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Expert in Strategy, Risk Management, Contingency Planning, Business Continuity

Expert ID: 719544 Indiana, USA

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Expert (, pronounced "Gary") is a professional manager with over 28 years of extensive management experience including full P&L responsibility. He has a proven track record of increasing profits by reducing expenses and increasing sales/market share. He is experienced in financial leadership, business development, and strategic planning for diverse industries. Expert has designed and conducted critical infrastructure assessments, intelligence studies, and analysis of business exposure to risks.

Expert has designed the premier system for "all hazards" business continuity management. The system is applied by a wide variety of private sector firms and public sector entities. Expert wrote and published two books on crisis management, one of which has been translated into Spanish for worldwide distribution. The system is based on five critical elements: management team, planning, operations, logistics, and finance/administration. When a leading international oil company was concerned over its ability to manage a major oil spill, Expert developed a crisis management template for use at the company's refineries, marketing terminals, chemical plants, production facilities, and transportation operations.


With expertise in identifying the critical links between an organization's infrastructures, Expert has in-depth knowledge of energy systems, transportation, telecommunications, banking and finance, water supply, continuity of government, and emergency services. He has developed assessment studies and recommendations for optimization of infrastructure use and protection. He has identified threats, hazards, vulnerabilities, interdependencies, and alternatives. After developing plans to respond to the loss of critical infrastructures, Expert provides training to personnel involved in disaster recovery activities.

Expert developed data analysis and tracking systems for evaluating information used in business decision-making. He provided consultation for clients on areas of weakness or vulnerability with regard to information resources and accessibility to information via electronic means. Expert has developed a seminar on the links between strategy, crisis management, and competitive intelligence in business.


Having developed Hazval(tm) and Auditrak(tm), Expert understands the importance of assessment programs for evaluating emergency preparedness. The programs analyze nine essential elements of analysis (EEA) through a series of measures of performance questions and measures of effectiveness (MOE) criteria. These diagnostic tools are the basis for developing emergency plans, training, drills and exercises, and commitment tracking systems. When a major steel producer was cited for violations and failure to comply with environmental, health, and safety regulations and faced fines in excess of $500MM, Expert was brought in to design and implement a companywide training system. He instructed nearly 7000 workers in hazard elimination and loss prevention, environmental awareness, leader safety training, quality management systems, and safety compliance.



Experienced at assembling diverse teams to address issues and provide business solutions, Expert has built, trained, and managed teams to provide delivery of training programs for clients in the steel, oil, petrochemical, and telecommunications industries. He has developed leadership training programs for new managers. He has developed subordinates to be able to manage complex scheduling, program development, and personnel optimization initiatives.

Expert has developed safety management systems for a variety of clients, including OSHA-required compliance programs, policies, procedures, and training systems. He has evaluated safety compliance initiatives to determine compliance status and enhance safety for numerous clients.
Expert has analyzed organization structure, personnel performance and use, determining core tasks and strategic business focus with a goal of optimizing resources and maximizing profits. He developed strategic goals and initiatives for diversity and re-structuring.


Expert is a seasoned risk management professional who advises private and public sector executives to develop risk buffering strategies to protect their asset base. With a M.Ed. in Counseling and Guidance, Expert's focus is human capital: what people think, who they are, what they need and how they communicate. With over 28 years in management consulting as a trusted advisor, crisis manager, senior executive and educator, Expert brings unprecedented value to clients worldwide.

Expert is well-versed in contingency planning, risk management, human resource development, “war gaming,” as well as competitive intelligence, issues analysis, global strategy and identification of transparent vulnerabilities. Expert began his career as an officer in the U.S. Army after completing his BS in Criminology. As a thought leader, Expert leverages his skills in client attraction and the tools of LinkedIn, social media and publishing to help executives in decision analysis, strategy development and risk buffering.

Expert has a passion for helping executives, risk managers, and contingency planning professionals leverage their brand and leadership skills by enhancing decision making skills, changing behaviors, communication styles and risk management efforts. A well-known author, his books and articles are readily available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and the Internet.

Connect with Expert if…

You are a decision maker seeking risk and contingency planning strategies development.

You are a company seeking to leverage white papers or Thought Leadership to promote your brand.

You are a contingency planning professional who wants simulations training to validate your plans and secure senior management buy in for your programs.

