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Disaster Recovery & Continuity Best Practices

What strategies will help you achieve success?

* Includes: The Impact of the Cloud on your DR Infrastructure Architecture

Learn how Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Strategies have evolved.

Join us in Chicago when Top IT & Business Continuity Executives from leading, area organizations discuss a range of issues to help you succeed:

  • Real Life Disaster recovery scenarios from different IT Executives - what worked and what didn't, plus their plans for the future.
  • Designing and running the right set up for different systems
  • Key Strategies to leverage the intersection of cloud, mobility and virutalization to create your opimital DR & Continuity environment.
  • Key Strategies to evolve from a DR only focus to DR and business continuity focus.
  • How to Approach DR/BC with a definition of success that achieves your outcomes, increases DR/BC capabilities and lowers TCO.
  • * Includes: The Impact of the Cloud on your DR Infrastructure Architecture


Stacy Summers, Vice-President of the Global Business Continuity Management practice, Aon plc

Stacy Summers, Vice-President of the Global Business Continuity Management practice, Aon plc

In her current role, Stacy leads the converged practices of Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, and Situation Response responsible for delivering continuity of service expertise and tactical crisis response support to over 66,000 colleagues and the clients they serve across 500+ locations in over 120 countries.   In the globally led, regionally delivered model, Stacy is responsible for overseeing all facets of strategic planning and tactical execution of initiatives to achieve Aon’s continuity vision. Stacy has fifteen years of progressive leadership experience in business continuity management leading the development of global corporate programs for three Fortune companies by coordinating teams, best practices and strategies to deliver converged continuity solutions in alignment with business objectives. In her roles, she has led high profile corporate crisis management responses to Hurricane Katrina, SARS, H1N1, 9-11, the Japan earthquake, London Olympics, New Zealand earthquakes, Superstorm Sandy and various other incidents and global events. 

Brent Richardson, Assistant VP Technology, Judson University

Brent Richardson, Assistant VP Technology, Judson University

Brent Richardson joined Judson University as the Information Technology Director in October of 2009 and took on the title of Assistant Vice President for Information Technologies in June of 2014.
Brent has been serving in the technology field since 1982, focusing his attention on technical solutions, business partnership and strategic planning. Past employers include IBM, Willow Creek Community Church, Hewitt Associates (now Aon/Hewitt), MicroTrain, Axciom Corporation, TransUnion, and Apple Corporation. Brent has held positions such as Network Manager, IT team leader, IT infrastructure "architect," project manager, project management coach/trainer, ITIL trainer, ISO auditor, internal business consultant and client consultant.


Joe Kocinski, Data Center & Enterprise Systems Manager, Ace Hardware Corporation

Joe Kocinski, Data Center & Enterprise Systems Manager, Ace Hardware Corporation

Joe is the Data Center & Enterprise Systems Manager for Ace Hardware Corporation in Oak Brook, IL. Ace has gone through a “business transformation” replacing home grown mainframe systems with SAP and other application packages. Joe has directed  a new dual data center operation, enhanced the data protection strategy, and built a “business services”  team to support all data coming in and going out of the company.  Joe earned the ITIL Foundation Certificate and uses this framework to drive process improvements,  running the IT Change Management program, and working with the business to manage Service Availability.  Joe participates in industry groups including AFCOM and itSMF.

Joe is a Senior Lecturer at Benedictine University teaching Database Systems for the Masters in MIS Program for over 20 years.  Joe earned his BS in Math & Computer Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana, and his MBA degree from Loyola University in Chicago.


Bill Altman, VP Technology, Coleman Group

Bill Altman is a Chicago native, having attended Loyola University of Chicago focusing on finance and computer science. He is an experienced IT Executive with a diverse skill set and a passion for technology, providing a blended approach to the needs of an organization based on workflow and economics. Over the past 20 years, this path has taken Bill through the continuous and ever changing world of broadcast television and digital media as the scale of storage, networking, and processing has increased exponentially. Beyond the changing technology, he has provided strong direction, leadership and planning applying an understanding of the business, the industry, and the regulatory conditions of the marketplace that goes far beyond IT.

