Shortly, this website will be posting a recorded session of the webinar held today entitled, “PS-Prep :  The Definitive Update!”

Meanwhile, we would like to share the bio’s of the participants in this webinar’s presentation — they are:

Donald Byrne, CBCP, CDCP, CBRO-M, Lead Auditor, Adjunct Professor, Boston University 

 The former CEO of several companies, Don Byrne brings an executive perspective to resiliency planning.  Don’s expertise includes all types of technology, dealing with operational challenges, and strategic planning.  He is on the Board of Directors of several companies and professional organizations.  His experience includes working with government agencies and firms in legal, insurance, manufacturing, maritime, energy and supply chain fields, as well as, cultural institutions, non-profits and data centers.  Don is an Adjunct Professor at Boston University where teaches graduate programs in business continuity, risk and security.

A sought-after speaker at conferences, Don serves as a Director of several professional societies. Currently, he is the Association of Contingency Planners representative to the ANSI National Accreditation Board’s Committee of Experts (ANAB-COE). Working under a contract with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) this group is charged with developing national standards and practices for the United States in the area of Business Continuity Management and advising the government on the PS-Prep program. Don is also a member of the core technical committee working with the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS International) on a forthcoming international (ISO) standard in the area of business continuity. 

A Lead Auditor, Don is the Program Manager for Business Continuity at one of the largest certification firms in the U.S.  He has participated in sanctioned audits of international standard BS 25999 in both the US and Asia. Don is working with other interested parties and organizations to develop a small business continuity standard, a community resiliency benchmark tool, and personal preparedness guidelines. 

A graduate of the U.S. Army Chemical and Biological Warfare School, Don has spent much of the past thirty years working in the fields of computer development, emergency management, business continuity, and operational resiliency. His technical expertise includes storage technologies, customer relationship management, document management, and workflow solutions. He has been the CEO of several successful firms involved in the development of risk management software and is active in the emerging area of electronic discovery (e-Discovery). 

An entrepreneur and former venture capitalist, he has helped launch several technology firms. Don is the founder and Managing Director of North River Solutions (NRS), a consulting, and research firm; and is CEO of Metrix411, a software company specializing in assessments and business benchmarking. Both these companies maintain a worldwide presence with offices in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and China. North River Solutions offers a full range of business and resiliency planning services including strategy development, pre-audit assessments, crisis management, risk assessments, business impact analysis, education and awareness programs, executive communications training, and plan testing and evaluation. 

NRS has teamed with several insurance firms and leading educational organizations to develop specialized programs for various government, private sector, and non-profit institutions. Working with others, the firm has developed the Resiliency-1 Index, a benchmarking tool that assesses an organization’s level of preparedness across twelve operational areas. Similar assessment tools covering various ISO standards as well as supply chain concerns and the threat from natural hazards are in active development and will shortly be available from Metrix411. 

Don holds degrees in mathematics and philosophy, has a Masters in International Marketing, and has earned professional certifications in the areas of business continuity planning (CBCP) and data center operations (CDCP). He is an ISO Lead Auditor and a contributing writer for the Domestic Preparedness Journal and the NEWS website

Brian Zawada, MBCP

Brian Zawada is a co-founder and the Director of Consulting for Avalution Consulting. Over the past thirteen years, Brian has actively managed internal business continuity programs and consulted with public and private sector organizations of all sizes. He focuses exclusively on business continuity management, specifically program definition, risk assessment, business impact analysis, strategy definition, plan development, testing, training and program maintenance.  To date, Brian assisted two organizations with preparing and obtaining BS 25999 organizational certification, and he has advised dozens of others.  Brian is a frequent author and speaker, serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of Continuity Insights magazine.  Brian is on the Technical Committee authoring the new ANSI/ASIS-sponsored business continuity standard.  He also serves on the US Technical Advisory Group participating in the ISO preparedness standards development effort, specifically Technical Committee 223. Formerly, Brian served as President of the Northern Ohio Chapter of the Association of Contingency Planners.  Brian is certified by DRI as a Master Business Continuity Professional, and he is also a Member, Business Continuity Institute

Philip Oppenheim, CBCP

International Continuity Oversight Board, Chairman

Continuity Information Support Services, Continuity Consultant

ACP – Old Dominion Chapter 

Philip Oppenheim, a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology, is a Certified Business Continuity Professional.  He has had a diverse career and worked for a variety of industries in the US and overseas.  As a Continuity Consultant he has worked for a number of companies including Fannie Mae and LandAmerica Financial Group, since he retired from the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.  Philip has been involved in all aspects of business working for others as well as having his own consulting company.  He has firsthand experience with a variety of disruptive events including building collapses, strikes and refinery fires.  He has developed information management systems for companies in the US as well as multinational organizations in the Middle East.  

Philip is a Chairman of the International Continuity Oversight Board, member of ACP Old Dominion Chapter, Business Recovery Association of Virginia and the ASIS Business Continuity Management Standards Working Group

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