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Monthly Meetings

Our meetings are generally held on the last Wednesday of every month from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm (locations vary). The current slate of programs is listed on the homepage.

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Congratulations Stacy Jackson for winning the Pair of Tickets to Busch Gardens!

Early Bird Giveaway. Not avaialable this month

We will be giving away several giveaways during the year for those that register and pay early.
To win you must...
  1. Be a member of GTBACP
  2. Pre-Pay and Register prior to February 15th
  3. Show up to the meeting and be present at drawing
It's that simple! Drawings will occur at the conclusion of the monthly presentation.


2019 Schedule



January 30th

Topic:                  Cybersecurity Challenges                     

Presenter:           Special Agent Paul Vitchock

Location:             The Rusty Pelican


Financial losses in cyber space are expected to exceed $2 trillion annually in 2019.  Governments, militaries, businesses, academic institutions, and individuals are under constant cyber attack by sophisticated adversaries.  “Threat Landscape” is designed to spark thinking about ways the audience can mitigate these threats in their cyber spheres.  Supervisory Special Agent Paul J. Vitchock currently manages the FBI Cyber Squad in Tampa and Orlando which includes criminal and national security investigations.  SSA Vitchock investigated computer intrusion matters in Pittsburgh and Washington, DC, managed the FBI Eurasian Organized Cyber Crime program at FBIHQ, and most recently served as the FBI Cyber Attaché at the US Embassy in Bucharest, Romania.  SSA Vitchock was also a member of the FBI SWAT teams in Pittsburgh and Washington.  Before joining the FBI, SSA Vitchock spent nine years in the Washington D.C. area working as a network infrastructure and security consultant and manager."

We will have a moderated discussion that will focus on best practices for exercising and maintaining a BC plan and how to perform effective BC program training.



February 27th

Topic:                Hazards, Vulnerabilities & Risks Assessment Follow-up Exercise

Presenter:         Steve Elliott 

Location:           The Rusty Pelican, 2425 N Rocky Point Dr, Tampa, FL 33607


As a follow-up to our 2018 presentation, we will conduct a workshop exercise to enhance our skills on Identifying Hazards, Vulnerabilities, & Risks Assessments for Company ABC. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues as we work through the exercise and practice your skills.  Our facilitator will be Steve Elliot, a specialist on business continuity management, contingency planning, emergency response, regulatory compliance, pandemic preparedness, workplace violence, and disaster recovery programs for both the technology needs, and the restoration of business operations. He is also an expert in advising organizations regarding overall plan development, risk assessment, business impact analysis, mitigation strategies, simulation exercises, staff training and program maintenance. Mr. Elliot founded Elliot Consulting in 2002. Mr. Elliot is the President of the Greater Tampa Bay Chapter of the Association of Continuity Professionals (ACP), a former member of the Corporate Board of Directors of the ACP, and the Business & Industry Liaison for the City of Tampa’s Emergency Operations Team. A Certified Business Resiliency Manager (CBRM), Mr. Elliot is also certified by the Business Continuity Institute, Disaster Recovery Institute International, and FEMA-certified in various Emergency Management, Incident Command, and National Incident Management System programs.


