John Stagl is a Certified Business Continuity Professional, Corporate Consultant and Director of Marketing for BELFOR the largest disaster response company in the world.
Mr. Stagl works with corporate clients in the planning for and actual response to disasters caused by fires, earthquakes, terrorism and other medical and economic factors that interrupt business operations. He uses his 18 years as an executive in the insurance industry and more than 20 years of actual hands-on experience in the disaster response industry, to assist companies in the development of the most cost effective recovery tactics for their operations.
Mr. Stagl has been a Vice President of Strategic Planning as well as a Consultant in the field of Business Continuity. He was on the Board of Directors for the North American Society for Corporate Planning from 1982-1984. His work has been recognized in Marquis’ Who’s Who in Finance & Industry, Men of Achievement (a European Who’s Who published in Cambridge, England) and he was a charter member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Continuity Insights Magazine from 2003-2008. He is also a member of the Canadian Center for Emergency Preparedness, an international group of Business Continuity Planners. He has taught “Financial Economics” at the University of Baltimore, lectured on Strategic Planning and speaks & writes regularly on the subject of Strategic Business Recovery Planning.
Mr. Stagl worked in Army Intelligence from 1966-1969 including one year in Vietnam. He received his BA from John Carroll University in Cleveland and his MBA in Finance from DePaul University in Chicago.
Geary Sikich is a Principal with Logical Management Systems, Corp., a management consulting and executive education firm with a focus on enterprise risk management and issues analysis; the firm’s web site is www.logicalmanagement.com. Geary is also engaged in the development and financing of private placement offerings in the alternative energy sector (biofuels, etc.), multi-media entertainment and advertising technology and food products. Geary developed LMSCARVERtm the “Active Analysis” framework, which directly links key value drivers to operating processes and activities. LMSCARVERtm provides a framework that enables a progressive approach to business planning, scenario planning, performance assessment and goal setting.
Prior to founding Logical Management Systems, Corp. in 1985 Geary held a number of senior operational management positions in a variety of industry sectors. Geary served in the U.S. Army; responsible for the initial concept design and testing of the U.S. Army’s National Training Center and other related activities. Geary holds a M.Ed. in Counseling and Guidance from the University of Texas at El Paso and a B.S. in Criminology from Indiana State University.
Geary has developed and taught courses for Norwich University, University of Nevada Reno, George Washington University and University of California Berkley. He is active in Executive Education, where he has developed and delivered courses in enterprise risk management, contingency planning, performance management and analytics. Geary is a frequent speaker on business continuity issues business performance management. He is the author of over 240 published articles and four books, his latest being “Protecting Your Business in Pandemic,” published in June 2008 (available on Amazon.com).
Geary is a frequent speaker on high profile continuity issues, having developed and validated over 2,500 plans and conducted over 275 seminars and workshops worldwide for over 100 clients in energy, chemical, transportation, government, healthcare, technology, manufacturing, heavy industry, utilities, legal & insurance, banking & finance, security services, institutions and management advisory specialty firms. Geary consults on a regular basis with companies worldwide on business continuity, risk, competitive intelligence, strategy and crisis management issues.
Donald L. Schmidt has 30 years of experience in the public sector and the private sector. He has extensive experience in risk assessment, loss prevention, hazard mitigation, emergency management and business continuity planning within a diverse range of industries. He is a published author of multiple books and numerous articles on the subjects of risk management, emergency management, business continuity, and terrorism. For more than two decades he has helped to write important standards on disaster/emergency management and business continuity. He is a member of the professional development faculty of DRI International (the Disaster Recovery Institute) teaching courses on developing and auditing emergency management and business continuity programs. He is also an adjunct professor at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy teaching a graduate course in business continuity and disaster recovery.
Don received his BS degree, summa cum laude, in Fire Science from the University of Maryland. He is a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP), a Certified Business Continuity Lead Auditor (CBCLA), a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM®), Master Professional Continuity Practitioner (Level II), and he has attained the Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designation from the Insurance Institute of America.
