March 12, 2020
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Coronavirus: COVID-19

ACP continues to closely monitor COVID-19 developments. We are working with our event partners and board to determine a path moving forward for upcoming events. We will keep our members updated.
The following links provide up-to-date information on the evolving situation with COVID-19.  Check them frequently and make sure you review your pandemic plan and your family preparedness plan.

ACP National Chair Scott Ream Featured in COVID-19 Bloomberg News Article

"With coronavirus detected in more than a dozen U.S. states and the domestic death toll rising, sending workers home should be a logical next step, said Scott Ream, chair of the Association of Continuity Professionals, a 1,700-member organization of business professionals that advises companies on how to operate in a time of crisis."


ACP National Leadership Summit 2020:

This is an invite for ACP members and chapters ONLY!
When:   Wednesday, April 22 (2:00) – 24 (noon on Friday)
Where:   Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa; 9800 Hyatt Resort Drive, San Antonio, Texas 78251
Price (just ACP Summit): $195.00 (a total bargain!) Register here!
What: This year’s theme is totally dedicated to ACP Chapters and Members. Highlights include:

Wednesday, April 22:
  • Welcome Reception (great food!) and a Dr. Phillip Schneider: Dr. Phillip Schneider earned undergraduate and MBA degrees from Harvard University and a PhD in psychology from Yale University. His degrees helped him develop a renowned perspective with which he has successfully interpreted the methodology and mindset behind internet fraud as well as both physical and cyber crime.  Working both in corporate settings and as a highly regarded Washington insider, Dr. Schneider has consulted for decades for numerous fortune 500 companies, including Apple, GE and Oracle, with a focus on integrating the human element of securing technology and general business processes. Over the past 15 years, he has been working with numerous federal agencies including FEMA, DHS, DOE and DOD to improve physical and cyber security and to better protect the nation’s broad spectrum of critical infrastructure with improved emergency management, disaster response and process recovery.  Dr. Schneider is an articulate speaker and will provide his unique perspectives with useful takeaways for practitioners in emergency management, business continuity, disaster recovery and general resiliency.
  • ACP National Chair, Scott Ream speaking on, “State of ACP – Overcoming Challenges and Embracing Opportunities.”  Founder of Virtual Corporation in 1994 to assist organizations in the public and private sectors with implementation of appropriately scaled, sustainable business continuity & COOP programs. In 2003, he introduced the Business Continuity Maturity Model® (BCMM®) based on seven years of industry research.  This landmark model provides an objective framework to assess their current state of organizational resilience. Scott has served as the ACP National Board Chair since 2018.
Thursday, April 23:
  • Keynote: Dr. Gleb Tsipursky on “How ACP Can Improve New Member Retention.” Check out this article he wrote on our topic.
  • Known as the Disaster Avoidance Expert, Dr. Gleb Tsipursky protects leaders from disasters by developing the most effective decision-making strategies via his consulting, coaching, and training firm Disaster Avoidance Experts. A cognitive neuroscientist and behavioral economist, Dr. Tsipursky published over 550 articles and gave over 450 interviews for prominent venues such as Inc. Magazine, Time, and Psychology Today. A best-selling author, his new best-selling book, published by Career Press, is Never Go With Your Gut: How Pioneering Leaders Make the Best Decisions and Avoid Business Disasters
  • Cheyene Marling (our very own!) speaking on “Insights on Career Advancement and Professional Development.”  Cheyene is an  accomplished entrepreneur who founded BC Management. An internationally recognized professional with over twenty years dedicated expertise servicing the business continuity profession who served many years on the ACP National Board.
  • Panel Discussion on “Profile of a Month in the Life of a Successful Chapter” featuring:  Mark Armour, Past President, ACP North Texas Chapter ACP Texas Chapter; Jeremy Gudgeon, President, ACP Liberty Valley Chapter (Philadelphia); Rich Moczygemba, President, Alamo Chapter. Breakout sessions will follow for all attendees for sharing best practices and exchange of ideas.
  • Chapter Leaders are invited to attend the morning session of the ACP National Board Meeting that will be facilitated by Dr. Tsipursky. The outcome will be a strategic plan for what Board and Chapter Leaders can do to recruit and retain young members. BE THE FIRST TO SIGN UP! ONLY 20 SEATS ARE AVAILABLE!
What is in it for you:
  • A unique networking venue among industry leading professionals
  • An exclusive opportunity to gain insight into how we are transforming ACP into the world’s premier association of resiliency professionals
  • Camaraderie, food and fun!
Register for ACP's National Leadership Summit!


