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Nominations for DRI2018 Awards of Excellence are now closed.

DRI2018 – AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE CATEGORIES & NOMINATION CRITERIA

Program Leader of the Year (Private Sector)

This award goes to the business continuity program leader who has demonstrated exceptional innovation and leadership within the private sector, as well as a deep understanding of the continuity issues most important to the field. Strategic thinking, collaborative teamwork, and exceptional communication skills are the benchmarks of an exceptional program leader, and nominations will be judged by these criteria.

    To be eligible, nominees must:

  • Have at least five years of experience in the field
  • Be employed full-time in a business continuity management position, and
  • Provide an essay (1,000 words maximum) describing the company's business continuity philosophy and program, the nominee's involvement with its development and implementation, and any innovative ideas or strategies used to resolve an issue within the organization.

Program Leader of the Year (Public Sector)

The winner of this award will have enhanced the business resilience of a public sector organization, while improving community preparedness as a champion of business continuity to local businesses. Nominations will be evaluated on experience and understanding of business continuity issues and best practices, promotion of BCM in the community, as well as the ability to successfully navigate organizational, legislative, or community challenges to achieve success.

    To be eligible, nominees must:

  • Have at least five years of experience in the field
  • Provide an essay (1,000 words maximum) describing their experience and success working within the public sector, emphasizing the implementation of public sector governance requirements

Program Leader of the Year (Non-Profit Sector–503 (c))

This award recognizes those practitioners working to make the non-profit sector more resilient, by strengthening relationships between service suppliers, insurers, and continuity professionals, as well as developing creative, effective approaches to continuity planning and promotion. Entries will be judged on experience, understanding of continuity issues and best practices, and creative problem-solving.

    To be eligible, nominees must:

  • Have at least five years of experience in the field
  • Submit an essay (1,000 words maximum) detailing their experiences promoting continuity management within the non-profit's programs, and the ability to succeed against organizational, legislative, or community constraints.

Consultant of the Year

This award recognizes consultants who excel in the field of business continuity program management, use creative problem solving to tackle difficult issues, and instill a culture of continuity in every organization with which they work. Among the deciding factors in the selection process: evidence of strong relationships with clients and other continuity professionals, as well as innovative ideas on the future of continuity planning.

    To be eligible, nominees must:

  • Have at least two years of experience in the field
  • Submit an essay (1,000 words maximum) detailing the consultant's activities, successes, and overall approach to business continuity.

Newcomer of the Year

This award welcomes and encourages those who are new to the profession and bring with them fresh ideas and perspectives. The award recognizes up-and-coming leaders who display ingenuity and understand the wider impact of business continuity within their organizations.

    To be eligible, nominees must:

  • Have no more than two years of business continuity experience
  • Submit an essay (1,000 words maximum) detailing their understanding of continuity and demonstrating originality and innovation in their approach to the profession.
  • Have not received a previous DRI Award

Lifetime Achievement Award (Voted online)

This award honors the most experienced professionals in the industry for the stellar work they have done over the course of their careers. The recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award is well-regarded in the industry and has a track record of professional success and respect from peers in the field. DRI Certified Professionals will have the opportunity to vote for the nominee of their choice.

    To be eligible, nominees must:

  • Have had an established BCM program and been continuously active in the field for a period of at least 10 years.
  • Submit an essay statement (1,000 words maximum) detailing their career accomplishments.

Team of the Year

This award recognizes excellent business continuity teams, of which essential ingredients are collaboration and communication. Nominees will display exceptional teamwork within the business continuity department, across the organization, and with external consultants and partners.

    To be eligible, nominees must:

  • Have an established BCM program
  • Submit an essay (1,000 words maximum), which demonstrates evidence of exceptional teamwork as well as strong leadership by the team director.
  • Provide a detailed listing of each team member, role description, and contribution

Response and Recovery of the Year

The ability to recover from a disaster - whether it was a hardware/software failure, a product recall, a natural disaster, or some other catastrophic event - is the foundation on which business continuity is built. This award recognizes those who have successfully bounced back from a major incident using their plans, skills, and creativity.

    To be eligible, nominees must:

  • Submit an essay (1,000 words maximum) outlining the nature of the event, its impact on the organization, how it was resolved, and lessons learned as a result.

Product/Service Provider of the Year (Voted online)

Recognizing the best in products and services developed for business continuity practitioners, this award is decided by online votes from DRI Certified Professionals across all industry sectors. These providers show they are committed to promoting business continuity to both their core customer base and the wider consumer market. Judges award innovation and quality as well as customer service, staff awareness, training activities, and other strong efforts.

    To be eligible, nominees must:

  • Provide a company statement (500 words maximum), detailing the company's commitment in promoting business continuity through its products and/or services.
  • OPTIONAL - Provide a customer testimonial (500 words maximum) detailing the customer's service experience and satisfaction.