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Last night’s celebrations in Florida at the BCI North America Awards 2013 paid tribute to some of the finest talent in the BC industry in North America.  The Awards were celebrated during Disaster Recovery Journal (DRJ) Spring World 2013, one of the World's Largest Conference dedicated to Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery.

The BCI North America Awards recognise the outstanding contribution of business continuity professionals and organizations living in or operating in the North America Region, including USA and Canada.

The winners were chosen by an independent judging panel.

Award winners:

Tom Wagner from Direct Edge, one of the leading stock exchange operators in the United States and globally, took the Award for Business Continuity Newcomer of the Year 2013, sponsored by ITPG.

Aaron Callaway, Managing Director, Fairchild Consulting, specializing in business continuity, disaster recovery and information security, was awarded Business Continuity Management Consultant of the year 2013, sponsored by DRJ.  Aaron has 17 years of consulting and information technology experience.

Business Continuity Manager of the Year sponsored by ICOR was awarded to Tom Clark, Director IT Business Continuity Management Services, Liberty Mutual Insurance.   With responsibility for crisis management, operational readiness, disaster response, emergency preparedness, and business continuity for all Information Technology (IT) organizations, Tom has over 39 years’ experience in senior global IT leadership and over 30 years’ experience in Business Continuity Management in some 500 companies. Tom has personally worked in 45 different countries on six of the seven continents of the world.  In particular, Tom was recognised for the successful management of the IT Crisis Management Command Center during Hurricane Sandy.

CitiGroup, Inc took the Most Effective Recovery of the Year Award, sponsored by Recovery Planner, for their Hurricane Sandy preparations.  Having monitored Sandy’s impact on their operations in the Caribbean, the Citi Crisis Management Team was activated to prepare for the landfall in New York City.  A command centre was set up to coordinate their response and to ensure the minimum possible impact on the business.

Business Continuity Provider of the Year (BCM Product) sponsored by Vizionera, went to eBRP Solutions for their eBRP Suite, which goes beyond your standard Business Continuity Management planning tool, providing additional tools to Incident Managers to support decision-making, communication and collaboration, including notification tools.

Business Continuity Provider of the Year (BCM Service) sponsored by the BCI USA Chapter was awarded to SunGard Availability Services, which provides a full portfolio of disaster recovery services, ensuring that SunGard customers don’t have to use redundant servers, electrical power and other resources to create a backup environment.

Business Continuity Innovation of the Year sponsored by the BCI Canada Chapter went to Fusion Risk Management, Inc. for their Fusion Framework® System™ with Recovery Tracker™ , which enables IT DR teams to coordinate complex data center recoveries in enterprise environments more effectively and efficiently through the automation of flow processes of IT disaster recovery teams engaged in time-critical recoveries and/or testing scenarios and through the industry’s first private social network to enable all stakeholders to stay connected and current.

Business Continuity Team of the Year, sponsored by Continuity Central was awarded to Delta Dental, who together bring to the table over 140 years’ experience in IT and Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity!

Richard L. Arnold, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief, Disaster Recovery Journal received the Industry Personality of the Year Award sponsored by FUSION Risk Management, Inc.  Richard is the founder and chief executive officer of the Disaster Recovery Journal and boasts an extensive background in the information system field, ranging from applications programming to systems programming.  He has been extensively involved in the disaster recovery field for more than 30 years.  Arnold has been innovative in the field of DR, 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.  Besides founding DRJ, Arnold also was the co-founder of the Disaster Recovery Institute (DRI International) in 1989 and served as the chairman of the executive board until August of 1994.

Two special awards were presented last night. 
John Jackson received FBCI Honorary Membership of the Business Continuity Institute.  John has been a leader and visionary in the Business Continuity industry for over 30 years and is a founding partner at Fusion Risk Management.

A 30 Year Service Award to the Business Continuity industry went to ACP for their continued efforts in raising awareness across the business community and for the creation of a strategic initiative to assist small and medium-sized businesses, which traditionally receive the brunt of impact from natural hazards and rarely have the resources to hire full time business continuity planners or experienced consultants.

The BCI would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who made the BCI North America Awards 2013 such an amazing success.  In particular, we would like to extend our thanks to DRJ, ACP, ITPG, all the winners, nominees and entrants of the BCI North America Awards as well as all our Award Sponsors.

View a list of the winners as a PDF.