Welcome to the North Texas Chapter of the Association of Continuity Professionals (ACP). ACP is a non-profit professional organization, which provides a forum for the exchange of experiences and information, for business continuity professionals, throughout a network of local chapters.
Founded in March of 1986, the North Texas Chapter is one of the oldest continuously meeting chapters, and among the largest by membership, serving the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at predetermined locations, unless the first Tuesday falls on a holiday. We invite you to attend our next meeting.
Hello North Texas compatriots and Happy Belated Thanksgiving!
As our year draws to a close, this is a good time to reflect on past events and look at the year ahead.
We’ve had great sessions and activities this year thanks to our board members, particularly our Programs Director, Susan Dobbs! Several of us took a day trip down to College Station in May for a tour of the Brayton Fire & Emergency Training Facility as well as the Rentsys Recovery Center. The Dallas Federal Reserve hosted one of our meetings and
delivered a great presentation on BC at a macro-depository institution. In between, we heard about and discussed Risk and Vendor Management, Incident Response, selecting BC software, program measurement and even DR and Backup myths. We want to continue to deliver worthwhile content and involve our members in discussions and roundtables.
Please reach out to me or one of our board members with ideas about what you would like to see. I would also like to repeat my request for Spotlight speakers. This does not have to be a formal presentation with materials or slides. Five minutes is all we ask to introduce yourself to your fellow BC practitioners.
Looking ahead, your board is looking at changing things up in 2017 to accommodate some of the great feedback we received from the members survey earlier this year. Just some of the things we’re looking at for the upcoming year include:
• New Locations!?! We know some of your work in far-flung parts of the metroplex and find it difficult to make it to our venues in Irving and Dallas. We hope to provide more options to meet
• Webinar! We plan on hosting at least one virtual meeting in 2017 so be on the lookout for details!
• Social event! Many of you have expressed support for an after-work networking event and we plan on delivering.
Remember that there are a number of ways to find out what we have planned:
• Our web site: http://northtx.acp-international.com
• Join our LinkedIn Group for the latest updates and job opportunities: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2670621
• Our monthly newsletter
• Follow us on Twitter: @Northtxacp
We have a fantastic board and I look forward to their return in 2017, plus a couple of new faces. As we continue to look ahead, I want to remind each and every one of you that this is YOUR association. The board and I are here to deliver for YOU. This means we need your engagement and feedback. Without it, we end up making most of the decisions based on what we would like to see or find of interest. This is NOT how it should be. Please be an active participant in this great association and I promise to make it work for you.
Thank you, as always, for your membership and support. Have a safe and happy holiday season!
- Mark Armour, CBCP
North Texas Chapter President