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BDO USA, LLP Expands Crisis Management & Business Continuity Services Through Addition of Lootok

New York-Based Corporate Risk Management Firm Joins BDO

CHICAGO, January 9, 2019 — BDO USA, LLP, one of the nation’s leading accounting and advisory firms, today announced the asset acquisition of Lootok, a crisis management and business continuity consulting and technology firm headquartered in New York. The acquisition of Lootok bolsters BDO’s proactive risk management capabilities, offering clients an end-to-end suite of services across the risk continuum.

Founded in 2006, Lootok integrates military models, cognitive science, design thinking and game theory with industry risk management standards to create new ways of understanding the disciplines of business continuity, crisis management, and enterprise risk management. Lootok helps organizations of all sizes and industries transform their risk programs through risk assessment, program design, self-service technologies, and activity-based learning and engagement.

 

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Lootok names Managing Director, Brian Collins

Consulting at the board and the C-suite levels require more than experience and expertise. Presence matters. Strength of conviction matters. This caliber of consultant is a partner who confronts the thorniest topics head-on and who can speak the language of today’s leaders. Lootok has found such a talent. It is with great enthusiasm and expectation that Lootok announces Brian Collins as Managing Director. Mr. Collins joins Lootok with more than twenty years of risk management experience across industries and sectors. Based in Washington, DC, he will lead the global crisis management practice.

Mr. Collins is a decorated Marine officer with awards for valor in combat and service. He has worked at the highest levels of government with General/Flag Officers, Assistant Cabinet Secretaries, and Ambassadors. He paired his extensive governmental experience with a master’s degree from Georgetown University and graduated from the Senior Executive Fellows program at the Harvard Kennedy School.

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Lootok is looking for a gifted Art Director

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About

Lootok is a boutique NYC-based business continuity advisory firm that differentiates ourselves through our innovative, engaging and cognitive approach to consulting. We are looking for a candidate to support our Creative Services department by providing exceptional design services that helps us deliver quality website, emails, workshops, games, presentations, and products.

Core responsibilities

  • Design web sites, interfaces, and emails with a sound understanding of grids, responsive design, and CSS
  • Design visually stunning print and digital materials including handouts, posters, banners, info graphics, newsletters, logos, and other graphic design needs
  • Create PowerPoint presentations demonstrating expertise using master themes, complex animation, styles, fonts, and graphics (images, smart art, shapes, tables, etc.)
  • Integrate compelling and innovative alternatives for displaying graphics and verbose PowerPoint/Word content
  • Utilize Adobe Creative Suite to edit/create images and video for incorporation into scenarios and materials
  • Design and create elearning modules using Adobe Captivate
  • Interact directly with the consulting team to adapt reports, handouts, and presentations for new client content/branding with exceptional attention to detail and consistency
  • Leverage and maintain vendor relationships to produce high-quality materials (board games, posters, t-shirts, etc.) for client workshops
  • Logically organize and diligently maintain a graphic design library of digital imagery and in-house inventory of physical materials

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Press release: Lootok Partners with Executive Search Specialist Andersen Steinberg

New partnership between two industry leaders brings a new level of talent to outsourced risk programs

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Lootok, a leading crisis management and business continuity consulting and technology company, and Andersen Steinberg, an executive search and recruitment firm specializing in risk and resilience, announced a new strategic partnership today. The new alliance will give Lootok an even deeper level of expertise and global resources.

Creating a fully outsourced crisis and business continuity program often requires a global team of highly specialized professionals, and Lootok’s hiring process has always adhered to the most rigorous standards. That thoughtful process can sometimes be time-consuming, a necessity that must be balanced with a need for rapid scalability. The new partnership allows Lootok to achieve that scalability while maintaining the highest level of quality.

“To meet the demand for fully outsourced crisis and business continuity programs, Lootok needed a model that allowed us to deploy the right resources in record time,” said Sean Murphy, CEO of Lootok. “Recruiting the best minds in the risk and resiliency industry, supporting local languages and bringing in specialized skillsets is all a part of our business model. With a global network and a reputation for attracting the finest risk talent, our alliance with Andersen Steinberg gives us the ability to achieve that rapid scalability while accessing the finest talent, while bringing world-class service to our clients.”

Both firms have kindred corporate philosophies and a deep understanding of the value that quality talent brings to clients, culture, and profits. “What matters to Lootok, also matters to Andersen Steinberg,” said Murphy. “When companies call on Lootok to manage their crisis and business continuity programs, Lootok becomes their global team, and the right resources are critical to the success of the program.

In managing a program, Lootok brings together management of technology, training, awareness, messaging, reporting, rollout, and support. A diverse group of specialists is essential, and team members may need to be fluent in multiple languages, understand a niche area of supply chain risk, or have deep knowledge of a specific technology. Andersen Steinberg specializes in finding talent that meets those unique criteria.

Together, the partnership gives Andersen Steinberg the opportunity to place the next generation of leaders in global risk, while giving Lootok the ability to scale their innovative services that have transformed the industry over the last ten years.

See press release on PRWeb.com.

