Workshop Agenda

  • How to build a secure network environment
  • Best practices to manage IT risks
  • Choosing a quality IT vendor
  • Preparing for and protecting against a breach
  • Responding to a breach
  • Cyber insurance and risk transfer

All attendees will receive a compliance guidebook and lunch will be provided.
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About the Presenters


Lisa Ventriss | Moderator

Vermont Business Roundtable | President

Lisa M. Ventriss is President and chief spokesperson of Vermont Business Roundtable, a non-partisan, non-political, public affairs organization comprised of 120 CEOs from among the state’s most successful private sector and not-for-profit employers. Through thoughtful policy research and analysis, collaboration and advocacy, the Roundtable seeks to leverage the entrepreneurial capital of its members to benefit the welfare of all Vermonters on economic, social and environmental matters.

Prior to joining the Roundtable in 2002, Ms. Ventriss was President of the Vermont Captive Insurance Association (1997-2002) in which she represented the industry and strategic partners as it grew into the largest domestic domicile and third largest captive domicile in the world. The hallmark of Ms. Ventriss’ contributions was in laying the foundation for what has become the industry’s leading educational organization, the International Center for Captive Insurance Education (ICCIE).

Within the Roundtable Ms. Ventriss has led the organization to become effective and respected business champions for public investments in the early life of a child. The Roundtable’s efforts have resulted in meaningful legislation at the state level and have earned a national reputation and recognition for successful community building on this issue.

Ms. Ventriss currently serves on the boards of Cynosure; Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation; Greater Burlington YMCA; Maine Mutual Group; University of Vermont; Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies; and Vermont PBS. She also serves on the Advisory Council of The Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children.

In 2009 Ms. Ventriss was appointed by Governor Douglas to the Building Bright Futures Council, which is organized to create a unified system of quality health, early care and education supports for young children and their families. She was subsequently reappointed by Governor Shumlin and served as co-chair from 2010-2012. In 2010 Ms. Ventriss was presented with the Key Achieve Award by KeyBank, in recognition of her years of leadership and contributions to both the business and non-profit communities throughout Vermont. In 2011, Ms. Ventriss was presented with the first Youth Development Award by the Greater Burlington YMCA for her tireless efforts in advocating for investment in quality early education. And in 2012, Ms. Ventriss was presented with the Hope Award by the National MS Society of Greater New England for her leadership in the business and philanthropic communities.

Ms. Ventriss holds a Master of Public Administration and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Vermont. She is married to Dr. Curtis Ventriss, Professor of Public Policy at the University of Vermont and Johns Hopkins University; is mother to three sons; and, is best friends with one darling British Lab named, Miss Savannah.

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Mark Jennings

SymQuest | Technology Leader

Mark Jennings has been working in the Computer Networking industry since 1988. Jennings began his career in IT with SymQuest’s predecessor McAuliffe Office Systems. As a field engineer through the late 1980’s and mid 1990’s Jennings guided both small and large businesses through the process of converting their individual PC’s into networked environments with shared data and collaboration tools. With the advent of the Internetrevolution of the mid 90’s Jennings worked with businesses to understand the benefits and risks of connecting to this new resource.

In 1996 Jennings joined the newly formed SymQuest Group, Inc. to help develop and manage the support services SymQuest offers its customers. Jennings worked with businesses to take advantage of the new tech generation, teaching benefits and how to mitigate security risks. In his current role as Senior Sales Director of Network Services, Jennings works with SymQuest’s sales and service teams to educate customers on current best practices around data protection, disaster recovery, security, and overall technology planning. Throughout the years, Jennings has presented on such topics to professional organizations in the finance and banking, insurance, manufacturing, and medical industries among others.

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Bruce Palmer

DRM | Director, Litigation

For more than 25 years, Bruce Palmer has been providing clients with cost-effective, practical advice and smart solutions to a wide range of business and insurance issues and disputes. Bruce brings a wide and varied experience to bear in his representation of both captive and regular insurers, policy holders, banks and borrowers, owners and contractors, plaintiffs and defendants.

Niche areas of Bruce’s practice include litigation and mediation of commercial, business and insurance claims; insurance policy and endorsement drafting; claims handling advice; claims and coverage litigation; insurance coverage opinions; professional liability coverage; environmental pollution and property damage coverage and construction contracting and claims resolution. Bruce represents regional and national banks, single and group captive insurers, risk retention groups, secured lenders, real estate developers, construction companies and others in a wide variety of insurance, commercial, construction and environmental litigation. To each new matter, Bruce brings skills that lead to the efficient resolution of issues for clients with diverse viewpoints and concerns.

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Joseph L. Choquette III

DRM | External Affairs Manager

With his long and varied background in government affairs and media relations, Joe Choquette’s DRM clients rely on his advice to accomplish their goals in the state legislature, navigate the complexities of state agencies or get the most out of productive news media relations strategies.

Joe grew up in Vermont, graduated from the University of Vermont and then spent more than 35 years learning more about the state and its people, government and media. He has formed important working relationships with people in all walks of Vermont life. He has represented many of the state’s keystone industries and critical employers, worked effectively with important national trade associations and has given valuable advice to those in need of a friend in the state capitol. He takes pride in his ability to craft an effective press release. He is active in the communities in which we work and knows who to talk to and when.

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Matthew Borick

DRM | Director, Litigation

By definition, the job of a litigator involves conflict. But in Matt Borick’s practice, his philosophy is to work with clients to “build” something from a dispute, such as a favorable resolution before trial – if at all possible.

In fact, some of Matt’s biggest successes have not been realized in a court room or a judge’s chambers, but rather during the pre-trial phase. By utilizing a process he refers to as “constructive” lawyering, Matt is often able to resolve cases where it makes the most sense, from a business or personal perspective, to achieve the best possible outcome for his client. Using tools in the litigation process, Matt partners with his clients to position cases for a resolution in their favor, all the while building a long-lasting, trusted relationship.

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