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The Safety in Action® Conference that was to take place in Orlando, Florida from August 17-19, 2021 has been cancelled due to the state of emergency in Orlando.


  • Over 100 Action-Oriented Sessions

    CLOSE TO 50

  • Over 100 Action-Oriented Sessions


  • Over 100 Action-Oriented Sessions


  • Over 100 Action-Oriented Sessions


2021 Conference Tracks

  • General

  • Supervisor and Manager Development

  • Serious Injury and Fatality (SIF) Prevention

  • Industrial Ergonomics

  • Human Performance Reliability

  • Exposure Reduction

  • Total Worker Wellbeing

  • Executive Transformational Leadership


  • Jim Spigener
    Speaker: Jim Spigener View Speaker LinkedIn profile View profile
    Jim Spigener
    Jim Spigener Chief Client Officer

    Jim Spigener has helped hundreds of companies globally to design, prepare, and implement successful safety solutions at every organizational level, from the C-suite to shop-floor personnel.

    “As a senior leader of an organization, your priority should be protecting your employees who have loved ones depending on them, the way you would want your loved ones protected.”

    Jim is a seasoned executive coach with over three decades of experience helping senior leaders in companies worldwide demonstrably improve their individual impact on organizational safety. He has coached hundreds of C-suite executives from Fortune 500 companies, developing their leadership skills and partnering with them to create custom strategies for safety excellence and culture change.

    Among his most notable successes, Jim trained and coached one global manufacturing company’s top 300 executives. His work helped their executive teams develop strategies that made a step change in safety performance and developed a high-performing culture. The result was a significant drop in fatalities and recordable lost-time injuries.

    Jim is a highly requested speaker and has presented at countless conferences on topics that include, “How to Develop a High-Performing Culture,” “The Role of the C- Level Executive in Safety,” and “Fatality Prevention,” among others. He has authored texts, as well as articles that have been published in a variety of industry and trade journals.

    Prior to joining DEKRA, Jim worked as superintendent of fire, security, and safety for a Fortune 500 chemical firm where he developed, implemented, and coordinated its behavior-based safety process. Additionally, Jim developed operator and supervisory training programs, and was the company’s internal organizational development resource for self-directed work teams. Jim is a former steward of the United Steelworkers of America.

    Jim is passionate about safety education and is actively involved with developing DEKRA seminars like “Leading with Safety,” “Enhancing Supervisor Effectiveness in Safety,” among others. He is an active member of his community in Houston and serves on the board of the Haas Beens organization and INGAA. Jim is also a current member of the Conference Board and has held a leadership role on their Chief Safety Officer council.

  • David Musgrave
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    David Musgrave
    David Musgrave Vice President

    David leads DEKRA’s Brain-Centric Reliability™ group with a focus on creating effective Human Performance Reliability through applied neuroscience. Getting work done ‘right the first time’ through a systemic approach includes designing and enhancing workplaces and processes, and developing human performance capabilities, all with the human brain in mind.

    “My goal is to develop leaders, teams, and organizations and to further reduce their exposure related to human performance error at work, at home, and on the road. Executing critical tasks correctly every time requires some applied science.”

    David's clients tangibly benefit from his extensive experience in sustainable safety improvement through leadership development, cultural and operational reliability analyses, and human error reduction through applied and embedded knowledge of the brain. As a trusted advisor and master facilitator, he has designed and implemented change initiatives around the world that have helped numerous large companies achieve set performance targets in Dubai, South Africa, Australia, the UK, Norway, Canada, and the United States. David maintains that, no matter the location, the human brain operates in predictable ways that can be harnessed to drive "right first time" work, yielding a safe result every time.

    Before joining DEKRA Organizational Safety & Reliability, David led brain-centric consulting teams –where he found success cultivating world-class organizational performance through the application of psychology and applied neuroscience, and before that, he focused on clinical psychotherapeutic and diagnostic work with brain impaired (i.e., fetal alcohol spectrum disorder) and autism spectrum disorder diagnosed children. Designing environments and processes that foster success has been David's focus for the past 18 years.

    David is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the Association for Talent Development.

    He holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of Calgary and a bachelor’s degree in psychology (industrial organizational focus) from Saint Mary’s University. He resides in Florida with his wife, and two children.

  • Don Groover
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    Don Groover
    Don Groover General Manager

    For over three decades, Don Groover has helped hundreds of clients from a wide range of industries worldwide prepare for and implement successful change systems.

