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CRAIG O. THOMPSON
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BUSINESS CONTINUITY PLANNING / COOP / FPC-65 TRAINING
-- PANDEMIC FLU PLANNING COMPONENTS
-- DISASTER RECOVERY PLANNING (BCP/DRP) CONSULTANT
-- BUSINESS VENTURE & SUCCESSION PLAN COMPONENTS

-- KEYNOTE SPEAKER / WORKSHOP LEADER & TRAINER
-- COUNTER-TERRORISM  EXPERT / AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR


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CERTIFIED, PROFESSIONAL SECURITY TRAINING
-- CERTIFIED
LIFE-SAFETY TRAINING
-- BUSINESS EXECUTIVE & DIGNITARY PERSONAL PROTECTION TRAINER
-- CELEBRITY PERSONAL PROTECTION TRAINER



"How many memorial chairs must we place in our town squares before America wakes up and realizes that the Empire has no clothes..."

Craig O. Thompson, "The Terrorist Cell Game" Keynote
C-SPAN Broadcast, Washington DC, August 11th, 2001


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CRAIG O. THOMPSON'S BIOGRAPHY

by
J. Caniglia

Business continuity consultant, terrorism expert, speaker, educator, award-winning author, and communications director for the International Association for Counterterrorism & Security Professionals, Craig O. Thompson, has led an exciting, eclectic life.  Born in California, where he spent most of his formative years, college and a life-changing experience in Sri Lanka--as the first 18 year-old to serve overseas in the U.S. Peace Corps--was all it took for him to decide that an ordinary life would not do.

In his early years, Craig was honored with a special invitation to Washington, D.C.--by Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey--where he was able to speak before the very first gathering of returned Peace Corps volunteers. Several years later, he received a letter of commendation from the Carnegie Hero Foundation for "courage in the rescue of accident victims," after helping to pull a family from a burning car just before it exploded.

Craig is a business continuity / disaster recovery planning and counter-terrorism consultant for SMBs and venture-capital groups; a media talk-show guest expert; and, an award-winning author. He also delivers keynote speeches and workshops for national and international businesses, public, government and trade organizations.

For nearly twenty years, Craig O. Thompson has researched and studied "CBRNE" (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives) warfare and the effects of terrorism perpetrated on democratic soils.  Says Thompson, "I originally set out to write a suspense-thriller. What I discovered, years before the Attack on America, at once alarmed and startled me. My research directed me to the lack of protection for our loved-ones and for the poor lack of preparation and security to protect our nation and commerce."

It was at that point Craig began to publicly speak out in business forums and to the media...hoping, in the race against time, that Americans would begin to understand the enormity of the looming threat. Click here for examples of major media coverage of his predictions, prior to 9/11.

Thompson says, "We are still woefully unprepared for a terrorist attack or for a series of natural or biological disasters that could take our country to its knees.  On a scale of one to ten, since 9/11, our preparedness level has only shifted from a two to a three."

He continued, "When we hear government spokespersons or members of Congress pat themselves on the back for having protected America from terrorists, since 9/11, just remember how long it was between the initial 2003 attack on the World Trade Center and the attack eight years later.  Terrorists have all the time in the world to plan and wait. In the terrorist's al Qaeda handbook (on CDs circulated throughout the world), the key word--mentioned over and over again--is 'patience'."

All the more reason for businesses to build a Business Continuity and Disaster Contigency Plan (BCP) into their company strategies and policy manuals.  And it is just as important to business start-ups that are looking for venture capital, since financial institutions and funding groups want to know how new ventures are prepared to protect their investments during these risky times.

Thompson is a board member and communications director for the International Association for Counterterrorism and Security Professionals (IACSP), a member of the Institute for Business & Home Safety, the International Association of Contingency Planners, and is affiliated with the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), Project Vote-Smart, and supports programs associated with Business Executives for National Security (BENS).

A graduate of Northern Arizona University, Craig holds a B.S. and M.A. in Education, with a minor in Political Science from the N.A.U. Center for Excellence in Education. He also holds a college lifetime teaching credential in Theatre Arts and Related Technologies.

Mr. Thompson taught 3rd, 4th, 6th and 8th grades on the Navajo Reservation, followed by over twenty-five years work in marketing and arts management. While an instructor on the Navajo Reservation, he co-directed the Navajo-Hawaii Cultural Exchange--an educational program, created with his friend Ed McGrath--both of whom were honored in Congress with recognition twice in the "U.S. Congressional Record."

