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Senior Leader with 25 years of operations and consulting experience in oil and gas, energy, chemical, manufacturing, government, and medical fields. Expertise in developing and implementing Corporate Strategy, Management Systems, Culture, Risk Management, Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS), Process Safety Management, Security, Sustainability, Resiliency, Competency, Engineering, and Quality programs necessary for organizational growth and success.
Proficient with developing strong leaders, efficiently simplifying and standardizing processes to ensure compliance, leading efforts to reduce business risks, strengthening organizational culture, increasing profitable consistent growth .
Knowledgeable author and motivational keynote speaker, leveraging excellent written and verbal communication to interact effectively and professionally with a broad spectrum of industry and non-industry personnel from field staff to executives in the workplace, at seminars, and at conferences.
Critical Thinking ♦ Complex Problem Solving ♦ Risk Analysis and Reduction ♦ Organizational Culture ♦ Strategy ♦ Compliance ♦ Environmental Health & Safety ♦ Assurance & Reporting ♦ Continuous Improvement ♦ Verbal & Written Communication ♦ Leadership and Competency Development ♦ Incident Investigations
Analytical ♦ Motivational ♦ Intuitive ♦ Ethical ♦ Collaborative ♦ Efficient ♦ Adaptable ♦ Strategic ♦ Team Building ♦ Consultative ♦ Relationship Management
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Eldeen director of Pozniak Safety, a Canadian Register Safety Professional (CRSP), a Certified Health & Safety Consultant (CHSC), a Certified Health & Safety Management System Auditor (CHSMSA), a Fellow of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (FIIRSM) and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health in the UK (CMIOSH), has a diverse educational background. She has attained both a Bachelor of Arts Degree & a Bachelor of Science Degree at the University of Saskatchewan and has completed her Ergonomics Professional Residency Program.
Eldeen is committed to a Safer World of Work through strong Occupational Health and Safety Management System Concepts & Standards. Eldeen's commitment is demonstrated by her involvement as an advisor & consultant to various government, business and industry sectors, working on CSA / ISO Canadian Working Committees. . It is also shown through her numerous memberships & positions in safety & health related associations regionally - the Saskatchewan Safety Council; nationally - the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (Past President); & globally – International Network of Safety and Health Practitioner Organizations (Current President) & ASSE (IPS BoK Chair).
Eldeen’s consistent attendance at Safety Seminars & continued education provides further opportunity to present & share her extensive base of knowledge & focus on continuous learning of the most current information & concepts. She has been lecturing at a variety of technical institutes and at the University of Saskatchewan from 1997 to 2009, developing and delivering numerous courses for the Occupational Health and Safety Certificate Program, and is now involved with the University of Fredericton as a OHS program consultant.
She is a recognized and sought after International Keynote, Sessional, and Workshop Presenter. Due to her commitment & professionalism, she has been nominated for and received numerous awards such as the YWCA Women of Excellence – Women in the Profession, the Women in Business Athena Award, the 2001 Saskatchewan Safety Professional of the Year, the 2011 Canadian Safety Professional of the Year and the ASSE’s 100 Women in Safety. She was inducted to the Saskatchewan Safety Councils Safety Hall of Fame in 2014.
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Phone: (306) 373-1444
About Jon Hager:
Jon Hager is Co-founder and President of Industrial Biodynamics in Salem, Virginia.
The company designs, develops and provides innovative safety training solutions that have proven to reduce common workplace injuries. Mr. Hager has developed product solutions that can be tailored to a companies’ training needs. Modular equipment design allows for kinetic learning programs to be adapted to an organization’s specific safety challenges. Current products address slips, trips and falls and vehicle egress through interactive training that reinforces good habits in human performance.
Mr. Hager has been a product designer and manufacturing engineer for more than 30 years developing sensors, power supplies, communication systems, military hardware and safety equipment for small and large scale production. Mr. Hager holds an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech. He is very involved in his community through sports teams, support school activities and Scouting.
About Christian James:
Mr James is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Biodynamics LLC, a company that provides kinesthetic learning training solutions to significantly reduce common workplace injuries.
Mr. James was involved in helping transition the Slip Simulator and Egress Training System technology from its roots at Virginia Tech into commercially viable training programs now currently used by many Fortune 500 companies. He is a certified Slip Simulator instructor, and consults with other companies to help them develop effective kinesthetic training programs to combat safety issues.
Before Industrial Biodynamics, Mr. James was involved with numerous engineering projects for government and industry, to include auditory research, shipboard component design, diesel engine testing, and research and development of future weapons. Mr. James also enjoys spending time cycling, running and tending his garden in beautiful southwest Virginia.
Brent is an experienced manager and fundraiser with more than 16 years of work in both county government and community based relationships. He has been a liaison with local municipalities and service organizations along with event management, public relations and administrative work and major projects.
He has a degree in Sports Management from Florida State University and in addition to working with Orange County he has worked for a professional baseball team and the Central Florida Sports Commission which through bid development earned him three trips to Australia.
He has served on several boards, made regional, state, national and international presentations and was the recipient of the International Lifesaving Association President’s Award for his work on Rescue 2002.
Brent currently serves as the Executive Director for The Children’s Safety Village of Central Florida. A not-for-profit organization that caters to preventing children injuries and fatalities through lifesaving education and first-hand experience. The Safety Village’s goals revolve around the safety and protection of children. Eliminating unsafe conditions through education and training of children is the organization’s greatest contribution to the Central Florida community.
Married to Sylvia, Brent has two teenage children, Brent Jr. and Madison.
Contact Brent at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at +1 (407) 521-4673
K. Scott graduated from Columbia University in 1993. His career covered international technology sales and domestic BPO management before accepting a spiritual project in 2012- "Do something to spread peace."
The idea to write a book was born and Drive Me To Think was published 10 months later.
Since then many radio interviews, book discussions, and speaking engagements have come and gone prior to the development of the current corporate seminar and free messaging model.
Now there is a very simple, clear path for the DriveMeToThink Movement- help any entity enlighten its employees, reduce accidents, and embrace forgiveness. Lives are saved and changed while peace spreads exponentially on our roadways and in our lives.
K. Scott is married, has three kids, many birds, and lives in New York City.
-ACIM Trainer Certified
-Law of Attraction Instructor Certified
Sylvia Marusyk is everything you never knew you wanted in a public speaker. The owner and innovative mind behind MindBody Works; a Canadian company focusing on creating and maintaining health and wellness in the workplace.
Sylvia is fun, sassy and passionate about safety & health. As an Occupational Therapist with almost 30 years of experience and expertise in the field of health and safety she emphasizes that prevention is the key to creating happy, healthy individuals, employees and businesses.
