As time passes and the jam band scene continues to evolve, it has been exciting to see the rise of new acts. One such band is Spafford, the four-piece traditional jam band, that is currently experiencing a meteoric rising through the ranks as their name gains more weight across the country. Starting last fall with their “Breakout Tour”, the buzz around the band was palpable and has only been gaining momentum. 2017 is quickly proving to be the year the band sticks the landing. Having completed the full first leg of a national tour opening for Umphrey’s Mcgee with headlining dates mixed in, it is fair to say that Spafford has seen a huge boost in exposure and an increasingly larger spotlight on their music and improvisational creativity.So far that spotlight has served them in an enormously positive way. Taking the stage at prestigious theaters is always a huge step in the evolution of an up and coming band, and thus far for Spafford, transforming their sound from the club circuit to large venues has only bolstered their fan base. Their sound has smoothly crossed over into the larger rooms and the connection to new audiences has been undeniable.Today, the band shared a pro-shot video of original composition “The Postman” from the beautiful Fillmore Theater in Detroit, MI. See for yourself what all the buzz is about, video courtesy of the band.
14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dave Stafford Dave Stafford is responsible for providing vision and leadership for developing and implementing information technology initiatives that align with PSCU’s mission. In this capacity, he directs the planning, implementation … Web: www.pscu.com Details The PlanBusiness continuity planning is a lot like homeowners insurance: you prepare, plan and pay the premiums in the hope of never having to use the benefits. Every professional credit union technology leader can appreciate the value of developing a written plan for disaster recovery. Most mature operations perform a test of the plan annually by simulating a localized disaster event in a tabletop exercise during which what-if scenarios are played out and assumptions for contingencies are vetted. However, most of these same leaders have never experienced a true disaster that requires their plans to be put to the test. PSCU maintains data center and processing operations at its headquarters in St. Petersburg, Florida. While the greater Tampa Bay region maintains a perennial spot on the list of top metropolitan areas likely to feel the effects of a major hurricane, the area had not experienced a direct hit from a strong hurricane since 1921. In preparation for a potential disaster, PSCU has spent years building out its service, fraud, call center and technical operations in its Phoenix, Arizona, facility in order to achieve full redundancy across both processing centers. Test and Test AgainIn the summer of 2016, PSCU ran its first true production test operating completely from a single center for several days – first in Arizona and then in Florida. This production test was repeated during the early summer months of 2017 for an extended period, including during peak processing time frames. These tests resulted in a number of valuable insights and key takeaways, which the company diligently addressed and then tested, optimized and retested.Executing the PlanFormer world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson once said, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” In late August of this year, a tropical wave off the western coast of Africa was formally upgraded to Hurricane Irma. As the storm intensified and passed through the Caribbean, it was upgraded to a Category 5, becoming one of the largest and most intense hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic. As the storm turned north and began to track up the west coast of Florida, PSCU invoked its business continuity plan and upgraded its status to the highest level of vigilance. As planned, employee attendance policies were altered, emergency supplies were distributed, and operations and technical processing began shifting from Tampa to Phoenix. By the time the eye of the storm hit the region, PSCU was handling its full service load in Arizona, and Florida operations were essentially dark. Ultimately, the Tampa region was spared from the worst of the impact. Despite this good fortune, the area was lashed with 100 mph winds, and much of the region was without power for more than a week. The final tally pegs total damage estimates from the storm at roughly $63 billion, making it the fourth costliest storm on record. Final AnalysisLooking back, PSCU’s planning, strategic investments and execution allowed the focus of disaster efforts to be primarily on supporting employees, Member-Owner credit unions and their members. While processing was uninterrupted throughout the event, families, schools and surrounding communities were hit hard, and the cleanup is still ongoing.As the recent events in Texas, Puerto Rico and California illustrate, an academic planning exercise can turn into an actual disaster execution exercise in the blink of an eye. In these times, nothing beats a well-considered, tested and executed action plan.