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03/31/2016

University of St. Thomas to Host DRI One-Day Conference in Houston, TX

DRI International is proud to announce the next in its series of one-day regional conferences, which will be held at the Cameron School of Business at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX, April 23 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

DRI's one-day conference series is designed for professionals who may not have the time or money to attend DRI's larger conference events, but still want an opportunity for networking and education when it's conveniently close to their location. It's also open to the next generation interested in learning what the field has to offer.

"Our one-day conferences have been a great way to give business continuity professionals the kind of networking event that's both convenient and educational," said DRI President Al Berman. "We're excited to join with the University of St. Thomas to reach out to both our experienced professionals, as well as up-and-coming community interested in learning more about the field."

"Given the growing importance of disaster recovery and continuity planning for businesses, we are glad to provide our students and the community this half-day conference on this important issue," said Dr. Beena George, Dean of the Cameron School of Business. "The Cameron School of Business also values opportunities like this that gives our students the chance to network and learn with business professionals. Events such as the DRI conference help us continue our mission to develop and maintain a strong community of learners."

Attendees will enjoy a networking breakfast, luncheon, and end-of-day round-table discussion with the speakers. The cost of attendance, including meals and materials, is a $50 donation to the DRI Foundation. DRI Certified Professionals will earn eight Continuing Education Activity Points (CEAPs) for attending the event. Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged.

Among the speakers:
- Al Berman, DRI International
- Brian Coates, Enaxis Consulting
- Cameron Self, StormGeo
- Mike Mastrangelo, UTMB Health, and
- Vern Williams, Dell SecureWorks.

For more information, visit: https://drii.org/education/collegiateconferences.php

About DRI International
Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRI) is the leading nonprofit that helps organizations around the world prepare for and recover from disasters by providing education, accreditation, and thought leadership in business continuity and related fields. Founded in 1988, DRI International has 13,000+ certified professionals in more than 100 countries and conducts native-language training in more than 50 countries, offering in-depth courses ranging from introductory to masters level, as well as specialty certifications. The organization's annual DRI Conference brings together leading business continuity professionals from both the public and private sector to share best practices and participate in continuing education and volunteerism. Through its Collegiate Conferences series, DRI is partnering with universities to introduce students and faculty to this rapidly-growing field. As a recognized expert resource, DRI acts in an advisory capacity to international organizations and government institutions worldwide, helping to create industry standards and promote greater resiliency through public-private partnerships. DRI is a member of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction's (UNISDR) Private Sector Partnership (PSP) Working Group on disaster risk reduction and is also an ANSI-accredited Standards Development Organization.

About the University of St. Thomas
Academic excellence attracts students from all over the world to the University of St. Thomas campus, in the heart of Houston's Museum District. Founded in 1947 by the Basilian Fathers, the University of St. Thomas remains Houston's first and only Catholic university. St. Thomas, dedicated to educating leaders of faith and character, is committed to the religious, ethical and intellectual traditions of Catholic higher education and welcomes students of all faiths.
St. Thomas offers 36 undergraduate majors and 10 pre-professional programs in medicine, law and engineering. 17 master's degrees include accounting, business administration, education, faith and culture, international business, liberal arts, mental health counseling, public policy and administration, sacred music and theology. As well, a doctorate in philosophy from the University's Center for Thomistic Studies is among the most highly respected in the world. The Cameron School of Business at St. Thomas achieved business accreditation from The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, an elite group of institutions.
Since 1994, U.S. News & World Report has named the University of St. Thomas to the top tier of Western mid-size comprehensive universities.

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