The former host of the ‘Happy Hour With Sylvia!’ radio show, international keynote speaker, “activational” mentor and industry expert has proven that the way we look at corporate health, safety and wellness is due for a change of perspective; and Sylvia is leading the charge.
Sylvia addresses a wide range of topics and concepts with presentations like Stressed To Kill!, which offers a unique perspective on the health crisis related to stress; Respectfully, Up Yours! which addresses corporate culture and cooperation; and Happy Hour Begins at 9:00AM! which tackles the concept of happiness and relates it to the modern workplace.
Her entertaining presentations focus on a proactive approach to building healthy lives and workplaces. Through the use of humour and her incredibly dynamic presentation style, Sylvia leaves audiences laughing, learning and going home with the tools and confidence to change their lives for the better.
Discover the power of your mind-body so you can make the rest of your life, the best of your life!
Check Sylvia’s speaking availability through here: https://topsafetyspeakers.com/contact-us/
Helping clients to derive value from improved floor care management: saving money by reducing risk and preventing slip accidents and/or improving aesthetic standards.
As the slip safety specialist of choice for stakeholders including insurers, brokers, floor suppliers, managing agents, cleaning & FM, lawyers, and property owners, I help clients understand slip risk & reduce accidents via improvement in surfaces & surface maintenance
I believe that slips are avoidable & dedicate myself to helping clients prevent this, the most frequent type of accident to staff & visitors to workplaces. Through scientific measurement (pendulum testing) & proven, practical solutions, risk reduces exponentially
Through my work, clients typically see:
* Lower risk (5,000x+)
* Fewer accidents (50%+)
* Less harm (given 95% of slips cause broken bones)
* Greater claims defensibility (33%+)
* Higher sales (through better cleanliness brand standards)
Therefore, greater bottom-line profitability
My advice centres on the Six Sources of Slips (floor, contamination, cleaning, environment, people & footwear) with practical, measurable solutions to prevent accidents
Slips account for c.33% of insurance claims by volume & value and cause 1.5m NHS bed days. They’re the biggest cause of accident to members of staff & public in workplaces. They happen everywhere, but they’re poorly understood:
“Slips are inevitable”
“The floor is wet so of course it’s slippery”
“I used a yellow sign, what more could I do?”
These are exactly the kinds of misconceptions I help to eradicate
This is achieved through a proven 6-step methodology (Six Steps to Slip Safety)
Don’t just take my word for it: check out my recommendations on here including the words of a leader in the insurance risk management world: “Christian really knows his stuff. Any business would benefit from his advice” (Chris Gill, QBE)
Contact me on:
0203 355 5018
www.slipsafety.co.uk/call/ (to book a 15-minute call)
Or visit www.slipsafety.co.uk/scorecard/ to take our digital diagnostic to benchmark yourself vs best-practice on the Six Sources of Slips
Tony is a specialist in the field of human error risk management for mostly industrialized enterprises. Tony is the author of Risk-Based Thinking: Managing the Uncertainty of Human Error in Operations (2018). Tony’s recent clients include U.S. DOE, Amgen, Babcock and Wilcox (B&W), Biogen, SI Group, PPL EU, and General Electric.
Before starting his business in 2007, Tony was employed by the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) from 1985 to 2007. INPO, sponsored by the commercial nuclear industry, is an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the highest levels of safety and reliability in the operation of nuclear electric generating plants. While at INPO, Tony developed his expertise in human and organizational performance, which has applicability to any human endeavor especially hands-on work. He developed extensive guidance for the nuclear electric generating industry around the world as well as the U.S. Department of Energy.
In 2003 and 2004, Tony served a temporary assignment from INPO at Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) as TVA's lead for human performance, overseeing human performance initiatives at all TVA nuclear stations (Browns Ferry, Watts Bar, and Sequoyah nuclear plants).
Before joining INPO in 1985, Tony trained nuclear plant operators as a control room simulator instructor at Farley Nuclear Plant from 1983 to 1985, while employed by Westinghouse Electric Corporation. Tony certified as a senior reactor operator instructor in 1983.
An active member of the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI), Tony is a certified performance technologist (CPT) awarded in 2006. The CPT designation is awarded by ISPI to experienced practitioners in the field of human and organizational performance improvement, whose work meets both the performance-based Standards of Performance Technology and application requirements. Recertification is required every 3 years
Captain Muschara, USN-Ret., served seven year’s active duty in the U. S. Navy submarine service. While on active duty, Tony was qualified as an “Engineer of Naval Nuclear Propulsion Plants,” by Naval Reactors during the Admiral H. G. Rickover tenure. In 2000, Tony retired from the U.S. Naval Reserve with the rank of Captain (O6).
Tony holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Kennesaw State University (1989) and a Bachelor of Science degree in general engineering (mechanical) from the United States Naval Academy (1975).
I have been married to my best friend, Pam, for 42 years. We have three grown children and seven grandchildren, all living in north metro area of Atlanta. Pam and I are for the most part retired from regular employment, while I still consult periodically. Both of us enjoy our grandchildren, while I enjoy hiking and backpacking.
Dedicated to empowering leaders to excel in diverse cultures/environments, I enable them to become the leaders they are meant to be. I am passionate about coaching leaders through change management, strategic communication, self-promotion, and personnel inspiration.
Successful in positioning global leadership to meet and surpass even the most ambitious personal/professional goals, I am an inspiring public speaker and respected thought leader. Throughout my career, I’ve earned respect for building many groundbreaking women’s leadership groups, helping women to grow their careers and navigate male-dominant organizations. I’ve taught leaders how to steer teams through change management, customer engagement and maximizing productivity that deliver amazing results.
I am always interested in connecting with colleagues, old friends, and new clients. Feel free to reach me at email@example.com
Sheldon Primus is a Certified Occupational Safety Specialist with a Master of Public Administration (MPA) with a concentration in Environmental Policy. He has been in the environmental and occupational safety field since 1994.
Additionally, he is a trainer for the Certificate for Occupational Safety Managers (COSM) and Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS) programs of the Alliance Safety Council-Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is the author of “7 Steps to Starting A Profitable Safety Consulting Business”.
Sheldon is an authorized OSHA General Industry and Construction trainer for the 10 and 30-hour Outreach program. He was an adjunct instructor at Florida State College at Jacksonville OSHA Training Institute Education Center (OTIEC) for teaching all of the OSHA numbered General Industry and Construction courses.
