Vincent Butch Wardlaw
Crisis and Disaster Preparedness
Butch Wardlaw is a professional communications consultant, trainer, and facilitator, as well as founder and president of the Wardlaw Group. Pursuing a life-long goal, Butch organized and focused the Wardlaw Group team on the collective mission of “helping others communicate and perform more effectively.” He is an expert in message strategies; media, risk, and crisis communications; and community involvement. Throughout his career, Butch has served in a wide variety of leadership roles, both public and private.
As a trainer, Butch has conducted more than 350 small-group training sessions for over 5,000 thousand participants. His varied training audiences have included military service members, health care providers, risk managers, scientists, engineers, program managers, government leaders, corporate managers and executives, community outreach specialists, and public affairs specialists involved in health, safety, energy, and environmental programs. Primary topics for these training sessions included risk and crisis communication, media communication, communication skills for leaders, technical communication, strategic communication, and team building.
Butch has served as project manager or senior communications consultant on more than three dozen projects. His specific work during these projects has included public affairs, management consulting, communications assessments, message strategies/message mapping, and strategic communications consulting. Additionally, Butch has facilitated or moderated more than 50 client events. These events have included annual conferences, management retreats, business meetings, Integrated Process Team workshops, focus groups, and senior management planning sessions.
As a trainer, consultant, and facilitator, Butch has served a wide range of clients including the, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Defense Military Vaccine Agency, U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency, National Vaccine Healthcare Center Network, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Battelle Memorial Institute, Dairyland Power, ExxonMobil, Rhodia International, Honeywell, Disney, EnDyna, Akzo Nobel Coatings, Rumpke Consolidated Companies, Fulton Communications, Norfolk State University, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and many others.
Prior to forming the Wardlaw Group, Butch was Vice President for Communications, Involvement, and Training at WPI, Inc. where he served as Program Manager for more than 20 contracts from 2003-2006 and Senior Trainer/Consultant for the USACHPPM Risk Communication Program support contract from 2003-2004. As a WPI trainer and consultant, Butch provided risk communication training to more than 1,000 people and consulted on a dozen projects related to health, environment, and safety.
From July 2001 to November 2002, Butch was a Senior Project Manager for DecisionQuest where he served as a Senior Consultant on ten different environmental cleanup projects and conducted 40 communications training workshops
Prior to working for DecisionQuest, Butch was Communications Division Chief/Communications Director for the DoD Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program Agency from April 1999 to July 2001. During his tenure, Butch and his communications team conducted outreach to more than 30,000 people throughout the U.S. and selected overseas locations. Additionally, Butch was creator and lead trainer of the DoD training program known as Anthrax University (now know as the Immunization Leaders Course).
Butch is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel with 21 years of active service. His military career highlights include
· Commander of the 57th Medical Evacuation Detachment (DUSTOFF) during the first Gulf War (awarded the Air Medal and Bronze Star);
· Executive Officer and Acting Commander for the 10th Forward Support Battalion, 10th Mountain Division, during Operation Restore Hope in Somalia;
· Medical Operations Officer for the Deployable Medical Systems program within the Office of the Army Surgeon General;
· Designated Subject Matter Expert for Army medical operations and Army logistics command and control while assigned to the U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command;
· Deputy Commander, 10th Division Support Command; and
· Two tours as an Aviation Maintenance Officer and Test Pilot.
Butch’s culminated his military career as Chief of Staff of the 55th Medical Group (Airborne), where he led a staff of 50 officers, noncommissioned officers, and soldiers responsible for supervision of the largest airborne medical group in the U.S. military. In 1999, Butch was awarded the coveted Order of Military Medical Merit for career contributions to military medicine. He was also twice awarded the Legion of Merit for exceptionally distinguished service.