General Session Speakers

Deborah Hersman

Deborah Hersman

President & CEO, National Safety Council

Deborah Hersman is president and chief executive officer of the National Safety Council, a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and preventing injuries. Ms. Hersman is a recognized leader in safety, with a frontline understanding of the value of protecting human life through thoughtful attention and management of risk.

Acknowledged as a visionary, Ms. Hersman is a passionate safety leader who advocates for safety across all industries. She helps further the Council’s vision of ‘making our world safer’ to improve every workplace, home and community as well as the way we travel every day.

Prior to joining NSC, Ms. Hersman served as chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board from 2009-2014. Among her many initiatives as chairman, Ms. Hersman focused on distracted driving, child passenger safety and helping victims and their families. Ms. Hersman was an NTSB board member on-scene for more than 20 major transportation incidents, chaired scores of NTSB hearings, forums and events and regularly testified before Congress.

Ms. Hersman was a senior advisor to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation from 1999-2004. She also served as staff director and senior legislative aide to former U.S. Rep. Bob Wise (D. – W. Va.) from 1992-1999. Her efforts contributed to the passage of milestone bills such as the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999, Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002, Transportation Equity Act of the 21st Century and Amtrak Reform and Accountability Act.

Ms. Hersman holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in political science and international studies from Virginia Tech, and a Master’s of Science degree in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University. She is a certified child passenger safety technician and holds a commercial driver’s license (with passenger, school bus and air brake endorsements) as well as a motorcycle endorsement.

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Timothy Dove

Timothy Dove

President and Chief Executive Officer, Pioneer Natural Resources

Tim Dove is president and chief executive officer of Pioneer Natural Resources. Dove is a member of Pioneer’s management committee and has served on Pioneer’s board of directors since 2013. Under his leadership, Pioneer has become one of the most efficient operators among the U.S. shale resource companies.

Dove joined Pioneer’s predecessor company, Parker & Parsley, in 1994 as vice president of business development and was promoted to senior vice president in 1996, where he served until the formation of Pioneer in 1997. Dove’s initial role at Pioneer was executive vice president - business development until 2000, when he was promoted to executive vice president and chief financial officer. He became Pioneer’s president and chief operating officer in 2004. In 2017, he was named president and chief executive officer.

Prior to joining Parker & Parsley, Dove worked for Diamond Shamrock Corporation and a successor, Maxus Energy Corporation. Dove holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago.

Dove serves on the Corporate Development Committee of MIT. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas Foundation and the Energy Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

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Dane Parker

Dane Parker

Vice President of Sustainable Workplaces, General Motors

Dane Parker currently serves as Vice President of the Sustainable Workplaces organization for General Motors. In this role, he provides leadership and oversight for all GM manufacturing and non-manufacturing facilities globally. His responsibilities include facility design, engineering, construction and operations, global workplace strategy, energy procurement and efficiency, environmental compliance and sustainability.

Prior to GM, Dane was Vice President, Global Real Estate, Facilities and Environment, Health and Safety, for Dell, Inc. Dane also spent more than 13 years at Intel Corporation in the Technology and Manufacturing organization in a variety of operational roles.

Dane has a passion for enabling peak performance in individuals and organizations, including how workplace environments can influence and support culture.

On a personal note, Dane has been married for 28 years and has six children and one granddaughter. He enjoys outdoor activities with family, serving others and constantly learning.

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Nelson Repenning

Nelson Repenning

Associate Dean of Leadership and Special Projects, MIT, speaking on the “The Psychology of Safety and Accidents”

Nelson P. Repenning is the Associate Dean of Leadership and Special Projects, and the School of Management Distinguished Professor of System Dynamics and Organization Studies at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Nelson currently serves as the faculty director for MIT’s Executive MBA program. His early work focused on understanding the inability of organizations to leverage well-established tools and practices. He has worked extensively with organizations trying to develop new capabilities in both manufacturing and new product development. Nelson has also studied the failure to use the safety practices that often lead to industrial accidents and has helped investigate several major incidents. This line of research has been recognized with several awards, including best paper recognition from both the California Management Review and the Journal of Product Innovation Management.

Building on his earlier work, Nelson now focuses on developing the theory and practice of Dynamic Work Design—a new approach to designing work that is both effective and engaging—and Dynamic Management Systems, a method for insuring that day-to-day work is tightly linked to the strategic objectives of the firm. He is also a partner at ShiftGear Work Design and serves as its Chief Social Scientist.

