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DRI International Announces 2017 Awards of Excellence Winners

March 1, 2017 Leave a comment dridrive


DRI Award 2014NEW YORK – March 1 — DRI International (‘DRI’), the world’s leading business continuity and disaster recovery training organization, is pleased to recognize the preeminent organizations and individuals listed below for achieving a certain level of excellence in the business continuity, disaster recovery, and crisis management fields.

“We are proud to congratulate the winners of DRI International’s 2017 Awards of Excellence, chosen for their exceptional contributions to advancing the business continuity profession,” said Al Berman, DRI president. “Their leadership and accomplishments are not only a great service to the profession, but also to the communities and businesses that they serve. We also extend our congratulations and thanks to the finalists who continue to play important roles in building business continuity efforts.”

The 2017 Awards of Excellence were presented during the Gala Dinner at the DRI annual conference, DRI2017, on February 28, 2017 at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 2017 DRI Awards of Excellence winners and finalists are:

Program Leader of the Year (Private Sector)

Winner: Anthony Pizzitola – TOPS Surgical Specialty Hospital

Finalist: Almas A. Dhanani – Capgemini

Finalist: Carla Glass – Northrop Grumman


Program Leader of the Year (Public Sector)

Winner: Mudasar Nawaz – City of Toronto

Finalist: Dr. Shahram-Dehbozorgi – Iranian Ministry of Petroleum, Health Organization

Finalist: Mary Jo Chafin – California Department of Technology


Program Leader of the Year (Non-Profit Sector)

Winner: Brian Whitlow – San Francisco Community Agencies Responding to Disaster

Finalist: Dale Beech – AARP


Consultant of the Year

Winner: Edward B. “Ted” Brown – KETCHConsulting

Finalist: Joe Starzyk – IBM

Finalist: Christopher Rivera – Lootok, Ltd.


Newcomer of the Year

Winner: Purple Kumai – TELUS Communications, Inc.

Finalist: Sarah Swanson – Peterbilt Motors Company

Finalist: Tara Stroup – City of Port Coquitlam


Team of the Year

Winner: Colorado Springs Utilities

Finalist: DBS Bank, Ltd.

Finalist: McKesson


Response and Recovery of the Year

Winner: TELUS Communications

Finalist: Aon

Finalist: Exelon Corporation


Lifetime Achievement Award

Winner: Edward B. “Ted” Brown – KETCHConsulting

Finalist: Sally Cohn –, Inc.

Finalist: Nina White – Chemical Bank

Finalist: Jeffrey Yu – DRI China


Product/Service Provider of the Year

Winner: Sungard Availability Services

Finalist: Continuity Logic

Finalist: GlobalSUITE – Business Continuity

Finalist: PricewaterhouseCoopers

Finalist: Rave Mobile Safety

Finalist:, Inc.

Finalist: Regroup Mass Notification

Finalist: Send Word Now

Finalist: Strategic BCP’s ResilienceONE BCM Software

Finalist: VirtualPBX



About DRI International

DRI International LogoDisaster 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 over 15,000 certified professionals in more than 100 countries and conducts native-language training in more than 50 countries, offering courses from introductory to masters level. Providing a wide range of continuity-related credentials, DRI certifies both individuals and organizations.

DRI also serves continuity professionals through conferencing, outreach, and volunteerism. The annual DRI Conference brings together leading business continuity professionals from all sectors to share experiences and continue to learn from experts in the field. Through its Collegiate Conferences series, DRI partners with universities to introduce students and faculty to this rapidly-growing profession. The DRI Foundation supports recovery and rebuilding efforts worldwide and provides volunteer opportunities.

As a recognized expert resource, DRI acts in an advisory capacity to organizations and government institutions worldwide, helping to create professional standards and promote greater resilience. DRI is a member of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction’s (UNISDR) Private Sector ARISE Initiative on disaster risk reduction, an ANSI-accredited Standards Development Organization, an IRCA Approved Training Partner, and International Organization Liaison Observer to ISO/TC 292 for standardization in the field of security to enhance the safety and resilience of society.