March 20th

Topic:                 Billy’s role; and lessons learned from Hurricane Michael

Presenter:          Billy Sasser, US Dept of Homeland Security

Location:            The Rusty Pelican, 2425 N Rocky Point Dr, Tampa, FL 33607


This month’s topic will include a Strategic Overview of Public & Private Sector Preparedness Lessons Learned from Hurricane Michael. Our speaker, Billy E. Sasser Jr., is currently serving as a Supervisory Protective Security Advisor (SPSA) for the Tampa Florida District, encompassing Tampa and the surrounding eight counties.
Mr. Sasser supports homeland security efforts, serving in an advising and reach-back capacity for State Homeland Security Advisors.  He facilitates, coordinates, and performs vulnerability assessments for local critical infrastructures and assets, and acts as a physical and technical security advisor to Federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. He directly supervises Protective Security Advisors (PSA) in South Florida, Tennessee, and Alabama ensuring effective execution of DHS Office of Infrastructure Protection efforts across a wide spectrum of mission areas.  
Mr. Sasser graduated Cum Laude from Park University with a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Management/Human Resources and Boston University with a Master’s Degree in Business Continuity, Security & Risk Management.  He served 20 years in the United States Air Force (USAF) performing such roles as Force Protection Officer, Military Free-fall Parachutist, High Altitude Oxygen NCO and NBC ground-crew equipment and training subject matter expert for the United States Special Operations Command (AFSOC).    

April 24th

Topic:                 Social Media

Presenter:          Victoria Edwards

Location:            The Rusty Pelican, 2425 N Rocky Point Dr, Tampa, FL 33607


April's topic will focus on Utilization of Social Media During Times of Crisis.  Our speaker is Victoria Edwards.  Victoria has been working in online marketing for the past ten years, with specific focus in Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Social Media and Content Marketing.  Victoria is currently the Digital Content Strategist for Florida Blue.  In her position, she focuses on content development, management, and optimization on their various sites, in addition to SEO, and social media marketing.  Victoria has experience with: 

  • SEO Audits
  • Blog Design and Redesign with specific focus on SEO and user experience
  • Content Calendar Development
  • Content Development and Optimization
  • Social Media Marketing

Victoria frequently writes for Momentology, Search Engine Watch, and has also written for CopyPress, Huffington Post, Authority Labs and Search Engine Journal.  In 2015, Victoria was published in the Journal of Digital & Social Media Marketing.


May 29th

Topic:                 Hurricane Michael - Lesson's learned

Presenter:          Logan York

Location:            The Rusty Pelican, 2425 N Rocky Point Dr, Tampa, FL 33607.


Learn about Logan York’s experiences and lessons learned while working in the Panhandle following Hurricane Michael.  You will hear stories of real recoveries following a natural disaster and an in-depth analysis of recovery challenges commonly overlooked by businesses during the planning process.  Topics of discussion include recovery logistics, communication, structural damage analysis, the importance of having flexibility in your plan, and hidden hazards encountered in a disaster area.

Logan York is the Director of Operations at Flood Zone Disaster Recovery Solutions.  His responsibilities include project oversight for Flood Zone’s commercial mitigation services, managing and consulting Flood Zone’s licensees and service provider network, and working with clients nationwide to customize and implement Flood Zone’s Back in Business Program.  Logan has been in the disaster recovery industry for 10 years and is a Certified Master Water Restorer, a Florida Licensed Mold Remediator, a Certified Large Loss Specialist, and holds numerous OSHA and other related industry certifications.  Logan also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Economics from Florida State University. 


June 26th

Topic:                Weather Forecasting - Hurricane Season

Presenter:         National Weather Service – Tampa Bay Area, Daniel Noah, Warning Coordination Meteorologist

Location:          Tampa Emergency Operations Center


Daniel Noah will be discussing business continuity before, during, and after a hurricane requires understanding the risk and making appropriate decisions in advance of the threat. This discussion will cover the following topics: 
  • Alter misconceptions of hurricane risk based on previous experience
  • An explanation of what the hurricane forecast cone really means
  • Understanding what the Storm Surge Flooding Potential Map is showing and how to make decisions based on the map
  • When will the tropical storm force winds arrive based on risk tolerance
  • A one-stop shop to find hurricane decision making information on the Internet
  • Surviving the aftermath of a hurricane
  • National Weather Service resources to encourage employees to prepare
A better understanding of the risk combined with better decision making will help a business to respond and recover from threats that cannot be controlled or mitigated.
Daniel Noah has been a meteorologist with the National Weather Service for 30 years and has been the Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the Tampa Bay office for 17 years. He received his Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from the University Of North Dakota where he worked on research involving aircraft icing and micro-bursts. Dan has forecast tornadoes in Wisconsin, blizzards and 46 below temperatures in North Dakota, and currently enjoys tropical meteorology here in Florida. Because of his cold weather experience, Dan and Janet (his wife of 31 years) have vowed never to live north of Florida’s Interstate 4.
Dan has experienced the aftermath of hurricanes, most recently during a damage survey in the Florida Panhandle after 2018 Hurricane Michael. He has been a member of the Florida Governor`s Hurricane Conference Program Committee since 2006 where he works to organize and teach training and workshops to educate others about the impacts of hurricanes and to promote changes to NWS hurricane products and services.