    “My mission is to help our clients exceed their objectives and help organizations create cultures where an injury-free career is a realistic outcome.”

    With over 40 years of experience in safety, Don works with senior executives and leadership teams to develop a deep understanding of the current state of the organization’s approach to exposure identification and control. He then helps them develop strategic change initiatives based on the underlying concepts found in the Leading with Safety® approach.

    Don regularly provides expert safety mentoring and safety leadership coaching to senior executives, including the C-Suite. He has coached hundreds of leaders in organizations ranging from domestic railroad operations to multinational chemical corporations. He is a frequent and highly rated speaker at national and international conferences, and at company events, presenting on subjects ranging from attributes of world-class safety to fatality prevention and leveraging safety to trigger culture change.

    Among his accomplishments, Don co-authored the book, The Manager’s Guide to Workplace Safety (Safety in Action Press, 2012) and has contributed to several other books, including Leading with Safety, by Thomas R. Krause (Wiley-Interscience, 2005), The Zero Index, by Colin Duncan (Safety in Action Press, 2012),  Modern Industrial Hygiene, Volume 3 (ACGIH® 2011) and Safety Leadership and Professional Development (American Society of Safety Professionals, 2018).

    He has also authored or co-authored numerous articles that have appeared in Construction Safety News, Contingency Planning & Management, Safety and Health, Occupational Hazards, Occupational Health & Safety, Professional Safety, and Pulp & Paper.

    Don is a certified safety professional (CSP) and was a certified industrial hygienist (CIH) for over 25 years. He is a member of the Board of Certified Safety Professionals, and the American Society of Safety Professionals. He holds master’s degrees in education from Wichita State University and environmental health sciences from the University of Alabama, Birmingham.

    His areas of expertise include exposure control, executive safety mentoring, safety-driven culture change, Serious Injury and Fatality (SIF) prevention, and change management.

  • Mike Mangan
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    Mike Mangan
    Mike Mangan VP, Solution Development

    Michael Mangan, Ph.D., is Vice President of Solution Development for DEKRA Organizational Safety and Reliability (OSR). He is responsible for facilitating global thought leadership and generating new innovations across the organization.

    “What I love about my work is the opportunity to take valid, evidence-based research and apply it in practical ways to improve everyday safety on the shop floor.”

    As head of DEKRA OSR’s development of cutting-edge services, Mike and his team focus on finding new ways to reduce exposure in the workplace and improve client safety performance.

    With extensive experience as a business leader, trusted advisor and military officer, Mike brings to his work a diverse set of skills that has resulted in creating advanced culture and leadership assessment tools for both organizational safety and process safety.

    Among its  accomplishments, this team has developed an integrated safety change process for first and second level operational leaders, new interventions targeting the reduction of Serious Injury and Fatality exposure in the workplace, and the Making Safe Decisions® solution, which employs the principles of neuroscience to enhance frontline worker defenses to reduce error and improve safety.

    He has worked with such government agencies as the Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Railroad Administration, U.S. Marine Corps, and Amtrak. His private sector consulting includes clients in the chemicals, healthcare, metals, petroleum, pharmaceuticals, rail mass transit, and nuclear utilities industries.

    He has particular expertise in designing and implementing customized leadership assessment projects for such diverse organizations as a large office products manufacturer, a global aerospace company, and an international pharmaceutical company.

    Prior to joining DEKRA OSR (formerly BST), Mike led numerous competency modeling and culture change engagements, evaluating, for example, the transformation initiative of a large technology company’s sales leadership.

    A former platoon commander and battalion training officer in the United States Marine Corps, Mike holds a doctorate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Ohio University.

  • Rajni Walia
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    Rajni Walia
    Rajni Walia Vice President

    Rajni Walia is a senior leader within the Brain-Centric ReliabilityTM team at DEKRA OSR. This team provides leading-edge solutions incorporating the latest in applied behavior and neuroscience to help organizations achieve “right first time” results in safety performance and greater Human Performance Reliability.

    “My aim is to help create safer workplaces so that individuals worldwide can get home to their loved ones every working day of their career.”

    Rajni is a highly sought-after thought leader with over a decade of experience leading performance management, organizational assessment and development, and providing human error-reduction consultations. Her methods foster strong performance reliability through a systemic approach to designing and enhancing workplaces and processes, all deeply embedded in applied neuroscience.

    Rajni's clients benefit from her extensive experience in bringing about sustainable safety improvement through leadership development and operational reliability analyses, using applied and embedded knowledge of the brain. Her areas of expertise include extensive knowledge of neuroscience, fatigue risk management, high-reliability organizational strategies, business development, individual and organizational assessments, data analysis, and management of complex projects.

