Vision and Mission
Our mission and vision is creating a body of knowledge encompassing Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, Risk, Crisis and Emergency Management, (Public and Private Sectors representation) and allowing members to access all needed information by networking with other professionals and gaining the necessary expertise.
The NYC Metro Chapter provides monthly current and exciting topics and interactive programs, ensuring collaboration between the Board and the Members and working all together for the success and growth of the Chapter.
To provide a forum for learning and growth, advancement, mastery and added value within the related disciplines of Business Continuity and Emergency, Incident, and Crisis Management. This forum is:
- A community...to share ideas and network with experienced professionals
- A focal point...for timely, accurate answers and sound advice
- A force...to proactively advocate for government and private industry action
- A premier source...for related industry information and education
- A virtual library...to archive and share knowledge
We view the New York City Metro Chapter as the “Chapter of Choice” in the continuity industry. We will be regarded as THE place to go for resources, networking and education.
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Andrew Smith is a senior level Executive with 24 years diversified Management experience specializing in Business Continuity Management, Disaster Recovery Planning, Crisis Management, Crisis Communication and Emergency Response, Life Safety, Third Party Vendor Risk Management, Information Technology and Information Security. He is currently serving as Director, Governance and Development, Global Crisis and Continuity Management with BMO (Bank of Montreal) and held previous positions of Director and Vice President of Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Management for the Americas until 2020 @ MUFG. Prior to that, he spent over eight years as the Vice President and Head of Technology Services, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Management for DEXIA (European Banking Group) in the Americas.
Andrew Smith is a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) through the Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRII), a Member of the Business Continuity Institute (MBCI) of the UK, holds an MBA in International Finance from St. John's University/Peter J. Tobin School of Business and completed an Executive program in Management & Leadership at MIT/Sloan School of Management.
Andrew Smith has been serving as the President of the Association of Contingency Planners, NYC Metro Chapter and as the Chairman of the ACP National Presidents’ Council since 2009 and is the recipient of the 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2015 ACP NYC Metro Chapter Most Valuable Player Award. He was the founding Membership Director of the ACP NYC Metro Chapter in 2005 and served on the Board as Secretary and Program Director as well.
He is also an active member of:
- The Advisory Board for the MPA Program in Emergency and Disaster Management at Metropolitan College of New York
- The Editorial Board for Journal of Business Continuity & Emergency Planning
- NYPD Shield
- Contingency Planning Exchange
- JC Waterfront Security Group
- The Clearing House and SIFMA Business Continuity Committees
Inger Kessler is an accomplished Business Continuity Professional with 20 years progressive experience. She achieved her CBCP certification through DRII, and specializes in Business Continuity Management, Program Development, Life Safety, Crisis Communications and Emergency Response.
Inger has held management roles in a variety of industries, most recently in retail. She spent over 20 years with Macy’s, Inc., where until June 2020, she was Senior Manager of Business Resiliency, providing direction, support and subject matter expertise to Macy’s management teams worldwide.
Inger has been an active member of the Association of Contingency Planners since 2009 and has served as Secretary on the Board of Directors for the NYC Metro chapter since 2014. In her spare time, she is a volunteer member of the Suffolk County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) on Long Island.
Dan is a Business Analyst for Perrigo Pharmaceuticals located in Michigan. Prior to that position, Dan served as Product Evolution manager and as an IT Director of Clay Park Labs (Perrigo). Dan joined Agis Industries in March of 1994 as the ERP Manager and Deputy IT Director, relocating to the US in July of 2003. Before joining Perrigo (Agis), Dan spent four (4) years in South Africa (Johannesburg) as a consultant - implementing ERP systems and consulting to supply chain and pharmaceutical manufacturing companies. Dan has a MBA from Humberside (UK) and a BA from Tel-Aviv University and is a certified CISSP. Dan has served as the Treasurer for the past four (4) years, at the ACP NYC Metro Chapter.
Alex is the Director of Business Continuity for GroupM and oversees all Business Continuity operations for North America. Alex has over 10 years of experience in business continuity in multiple industries. He is a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) through the Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRII) and is an Associate Member of Business Continuity Institute (AMBCI). He also holds various certifications from The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Alex has been a member of the ACP NYC Metro Chapter since 2019. He was elected as Membership Director for the chapter in 2020 and continues to serve that role along with co-chairing as Program Director in 2022.
