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DRI International Announces 2019 Awards of Excellence Winners

NEW YORK — Feb. 20 -- DRI International ('DRI'), the world's leading business continuity and disaster recovery training organization, is pleased to recognize the outstanding organizations and individuals listed below as the winners of the 2019 DRI Awards of Excellence for their achievements in the business continuity, disaster recovery, and crisis management fields.

“This year’s award recipients and finalists are the backbone of the resilience community, and we’re incredibly proud to celebrate their achievements,” said Chloe Demrovsky, President and CEO of DRI International.

The 2019 Awards of Excellence were presented during the Gala Dinner at the DRI annual conference, DRI2019, on February 19, 2019 at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. This year’s winners and finalists are:

Consultant of the Year:
Greg Tomchick, CBCP, Ankura Consulting
James Green, CBCP, MBCI, Strategic BCP - WINNER
Joseph E. Starzyk, IBM Business Resiliency Services

Newcomer of the Year:
Bogdana Sardak, Fusion Risk Management - WINNER
Jolecia Marigny, Donnelley Financial Solutions
Mohd Fairuz Mohamed Kapi, ABCP, Port of Tanjung Pelepas Sdn Bhd

Program Leader of the Year (Non-Profit Sector):
Benjamin Gratto, Canton-Potsdam Hospital
Cheryl Griffith, CBCP, St. James Central District Emergency Organization - WINNER

Program Leader of the Year (Private Sector):
Alex Belyarchik, CBCP, Microsoft
Andre Lapierre, CBCP, ARMP, Frost Bank
Linda Laun, CBCP, Red Hat
Raymond Seid, MBCP, CBCLA, ARMP, CHPCP, McKesson Healthcare - WINNER

Program Leader of the Year (Public Sector):
Dmitri Dits, New York City Department of Buildings
Kamroonbanu Mohideenbasha, CBCP, City and County of San Francisco - WINNER

Product/Service Provider of the Year:
Assurance Software, Inc.
BC in the Cloud
Fusion Risk Management
GlobalSUITE Business Continuity
Paychex, Inc.
Rave Mobile Safety
RecoveryPlanner – WINNER
Strategic BCP
StratoGrid Advisory
TELUS Communications

Response and Recovery of the Year:
Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corp. – WINNER
Etihad Etisalat Co. – Mobily
Georgina Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic

Team of the Year:
Capital One Financial
Cognizant Technology Solutions
McKesson Healthcare – WINNER
The Regional Municipality of York

Lifetime Achievement Award:
Ahmed Riad Ali, CBCP, Estmrarya Consulting
Jim LaRue, MBCP, Sirius Computer Solutions
Rich Leonardo, CBCP, OhioHealth
Wasim Malik, MBCP, Bravura Solutions Operations Pty Ltd
Vito Mangialardi, CBCP, Metrolinx
David Nolan, Fusion Risk Management
Frank Perlmutter, CBCP, Strategic BCP
Ann Pickren, OnSolve – WINNER
Roger Stearns, CBCP, Philips

About DRI International:
DRI International is the non-profit that helps organizations prepare for and recover from disasters. We achieve this through education, accreditation, and thought leadership in business continuity and related fields.
Founded in 1988, DRI International has more than 15,000 certified individuals in over 100 countries, and 94 percent of all Fortune 100 companies employ DRI certified professionals. In fact, more individuals are certified by DRI International than by all other organizations in our profession combined. In addition to certifying individuals, DRI assesses organizations to determine resilience and offers organizational accreditation.
DRI also serves continuity professionals through conferencing, outreach, and volunteerism. The annual DRI Conference brings resilience professionals together to network with experts and collaborate with their peers. Through its Collegiate Conferences series, DRI partners with universities to introduce students and faculty to this rapidly-growing profession. To further its outreach efforts, DRI introduced the 501(c)(3) non-profit Disaster Recovery International (DRI) Foundation. The Foundation's mission is to promote disaster risk reduction through partnership and education, as well as aid recovery efforts through fundraising and volunteerism. The Foundation is also committed to supporting veterans through the Veterans Outreach Program.
As a recognized expert resource, DRI acts in an advisory capacity to organizations and government institutions worldwide, helping to develop professional standards and promote greater resilience. DRI is a member of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction's (UNISDR) Private Sector Working Group ARISE Initiative and was on the business and industry delegation to the negotiations of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. DRI is also an ANSI-accredited Standards Development Organization, a CQI and IRCA Approved Training Partner, and an International Organization Liaison Observer to ISO/TC 292 for standardization in the field of security to enhance the safety and resilience of society.

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