November Dinner Meeting - Andrew Robinson - Disaster Recovery Efforts: PMO's Role

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Event Date
Start At : Wednesday, November 18, 2009 - 2:00pm
End At : Wednesday, November 18, 2009 - 4:30pm
Andrew Robinson and Ron TaylorRon Taylor, President of PMIWDC, and the November Dinner speaker, Andrew Robinson of ICF International.

The World's Largest Disaster Recovery Effort: The Role of the PMO


Andrew Robinson

Senior Vice President, Homeland Security and Civilian Programs ICF International

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November 18th, 2008

About the Program:

The World's Largest Disaster Recovery Effort: The Role of the PMO

On August 29th, 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck Southeast Louisiana as a category 4 storm and on September 24th, 2005, Hurricane Rita struck Southwest Louisiana as a Category 5 storm. The impact of these storms was enormous and unprecedented in US history; 780,000 Louisianans displaced, 123,000 homes and 82,000 rental homes suffered major or severe damage, 18,000 businesses destroyed and 25 billion in insured losses with 32 billion in estimated housing repair costs.

On December 10th, 2005 Governor Kathleen Blanco requested 12.13 billion in federal funds to help Louisiana homeowners rebuild/repair their severely damaged or destroyed homes. The Governor's Office along with the Louisiana Recovery Authority and the Office of Community Development designed The Road Home Program. In June of 2006, a prime contractor (ICF International) was selected and awarded the Road Home contract to implement and execute the Road Home Program. At the time of contract award, it had been almost one year since the hurricanes had struck and all stakeholder groups (citizens, media, special interest groups, industry and government) were anxious for the program to get started. The program set-up and implementation timelines could not have been more aggressive, the pace could not have been more frenetic.

It is commonly thought that the maximum time personnel should spend in a disaster response or recovery effort is six months, as the effort is too physically and psychologically challenging to work for longer periods of time. This presentation focuses on the role of program management and the program management office (PMO) in such an environment; its definition, its functions, its challenges and the lessons learned.

About the Speaker:

Andrew Robinson

Andrew RobinsonAndrew Robinson has over 25 years of experience in the strategic consulting, program management and solutions development.  Andy serves ICF as Senior Vice President – Homeland Security and Civilian Programs.  He is responsible for the management of over 50 programs and projects in Commercial and Civilian Sectors. He served as Executive Director of the Road Home Program Management Office. He was a speaker at the 07' PMI-World Congress and has appeared in magazines on the topic of Disaster Recovery and Program Management.

Andy also served for five years as Vice President and Region Manager of Gartner Group, a global IT advisory and strategic consulting firm where he worked hands-on with top executives of large enterprises to develop appropriate business strategies and solutions.  He managed all commercial clients from New Jersey to Florida and was responsible for many global relationships of major accounts. Additionally, Andy managed a senior executive team responsible for consulting services and revenues, client relations, and satisfaction.  Other responsibilities included media/event relations, business plan development for new service lines, and project management for internal business processes. 

Before Gartner, Andy worked for Xerox Corp. for 13 years where he advanced from Systems Analyst to Director of System Sales.  His team was responsible for $480 million in revenues and received the U.S. Senate Productivity and Quality Award (SPQA) for 1997.  Additionally, Andy developed and reengineered systems for Xerox and clients including NASA, Air Force, General Electric, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Northrup Grumman, and countless others in many industries.  While Andy was at Xerox, he founded the Central Florida Total Quality Management Conference and was Chairman of the Leadership Team for TQM. 

Andy began his career with MDS and designed telecom systems for financial services companies, state and local governments, and telecommunication companies.

Andy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Troy in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alabama/School of New College in Business Management. Andy has served on boards for several organizations and non-profit entities. He is a graduate of the IAC- Fellows Program and also served as Chair of the ACT/IAC Management of Change Conference - 06'.  He is currently on the IAC (Industry Advisory Council) Board and founder of the Business Alliance for Fairgrade.

Location and Cost


5:30 PM - PM Tools
6:00 PM - Cash Bar & Networking
7:00 PM - Dinner
8:00 PM - Guest Speaker
9:00 PM - Adjourn


Sheraton Premiere at
Tysons Corner
8661 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA

Corporate table for 10: $450
Chapter Members: $40
Non-members: $50
Walkins: $60


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