Mr. Primus is a guest columnist for the online publications of Treatment Plant Operator (TPO) and WaterOnline. Additionally, he conducts OSHA compliance webinars for:
Online Compliance Panel
Sheldon is a construction and general industry Subject Matter Expert (SME) course developer and course reviewer for:
Health and Safety Institute (HSI)
Mr. Primus served as part of the Water Environmental Federation (WEF) Water Sector Safety Committee and the US Department of Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) taskforce on All Hazards Communication training for the Water and Wastewater Sector. Sheldon was also the President of the South Florida Chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) for the 2017-2018 term.
Sheldon has spoken on safety and health topics for a variety of organizations including, but not limited to:
American Society of Safety Professionals Safety 2018
American Society of Safety Professionals Leadership 2016
VPPPA Annual Convention 2017
Louisiana Governors Safety Conference 2015, 2016, 2017
Florida Water Resource Conference 2015, 2016
Florida Pest Management Association Conference 2015
Safety Council of the Palm Beaches
Sunshine Safety Council
Mike Sedam is a dynamic speaker and consultant that brings a fresh perspective to leadership, communication, safety, and risk management. His education and experience transforms people and lets them see performance in a new way. Attendees leave his talks with a new lens to view their lives, their performance, and their interactions with others.
Mike has taken his education in counter-terrorism and public administration to help people understand what drives their behavior and the behavior of others. Mike’s weekly podcast, The Crucial Talks Podcast, provides valuable information on human behavior and has been downloaded thousands of times by people across the world including in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and China. Mike is a commander in a large law enforcement agency. In addition, Mike is also a Senior Advisor for Government Integration, serves as an Accreditation Commissioner, leads a multi-agency coordination group, and co-chaired a Federal Aviation Administration rule-making committee. Mike not only has experience as a leader, he has experience as a pilot, safety officer, and fleetwide maintenance coordinator.
Mike’s broad education provides one of the greatest benefits to his clients. Mike has earned two master’s degrees, one in Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School and the other in Public Administration from California State University. This has allowed Mike to develop a high level of expertise in human behavior and organizational behavior. Mike looks through the lens of Appreciative Inquiry and the Social Identity Approach at sociology, psychology, biology, and organizational behavior to provide value to individuals and organizations
Katie Romo has been a safety professional in manufacturing for 6 years.
Through her people-first approach, Katie works to improve safety culture and empower all at her organization to be engaged in safety.
She has a master's degree in safety and an ASP certification.
Over the last 35 years, Mr. Storer invented a patented safety product that has helped keep workers safe around the World, founded a company that appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank, driven sales programs for multi-billion dollar, Fortune 500 companies and served as an elected official for more than a decade.
Leaving the corporate world in 2016, Mr. Storer and his wife founded Night Tech Gear, an innovative safety product company for work and play. Night Tech Gear developed the patented shoe light technology used in Night Runner, Night Trek and Night Shift Shoe Light brands.
They have been featured on Shark Tank, Good Morning America, The Today Show, Forbes and nearly 100 other global media outlets.
Since their launch they have sold products in more than 50 countries around the world. Their complete line of products meets today’s 24/7 demand of working, fitness and chasing your adventure.
Contact Mr. Storer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rob spent almost ten years in the US Navy before working at the South Texas Nuclear Project for twelve years. During this time, he worked in Operations, Chemistry, & Environmental and ultimately owned the Human Performance Improvement initiative and the Procedure Program through a difficult plant recovery time. In addition, he was also utilized as an industry internal consultant in these areas. Rob has been consulting since leaving commercial nuclear power operations in 1996. He is currently the President and Director of Operations for Fisher IT, Inc. (FIT), a US Based, Native-American and Veteran-owned business headquartered in Concord, NC.
FIT has been involved in developing multiple industry international standards for human and organizational performance, incident analysis and procedures. FIT is internationally recognized for their work in reducing fatalities and serious / life altering injuries. We have successfully partnered with over one hundred companies in various fields including manufacturing, petrochemical, power generation (nuclear and non-nuclear), power transmission and distribution, and numerous Department of Energy sites. FIT consults internationally in Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, France, Spain, Russia, China, and many others. Rob is a sought-after executive mentor, coach and trainer, and is routinely invited to speak at international and regional conferences on procedures, performance improvement, safety, and event analysis. Rob has extensive experience in performing incident / event analyses, designing performance improvement systems, designing and improving corrective action programs, assessing, designing and running procedure programs, and educating staff at all levels of the organization. As a previous field and management owner of these areas, he brings an implementation mentality to consulting, along with a recognized capability to make the science practically applicable at all levels.
If you have any follow-up questions regarding our capabilities, or if you would like to contact Rob for any other reason, he can be reached via email at Rob.Fisher@ImproveWithFIT.com .
Ivan Pupulidy applies his experience and research to operations in complex system and high-risk environments, such as wildland firefighting, aviation, military and medicine. As a U.S. Forest Service Director, Ivan developed and implemented the Learning Review, which is a process designed to improve how large and small organizations respond to accidents and incidents. The Learning Review is centered on understanding and mapping systemic conditions that influence human actions.
Ivan’s ability to integrate academic research with real world application comes from his varied life experiences, which have included work as a mine geologist, exploration geophysicist, and a U.S. Coast Guard pilot for rescue and law enforcement missions.
Ivan served in the U.S. Air Guard and Air Force Reserves, where he flew the C-130 Hercules, including missions as a Modular Airborne Firefighting System (MAFFS) tanker pilot on wildland fires. He also served on active military operations for combat and humanitarian support in Iraq, Afghanistan and Central Africa.
Ivan earned a Master’s of Science degree in Human Factors and Systems Safety at Lund University, Sweden, under Professor Sidney Dekker. He completed his PhD in Social Science at Tilburg University, Netherlands. He now brings his academic credentials and real-world experiences to the University of Alabama as an Adjunct Professor.
Ivan is an international consultant and organizational coach who focuses on topics related to human factors, Organizational Culture, real-time risk perspectives, HOP, learning from events, organizational dialogue, development of high-leverage learning products, and the connection between resilience & high reliability organizing.
Dr. Ivan Pupulidy: DynamicInquiry@me.com
Ron Gantt is Director of Innovation & Operations at Reflect Consulting Group, a management consulting firm located in San Ramon.
He has 17 years experience working with large and small organizations in industries such as construction, utilities, biotech, and chemical manufacturing. Ron has undergraduate degrees in safety and psychology and a graduate degree in safety engineering. He is a Certified Safety Professional and a Certified Environment, Safety and Health Trainer.
Ron is also owner and contributor at SafetyDifferently.com.
