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CPO is pleased to share with you that the BEP Institute awarded CPO with the 2014 Business Emergency Planning Professional Excellence award!

CPO is recognized for ongoing efforts to promote business continuity / disaster recovery best efforts through education, networking and conferences as well as active outreach to educate nonā€profit organizations on vital aspects of business continuity to build more resilient communities.

CPO is honored to receive this award and appreciates the recognition of the organization’s efforts to help the Ohio community to better prepare for impacting events through education and networking. 


2015 CPO Conference Change

One of the CPO Executive Council goals is to identify ways to increase the value of being a CPO member.  Whether that is through website enhancements, flexible scheduling for regional meetings, free or reduced conference costs or how CPO budgets or spends its funds.

One of the recent changes made to better serve the membership was the decision to move from having a Joint Regional Meeting and an Annual Conference to having just two Joint Regional Meetings.  We believe that this will make it easier for members and guests to attend as it will be a single day event with no anticipated member costs.

Look for information on the first Joint Regional meeting later this year or in January.

2014 CPO Elections

It was great to see many of you last week at the 2014 CPO Business Survival and Recovery Conference.

One of our CPO Business Meeting topics was nominations and election of the 2015 CPO Executive Council.  We wanted to wait until the conference to announce the elections so we had the opportunity to provide a description of the Executive Council position.

2015 Election Dates:

  • Nominations Due By:  October 11, 2014

  • Voting: October 17, 2014 until end of day November 17, 2014

  • 2014 CPO Executive Council Announcement: mid-November

If you are interested in running for one of the Executive Council positions, please send an email to cpoelectionchair@cpohio.org .  Please include:

  • Desired Position

  • Contact Information

  • A Brief Biography

  • Why you would be a good in this position


  • Candidates for President and Vice President must have previously served one term within the Executive Council.

  • Candidates for CPO officers must be a member in good standing as of the date of their nomination.

Executive Council Positions

Full descriptions of the positions are available in the CPO Bylaws in the “MyCPO” sections of the CPO Website (www.cpohio.org)

  • President: The elected President shall, in addition to the duties of the Executive Council, shall act as the primary interface with all outside organizations, with exceptions as directed by the Executive Council and the CPO Bylaws.

  • Vice-President:   The Vice-President shall, in addition to the duties of the Executive Council, be responsible for creation and distribution of monthly newsletter and attend and keep minutes of all Executive Council meetings.  The Vice-President has full rights of President in their absence.

  • Treasurer:  The elected Treasurer shall, in addition to the duties of the Executive Council, provide supervision of CPO financial affairs and perform standard duties incident to an Office of Treasurer.

  • System Information Coordinator:  The elected Systems Information Coordinator shall, in addition to the duties of the Executive Council, will be responsible to Update and maintenance of the CPO website and other CPO communications.

  • Regional Program Director:  The elected Program Directors shall, in addition to the duties of the Executive Council, coordinate CPO meetings within each region.

2014 CPO Conference - CPO members attend free!!

What do David Lindstedt, Ken Jenkins, Steve Piggott, Tim Berelsman, Steve Sims, Kevin Kampman, Imad Mouline, Ryan Cote, Kim Gerhart, Paul Van Hyfte, Steven Feller, Greg Marbais and Peter Renneker have in common with Al Berman, CEO of DRI International???They are all speaking at the 2014 CPO Business Survival and Recovery Conference!!!  Will you be there to hear them???There is only 1 week until the much-anticipated, annual CPO Business Survival and Recovery Conference!! As in previous conferences we will have interesting topics, riveting speakers and engaging vendors to grab your attention and rejuvenate your thoughts! You will find a nugget or two to take with you after the conference!Al Berman, CEO of DRI International, will kick-off Tuesday as the Keynote Speaker and will share his thoughts on BC Today: What Really Matters Right Now.David Lindstedt will lead the workshop on Monday afternoon – Measuring Preparedness and promises to be a blend of listening and interaction!Find the full program agenda here.Register now and don’t miss out!!! Remember, this year, CPO members (as of 8/18/2014) attend for free, but we still need you to register!! 

2014 CPO Conference - Tuesday morning General Session

Join us at the CPO Conference and learn the key strategies to move your company from disaster to a successful recovery.Ken Jenkins is a professional emergency manager with experience in planning, Logistics, training, deployment, response and after-action analysis. During the morning’s general session, Ken will discuss Business Recovery After a Disaster and share information about protecting your brand, responding to your customers, employees and key stakeholders as well as disaster response skills under stress.Register for the 2014 Business Survival & Recovery Conference on September 22-23 to hear Ken share his experiences.

