ProfNet Experts Available for National Safety Month

May 20, 2015, 11:19 ET from ProfNet

NEW YORK, May 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- With National Safety Month coming up in June, following is a roundup of experts from the ProfNet network who are available to discuss various safety topics.

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ROUNDUP: NATIONAL SAFETY MONTH (27 experts)

General Safety
Marianne Wait
Executive Editor
SafeBee.com
Wait has been producing content that informs and inspires for more than 20 years, with a deep focus on bringing readers accurate, actionable advice and helping them live healthier, safer lives. Before launching SafeBee, she was executive editor of Sharecare, the health website and social network. Previously, she developed more than two dozen illustrated consumer health books for Reader's Digest. Her writing has appeared in numerous outlets including Arthritis Today and WebMD. Her favorite safety tip: Know the purpose of every medication you take and under what circumstances you can stop taking it.
SafeBee is a relatively new digital locale for credible, science-based information about health, wellness, sustainability and safety, a collaboration of global safety science/education giant UL, Underwriters Laboratories, and MNN, the world's most visited environmental website. SafeBee's mission, simply put, is to make the world a safer place. With every original content article, tool and piece of advice offered, the site strives to provide the information people need to protect their family, home, pets, money and personal data from everyday -- and unexpected -- threats and hazards so they can live happier, healthier, more secure lives. Whether it's sharing updates about the air we breathe in our homes, on a plane or even in the gym, or something we need to know about the cars we drive, the products we use, a medicine or supplement we take, or a food or drink we consume (or give our cats or dogs), SafeBee informs.
Contact: Dan Beeson, dbeeson@mnn.com

General Safety
Angela Nelson
Senior Editor
SafeBee.com
Nelson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning digital editor with more than 15 years of experience delivering news and information to audiences worldwide. Prior to joining SafeBee, she was the features editor for Boston.com at The Boston Globe, overseeing health, travel, entertainment, business and lifestyle coverage. Before moving to features, she was the news and homepage editor, covering stories such as the Boston Marathon bombing, Red Sox World Series victories, presidential elections, a papal inauguration, and more. Her favorite safety tip: Clean your phone! The average cell phone has 18 times more germs than the toilet handle in a men's restroom.
SafeBee is a relatively new digital locale for credible, science-based information about health, wellness, sustainability and safety, a collaboration of global safety science/education giant UL, Underwriters Laboratories, and MNN, the world's most visited environmental website. SafeBee's mission, simply put, is to make the world a safer place. With every original content article, tool and piece of advice offered, the site strives to provide the information people need to protect their family, home, pets, money and personal data from everyday -- and unexpected -- threats and hazards so they can live happier, healthier, more secure lives. Whether it's sharing updates about the air we breathe in our homes, on a plane or even in the gym, or something we need to know about the cars we drive, the products we use, a medicine or supplement we take, or a food or drink we consume (or give our cats or dogs), SafeBee informs.
Contact: Dan Beeson, dbeeson@mnn.com

Car Seat/Child Passenger Safety
Allana Pinkerton
Certified Child Passenger Safety Instructor and Diono Global Safety Advocate
Pinkerton has been a Certified CPS Instructor for over 12 years. She became passionate about the issue out of concern for her own children's safety on school buses. She has worked to instruct and present to others about the danger of not properly installing and utilizing car seats and seat buckles. Through a nonprofit organization she founded, Pinkerton has worked in children's hospitals and at community events with companies such as Blue Cross Blue Shield and State Farm. She has been actively involved with the Annual Kidz in Motion CPS Conference, and in 2013 was elected to chair the Manufacturer's Alliance for Child Passenger Safety. Currently, Pinkerton also serves as the Global Safety Advocate for Diono. She is available to discuss car seat safety and child passenger safety.
Contact: Jacolyn Gleason, jgleason@5wpr.com 

Driver Safety
Chris Hayes
2nd VP, Transportation, Risk Control
Travelers
As director of transportation for Travelers Risk Control, Hayes oversees staff training on the essentials of driver safety, development of customer transportation services and risk assessments for auto exposures. Since joining Travelers in 2001, Hayes has had a variety of roles, working as a transportation specialist, national account consultant, and regional training specialist, bringing years of transportation experience to the Risk Control team with traditional truck fleets, as well as assessing and managing auto liability and worker's compensation exposures in areas such as the health care, public sector, and manufacturing. Prior to joining Travelers, he worked in customer training and development of transportation safety services specific to the trucking industry. He holds a bachelor's degree in history from Dickinson College and a master's degree in criminal justice from Indiana University.
Hayes can speak to the following topics: driver safety -- distracted driving risks and challenges; roadway safety; technologies changing driver safety; the importance of telematics; commercial driver safety; health and wellness as it relates to driver safety; and more.
Contact: Nicole Guzzardi, nguzzard@travelers.com 

