Protecting Yourself and Your Customers from a Cyber Attack With CohnReznick

When: Tuesday, August 10, 2021, 1:00 pm - 2:30pm

Where: Webinar

Cost: No Cost for Members

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Manufacturing companies have pivoted various aspects of their business to remain competitive, and in connection with this shift have exposed themselves and their customer base to significant risk. Join your peers on this roundtable moderated by one of CohnReznick's cybersecurity leaders as we discuss strategies for protecting your business' data assets, intellectual property and brand reputation from cybersecurity threats.

About the Speaker:

Thomas McDermott, CISA, CRISC, CGEIT

Director, CohnReznick Advisory Group

Thomas McDermott, CISA, CRISC, CGEIT, is a director in CohnReznick Advisory Group who specializes in information technology (IT), governance, risk, and compliance.  He brings over 15 years of experience in IT, SOX compliance, security, financial, internal control audits, and advisory services.  He provides specialized risk and advisory provisions to our clients in a variety of areas, including IT governance, IT security, data confidentiality and privacy, and compliance, as well as IT general and application controls.  


His experience covers a broad range of industries, including financial services, retail, manufacturing, biotechnology, entertainment, and technology.  Tom is also member of the Firm’s Retail and Consumer Products Industry Practice and provides Sarbanes-Oxley compliance and IT internal audit and advisory services to a number of the Firm’s retail clients. 


Tom’s internal audit and SOX experience spans the entire life cycle of the control assessment process and leverages the use of the COSO and COBIT frameworks.  His involvement includes the planning and management of engagements, the performance and use of risk assessments to develop the engagement approach, the design and implementation of policies and procedures, the development of process flows/narratives and risk-control matrices, and the identification and remediation of internal control weaknesses.

As a certified information systems auditor (CISA), he is adept in the areas of system development, change control management, information security, computer operations, and disaster recovery.  His experience in network, server, and application security; IT general controls; and application controls provides a wealth of knowledge in a multitude of applications, as well as numerous IT platforms and environments, such as mainframe and mid-range, Windows operating systems, Oracle, JDE and Dynamics systems, SQL, and DB2, among others.

Tom has also presented seminars on IT governance, business continuity planning, the use of security tools to analyze organizations’ network and system vulnerabilities, IT auditing, and the use of ACL and other Computer Assisted Auditing Techniques. 

Tom’s designations include certified information systems auditor (CISA), CRISC (Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control), and CGEIT (Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT).


·         Rutgers University: Bachelor of Science, Accounting

Professional Affiliations

·         ISACA (formerly the Information Systems Audit and Control Association) - New Jersey Chapter, Director

·         Institute of Internal Auditors


PFAS for Industry, What Businesses Need to Know

When: Wednesday, July, 14, 2021, 08:30am - 10:00am

Where: Zoom Webinar

Cost: Free for Members

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PFAS for Industry, What Businesses need to know:

By now you have heard about PFAS and upcoming regulations, some people say the sky is falling and some people are saying it is not a big issue. What is the truth?

It is certainly true that PFAS have been receiving a lot of attention from the media and regulators over the past few years. The regulation of the use of PFAS compounds is a priority of the Biden Harris Administration, in particular, EPA has announced that they intend to add several of the more prominent PFAS compounds to the RCRA and CERCLA lists as well as regulate PFAS discharges in waste water and air emissions. What are the facts about PFAS and what can industry reasonably expect from regulators.  The reality is that currently it appears that several industry segments will bear the brunt of the regulatory impacts while other industries will not be impacted at all.  The key to preparing for this potential onslaught of regulations is to understand your operations and potential risks.  In this webinar we will discuss the probable timetable, for the issuance of new rules and regulations as well as who is likely to be impacted. In short, we will attempt to answer the question, Should you be worried?


Mr. Wright serves as a Project Manager in the Environmental Practice in HRP’s Clifton Park, New York Office. Mr. Wright has over 16 years of experience in environmental consulting, and is a Licensed Professional Geologist in New York. His project management experience includes a variety of projects focused on EH&S compliance, including a wide variety of areas such as industrial hygiene sampling, ergonomic assessments, EH&S auditing, program development and implementation, permitting, training and compliance reporting. Additionally, Mr. Wright’s project management experience includes hazardous waste and petroleum impacted sites, as well as sites impacted or suspected to be impacted by the release of emerging contaminants, particularly PFAS and 1,4 dioxide. Specific projects have included detailed conceptual site modeling through site characterization, remedial investigation, feasibility studies, remedial designs, quality assurance and control, interim remedial measures, and vapor intrusion investigations.