    Prior to joining DEKRA OSR, Rajni was a principal consultant for a major consultancy firm, where she served as an internal subject matter expert and thought leader. Collaborating with executive and senior leaders from a number of multi-national organizations, she focused on driving sustainable improvements and advancing process sustainability, with a focus on brain-centered solutions. She was instrumental in developing best practices for mental health awareness, employee wellbeing, workforce engagement, and change management. She also designed and delivered surveys and training programs to enhance client operations across all organizational levels within the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and Africa.

    What drives Rajni’s consulting is the conviction that through the identification of needs and solutions founded in scientific research, clients can reduce the likelihood of human performance errors that can negatively impact the health and safety of workers.

    Rajni has written for several notable publications, including the Journal of Hospital Medicine, the International Public Health Journal, the Journal of Extra Corporeal Technology, the Journal of Healthcare Quality and Gerontology & Geriatrics Education.

    Rajni earned her PhD in applied organizational psychology from Hofstra University, her MA in industrial/organizational psychology from St. Mary's University, San Antonio, TX, and her BA in psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the American Society of Safety Professionals, the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology, and the Society for Human Resource Management.

  • Angelica Grindle
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    Angelica Grindle
    Angelica Grindle Vice President, Client Engagement

    Angelica Grindle specializes in the application of behavioral science to improve workplace safety at all organizational levels. Her industry experience includes construction, mining, manufacturing, utilities, oil and gas, automotive, paper, and healthcare.

    “Empowering my clients to make their workplaces safer has always been my mission.”

    Angelica Grindle is Vice President, Client Engagement within the Executive Consulting team at DEKRA Strategic Consulting. This team focuses on projects dealing with culture change, serious injury and fatality (SIF) prevention, safety leadership development, increasing hourly-employee safety participation, and assessing and understanding the systems that influence exposure.

    As a Ph.D. level behavior analyst with two decades of experience, Angelica specializes in creating safety excellence through the application of behavioral science at all organizational levels. She guides organizations to tailor their change initiatives to their unique organizational needs and generate the support needed from key stakeholders to create change that is embraced and lasts.

    Angelica has published articles in Safety and Health Magazine, Food Safety Tech Magazine, the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, and other publications. She also contributed to the book “The Values-Based Safety Process: Improving Your Safety Culture with Behavior-Based Safety” by DEKRA Executive Consultant Terry McSween.

    Angelica is a sought-after speaker at domestic and international forums and corporate events. She is the Content Director for DEKRA’s annual Safety in Action® Conference.

    She received both her Master’s in Industrial Psychology and her Doctorate in Applied Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University.

  • Bruce Madsen
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    Bruce Madsen
    Bruce Madsen Vice President, Industrial Ergonomics

    Bruce Madsen is an expert in industrial ergonomics and leads DEKRA OSR’s practice for addressing exposures contributing to soft tissue injuries. Bruce’s expertise is in mitigating orthopedic injuries in the workplace which helps organizations eliminate life-changing injuries and fatalities.

    “Getting people to correctly move bio-mechanically solves about 75 percent of all musculoskeletal and soft tissue injuries at work. This really, really moves the needle in terms of controlling exposure.”

    For nearly 40 years, Bruce Madsen has served as one of the world’s foremost authorities on industrial ergonomics. He is the founder of Sports Therapy Associates, an injury prevention, risk reduction, peak performance, and safety ROI consulting firm in southern Oregon. Bruce created The Keen Eye Industrial Soft Tissue Solution, his branded system that assesses human movement joint by joint to show potential risks and how to minimize them.

    Sports Therapy Associates innovated the space of ergonomics in a range of industries: pulp and paper, timber, mining, oil and gas, utilities, metals and mining, construction, and warehousing. His clients have included Boeing, Nordstrom, Food Service of America, Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas and Electric, J.C. Penney, Nike, Costco, TNT United Truck Lines, and the U.S. Army, among many others.

    Madsen also has extended his practice to include professional sports franchises. He has worked with more than 250 National or World champion athletes to help them prevent or recover from soft tissue injuries. One athlete of note is A.C. Green, formerly of the Los Angeles Lakers, who achieved “Ironman” status by playing 14.5 years and 1,192 consecutive games without a lost time injury.