Don is a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), the Association of Contingency Planners (ACP), and the Northeast Disaster Recovery Information Exchange (NEDRIX). He is a 30-year member of the National Fire Protection Association serving as Chair of the Technical Committee on Emergency Management and Business Continuity, which is responsible for NFPA 1600, “Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs.” He is a principal member of the Technical Committee on Pre-Incident Planning, which is responsible for NFPA 1620, a member of the United States Technical Advisory Group to the ISO 223 Societal Security technical committee, and a member of ASTM E54.02 Working Group 8908, which is developing a standard guide for school emergency preparedness.
Dr. Fessler’s areas of expertise include building mechanical systems, gas and liquid flows, heat transfer, thermodynamics, manufacturing, and risk assessment. In addition to routinely providing consulting services over a wide range of mechanical engineering issues, Dr. Fessler specializes in two areas: testing and analysis of fluid-thermal systems, and risk/safety analysis. The fluid-thermal work frequently consists of performance testing and analysis of building mechanical systems including heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, piping and plumbing; temperature, humidity and moisture control; and gas and liquid pipeline flow and leak analyses. Typical components and sub-systems studied have included pumps, valves, chillers, fan-coil units, ventilation systems, heat exchangers, compressors, plumbing systems, and process piping. Dr. Fessler’s risk assessment work typically relates to risk and reliability analyses of new products and systems that are under development. Such systems have included consumer appliances, medical devices, hybrid vehicles, automotive components, security/anti-terrorism technology, and telecommunications equipment. Specific analysis techniques used by Dr. Fessler include Preliminary Hazards Analysis (PHA), Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA), Hazards and Operability (HAZOP) studies, Fault Tree/Event Tree Analysis, and Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) evaluations.
Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Fessler was an Acting Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Stanford University, where he conducted research and taught graduate and undergraduate classes in experimental heat transfer and fluid mechanics.
Phil Lambert is the founder and president of Ripcord, previously known as the Center for Continuity Leadership.
Ripcord is the industry leader in the design and implementation of business continuity programs. Ripcord is nationally recognized for its highly effective web-based training that engages, equips, and empowers businesses with planning and skills for disaster preparedness and recovery, emergency response, crisis management and business continuity. Lambert is also the senior architect of the company’s Rapid Continuity® program – an efficient, turnkey continuity solution being embraced by companies nationwide.
Lambert has nearly 22 years of experience in business continuity and disaster planning. Since founding the Ripcord in 2004, Lambert has designed and produced well over 200 customized training courses for corporations large and small.
Prior to that, Lambert led the business continuity programs at two Fortune 500 companies, Option One Mortgage (an H&R Block subsidiary) and Safeco Corporation. In these leadership positions, he earned a reputation for creating effective, integrated, and innovative business continuity solutions. Lambert excels at bridging the silos between departments and engaging team leaders across the company to develop an enterprise-wide “continuity culture” that strengthens the organization’s overall preparedness and resiliency.
Lambert is a well-regarded advocate and thought-leader in the business continuity and disaster recovery community. He has served on numerous advisory boards including the national Association for Contingency Planners (ACP). In addition, he holds two certifications the MBCI, and the CBCP designation. Lambert is frequently requested to speak at events and associations around the country in addition to leading more than 65 training workshops, courses and presentations at national conferences on business continuity, leadership and management.
Lambert is passionate about business continuity and the critical role it plays in today’s increasingly fast-paced and digital world. Through practical ideas and unique insights, he shares how and why to encourage a continuity-minded business culture in your organization.
Rob is a Principal at PreparedEx where he manages a team of crisis preparedness professionals and has over 20 years of experience preparing for and responding to crises. Part of his leadership role includes assisting PreparedEx clients in designing, implementing and evaluating crisis, emergency, security and business continuity management programs. During his career Rob has worked for the US State Department’s Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program, as a crisis management consultant in Pakistan and Afghanistan where he negotiated with the UN and Pashtun tribal warlords and he served with the United Kingdom Special Forces where he operated internationally under hazardous covert and confidential conditions. Rob was also part of a disciplined and prestigious unit The Grenadier Guards where he served Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Palaces in London. Rob was a highly trained and experienced infantryman serving in Desert Storm and commanded covert operational teams and was a sniper. Rob has keynoted disaster recovery conferences and participated in live debates on FOX News regarding complex security requirements and terrorism. Rob has a Queen’s Commendation for Bravery.