Serendipitously entered the occupational safety and health field in 1994 because Minnesota OSHA draws interview candidates from the same list as the Pollution Control Agency. LOVED working as a CSHO and learning/practicing OSH from OSHA's perspective. During that time, I also spent a year as a product manager/subject expert for air filtration line of equipment. In 2001, up-rooted my family to attend graduate school at UW-Madison.
While in graduate school, was fortunate to be working part-time as a risk manager at the WI Dept of Health and Family Services (primarily performing OSH duties for mental health and long-term care facilities throughout WI). Upon completing of my PhD in August 2007, started my first faculty position at the University of Minnesota Duluth. In 2010, took advantage of an opportunity to return to Southern Wisconsin and now work at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. I am very involved with the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP).
Specialties: Job and work system analysis, workforce perception surveys, identification of critical system and policy incongruencies, integration of safety and quality management, re-engineering for optimal safety, ergonomics, and performance.
Over the course of his thirty-plus year career in public safety, Marc Yeston has worked as a flight paramedic, a federal and state law enforcement officer, a firefighter, a ski patroller, a National Park Service chief ranger, a wilderness guide, an educator and a pilot. The bulk of his career was spent leading emergency and search & rescue operations at the busiest inland search & rescue venue in the country—Grand Canyon National Park.
For the past twenty-five years, Marc has had daily opportunities to practically apply the principles of High Reliability and New View Safety under the tutelage of mentors including Dr. Todd Conklin.
“For the longest time I worked in operations that viewed human error as ‘bad choices’ to be corrected. Realizing that human error is a normal part of our work environments, I came to apply operational learning informed by the New View. As a result we blamed less, learned more and measurably improved our high-value operations by changing our approach from ‘blaming and punishing’ to ‘learning and improving.’ The result: Safer, more engaged workers, better outcomes, cost savings and a climate of mutual respect and mission clarity up and down our chain of command.”
“I thought the work we did so successfully was rather unique until I realized that the approach of safety in the New View is relevant and valuable no matter the nature of the work, tools or disciplines involved. Substitute the words ‘helicopter & rope’ with ‘ladder and hammer’ and we’re really talking about the same things…workers encountering the job with the tools of their trade in challenging operational environments.”
Now a retired chief ranger, Marc serves as an instructor and trainer in wilderness emergency medicine, search and rescue, human performance and operational learning. He has provided training to companies and organizations involved in high-hazard, high value work ranging from high-voltage utility workers, mariners at sea, production floor employees, managers, supervisors and even astronauts.
“People, with few exceptions, take pride in their work and perform it reliably day after day. When something goes wrong it seems so easy to blame, fix and re-train the worker. We go home feeling like the problem has been identified and solved. When we do this, we’ve actually fixed nothing in our systems. We’ve left our workforce in the same environment that made the mishap or tragedy possible in the first place. Asking the right questions about the traps and vulnerabilities in our systems, working together to improve the conditions and engaging the ‘people who know the work’ is a bit harder to do initially but the pay-off is immense.”
Marc engages workers and managers with dramatic stories from his world of high-hazard work. Participants come away with a new appreciation for the complexities their workers face every day but more importantly, they come away with a new vocabulary and fresh insights relevant to making their own worlds safer, more productive and so much better.
“Getting the job done well, creating value and getting home safe is the bottom line. Engaging management and the workers to understand and position themselves for success is paramount. When you choose to learn, you’ve made the choice to lead.”
Marc lives with his wife and daughter in Crested Butte, Colorado, and Moab, Utah. He spends his free time paddling, skiing, hiking and exploring the Colorado Plateau—without the polyester uniform. “So much more comfortable…”
President of Human Performance, Root Cause, and Trending an association that sponsors an annual conference that fosters learning and open sharing regarding incident prevention, incident response and analysis, and operational learning across the spectrum of member organizations.
Recognized as an entrepreneurial thinker that builds autonomous functioning teams that have ownership in quality outcomes.
I have driven change with Sr. leadership, business partners, and internal support organizations. I have served as a consultant, coach and educator to leaders and employees at some of the world's best High Reliability Organizations.
I have a passion for Human Performance, behavioral science, organizational & cognitive psychology, and workforce engagement.
I am able to identify, plan and deliver key business results related to process efficiencies, reliable operations, human error reduction, and Just Culture. I passionately apply the art and disciplines of human error reduction, process improvement, and Just Culture to dramatically influence the cultural climate, KPIs, and bottom line.
Cary Usrey has been an Implementation Manager at Predictive Solutions since March 2007. In this role, Cary is responsible for implementing training solutions and best practices for customers seeking to prevent worker injuries and reduce potential liabilities. He coaches customers through an assessment, goal-setting, and goal measurement process that is designed to maximize safety improvement and widespread organizational engagement, from the field to leadership.
Cary started his career in the U.S. Navy's Nuclear Power Program. After leaving the Navy, he served as the Environmental, Health and Safety Compliance Director at Adirondack Resource Recovery Associates, a waste-to-energy power plant in upstate New York, where he was employed for over twelve years. Following this, Cary took a position with Turner Construction, where he served as the Business Unit Safety Director for the upstate New York office for approximately three years. Cary has graduated with his Associate's Degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Trinidad State Junior College in Colorado, is a member of the Central FL chapter of the ASSP, and has served on the Board of Directors for the VPPPA (Region II).
Email Cary at email@example.com.
Andrea Baker started practicing and teaching HOP principles while working for one of the largest multinational industrial companies in the world. As an environmental health and safety leader of manufacturing, assembly and distribution facilities, she worked through the complexity of adopting HOP principles from the ground up.
In 2014, she was named the HOP leader for one of the company sectors. She taught HOP Fundamentals and Learning Teams around the US and helped develop and implement strategies to anchor the concepts in existing operating rhythms. She began extrapolating these strategies to a larger scale, and in 2015 became the HOP Senior Expert for the company's 300+ multi-sector locations in Europe. In this position, she coached fatality and serious incident investigations while continuing to train and develop culture change strategies to help embed HOP principles into industrial day-to-day activities.
Jim Frederick has worked with the United Steelworkers (USW) International Union since 1994 in the Health, Safety and Environment department. Jim is currently the assistant director of the HSE department. In addition, Jim coordinates the work of the USW’s Tony Mazzocchi Center for Worker Health and Safety Education and several federal grant programs. He is an experienced union health, safety and environment representative engaged with workers, unions,employers, regulators and law makers to improve workplace conditions, the health and safety management systems in workplaces, as well as the framework that ensures protections remain in place.
Jim acts as an advocate and technical resource to the local unions of the USW on health and safety issues. The work of the department focuses on providing workplace health and safety assistance, assisting local unions with health and safety contract provisions, participating in government regulatory activity and rulemaking, and developing and delivering occupational health, safety and environmental training programs for union members and employers.
