Speaker Spotlight

Cary Jasgur

Cary Jasgur has worked in the business continuity/disaster recovery industry for almost 30 years.

Like a lot of people, he naturally grew into the position. He started his career in finance and then transferred to IT. From there, he moved to resilience, which was always a part of his job. He made the decision in 2007 to pursue organizational resilience full-time.

Jasgur, who is determined, creative, and forward thinking, said simply knowing that the work he does in the profession makes a difference is important to him.

“It may not be today, but it will be sometime in the future that my work will make a difference,” he said. “One small action can have a larger rippling effect.”

He will present “Is Your Organization Resilient Enough?” during DRJ Spring 2021’s Breakout Track 2 on March 29 from 4:15-5 p.m.

According to Jasgur, there is not a BC/DR professional working today who has not heard the terms organizational and operational resilience and resilient organization. But what does it mean to be a resilient organization?

“There are many definitions and most of them are correct, at least for the BC/DR professionals reporting the information,” he said. “There is no one-size-fits-all recipe for becoming a resilient organization.”

There are some key activities which can aid any organization in achieving a resilient status. By setting up one’s organization as resilient ensures every aspect of business operations has been checked. It also means there is built-in continuance, recovery, or mitigation strategies to protect the business’s critical processes, applications, and services in the event of an unplanned disruption.

However, this is not the path for every organization. Through this session, Jasgur will share the five focus areas leading to a resilient organization which will allow the BC/DR professional to determine what areas apply to an organization and have the highest possible chance of being implemented.

“This interactive session will aid BC/DR professionals in transforming not only their organization into a resilient organization, but themselves into organizational resilience professionals,” said Jasgur.

He is consulting manager of organizational resilience at Mazars USA LLP.

Mazars, headquartered in New York, has offices in 11 other cities across the country. The company is an independent member firm of Mazars Group, an international audit, tax, and advisory organization with operations in more than 90 countries. With roots going back to 1921 in the U.S., Mazars has significant national presence in strategic geographies and provides seamless access to 24,000 professionals around the world.

“Our industry specialists deliver tailored services to a wide range of clients across sectors, including individuals, high-growth emerging companies, privately-owned businesses, and large enterprises,” said Jasgur.

Mazars works as a single integrated team, committed to helping clients and people succeed by respecting who they are and how they work, adapting the organization’s approach accordingly.

“We take pride in what we do and are committed to playing our part in building the economic foundations of a fair and prosperous world,” said Jasgur.

He said Mazars has always remained true to their founder’s values of deep ethical commitment, responsibility, and belief that technical excellence is the key to success.

“We approach every piece of work with integrity, independence, accountability, and a social conscience,” he said. “Our values are set out in our code of conduct. They guide us in everything we do: how we meet the needs of our clients, how we develop our people, and what role we play in our communities.”

Mazars’ values include integrity, responsibility, diversity and respect, technical excellence, independence, and stewardship.
“It is through our values that we have successfully grown our organization around the world, pursuing recruitment and mergers with people and firms that share the same values, vision, and objectives,” he said.
Jasgur has been with Mazars for seven years. His favorite thing about working in the BC/DR industry is the way the industry and practitioners have learned to evolve with the changing world.
“It is what makes us, and by extension our industry truly resilient,” he said.
Jasgur added that BC/DR is “not all about technology. It is technology, the business, leadership, and the entire organization that come together to make resilience truly work.”
He is a consulting manager and SME within the Mazars organizational resilience practice with nearly 30 years of experience with an FBCI, MBCP, and PMP.

Jasgur will present with longtime colleague Noah Seme who works for a government agency.

“This will truly be a treat as Noah does not often have time to leave his laboratory, but felt that with this being virtual this year, he would make the exception,” said Jasgur, “which will be a benefit for everyone attending because he knows more about organizational resilience and everything else than Alexia and Siri combined.”
Jasgur wants attendees to take away knowledge and understanding that they have the tools necessary, whether it is all of them or with the assistance of others to make a difference in their organizations and their communities.

This DRJ conference will be Jasgur’s fifth time to present. Every conference he has attended in the past has had moments which made it different than the previous ones.

“I feel that while there is a similar approach, each one is unique,” he said. “What makes a memorable conference is the experience that I receive from all of the interactions, including talking to others during breaks, lunch, networking events, and sessions.”

Jasgur said DRJ Fall 2020 taught him that resilience is “not something that we try to achieve in our organizations or ourselves; it is truly something that is.”

He said taking something as dynamic and engaging as DRJ conferences to a virtual platform shows just how resilient the industry is.

Jasgur has been a consultant for a little more than 14 years and has worked across industries including finance, travel, higher education, television, banking, pharmaceuticals, and the federal government.

He serves as the organizational resilience practice lead at Mazars, providing leadership and guidance to the entire team. He is also an active member of the DRJ Mentor Program.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in technical management and dual master’s degrees in organizational leadership and project management and leadership.

Jasgur is an active member of the Association of Contingency Planners, Mid-Atlantic Disaster Recovery Association, Business Continuity Institute, Disaster Recovery Institute International, International Consortium for Organizational Resilience, and the Project Management Institute.

When he isn’t working or traveling, Jasgur volunteers about 10 hours a week at an animal rescue foundation in the Washington, D.C. area. He currently serves as an adoption counselor to help facilitate the adoption process and team lead for the follow-up team to check in with new families following adoptions.

For the time being, Jasgur lives in Washington, D.C., although he is desperately trying to relocate to someplace warmer because of brutal winters. When time permits, he loves to explore the wine regions of the world, starting with his own backyard in Northern Virginia.

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