In addition to project management responsibilities, Mr. Wright serves as a Technical Leader in HRP’s Environmental Practice for PFAS investigation and mitigation. Responsibilities as a technical leader include maintaining  a working knowledge of the latest technical and regulatory developments in PFAS sampling and mitigation, the development and implementation of an internal training program designed to ensure the accuracy and repeatability of field samples collected during PFAS investigations, development of sampling SOPs for PFAS sampling in various media, and the development and implementation of a field audit program to ensure SOPs are implemented by field staff.

HR Network: Creative Strategies to Attract and Hire Employees *In Person Meeting*

When: Thursday, July 29, 2021, 09:00am - 11:00am

Where: DCC @ FISHKILL461 Rt. 9 Fishkill, NY 12524 (845) 790-3600

Cost: Free for Members

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Attracting top talent is essential to the future of your organization. If you want to come out ahead of your competition, you need to hire the best talent in the market to help you get there. The problem is, 52 percent of people who apply to a job are underqualified, and 47 percent of companies report few or no qualified applicants for the positions they are trying to fill. 

In today’s competitive job market, top talent won’t be falling into your lap any time soon.

Join us for an intense and interactive discussion about candidate sourcing. How to think differently about attracting talent and how to use all the resources available. 

Studies show only 36 percent of the workforce is actively looking for a new opportunity at any given time, but an incredible 90 percent is willing to talk and learn more. 

In this session we will discuss short and long term strategies to reach both passive candidates and active candidates who may not even apply because they don't know about your company or open opportunities.

We will brainstorm and discuss how to build a network of potential candidates, attract candidates and rethink the way we hire.



Rebecca Mazin, Recruit Right

Location: *New Facility Tour Available*
Fishkill, NY 12524
(845) 790-3600

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HR Network Meeting Sponsored by:

Howard Hanna Rand Realty horizontal lightBG

• Affinity Real Estate Rewards Programs
• Corporate Gold Advantage Program
• Home Buying Assistance
• Home Selling Assistance
• Rental Assistance
• Temporary Living
• Area Tours and Orientation

The Rand Relocation Corporate Gold Advantage Program is a no-cost benefit program offering real estate-related rewards and services available through Howard Hanna | Rand Realty and its affiliated companies.

Our Member Corporate Partners can use the program to boost their corporate benefits package and to enhance recruiting and employee retention. Upon your company’s enrollment with Rand Relocation, your employees may be eligible to receive valuable cash rewards and/or rebates* on their home sale or purchase transactions.

The Corporate Gold Advantage Program provides professional guidance throughout the real estate process, access to an expansive network of knowledgeable, experienced real estate agents, mortgage, title and insurance professionals, and resources relating to buying, selling and owning real estate. Our goal is to help ensure a smooth real estate transaction, from contract to closing and beyond.

For more information about this new Council of Industry partner program please contact Johnnieanne Hansen, or 845-565-1355.


In Search of Operational Excellence

When: Wednesday, August 25, 2021, 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Where: Webinar/Zoom

Cost: No Cost for Members

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The Exhilarating Journey from Vision to Milestone

Running an organization can be likened to piloting a 747, many moving parts create distraction and tend to reduce efficiency if you fail to focus on the Key Metrics. In fact, there are really only six key components that a pilot fixates upon to keep the plane flying. The same is  true for any well-run organization. Learn the six critical business components for organizational success. Create your organizational dashboard for success.

As your organization grows, so too does the complexity. The complexity grows exponentially, however stressing the organizational infrastructure, challenging the current skills of your people and creating chaos as we attempt to stay ahead of the change.

·       Do you feel like the old processes, which served you so well for so many years, don’t work anymore?

·       Do you go home from work questioning whether you really moved the ball forward today?

·       Do you scratch your head, asking why no one in the organization is accountable?

·       Do you question why no one takes initiative?

·       Are you tired of dealing with the same issues every day without really making head way?


Join us to Learn:

·       What does an efficient organization look like?

·       Why well-formulated strategies still fail?

·       What is your OWN organization’s effectiveness?

·       Five vital instruments required to achieve your vision.

·       3 tactical takeaways to improve your company’s effectiveness

·       The baseline for a great 2021 plan and beyond  


Presenter's Bio:


Chief Growth Officer

Ignition Life Solutions

Don Hahn is Chief Growth Officer of Ignition Life Solutions. An experienced EOS Implementer™, executive coach and sales trainer. Don has worked with hundreds of businesses and thousands of professionals in creating change-ready organizations. Don delivers a blended learning experience including strategic planning and implementation, talent management, leadership workshops, and executive coaching — all of which serve as the foundation for top performing companies.

Don’s no-nonsense approach gets results. He does not teach theory, he teaches proven, real world applications that produce sustainable results. Don lives in Buffalo with his wife of 40 years, Debby. His outside interests are golfing, reading, writing and gardening.