Jim has a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental health and industrial hygiene and a Master of Science degree in environmental health and safety management.
Mark G. Gardner, CEO of Avatar Management Services, is dedicated to making the world a safer place by helping people have fewer accidents and injuries. He is the founder and CEO of Avatar Management Services, Inc., an international services firm that creates custom safety and risk management processes for business and industry.
He is also the founder of:
The School Bus Safety Company | Avesta Systems, LLC | TAPTCO, Inc | Avatar Fleet, LLC
These independent companies provide employee recruitment, selection, and hiring protocols, education, and training curricula and performance support systems, for their respective niche markets. Under Gardner’s direction the Avatar companies have produced thousands of management tools used by dozens of Fortune 500 firms to improve the work performance of more than one million people.
Gardner is a prolific writer, instructional designer and human performance expert. He is an engaging and entertaining public speaker and has a passion for sharing his insights with forward thinking professionals. Prior to forming the Avatar companies, Gardner had a distinguished career in corporate America, holding executive positions within Progressive Insurance and Ryder/P*I*E Nationwide.
View the video below for a sample of innovative training produced by Avatar Management Services. We know you will learn something and remember what you learned!
Bob Edwards understands humans. He’s been one for 55 years! He helps organizations realize that human error is common and can even be expected in complex work environments. He demonstrates how, when something bad happens, our focus needs to shift from blaming those doing the work to a look at the system they are working in. Bob draws on his life experience from the military, working in industry, outdoor adventure sports and raising a family of 12 kids to bring his presentation about Human Performance to life. Bob has worked for one of the world’s largest corporations, at medium sized companies and has been self-employed. He uses a humorist style to talk about his own failures and successes in life to help others relax a little about failure and focus more on learning and collaboration.
He is a leading expert on Human Performance Learning Teams and has led over hundreds of Learning Team sessions for safety and quality events and for operational upsets and challenging design issues. His approach is practical and easy to use. He brings real value to those who do the work and helps managers understand better the complexity and adaptive nature of work. He leads organizations to improve operational discipline through empowerment of employees and forward accountability. Bob is high energy and engaging and the audience will find that they have gone on a journey of learning and discovery during his presentation and at the same time acquired valuable tools for solving complex problems in the workplace. Bob has a BS degree in mechanical engineering from Tennessee Technological University and MS degree in Advanced Safety Engineering Management from the University of Alabama Birmingham.
Management Consulting. Responsibility: Manage all aspects of Global Training Edge Inc. (GTE) consulting and training operations in Canada and internationally. Including: business development, government liaison, product development, directing staff and consulting group. lead and motivate to meet yearly budgets and business plans.
We provide training and consulting services on a wind range of topics including: Safety Management System (SMS) implementation and assessment (using various auditing tools and techniques). Safety Training, Incident Investigation and Due Diligence for Managers & Supervisors( Certificate Program) in partnership with Safety Services Nova Scotia (SSNS).
Our Cultural Safety Process includes: 7 Safety Habits “That Could Save Your Life” the World’s First Safety Self-Help Book. It is designed to evaluate the organizations safety culture and individual safety habits. The implementation process includes: leadership Training, Steering Team Training, Train the Trainer and ongoing support throughout 3 stages of implementation. Aim cultural change and incident reduction.
Denny Kolsch is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and specialist in treating Opioid addiction. He helped start Peace Club after several friends died from Heroin and Fentanyl overdose. Denny is on the Brevard County Opioid Task Force, and also sits on the FBI’s panel for their documentary film, “Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opioid Addict.”
Over the past 10 years, Denny has worked with To Write Love on Her Arms, sharing his story of hope and recovery from heroin addiction at colleges, high schools, and communities across the US, Canada and U.A.E. He has dedicated his life to bringing healing to families and communities affected by the American Opioid Crisis.
To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery. https://twloha.com
Peace Club was started out of necessity. Too many of our friends and neighbors have died from opioid related deaths or find themselves stuck in a cycle of dependency. Our goal is to take the best from the addiction industry and add the pieces we believe are missing: quality over convenience, innovation over convention, and people over profits. https://peace.club/
Shelley grew up in the Pacific Northwest and now resides in Fort Collins Colorado with her husband Daren and three daughters Jessica, Erica and Valerie. In 2008 Shelley’s family was struck by tragedy forever impacting their lives.
She became an instant advocate for distracted driving awareness and shares her safety message to thousands of adults and students throughout the United States and abroad. Shelley launched a Non-profit called “FocusDriven Advocates for Cell Free Driving” to educate the public on the deadly issue of distracted driving. This led her into motivational speaking.
She took her message to the media and has been on featured on Oprah Winfrey, Larry King Live and CNN nightly news.
An expert on transportation infrastructure and transit trends, Paul Comfort, Esq., former Administrator and CEO of the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), most recently led a revolutionary change from a 50-year-old antiquated transit system to the world-class BaltimoreLink, an efficient, high-frequency, high-tech bus line with priority signaling, in Maryland. As head of the MTA, he was hired to lead the 11th largest transit system in America, with more than 5,000 employees and contractors and a $1.4 billion annual budget.
Comfort has spent a career in public transit and local government, having served as County Administrator for two suburban counties in Maryland and was elected as a Queen Anne’s County Commissioner. He has also worked in business development and operations management for many public and private transit operations.
Prior to being hired to lead the MTA in 2015, Comfort led the day-today operations of the nation’s fourth largest paratransit system for MV Transportation — the contractor that runs the transit service for the disabled offered by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Last November, he was awarded one of the nation’s top individual awards for leadership in the public transportation arena when the American Association of State, Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) named him the 2016 winner of the prestigious President’s Award for Public Transportation.
An attorney and member of the Maryland Bar, Comfort’s keen mind and sharp wit make him an excellent speaker and subject matter expert on all things transportation and transit-related from creating brand new reverse commuter bus routes taking inner city Baltimore residents to jobs at Aberdeen Proving Grounds to his leadership in testing autonomous vehicles in Maryland and his involvement with the proposed new Mag Lev train line between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore that could cut travel time between these two cities to 15 minutes.
Finally, Comfort has demonstrated strong leadership for the industry serving as a board member and in top member-elected leadership positions for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) including his current position on the Board of Directors.
Dr. Kevin Rindal has 12 years of experience working in the clinical setting with over 35,000 patient encounters focused on treating musculoskeletal injuries. During this time, he has focused on developing innovative ways to help clients recover faster, prevent injuries, and enhance performance. Through his experience in working with the US Olympic Team and various other professional athletic teams, Dr. Rindal has developed a system of best practices that elite athletes around the World use to keep their bodies functioning at their peak.
