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.

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As 2020 comes to a welcome close, ACP Maryland would like to invite you to SAVE THE DATE for our February meeting.  The first topic to kick off the new year will focus on Operational Resilience!

Details:

February 3, 2021, 11:00-12:30

We will be meeting virtually – link to be sent out prior to the meeting

Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/acp-february-meeting-save-the-date-tickets-133721222777

Synopsis:

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.

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