    Madsen has an undergraduate degree in psychology with emphasis in industrial and sports psychology from Portland State University. He is also a certified athletic trainer and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), a nonprofit professional organization dedicated to advancing the strength and conditioning profession around the world.

  • Corey Hopkins
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    Corey Hopkins
    Corey Hopkins
  • David Janney
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    David Janney

    David Janney has 40 years of experience in customer service, operations, quality, and occupational safety and health. He lets organizational process excellence, strategy, and continuous improvement govern his thought process while using a people-centric approach to coaching, decision-making, and implementation.

    “Producing consistent quality is about good processes and systems, while safety is all about people.”

    As an Executive Consultant with DEKRA, David is focused on helping leaders and their teams reduce
    exposure and exemplify safety leadership within their organizations with programs and technologies
    such as Executive Leading with Safety® Program, SafeAlign® System, Exposure Based Safety System,
    Brain-Centric Reliability™ System, and Serious Injury and FatalityTM Prevention Services.
    David is a Certified Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE) and a Certified
    Quality Auditor (CQA) from the American Society for Quality, and a Certified Safety Professional
    (CSP) and Safety Management Specialist (SMS) from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.
    He has a deep background in the transportation and logistics industries, having served as both a
    Quality Auditor and Manager of Corporate Safety, Health & Environment for Delta Air Lines, and a
    Safety Manager for Amazon. At Delta he led strategic corporate efforts that maintained the top-rated
    safety record in one of the most regulated industries in the world, working with operational leaders
    and suppliers on improving performance year-over-year. He was also a member of numerous
    industry committees and working groups, partnering with airline leaders throughout the world to help
    elevate industry safety performance, and was a participant and champion of OSHA’s Voluntary
    Protection Program (VPP).

    Before joining DEKRA, David served clients worldwide in multiple industries with a training, software,
    and consulting firm.

    David holds a Master’s Degree in Occupational Safety & Health and an MBA, both from Columbia
    Southern University in Orange Beach, Alabama. He also has a BS in Business Management from the
    University of Phoenix in Marietta, Georgia.

  • Erika Gwilt
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    Erika Gwilt
    Erika Gwilt Director of Consulting

    Erika Gwilt is a consulting professional whose strength in leadership development and business strategy support enables her to help clients engage their entire workforces in improving safety outcomes.

    “I love linking positive safety results, in active and practical ways, with the behaviors that support them.”

    One of Erika’s specialties is evaluating and measuring the effectiveness of existing programs and designing customized, behavior-based safety initiatives that will create sustainable improvements and help corporate leaders realize their overall vision for safety performance.  Linked to this interest in sustainable and measurable performance is her passion for developing others, and Erika works with groups and individuals to enhance their safety knowledge and to develop skills in delivering safety leadership development to the organizations they serve.  For DEKRA Insight, Erika works in the Oil & Gas sector, as well as with utilities, airlines, food service and manufacturing companies.

    Before her career with DEKRA Insight, Erika was Assistant Vice President of Learning and Organization Development at BNSF Railway Company. While there, Erika initiated impact evaluations of the company’s safety leadership training program, which gave executives new insight into operational safety as well as the level of engagement of its union workforce in safety initiatives.

    As Northwest Airlines’ Director of Ground Operations Education and Leadership Development, Erika worked closely with FAA representatives to ensure employee security training, regulatory compliance, and procedural integrity. Her efforts helped Northwest achieve benchmark results in the FAA’s ATOS audits twice during her tenure, and achieve rankings in the top ten of Training Magazine’s “Top 100 Training Organizations.”  Her global leadership development responsibilities helped Northwest move its DOT ranking for customer service excellence from last ranking among major air carriers to #2 within three years.

    Erika holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Oregon, and a Master of Professional Studies degree from the Cornell School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University. Her honors monograph is entitled, “Critical Success Factors: A Vertical Approach.” She is a past board member of the LearnShare Consortium and a volunteer at the Fort Worth Aviation Museum.

  • Jack Balsamo
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    Jack Balsamo
    Jack Balsamo Vice President – Consulting Leader

    Jack specializes in managing complex, multi-site interventions for DEKRA OSR. These include projects focused on culture change, serious injury and fatality (SIF) prevention, safety leadership development, increasing hourly-employee safety participation, and assessing and understanding the systems that influence exposure.

    “The best part of my job is seeing people use the leadership tools to balance care and accountability of their workforce to achieve reduced exposure year after year.”

    Jack’s strength is in understanding how systems impact behavior. He simplifies concepts and teaches practical approaches that yield results. The organizational leaders he coaches quickly become aware that they know far more than they tend to put into action. His guidance helps them re-focus and prioritize where their scarce effort and time should be concentrated.