In 2003, Nelson received the International System Dynamics Society’s Jay Wright Forrester award, which recognizes the best work in the field in the previous five years. In 2011 he received the Jamieson Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

He holds a BA in economics from Colorado College and a PhD in operations management and system dynamics from MIT.

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Breakout Session Speakers

Alan Cramer

Alan Cramer

Mangager of Purchasing Strategies, Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA, Inc.

A native Texan, Mr. Cramer began his career with Total in 1989 in Houston Texas. His current position as the Manager of Purchasing Strategies provides him with an opportunity to work with suppliers, industrial sites and management. His current responsibilities include the creation of procurement strategies for multiple categories including but not limited to Engineering Services, Industrial Services, Industrial Materials & Equipment, General Goods & Services, and IT Goods & Services.

Prior to this Mr. Cramer held various positions with Total including Senior management positions in Qatar, Texas and Pennsylvania. Mr. Cramer has experience in Shared Service Management, Supply Chain, Logistics, Treasury and Accounting. Prior to his career with the TOTAL Group, he also worked for Damson Oil Corporation and GHR Energy Corporation. Mr. Cramer holds a BBA in Accounting from Abilene Christian University (Abilene, TX).

He has been married to his wife Teresa for 33 years. They have two sons who are both currently living and working in Texas.

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Bill Donato

Bill Donato

Associate Director-Bristol-Myers Squibb Contractor Safety Program, Bristol-Myers Squibb

Bill Donato has been a Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) employee since 1988, having previously worked with BMS as a contractor since 1981. He currently serves as Associate Director- Bristol-Myers Squibb Contractor Safety Program, but has had many roles and responsibilities at BMS - educator, designer, project manager and contractor safety program manager, just to name a few. Bill has been associated with five capital projects at BMS that have achieved OSHA’s VPP Star Status and a key stakeholder in the development of the Work/Job Performance Evaluation process used to evaluate on-site contractor performance. Mr. Donato is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and Civil Air Patrol. He is certified in first aid/CPR and a certified competent person for scaffolding/excavations.

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Bruce Lang

Bruce Lang

Director, Health, Safety and Environment, Hydro Ottawa

Mr. Lang is based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada where he leads a team of specialists in the development, implementation, maintenance and continual improvement of Hydro Ottawa’s integrated ISO 14001/OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health, Safety and Environment (OHSE) Management System, and Business Continuity Management Program.

Hydro Ottawa’s core businesses are electricity distribution, renewable energy generation and related services. Prior to joining Hydro Ottawa and the electrical utility sector in 2011, Mr. Lang spent 26 years in occupational health and safety in the forest products, meat processing, automotive manufacturing, nuclear products and services and municipal government sectors.

Mr. Lang holds a Diploma in Personnel Management; an Honours Diploma in Safety Engineering Technology; a Master’s Certificate in Municipal Leadership and a Master’s Certificate in Energy Sector Leadership. Mr. Lang is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP), a long standing member of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), and currently serves as a member of the Canadian Electricity Association’s Occupational Health and Safety Committee.

Hydro Ottawa has been an ISN hiring client partner since 2014.

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Carol Randall

Carol Randall, CPCU

President, Berkley Oil & Gas

Carol Randall is President of Berkley Oil & Gas. She has over 25 years of experience in the oil and gas commercial insurance industry. She has held various leadership positions in both claims and underwriting. In 1997, she was part of the team that launched St. Paul Oil and Gas, which later became Travelers Oil and Gas. She started Berkley Oil and Gas in 2009. Here she directs the development and implementation of long term financial, underwriting, risk management, and marketing strategies providing insurance exclusively to the oil and gas industry. She is a graduate of Louisiana State University.

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Daniel Groves

Daniel Groves

Founder and CEO, Construction Industry Resources

Daniel Groves is the founder and CEO of Construction Industry Resources providing market intelligence and project risk mitigation technology and solutions for large global owner and contractor companies building major construction projects (E.g. refining, power generation, chemical process and manufacturing). CIR owns and manages the Construction Labor Market Analyzer® (CLMA®) and the construction 20/20 Foresight Report which have emerged as a market leader for project labor risk analytics. Daniel was named by ENR Magazine as a global Top 25 Newsmaker for his work in developing and growing the CLMA®.