Dr. Rindal has a passion for working with industrial workers and those whose livelihoods depend on their ability to stay healthy. Over the past four years, he and his team have developed ways to apply best practices from sports injury prevention to reduce injuries among “Industrial Athletes.” To aid this pursuit, he founded Vimocity as a means for companies to reduce workplace injuries, increase employees’ quality of life and foster engagement.
Learn more about Vimocity and the Intro to the Movement Lifestyle: https://vimocity.wistia.com/medias/joe5tdtp2t
Dave Sowers is a founding member of Knowledge Vine; a Human Performance Training and Consulting organization. Dave has almost 30 years of experience in power generation and the utility industry.
He started his career in the U.S. Naval Nuclear Power Program where he served aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73). After the Navy, Dave started working in commercial nuclear power as an operator and trainer in New Jersey and Louisiana. Dave returned to government service with US Army Corps of Engineers at a hydro-electric dam in Alabama. Throughout his career, Dave has served in many diverse roles including Plant Operator and Trainer, Emergency Responder, Control Room Supervisor, and Power Plant Manager.
In addition to the technical training received in the US Navy, Dave has a Bachelor of Science degree in Resources Management from Troy University, a Master of Science in Management degree from Troy University, and a Master of Science in Emergency Management and Homeland Security from George Washington University.
Dave’s work and education experience gives him a unique perspective and the ability to bridge the gaps between an organization’s frontline workforce and their management team. Since he has lived Human Performance from both perspectives he is an effective, relatable, and credible communicator of its principles and methodologies.
Knowledge Vine LLC was founded in 2014. The company is uniquely experienced in the methodologies and techniques of human performance systems which have been used in commercial nuclear power operations for more than three decades. Knowledge Vine had developed their own proven process that can help any organization increase performance. They are dedicated to teach the applicability of Human Performance Improvement anywhere in the world.
Knowledge Vine, LLC is a full-service, third party provider of safety oversite and technical human performance training dedicated to shaping human and organizational behavior. They teach processes that reduce frequency and lower severity of human error both at the individual and system level of organizations. After training is provided, Knowledge Vine is there in the field with the end-user to deliver coaching and mentoring to ensure their processes are understood and techniques are applicable to the work being done.
Host of The Accidental Safety Pro Podcast. This safety podcast is a series of conversations with safety professionals about how they came into their role, what they've learned along the way, as well as some of the highs and lows that come with job.
Check it out here: The Accidental Safety Pro Podcast
I am passionate about public speaking and training. To me, that can mean the fun challenge of captivating a room filled with a couple hundred people to a one-on-one connection leaving that person feeling time wasn't wasted and they walked away with something they can apply to their work environment and felt heard and respected. I enjoy taking complicated, dry, or regulatory information and boiling it down to, "What's in it for this audience?" and deliver it in a way resulting in comments like, "You made that fun" or "I actually learned something" or my favorite response which are questions, so many questions, time runs out and people linger to get their question answered. That's when I know I made a connection and I love that about my career!
Joe Balas the principal consultant at Human Factors Safety, has over 20 years of experience in the medical safety, aviation safety, OSHA safety, system safety and human factors engineering fields.
He served 26 years in the military as a United States Navy medic and U.S. Air Force aerospace physiologist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology, a master’s in occupational safety and health and a master’s in
Human Factors Safety (HFS) is a human centered, operations focused safety service. Regulatory safety strategies, methods and tools concentrate on employing a process based solution to ensure employee health and safety.
Regrettably, this conventional approach rarely addresses or takes into account many of the underlying human performance factors that can contribute or could prevent an accident or incident from occurring.
HFS recognizes this shortfall in identifying the human performance factors needed and then applies proven Human Factors principles to your existing safety compliant strategies, methods, and tools.
Using a comprehensive approach, HFS assesses people, work, and organizational environment to determine which human performance factors or services will provide the most benefit to enhance the current state of workplace safety in your operation.
HFS services apply to a variety of industries: Construction, Emergency Services, Healthcare, Hospitality, Logistics, Professional Services, Manufacturing and Transportation.
Selecting HFS brings added value to your safety program by mitigating the human performance gaps not addressed or considered in conventional safety strategies, methods or tools. The outcome is enhanced prevention of human injury and illness and reduced operational risk and cost.
This article written by Joe explains clearly how human fatigue and sleep loss greatly affect safety in the transportation industry.
Host of the PreAccident Investigation Podcast at https://preaccidentpodcast.podbean.com/
Dr. Todd Conklin is an internationally recognized expert in Organizational Culture and Behavior and Human Performance. Working with organizations that perform high-risk, high-consequence activities in ensuring that the interface between the organization’s work control systems and the organization’s workers are crafted in such a way as to create system influences and expected performances and to prevent unexpected events. If prevention efforts fail, lead and assist in failure investigation and learning for organizations that have had some level of high-consequence operational event. The outcome of these investigation and organizational learning activities is to create and facilitate learning change planning, and programming for improved, resilient performance for the future.
Dr. Todd Conklin is a Senior Advisor to the Associate Director, emphasis in Organizational Development and Human Reliability, at Los Alamos National Laboratory where he has served in the Human Resource and Reliability Management and Training arena for the last 15 years. His book : WAYS TO REVITALIZE: SIMPLE REVOLUTIONARY ACTS AND YOUR WORKPLACE helps one, in a fun way, become a positive deviant in the workplace. His most recent book, PRE-ACCIDENT INVESTIGATIONS, provides an introduction to organizational safety.
National Public Radio has hosted him as a guest on “All Things Considered” and “Morning Edition.” Dr. Conklin speaks on Workplace Humor and Friendships; Workplace Violence; High-risk Conflict Organizational Development; and Training for Recognizing Unusual Behavior in the Workplace. This expertise results in a broad spectrum of courses which include Appreciative Inquiry; Organizational Development, Conflict Management and Team Building; Hostage Negotiation 101 and training for Recognizing Unusual Behavior in the Workplace; and Violence in the Workplace. The Appreciative Inquiry model helps groups of people make decisions based upon the past success of the individual members to build lightning fast consensus from groups that often are unable to have agreement around difficult issues. Conflict Management and Team Building is for facilitated sessions to help teams realize a more full potential, create a more positive sociological environment, solve problems, plan ahead, and create new understandings or definitions of scope, schedule, and cost. Hostage Negotiation 101 training teaches the ins and outs of successful negotiation with a hostage taker and is highly specialized for law enforcement and security corporate personnel.