2020 ACP Summit in Conjunction with Continuity Insights

Be sure to join your ACP colleagues in San Antonio, Texas on April 22-23, 2020, for ACP’s 2020 Summit at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort. This year, Summit will immediately follow Continuity Insights' 18th Annual Management Conference, on April 20-22, 2020.

While it is not required to attend Continuity Insights in order to attend the Summit, a $200 discount will be offered for attending both.  Please note that the bundled price changes based on when you register and bundle both.
  • By March 16, 2020:       $1,495 for CI Conference + $195 for Summit = Total Cost is $1,490.
  • After March 16, 2020:    $1,595 for CI Conference + $195 for Summit = Total Cost is $1,590.
ACP members should use the discount code summit when registering. Register today; the current pricing will increase soon.

Other discounts cannot be combined with the Summit discount (e.g. BCI, DRII, etc).  If you register for the Summit only, you pay the full cost of the Summit ($195) and register directly with the ACP.

Register here for the ACP Summit while registering for the CI conference, right on the CI registration page. If registering ONLY for the ACP Summit, visit the ACP website.

The goal of having our summit directly after CI is to make it as convenient as possible and to minimize travel expenses. Continuity Insights begins on Monday April 20, 2020 and ends Wednesday, April 22 in the afternoon. The ACP Summit begins Wednesday afternoon and features a welcome reception that evening. The Summit then runs all day Thursday, April 23 concluding at 4 pm. 

More information on the conferences can be found online.


Saluting ACP Chapter MVPs

We continue the tradition of recognizing chapter members' service to their chapters and fellow members. Meet the individuals voted by their chapters as MVPs!
Orange County Chapter: Courtney Eiceman
For achievement above and beyond in communication with our Membership and guests.  The eNews is our primary communication to keep our chapter members aware of meetings, events, and other areas relevant to their career and the chapter.   In addition, Courtney created Chapter Business Cards to be used by the chapter Directors to promote chapter events and increase membership. Courtney is very passionate about her role as Communication Director, keeping our members informed and chapter success. Congratulations Courtney!

ACP Member Highlight

The ACP National Board of Directors' Membership Engagement Committee is working on efforts to support more engagement of our members. One way is to periodically introduce both new and tenured ACP members.

Name: Dr. Bernard Jones, MBCI CBCP
Member since: February 2005
Chapter: Garden State

Why did you join the ACP? 

Wow, it's been over 15 years that I have been affiliated with the ACP, as our Garden State Chapter formed in 2005. I joined the ACP for a number of reasons.  First and foremost has been the networking opportunities that the ACP continues to provide.  When I look to meet with and discuss relevant topics regarding business continuity with other practitioners, the ACP has been the perfect outlet to facilitate such engagement and interaction.  I also joined the ACP because of the connections that I have been able to develop with other ACP members across the country.  The ACP also provides leadership opportunities at both the chapter & national levels, of which I've been able to take advantage of for the past number of years.  Lastly, I've had the honor to meet many tremendous business continuity/disaster recovery professionals through the ACP and have cherished the friendships that have developed from my association with the ACP.  It is nice to be part of an organization where you can engage with others that do what you do, and the ACP provides members with the ability to do just that.

