I was first given responsibility for disaster recovery planning in 1985 while working at, what was then known as, Bank of Virginia in Richmond, VA. We were a UNISYS shop and had a mainframe recovery subscription with a company whose name I no longer remember that had a UNISYS recovery facility in Warminster, PA. I have been working in the fields of disaster recovery, business continuity, emergency response and crisis management, in a corporate management or consulting capacity ever since. You do the math to determine how many years’ experience that equates to – I am not sure I want to!
But, even after all those years, I am still learning new things, new techniques, better solutions, better methodologies, etc., each and every day. And, through conferences such as the just completed 2012 DRJ Fall World, I accelerate that learning process and I meet more and more people that help me grow and learn along the way.
Way back in 1985, I started attending industry conferences, user groups and professional training seminars. Throughout the years, I have attended numerous DRJ conferences – first as a practitioner; then, after gaining experience and confidence, as a presenter; and then, after being employed by DR and BCP services organizations, as a vendor. This year, although I am back in the consulting industry with a new company – I attended the conference once again in a practitioner capacity – and had a wonderful experience.