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The future of corporate language learning is here

New technology and devices bring employees together in a global market


Businesses are living in the era of global culture, communication and commerce, greatly increasing the need for multilingual capacity. Little wonder that language learning has become a crucial component of corporate learning programs in the past decade.

Research from Technavio indicates that the corporate language learning market is on the cusp of major expansion. The market research firm released its findings in a press release, showing that corporate online language learning in the U.S. is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 16% between 2017 and 2021.

Is the corporate language learning industry headed for big changes in the next couple of years? Experts seem to think so.

Why all this attention on language learning in the corporate world?


For starters, businesses no longer operate with geographic limits anymore. The internet has made every industry a global one. Because of this, nearly every working adult will at some point encounter language and cultural barriers that can make things challenging. Emerging technologies will have an impact as well.

“Artificial intelligence is now pushing up against human learning of languages,” said Jeremy Stynes, President of Lootok said, “and with it being so much more accurate now, it’s easy to see how this could become scalable.”

Ignore these trends at your own risk. Stynes shared the story of a former employer that spent a great deal of time and money on localizing the language of corporate training content, only to discover that there were tools (like Google translator) that provided a far better solution.

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Read the full article with commentary from Jeremy Stynes on HR Dive.

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Press release: Lootok and Nettitude partner to provide cybersecurity and crisis management services

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The threats impacting businesses today are complex, insidious, and almost always have an up or downstream impact on technology. Cyber attacks are also borderless and can impact core operations as easily as business partner and supply chain operations. Therefore, when companies look to increase their resiliency they must weigh equally their operational and technological vulnerabilities.

One challenge that many organizations face is that there is no single entity governing cybersecurity and crisis management. With different reporting structures, separate budgets, and uncoordinated planning, they struggle to stay in sync. This partnership takes aim at breaking down those silos and helping organizations to get an honest and holistic view of their risk landscape.

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Bringing play into the business world

Despite the occasional stuffed-shirt boss looking over my shoulder and saying “This isn’t playtime!” some of the best jobs I’ve ever had incorporate a level of playfulness, and the results have always proven to be effective.

A favorite exhortation among fast-food bosses is, “If you’ve got time to lean, you’ve got time to clean!” But a little leaning now and then, and even a little guided playfulness, can go a lot further towards getting employees actively engaged in a corporate goal than will any angry mandate.

Where employers and employees alike go wrong is falling into the trap of believing that work isn’t supposed to be fun. Sean Murphy, CEO and founder of Lootok, a crisis management and business continuity consulting and technology company, went into this business – which is normally as dry as a Prohibition-era liquor cabinet – with the idea of actually transforming it into something people actually want to do.

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Read the full article with commentary from Sean Murphy on HUFFPOST.

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Contextual learning could soon replace traditional learning

Corporate training is big business. Last year alone, American organizations spent a whopping $70.65 billion on corporate training and associated administrative costs, based on data from Training magazine’s 2016 Training Industry Report. Most companies are willing to invest in the learning and development of employees because they must compete in ever-changing markets, which requires enhanced skills.

According to a McKinsey Quarterly survey, nearly 90% of organizations indicated that building on the capabilities of employees is a top priority. However, only around a quarter said that they can accurately measure the success of their learning programs in terms of improved performance. There seems to be a disconnect between investing in learning programs and having a direct understanding of the impact on the bottom line.

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Read the full article with commentary from Jeremy Stynes on HR Dive.

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Participatory learning dramatically improves employee career development

It’s a well-known fact that a strong corporate learning program is an effective retention tool.

By encouraging employees to actively participate, employees can better understand new concepts practically, rather than just absorbing a slew of information. Participatory learning can increase employee career satisfaction when it’s carried out correctly.

According to the National Institutes for Health, the very process of participating in any change activity can support workforce learning. A 2009 study conducted by E. Rosskam involved teaching employees new health procedures in order to improve safety. By using a shared platform where learners can interact and support one another, employees can perceive learning as something they own.

HR Dive talked with Sean Murphy, CEO of Lootok, a business continuity and crisis management firm with headquarters in New York City, about the concept of participatory learning. When employees buy in to active career development, this participation creates another layer in the experience.

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Read the full article with commentary from Sean Murphy on HR Dive.

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Lootok is looking for an exceptional Senior Consultant

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Essential duties and responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the following satisfactorily; other duties may be assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Establish engagement budgets, coordinate deliverables, and maintain appropriate project management to ensure engagements are delivered “on time, on budget, and as promised”.
  • Consistently develop and deliver accurate and thorough project status reports to client stakeholders and Lootok management.
  • Proactively identify project risks and issues and resolve them in a timely manner.
  • Cultivate and maintain strong, trust-based strategic relationships with key client decision makers.
  • Identify revenue growth opportunities and coordinate business development efforts including drafting and issuance of statements of work.
  • Facilitate workshops and presentations to client personnel.
  • Provide clients with strategic business continuity guidance (written and verbal) in the disciplines of business continuity, crisis management, and enterprise risk management.
  • Recommend enhancements to client operations and infrastructure to strengthen business resiliency and recovery capabilities.
  • Provide strong leadership, technical guidance, coaching, and support to junior consultants ensuring they are trained on all relevant tools and techniques.
  • Evaluate the performance of junior consultants and assist in the development of goals and objectives to enhance professional development.
  • Contribute to the development of Lootok methodologies and intellectual capital.
  • Exhibit mastery of Lootok consulting methodology, materials, tools, and continuity software.
  • Participate in client pitches and mange new relationships through the Lootok CRM.
  • Master the ability to sell all aspects of Lootok from consulting to creative to technology services.