Road Safety
Sarah Robinson
Michelin
As the first female test driver at Michelin North America, tire safety and driving expert Sarah K. Robinson has paved a new road for women in the automotive world. Robinson became Michelin North America's Motorsports Marketing Manager in October 2014 after more than 10 years of product, performance and quality experience with the company. In 2006, she became Michelin's first female subjective test driver, where she tested and evaluated tire performance in both objective (e.g., wet braking) and subjective tests (e.g., wet and dry handling. noise). This testing and analysis has helped ensure Michelin's designers and engineers bring the best possible tires to market. She also developed and coordinated all visitor demonstrations, product launches and promotional activities occurring at Michelin's test track, Laurens Proving Grounds in Greenville, S.C. Robinson demonstrates Michelin's commitment to teaching all drivers, ranging from beginners to professionals and everyone in between, why their vehicles react the way they do and the important role a tire plays in that reaction. She keeps her test driver skills sharp by instructing high-performance driving on track and for a variety of teen driving safety programs. She is available to discuss road safety, including teen driving safety, tire maintenance and wet-weather driving tips.
Contact: Chloe Kivestu, chloe.kivestu@ketchum.com 

Pedestrian/Cyclist Safety
Chuck Gruber
President and COO
Safe Reflections, Inc.
Spring and summer are prime times for outdoor activities, but an increase in evening activity also brings added safety concerns. In the U.S., a pedestrian is injured in a traffic crash every eight minutes and, according to the National Safety Council, the chances of being struck and killed as a pedestrian increase 1,100 percent after dark. Helping outdoor and fitness enthusiasts sharing the road with cars be seen more clearly and from greater distances in the dark and in low-light conditions is a critical component of safety. Says Gruber: "Seventy percent of pedestrian fatalities occur during low-light or nighttime hours, and existing safety measures alone often aren't effective means for getting drivers to slow and stop. Adding high-brightness reflective material to garments and accessories can provide an enhanced level of safety." High-brightness reflective technology is changing the way consumers look at reflective material. Available in a variety of colors, newer high-brightness reflective material won't be noticed during the day, but can be seen from 300 to 500 feet away because it's designed to reflect a headlight back toward the driver of a motor vehicle from any angle. The technology uses millions of retroreflective glass beads to magnify and redirect light from long distances, ensuring pedestrians and cyclists are "seen and safe" when walking or riding in low-light conditions.
A New Jersey native, Gruber earned his chemical engineering degree from New Jersey Institute of Technology and his MBA in marketing from Temple University Fox School of Business and Management. He has more than 30 years of experience and has served in production, product innovation, supply-chain logistics and finance leadership roles for several prominent manufacturing companies serving the textile technology and safety industries. In 2011, Gruber received the Chairman's Health and Safety Award from specialty engineering company IMI. In 2005, Gruber earned the Chairman's Award from GAF Materials Corporation for his safety improvement efforts.
Contact: David Hlavac, david@bellmontpartners.com 

Car Safety
Preventing Hot Car Deaths
Latrice Hickman
Chief Program Operations and Compliance Officer
Childhelp
In the U.S., five children die every day from abuse and neglect. Says Hickman: "Temperatures inside vehicles can quickly increase even in moderate weather. In only 70-degree weather with overcast skies, a child left in a car is at risk for heatstroke and death. Under no circumstances should a child ever be left in a car for any amount of time."
Hickman shares these five tips to prevent leaving children in the car: 1) Place an object that reminds you of your child in the front seat next to you; this will remind you they are in the back seat. 2) Place your lunch, briefcase, wallet, phone, or purse in the seat next to your child; you will need to access the back seat before leaving your car. 3) For longer trips and before driving, set an alarm on your phone to remind you to check the car. 4) Use the buddy system. Assign an adult passenger to remind you a child is in the car. This is especially helpful when infants or sleeping children are present. 5) Develop the habit of physically checking all doors upon exiting your vehicle.
Hickman is the chief program operations and compliance officer for Childhelp, the nation's oldest and largest nonprofit advocating for abused and neglected children. She is based in Phoenix.
Contact: Teri Morris, teri@zionandzion.com 

