In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, The Bridge television show (a Novume company Media business), examined the gaps that exist in planning for any crisis, and the effectiveness of executing the response.

Show host Jim McCarthy drills down on this and other lessons learned regarding emergency planning and insurance issues with Hart Brown, Executive Vice President and COO of Firestorm (also a Novume company), and Charles M. Vieau, Hub International Insurance Services, and Area President, Houston.

Hart S. Brown, CORP, CBCP, CEH, CLCS, LPQ, serves as the Executive Vice President and COO of Firestorm, bringing to the executive team nearly 20 years’ experience in security, crisis management, emergency management and business continuity. As COO, Hart leads the development, acquisition and growth of key practices and people. Additionally, he manages the acquisition and integration strategy and directs the planning and budgeting process for all our Firestorm companies and acquisitions.

Known for his ability to grow organizations from inception to international recognition, Hart possesses expertise in building customer and shareholder value through assembling world-class teams. As a forward-thinking and highly knowledgeable leader in crisis management, cyber risk and insurance he has provided specialty services throughout 50 countries in both the public and private sectors. He is adept in business development, sales and creating new client relationships to support complex risks in an entrepreneurial manner.

Hart is an industry thought leader who also serves as a media contributor, conference presenter and author on issues related to crisis management, reputational risks, cyber risk, insurance and security. As a former program director for the U.S. Department of State, Brown received an Award of Appreciation from President George W. Bush. He is a widely published security expert, certified Organizational Resilience Professional (CORP) Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), among others.


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