California Franchisee Brings Global Perspective to Preparedness

AUG. 30, 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ROSWELL, GA — Gertie Knox, a leading authority on global supply chain compliance, has joined Firestorm® as its first California-based Franchise Principal.

Knox has substantial experience in developing compliance frameworks on behalf of multinational companies and helping to integrate measurable supply chain-related compliance protocols across divergent operating models. The design of control-based assessments for use in independently monitoring compliance across various industry sectors, sizes and organizational cultures provides her with extensive insight into how companies can avoid the common failures that are typically exposed during a crisis, disruption or disaster.

“Programs supported by processes and controls facilitate the most effective management of risk against elements that can threaten an organization’s resiliency and overall value to stakeholders,” said Knox, who previously served as COO and co-founder of a supply chain compliance advisory and monitoring firm, and as global risk management solutions partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers accounting firm.

“I look forward to making a significant contribution to Firestorm’s mission to promote meaningful change in the way that businesses view continuity,” Knox added. “The holistic approach advanced by Firestorm’s PREDICT. PLAN. PERFORM.™ process is key to ensuring that our nation’s private sector is best positioned to protect its people, assets, revenues, reputation and value.”

Franchisees utilize all capabilities and services of Firestorm, a national leader in crisis management, vulnerability analysis/threat assessment, risk mitigation and business continuity, including its name and trademark; operational methodology including plans, policies, procedures and training; and access to its staff, Expert Council and Online Resource Center. Each franchisee – there are now a dozen across seven states — is awarded the entire United States as a territory and is protected by the franchisor regarding client development.

Firestorm (www.firestorm.com) provided the on-site crisis management support at Virginia Tech, and has teamed up with W.W. Grainger Inc., the national leader in maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) products, to offer business continuity and preparedness products and services.

“Gertie’s work in every corner of the globe gives her a unique perspective on building an overall culture and program of preparedness across wide-ranging markets and environments,” Firestorm Franchising EVP Hutch Hodgson said.

Knox is based in Irvine, Calif. She can be reached at [email protected] (949) 596-0190.

For a Firestorm Franchise Disclosure Document, contact Hodgson at (770) 643-1114 or [email protected]. Media contact: Mike Pennetti, [email protected], (678) 892-4110.

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