The Greater Tampa Bay Chapter of The Association of Continuity Professionals ("GTBACP") is a non-profit, mutual benefit association of business professionals who are responsible for, or participate in, contingency planning, disaster recovery, crisis management and/or business resumption planning. Greater Tampa Bay Chapter is an authorized operating entity of the Association of Continuity Professionals (a.k.a. - ACP).
ACP-Tampa Bay Mission Statement
The mission of the GTBACP is to provide leadership and education in contingency planning, business continuity, and disaster recovery.
The GTBACP is dedicated to building a coalition of contingency planners that will:
Promote awareness in the community of the benefits and need for contingency planning.
Work with industry and government to assist in the overall promotion and direction of contingency planning (disaster recovery) in the Tampa Bay area.
History of GTBACP
In the summer of 1997, Tami Smyrski, who was the contingency planner for Raymond James, organized an informal meeting of other contingency planners in the Bay area to explore the interest in forming a formal organization. They met once or twice more before she resigned her position. Bay Area Contingency Planners Coalition (BACPC) was adopted as the group's name. Karen Haider took over the contingency planner position in February of 1998 and inherited her notes and mailing list.
Meetings continued throughout 1998; officers were elected in April of 1998. After considering affiliating with ACP, the group decided to organize formally as a nonprofit organization, which was accomplished in the summer of 1998. In 1999 BACPC joined the Association of Continuity Planners and changed its name to the Greater Tampa Bay Chapter of ACP (GTBACP) and Jim Serina of TECO was elected as President of GTBACP.
Today, the GTBACP has more than 65 members, representing a diverse group of businesses and industries in the Tampa Bay Area. We hold monthly meetings with a focus on education. Meeting topics range from tours of the National Weather Service in Ruskin and the Pinellas County EOC to roundtable discussions about standards and guidelines within the business continuity management industry.
Greater Tampa Bay Association of Continuity Professionals
P.O. Box 26081
Tampa, FL 33623
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