September 15, 2017 – Ashburn, VA:
Hugh Hyman joins the IBTS Economic Development and Disaster Recovery team to serve as a subject matter expert for communities and project management across the division.
The Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is pleased to announce that Hugh Hyman recently came onboard as the new Senior Manager for Compliance and Financial Reporting. This role is a part of the organization’s Economic Development and Disaster Recovery division and will be primarily focused on ensuring financial compliance across all of IBTS’s disaster recovery efforts.
Prior to joining IBTS, Mr. Hyman worked for ten years in disaster recovery for the State of Louisiana. The last eight years were spent in Louisiana’s Office of Community Development-Disaster Recovery Unit (OCD-DRU), which administers over $16.2 billion in active Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) grants – including recovery from Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Ike, and Isaac – as well as the State’s National Disaster Resilience grant and $1.7 billion in funding from the 2016 Great Floods in Louisiana. While at OCD-DRU, Mr. Hyman served as the Director of Reporting and Performance Management, overseeing the Office’s federal and state reporting requirements in addition to business intelligence efforts. During the 11 months prior to accepting the role at IBTS, he served as Chief Analyst in the State’s recovery efforts from the 2016 floods.
In his new role at IBTS, Mr. Hyman assures financial compliance requirements are met for all CDBG and CDBG-DR projects. He will assist in developing and overseeing an effective program reporting capability focused on financial reporting, data collection, and data analytics and assessment. Mr. Hyman will work to ensure that communities remain compliant with all local, state, and federal regulations and statutes that may apply to the various projects underway. Additionally, he will help kick off a new public purpose-focused program within the Economic Development and Disaster Recovery division, which will provide pro bono initial assistance to communities following a disaster.
“It has been an honor to be a part of the disaster recovery efforts in Louisiana for the last ten years, but, especially given the damages from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma over the last few weeks, it is going to take a large team of experts in this field to help those communities affected to recover,” says Hugh Hyman. “CDBG-DR is a specialized realm and I have worked closely with many in this field over the years. I didn’t join IBTS lightly – I did my own due diligence into its mission and potential before coming on board. IBTS can make substantial impacts into the recovery of Texas and Florida.”
“IBTS guides communities through the often complex grant requirements to ensure that it continues to receive and keep the funding needed following a disaster,” says Blake Ratcliff, Director of Economic Development and Disaster Recovery at IBTS. “We are pleased to have Mr. Hyman join our team at IBTS, as we know that his grant and compliance expertise will be of tremendous value to communities as they navigate through the disaster recovery process.”
IBTS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to helping communities through quality services that reduce risk, enhance public safety, and improve quality of life. IBTS is headquartered in Ashburn, Virginia with branch offices across the country. IBTS’s work is guided by a Board of Directors made up of government officials appointed by five of the most highly respected, grassroots, state and local governmental associations, including the Council of State Governments (CSG), International City/County Management Association (ICMA), National Association of Counties (NACo), National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center), and National League of Cities (NLC).