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David Orser Executive Speakers Forum

Wednesday, November 28, 2012, from 4:10pm to 5:00pm
Strand Union Building, Procrastinator Theater

In recent years the scope and complexity of risks to organizations has grown dramatically. From terrorist events across the globe to infrastructure and natural disasters such as the 2003 Northeastern Blackout, Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and now Hurricane Sandy in 2012, these events raise questions all business and government leaders must address. How do I get the big picture in focus? What is relevant to my organization? How do I prioritize efforts? How do I get ready for the next big event?

Richard E. Broome will discuss "Managing Risk in the New Operating Reality" at 4:10 p.m. Wednesday, November 28, in the Procrastinator Theater on the Montana State University campus.

Broome will draw from his experiences as a successful business consultant in the public and private sector with over forty years of experience in the design, development and management of computer information systems. He has served on the National Security Council staff as a member of the White House crisis management team for two Presidents of the United States and had lead responsibility for the decision support systems in the White House Situation Room, which provided each President with the critical information required to respond to rapidly changing international events.

In his role as a successful business consultant with expertise in risk assessment and crisis management, Broome held positions at the National Association of Securities Dealers, parent firm of the NASDAQ stock market, Computer Sciences Corporation and Booz Allen Hamilton. He helped develop business recovery plans for a regional stock exchange that were successfully implemented and used immediately after September 11th and was later featured in the New York Times in an article on the subject of business continuity and disaster recovery planning.

More recently, he aided the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Critical Infrastructure Protection; developing a series of business war games for senior level executives from both government and financial sector organizations to meet and jointly examine the preparedness of the nation's financial services sector against the potential set of risks challenging this sector. These activities examined both the potential global business impacts as well as the recommended mitigation strategies should this event ever occur.

Prior to his business career Mr. Broome entered the U.S. Army as a Private in 1966, and retired as a Colonel in 1993. He has a B.S. degree in Psychology from Utah State University, an M.S. degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California, and an additional M.S. degree in Information Systems, with Academic Distinction, from the Naval Postgraduate School.

The David Orser Executive Speaker's Forum is named for David B. Orser, a 1966 MSU graduate who started funding the program in 1988 in order to inspire MSU business students to pursue careers as innovative, responsible and ethical business leaders. For more information about the forum, contact Audrey Lee at 406-994-7026 or

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