    Through his personal experiences and hands-on project experience, Jack has played a vital role in helping companies overcome union resistance and gain union buy-in and support for safety improvement. His solutions often improve morale and trust between the workforce and the organization in areas well beyond safety.

    As a seasoned leadership coach, Jack conducts 360-degree assessments, strengthens safety leadership and works with leaders to develop action plans that positively change how they are perceived as safety leaders.

    Examples of Jack’s accomplishments: He developed a strategic plan and oversaw a project in a multi-billion dollar food business that reduced injuries significantly over a three-year period, while saving nearly $60 million in workers compensation costs. He also developed an intervention in preparation for an outage at a nuclear plant. The project included leadership development, peer intervention, and union participation in governance of the project. The intervention helped the plant achieve zero injuries during the outage, as compared to nine during the most recent prior outage. In a different utility, Jack helped reduce injuries to record low levels through successive ownerships and leadership teams.

    Prior to joining DEKRA OSR, Jack managed maintenance operations and then served as Safety, Health, and Security Manager for a major manufacturing company, implementing behavior-based safety, managing workers compensation, and driving OSHA compliance for multiple unionized sites.

    An entertaining and knowledgeable speaker, Jack has delivered more than 200 presentations on leadership, culture, employee-involvement and behavior-based safety topics to professional and industry groups.

    Jack graduated cum laude from Illinois State University in Bloomington, IL, with a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology.

  • Lindsey Johnson
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    Lindsey Johnson
    Lindsey Johnson Director of Sales & Marketing- DEKRA Technology & Training

    Lindsey Johnson is the Director of Sales and Marketing for the technology division within the Consulting Service Organization at DEKRA North America. She focuses on providing cutting edge technology to a variety of companies and industries across North America to help with their safety programs and processes.

    “What I love about my job is learning about a company’s safety processes to help them create a digitized platform to reduce risk and exposure, resulting in a safer workplace.”

    Lindsey Johnson is part of the sales team at DEKRA North America. She is responsible for technology sales within the Consulting Service Organization, specifically for the Safety Management System division.

    Lindsey started at DEKRA North America as a Marketing Specialist and she has been involved with both marketing and sales operations throughout her career.

    In her current role, Lindsey gathers information from client demonstrations to best identify client needs of reducing risk and tracking safety data. From these demonstrations she understands the company processes and structure in more detail as well as their concerns. This allows her to propose the best technology solution customized to fit the company’s requests, resulting in a long-lasting partnership.
    Lindsey graduated from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics. She also holds a minor in Animal Sciences and Industry and a specialty in Marketing. Her combined experience helps her navigate different industries and issues as they arise during the sales process so she can deliver the best service to each unique company.

  • Luis Sanchez, Ph.D.
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    Luis Sanchez, Ph.D.
    Luis Sanchez, Ph.D. Vice President/Executive Consultant

    Luis Sanchez excels at leading large-scale culture change initiatives. He works with global clients to reshape their safety climates by designing effective behavior-based safety systems and leadership development processes based on their needs.

    For over two decades, Dr. Luis Sanchez has been leading large-scale culture change initiatives. He works with global clients to redefine the focus of their safety systems so that the focus is on exposure identification and control. He has worked across a wide variety of industries and is currently aligned with projects in construction, transportation, and utilities.

    Dr. Sanchez has extensive experience in all areas of organizational functioning from design and development to implementation and evaluation of performance improvement interventions at every organizational level to support stronger safety outcomes. A skilled and passionate educator, he coaches and facilitates workshops on the prevention of Serious Injury and Fatality, the concepts of Behavior Accident Prevention Process®(BAPP®) technology, Exposure Reduction Process and SafeAlign® Technology, technology which targets improvements on transformational leadership skills and safety best practices for leaders.

    Dr. Sanchez also has extensive experience implementing technical as well as professional and organizational development solutions, including competency performance processes.

    Currently a Vice-President Executive Consultant at DEKRA Organizational Safety & Reliability, Dr. Sanchez was previously a consultant at DEKRA Process Safety where his work focused on helping clients prevent catastrophic incidents such as fires, explosions, and chemical releases. He has also been an entrepreneur, establishing training organizations in Mexico and Brazil. He has 12 years of experience in the automotive manufacturing industry, where he was a foundry plant manager, and nine years of experience as a corporate performance improvement consultant, facilitator, and instructional system designer (GM Pro-Trainer) servicing several major manufacturing companies.