Daniel is also the Director of Operations and workforce consultant for the Construction Users Roundtable (CURT), an international organization of national and global companies representing nearly $200 billion in annual construction spending. CURT focuses on metrics, benchmarking and implementation of leading industry practices to help owners achieve the most productive use of every capital dollar. Daniel began working with CURT in 2007 on urgent workforce related issues and has been lending his expertise to the industrial construction market ever since.

After graduating from Asbury University in Kentucky in 1991 with degrees in the fields of accounting and business management, Daniel began his career with a law firm in Lexington, focusing on corporate and estate taxation and planning.

From 1991 to about 2007, Daniel founded and managed a contracting company, building, renovating and selling about 2 dozen residential and commercial buildings in the central Kentucky and Washington, DC regions.

In 1999, Daniel was named the Chief of Staff (one of the youngest on Capitol Hill) to United States Congressman Ernie Fletcher after managing his successful campaign. In 2003, Daniel managed Congressman Fletcher’s successful campaign for Governor then served as the Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the Governor until leaving in 2005 to begin a strategic business planning and consulting practice.

Daniel has been honored to share his business and leadership experiences and learnings in various opportunities, including guest lecturing a leadership class for several years at the University of Cincinnati.

Daniel resides in Lexington, KY with his wife (Danelle) and two young sons (Nathan, 10 and Evan, 8). His passions include snow skiing, just about any sport with his boys and woodworking.

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David Beers

David Beers

Senior Director of Information Technology, SM Energy

David is a Senior Director of Information Technology at SM Energy, providing leadership and oversight with Applications, IT Operations, Cybersecurity, Service Desk and Information Governance teams. He has been with SM Energy since 2009, holding leadership roles in Information Technology and Business Improvement.

Prior to SM Energy, David worked at Chesapeake Energy as an IT Director, Manager of Technical Field Services, and Supervisor of IT Operations Account Management. He has also worked at ConocoPhillips and Burlington Resources, holding various leadership roles in Information Technology.

With nearly 20 years of dynamic technology leadership experience and a total of 26 years in the Upstream oil and gas industry, David has a passion for coaching individuals and teams to grow and increase their overall effectiveness and delivery.

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Ed Foulke

Ed Foulke

Partner at Fisher & Phillips LLP and Former Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA

Edwin G. Foulke, Jr is a partner in the Atlanta office of Fisher & Phillips LLP, a leading national labor and employment law firm. He currently serves as co-chair of the firm’s Workplace Safety and Catastrophe Management Practice Group, recognized as one of the leading national OSHA practices. His national practice includes workplace safety and OSHA compliance assistance and strategic safety planning, whistleblower compliance and litigation involving the 23 whistleblower statutes handled by OSHA, defense of employers in responding to workplace health and safety enforcement litigation including OSHA citations and providing advice and assistance to employers in responding to OSHA inspections, emergency response involving workplace fatalities and catastrophic accidents and in rulemaking, legislative and regulatory initiatives/ matters. Ed has extensive experience representing employers in thousands of OSHA inspections and OSHA citation contests during his 30+ year career and has assisted U.S. and international clients in developing and implementing internal safety and health compliance policies and strategic plans. Prior to joining Fisher & Phillips, Ed served as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, having been named to this position by President George W. Bush in September 2005. As head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Ed directed a staff of more than 2,200 safety and health professionals, whistleblower investigators and support personnel. During his tenure at OSHA, workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities rates dropped to their lowest level in recorded history.

Nominated by President George H. W. Bush, Ed also served on the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission from 1990 to 1995, chairing the Commission from March 1990 to February 1994. The three-member Commission is an independent federal adjudicatory agency that renders legal decisions involving workplace safety and health citations arising from OSHA inspections. He is the only person in the United States to serve as both head of OSHA and Chairman of the Review Commission.

Ed has worked in the labor and employment area for over 30 years, specializing in occupational safety and health issues, whistleblower compliance, workplace violence risk assessment and prevention, and accident and fatality prevention. He has been named one of the “50 Most Influential EHS Leaders” by EHS Today magazine for several years and named one of the “50 Most Influential EHS Leaders” in the United States by Occupational Hazards magazine. Ed has testified before U.S. Senate and U.S. House Congressional Committees on occupational safety and health issues and agency budgets. He has also conducted briefings with members of Congress and Congressional staff. Ed is recognized as one of the nation’s leading authorities on occupational safety and health and is a frequent keynote speaker and lecturer on workplace safety, leadership development and other labor and employment topics.

