Seminar to address collaborative view toward emergency response

TU’s Mid-Atlantic CIO to host forum on collaborating in emergency management

TOWSON, Md. (March 28, 2007) – The Mid-Atlantic CIO Forum is sponsoring a seminar at Towson University on April 19 titled “Emergency Management/Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity – A Collaborative View”.

Successful business no longer test and plan their preparedness for major interruptions and natural disasters by looking solely at their own company’s critical business infrastructure. The information technology executive must be aware of preparedness capabilities at the local, state and federal government levels and for suppliers and other business partners as well. This seminar will examine state government preparedness as viewed through its own infrastructure, offer a perspective on state emergency management and federal emergency management highlighting information technology executives need to know, and present observations on how some businesses maintain and test their preparedness.

Presenters include John Droneburg, director of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA); Ellis Kitchen, Maryland’s chief of information technology; and Matt Fuchs, cyber security project manager at MEMA. Steve Bergman, CIO of Goodwill Industries International, will moderate a panel on business preparedness that includes Don Taylor, CIO, Perdue Farms, Inc.; Tim Talbot, vice president, Technology, PHH Arval; Robert Cornelius, director of business continuity for Constellation Energy Group; and Frank Leonetti, the North American professional services manager for the Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Practice of Sun Microsystems.

The meeting will start at 8 a.m. and end by 1 p.m. Brunch and lunch are provided. Meeting logistics including agenda, directions to the meeting place and parking information will be emailed after you register. While this event is open to the public, pre-registration is required. Contact Liz Young at or 410-790-9362 to register.

The Mid-Atlantic CIO Forum, affiliated with the Division of Economic and Community Outreach of Towson University, is designed to foster excellence in business and information technology in an environment that promotes educational and networking opportunities for CIO's facing similar challenges and issues. CIOs participate with peers to share information and experiences, and exchange best practices in peer-to-peer discussion sessions.



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