Business Continuity Q&A: David Tedford on Community Involvement

David Tedford, Greater Boston ACP president
Here at Rentsys, we take involvement in the business continuity community seriously. By stepping out into the playing field, so to speak, we're able to stay in tune with contingency planners' ever-evolving concerns. Getting involved with industry organizations is important. Why? Because, as with any other industry, BC planners need a network of peers with whom they can exchange knowledge and ideas.

We recently sat down with the newly elected president of the Greater Boston chapter of the Association of Contingency Planners (ACP), a nonprofit trade organization with 42 chapters across the U.S., to discuss his involvement with his local chapter. (David, by the way, just happens to be one of our account executives!)

Q: What is your background in the BC/DR industry?
A: I've been in the industry for 25 years in various capacities. I've done everything from developing software to selling hardware, software and business continuity services.

Q: How did you get involved with the Greater Boston ACP chapter?
A: I sought out BC/DR organizations back in 2005 when I had a desire to network with fellow professionals and grow my BC/DR knowledge.

Q: What contributions have you made to your chapter that ultimately led to your being elected the chapter president?
A: As a founding member of the chapter back in January 2006, I've been a longtime supporter of the chapter. I previously held the program director position and helped the chapter grow tremendously back in the 2007 and 2008 time frame, when we received the Eagle Award for the growth we achieved during that time.

This past year, in addition to becoming president, I was surprised when the outgoing president, Michelle Light, also presented me with the MVP Award for 2013. It's been a busy year!

Q: What are your goals as the new chapter president?
A: I'd like to provide value to our members by offering an education program that makes them want to attend month after month.

Q: What do you consider the greatest contingency planning challenge today?
A: Far too many companies are trying to do more with less. The budgets continue to shrink, yet the threats continue to increase. As a profession, we need to continue to educate our peers within each enterprise about these ongoing threats, so as a whole we can get buy-in from executive management to deploy the latest and greatest BC/DR solutions.

Q: Why is it important for contingency planners to get involved with the BC/DR community?
A: Someone must drive the bus! We need people to lead and educate those that are not as well-versed in the types of threats we face or the solutions to those threats. I guess getting involved is my way to pay it forward.

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