Dr. McKinney holds her Doctorate degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, with a focus on preparedness planning, leadership and workforce development. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Brandeis University and her Master of Public Health degree and certificates in Managed Care and Health Care Administration from Benedictine University in Lisle, IL.
Dr. McKinney was recently appointed as the Acting Deputy Commissioner for the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response at the Chicago Department of Public Health, where she oversees the preparedness efforts for the Department and coordinates those efforts within the larger spectrum of the City of Chicago’s Public Safety activities. In this capacity, she also manages both the CDC and ASPR funded preparedness programs. Dr. McKinney was also responsible for establishing and overseeing the implementation of program goals and objectives in accordance with standards and guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
For the last six years, Dr. McKinney has spearheaded CDPH’s regional collaboration and coordination efforts with other local health departments within Northern Illinois (Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, Will and Winnebago counties, as well as the Villages of Oak Park, Skokie, Stickney and the City of Evanston). She has been the primary force in the development of public health regional plans to respond to bioterrorism events and other public health emergencies. These regional coordination efforts were successful in the region’s recognition by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) to become certified under Project Public Health Ready in 2006. She serves as CDPH’s primary liaison to the Illinois Department of Public Health, with regard to regional coordination and planning issues and serves as the Co-Chair of the Emergency Preparedness Committee for the Northern Illinois Public Health Consortium.
Pascal Lauria is the founder of Cogia Intelligence. A leading German semantic search technology and web intelligence software house with several patents and major global customers in the private and public sector. He has over 15 years of high tech, IT and mobile technology experience.
He was VP Sales & Marketing APAC responsible for Xandros in Asia and their Netbook success. With Asus he created the biggest Linux notebook success in history, over a billion US$ on sales with Asus and their Linux based eeePC, which had caused a worldwide market shift in the global PC and notebook market.
Before that he has worked for a Silicon Valley based startup called Scalix as EMEA Sales Director and established Scalix in Europe and Middle East and Africa (EMEA) as the leading Linux groupware alternative to Microsoft Exchange during his time.
He started his IT career as Account Executive at Ulead System in Taipei, Taiwan in 1997 and later changed to Samsung and became very quickly the EMEA Sales Manager for Samsung SDS Europe.
Pascal holds a MBA from the German Graduate School of Management and law and a BA in Business Administration from the University of Winnipeg. He is fluent in German, English, Italian, and intermediate in Mandarin Chinese.
Stuart M. Saft, chair of Dewey & LeBoeuf’s Global Real Estate Practice, is one of the leading lawyers in the financing, leasing, conversion, construction and restructuring of residential and commercial property throughout the US. Dewey & LeBoeuf has advised the Lower Manhattan Development Corp, the city-state agency charged with rebuilding Ground Zero since immediately after the 9-11 Terrorist attack. Mr. Saft has also represented owners of buildings that have suffered from fires, floods, collapsing roofs from ice storms and similar natural disasters.
Mr. Saft has been selected into the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law and Who’s Who in the World. He was awarded the Theodore Small Award by the National Association of Workforce Boards for his work establishing the Family Centers after the September 11th terrorist attack and received the “Dedicated to the Industry Award” by the New York Association of Realty Managers. Mr Saft has been appointed Chairman Emeritus of New York City’s Workforce Investment Board and was commended for his service by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Mr. Saft is also the author of 35 books on real estate and several dozen articles on real estate, finance and economics. He is also the Chairman of the National Cooperative Bank in Washington, the Chairman of the Council of New York Cooperatives and Condominiums, an Editor of the Real Estate Finance Journal, and a member of the Board of the Lawyers Alliance and the Boy Scouts of Greater New York.Mr. Saft received a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and a B.A. from Hofstra University.
Major General Luis Visot has been a member of the Army Reserve for more than thirty years, and he currently serves as commander of the 377th Theater Sustainment Command—the Army Reserve’s largest command, with over 44,000 soldiers. The 377th was deployed to both New Orleans after Katrina, and Haiti in early 2010. Thus, many of its soldiers have had direct experience with disaster response and relief. Under his Command, the 377th was able to deploy to Haiti within 30 days of the earthquake in 2010. Major General Luis Visot has commanded transportation, support and sustainment units, all of which are critical for maintaining a well-provisioned Army in the theater of battle or providing relief to disaster victims domestically or abroad. A true Warrior-Citizen, Maj. Gen. Visot maintains a career as executive director of the University of South Florida’s Joint Military Science Leadership Center.