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Press release: New leadership team paves the way for the future of Lootok

For more than 10 years Lootok has pushed the boundaries of traditional crisis management and business continuity (BC). “I launched Lootok with the singular vision of doing BC differently,” said Lootok CEO, Sean Murphy. “Global volatility and increased competition have escalated the need for companies to prepare for disruptions. While everybody knows that they should have a BC program, nobody wants to do the work. BC is only important when it’s too late, and when an incident does occur, any data and plans that have been collected typically remain untouched.”

Lootok continually confronts these challenges by offering fresh points of view on industry standards and new ways to transform programs to meet today’s highly networked environment. Sean Murphy explains: “I knew that BC was an essential part of business. The negative returns I so often saw were not the result of BC itself, but rather how it was implemented. At that point, I saw a major opportunity in going beyond the cookie-cutter approach and offering something of lasting value.”

With this goal, Lootok based its services on a deep understanding of industry expertise and interdisciplinary sciences.  Why integrate interdisciplinary sciences? It is a simple answer, according to Sean: “We get better results. Through integrating cognitive sciences, gamification, and branding concepts we capture higher-quality data, buy-in at all levels of the organization, and sizable costs savings through self-service and automation.”

2017 marked a reflective period in Lootok’s history, where the company restructured areas of the organization to yield even greater innovation and sharpened its services to Lootok clients. Lootok is excited to announce that there are four changes in its talent pool that set the stage for this evolution. 

New Lootok Leadership Team

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Lootok is looking for a gifted Senior Technical Project Manager

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About

Lootok is a branding, consulting, and technology firm. We help companies develop and grow their risk management programs, so that they can respond to incidents with grace and without business disruption. From hurricanes to workplace violence to product recalls, Lootok is there to help.

We are seeking a senior technology project manager to join our small, but mighty, design and development team in SOHO (New York City). In this role, you will manage the full lifecycle of our SharePoint projects, from specification gathering to launch and maintenance.  We are not creating run-of-the-mill SharePoint sites, rather unique, usable, and impactful online experiences. 

You will report directly to the Chief Technology and Creative Officer. Composure and professionalism will be essential, since you will work with Fortune 100 clients and manage teams of internal and external resources.  We are looking for a detail-oriented, smart, and communicative teammate who understands the value of a phenomenal user experience and who knows the processes, planning, and resources needed to deliver such an experience. 

Lootok is a fun, growing company that believes in promoting a positive working environment and healthy employee lifestyles. We hire talented, down-to-earth people who thrive on doing great work. Divas and Divos need not apply.

Required skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, or a related field
  • 10+ years of technology experience including requirements management, analysis and design
  • 7+ years of project management experience (full project life cycle management) related to business software or system integration projects (packaged and custom developed)
  • Project delivery success on collaborative efforts working with outside vendors and other business partners
  • Demonstrated ability to look at wireframes or designs and breakdown tasks, create timelines, and manage a team of internal and external resources to efficiently develop software solutions on budget
  • Effective communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills, including the ability to articulate risks and issues and accurately analyze problems, explain solutions and present technical material to end users in a non-technical manner
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Microsoft SharePoint and Office tools proficiency with the ability to manipulate data for reporting
  • Experience managing remote resources
  • Various database, web design, and backend development programming skills such as: JavaScript, CSS, SQL, .NET preferred
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification a plus

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Lootok is looking for a meticulous Operations & Finance Manager

About

Lootok is a boutique NYC-based business continuity advisory firm that differentiates ourselves through our innovative, engaging and cognitive approach to consulting. We are looking for a full-time candidate to assist the COO/CFO with overall company operations.  The ideal candidate will have the desire to be involved in all aspects of running a company including human resources, business partner management, accounting… 

Core responsibilities

  • Manage relationships and related agreements with human resources, bookkeeping, tax, technology, insurance, and legal business partners
  • Facilitate client contract review and approval process through correspondence with legal counsel
  • Ensure accuracy and reasonableness of financial information through reviews of monthly statements and updates to annual budgets
  • Interact with the consulting and creative teams to assess appropriate deliverables to include in client projects and create statement of works
  • Liaise with external bookkeeping company to ensure timely submission of employee time and expense, vendor payments, and customer invoices
  • Onboard new employees by providing technology (laptop and iPhone), software access, training on policies / procedures, and ongoing support
  • Assist in developing more formalized human resources processes including recruitment, employee evaluations, and procedure implementation
  • Ensure employees comply with project requirements by becoming proficient in the use of our project management software and reviewing weekly reports
  • Perform a variety of research ranging from business policies to time and expense software, evaluate the best options, and present solutions to leadership

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