Skip Smith, BS, MS, ARM is the president of Innovative Risk Solutions, LLC, a consulting company specializing in developing cutting-edge Risk Management programs around safety, Environmental Sustainability, Crisis Management, Business Continuity, and Disaster Recovery. Before starting his business, he served as the Vice President of Safety, Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery at Scripps Networks/Discovery Channel, where he led the global functions for Operational Risk. Skip has worked for a number of fortune 500 companies in various leadership risk management roles, such as Coca-Cola, USA, Novelis, Popeyes, Service Master, and Hooters Sports Distribution.
One of the core skills required for a business continuity and disaster recovery professional is the ability to conduct comprehensive business impact analyses (BIAs). This involves a meticulous review of critical business functions and operations that analyzes dependencies across vendors, facilities, personnel and technology infrastructure.