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Welcome to the Central Arizona Chapter of the Association of Continuity Professionals (ACP). ACP is a professional organization that provides a forum for the exchange of experiences and information for business continuity leaders throughout a network of local Chapters.

“The Central Arizona Chapter serves the Phoenix metropolitan area and beyond. Our chapter meetings are held every other month on the first Thursday in an in-person and virtual format unless otherwise noted.  Meetings are 8:30 am for networking and 9:00 am - 11:00 am for business and presentations.  We invite you to attend our next meeting and look forward to meeting you!”

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  • President - John Padilla
  • President Elect - Vacant
  • Secretary - Zach Smith
  • Membership Director - Amanda Vazquez
  • Program Director - Kat Robings
  • Treasurer - Beth Bendos
  • Information Director - Vacant
  • Public Relations - Mike Vito
  • Web Director - Maggie Mancillas
  • Past President - Joanne Storbeck


Two Central Arizona Board Open for 2024

Contact any Board member to throw your name in the hat!  Several positions are open.

Position descriptions can be found here or talk with any current Board member.

President's news


As we begin the Monsoon season here in the desert southwest just a reminder that most flash flood deaths occur in vehicles, remember to turn around, don't drown.  And if you encounter a dust storm, pull off the road immediately.  Turn off your headlights and taillights, put your vehicle in "PARK” and take your foot off the brake (others may follow your taillights and hit your vehicle from behind). 

The June Chapter Meeting was very well attended and Thomas Crane, Resilience Consulting Director at Everbridge did an outstanding job leading the group through a Tabletop Exercise involving issues impacting a voting tabulation machine company on elections day.  The chapter also donated $150 to our hosts Breakthrough T1D to assist with their type 1 diabetes research and advocacy, helping to make everyday life better while driving toward cures until type 1 diabetes is a thing of the past. 

Our chapter board elections will be held in the fall, and I wanted to let you know what each of the board position’s roles are:

  • President (Executive Committee) - The president is the principle executive officer for chapter. 
  • Secretary (Executive Committee) - The Chapter Secretary is responsible for recording all Chapter activities and maintaining all Chapter records. 
  • Treasurer (Executive Committee) - The Treasurer is responsible for recording all chapter financial activities and maintaining all financial records. 
  • Program Director - The Program Director is responsible for the planning and delivery of chapter membership meetings, and for project management of the Member Appreciation Meeting. 
  • Membership Director – The Membership Director is responsible for maintaining a current listing of all chapter members and providing monthly reports for renewals, new members, and meeting attendance.
  • Information Director – The Information Director is responsible for managing and maintaining a repository of materials and reference information about the chapter, business continuity and disaster planning profession. 
  •  Web Resources Director - The Web Director is responsible for maintaining the chapter website and other professional sites, e.g., social media sites.
  • Public Relations Director - The Public Relations Director is responsible for representing the chapter at seminars, conventions, and public presentations and seeking renewal (or new) sponsorships.
  • President Elect – The President - Elect is responsible for presiding at chapter and executive committee meetings if the President is not available.  Also, leading the nominating committee and Membership Appreciation Meeting committee.
  • Past President - The Past President is responsible for organizing the Membership Appreciation Meeting and backing up the President / President Elect if they are unavailable.

If you are interested in serving on the board in either of these positions contact any of the current board members, we will be happy to discuss the responsibilities and time investment.

The Member Appreciation Committee is still looking for volunteers to help plan and conduct the Member Appreciation Meeting on October 3, 2024.  If you enjoy party planning this is the event for you, and we could use the help. 

Thanks to our Platinum Sponsors MHA Associates and our Gold Sponsor Infinite Blue.  They support our high quality and varied programs with their generous support.  If you need, or anticipate the need of any of their services, reach out, they can provide solutions to a wide range of issues. 