  • Matt Hargrove
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    Matt Hargrove
    Matt Hargrove Principal Consultant

    Matt is a leader within the Brain-Centric Reliability Team focusing on providing leading-edge solutions incorporating the latest in applied behavior and neuroscience and connecting them to organizations to help them achieve “right first time” results in safety performance and greater Human Reliability Performance.

    “I aim to maximize the performance of people through education, identification of needs, and developing and implementing solutions founded in scientific research that reduce the likelihood of human performance errors that can negatively impact the health and safety of workers.”

    Matt Hargrove is a principal consultant with the DEKRA whose work is dependent upon connecting people with systems, processes and capabilities that are most effective in accounting for hazards related to the human brain. Matt’s clients benefit from his extensive expertise in applied safety management, human factors and applied behavioral psychology and neuroscience resulting in increased human performance reliability.
    Working across all organizational levels, from the front line to the C-Suite, Matt conducts assessments, develops and coaches leaders, and implements critical solutions for organizations of all sizes across a variety of industries including oil and gas, chemical and automotive manufacturing. His leadership and coaching provides key leaders with the necessary tools to maximize performance of their front-line workers, enhance and transform culture, reduce human performance error and lead organizations to increased performance in safety, quality, and operational reliability.
    Matt has provided these solutions on a global scale for multiple Fortune 100 organizations, leading them to sustainable world class performance. His work has spanned the U.S., Canada, Africa, Europe and Asia-Pacific. For the last nine years he has worked as a performance consultant primarily in the oil and gas industry leading the world’s largest drilling operators.
    Prior to his tenure with DEKRA Organizational Safety & Reliability (OSR), Matt worked as a research psychologist focusing on researching and developing practical solutions to increase positive safety behavior related to alcohol consumption and driving, as well as supporting large organizational assessments and solutions for workforce and culture development for the U.S. Navy. He also worked as an HSE practitioner in warehousing, heavy metals and automotive manufacturing leading multiple organizations to increased safety performance through focus on people and developing a culture that accounts for the human factor.
    Matt holds a Master of Science degree in psychology with a concentration in Industrial- Organizational Psychology from The University of Memphis and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Virginia Tech. He lives near Memphis, Tennessee with his wife and two kids.

  • Mike Synder
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    Mike Synder
    Mike Synder Managing director, process safety

    Mike Snyder is the Managing Director for DEKRA North America Process Safety, a trusted advisor in chemical process safety testing and consulting services.

    “I truly enjoy the opportunity to become an organization’s trusted advisor who helps eliminate risk blindness and prevent catastrophic incident exposure.”

    As Managing Director of Process Safety for DEKRA North America, Mike Snyder is an expert in occupational and process safety programs. He was previously the Global Director of Safety and Loss Prevention for Dow Corning Corporation where he led the company’s occupational and process safety initiatives. 

    Mike is a retired Fire Chief and Fire Marshal from the Auburn-Williams Fire District in Michigan. There he developed expertise in the practical application of the Fire Code for construction and operational projects. 

    He currently serves on the Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) Advisory board and is a registered professional engineer in Michigan, a Certified Safety Professional, and a Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS).

    Mike has a MA in Occupational Safety and Health Technology from Columbia Southern University and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University. 

  • Paul Angelo
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    Paul Angelo
    Paul Angelo Principal Consultant

    Paul Angelo employs his more than 30 years of consulting and program management experience to analyze, design, and implement culture and safety leadership improvement processes that help his clients make a step-change in safety performance.

    “Knowing what to do in safety and leadership is different from actually doing it. Coupling a robust process with rigorous discipline drives results."

    Paul has helped clients throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia to achieve demonstrable improvements in their organizational cultures and safety performance. He has worked with government agencies such as NASA and Amtrak, as well as private sector clients in industries from agriculture, oil & gas, chemicals, transportation, pharmaceuticals, and healthcare to food processing, metals, mining and utilities.

    Paul is a skilled leadership coach, who provides one-on-one coaching on transformational leadership. He is also an effective educator, who leads classes in strengthening leadership skills.

    He is the designated subject matter expert and practice leader of DEKRA OSR’s SafeAlign® system.  The company relies on him to train its own consultants and its clients’ internal consultants.

