Joseph J. DesPlaines

(Retired) Consultant, Business Continuity & Crisis Response,
(Retired) Districts Mutual Insurance & Risk Management Services

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(Retired) Districts Mutual Insurance & Risk Management Services




Joe DesPlaines joined Districts Mutual Insurance in 2014 as the Business Continuity and Crisis Response Consultant. In his role, Joe provides consultative support, training and crisis exercising services to the 16 technical colleges in Wisconsin. Joe has held a variety of risk/crisis management positions of increasing responsibility over the past 30 years and he has been the chief executive of two private sector Risk Management companies. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of FEI Behavioral Health for 20 years. While at FEI, Joe served as a behavioral health and victim assistance consultant to a variety of private sector companies as well as public sector entities such as the National Transportation Safety Board, the US Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. While serving as President of American Specialty Risk Services, he was the lead consultant in the development of business continuity and crisis response plans for professional and amateur sports organizations including Major League Baseball, the National Football League, Major League Soccer, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and Special Olympics International. Joe responded “onsite” to seven major commercial aviation accidents, the 9/11 attacks, as well as numerous criminal acts, workplace emergencies, and natural disasters.