Jonathan C. Tetzlaff has been involved with risk management for almost 30 years, working in a succession of increasingly-responsible government and corporate positions. For ten years, Mr. Tetzlaff worked as a Senior Analyst with the US Government, and was recruited (in 1990) to work for the multinational oil firm Amoco Corporation (later acquired by BP). While at Amoco, Mr. Tetzlaff focused on the challenges unique to extractive and manufacturing industries, especially those operating in challenging locations around the world. At Amoco and at BP, the focus was consistently on cost-effective practical and feasible solutions, rather than theoretical or academic approaches.
Recruited by Merck in 2000, Mr. Tetzlaff was (until his recent retirement) Merck’s Senior Director for Crisis Management & Business Continuity, where he developed Merck’s global crisis management program and continued his focus on risk management, including an emphasis on manufacturing and supply chain issues.
Mr. Tetzlaff’s international risk management responsibilities have included onsite analysis in locations as varied as Papua New Guinea (the location of Amoco’s copper mine), Pakistan, Angola, Algeria, Nigeria, the Republic of the Congo, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Yemen, Romania, and elsewhere in Western Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Mr. Tetzlaff lived in France in 1974-75, majored in French at the undergraduate level, and was certified in French at the graduate level. Mr. Tetzlaff has a B.A. and M.A. as well as a CISSP, CBRM, and SBCI. Among other organizations, he is a member of the Association of Contingency Planners.
Mr. Tetzlaff is a frequent public speaker and was recently the subject of a cover story on Crisis Management in Security magazine (http://www.securitymagazine.com/articles/81594-going-global).
In 2005, Admiral James Loy completed a 45-year career in public service, retiring as Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security. In this capacity, he was involved in all aspects of consolidating 22 separate agencies into one unified Cabinet department as well as managing the day-to-day activities of the agency.
Prior to the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security in 2002, Admiral Loy served in the Department of Transportation as Deputy Under Secretary for Security and Chief Operating Officer of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and later as Under Secretary for Security. In these roles, he served as the first administrator of the newly created TSA, which is responsible for protecting the Nation’s transportation systems to ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce.
Admiral Loy retired from the U.S. Coast Guard in 2002, having served as its Commandant since May 1998. As head of the 90,000 person organization, he restored readiness through workforce development and modernized the Coast Guard’s fleet of ships and aircraft.
Prior to his service as Commandant, Admiral Loy served as the Coast Guard Chief of Staff from 1996 to 1998, during which time he redesigned the headquarters management structure and overhauled the Coast Guard planning and budgeting process to focus more sharply on performance and results. From 1994 to 1996, he was Commander of the Coast Guard’s Atlantic Area, supervising U.S. forces during the mass Haitian and Cuban migrations of 1994, and leading Coast Guard forces participating in Operation Restore Democracy.
A career seagoing officer, Admiral Loy has served tours aboard six Coast Guard cutters, including command of a patrol boat in combat during the Vietnam War and command of major cutters in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
His military commendations and civilian honors are numerous, including the Department of Transportation Distinguished Service Medal; four Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medals; the Defense Superior Service Medal; the Bronze Star with Combat “V”; the Combat Action Ribbon; the Naval Order of the United States’ Distinguished Sea Service Award, the Seaman’s Church Institute Silver Bell Award, the Navy League prestigious Admiral Arleigh Burke Leadership Award, the Intrepid Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, and many other distinctions. Admiral Loy graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1964 and holds Master’s degrees from Wesleyan University and the University of Rhode Island. Admiral Loy is a member of the Board of Directors of Lockheed Martin, L-1 Identity Solutions, Inc and RIVADA Networks, Inc. Admiral Loy is a native of Altoona, Pennsylvania.
Kevin Oden is a Senior Emergency Management Specialist in the City of Dallas Office of Emergency Management. His duties include managing the Planning programs that exist within the City’s Emergency Management system. Part of these responsibilities include maintaining the City’s Master Emergency Operations Plan which provides operational direction across a comprehensive list of functions to be completed by the City in the event of an emergency, Leading the development of a City wide Continuity of Operations plan, and Planning for special events within the City.
