ON THIS WEEK'S SHOW:
On this edition of “Disaster Relief for America”, hosts Tim Karney and Tom Moran interview Dick Price, Chief Business Continuity Officer and Director Professional Services Operations (Ret.) at Verizon Corporate.
Dick Price recently completed a career of nearly 39 years at Verizon Corporate where he was the Chief Business Continuity Officer. Additionally, Mr. Price held the position of Director of Professional Services Operations (PSO) at the time of his departure.
Mr. Price’s role in business continuance and emergency management was to manage all activities related to business continuance planning and management of business impacting events world-wide in all areas of the corporation except for the wireless division. His team ensured that all business units and critical functions within the Verizon Corporate and Wireline organizations maintained more than 1000 strategic business continuance plans. For more than 12 years, Mr. Price was responsible for the tactical response and recovery efforts globally for MCI/Verizon for a multitude of disruptive business and disaster events using an All-Hazards approach. Mr. Price created the telecom industry’s first and most advanced hazardous materials team (MERIT) as well as Verizon’s first and only Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC) for acquiring and assessing situational awareness data from social media and other resources to help protect Verizon human and technical assets.
Mr. Price was also responsible for the Professional Services Operations group whose mission was to create technical solutions for external business partners largely in the Middle East. Examples include: Cellular design/build/operate solutions in Iraq in the wake of major war evolutions for two major the US Government organizations; comprehensive network reviews and solutions for existing telecommunications networks in Afghanistan and Libya; numerous proposals for implementing new communications solutions for cellular and triple play networks in Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Price was a regional vice president of operations where he led a 10-state operations organization comprised of more than 800 employees. This organization was responsible for all technical communications supporting local, long-distance, and data market segments. Mr. Price also had responsibility for local network engineering and implementation involving metro area fiber optic systems.
Other assignments for Mr. Price included: Vice President of National Network Operations Strategic Resources, Director of National and International Network Management; Director of Central Region Operations; Group Manager of Network Planning for switch and access networks in 19 states.
Mr. Price graduated from Purdue University with Associates and Bachelor of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering Technology. He currently serves on the Industrial Advisory Board for Purdue's College of Technology and in 2006, received the Distinguished Technology Alumnus Award from the President of Purdue University for his professional achievements and substantial contributions to Purdue’s College of Technology. While working at MCI, Mr. Price helped to pioneer the use of Statistical Process Control and Total Quality Management in operations, and was a recipient of the company's first “Excellence In Service” award.
Mr. Price is also heavily involved in his local community where he previously served as the Mayor Pro-Tem and a member of his local town council for over 4 years. Mr. Price just completed a 12 year term as chief of Fairview’s progressive combination fire department which represented a portion of his 34+ years in emergency services. Mr. Price has received recognition as: Firefighter of the Year, Citizen of the Year and Fairview’s first “Spirit of Fairview” award recipient. Mr. Price holds the status of Certified Business Continuity Professional from the Disaster Recovery Institute International organization, numerous emergency services certifications and serves as Chair of the Advisory Board of the Collin (County, TX) College fire science program. Mr. Price also holds the rank of Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of America.