Home Safety
Sharon Roth Maguire, MS, RN, GNP-BC
Chief Clinical Quality Officer
BrightStar Care
Maguire has 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry and a background in advance practice nursing, executive management, and education. Prior to joining BrightStar Care in 2011, she served in healthcare oversight positions at two different senior housing facilities. She has served on numerous boards and associations in the industry, including the Alzheimer's Association, the Assisted Living Federation of America and National Conference of Gerontological Nurse Practitioners. She has been published in various professional and industry journals and speaks at the national level on a variety of topics relevant to senior care, including dementia, falls, therapeutic environments, person-centered care, and healthcare informatics. She is available to discuss home safety for older adults.
Contact: Julianne Kennelly, jkennelly@fishmanpr.com 

Internet Safety
Katie L. Greer
CEO/Presenter, Greer Consulting
Outreach Coordinator, Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force
In February of 2005, Greer began developing an Internet safety program to deliver to Massachusetts students. The Corruption, Fraud and Computer Crime Division of the Attorney General's Office was inundated with requests for Internet safety presentations, and Greer rose to the challenge of expanding the existing program she created. After leaving the Attorney General's Office, Katie worked full time as an Intelligence Analyst for the Massachusetts State Police, where she was assigned to the Missing Children Clearinghouse. Concurrently, and in large part due to the increasing demands for technology/Internet safety education, Greer built her programs into a private business, which included seven different presentations spanning grades K-12 and college, that she tailored to accommodate the developmental and emotional differences in each age group. Additionally, she instructs parents, teachers, administrators, and law enforcement officials on Internet Safety and issues pertaining to technology. She travels the country speaking on issues of technology and Internet safety education, and was featured in USA Today, Vanity Fair Magazine and on CNN. She has presented at hundreds of schools, organizations, and conferences (law enforcement and otherwise) in the past seven years. She has contracted with the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the United States Attorney's Office (Burlington, Vt.) to create, deliver and manage outreach programs for the state of Vermont. She was recently named as an Advisory Board Member for The Internet Keep Safe Coalition (iKeepSafe), a nonprofit international alliance of policy leaders, educators, law enforcement members, technology experts, public health experts and advocates that creates positive resources for parents, educators and policymakers who teach youths how to use new media devices and platforms in safe and healthy ways. She is available to discuss Internet safety.
Contact: Melissa Garabedian, press@klgreer.com 

Water Safety
Rita Goldberg
CEO and Founder
British Swim School
Goldberg is a former national swimmer in Britain, who went on to become a dedicated swim instructor. After opening her own private swim school in 1981 in Manchester, England, Goldberg set out to bring the business model she spent decades perfecting to American families. Coming to the United States with one suitcase and less than $3,000 to her name, she opened her first indoor swimming school in Coral Springs, Fla. Conducting an average of 250,000 swimming lessons each year, she reaches more than 7,000 students per week. Over the past 30 years, Goldberg has pioneered a non-traditional infant water safety program that teaches children as young as 3 months old how to float on their backs in a water accident. She is available to discuss water safety for infants and children.
Contact: Alicia Ogierman, aogierman@fishmanpr.com 

Rooftop Support Safety
Art Valentz
Owner
PHP Systems/Design
Valentz, owner and visionary behind PHP Systems/Design, has over 24 years of research, design, testing, and implementation experience in rooftop support systems. During his tenure with a steel company that manufactured piping for nuclear power plants, Valentz developed an interest in the thermal expansion of piping and saw firsthand the harmful effects of traditional piping supports on rooftop surfaces. His experience served as the foundation for PHP Systems/Design, and now offers roof pipe and equipment support systems that are preferred by many companies, including Disney, Lockheed, Target, and Tyson Foods.
Contact: Karen Franco, kfranco@adherecreative.com 

Youth Sports and Concussion Safety
Frank Fiume
Founder and CEO
I9 Sports
"The youth sports market is a multi-billion-dollar-a-year industry encompassing 42 million participants annually, but many leagues adopt a win-at-all-costs mentality, which is harmful not only psychologically, but physically. This destructively competitive, highly political culture can turn sports into a negative experience for kids and can hold dangerous physical risks including concussions."
Fiume is the founder and CEO of I9 Sports, which is committed to raising national awareness about concussion safety in youth sports and strives to provide members a safe and fun environment that encourages kids to play to have fun, not be the next draft pick. He is available to discuss the risks and hazards when safety is not properly prioritized in youth sports and how concussion safety can be increased in leagues by offering only flag football (no tackle) and allowing no heading in soccer. Additionally, since i9 Sports is a national league, local franchise owners may be able to speak to provide expert local comment for media outlets.
Contact: Becky Peterson, bpeterson@fish-consulting.com 

