The Business Network of Emergency Resources, Inc (BNET) organized in 1999 has been governed since its inception by a volunteer board of directors. The board is comprised of business leaders from a variety of areas and industries. Each member brings his or her professional expertise to formulate and guide organizational strategy and policy. All of BNET's directors have experience in either business continuity, disaster recovery or risk management. In addition to the Board of Directors, BNET maintains a non-voting senior advisory board comprised of senior public officials whose role is to provide advice and guidance in respect to both the strategic and operational aspects of the various municipal partnerships.
BNET's day to-day business is managed by an Executive Director who oversees operations, program development and customer relations.
Directors and Officers
Jeffrey Shaw has been a BNET Board Member for nearly 15 years and 's President since 2010. He is an Administrative Vice President of M&T Bank in Operational Risk Management and has over 25-years of experience in business continuity management in the financial industry. Mr. Shaw has also served in voluntary role in the former FEMA Project Impact program with the City of Buffalo and served in the past on the Erie County, NY Disaster Preparedness Advisory Board. Mr. Shaw is a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP).
Jane Cordts has a 40 year professional career in banking and financial services, holding various senior management positions during that time and most recently retired Senior Vice President and Senior Director of Government Banking and Finance with First Niagara Bank. As one of the original founders in the formation of BNet in 1999, Jane previously served in a private sector role with NYSEMO directors in a multi-year task force known as the Joint Loss Reduction Partnership (JLRP). The examination and study of critical infrastructure businesses and their emergency management needs throughout the primary regions in NYS led to the private-public sector partnership development of the CEAS program. A Certified Treasury Professional for many years, Jane brings both financial expertise as well as risk management to BNET where she has held a seat on the Board of Directors as well as various governance positions since its inception.
John DiNuzzo - Director
John DiNuzzo is the Crisis Management Leader for Synchrony Financial. He represents Synchrony on the Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council and also co-chairs the Connecticut Regional Private Sector Emergency Support Function. Previously, John held positions in both the public and private sector including senior business continuity and crisis management positions at Freddie Mac and Bank of America as well as Hazard Mitigation Chief for the New York State Emergency Management Office. In 1997 John spearheaded the public-private, Joint Loss Reduction Partnership (JLRP), which would lead to the founding of BNET in 1999. John joined the BNET board in 2002.
Matthew Deane - Director
Matt Deane is the Senior Manager of Security Systems and Business Continuity for the New York Yankees. Matt is responsible for several key aspects of the Yankee Stadium security and business continuity programs, including access control, video surveillance, credentialing, command center operations, emergency preparedness and emergency communications. Prior to joining the Yankees, Matt served as the Director of Homeland Security Standards at the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) where he launched and managed the ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel (HSSP), a private-public sector partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that accelerates development and adoption of consensus standards critical to homeland security. Matt holds the CPP certification from ASIS International, CBCP certification from DRI International, and co-led the effort for the New York Yankees security program to receive DHS SAFETY Act certification in 2012. Matt joined the BNET Board in 2014.
Peter Picarillo - Executive Director
Peter has been the Executive Director for the Business Network of Emergency Resources since 2004. He is the former Director and founder of the Public-Private Initiatives group for the New York City Office of Emergency Management (NYCEM) and a retired New York City Police Sergeant. Peter has over 20 years of hands-on disaster response and planning experience. While at NYCEM, he pioneered programs that bridged the gap between the public and private sectors in areas related to crisis management and business continuity. He is responsible for several highly successful initiatives in information sharing and operational participation between the public and private sectors.
Joseph Aiello - Director of Program Development
Joe has been Program Director for the Business Network of Emergency Resources since 2008. He is a former City Manager for the City of Fulton,NY and retired Police Lieutenant for the City Police Department. He has gained extensive private sector business experience as a small business entrepreneur along with 25 years of law enforcement, government and emergency management planning experience. Throughout his career Joe has specialized in identifying opportunities for partnerships within and between governments, various agencies and private businesses with a focus on addressing the whole community's needs.