Recent presentations include ideas on how to make changes in companies from what is considered the traditional views of safety concerns, which are becoming outdated and ineffective, to the new Human Performance Safety Theory. This theory invites administration, management and workers to come together to look at systems that lead to accidents and make changes before the accidents occur. Dr. Conklin has his BA in Communication, Southwestern College, Kansas, an MA in Interpersonal Communication, Fort Hays State University, and a Ph.D in Organizational Communication,University of New Mexico. He currently has his residence & office in Santa Fe, NM and travels worldwide doing consulting and training in organizational development and Human Performance Safety.
Steve Sisson is a Certified Safety Professional who has been in the safety field for over 15 years. His credentials include World Safety Organization Certified Safety Executive, Exemplar Global Certified Lead Auditor, Board of Certified Safety Professional Associate, and Certified Safety Professional. Throughout his career Steve has held many safety positions from Site Safety Manager, Regional Director of Safety, and Safety Director.
During his career he has attended countless training sessions, provided myriad hours of training, and mentored many up and coming safety managers. While his passion is oriented on safety and sustaining a culture of safety within any organization he is partnered with. He is also dedicated to focusing on leadership and mentoring others within the industry. Steve maintains relationships with safety professional in many different industries and continuously strives to learn best practices and share his experiences to assist others along the safety journey.
Tim Ludwig earned his Ph.D. at Virginia Tech researching the benefits of employee-driven behavioral safety programs under E. Scott Geller continuing his post-doctoral work in industrial engineering studying applications of W. Edwards Deming to quality and safety improvement. His popular website Safety-Doc.com is a content-rich resource of safety culture stories, blogs, research, videos, and services. Dr. Ludwig was cited in Industrial Safety and Hygiene News (ISHN) “50 Leaders for Today and Tomorrow”. Dr. Ludwig serves on the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies’ Behavioral Safety Accreditation Commission that reviews best-in-industry safety practices and offers independent, objective feedback on safety programs.
Dr. Ludwig is a Distinguished Graduate Professor at Appalachian State University where he teaches in the nationally recognized Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Human Resources Management Masters program. Dr. Ludwig's teaching has been recognized with the North Carolina University Board of Governors’ Excellence award and has been inducted into the University's Academy of Outstanding Teachers. Dr. Ludwig served as editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management and is the past President of the Organizational Behavior Management Network.
Dr. Ludwig is the author of dozens of scholarly articles that empirically document the successes of methods to improve safety and quality in industry through behavior-based solutions. His books include Intervening to Improve the Safety of Occupational Driving, Behavioral Systems: Understanding Complexity in Organizations, Behavioral Science Approaches to Process Safety: A Response to Industry’s Call (in press), and Dysfunctional Practices that Kill your Safety Culture (just published).
He has over 30 years experience in research and practice in behavioral safety where he integrates empirical findings into his safety consulting. Within his consulting practice Dr. Ludwig has helped assess, design, and implement safety and quality improvement programs in: Oil and Gas (Schlumberger, Husky Energy, Marathon Petroleum Company), Transportation (Union Pacific), Mining (Newmont, Alpha Natural Resources, DRA of South Africa), Manufacturing (Newell Rubbermaid, Corning, TRW Automotive, Nucor Steel, Fairbanks Morse Engine, Andersen Windows, Kimberly Clarke, Timbar, FMC Corp., Albany International, Eastman Chemicals, CertainTeed, Boyles Furniture) Construction (Costain, USI, S&ME, DRA), Utilities (Arizona Public Service Company, Tennessee Valley Authority, Connectiv Energy), Food Distribution (SuperValu, National Grocers of Canada, MDI, Domino’s Pizza,), and Government (NASA, US Navy-Naval Sea Systems Command, US Navy-Space Warfare, US Department of Energy, US Department of the Interior). He also has provided his expertise in Behavior Systems Analysis, Strategic Planning, and Quality Improvement to numerous private and government organizations.
James “Skipper” Kendrick, CSP
President - Kendrick Global Enterprises LLC: http://www.safetybyskipper.com
Previously named by Occupational Hazards magazine as one of the most influential safety leaders and as a member of Industrial Safety and Hygiene News’ Power 101, James “Skipper” Kendrick, CSP is recognized as a thought leader in areas of management, leadership, safety, education and training.
Prior to forming Kendrick Global Enterprises LLC, he was the Director, Global EHS Training for Textron Inc., Providence RI, a $14.2 billion Fortune 500 multi-industry conglomerate with major brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna, E-Z Go, Greenlee, Kautex and Jacobsen. In this role, he was responsible for developing and leading EHS training strategies for businesses in 29 different countries with 45,000 employees worldwide. Prior to this position, Skipper was Corporate Manager, Industrial Safety and Hygiene for Bell Helicopter, a world leader in helicopter and tiltrotor production with manufacturing facilities, sales and service centers in the U.S. and 30 other countries around the world.
Skipper holds a B.S. degree in Industrial Technology, with a safety option, from Louisiana State University. He is a Professional Member of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) and a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) by examination. Skipper holds ASSP’s Certificate in Safety Management and Executive Safety Certificate, as well as a 32-hour Certificate in Human Performance Improvement from the University of Idaho. He holds certification as a Six Sigma Green Belt.
He is a past Society President and has served in numerous voluntary positions at the Chapter, Region and National level.
Skipper is a recipient of ASSP’s highest honor, that of being named a Society Fellow, and was recently inducted into the inaugural class of ASSP’s Region III Safety Hall of Fame. He is a recipient of ASSP’s National Edgar Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year Award and has been recognized as Safety Professional of the Year Greater Baton Rouge Chapter, Fort Worth Chapter and Region III.
Recognized by Bongarde SafetyXchange as National Safety Trainer of the Year, he presents a wide variety of management, leadership, general safety, safety management, workplace training and communication seminars to audiences including Federal and State OSHA, varied Workers’ Compensation programs, general industry, educational institutions and trade or professional organizations within the U.S., Canada and Europe. Skipper is the co-author and facilitator for Safety Management I and II and Corporate Safety Management, required courses for ASSP’s Certificate in Safety Management. He is also a faculty member of the Society’s Executive Safety Certificate program.
Skipper served as an adjunct instructor at Southeastern Oklahoma State University teaching graduate studies in safety management. He is an instructor within UTA’s Region VI OSHA Education Center and UTA’s Environmental Training Institute.
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dr. E. Scott Geller
Faculty, Department of Psychology
Faculty, Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Director, Center for Applied Behavior Systems
E. Scott Geller, Ph.D. is a Senior Partner of Safety Performance Solutions as well as an Alumni Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech where he directs the Center for Applied Behavior Systems.