oseph Boyle, Senior Lead Technology Consultant,CenturyLink

Moderator: Joseph Boyle, Senior Lead Technology Consultant,CenturyLink

Joe is a knowledgeable Information Technology professional with over 25 years of experience and a proven ability to deliver quality engagements on time and on budget in both technical and business environments. His capabilities include aligning business requirements to appropriate technologies with a strong focus on architecting solutions which leverage virtualization to drive efficiencies, provide the correct level of availability, and ensure the proper level of scalability for IT departments to adjust with changing business needs. Skillsets include architecting and managing the deployment of recovery solutions across geographically diverse, multi-tiered, and heterogeneous environments of varying scale; risk mitigation and remediation to ensure compliance with internal and external audit requirements; physical and logical migrations of data centers.


 Brian Treadwell, Director of Sales Engineering, US Signal Company

Affordable Business Continuity Enabled Through Cloud Technologies
-Aaron Shaver Cloud Solution Architect, US Signal

Legacy business continuity architectures have been around for many years; however, their cost has put them out of the reach of most organizations. New cloud technologies have brought this goal within the reach of all consumers. Not only does cloud computing make BC/DR technology affordable, but also more feature rich, quicker to deploy and easier to test than traditional systems. In this executive briefing, Aaron Shaver, Solution Architect for US Signal will show how these new architectures provide a path to affordable business continuity.


TOP 10 Pitfalls You Can Avoid When Re-Inventing Your Business/Disaster Recovery Program
- Biff L. Myre
73% of companies surveyed in 2014 scored themselves as failing in Disaster Readiness! Over 20% reported having critical application and data center outages of several hours to multiple days with actual costs to their organizations ranging between $50,000 to $5 million dollars. Of the ones that have BC/DR programs, only 1/3rd exercised them with 65% of those failing to pass their own DRE test metrics!! 
Clearly, something is majorly wrong with the time and investment continuum. If only we could go back to change our approach for the future of BC/DR/Availability?  Maybe a guy named Biff can help take us ‘back to the future’ in 2015?  He’s seen the good, bad and ugly in over 2 decades of HA, DR, BC, Resiliency and is here today for a limited-time to pass on his TOP 10 LIST of what not to do… again.


Indranil Sengupta Sr. Director - Cloud Services Development, NTT Communications

Growing your DR Cloud Strategy Beyond Business Continuity
- Indranil Sengupta Sr. Director - Cloud Services Development, NTT Communications

DR on the Cloud is increasingly being used as a method for companies to test if their applications can run on the Cloud. This can be done without any risk to application availability and with a small investment. In the presentation “Growing your DR Cloud Strategy Beyond Business Continuity,” Indranil Sengupta will discuss NTT Communications’ industry recognized Recovery as a Service solution and review how companies can leverage the cloud to run applications more cost-efficiently.



  • Network with Your Peers to make new contacts, compare notes and best practices
  • Meet top vendors in the industry, and
  • Earn Continuing Professional Education credit if you're a Club member

Who Should Attend:

  • Senior IT and LOB Executives
  • VPs & Directors responsible for storage, data management, disasterrecovery
  • Any IT Executives and Managers who provide data management direction and support to LOB functions
  • CxO's and VP of Development for software developers, VAR's, OEM's and other Technology Companies looking to take advantage of data management applications
  • Ecommerce Executives
  • VP's of Marketing & Sales who want to learn more about what can be gained from big data




Chicago, IL
May 21, 2015
, 12:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Union League Club, French Room
65 W. Jackson Blvd. Chicago IL 60604

Questions? Call Maria Tuthill 847-837-3900 x 1

Get Sponsorship Information:
Call Alex Jarett at 847-837-3900 x 2 or email.


IT Executives & Staff Members

1. Members: Register Here to Use Your Ticket package or Contact Member Services at 847-837-3900 x1

2. Nonmembers: Learn how to attend this event with a complimentary VIP Pass

Providers (Hardware, Software, Consultants)

1.Members: Who have a ticket package, Register here.

Pre-registration required.

Professional business-casual attire required.

Final speakers and topics are subject to change.

Event Sponsors
The Judge Group


Get Sponsorship Information:
Call Alex Jarett at 847-837-3900 x 2
or email.




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