Meet PANTA RAY CEO Alberto Mattia, MBCI
This week, the CEO of Italian continuity consulting and training company PANTA RAY discusses the rewards of knowing his company has made an impact on the resilience of his clients’ organizations.
My Career Background
I graduated in Economics and Finance, had a couple of internships in the US and then worked for 5 years in the banking sector as a Project Manager and Risk Manager.
What I Do Now
Since the beginning of 2014, I am the CEO of PANTA RAY (www.pantaray.eu), a consulting and training company in the continuity and resilience field. It is much more than a job to me. PANTA RAY is a family business and we strongly believe in the need for a more resilient world, just like the BCI.
“It is really rewarding when clients recognize that we are making an impact in improving their organizations.”
A Typical Day at Work
08:00 Breakfast and 20 minute walk to the office, thinking about the targets of the day.
09:00 Team meeting and monitoring of social networks (we have a company page on LinkedIn and run the BCI Italy Forum LinkedIn group).
10:00 Dealing with clients and/or partners (it can be advisory or training on crisis management, business continuity and organizational resilience).
13:00 Lunch and chat with colleagues (usually on sports and television shows/series).
14:00 Dealing with clients and/or partners (it can be advisory or training on crisis management, business continuity and organizational resilience).
18:00 Office administration, people management, business development, etc.
20:00 20 minute walk to go back home, thinking that 24 hours a day are way too short!
Favourite Parts of My Job
As an entrepreneur, it is very exciting to work with the aim of building a group of people that have the same vision, share common values and work together for a mission. Then it is really rewarding when clients recognize that we are making an impact in improving their organizations.
“I knew nothing about crisis preparedness, business continuity and resilience at that time, but I realized how important it is to develop a capability to react.”
Most Memorable Incident
Well, it has nothing to do with my professional life. Or perhaps it has. I am talking about the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. I was 16 and was on holiday with my family in Phuket (Thailand). We were walking on the Patong Promenade that morning and by some miracle, we all survived. In the next few days, I witnessed to the crisis operations. I remember that the Swedish consulate established a very efficient temporary site at the hotel where we were staying. And I also remember how the Italian foreign office tried to get in touch with us to understand if we were fine, or injured, or missing, or dead. We were all shocked of course, and the hardest part was realizing that many people lost everything they had that day. I knew nothing about crisis preparedness, business continuity and resilience at that time, but I realized how important it is to develop a capability to react.
“I truly think that to be successful and happy you need to believe in what you do and be brave enough to challenge the status quo.”
My Goals for the Future
I have two very clear goals in my mind. The first one is to give a significant contribution to the development of a resilience culture, especially in Italy. PANTA RAY is supporting the activities of the BCI Italy Forum and we are proud to say that in less than 3 years we have contributed to the creation of a very active network of continuity and resilience professionals. We are now trying to sensitize our Institutions on the importance of a new and improved regulation for public administrations and critical infrastructures. The second aim is to bring PANTA RAY to an upper level. We strive for excellence in everything we do, and as long as we are able to say we are better than we were last year, I am sure we will keep on being successful in all our endeavors.
Words of Advice for Other Business Continuity Professionals?
It may not be original, but I truly think that to be successful and happy you need to believe in what you do and be brave enough to challenge the status quo.