Ed currently serves on the EHS Today Safety Leadership Board of Directors and on safety committees for the Associated Builders and Contractors, the Georgia Association of Manufacturers, the U.S. Poultry Association, the Solid Waste Association of North American, the National Association of Tower Erectors, and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. Ed is one of the most sought after speakers in the safety and health arena and has given thousands of speeches and webinars on the importance of safety to all employers. He has authored numerous articles and books on workplace safety and health for various entities, including the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, American Bar Association, the South Carolina Bar Association, the North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry, Bloomberg, BNA, EHS Today and the American Chamber of Commerce Resources.

A native of Perkasie, Pennsylvania, Ed graduated from North Carolina State University (with honors) in 1974, earned his law degree from Loyola University in 1978 and a Master of Law degree from Georgetown University Law School in 1993. He has served as an adjunct professor at New Orleans’ St. Mary’s Dominican College. Mr. Foulke was a high school and college All-American in swimming.

He is admitted to practice in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and the District of Columbia, and is admitted in the Fourth, Eleventh, and D.C. Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court. Ed can be reached directly at 404.240.4273 or efoulke@fisherphillips.com.

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Francisco Osiris Hernandez

Francisco Osiris Hernandez

Manager of Global Workplace Safety Risk Mitigation, General Motors

Being a long-term member of the General Motors family, Francisco’s most recent venture was to create the Workplace Safety Risk Mitigation organization which is now the technical arm of Global Workplace Safety at GM. This organization encompasses Safety Contract Management, Safety Design-In, Management of Change, and specific Performance Standards for High Risk Activities such as Fall Protection, Electrical Safety and Hazardous Energy control amongst others.

With over 100,000 contractors at GM sites worldwide, Safety Contract Management (SCM) is one of Francisco’s organization foundational pillars and a key enabler of GM’s Safety Vision: Live Values that Return People Home Safely. Every Person. Every Site. Every Day.

SCM is a comprehensive approach that includes key elements such as Pre-Qualification, Preparation and Award of Contracts, Training and Orientation, Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment, Worker Safety Engagement, Contractor Oversight and a Contractor Evaluation process that connects back to the Pre-Qualification stage and closes the loop. Under Francisco’s leadership, this process has been deployed at multiple global locations in Europe, East and Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Australia and, South and North America.

A family, life and safety enthusiast, Francisco is a Chemical Engineer graduated from the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México and has dedicated his nearly 20-year career to successfully create, implement and improve mechanisms to help return people home safely from their workplaces through a series of leadership roles in Mexico, Canada and the United States with varying scopes from local, country, regional and most recently global. In his current role, Francisco has lead the implementation and execution of key Safety Performance Standards that have helped transform the way GM approaches safety controls and processes with an enhanced Risk Based Culture.

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Fred Chang

Frederick Chang

Executive Director of the Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security at Southern Methodist University

Frederick R. Chang is the Executive Director of the Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security, the Bobby B. Lyle Endowed Centennial Distinguished Chair in Cyber Security, and Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in the Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University (SMU). He is also a Senior Fellow in the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies in SMU’s Dedman College. Additionally, Chang’s career spans service in the private sector and in government including as the former Director of Research at the National Security Agency.

Dr. Chang was elected as a member of the United States National Academy of Engineering in 2016. He is currently the Co-Chair of the Intelligence Community Studies Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine and he has served as a member of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Academies. He is the lead inventor on two U.S. patents and has appeared before Congress as a cybersecurity expert witness on multiple occasions. Dr. Chang received his B.A. degree from the University of California, San Diego and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Oregon. He has also completed the Program for Senior Executives at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been awarded the National Security Agency Director’s Distinguished Service Medal.

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Gary Childress

Gary Childress

Vice President - QHS&E, Oil States Energy Services

Gary has 40 years of QHS&E experience in the oil & gas industry serving in facility, regional and senior global roles for four oil & gas industry service and manufacturing companies including Baker Hughes, Grant Prideco, Express Energy Services and today Oil States Energy Services.