    Paul has vast program management experience. He has overseen a number of multi-site

    engagements that presented complex program management challenges. He builds effective teams both within DEKRA OSR and externally with clients. In his work with teams, Paul has been able to:

    • Deploy resources in a way that drives sustainable results
    • Reduce the potential for Serious Injuries and Fatalities (SIF’s)
    • Improve leadership integration
    • Reduce injury rates and other safety metrics
    • Build organizational capability and teamwork

    Prior to joining DEKRA OSR, Paul worked for 18 years as a project engineer for major aerospace mechanical and flight control systems manufacturers. He began his career in technical design-and-build engineering and eventually moved into managing contracts and customer/supplier relations.

    Paul holds an M.S. in Scientific and Engineering Management from West Coast University, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Dayton. He earned a contract management certificate from UCLA and has completed post-graduate work in international business administration.

  • Phil Gwoke
    Speaker: Phil Gwoke
    Phil Gwoke
    Phil Gwoke

    Our speaker today, Phil Gwoke, is a writer, market researcher and
    generational expert with BridgeWorks, a company that has been
    dedicated to bridging the generational divide in the workplace and
    marketplace since 1998.

    Through their cutting edge research and best-selling books,
    BridgeWorks has helped some of the country’s best companies
    work through the inevitable clashes that can happen between
    Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation Xers and Millennials.

    From the AARP to MTV, they have been called on by business
    executives, politicians and the media to share their expertise.

    Phil is a Generation Xer who grew up break dancing and fixing
    cassette tapes with the eraser end of a number 2 pencil.

    Today, he is a renowned keynote speaker and generational expert
    and we are thrilled to have him with us!
    Please welcome, Phil Gwoke!

  • Rebecca Timmins
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    Rebecca Timmins
    Rebecca Timmins Senior Vice President

    Rebecca Timmins is an organizational safety industry expert who helps clients improve leadership, safety, and governance by planning and implementing sustainable data collection processes and feedback mechanisms that target specific areas of risk.

    “Leaders get what they ask for—knowing what you want, understanding how to trigger and reinforce the desired actions and doing it in a deliberate way that shapes high organizational functioning is key—do you know what you want?”

    Rebecca has implemented behavioral change systems and provided leadership development services for clients both National and Global across industries for over 30 years.

    Rebecca also excels at leadership development. She designs and delivers individualized leadership coaching services for clients, working one-on-one with senior leaders and decision makers at both site and corporate levels to support organizational initiatives. Her current coaching client base includes approximately 500 individuals from 40 organizations.

    Among her successes, Rebecca led a team that helped create a safety-driven culture and feedback-rich environment at a major American protein company. For this client, DEKRA implemented SafeAlign® technology focused on building a strong culture focused on exposure reduction that engaged senior leaders, management and frontline employees. This was affected through facilitated leadership development for existing, new, and future leaders. During DEKRA’s 6-year relationship with them, the client has achieved several notable safety milestones, including a greater than 45% reduction in serious injuries, a 15% reduction of injuries and illnesses for consecutive years and helped to reduce employee turnover to about 70% less than its competitors.

    Rebecca has written widely on behavioral science topics. She contributed to a chapter on cognitive bias in “Leading with Safety,” and has written numerous articles that have appeared in Perspectives in Behavioral Management™.

    Prior to joining the DEKRA team, Rebecca was a safety engineer and safety manager working in mid-size manufacturing environments that included heavy equipment fabrication, chemical processing, and printing plant assembly. Her responsibilities included traditional safety compliance, implementing continuous improvement processes based on TQM principles, risk management, ergonomic assessment, and work process/station redesign.

    Rebecca holds a master’s degree in systems management with concentration in decision analysis, a bachelor’s degree in biology/chemistry, and certifications in human resources management as well as safety and health.

  • Rick Smith
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    Rick Smith
    Rick Smith Senior Vice President

    With more than 40 years of progressive safety leadership experience, Rick works with senior leadership to design and execute strategic culture and safety change initiatives.

    “There is no greater reward in my life than helping people and organizations find ways to keep everyone safe every day.”

    Rick is an accomplished safety leadership coach, who routinely helps managers through the C-Suite achieve their organizational strategies and personal goals. He has coached hundreds of leaders in organizations ranging from domestic railroads and utilities to aviation, construction and mining.

    Currently Rick is leading a multi-year initiative with a major airline focusing on cultural alignment and reducing exposures for all employees. He is also providing senior leadership coaching and safety governance guidance.

    Prior to joining DEKRA OSR, Rick was the Managing Director of safety management and asset protection for Michelin Tire NA, Inc. Before assuming that role, he held a variety of operational positions up to and including General Manager.

