Founder & CEO, ProAct Safety
Terry L. Mathis is the coauthor of bestsellers STEPS to Safety Culture Excellence and Forecasting Tomorrow: The Future of Safety Excellence, the recently-released, Inside Strategy: Value Creation from within Your Organization, and founder and CEO of ProAct Safety, an international safety and performance excellence firm. He is known for his dynamic writing and presentations in the fields of behavioral and cultural safety, leadership, and operational performance, and is a regular speaker at ASSE, NSC, and numerous company and industry conferences. EHS Today has listed Terry four consecutive times as one of ‘The 50 People Who Most Influenced EHS’. SlipNOT’s safety blog claims he “sets a new standard for safety success in the corporate world.” Terry has co-authored four books, published more than 100 articles, and spoken at hundreds of private and public events.
President, ProAct Safety
Shawn M. Galloway is the President of ProAct Safety and coauthor of the bestsellers STEPS to Safety Culture Excellence and Forecasting Tomorrow: The Future of Safety Excellence. His latest book, Inside Strategy: Value Creation from within Your Organization, is set to release in March 2016. In addition to the books, he has authored over 300 podcasts, 200 articles and 100 videos and is the host of the highly acclaimed weekly podcast series, Safety Culture Excellence®. Shawn’s consulting clients include most of the best safety-performing organizations within every major industry. He has been listed in National Safety Council Top 40 Rising Stars, EHS Today Magazine’s 50 People Who Most Influenced EHS and ISHN Magazine’s POWER 101 – Leaders of the EHS World.
Dennis M. Leonard
Regional Safety Director, Peter Kiewit Sons, Inc.
As regional safety director, Dennis Leonard is responsible for several Kiewit district operations and their overall safety programs and performance.
Dennis began his career with Kiewit in 1995. During his time at the company, he has served as a safety engineer, safety manager, district safety manager, and safety director before moving into his current Kiewit safety leadership role in 2015. Dennis has spent over 22 years in the construction, mining, energy, oil and gas operations of Kiewit. Dennis has authored various safety articles for the International Board of Environmental Health and Safety, Kie-Ways Magazine and the Associated General Contractors of Arizona. His works have included “The Value of Safety,” Stretching in the Workplace” and “Managing an OSHA Inspection – Before, During and After.”
As a Board Accredited Registered Safety Professional, Dennis is a twofold recipient of the “Safety Professional of the Year Award” presented by the Associated General Contractors. He has provided guidance and training to many safety professionals by serving on the Board of Governors with the International Board of Environmental Health and Safety. He is currently based out of Northern California.
CEO, Trust Transparency Consulting
Scott has built a career of leading, learning and mentoring. Through immersion in many aspects of the supplement and pharmaceutical industry Scott has worked to redefine and improve business practices within the healthcare industry with an emphasis on transparency.
His experience ranges from entry level to CEO and positions include organizations representing ingredient supplier, ingredient manufacturer, retail brand, private equity, M&A due diligence expert and trade organizations.
Scott has a Pre-Law Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Master’s of Science Degree in Law from Champlain College Burlington, VT. Scott currently is Executive Director for The CoQ10 Association and President of the Natural Algae Astaxanthin Association (NAXA). Scott is also CEO of Trust Transparency Consulting; a consulting organization dedicated to assisting companies and individuals to integrate the combined and individual cultures of trust and transparency. Scott’s prior experience includes CEO of Doctor’s Best and maintained a pivotal role with a variety of ingredient manufacturers including Eisai, Kaneka and was a founder of ZMC-USA.
Corporate Health & Safety Director, Merjent Inc.
Dan Hannan has over 25 years of applied health and safety experience and is the Corporate Health and Safety Director with Merjent, Inc. He is responsible for the safety outcome of all Merjent employees and supports program and project health and safety needs. Mr. Hannan accomplishes this by applying the principles of risk management, ensuring regulatory compliance and adopting industry best practices. As Merjent Health and Safety Director, Mr. Hannan routinely conducts hazard and exposure assessments and prepares site specific health and safety plans.
Mr. Hannan has acquired over 17 years of applied Emergency Response Planning experience in both the public and private sectors including 10 years within the state environmental protection agency in Minnesota (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency). He has worked with regulated parties and clients developing response plans to address catastrophic events involving a variety of hazardous materials while in transit or storage. Planning needs routinely required the identification of probable occurrences that presented both life/safety and environmental risks. Many of these planning activities involved coordination with municipal, county, and state agencies to identify resources, capabilities, and communication requirements.