Gary has extensive experience in successful Quality, Health, Safety and Environmental Management systems and supporting development education assurance processes. Gary presently serves as the Vice President of Health, Safety and Environmental for Oil States Energy Services based in Houston Texas.

In addition, Gary was the concept creator and Executive Producer of the industry award winning movie production, “Left Undone.”

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Gary L. Walters

Gary L. Walters

Safety and Health Senior Director, Smithfield Foods Inc.

Mr. Walters, based in Smithfield VA, Corporate office, currently serves as the Smithfield Foods Corporate Senior Safety and Health Director, directing and leading a team that oversees more than 40 Meat Processing and more than 100 Hog Production and Feed Mill locations. Mr. Walters is a 33 year veteran of Professional Safety in the protein business and with Smithfield Foods.

Mr. Walters is a long-standing member of the National American Meat Institute, American Society of Safety Engineers, National Safety Council, Board of Certified Safety Consultants, International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration, and has served on many trade organizations and national committees such as OSHA VPP, OSHA Ergonomics Steering Committee and NIOSH.

In his spare time Gary is a devoted car enthusiast and has served as a member of the NHOF Board and is currently a directing member of various auto racing organizations.

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Jaclyn Henkelman

Jaclyn Henkelman, P. Eng.

Canada ESH Lead, Monsanto Canada Inc.

Ms. Henkelman is based in Winnipeg, Manitoba and currently serves as Monsanto’s Environmental, Safety and Health Lead for Canada. She is also the North America lead for Monsanto’s Contractor & Guest Program, and was actively involved with the implementation of ISN across Monsanto’s Seed & Trait business in 2015.

Prior to joining Monsanto 9 years ago, Ms. Henkelman spent several years working as a Regional Specialist for the Inspection and Regulatory Management Branch of Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture. She also spent time working at a consulting engineering firm.

Ms. Henkelman is a Professional Engineer, and holds a degree in Biosystems Engineering.

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Jason Nieuwenhuis

Jason Nieuwenhuis

EHS Manager, Devon Energy

Jason Nieuwenhuis is an EHS manager at Devon Energy responsible for the Shared Services Team and Delaware Basin Business Unit. His group handles Enterprise wide EHS Training, Protocols, Industrial Hygiene and Contractor Management in addition to other programs that apply broadly to the company. He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University, a Certified Safety Professional and has nearly 20 years of experience in various areas of Health & Safety.

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John Lambdin

John W. Lambdin

Director of Insurance and Assistant Corporate Secretary, Weyerhaeuser Company

John W. Lambdin is Director of Insurance and Assistant Corporate Secretary for Weyerhaeuser Company, the international forest products company headquartered in Seattle, Washington and an Associate in Risk Management (ARM). He is responsible for the establishment of operating policy, planning, management, and execution of the corporate risk management and insurance program for the company and its subsidiaries worldwide.

After graduating from the University of California at Los Angeles with a bachelor of science degree in engineering, he worked as a fire protection engineer for Kemper Group and American International Group before going to Weyerhaeuser to join the company’s risk management department in 1988. John held several positions in the Insurance Department before being named Director of Insurance in 2005.

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Jon Holztrager

Jon Holztrager

Director of Supply Chain Partnerships & Adjunct Faculty Member at The University of Tennessee

Jon Holztrager is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Tennessee and Director of Supply Chain Partnerships for the Haslam College of Business. Prior to joining the Haslam faculty, he was Director of Sourcing for the Tennessee Valley Authority where he was responsible for $3.5 billion in materials and services contracts.

He is a career supply-chain professional with expertise in total delivered cost reduction, operating asset strategy, supply chain transformation and best-in-class supply-chain results.

Jon also had prior roles with Sony and Kimberly-Clark Corporation where he had multi-site, executive responsibility for North American supply chain operations in the functional areas of distribution and transportation.

Jon has guest-lectured at The University of Texas on various Operations Management topics and is also a member of ISN’s Customer Emeritus Group. Jon and his wife Michelle have two boys, Andrew and Matthew, and live in Knoxville, TN.

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J. Keith Campbell

J. Keith Campbell, B.S. OSH

HSE/OQ Director, L. E. Bell Construction Co., Inc.