As a partner with Safety Performance Solutions (SPS), Dr. Geller and his colleagues have worked since 1994 to help 100’s of organizations within the U.S. and abroad. SPS specializes in the ‘human dynamics of safety’, an area they term People-Based Safety (PBS). PBS encompasses the fields of behavior-based safety (BBS), human and organizational performance (HOP), human performance improvement (HPI), industrial psychology, human-factors engineering, organizational culture change, leadership development, and more. By applying PBS concepts and tools, SPS helps clients build solid safety cultures, highly reliable and resilient work environments, strong safety leadership, efficient and effective safety management systems, and an engaged workforce that enables their organization to achieve world-class safety performance.
For five decades, Professor Geller has taught and conducted research as a faculty member and director of the Center for Applied Behavior Systems in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech. He has authored, edited or co-authored 43 books, 87 book chapters, 39 training programs, 259 magazine articles, and more than 300 research articles addressing the development and evaluation of behavior change interventions to improve quality of life and well-being on a large scale. His recent 700-page textbook: Applied Psychology: Actively Caring for People, defines Dr. Geller's entire research, teaching, and scholarship career at Virginia Tech, which epitomizes the VT logo: Ut Prosim—"That I May Serve".
In 2017, ASSE published Actively Caring for People’s Safety: How to Cultivate a Brother’s/Sister’s Keeper Work Culture by E. Scott Geller and his daughter, Krista S. Geller, PhD. This research-based teaching/learning manual was designed to help organizations customize an evidence-based process that involves employees in routinely looking out for the safety of themselves and others with a self-motivation mindset.
Dr. Geller is a Fellow of the American Psychological Society, the Association for Psychological Science, the International Association of Behavior Analysis, and the World Academy of Productivity and Quality Sciences. He is past Editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (1989-1992), and current Consulting Editor for Behavior and Social Issues, the Behavior Analyst Digest, the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, and the Journal of Safety Research.
In 2005, he was awarded the statewide Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award by the State Council of Higher Education, and Virginia Tech conferred the title of Alumni Distinguished Professor on him. Professor Geller has received lifetime achievement awards from the International Organizational Behavior Management Network (in 2008) and the American Psychological Foundation (in 2009). In 2011, the College of Wooster awarded Dr. Geller the Honorary Degree: Doctor of Humane Letters.
Dr. Geller's safety organization: http://www.safetyperformance.com/
Compassion project: See - Act - Pass - Share
See - Act - Pass - Share
“Inno Combs.” Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Antonio “INNO” Combs always had bold dreams of making it big in the world of entertainment and music. He spent most of his childhood attending talent and showcase events.
During the year 2000 at the age of 13 he moved to Orlando, Florida. He attended Teague Middle School. That’s where he found a passion for music.
Later on in life Inno was forced into a battle with cancer at the age of 21. Though he won that battle it was a turning point in his life back into the world of hip hop.
From humble beginnings, “Inno” is a young and diverse hip hop artist oozing with talent, charisma, energy, his pure love for musical originality, while at the same time offering his own distinctive style of lyrical expression.
From the moment he enters a room, it becomes clear that Jay Allen is here to tell his story. The tattoo-clad singer/songwriter has his heart inked on his sleeve – so to speak – and sings with conviction onstage that stems from the lessons his parents taught him and the music he heard around the house. Knowing the stage was the only place he wanted to be, Jay packed his bags five years ago and moved to Nashville.
Jay's story about Blank Stares:
My name is Jay Allen. I’m a country music artist and songwriter signed to Sony/ATV in Nashville, TN.
My mom has early onset Alzheimer’s, and at the age of only 52, she’s now showing signs of stage 6. It’s something that has affected my family deeply, something that we can’t escape, and it brings me to my knees most days.
I grew up in small town rural Iowa with mom (Sherry), dad (Joe), and my two baby sisters (Cassie and Amber). We didn’t have a lot, but our parents always seemed to find a way, sometimes working 2-3 jobs each to make sure we had enough. Looking back, it was a humbling childhood, but what I think affected me most was my mother’s affection and selflessness towards all of us. She always put her children first, no matter what the sacrifice. If we wanted some stupid toy for Christmas, she would work the overtime or pick up an extra shift. She didn’t care what it took, she just wanted us to be happy.
When I was in middle school, I remember asking my mom what she would change to make her life better if she could go back in time.
Her response was, “I wouldn’t change a thing. I was made to be a good mom. I live for you kids.”
Now that I’m older, I hold onto those words as I watch this horrible disease steal away a beautiful woman. Sometimes I want to yell at God when I hear her stumble through a simple sentence, or when I look at her and feel like she’s not even there anymore. It makes me so mad, and it kills me that I can’t fix it. But then there are the moments of hope, when dad brings her to visit Nashville and we dance all night at The Sutler…or when she grins and taps her foot to the live music…or when I wrap my arms around her, and she takes a deep breath and says, “I’ve missed you, Jay.”
Her words, the good memories, and the moments of joy – that’s what I hold onto.
As a songwriter and up-and-coming artist, I feel that I have an obligation to be a positive role-model, and to also give back by utilizing the gifts that God has blessed me with. In realizing the importance of this, I finally found the courage to write a song about my experience, called “Blank Stares“. My vision is that this song will raise awareness, bring hope to those affected, and most importantly, become a weapon in the fight against Alzheimer’s.
So please, download your copy of “Blank Stares” today, share, and dream with me. Music is powerful. Let’s do something with it.
With all my heart,
Download “Blank Stares” on iTunes: https://goo.gl/x3Oznd
UnBound is activating local communities to fight human trafficking through prevention, training, and advocacy
When we learned of children being sold into sex trafficking in our own communities, we felt compelled to do our part to stop it. We asked: What if attorneys, IT specialists, teachers, moms, medical professionals—all spheres of society—worked together? Starting small, we realized that a lot of small adds up to something really big. By working together through prevention, professional training and survivor advocacy, we’ve started to see communities activated to fight human trafficking.
Headquartered in Waco, Texas, UnBound is made up of individual chapters around the United States and across the world working to see change in their own communities. Each chapter works in different areas based on the culture and needs of their city. To find out more about UnBound chapters, check out our locations.
UnBound works to educate and empower youth, spread awareness through citywide outreaches and provide human-trafficking presentations to groups and organizations within local communities.
UnBound provides professional training to lawyers, medical professionals, educators, social service providers and more to equip all professional to use their skills to identify and serve victims of human trafficking.
UnBound advocates for survivors by providing for immediate needs, offering support to caregivers, volunteering services and connecting with aftercare programs to help each survivor through his or her unique restoration process.