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Bryan Strawser is Principal Consultant, Founder, and Chief Executive Officer for Bryghtpath LLC, a Shoreview, Minnesota based strategic advisory firm specializing in global risk, business continuity, crisis management, and crisis communications.
Bryan is a globally recognized strategist and thought leader who founded Bryghtpath LLC in 2014 after a 21 year career at Target Corporation where he built and led the retailer’s Global Crisis Management & Business Continuity Function. Under his leadership, Target received numerous awards from FEMA, the International Association of Emergency Managers, and the Business Continuity Institute.
At Bryghtpath, Bryan leads a team of globally recognized experts that offer strategic counsel on identifying, preparing for, and managing risk to the world’s leading brands, nonprofits, and public sector agencies.
A valued industry leader, Bryan previously served as a board member and Chair of the Private Sector Committee for the National Emergency Management Association (2011 – 2013) and as the Vice Chairman of the Retail Industry Leaders Association’s Disaster Recovery and Preparedness Committee.In these roles, Bryan worked closely with FEMA to develop the Private Sector Representative position in FEMA’s Office of the Private Sector and with leaders across state and federal government, including the US Department of Homeland Security and the White House, to build stronger connections between the public and private sectors.
Bryan holds multiple professional certifications in business continuity, emergency management, information security, project management, and physical security.
He is a member of the International Association of Professional Security Consultants, the Private Sector Committee of the National Emergency Management Association, and the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House, London).
Bryan holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. He is a graduate of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative Program at Harvard University’s JFK School of Government.
In addition to his role at Bryghtpath, Bryan is currently a Humphrey Policy Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design)
Crisis Management Planning / Response
Emergency Planning / Disaster Recovery
Loss Prevention / Shoplifting
Physical Security Surveys
Security Operations (personnel, policies, etc.)
Security Risk Assessments
Terrorism / Counter Terrorism
Threat and Crime Analysis
Travel / Meeting Security
Agriculture & Farm, Food Supply
Cultural Properties / Libraries
Educational Institutions / Schools
Financial (Banking, Insurance, Etc.)
Gaming / Casino
Healthcare / Pharmaceutical
Hospitality / Lodging / Resorts
Manufacturing / Industrial
Parking Garages / Lots
Restaurants / Bars / Nightclubs
Transportation (Supply Chain, etc.)
Travel / Meeting
Utilities (Communication, Water, Power, Oil, Gas)
Warehouse / Distribution / Cargo
Bryan is a well-known speaker with international experience on the topics of crisis management, business continuity, emergency management, public/private partnerships, and project management.
Prior Speaking Experience
A Program Management Approach for Business Continuity Management. Secure 360, Saint Paul, Minnesota USA, May 2015
Globalization: Becoming a Global Business Continuity Leader. Secure 360, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA, May 2015.
Generating business value through strong project management. Professional Education & Certification Board, Webinar, May 2015
CISSP Prep: An overview of the Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery domains. Private Client, Webinar, May 2015.
Building Organizational Resilience amidst Global Uncertainty. Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) Special Interest Group on Security Education & Awareness, Webinar, March 2015
Public Private Partnerships: Where to start?. Emergency Management Summit, Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 2013
21st Century Resiliency Challenges, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) – 2013 Symposium and Train-the-Trainer Workshop on Promoting SME Business Continuity Plans, Taipei, Taiwan, August 2013
Superstorm Sandy: Lessons Learned for Business & Community Resiliency, Secure 360, Saint Paul, Minnesota USA, May 2013
Superstorm Sandy: Lessons Learned for Business & Community Resiliency, Retail Industry Leaders Association – Assets Protection Conference, Orlando, Florida USA, May 2013 (Keynote w/ Jill Heath)
An Overview of Crisis Management & Business Continuity at Target, Wisconsin Governor’s Conference on Homeland Security & Emergency Management, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin USA, March 2013
Building a Private Sector Crisis Management & Business Continuity Program, Secure 360, Saint Paul, Minnesota USA, May 2012
Private Sector Partnerships w/ State Emergency Management, FEMA Business Emergency Operations Center Conference, Fayetteville, Arkansas USA, September 2011
An Overview of Crisis Management & Business Continuity at Target, Denver Infragard & Colorado Emergency Preparedness Program Joint Meeting, Denver, Colorado USA, September 2011
An Overview of Crisis Management & Business Continuity at Target, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation – Emergency Preparedness Working Group, Sendai, Japan, August 2011
An Overview of Crisis Management & Business Continuity at Target, Secure 360, Saint Paul, Minnesota USA, May 2011
An Overview of Crisis Management & Business Continuity at Target, Urban Area Security Initiative Major Cities Conference, Denver, Colorado USA, February 2011
"Rethinking Disaster Recovery: The Impact of Cloud Computing", Bryghtpath White Paper Series, 2016. Available for free at bryghtpath.com or at a low price in Kindle format at amazon.com.
"The Zika Threat: How to protect your employees & minimize disruption to your business", Bryghtpath White Paper Series, 2016
“When a drip becomes a flood: Lessons learned from Target Corporation’s first large-scale business disruption.” Journal of Business Continuity & Emergency Planning, Volume 8, Number Two, December 2014.
“Resilient communities need public-private partnerships to survive.” Asian Disaster Preparedness News, June 2014
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