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NAID Board of Directors Candidacy – Brian Connelly Q&A
We are pleased to announce that Brian Connelly is running for the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) Board of Directors this year. As part of the process, NAID is asking a series of questions for each the candidates to answer for the benefit of NAID’s voting members.
As each question is asked by NAID, we would like to share Brian’s answers here. We hope it will provide some insight into his passion for information destruction, being an independent shredding and destruction provider, and running a local business.
Brian: This is the first of the questions posed to those running for a position on the NAID Board of Directors. Respondents should be clear regarding which role they are running for in this election.
I am running for a seat on the NAID Board of Directors to be a voice for “us” – the individual shredding businesses. I plan to work with NAID to have a template for a safety manual we can all use. Recently, when we reached out to the 30+ Mastermind Members in the 3 weekly calls my wife leads to ask for a sample safety manual, we were surprised to learn that, while we all know we need one, no one had one! This manual would include steps our drivers need to take to ensure their safety (e.g., not use their hands or feet to push paper down that’s stuck inside the shredder, wearing back braces, ear plugs, protective eye gear and much more).
Another objective is to work with NAID to educate the commercial auto insurance industry about what document shredders actually do and the low level of risk we carry. The goal is to increase awareness that our industry carries very little risk so that more carriers will offer us insurance at much more competitive prices.
Brian: The NAID initiative I think has the most value for us is the NAID AAA certification. NAID has done a great job educating and promoting the value of its certification process to consumers, regulators and the public in general. NAID has also provided excellent tools and resources for us to use to educate our current and potential clients about why they want to select a NAID AAA Certified vendor. Using these tools, NAID AAA Certified companies can explain the process we must go through and the standards we are held to in order to become and remain NAID AAA certified. It’s not an easy process. And, it proves we take our clients’ security seriously. This not only creates a feeling of trust and legitimacy, but it also informs our clients that we are not just “paper shredders.” Rather, we are security experts that are essential to keeping their business safe and legally compliant.