Founder, Principal, and CEO
Bryan is a globally recognized strategist and thought leader who founded Bryghtpath LLC in 2014 after a 21-year career at Target Corporation where he built and led the retailer’s Global Crisis Management, Business Continuity, and Global Intelligence function. Under his leadership, Target received numerous awards from FEMA, the International Association of Emergency Managers, and the Business Continuity Institute.
At Bryghtpath, Bryan leads a team of globally recognized experts that offer strategic counsel on identifying, preparing for, and managing risk to the world’s leading brands, nonprofits, and public sector agencies.
In addition to his role at Bryghtpath, Bryan is co-founder & Principal of Crisis Playbook, a joint venture between Bryghtpath and Pivot Strategies that offers ready-made and custom crisis management and communications plans.
Bryan also holds an appointment as a Senior Fellow in the Center for Cyber & Homeland Security at George Washington University where his focus is on public / private sector collaboration on national security and cybersecurity issues.
A valued industry leader, Bryan previously served as a board member and Chair of the Private Sector Committee for the National Emergency Management Association (2011 – 2013) and as the Vice Chairman of the Retail Industry Leaders Association’s Disaster Recovery and Preparedness Committee. In these roles, Bryan worked closely with FEMA to develop the Private Sector Representative position in FEMA’s Office of the Private Sector and with leaders across state and federal government, including the US Department of Homeland Security and the White House, to build stronger connections between the public and private sectors.
Bryan holds multiple professional certifications in business continuity, emergency management, information security, project management, and physical security.
He is a member of the International Association of Professional Security Consultants, the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals, the Private Sector Committee of the National Emergency Management Association, and the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House, London).
Bryan holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. He is a graduate of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative Program at Harvard University’s JFK School of Government.
Bryan was a Humphrey Policy Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs during the 2016 – 2017 academic year.