In every employment role Mr. Hannan has performed safety audits and gap analysis at various levels and complexities. These projects served manufacturing, oil and gas, construction, and transportation industries. A gap analysis is an often overlooked activity but essential in the “plan-do-check-act” methodology of safety program improvement.
Mr. Hannan’s applied safety background includes serving the construction industry as both the Safety Director of the Associated General Contractors of Minnesota and Senior Loss Control consultant at Willis—an insurance broker agency.
Mr. Hannan is also an accomplished trainer and specializes in safety leadership development. He has lead organizations through cultural assessments and process improvement activities. He routinely develops custom training and education materials based on identified audiences and learning objectives and has provided subject matter expert (SME) services for the development of e-learning safety content.
Vice President, Global Corporate Environmental Health and Safety, Synchrony Financial
Brian Alexander, the Vice President of Environmental Health and Safety for Synchrony Financial, brings over 22 years of specializing in occupational environmental, health and safety risks for the largest of IPO’s and the most dangerous high-risk industries. Brian Alexander is Board Certified in Safety, Board Certified in Industrial Hygiene, and Board Certified in Ergonomics/Accessibility. Winner of ‘America’s Safest Company’ award in 2013. Brian Alexander currently is leading the Synchrony Financials safety program as it changes from GE Capital to its wholly owned standalone company. Synchrony Financial, Inc. is one of the largest IPO’s in the United States with current total assets at over $103 billion (2016).
Corporate Safety Manager, ENERCON Services
Matt J. Brunton is the Corporate Safety Manager for ENERCON Services Inc, an International Engineering and Environmental Consultancy firm. As the head of Safety, his duties are far ranging and are centered upon the development, implementation and continuous improvement of ENERCON’s Safety Management System and ensuring ENERCON’s employees are trained in, and live by, the firm’s safety programs. Mr. Brunton manages 43 Safety Supervisors across 28 locations to ensure work safety excellence across the breath of our operations. ENERCON’s Safety Record exceeds our industry averages in all areas. Mr. Brunton’s expertise spans multiple subject areas including safety, health, risk management, operations, training and project management. Prior to joining ENERCON, Mr. Brunton had over 19 years of management experience across numerous environments including Oil and Gas, Aviation and Military. Mr. Brunton is an accomplished presenter and has been regularly speaking in front of audiences large and small for over 20 years.
Production Manager, Cardinal FG
Mark Kehne is a “Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech” having earned his Bachelor of Ceramic Engineering degree at The Georgia Institute Of Technology. Mark started his career as a glassmaker in 1986 and over the past 30 years has produced more than 7 MILLION tons of flat glass products for the residential, commercial, and automotive glazing industries. To put this in perspective, this is the equivalent of one piece of 1/8”-thick glass ten-feet wide and 175,000 miles long – long enough to circle the Earth seven times.
Mark joined Cardinal FG in 1998 and is the Production Manager for the Menomonie, Wisconsin Float Glass facility. As Production Manager, Mark heads a department of 140 hourly and 12 salaried Production Technicians, Supervisors, and Managers in a 24/7/365 manufacturing operation. Cardinal FG – Menomonie produces more than 600 tons of flat glass every day for the residential glazing industry.
Mark and his wife of 26-years, Patty, are active ambassadors of Pit Bull Advocacy. Mark is also an avid golfer and a hobbyist deejay on internet radio.
Senior Manager – Technical Safety, Tennessee Valley Authority
Michelle Johnson is the Senior Program Manger of Technical Safety for Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the nations largest government-owned power provider. TVA provides electricity for businesses customers and local power distributors, serving 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. Additionally, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River System and assists with economic development and job creation in the area they serve.
Michelle began her safety career 25 years ago with Asea Brown Boveri (ABB) in their generator upgrade group, working in dams across the country and globally on generator upgrade and installation projects. Since, she has worked in field safety and safety management in the utility industry, including an international assignment in Nigeria on a power plant construction project. She has an Associates Degree in Safety from the University of Odessa and a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science from Columbia Southern University.
Michelle was born and raised in the Nashville, TN area and joined TVA in 2013 to finally get off the road and bring herself home and closer to family. As Senior Program Manager of Technical Safety, she has oversight of safety related policy and procedure. She also serves as the liaison for matters involving interface with OSHA. She enjoys sewing and spending time with her grandchildren in her spare time.
Principal - Environmental and Public Health, Enercon Services
Richard Hubner is a principle environmental and public health professional with Enercon Services with more than two decades of expertise in strategic risk management, product stewardship, regulatory affairs, scientific evaluations, risk assessment, safety evaluation, risk communication, industrial hygiene and litigation support. He provides this expertise to a diverse group of clients, including private industry, state and federal agencies, trade associations, non-profit organizations, and law firms.