Wanda Gaskin has over 20 years in the Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery field and over 25 total years in Information Technology. Over her tenure, she became the “Go To” person for all aspects of BC/DR including Testing, Training, Table Top Exercises, Emergency procedures, and Audits. She is currently working as a Disaster Recovery consultant in the Financial field.
Wanda excels in public speaking, and enjoys taking on challenges that other people avoid. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) from the University of Phoenix and is Certified as a Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) by Disaster Recovery International Institute (DRII). She also holds additional Technical Certifications in A Plus, Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), Microsoft Office User Specialist (MOUS) Expert, along with various FEMA certifications.
Wanda Gaskin was elected as Web Director for the ACP NYC Metro Chapter effective January 2014.
Scott Alexander has been the Membership Director of the New York City chapter of the Association of Contingency Planners since 2012.
Scott Alexander has worked in the business continuity and emergency management field for more than a decade, advising decision-makers on how best to keep their businesses running.
Alexander currently directs and manages United Rentals’ Power and HVAC division across metropolitan New York City, working with corporations, hospitals, data centers, local and federal governmental agencies, among others. He has won numerous awards for his efforts. During Hurricane Sandy, he worked extensively in New York City to ensure his clients could keep their businesses operating under immense challenges.
Alexander has a diverse business background. He lived and worked abroad in Eastern Europe for many years working on grass-roots democracy projects in dozens of former Communist countries. His travels took him to Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Croatia, among other countries that were under the influence of the former U.S.S.R.
He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Emergency Management and Business Continuity at Metropolitan College of New York.
Amal Shady, CBCP, MBCI, IOS 22301 Lead Implementer, served as Director of Risk & Compliance at McGraw-Hill for 4 years; where she developed and implemented an operational resiliency program, aligned to industry standards and best practice. The program uses a risk-based approach to Compliance, Business Continuity, Crisis Management and Pandemic Response, while taking into consideration key aspects of Privacy.
Prior to joining McGraw Hill, Amal worked within the Incident Management and Business Continuity group at Bloomberg LP (BLP), headquartered in NYC; where she redesigned the Business Continuity program, developed, and implemented an advanced training program and aided in the implementation of a standardized Crisis Management program; co-leading the management of several incidents that had the potential to impact BLP operations.
Prior to Bloomberg, Amal joined a small global team at Reed Elsevier, tasked with the development and implementation of a global centralized program, certified against ISO 22301:2012. For five years prior to Reed Elsevier, Amal served as the Deputy Head of CoB (Continuity of Business) for the Enterprise Operations & Technology (EO&T) sector, globally, at Citigroup. During her time at Citi, Amal successfully revamped the entire program, adding automation, reducing redundancy, and ensuring compliance with all regulatory requirements. Amal’s program successfully passed approximately 15 audits during her tenure at Citi.
Amal got her start within the field of Business Continuity at Radian Asset Assurance, Inc. (RAA) in 2003.
Amal holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Rochester, a Certificate in Information Management from NYU, and a Certificate in Multimedia Design from NYU. She successfully gained her CBCP in 2007, her AMBCI in 2008, which was upgraded to a MBCI in 2014. Further, she is a Certified Lead Implementer of ISO 22301:2012 since early 2013.
Daniella Miller has 5 years’ experience in Emergency Management and Business Continuity. Previously, Mrs. Miller served 8 years in the military working with Logistics and Supplies; she played an important role in the Recovery/Mitigation of Super Storm Sandy as an Emergency Manager specialist for PCDC where she trained Nursing Homes in developing All Hazard Emergency Plans, and she designed, implemented and facilitated her first Active Shooter Table Top Exercise for Level 1 Trauma Center Bellevue Hospital.
Mrs. Miller received a BPA in Humans Services, a MPA in Emergency/Disaster Management from Metropolitan College of New York and is a published writer. Currently, she is certified as a 1SO 22301 Lead Auditor from ICOR and FEMA Level 1 Practitioner. She serves as the Business Continuity Manager for MACYS Inc. / Bloomingdales where she monitors over 750 locations around the world and is active in the planning/implementation of Macy’s Business Continuity Program. She enjoys initiating projects, taking on new challenges, facilitating and career coaching.
Daniella Miller was elected Director of Public Relations for the ACP NYC Metro Chapter effective January 2018.