Craig worked for Lucille Ball, as Desilu-Paramount Television post-production office manager during the days of the original Star Trek, Mission: Impossible, Mannix, and The Lucy Show. He was also the producer-artistic director for the Lucille Ball Studio Theater on the former Desilu Studios lot.

Thompson has been writing for over twenty-five years. He first started with poetry and lyrical pieces--encouraged by the late Poet Laureate and Pulitzer prize-winning Poet, Gwendolyn Brooks, and by renowned composer-pianist, Roger Williams. Further personal encouragement came from comedienne, Lucille Ball.

Experience writing copy for regional and national advertising, marketing and public relations campaigns--for public and private-sector businesses--rounded out an ability to research and express ideas. As a member of the National Speakers Association and International Platform Association, Mr. Thompson was published in an anthology titled "Star Spangled Speakers." Following on the heals of these experiences, he moved on to larger literary pursuits.

As a professional speaker, educator and author, Craig O. Thompson is a former board member of Washington Independent Writers association, and a member of numerous organizations affiliated with the book publishing industry.

His debut award-winning fiction, Omar: A Novel, is actually his second book. The first, a science-fiction fantasy thriller, was put on hold when the idea developed for his suspense/thriller, Omar. Now, Thompson is re-exploring the inner-workings of the science fiction plot and gathering research and other important character development and plot requirements for at least two more novels in treatment stage, or at some other level of progress.

He is also working on two screenplays. Two non-fiction books called, "The Terrorist Cell Game"--are due out in the spring of 2008, and "How to Master the 8 Principles of a BCP" (© 2003 - 2008).

Thompson divides his time between consulting, researching, writing and spending time with his family. His ultimate goal--when not writing--includes establishment of the St. Jude Foundation of Hope, funded through a portion of revenue from writings, keynotes, and workshops.

His book, OMAR: A Novel, received the International Benjamin Franklin Awards� Silver Award in the category BEST NEW VOICE--FICTION. The awards were presented in New York, by the Publisher's Marketing Association prior to BookExpo America--the world's largest publishing trade show. Twenty-five thousand participants attended BookExpo.

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Omar: A Novel, by Craig O. Thompson, is available through quality bookstores or direct from the publisher 24/7 by calling toll-free 1-800-BOOKLOG (1-800-266-5564), or by going to the publisher's website, www.Omar-Thriller.com. Omar sells for $24.95 for the First Edition Hardbound and $14.95 for Softbound (plus tax and shipping where applicable). Or write, Brightwater Publishing / StrataGem Press P.O. Box 503, Greenwood, IN 46142-0503.

OMAR --A Novel by Craig O. Thompson. First edition 5.5 X 8.5, 624 pgs.
ISBN: (Hardcover) #0-9675207-0-3 (Softcover) #0-9675207-1-1
(CD-Rom) #0-9675207-2-X; CIP/LCCN: #00-191553
$24.95 (Hardbound) $14.95 (Softbound)
Publication: August, 2001
($9.95 Electronic, May, 2003 and $14.95 Expanded CD: July, 2007)

For Craig's Availability Contact:
craigt--AT--BusinessContinuityBCP.com

 

Craig Thompson provides Keynotes and Workshops for:

  • Conferences
  • Trade Shows
  • Executive Retreats
  • Professional Groups
  • Corporate Gatherings
  • College & University Programs

Craig O. Thompson will help your professional staff or audience:

  • Develop a Business Continuity / Risk Reduction and Recovery Plan to
    mitigate exposure from any natural or man-made disaster (including
    terrorist attacks)

  • Safeguard mutual business investments in the community to ensure
    stability, and to reduce liability and disruption to normal operations

  • Gain a better understanding of the challenges businesses and individuals
    face with America's War on Terrorism

  • Understand how to practice neighborhood preparedness for families
    and loved-ones

  • Become advocates in the corporate community for business, neighborhood
    and family safety, and break out of the "It won't happen to us" syndrome

  • Manage time & maintain a motivated stance in this challenging decade

 

Click Here for a Partial List of Keynote & Workshop Topics

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Email: craigt--AT--BusinessContinuityBCP.com

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