity

Innovation - We are forward thinkers developing better ways to guide the profession

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The Central Maryland Chapter of the Association of Continuity Professionals (ACP) cordially invites you to our June 9th virtual meeting, Business Continuity Leadership – Do You Have “The Right Stuff?”

Business Continuity leadership both now and in the future, will be influenced by constant change, geopolitical volatility, technological disruptions, and both economic and environmental uncertainty. The historic events of 2020 challenged Business Continuity professionals like never before. With a worldwide pandemic, an historic year of hurricanes, tornados, and wildfires, along with civil unrest, 2020 represented the most volatile, dynamic, and eventful year in our lifetime.

The most important lesson learned from these events is that they have forever raised the bar for what will be expected from the Business Continuity professional in the future. There is now a new definition of who the future Business Continuity leader must be and, what role they must play. Business Continuity professionals must now realize that in order to survive in tomorrow’s volatile, complex, and ambiguous business environment, they will need leadership skills different from those that helped them succeed in the past.

So, do you have the “Right Stuff” to be a Business Continuity leader of the future? Come join us at this informative session as we discuss real-world examples and successful strategies that have been embraced by today’s industry-leading professionals as they evolve to meet the dynamic challenges which will define the Business Continuity programs of tomorrow.

When: Wednesday, June 9th, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)

Register: Via eventbrite using this link.

A Zoom link will be provided in the confirmation email to registrants. We hope you can make it!

 

If you missed our February 3rd virtual meeting/webinar, "Why all the Fuss About Operational Resilience?" here's a link to the online recording:

https://vimeo.com/509561080

Operational Resilience. This is likely a term you’re getting more and more familiar with given the multitude of regulatory and private sector perspectives being shared. However, all industry sectors in all geographies should understand its core tenets and how operational resilience thinking can add value through a perspective that truly resonates with executive leaders and boards of directors.

In this presentation Brian Zawada, Chief Operating Officer, and Ian Crabb, Global Head of Strategy, at Castellan Solutions will share their insights and discuss:

  • Why this shift in thinking is more than just a change in name
  • Why some of its core components are important for your existing continuity program
  • How adopting the key principles of Operational Resilience can re-invigorate your work and bring focus to program outcomes

Bios:

Ian Crabb is Castellan’s Global Head of Strategy. During Ian's nearly 30 years of experience, in addition to providing independent continuity consulting & program management services to global clients, he has held both board & senior management roles within continuity service providers & operational responsibility for continuity within organizations; & brings a wealth of knowledge from these opposite viewpoints.

Brian Zawada is Castellan’s Chief Operating Officer. He has more than 25 years of experience managing & building world-class, global BC programs that help organizations achieve & sustain the right level of resilience. In addition, Brian has also contributed to the development of ISO 22301, ISO 22317, & ISO 22331. His book, The Business Continuity Operating System, will be available for purchase on Amazon in early 2021.


 

MADRA and the Central Maryland Chapter of ACP held a joint virtual meeting on May 13, 2020.

Al Mongeon and Chris Strong presented predictions and information for the upcoming hurricane season. Although most focus is on the current pandemic, other dangers and risks remain that can impact organizations, and with many employees working remotely, effects can be different and perhaps not planned or even considered.

Al Mongeon recently retired after a combined 50 years of Federal service first as a meteorologist/communications specialist for the Air Force and the National Weather Service (NWS). For the past 20 years, he has served as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Homeland Security Activities coordinator/senior meteorologist and Business Continuity Planner at the Department of Homeland Security. Al played a significant part in the development of the COOP program within the Department of Commerce and NOAA. As the NOAA and NWS representative to DHS, Al provided weather scenarios for the TOPOFF series of national level exercises and planning for major national events such as Super Bowls, Inaugurations, and July 4 th celebrations. He was also the designated desk officer during all hurricanes making landfall on US mainland, territories, or possessions from 2003 to 2012 and organized and provided meteorological support to major disasters such as floods, tornadoes, and wildfires.

Chris Strong is the Warning Coordination Meteorologist (WCM) for the National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington Forecast Office located in Sterling, Virginia. His forecast office serves Maryland east of Garrett County, including the Chesapeake Bay, northern and northwestern Virginia, eastern West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. As WCM he is in charge of outreach and networking for his office, and ensures that the National Weather Service's programs, forecasts, and warnings are effectively used by the government, the media, and the public at large. Chris was selected to the Penn State Meteorology program, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1993. He entered the National Weather Service at the forecast office in Buffalo New York as a student intern, and then moved to the NWS Baltimore/Washington Forecast Office in the summer of 1993.

You may access a recording of their presentation at this link.  You will need to enter the password 3n%?V4J. Be sure to include the period at the end of the password.


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