Mr. Oden also serves as the Metropolitan Medial Response System (MMRS) Program Manager for the City of Dallas. Dallas’ MMRS Program has been recognized by the US Department of Homeland Security as a “Best Practice” program. Recently, he has been involved in leading a project to increase the City’s capability to respond to emergency events which require increased medical surge capacities.
Kevin has been recognized as a Certified Emergency Manager by the International Association of Emergency Managers, Master Exercise Practitioner by the Emergency Management Institute (Emmitsburg, MD), is currently enrolled in the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer program, has served in a leadership position on two North Central Texas Regional Committees, and avidly seeks new opportunities to grow Dallas’ Emergency Management Program.
Charles Blake is the Disaster Officer in the State of Texas for the American Red Cross. He began his Red Cross career in 1980 as a volunteer in disaster and health and safety services with the Clark County Chapter in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has held positions such as Chapter board, state council and field services team, state disaster specialist, Senior Director at National Capital Chapter in Washington DC and Director, Disaster relief operations, National Headquarters. In 2009, he was awarded The National Presidents Award for Employee Excellence in Management. Throughout his career, he was assigned to administer a variety of national Disaster Response Operations. Mr. Blake has served the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies as the lead relief delegate in Sri Lanka, managing the organization and distribution of Red Cross supplies and equipment for the tsunami relief efforts. In 2005, Mr. Blake represented the American Red Cross as a moderator for lessons learned and the Red Cross response to terrorism for the NATO-Russia conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Charles spent four months in New Orleans working with the Southeast Louisiana Chapter as the interim Director of Emergency Services following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and was the Director of the Relief operation for Southeast Louisiana. In 2006, he received the prestigious International Humanitarian Award from the Red Cross. Recently, he returned from New York as the Deputy Director, Operations for Super Storm Sandy. Charles attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Western Pacific Airlines before coming to work for the Red Cross.
Charles’ experience allow him the ability to provide consultative and support services to Chapters, Chapter boards, review and implementation of disaster plans, development of community disaster education programs, and mitigation and response activities throughout the state.
Cheyene Marling has been an executive recruiter for fifteen years with thirteen of those years specializing in the business continuity field. In 2000 she founded BC Management, Inc. a recruitment and data research firm specializing in the business continuity.
Cheyene has become an integral part of the business continuity community previously serving on the board for the Association of Contingency Planners of Los Angeles and Orange County and currently an active professional on the Editorial Advisory Board for Continuity Insights. She was also the recipient of the inaugural ACP Hall of Fame award in 2006 and most recently she was awarded an Honorary MBCI by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI).
Division Chief Lawrence Trevino was appointed Emergency Manager for the City of San Antonio by Mayor Julian Castro on April 28th, 2011. Chief Trevino has over 28 years of service with the San Antonio Fire Department and since 2000 he has served as a District Fire Chief. He has been a key SAFD representative to the City’s emergency management program for the last five years.
Since 2008, he has served as the Deputy Incident Commander for the Alamo Regional Command Center. As Deputy Incident Commander, he was responsible for shelter operations and coordinating with the State Operation Center’s Emergency Manager, City staff and providing briefings to key stakeholders. Chief Trevino has also served as the Incident Commander for one of the All Hazard Incident Management Teams.
Brigadier General Gracus K. Dunn comes to the 85th Support Command from the 377th Theater Sustainment Command in New Orleans, Louisiana where he served as the Deputy Commanding General. In this position he was second in command of over 38,000 Soldiers and Civilians assigned with over 5,000 Soldiers serving in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa.
Brigadier General Dunn is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas and a 1982 graduate of Arkansas Tech University (Bachelor of Arts in Music) in Russellville, Arkansas. Commissioned as a Transportation Officer he entered active duty service in 1982.
Prior to his Joint Staff assignment, General Dunn served as Commander, Combat Support Coordination Team #2, Eight US Army in Taegu, Korea, serving as the senior US mission support to the Korean 4-star led (150,000 ROK Soldiers) Second Republic of Korea Army (SROKA). Before his command assignment, Brigadier General Dunn served on the Army staff in the Pentagon as Division Chief for Strategic Plans, Exercises, Concepts and Force Integrations, Army staff, G4. Prior to that, he served as the Division Chief for the Army G4 Logistics Operations Center (LOC) within the Army Operations Center (AOC) .