July 31st

Topic:                Major Renovations and Business Continuity at Tampa Int'l Airport

Presenter:         Lloyd Tillmann, Director of Emergency Management and Resilience for the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority

Location:          The Rusty Pelican, 2425 N Rocky Point Dr, Tampa, FL 33607


This month’s topic will include an update from Tampa International Airport. Our speaker will be Lloyd Tillmann, Director of Emergency Management and Resilience for the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority.  Lloyd will provide updates on several important activities occurring at Tampa International Airport, including:
  • The completion of the Phase 1 of the Master Plan projects (Concessions Redevelopment, SkyConnect Train, and Rental Car Center)
  • Phase 2 Master Plan projects which are now in design and development (Express Curbsides, SkyCenter Atrium & Office Building)
  • Phase 3, planned for 2024 
  • A few air service development items
  • Continuity of operations as these changes are being rolled out
Mr. Lloyd Tillmann has more than 20 years of airport management experience and is currently serving as the Director of Emergency Management and Resilience for the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority. In his current role, he oversees emergency preparedness, critical event management, safety, and operational resilience for Tampa International Airport.   
Lloyd started his career as an Emergency Medical Technician and Airport Rescue Firefighter. He is a graduate of Florida Institute of Technology where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation Management/Flight Technology. He is a Commercial Pilot with Instrument and Multi-Engine Ratings. He has achieved his Certified Member designation from the American Association of Airport Executives, and received the FAA’s Airport Safety Mark of Distinction Award in 2013. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida Airports Council one of the largest state-based airport organizations representing all 20 commercial service airports and 79 general aviation airports.

August 28th 

Topic:                Tampa Business Emergency Council Overview

Presenter:         Ed Norstrem,  Director of Global Business Continuity at the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC)

Location:           The Rusty Pelican,  2425 N Rocky Point Dr, Tampa, FL 33607


This month’s presentation will include a briefing from Ed Norstrem with information about the Tampa Business Emergency Council, working in cooperation with the City of Tampa’s Emergency Operations Center. The City of Tampa consists of approximately 117 square miles with almost 19,000 businesses. Facilitating the needs of that many businesses through one ESF-18 seat at the Tampa Emergency Operations Center during Hurricane Irma proved to be a challenge. The lessons learned from Hurricane Irma motivated the business community to form the Tampa Business Emergency Council (TBEC). TBEC has had many successes and established multiple protocols and standards which will aid in the preparedness, response and recovery of Tampa businesses. There is more work to do though. Learn about this unique public/private partnership, how your business can get involved and how you can lend your professional expertise.  “TBEC – Keeping Tampa Strong Through Collaborative Preparation”
Ed Norstrem - Director of Global Business Continuity at the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC).  Ed’s responsibilities at DTCC include establishing resilience related standards and policies, testing and monitoring the adherence to those standards, facilitating crisis management responses, and a host of other Business Continuity related functions. Ed also currently serves as the Vice President of the Tampa Business Emergency Council (TBEC). Before joining DTCC Ed was a Vice President of Global Resiliency at JPMorgan Chase. Ed worked with a global group of Operational and Technical staff. His responsibilities included ensuring the continuity of operations standards and execution followed the Interagency White Paper on Sound Practices set by the Federal Reserve System, Securities and Exchange Commission and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.
Ed has held multiple board positions with the Greater Tampa Association of Continuity Professionals including Membership Director and Program Director. In 2017 Ed graduated from the Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Tampa program. Prior to that, among other things, he completed the M.I.T. Crisis Management & Business Continuity program, earned the Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) certification and achieved the PS-PREP Business Continuity Management System Auditor (BCMS-A) accreditation. Ed served ten years in the WI Air National Guard and is a Veteran of Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