An industrial gas manufacturer needed to develop a comprehensive crisis management program for its more than 120 facilities nationwide. Expert designed and developed a comprehensive crisis management program, established a "Standard of Care" and community outreach program, and educated the workforce, resulting in an estimated initial cost savings of approximately $16,200,000. Expert has also provided consulting in the areas of security, anti-terrorism, investigations, guard services, executive protection, courier services, and chemical management.
Consulted to an international manufacturing firm for the development of business continuity, crisis management and emergency preparedness planningDeveloped pandemic preparedness programs for large healthcare insurance companies, healthcare institutions and government organizations.Developed business continuity plans for an international foods (candies, energy bars, etc.) company.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Chicago, Illinois - Rockford, Illinois - Aurora, Illinois - Naperville, Illinois - Joliet, Illinois - Elgin, Illinois - South Bend, Indiana - Gary, Indiana - Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Kenosha, Wisconsin

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1981 Degree: M.Ed. Subject: Counseling and Guidance Institution: University of Texas
Year: 1973 Degree: B.S. Subject: Criminology Institution: Indiana State University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1985 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Principal and Founder Department: Responsibilities: He is the Senior Executive experienced in crisis management counseling, business continuity management planning and strategic risk management for diverse industries. Expert's company has been a key player in developing business solutions for clients worldwide. He is responsible for assessing business risks and providing support through all stages of the business continuity/crisis management process while minimizing adverse impacts of business interruption. He has created plans, organized structure and methodologies to successfully manage crisis situations for a wide spectrum of business and government entities.
Years: 2000 to 2000 Employer: PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP Title: Senior Manager Department: Responsibilities: Expert was recruited into the Global Risk Management Solutions, Operational, and Systems Risk Services groups to facilitate the growth of the Business Continuity Planning practice. Highlights include:

- The supervision of teams of managers, senior associates and associate level personnel in the preparation of proposals, client consultation, business continuity plans, report preparation and annual development plans.

- The design and implementation of business continuity tests for clients in the energy service, food service, manufacturing and financial service sectors.

- The facilitation of the development of business continuity plans for clients in the energy and financial services sector

- The development of proposals for clients in the medical, insurance, energy, food services, manufacturing and e-commerce sectors totaling approximately $1.85 million.

- He achieved a utilization rate of approximately 22%.

- He was a keynote speaker on business continuity planning issues for Physicians Insurers Association annual meeting.
Years: 1983 to 1985 Employer: Impell Corporation Title: Manager Department: Responsibilities: Expert was recruited to facilitate the growth of the Utility Services practice. Highlights include: Supervised teams of Senior Associates and Associate level personnel in the preparation of proposals, client consultation, emergency preparedness plans, regulatory compliance assessments, commitment identification and tracking, report preparation and due diligence activities; Designed and implemented crisis simulations for clients in the utility sector; Designed and implemented training programs for utility sector clients; Developed proposals for utility sector clients totaling approximately $1 million dollars; Achieved a utilization rate of approximately 92%.
Years: 1981 to 1983 Employer: Detroit Edison Company Title: Manager Department: Responsibilities: He was recruited to facilitate the licensing of Fermi Nuclear Power Plant and develop nuclear emergency preparedness training programs.
Years: to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Senior Research Scientist Department: Responsibilities: He was recruited to facilitate the growth of the Government Services Sector practice. Highlights include:

- Developed Supervised-On-The-Job (SOJT) training program for the Royal Saudi Navy.

- Designed Phase 1A of the U.S. Army National Training Center (NTC).

- Designed and implemented training programs for Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

- Developed proposals for clients totaling approximately $2 million dollars.

- Achieved a utilization rate of approximately 85%.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1973 to 1979 Agency: United States Army Role: Officer Description: Intelligence Officer responsible for intelligence analysis, collection and reporting. Briefer for senior officers.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2014 to Present Country / Region: Korea Summary: Provided consulting expertise in the development of business continuity, crisis management and emergency management programs for international manufacturing organization.
Years: 2011 to Present Country / Region: Middle East Summary: Provided training programs for companies located in Kuwait, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia. The programs focused on risk management, crisis management, business continuity planning.
Years: 1993 to Present Country / Region: Nigeria Summary: Provided emergency preparedness, crisis management, environmental awareness, geographic information systems and other programs for Nigerian government and oil companies operating in Nigeria
Years: 1997 to Present Country / Region: Angola Summary: Provided training programs for emergency preparedness, crisis management, risk management for government and oil companies operation in Angola.
Years: 1995 to Present Country / Region: Europe Summary: Providing training programs for emergency preparedness, crisis management, risk management for government and private sector companies operating in Europe and inernationally.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
He is a member of the Union League Club of Chicago. He is a life member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers. He also belongs to the Disabled American Veterans.
Awards / Recognition
He received the Chemical Industry Council of Illinois Associate of the Year, 1998. He is listed in Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals.
Publications and Patents Summary
An internationally recognized speaker, writer, and conference leader, Expert's publications include four books on crisis management, business continuity, pandemic planning and emergency management (one offered in Spanish) and over 280 articles relating to crisis solutions and other business issues.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert provided insight on emergency preparedness during hearings associated with nuclear power plant licensing. He was also involved with an investigation of emergency preparedness related to an electrical outage caused by flooding.
Training / Seminars
Expert is an internationally recognized speaker, writer and conference leader. He has developed seminars in crisis management, media management, environmental safety, geographic information system, hazard elimination and loss prevention, year 2000 planning, leadership training, ISO 9000 quality management, and ISO 14000 environmental management. Expert has also had the distinction of being a symposium leader for international conferences.
Other Relevant Experience
Expert has been frequently interviewed for television and other media.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
English Native proficiency

Fields of Expertise

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