Posted by: Dan Stoneking, Director, Private Sector
As many of you may know, over a year ago FEMA implemented a private sector representative program to support Emergency Support Function-15 in the National Response Coordination Center (NRCC). Since its inception, the program has improved the way the agency works with many private sector partners across the field of emergency management. We have had much success with private sector representatives from larger companies, such as Target, Big Lots, Brookfield Properties, and Verizon in this unique role; all bringing great expertise and knowledge.
This week, we are taking another great step forward by welcoming Hollis Stambaugh from System Planning Corporation as our first-ever small business representative within our private sector program. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small firms represent over 99 percent of all employer firms and employ half of all private sector employees in the United States. It was only right to bring in a small business representative into our program – to further expand on our ability to partner with private sector organizations larger and small.
Hollis and her company were nominated to serve in this position by our partners at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. System Planning Corporation is an Arlington, Virginia based high-technology and systems engineering company that employs more than 300 employees.
Through its TriData division, the company supports government and private sector emergency management and security through technical assistance and system solutions.. When asked about her readiness for the position, Hollis said, “I look forward to bringing my experience from Systems Planning Corporation as the Director of the Center for Public Protection to FEMA. Having studied and reported on dozens of disasters over the last 15 years, I know how critical business is to response and recovery”.
We hope that Hollis’s experience as a small business private sector representative here at FEMA is the first of many to come in 2012. Like much of our work at FEMA, this position will continue to be successful if we work together as a team, leveraging the resources of our many private sector partners and bringing more to the table. Let’s make it work and do amazing things!
If you or someone you know is interested in being a candidate, please click here. Our private sector team is available 24/7 and ready to work with you. And please continue to share your stories and ideas about how we can continue working with the private sector to better serve our nation and communities.