His military education includes the Transportation Officer Basic and Advance courses Fort Eustis, Virginia; Combined Arms Staff and Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and a Masters of Art in Strategic Studies from the Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. General Dunn has served in a variety of operational staff and command assignments throughout his military career to include: Transportation School Brigade; followed by the 7th Transportation Group, Fort Eustis, Virginia; Garrison Headquarters Operations, Fort Story Virginia and S3-Operations, 484th Transportation Battalion, Phoenix, Arizona. Other assignments: Movement Control Officer, Third US Army- G4/Army Central Command(ARCENT), Ft McPherson, Georgia; Contingency Plans Officer-J35, U.S. European Command, Stuttgart, Germany and Battalion Command as Post Commander-Ft Devens, Massachusetts.
Contingency and peacekeeping operational deployments includes: Somalia (10th Mountain Div/United Nations), Bosnia-Herzegovina (NATO/Italian’s “Carabinieri” Para-military Police Force), Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Egypt (Third US Army), Honduras and Panama (7th Trans Group). General Dunn’s awards and decorations includes the Defense Superior Service Medal,(1st oak leaf cluster) Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal (3rd oak leaf cluster), Joint Service Commendation and Achievement Medals, Army Commendation and Achievement Medals, Air Force Achievement Medal, SWA Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary and Service medals, Korean National Defense medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NATO Medal, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Army Staff Badges. He is married to the former Patricia A. Collins, also of Little Rock, Arkansas. They have one daughter, Grachaun (Carlos) Dunn-Correa, one son, Jonathan and one granddaughter Kharlyn.
John Rogan is a founding partner of Integrated Solutions Consulting (ISC), a consulting firm providing a process-system based approach to comprehensive emergency preparedness: planning, training, exercise, and lesson learned development/implementation in an all-hazard environment. ISC believes effective, realistic, and demanding planning is the foundation of high-level preparedness operations and effective preparedness enables successful protect, prevent-mitigate, respond, recover, and operations. Preparedness operations are challenging to develop and maintain because it requires a high-level of commitment to focus on future and potential challenges. Working closely with our partners over the last four we believe we have found a better way to meet these important challenges.
Mr. Rogan has 25 years of experience with the United States Army, law enforcement, emergency management, and public health preparedness. Prior to founding ISC, Mr. Rogan was the Assistant Director of Emergency Management for the City of Chicago (City) Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC). During his four years with OEMC, he led the development of the City and Cook County Tactical Interoperable Communications Plan (TICP) and the 2005 City’s All-Hazard Mitigation Plan, which is still in-use today. He also organized the shelter/reception center operations for hurricane Katina evacuees arriving in the City in 2005 and was the incident commander for large-scale shelter operations 2006. During his four years with OEMC Mr. Rogan has been repeatedly recognized by federal, state, regional, and local homeland security and emergency management professionals as articulate, progressive, and dynamic in developing solutions for a wide range of complex incidents, exercises, and projects.
During the last five years with ISC, Mr. Rogan has worked with state and local partners to enhance preparedness programs in the areas of emergency management and public health preparedness. He has recently led multiple public-private sector project teams in developing and deploying a cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) preparedness system-program significantly enhancing collaboration and dramatically increasing the efficiency of preparedness operations. This system is currently being implemented in over 150 jurisdictions and agencies.
Cliff is a principal at Atlas Group, where his specialty is assisting organizations in designing and implementing durable preparedness programs. Cliff’s work in disaster preparedness has involved Fortune 10 companies, small businesses, public sector agencies, and non-profits. Having had exposure to a vast array or organizations, Cliff has developed a passion to identify and share common traits that act as preparedness catalysts…or inhibitors.
Cliff holds a BS from the US Military Academy, an MA in Public Policy from the University of Denver, and is pursuing his PhD in Organizational Effectiveness at Colorado State University. Cliff holds an MBCP certification from Disaster Recover Institute International, and an MBCI from the Business Continuity Institute. Cliff has designed and instructed college-level business emergency management courses, and is a veteran of the US Army and the US Coast Guard.
