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John B. Copenhaver, CBCP

Contingency Management Group, Inc.

8205 Overview Court,
Roswell, GA 30076
Telephone (678) 488-5398

• Speaker

This individual has been a licensed Georgia attorney since 1979 and a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) since 1993. He has served in a number of senior executive roles, including as a Presidential appointee to FEMA and as President and CEO of the DRI International. His career has resulted in the following appointed positions of prestige:

  • Principal of the Council for Excellence in Government, Washington, D.C., 2003-2008
  • University of Georgia School of Law, Board of Visitors in June, 2002-2005
  • Capital Campaign Committee of the University of Georgia School of Law in October, 2004-Present.
  • Advisory Board of the Disaster Resource Guide in February, 2002-Present
  • Elected to the Disaster Recovery Institute International Board of Directors October, 2001; Chairman 2003-2005
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce National Security Task Force, 2007- 2010
  • FEMA National Advisory Council Private Sector Subcommittee, 2008- 2010
  • Editorial Board, The Journal of Business Continuity and Emergency Management,  2005-2010
  • Editorial Board, The Journal of Emergency Management, March 2010-Present
  • Advisory Board of the Canadian Centre for Emergency Preparedness, 2004-Present
  • Biographee, “Who’s Who in America”, “Who’s Who in the World” 2006-Present

Professional Experience

Contingency Management Group, Inc.
Chief Executive Officer: January, 2001 – November 2001; May 2005 - Present
Responsible for provisioning of executive management services, as well as emergency management and business continuity consulting to clients including IBM, the Governments of Peru and El Salvador, and the City of New York.

Disaster Recovery Institute International
President and CEO: May, 2005 – August 2009
Responsible for contract provisioning of corporate governance, supervision of the DRI International staff and foreign affiliates, and Board strategic direction for >$4M 501 (C)(6) corporation offering global business continuity education and certification.

Marsh Risk Consulting
Senior Vice President: December, 2001 - April 2005
As Sr. VP, responsibility for development and delivery of broad-spectrum contingency planning, crisis management and emergency response services to our Fortune 1000 clients is the main focus.

Federal Emergency Management Agency Region IV (Atlanta, GA)
Director (Presidential Appointee):September, 1997 - January, 2001
• Responsible for administration of FEMA programs in the Southeast U.S.
• Managed staff of up to 800 people.
• Served as Senior Government Official in disaster areas.

IBM Global Crisis Response Team (Atlanta, GA)
Team Advisor: May, 1996 - September, 1997
• Responsible for liaison with local, State and Federal government authorities in disaster areas.
• Drafted, reviewed and administered contracts on behalf of IBM.

Business Continuity Services, BellSouth Business Systems (Atlanta, GA)
Director: December, 1992 - April, 1996
• Responsible for BellSouth business continuity products and services, including full life cycle management.
• Recommended corporate policy in internal contingency planning process.

General Business Marketing, BellSouth Advanced Systems Birmingham, AL
Manager: January, 1987 - November, 1992
Responsible for formulating general business sales channel policy, including, sales force structure, hiring, compensation and training.

AT&T Information Systems(Savannah, GA)
District Sales Manager: June, 1985 - December, 1986
Responsible for sales and marketing of AT&T products in South Georgia and part of South Carolina, including management of technical, administrative and sales personnel.

Professional Achievements
Management/Leadership
• Managed FEMA’s largest Regional Office for 3 1/2 years (up to 800 people in multiple offices).
• Restructured Regional management staff and administered a variety of FEMA programs for the Agency’s largest and most active Region (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee); in this capacity worked closely with the United States military forces, including the Commanding Generals of U.S. Army Forces Command, First U.S. Army, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
• Served as Regional Senior Government Official (SGO) for emergency-related liaison with elected and appointed officials of local, state and Federal government, including frequent meetings with mayors, State Governors, Members of Congress and Senators, Cabinet Officers, and the Vice President and President of the United States.
• Served as Chairman of the Atlanta Federal Executive Board (FEB) (comprised of Federal Department and Agency heads in the state of Georgia) and oversaw the development of the FEB’s first 5-year Strategic Plan.
• Directed various FEB programs such as the Combined Federal Campaign, Savings Bond Campaign and the Community Activities Board.
• Conceived and directed implementation of the, “FEMA/BellSouth Project Impact Executive Summit” held in March 2000 at the Carter Center in Atlanta, bringing together senior officers of 150 corporations and senior government officers (Governors and Presidential Cabinet Officers) to formulate policy furthering creation of Disaster-Resistant Communities throughout America.

Emergency Management/Disaster Response and Recovery
• Directed Federal Government response and recovery efforts for 54 Presidential disaster declarations
• Authorized Federal fire-suppression grants for over 30 wildfire response efforts in the Southeastern United States.
• Directed distribution of over $1 billion from the Congressional Disaster Relief Fund to disaster victims.
• Oversaw disaster operations ranging in scale from small (less than $20 million in assistance and fewer than 100 people involved in recovery operations) to massive (over $1 billion in assistance and over 1,000 people involved in response and recovery operations).
• Directed implementation of the United States’ largest disaster recovery - housing buyout and relocation program after Hurricane Floyd in eastern North Carolina, involving purchase of over 1,100 homes in flood prone areas and relocation of occupants to safer homes outside known floodplains; Federal dollars spent in this program exceeded $400 million.
• Directed hazardous materials programs for the Southeastern U.S., including oversight of the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) and the Radiological Emergency Program (REP), both involving multimillion-dollar budgets and considerable Congressional oversight.
• Created and directed implementation of the first Evacuation Liaison Team (ELT), a multi-agency group designed to facilitate large-scale evacuation operations; ELT created in response to lessons learned overseeing the largest peacetime evacuation in U.S. history before Hurricane Floyd in September 1999 (approximately two and a half million people evacuated from Southeastern Atlantic coastal communities).

Strategic/Tactical Planning
• Conceived and directed nation's first "Tornado Preparedness Summit"; Summit held in April 1998 as a result of over 100 deaths and massive devastation occurring from tornado disasters in the Southeast region during the first 3 1/2 months of 1998.
• Created theme for Summit (subsequently adopted as theme for multiple national conferences) of, "A Safe Place To Go With Time To Get There"; focus on areas of tornado detection, warning systems and sheltering options; over 200 participants from 40 different Federal and state agencies, with output forming basis for national tornado preparedness policy.
• Directed over $100,000 toward funding of Texas Tech/FEMA publication entitled, "Taking Shelter from the Storm" providing documentation on construction of tornado-proof "safe rooms".
• Developed major initiative for BellSouth Corp. entitled the "Umbrella Protection Plan", which brought together elements of network redundancy and survivability with key product and service offerings in the field of disaster preparedness and business continuity, for market offering throughout the Southeast.
• Directed the creation and marketing of BellSouth Advanced Intelligent Network (AIN) products to provide robust and integrated business continuity offering to businesses throughout the Southeast.
• Directed the revision/restructuring of the Hurricane Liaison Team (HLT), a multi-agency group designed to coordinate information and preparedness activities at the local, state and Federal levels during hurricane threats to the U.S.; the HLT has been recognized by the Office of the White House as one of the most successful Federal initiatives of the past four years.

Educational and Professional Associations:

Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences, minors in Physics and Mathematics from Brown University, 1975
Juris Doctor, concentration in International Law from University of Georgia School of Law, 1979 
• Admitted to practice before Georgia State Courts, Court of Appeals and Georgia Supreme Court, as well as Federal District Courts in 1979.
• State Bar of Georgia membership and license to practice law is current.