Looking back over the years, what has been your best memory of the ACP?  
I have to say there are MANY great memories, but my most fond memory was getting elected to the ACP National Board.  I was both honored and humbled when that happened and I proceeded to give 100% to help the ACP National Board address issues, promote new initiatives, perform committee work, and help the ACP meet the overall mission for our proud organization.  After taking time off to complete my doctorate degree, I decided to run again for the ACP National Board and honored to once again get elected.  
What advice would you give new members?
My advice to new members is to get involved once you join the ACP.  Take on a leadership position at your local chapter or if you are a national chapter member, look to volunteer to help on a committee.  What makes the ACP a great organization is the engagement of its members to help enhance and strengthen the ACP for all.  I remember joining the ACP and taking on a role within the Garden State Chapter Board.  It's been a rewarding experience and I encourage all new members to get involved within the ACP in some capacity.  When that happens, we all win!
Get Engaged: ACP Member Engagement Committee

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Reminder - Renew Your Membership Today!

If you have not yet renewed your ACP membership for 2020, please go to the ACP website and do so today. Grace period ends March 1, at which time all non-renewed memberships expire. Don't wait. Renew today,

Thank you; and thanks to all who have renewed.

Update Your Business Continuity Plan with Sungard Availability Services

In response to the recent Coronavirus outbreak, Sungard Availability Services (Sungard AS) has published a block and video on how your business can prepare and adapt their Business Continuity plan. Visit the Sungard AS website and find out how you can be prepared!

BCI Has A New Look

We have launched a new-look BCI brand. One that is built off the back of our community’s feedback and one that we are confident will help the Institute in its efforts Leading the Way to Resilience.

Visit YouTube to see more!


Webinar Volunteers Needed!
 In an effort to get our members the best webinars throughout the year, we want to tap into your knowledge, experience, and creative thinking.

Is there a webinar topic you would like to see? Is there a topic you would like to present at a webinar? Do you know of a speaker you would recommend to do a webinar?

If so, please complete this form and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your suggestions and as much detail as you can provide. The Education Committee will then vet your recommendations and work with MHQ to get them on the calendar.

If you are interested in volunteering  with the Education Committee, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Continuity Insights 18th Annual Management Conference – April 20-22, 2020; Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort, San Antonio, TX. More information here.

ACP 2020 Summit – Immediately following Continuity Insights 18th Annual Management Conference April 22- 23, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort, San Antonio, TX. More information on CI here. More on the ACP Summit here.

We've recently experienced a renewed interest in ACP's Industry Sponsorship Program from companies providing products and services to contingency professionals.  These individuals are responsible for a variety of mission critical functions including business continuity, disaster recovery, emergency management, and risk management.  This is an opportunity for industry organizations to tell your story and educate an expanding marketplace as to the value of your company deliverables.  As an Association Industry Sponsor you can be assured of significant exposure to our members in a variety of mediums including our weekly communication News & Views.

Further information on the program can be found under the "Sponsors" tab of the ACP website.  Why not take the opportunity to have a conversation with ACP staff regarding the program deliverables which best align with your strategic marketing plan.  They can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 1.800.445.4227 FREE.

Our ACP-Get Connected! initiative continues to steadily bring more talented industry professionals into our Association. That's why it is important that every ACP member on reach out to one colleague, friend or acquaintance and bring them in as a new ACP member.

You can help build a stronger, better ACP. Direct prospective members to ACP Get Connected!


Pandemic Preparedness for Organizations:
Register Now for This Timely, One-Day Course

With the ongoing Coronavirus crisis impacting health, travel, and business on an increasingly global scale, it has never been more important for organizations to know how to respond to a pandemic to protect their operations and their employees.

DRI's newly updated, web-based Pandemic Preparedness for Organizations course provides an in-depth review and analysis of a specialized methodology that serves the need to prepare businesses for a potential outbreak of pandemic influenza. Topics cover a full range from starting to think through the differences in a pandemic-specific plan to exercising and maintaining such a plan.

Newly announced course dates:



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