Frank Leonetti, FBCI/CBCP, is the CEO and Managing Partner for NorthStar Advisory Services, LLC since 2012. He was formerly the N.A. Manager for Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery of Oracle’s Professional Services and had been with Oracle/Sun/StorageTek for 10 years. Frank has been in the overall IT business for the past 25 years and he is a “Certified Fellow” through the Business Continuity Institute and “Certified Professional” through the Disaster Recovery Institute. He has worked on literally 100’s of engagements for both Public and Private Sector companies in the areas of BC and DR planning, testing, Merger and Acquisition Planning, Data Center Strategies, Continuity of Operations and Compliance Validation.
Frank has been a featured and keynote speaker at several national conferences including: DRJ, DRIE, CPM, CIO Forum, InfoWorld, BC/Security Conference, Continuity Insights, BrightTalk Webinars, an MIT Professional Education Instructor and several ACP and BCI events. Mr. Leonetti is a Corporate Board Member of the Association of Contingency Planners, Advisory Board Member and Instructor for the Business Continuity Institute, Advisory Board Member of the Disaster Resource Guide, Advisory Board Member of Contingency Planning Management and the Co-Chair of the CCC Foundation Board. Frank has published several articles for CIO Magazine, Continuity Insights, BC Management and written and published several industry white papers.
Dr. Sorini has expertise in failure analysis, intellectual property claim support, class action technical support, applied computer science, x-ray physics, and material science. He has over six years of experience developing state-of-the-art computer software to solve complex problems. During graduate school, Dr. Sorini studied x-ray absorption and wrote his dissertation on the scattering and absorption of fast electrons in matter, as exemplified in transmission electron microscopy. During his postdoctoral work at Stanford, he studied high-temperature superconductivity and other emergent phenomena via resonant x-ray scattering and designed and implemented large-scale sparse-matrix computer code to simulate x-ray spectroscopy. While at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Dr. Sorini developed software to simulate warm dense matter and equations of state relevant for radiation hydrodynamics. Dr. Sorini is familiar with FORTRAN, C++, python, and Java computing languages.
Dr. Jagannathan is a computer scientist and source code expert specializing in forensic analysis, intellectual property analysis, design, and development of computer systems and software. Dr. Jagannathan teaches and consults on topics related to cybersecurity, Internet and mobile technologies, embedded systems, databases, and the architecture and operation of complex hardware and software systems. He is the co-author of a book on designing and implementing algorithms and data structures using the Python programming language.
Dr. Jagannathan has been certified as a cybersecurity professional in accordance with United States Department of Defense directive 8570.
Dr. Jagannathan has served as a computer science and source code expert for numerous technology litigation matters involving patent infringement, copyright infringement, and trade secret misappropriation. Dr. Jagannathan has been qualified as a computer science expert in U.S. Federal Courts and has provided expert testimony by deposition, declaration, and at trial.
Dr. Jagannathan holds a B.Tech in Computer Science & Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, where he received the Best B.Tech Project award. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was a University of California Regents Special Doctoral Fellow for the duration of his Ph.D. Dr. Jagannathan has taught computer science at both undergraduate and graduate levels on topics such as data structures, algorithms, theory of computation, computer networks, distributed systems, forensic analysis, and agile software development. Dr. Jagannathan also received an MBA, with specialization in Finance, from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Jim Gleaves, Managing Director of John L. Wortham & Son, L.P., joined Wortham in 2000 and specializes in the placement of insurance products primarily involving financial risk and other alternative risk management structures. Jim is also responsible for Wortham’s Risk Management Department, which handles risk analytics for Wortham clients. Wortham is the largest insurance broker headquartered in Texas and one of the largest privately held insurance brokers in the U.S. Wortham provides property & casualty, employee benefit programs, professional indemnity, personal lines, life insurance, and surety bonds, and places over $1 billion in premiums annually, working with over 300 insurance carriers worldwide.
Prior to joining Wortham, Jim worked at American General Corporation, a $100 billion diversified financial services company, where he served as Treasurer for eight years and was responsible for all capital markets and cash management activities. Before taking the Treasurer position at American General, Jim managed portfolios of private placement debt and equity investments at American General and at Equitable Life for 15 years. Jim has a BBA and an MBA from the University of Texas.