2014 CPO Conference - Monday Afternoon Workshop

Is your continuity program having a positive impact?  Could you quantify it?Is your IT DR program improving your ability to recover?  Could you prove that?The Monday afternoon session (9/22/2014) for this year’s conference is a Measuring Preparedness Workshop. David Lindstedt will show us a better way than counting documented plans to demonstrate the value of preparedness planning efforts.In this interactive workshop, participants will discover a way to measure preparedness and recoverability.  Participants will get hands-on experience with the theory and practice of quantifying preparedness and calculating their Recovery Confidence Index™.  We will collaborate on ways to implement these techniques within the next 10 days to better exhibit the value of your preparedness planning programs. Bring your laptop or tablet to get the most from this workshop! To register for the conference, click here.

2014 CPO Conference - Keynote speaker

We’re very excited to share that the Keynote Speaker for the upcoming CPO conference is Al Berman, President and CEO of DRI International!Al will speak on “BC Today: What Really Matters Right Now?" Al plans a frank discussion of the issues facing organizations and governments; including, regulations and standards, supply chain, technology, cyber-security and others. Al is a MBCP, a NFPA committee member, a member of the ASIS BCP technical committee, a member of the Committee of Experts for ANSI-ANAB, a former member of the NY City Partnership for Security and Risk Management, President for Disaster Recovery Institute (DRI) and the co-chair for the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation committee to create the new standard for the US Private Sector Preparedness Act (PL 110-53).  Over a career that has spanned 25 years he has served as a President and CIO for a major financial institution, National Practice Leader for Operational Resiliency for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Global Business Continuity practice leader for Marsh.Please join us at the 2014 Business Survival & Recovery Conference on September 22-23!

Registration for the 2014 CPO Conference is open!! 

The 2014 CPO Business Survival and Recovery Conference will be held September 22-23 at The Conference Center at OCLC6600 Kilgour Place | Dublin, Ohio 430174 | www.oclc.org.conferencecenter.The conference will start at 1:00 on Monday, September 22, with a workshop led by David Lindstedt on Measuring Preparedness. Similar to last year, we will visit a local establishment for refreshments and networking from 5:00-7:00pm on Monday.Bright and early on Tuesday, September 23, we will kick off the 2014 Conference with a keynote address by Al Berman, President and CEO of DRI International. The sessions will continue throughout the day and the conference will end around 4:45 pm. The agenda will be published this week. To attend, please register here. We look forward to seeing you there!


A few changes for CPO members are being made for the 2014 CPO Business Survival & Recovery Conference. You must be a member in good standing by August 18, 2014, to take advantage of these changes. If you have not renewed your membership for 2014, go here to renew your membership. If you are not sure whether your membership is up-to-date check out your profile on MyCPO or contact the CPO Information Systems Coordinator, sysInfoCoord@cpohio.org.

Check it Out!! New Job Postings!!

Looking for a job? Two open positions in our industry have been posted on MyCPO News. Check it out by logging into MyCPO!


 -- in beautiful San Diego September 7-10, 2014

DRJ is proud to present our 51st conference! For more than two decades, we have produced top-quality, innovative shows that pack more into the agenda for the lowest registration fee!Our attendees return year after year to discover new techniques, make life-long networking contacts and explore the latest products and services in the exhibition hall.Fall World 2014, we have kept the favorites that continually please our attendees and added even more! We are once again offering  the Solutions Track on Sunday. These tracks feature many of the top vendors in the industry and discuss how products and services have been applied to successful recoveries and creating resiliency. Enjoy everything that Fall World 2014 offers for the same low price! Earn a better return on investment and discover why DRJ shows are number one in the industry!

2014 Fall World

2014 Business Survival & Recovery Conference
September 22-23, 2014

The Conference Center at OCLC6600 Kilgour Place | Dublin, Ohio 430174 | www.oclc.org.conferencecenterMark your calendar to attend the Business Survival & Recovery Conference. This year’s conference is sure to have something for everyone. Whether your focus is business continuity, disaster recovery, or crisis management, we’ll have sessions for you.  Stay tuned for more information.


As a professional in the business continuity, disaster recovery and/or information security arenas - or you're tasked with these responsibilities within your organization - you can surely appreciate the necessity and importance of advanced preparation and planning, as well as the benefit that accompanies education, information knowledge sharing and networking.

Celebrating our twenty-fifth or Silver year in 2011, CPO is growing stronger and becoming more valuable to individuals and organizations – get involved now!

Whether you find value in the networking, education, information-sharing, conversations and camaraderie of the monthly regional meetings, understanding peer organizations' challenges and strategies, the annual conference, website functionality only available to members, details about seminars and training or the many other benefits associated with being a member of CPO, your involvement with us will not only strengthen the organization, yet will also support your continued development.

NOTE: you do not have to be a member of CPO to participate in the monthly meetings, yet your membership is strongly encouraged to ensure our continued success and growth. Please join online. Please join online.
This site also lists the Programs Directors and contact information for each region (North, Central, and South) and the whole Executive Council on the Contact page to ensure that you are involved in any activities in your area.