I'll continue to keep you informed about chapter happenings and what is going on with the board through the President's News throughout the year.  If you have any questions, comments, let me know.  You can reach me, and any of the board members at acpcentralarizonachapter@gmail.com

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

2024 Chapter Meetings

You Don’t Want to Miss This Meeting!!

ACP Central Arizona Chapter – June Meeting Notice

When: June 6th, 8:30 - 11:00 am

Meeting Location: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation - Desert West Chapter - 4343 E Camelback Rd Suite 100, Phoenix

Meeting Agenda: Networking 8:30 am – 9:00 am

Tabletop Exercise: 9:00 am - 10:45 am

Chapter Business: 10:45 am - 11:00 am

MEETING INFO: This is an in-person meeting.

Please register in advance for this meeting by emailing your RSVP to Kat Robings at: krobings@harborfreight.com


Everbridge will be hosting a tabletop exercise that is very relevant to our current risk environment.


Thomas Crane, Everbridge, Resilience Consulting Services Director

Thomas oversees the Everbridge Best in Resilience™ program. In this capacity he has worked with over 50 companies and government agencies to perform resilience assessments, design, and conduct exercises, and provide expert advice. Mr. Crane and the Everbridge team apply a systematic approach that empowers organizational resilience with expertise, solutions, and best practices. He started his career in security and law enforcement and later joined federal service as a program specialist with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and then a consultant to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He holds a master’s degree in engineering management, with a focus in Crisis, Emergency and Risk Management from George Washington University, and is a Certified Business Continuity Professional.

[The best parking option at the JDRF building is in the underground parking directly below the building entering on the west side. There are three floors with some guest parking spaces and some unreserved spaces. The elevator takes your right up to the first floor where they are at in suite 100. Exterior parking is very tight with limited guest spaces.]

Hope to see you there! This will be a great opportunity to collaborate with colleagues and ensure your business is prepared!

Chapter Resources

A complimentary copy of this report is available at https://www.wittobriens.com/resources/22nd-edition-global-compensation-report.  Please feel free to download and share with others.

Chapter Meeting Minutes

August 4 Minutes
August 4 Presentation: Maricopa County COAD Presentation
June 2 Minutes
April 7 Minutes
February 3 Minutes

For Minutes older than 2021 and Presentations older than 2021, please contact one of the AZ Board members.

Upcoming Events

Job Opportunities

Maricopa County Director of Emergency Management & Security Services

Posting Date: 07/10/24

Application Deadline: 08/07/24

Pay Range: $126,000 - $199,000 annually

Job Type: Unclassified

Department: Assistant County Manager 940


Are you passionate about safety and security? Do you possess a high level of patience, dedication, devotion, and empathy? We are looking for motivated individuals to rise to the occasion! Maricopa County is seeking our next Director of Emergency Management & Security Services! This position is responsible for overseeing, managing, supervising, administering, planning, organizing, and directing all operations and functions associated with the activities of the Emergency Management and Security Services Department.


  • Ten (10) years of professional emergency management experience.
  • Five (5) years of supervisory and/or management experience.
  • Bachelor's degree in Emergency Management, Homeland Security, Public Administration, or a closely related field.
  • Completion of Incident Command System Courses 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, and 800 within six (6) months of hire.


  • Master’s degree in Emergency Management, Homeland Security or Public Administration.
  • Five (5) or more years of experience in a Federal, State, County, or Jurisdictional Emergency Management Agency.
  • Public Safety experience.
  • Certified Emergency Manager certificate from the International Association of Emergency Managers.





MHA Consulting sponsors again for 2024 as a Platinum Sponsor! Thank you!!

Infinite Blue / BC in the Cloud renews as a Gold Sponsor for 2023! Thank you for your continued support!

A sponsorship with the Association of Continuity Professionals (ACP) - Central Arizona Chapter offers multiple avenues for your company or organization to access continuity planning professionals, including those in business continuity, disaster recovery, emergency management and risk management.  Central Arizona's program offers three levels of sponsorship and benefits:








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