    His areas of expertise include employee-driven behavior-based safety systems, leadership coaching, culture change, safety governance, hazard identification, and brain-centered hazards.

    Rick is a current member of the American Society of Safety Professionals and the National Safety Council. He is also a certified Zenger-Miller facilitator.

    Rick holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the Ivan Curry School of Engineering at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada.

  • Steven Luttrull
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    Steven Luttrull
    Steven Luttrull Vice President

    Steven’s areas of expertise are developmental training, sustainable safety performance, leadership coaching, and incident investigations.

    “What I particularly like about my job is helping clients realize that they have the ability to impact safety at a level they never thought possible.”

    Steven Luttrull oversees complex, multi-site and multi-service interventions for Fortune 500 clients in the metals, mining, petroleum, transportation, and utilities industries.

    He has extensive experience as a consultant, occupational health and safety manager, and bioenvironmental engineering specialist. This combination of skills enables him to conduct diagnostic assessments of client organizational cultures and safety climates and to design and implement successful behavior-based safety processes, leadership development systems, and leadership coaching strategies.

    Steven provides training to frontline workers on the foundational elements of BAPP® technology, ergonomics, and incident investigation, as well as developmental training to supervisors and middle managers. For executives, managers, safety professionals and union representatives, Steven teaches the management and leadership practices essential to improving and sustaining high-level safety performance.

    Among his accomplishments, Steven managed a comprehensive safety intervention across a major aluminum producer’s U.S. organization. This multi-tiered intervention included organizational cultural assessments, behavior-based safety process implementation, supervisory skills development, and leadership coaching at numerous sites.

    Steven is also an experienced leadership coach who has provided safety leadership and professional development coaching to individuals at every organizational level, from CEOs to first-line supervisors.

    In addition to his work with clients, Steven manages and trains the DEKRA consultants who support strategic initiatives and deliver services that expand applications of BAPP® technology in safety and leadership. He is also active in the development of DEKRA’s technologies. He led the development of the SafeAlign® system, co-developed a course on observer calibration, and piloted DEKRA’s technology for fast-startup, behavior-based safety implementation.

    Prior to joining DEKRA, Steven served four years as a noncommissioned officer in the United States Air Force, working as a bioenvironmental engineering specialist.

    Steven holds a Masters in Leadership from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix and a Masters in Human Resources Management from Fort Hays State University in Kansas. He is SHRM-SCP certified.

  • Sylvester Mayo
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    Sylvester Mayo
    Sylvester Mayo Principal Consultant

    As a behavior-based safety coordinator, mediator, educator and industrial electrician, Sylvester Mayo has over 30 years of experience overseeing the training and coaching of individuals and teams in safety, total process management, and dispute resolution.

    "I used to believe safety was an enigma wrapped in a riddle that could not be solved. Now I know continuous safety improvement is not only possible but how to make it happen.”

    Sylvester specializes in the practical application of performance management and the behavioral sciences to the challenges his clients face. He does this while listening to critical stakeholders and incorporating their inputs into his guidance to their search for solutions.

    Since joining DEKRA OSR in 2013, he has served clients in light and heavy rail, airlines, trucking, oil & gas, poultry processing, and general utilities. At a North Carolina utility, Sylvester was part of a team that assessed their safety systems and their overall behavioral safety process.  The company implemented all six of the team’s recommendations and achieved significant improvements in safety outcomes.

    A retired steelworker, he was Vice President of the Virginia AFL-CIO. He has also worked as a field investigator with the National Labor Relations Board and has extensive experience in labor-management relations.

    Prior to joining DEKRA OSR, Sylvester spent 30 years working in heavy manufacturing, installing, maintaining, and troubleshooting electrical and electronic equipment. He was responsible for forming Rapid Intervention Teams to identify potential issues and plan preventive maintenance, using the principles and tools of preventive maintenance and 5’S.  The intervention raised the percent of manufacturing uptime from 68 to 92 percent.

    Sylvester has extensive experience training people across a variety of fields and subject matters. While working fulltime, he was an adjunct instructor at Danville, VA, Community College and Euohn, VA, Christian College, where he taught ethics and helped improve student retention through orientation, skill assessment, and learning strategies.

    A skilled mentor, mediator, published author, and industry speaker, Sylvester is a retired Marine company gunnery sergeant, having served 15 years in the U.S. Marine Corps and Reserves.

    He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology from Averett University, Danville, VA, and is a certified mediator, family counselor, and volunteer firefighter.