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First American To Win Top Honors at BCI Global Awards

Written by  DRJ November 19, 2013

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On November 6 - history was made at the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) Global Awards. For the first time in the history of the BCI Awards, an American was recognized for his outstanding contributions to the discipline of business continuity.

Tom Clark (MBCI) was awarded the 2013 Global BC Manager of the Year Award at the recent BCM World Conference. This award follows on Clark’s 2013 BCI North America BC Manager of the Year which he was presented with at the 2013 DRJ Spring World conference in Orlando, Florida.

Tom Clark says this award is, “It’s a truly amazing experience winning top honors and I am sincerely humbled by this most prestigious global award on a world stage. This was a once in a lifetime career moment.”

tom clark bci awardsThe 2013 Global BC Manager of the Year Award is a fitting award for Tom Clark who is a well-known and respected senior leader in the business continuity space. He is also a popular speaker at both DRJ Spring World and Fall World conferences and is an active member of the National Corporate Board of Directors of the Association of Contingency Planners (ACP).

BCI Chairman Steve Mellish says, “With three decades of business continuity management experience spanning 45 countries, very few people have been involved in BC to the extent that Tom Clark has. His dedication to the industry and the support he has provided others through training and education has made him the person people turn to in a crisis.”

Tom Clark wasn’t the only American making his mark at the BCI Global Awards - Richard Arnold was awarded the Business Continuity Industry Personality of the Year award. Richard Arnold has been innovative in the field of disaster recovery, establishing the first hot-site and cold-site in the state of Missouri in 1985. In 1987, he founded the Disaster Recovery Journal, the first publication dedicated to the field of disaster recovery and business continuity.

The BCI Global Awards recognize the outstanding achievements of business continuity professionals, the best & brightest, and are really a celebration of some of the amazing talent in our industry worldwide.

Nominations for the BCI Global Awards are open to all business continuity professionals across the world.

About the Business Continuity Institute

The BCI was established in 1994 to enable individual members to obtain guidance and support from fellow business continuity practitioners. The BCI currently has members in 100 countries active in approximately 2500 organizations in both private and public sectors. The wider role of the BCI is to promote the highest standards of professional competence and commercial ethics in the provision and maintenance of business continuity planning and services. In the North America alone, there are an estimated 55,000 business continuity practitioners.

The BCI is the world’s most eminent Business Continuity Management (BCM) institute and its name is instantly recognized as standing for best practice and a high level of professionalism.

About the BCI, BCI Chairman Steve Mellish, says, “The BCI is a global organization with 8,000 members operating across more than 100 countries. Given the scale of the business continuity industry in the United States and the potential market this opens up, increasing our presence here is key to the development of the BCI. It is by expanding our operations we can ensure we have the resources to offer the best training, certification and membership experience possible.”

About the Business Continuity Institute Awards

The BCI Awards were originally established to raise the profile of both the business continuity discipline and profession. The BCI Awards showcase the impressive achievements and talents of business continuity professionals and organizations worldwide and to demonstrate the value-add Business Continuity Practices and Processes can make to the sustainability, availability, and resilience of organizations working in any industry worldwide. 

In addition to providing an excellent networking platform, they enable business continuity professionals from across regions and over 80 countries to come together to share their experiences, their cultures, and to celebrate their victories. The BCI currently runs Regional Awards in: Africa, Australasia, Asia, Europe, India, Middle East, and North America.

2014 Business Continuity Institute North America Awards

The BCI North America Awards recognize the outstanding contribution of business continuity professionals and organizations living in or operating in the North America Region, which includes USA, Canada, and Mexico.

The BCI is now accepting applications for nomination for the 2014 BCI North America Awards and the deadline for entries is January 31st, 2014.

The winners will be announced at the 2014 BCI North America awards ceremony taking place during the DRJ Spring World in Orlando – March 30th until April 2nd.

Don’t miss the upcoming conference and BCI awards night - the 2014 event promises to be extra special since DRJ Spring World 2014 is the 50th show for DRJ!

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