Mr. Campbell currently serves as the Director of Health, Safety, and Environment and is also Director of Operator Qualification for L. E. Bell Construction Co., Inc. of Heflin, Alabama. In this capacity he oversees the activity of 357 employees who complete pipeline installation and maintenance activity in 26 states. Within his tenure, Mr. Campbell has overseen creation of a Corporate Health and Safety Management System accepted by National Corporate clients and most notably was awarded a Canadian Certificate of Recognition (COR) by the Canadian Oil and Gas Industry Association. Mr. Campbell has advanced with L.E. Bell Construction Co. Inc. from a variety of Field Level positions such as Field Level Management to his current position. He holds an Associate Degree in Science from Gadsden State Community College, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Columbia Southern University. He has been deemed a Master Trainer by NCCER, a Certified Evaluator by Veriforce, and is an Outreach Instructor for the United States Department of Labor - Occupational Health and Safety Administration. Currently, Mr. Campbell is working to complete a Master of Business Administration degree and is the 2nd Vice President of the Pipeline Contractors Roundtable Group (PCRG). He is also a member of the NCCER Pipeline Users Council. He is married to Jennifer Campbell and has two beautiful daughters, Allie and Collins.

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Laura Ayala-Huntley

Laura Ayala-Huntley

Manager of Supplier Relationship and Qualification Operational Services, Southern California Edison

Laura Ayala-Huntley is the Manager of Supplier Relationship and Qualification Operational Services at Southern California Edison. Southern California Edison (SCE) is headquartered in Rosemead, California, employs over 12,000 employees and is the 4th largest US based electric utility. SCE serves 15 million people over a 50,000-square mile service area. Laura is responsible for leading the Supplier Qualification Program for SCE’s Supply Management ($4B non-energy spend) using the SAP Ariba tool. The program includes evaluation of incumbent and new suppliers using risk management tools, of which one element is Contractor Safety. Prior to SCE, Laura has over 20 years’ experience in Procurement and Strategic Sourcing in the Healthcare, Medical Device, Commercial Real Estate and Insurance industries. Laura has a B.A. Degree Business Administration from the College of Business and Economics at California State University. Laura has a Fullerton Project Management Certification and Management Certification from the California Institute of Technology and is a FEMA Certified Logistics Section Chief, SCE Incident Command Team.

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Laura Robbins

Laura Robbins

Senior Engineering Coordinator at NESTLÉ Purina

Laura is the Senior Engineering Coordinator and ISN Champion with Nestlé Purina Petcare Co. Laura’s role has included piloting ISN at the Nestlé Purina Atlanta factory. Laura’s focus is partnering with ISN to improve the selection and relationship-building with Nestlé Purina’s contractor partners. A graduate of Georgia Southern University, Laura has over 20 years’ experience as a paralegal. Laura’s diverse background including office management, health and safety, and Workers’ Compensation legal issues, lends to a practical approach to the development and implementation of safety programs and management systems. Through the Georgia Institute of Technology Professional Education program, Laura is pursuing OSHA and Lean Manufacturing certificates.

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Matthew Markel

Matthew Markel

Director Global Capital Procurement, WestRock

Matt interacts with Corporate and Local Engineering and Operations to negotiate and procure the goods and services for Global Capital and major expense projects across the organization.  Additional areas of responsibility include the Mobile/Heavy Equipment leasing/Fleet services as well as working with the local field procurement operations.  Matt’s previous role within WestRock was focused around the growth, development and coordination of the paper mill procurement teams.

Matt started his career with Beloit Corp before joining the Georgia-Pacific team.  Working in engineering, maintenance and operations before moving into strategic sourcing.  His most recent position before joining the legacy RockTenn organization was as the Global Sourcing Director for Georgia-Pacific.

Matt completed his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan.  He also holds an MBA from Purdue University, West Layfette Indiana and ESCP-EAP in Paris, France.

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Patrick Weyers

Patrick Weyers

Strategic Initiatives Lead, American Electric Power

Patrick Weyers is a utility professional who has focused his efforts on creating strategic improvements to the business units he has served throughout his 20 year career at American Electric Power (AEP). He is currently supporting the contracting of labor & services contracts for Distribution; Representing AEP on Regional Mutual Assistance Groups (RMAG) for Emergency Restoration; and Serving as a facilitator for AEP’s corporate cultural initiative “Power Up & Lead”.

