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Jeffrey M. Dato, MBCP


303 Peachtree Street
Suite 2000
Atlanta, GA 30308
Tel: (404) 222-7378
E-mail: jdato@kpmg.com

• Author
• Consultant
• Speaker

All aspects of enterprise risk including Business Continuity, Crisis Management, Enterprise Resiliency, and High Availability.

Relevant Experience
Jeff is an Atlanta-based Senior Manager in KPMG's Risk Advisory Services (RAS) practice. He is the Business Continuity Management Champion for the Southeast Region, which includes the Caribbean. Jeff brings over fifteen years experience, split evenly between industry and consulting, in developing and evaluating many aspects of enterprise risk management, including Business Continuity, Crisis Management, Disaster Recovery, E-Business Resilience, Data Management and Vital Records Management. He has supported clients in the Banking/Brokerage, Collections, Energy, Forestry, Gaming, Healthcare, Information Services, Insurance, Manufacturing, Professional Services, Publishing, Real Estate, Retail, Telecommunications and Transportation industries, as well as local, state, federal and international government agencies.

Representative Accomplishments

  • Conducted Business Impact Analyses and Risk Assessments for clients in the Collections, Energy, Financial Services, Gaming, Government, Insurance, Pharmaceutical, Professional Services and Real Estate industries;
  • Aided clients in the Collections, Energy, Financial Services, Forestry, Gaming, Government, Insurance, Professional Service, Real Estate and Transportation industries with Recovery Strategy design and selection, including comparison of internal, external, and combined alternatives, design of said chosen capabilities, and derivation of the cost benefit of implementing the chosen solution;
  • Developed Business Continuity, Crisis Management, and Disaster Recovery plans for clients in the Collections, Energy, Financial Services, Government, Healthcare, Insurance, Manufacturing, Pharmaceutical, Professional Services and Publishing industries. Engagements included plan template and resource documentation development, activation procedural development, individual and group interviews, data verification, and receipt of management approval for said plans, which were both process and technical (mainframe, distributed systems, and network) in nature.
  • Assisted clients in the Energy, Financial Services, Government, Healthcare, Manufacturing and Publishing industries exercise their programs, including desktop walkthroughs, system/network recovery tests, and mock-simulated walkthroughs.
  • Reviewed and designed high availability solutions, including data storage management, for operationally resilient business processes in the Energy, Financial Services, Gaming, Government and Healthcare industries.
  • Provided education for U.S.- and internationally-based clients on various topics including Business Continuity, Contingency Planning software, Crisis Management, Disaster Recovery, Organizational Policies/Procedures/Processes, Program Governance, Third-Party Vendors, and Vital Records; and
  • Audited Business Continuity, Crisis Management, and Disaster Recovery plans, internal policies and procedures, and Vital Records programs for the Energy, Financial Services, Healthcare, Pharmaceutical, Real Estate and Retail industries, providing an independent viewpoint on plan, policy and process improvements.

Professional Certifications, Publications and Industry Involvement
Disaster Recovery Institute, International - St. Louis, Missouri
Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP), 1996
Master Business Continuity Professional (MBCP), 1997

College of William and Mary in Virginia - Williamsburg, Virginia
Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA), 1988
Major: Accounting / Finance
Concentrations: Computer Science and Spanish

End User Computing News, "Business Continuity 101", 1995
Disaster Recovery Journal, "Post-Merger Business Continuity Program Consolidation", 2000
Knowledge@Emory, "Enterprise Resiliency", 2002
Knowledge@Emory, "Human Fleshware Factor", 2002
Disaster Recovery Journal, "Where Does Business Continuity Fit Within Your Organization," 2002
Continuity Insights, "Sarbanes-Oxley - Is This Our Hammer," 2003

Industry Involvement
Disaster Recovery Journal - Editorial Advisory Board
• Chairman 2002 - present
• Chairman, Bylaws Committee 2002 - present
• Vice Chairman 1999 - 2002
• Chairman, Design Committee 1999 - 2002
• Board Member 1997 - present

Disaster Recovery Journal - Executive Council
• Charter Appointee 2003 - present

Disaster Recovery Institute - Certification Commission
• Adjunct Member, MBCP Subcommittee 2002 - present

College of William and Mary - BBA Alumni Advisory Board
• Member, Curriculum & PR Committees 2002 - present
• Board Member 2002 - present

Southeast Continuity Planners Association (SCPA)
• Chairman, Executive Committee 2001 - 2002
• Member, Executive Committee 2000 - 2002
• Co-founder and Charter Member 2000 - present

University of Richmond - School of Continuing Studies
• Member, Certification Board (CRP) 2000 - 2001

Public/Private Businesses, Incorporated
• Advisory Board Member 2000 - 2002
• Board Member 1998 - 2000
• Chairman, Marketing/Public Relations 1998 - 2000

Business Recovery Association of Virginia (BRAV)
• Member, Executive Committee 1996 - 1999
• Co-founder and Charter Member 1996 - present

Virginia Emergency Management Association (VEMA)
• Member, Certification Board 1997 - 1999

Chesterfield County (VA) Emergency Planning Commission
• Board-appointed Member 1997 - 1999

Metro Richmond Emergency Planning Group (MREPG)
• Charter Member 1996 - 1999

Mid-Atlantic Disaster Recovery Association (MADRA)
• Charter Member 1988 - 1999

Frequent Speaker/Presenter

  • American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS)
  • American Records Management Association (ARMA)
  • Association of Contingency Planners (ACP)
  • Association of Information and Image Management (AIIM)
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) - 2003 National Internal Audit and Anti-Fraud Conference
  • Business Recovery Association of Virginia (BRAV) (1997, 1998)
  • Chemical Processors Directors Group (CPDG)
  • Centennial/Hewlett Packard Industry Forum - San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • College of William and Mary - School of Business
  • Continuity Insights Management Conference
  • Disaster Recovery Journal World Conference (2001, 2003)
  • FEMA National Hurricane Conference
  • KPMG Executive Education Series - "Business Continuity Management 2002 and Beyond"
  • Risk & Insurance Management Society (RIMS) - Atlanta & Old Dominion Chapters
  • South Florida Hurricane Conference
  • Southeast Regional Banking Peer EDP Audit Group
  • Southeast Continuity Planners Association (SCPA) (2000, 2002, 2003)
  • University of Georgia - Society of Information Management Systems
  • Virginia Emergency Management Association (VEMA)

Mr. Dato received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Accounting from the College of William and Mary and was a charter recipient of the Master Business Continuity Professional (MBCP) certification from the Disaster Recovery Institute. Prior to joining KPMG, Mr. Dato worked for two super-regional banks, where he developed and implemented their Business Continuity, Crisis Management, and Disaster Recovery programs and expanded their Records Management processes. Mr. Dato has also been employed by a former global hotsite provider and two other "Big 4" accounting firms, where he was responsible for Business Continuity, Crisis Management and Disaster Recovery consulting delivery and practice development on a regional basis.