2012 Best Practices Award PDF Print E-mail
PPBI Best Practices Award
April 18, 2012

Every year, Private & Public Business, Inc. (PPBI) honors an individual by presenting the PPBI Best Practices Award. The award recognizes those individuals that exemplify superior leadership in furthering the understanding and development of the relation between the public and private sectors in communicating, planning, and developing processes and practices for emergency management and response to critical incidents.

This year’s recipient is Anthony Mangeri, CEM, assistant professor, manager of fire and emergency services initiatives, American Public University System.

Professor Mangeri is a leader in university outreach efforts to extend higher education opportunities to members of the military, business continuity, and emergency management fields. His encouragement as a professor has been demonstrated by his presence at conferences, meetings, and exhibitions across the nation. He has tirelessly supported students, the Epsilon Pi Phi Honor Society, the International Association of Emergency Managers and the International Association of Fire Chiefs, ASIS International and members of all branches of U.S. Armed Forces. His foresight in bringing the AMU message to DRJ is on the cutting edge of bridging the gap between business continuity and emergency management through higher education and service to others.

PPBI recognized Professor Mangeri for his tireless efforts in supporting the education, excellence and best practices as demonstrated by:

Professor Mangeri is on the faculty of the School of Public Service and Health. He has more than 25 years of experience in crisis management and public safety services at federal, state and local levels. He offers extensive experience in crisis management to include, disaster response and recovery operations, hazard and threat reduction and emergency planning.

In addition to teaching at APUS, Professor Mangeri is also a practitioner providing technical expertise and consultation services to public and private sector clients with an emphasis on local, state and federal homeland security matters, emergency services, disaster recovery operations, and governmental affairs.

He has been a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician for more than 25 years. He earned the rank of Assistant Chief-Safety Officer, serving as the fire department’s health and safety officer for three years. He remains active as a volunteer firefighter and instructor.

For more than 10 years, Professor Mangeri served as New Jersey’s hazard mitigation officer. He administered the state’s Hazard Mitigation Grant, Flood Mitigation Assistance and the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Programs. During the attacks of September 11, 2001, he served as the Operations Chief at the New Jersey Emergency Operations Center coordinating New Jersey’s response to the attacks on the World Trade Center.

Professor Mangeri earned a Master of Public Administration from Rutgers’s University and is a Certified Public Manager. He is also a certified fire service instructor, Hazardous Materials Technician and completed a Fellowship in Public Health Leadership in Emergency Response sponsored by the Center for Public Health Preparedness at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Recently, Professor Mangeri was awarded the designation of Certified Emergency Manager by the International Association of Emergency Managers.

Professor Mangeri’s selection was unanimous by the PPBI Board of Directors based upon his outstanding contributions to the field. Professor Mangeri was awarded this honor with a presentation of a plaque at the Disaster Recovery Journal’s Spring World Conference in Orlando on March 27, 2012, by PPBI Chairman Deidrich Towne, Jr. and Dr. Tom Phelan.

In his acceptance, Professor Mangeri said, “I am flattered and humbled. Ever since I was the state hazard mitigation officer, I have always been a strong advocate for public private partnerships. It is the only way that a community can be truly resilient and sustainable in the face of crisis. My faith and family have given me a sense of community. I simply am grateful to have an employer and position that allows me to serve and partner with so many organizations to build awareness of the university and offer support to their missions.”

Kevin Schaller, of Resiliency Partners, LLC, is a security, business continuity, and crisis management consultant and presenter at DRJ conferences. He is a 2010 Masters graduate of the American Public University School of Emergency & Disaster Management.

PPBI-A Spring World Sponsor PDF Print E-mail

PPBI is proud to be a sponsor of the DRJ Spring World 2012 Conference, held in the Disney Coronado Springs Resort, March 25-28.  As a non-profit, we particularly value our special relationship with DRJ and their contribution to the business continuity, disaster recovery, emergency management, and COOP professional practices.

Here is a short video that highlights some of the Spring World activities and features. 

15th Edition of Disaster Resource GUIDE PDF Print E-mail

The 15th Edition of Disaster Resource GUIDE is complimentary to BC/EM/ERM industry professionals.  Disaster Resource GUIDE

It is a great compilation of resourses to help with your planning and execution of your readiness plans.

To sign up for your copy, Click Here

PPBI encourages professionals to share resources.  If you have other information available to share, including ideas on improving public-private cooperation, just jot them into an e-mail and send them to us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we'll help spread the word.

Business Continuity and the Data Breach PDF Print E-mail


A Data Breach is a Business Continuity Crisis. 

A data breach is particularly interesting to PPBI as it involves your own internal organization and public organizations such as local police or the FBI who take charge of the investigation.

We recommend using the same principles of ICS that you use in your business continuity program to handle security incidents, thereby ensuring you manage all the critical functional areas that require attention in a crisis.

Ken Schroeder, a PPBI board member, was interviewed recently by Tracy Kitten, editor of BankInfoSecurity.com and CUInfosecurity.com covering the relationship between a data breach and why melding the response to that incident into the business continuity/emergency management plan by using ICS to govern the effort.

A recap of the interview appeared on both web sites.  To view the article and hear a podcast of that interview, click here.

PPBI-DRJ Video PDF Print E-mail

Deidrich Towne, Chairman of PPBI, is featured in a DRJ video where he discusses the benefits of the conference, and why it is important to us at PBI.


For more information or if you would like to contribute and share with other PPBI active and potential members, just contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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