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Rena Cutno

Rena Cutno

PSCMC, Purchasing Specialist, Americas Styrenics

Rena Cutno, PSMC, Purchasing Specialist, has been with AmSty for 20 years. Rena is the purchasing category lead for service and capital projects for AmSty US facilities. She is located in their St. James, Louisiana facility. AmSty has been a member of ISNetworld since 2011 and Rena began working with ISN in 2015.

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Robert Sherrill

Robert Sherrill

Director of Indirect Global Sourcing, GEC Packaging Technologies

Robert Sherrill is the Director of Indirect Global Sourcing for GEC Packaging Technologies, which consists of Graham Packaging, Evergreen Packaging and Closure Systems International. He is responsible for managing all global sourcing across North America, Brazil, and Asia Pacific including MRO, Plant Services, Packaging, Material Handling Equipment and other indirect categories.

He has an MBA and Accounting Degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. Robert currently resides in Colonial Heights, VA with his wife, Annette. Has two grown daughters who are or will be graduates of Virginia Tech by May 2018. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time at Lake Gaston, completing ‘DIY’ projects and golfing.

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Ron Walton

Ron Walton

Vice President - Risk Management, NuStar Energy L.P.

Ron is Vice President – Risk Management for NuStar Energy L.P. He manages all aspects of the corporate-wide property/casualty programs including insurance placement, premium allocations, surety bonds, risk analysis, establishing insurance contractor requirements, insurance clause contract negotiations and claims handling.

Prior to joining NuStar, he spent 9 years at AT&T with responsibility for their corporate insurance and workers’ compensation program. The company generated workers’ compensation claim payments in excess of $100MM a year. He served on the Board of Directors of the Workers Compensation Research Institute from 2000 until 2007 and as Vice Chair from 2003-2007. He also spent 10 years in the insurance industry as a claims representative and supervisor. Ron received his BBA from Baylor University and his MBA from The George Washington University and has obtained his Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Risk Management (ARM) and Associate in Claims (AIC) designations. He has served as a Director of the South Texas Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) Chapter after serving various officer positions.

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Scott Long

Scott Long

Contractor Safety Manager, Kinder Morgan

Scott brought over 14 years of experience in project development and management to Kinder Morgan in 2012. He leads their contractor safety program on major construction projects. Scott received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Truman State University and his Masters’ in Business Administration from William Woods University (both schools in Missouri).

He currently serves as Chair of both the Field Audit Network and Lessons Learned Committee of the INGAA Foundation. He is an active member of the Pipeline Construction Safety Roundtable Coordinating Committee as well as the SafelandUSA Advisory Board.

Scott is also an approved OSHA Trainer in Standards for Construction. He resides in Klein, Texas with his wife Molly and three children.

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Steve Greene

Steve Greene

Vice President, NCCER

Steve currently serves as vice president of NCCER (originally known as the National Center for Construction Education and Research). He has over 40 years of construction management experience (superintendent, project manager, director of human resources and senior director of global workforce development) with three major international contractors – Fluor, KBR and Bechtel. Steve has been the COO and owner of an industrial construction services company and has been the vice president of operations with two post-secondary career college systems.

Steve’s diverse background encompassing both industry and education has made him a valuable source of information for many boards and committees. He has held Board of Trustee positions with the American Vocational Association, NCCER, the National Technical Honor Society, the Piedmont Council for the Prevention of Child Abuse, the Associated Builders and Contractors Construction Education Foundation and the Fluor Foundation Scholarship Board.

Steve currently participates on a number of workforce development boards and committees to include the Construction Users Roundtable (CURT) National, CURT local user councils, SkillsUSA and industry specific organizations.

Steve’s breadth of knowledge has also made him a preferred speaker with industry and education groups doing over 40 presentations across the United States annually.

Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in Pre-Medical Science from Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

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Susan Lotter

Susan Lotter

Associate Director Risk Engineering - Americas, Mondelēz International

Sue has over 30 years of experience in the Food & Beverage industry, currently working for Mondelēz International. She has held positions in engineering, project management, health, and safety and is currently the Associate Director for Risk Engineering for the Americas, delivering programs to protect both the personnel and property of the business as well as the global lead for developing and implementing Process Safety programs. Sue manages the ISN implementation for Mondelēz in North America aimed at streamlining the prequalification process and insuring that contractors meet the Mondelēz standards in safety and quality. Sue is also a member of the Mondelēz Global Contractor team charged with designing a world class construction management system.

Sue is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a degree in Chemical Engineering.

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