September 25 

Topic:                How to Survive an Active Threat

Presenters:       Terence Lee, CBCP, VP, Industry, SAI Global

                         Christine Brown, Learning Content Manager, SAI Global

Location:          The Rusty Pelican,  2425 N Rocky Point Dr, Tampa, FL 33607


More than half of all active shooter incidents take place in a business setting and are now 18 times more likely to occur than workplace fires. How would you handle an active shooter in your workplace? Are your employees or co-workers trained to manage this type of emergency situation?

In this session, leading experts Terence Lee and Christine Brown will explore the critical facts about active shooter incidents and active shooter training in the workplace. He will uncover crucial steps to take when educating employees as well as the best ways to manage a violent workplace incident.

Attendees will discover:

  • The risks and probabilities of an active shooter in your workplace
  • How to train employees at your company without causing undue alarm or panic
  • Practical methods on how to respond to an active shooter in the workplace

 Attendees will also receive an Active Shooter playbook and training materials.



Terence Lee, CBCP, VP, Industry manages the operations and sales for business continuity management. He possesses over 25 years of expertise in IT Risk, Compliance, Policy, and Audit Management; Threat and Vulnerability Management; Business Continuity Planning and Management; Third Party Vendor Management; and Operational Risk Management. Terry has fulfilled many client- and market-facing roles. As a product, account and sales executive; he has demonstrated a progressive record of accomplishment identifying and defining new products, capturing new business, leading and building teams, developing software markets, increasing revenues, and executing growth strategies. His experience includes training, mentoring, and supporting teams—with a focus on strategy, product management, and account management.

Christine Brown has spent over twenty years in the eLearning industry – from creating curricula at a small non-profit education research and development organization to managing large-scale corporate education products – and now serves as Learning Content Manager at SAI Global. In SAI’s Risk & Learning group, Christine oversees the development of new learning products in the ethics and compliance training field. Her goal is to engage learners with meaningful and interactive experiences so that they can retain their learning well into the future. Christine has managed the development of Life Safety training experiences as well as other risk areas such as Sexual Harassment and helps companies develop their Code of Conduct products.

Strategic BCP | SAI Global

SAI Global helps organizations proactively manage risk to create trust and achieve business confidence, growth, and sustainability. We offer a full suite of Life Safety learning solutions with content on preventing, preparing for and reacting to extreme violence in the workplace. Developed with the Company's EthicsAnywhere™ learner-centric methodology for helping organizations change behavior around key risk areas, the suite offers a variety of instructional approaches for all types of learners spanning across all industries, regions and scenarios. SAI Global acquired Strategic BCP in 2018. Together, we build enterprise-class business continuity software and provide professional services that elevate business continuity programs within organizations. ResilienceONE is our award-winning business continuity software solution.

October 30th – Focus and simplify your Business Continuity Program

Presenter:       Robert Gaffin, President of Avalution

Do you have too many plans, or is everything “critical”? Are you boiling the ocean? 
Attend this presentation to learn practical tools from the Business Continuity Operating SystemTM that provide laser focus to your program. In addition, learn how to align everyone from employees to executives.
Rob is a co-founder, and the President of Avalution creators of the Business Continuity Operating System™.  Over his career, Rob has been involved in business continuity consulting at all levels. This includes consulting for hundreds of clients, building multiple continuity and information security tools, and participating in a wide range of industry groups and forums, such as the Disaster Recovery Journal Editorial Advisory Board


November 13th – Holiday Party

Additional Monthly Meetings to be added later


GTBACP Annual Sponsors

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