January Meeting: Disaster Recovery

Featuring our guest speaker Summer Street from Polygon!

Date/Time: Thursday, January 22, 2014

Location: Maggiano's Little Italy

Event Summary:

The presentation will cover several topics of importance surrounding the protection and restoration of important data, mainly in its physical form. Documents that are damaged by fire or water are not necessarily lost, and although in today's digital world, there are times when the physical records must be preserved. Within the process of the document recovery itself, you must consider the safety of your confidential records and be aware of the potential for security breach during the movement of the records, when they are at their most vulnerable. Making sure your document restoration contractor has the proper security protocols in place is critical to to ensure compliance with federal regulation and your own internal information governance policy.

About our Speaker:

Summer Street is the former document sector director for Polygon, a leader in disaster restoration services with 20 offices in North America. She was responsible for overseeing operations at the company’s document centers in Glendale Heights, Ill. and Georgetown, Mass. –  facilities that offer advanced techniques for document, book and complete media restoration services from water, fire or mold damage. She currently holds the title of director of marketing for north America and still has responsibilities for the document division specifically.

She provides education to the industry on the technology and benefits of proper document restoration.   Street has more than 14 years experience in the property damage emergency response industry, holding positions in management and sales.

Most recently, Street was vice president of the Chicago Conservation Center, one of the nation’s leading private art restoration and conservation laboratories. Her background in conservation adds a unique depth of understanding and sensitivity to some of the special needs and requirements of certain types of archival documents and historical paper materials.

She is a frequent speaker on the topic of disaster restoration, document and book restoration and fine art conservation at PLRB, ARMA and RIA and has been the featured speaker at internal training sessions conducted by various library associations, document management conferences and for corporate clients such as ACE, Chubb, Hanover, Chartis and State Farm. She has been published extensively in industry publications on document and fine art restoration and is considered a subject matter expert in the field.

Street received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a  master’s degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago.

Slides from the meeting are available here!