ThinkGRC was founded on the idea that “big data, analytics & performance metrics” are the key to the next generation of Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) programs and systems. Existing education and tools within the GRC professional practices specifically in the area of Business Resiliency have not addressed the fundamental challenges of the current business environment namely financial and human resource allocation & optimization within the GRC and Business Resiliency space.
ThinkGRC’s founders, Dr. Bernard Jones M.S. EM & BC, MBCI, CBCP, CORP, ITIL and Michael Fonseca M.S. EM & BC, CBCP, CRMP are lifetime GRC and Business Resiliency professionals with a wide range of professional and academic achievements. Dr. Jones and Michael met at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in 2008 while getting their Master’s Degree in Emergency Management & Business Continuity and from there Bernard went on to receive a Doctorate from NJCU. In 2015 after years of professional work, consulting and collaboration focused on GRC and Business Resiliency, Dr. Jones and Michael teamed up to build a platform to share our unique vision of integrating “big data, analytics and performance metrics” as the core and primary focus of GRC and Business Resiliency planning and execution.
Dr. Bernard A. Jones, M.S. Emergency Management & Business Continuity, MBCI, CBCP, CORP, ITIL v.3
Dr. Bernard A. Jones is a certified business continuity professional with over 20 years of experience with the development, implementation, and management, of business continuity, disaster recovery, and crisis management planning programs. He has a proven track record of success in implementing crisis communication programs as well as building emergency management private-public sector partnerships.
Dr. Jones is a professor at Berkeley College teaching courses in Homeland Security, Emergency Management, Terrorism, Cyber Crime, National Security Studies, Introduction to Criminal Justice and Criminal Justice Professional Report Writing.
Dr. Jones graduated from New Jersey City University (NJCU) earning his Doctor of Science degree in Civil Security, Leadership, Management and Policy. The degree program focuses on an interdisciplinary set of topics in the field of security. Bernard’s degree and research focused the major aspects of national, corporate, and information assurance/cyber security, including: threats, intelligence, terrorism, organization and design, inter-agency cooperation and effective management practices with a focus on measuring and benchmarking organizational resilience.
Dr. Jones was elected to the National Board of Directors of the Association of Contingency Professional (ACP) as the Information Committee Chair in 2015 for a 3 year term. He also was elected to the Garden State Chapter of the ACP as both the Publications and Information Director, and has served on the Garden State ACP BoD since 2005.
Michael Fonseca, M.S. Emergency Management & Business Continuity, CBCP, CRMP.
Michael Fonseca is a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) with over 13 years of experience in the development, implementation and maintenance of risk based programs and software systems. Michael has developed and deployed Risk Management, Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, Incident Management, Root Cause Analysis, Audit and Supply Chain Programs and Systems for multiple Fortune 1000 organizations.
Michael currently manages Business Resiliency for a premium Media provider and has extensive experience in the Pharmaceutical, Oil & Gas, Chemical and Manufacturing industries. Previously, Michael held management positions in both risk based business operations and in IT as the VP of Product Development for a Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) software provider.
Michael’s professional expertise and research has been in the development of integrated risk management programs, technology and software systems to better leverage data for predictive analysis and measure risk based to improve resiliency & performance.
Michael holds degrees in M.S. Emergency Management & Business Continuity and a B.S. Enterprise Management Systems and Finance. In addition, Michael is a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) and a Certified Risk Management Professional (CRMP).