Treadmill Safety
Chan Gannaway
Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Education Director
Orangetheory Fitness
"With the recent media discussions about treadmill safety and the unfortunate and fatal event regarding the Facebook executive, here are five tips for a safe treadmill training experience: 1) Work at intensities where you feel under control; 2) Identify where the emergency stop button or cord is located; 3) Do not jump onto the rails while training on the treadmill; 4) Keep your eyes and head forward at all times. If you turn your head, your body tends to follow; 5) Do not leave your treadmill running to exit the treadmill for any reason."
Gannaway is a certified personal trainer and the fitness education director at OTF, a national fitness franchise with more than 200 studios and the only one that uses heart rate monitors while people are strength training and working out on treadmills. The heart rate monitor is a critical component in the workout and allows trainers to supervise and safely provide the maximum exercise benefit.
Website: http://orangetheoryfitness.com
Contact: Erin Povlitz (Baker), epovlitz@fish-consulting.com 

Residential/Commercial Safety
Richard Soloway
International Security Expert and CEO
NAPCO Security Technologies
Soloway has more than three decades of security industry experience, pioneering in U.S. and international markets. He holds numerous electronic design and manufacturing patents for security technology, and is an authority on all security-related topics, from residential to commercial, domestic to international. He is available to discuss invasion and fire protection in home and businesses, including installation of fire and smoke detectors and security cameras.
About NAPCO: There are more than 100 million NAPCO security devices installed in homes across the U.S. More than 500 school systems rely on NAPCO's security systems, and more than 100 colleges and universities, including Pepperdine, East Carolina, and San Diego State, rely on NAPCO's security systems. NAPCO's security products protect dozens of government facilities, including homeland defense facilities, military bases, airports, federal and state offices, border security facilities, post offices, and government medical centers.
Website: http://www.napcosecurity.com
Contact: Abbie Sheridan, asheridan@kcsa.com 

Residential/Commercial Safety
Scott Humphrey
2nd VP, Risk Control
Travelers
Humphrey joined Travelers in 1989 as a risk control consultant in the Albany, N.Y., office. He worked his way up through the organization performing a variety of roles in support of Travelers Middle Market and National Accounts organizations. His roles included field consultant, account consultant, ergonomics specialist, field manager, director of national accounts, and director of service. As the director of national accounts, Humphrey had overall responsibility for Risk Control's Large Account consulting staff and services for the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. More recently, he joined the Risk Control home office as director of service, focused on extending Risk Control's reach with customers' using remote methods. Humphrey holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Buffalo at New York. He is an active member of the Human Factors Society. He also received a Certified Safety Professional and Associate in Risk Management designation.
Humphrey can speak to the following topics: disaster preparation for businesses and consumers; seasonal worker safety; sales floor safety; hurricane safety; home maintenance safety; vacation safety (keeping the home safe while away); and more.
Contact: Nicole Guzzardi, nguzzard@travelers.com 

Residential/Commercial Safety
Ken Katz
Director, Property, Risk Control
Travelers
Katz is a property risk control director with Travelers and is responsible for overseeing the company's property specialist field staff and property account consultant staff. Two of his main areas of focus include business continuity planning and supply chain risk. He speaks frequently on these topics and has been quoted and published in multiple news outlets and trade journals. He is principal member of NFPA 1600 – the National Fire Protection Association's Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs. Hayes has been with Travelers for 23 years and is a graduate of Rutgers University with a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering and master's degree in city and regional planning. He also holds professional accreditations as a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS).
Katz can speak to the following topics: the importance of business continuity planning, disaster preparation and planning; supply chain management; disaster preparation and emergency preparedness; and more.
Contact: Nicole Guzzardi, nguzzard@travelers.com 

Business Continuity Planning, Supply Chain Risk
Ken Katz
Property Director, Risk Control
Travelers
Katz is responsible for overseeing the company's property specialist field staff and property account consultant staff. Two of his main areas of focus include business continuity planning and supply chain risk. He is principal member of NFPA 1600, the National Fire Protection Association's Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs. He has been with Travelers for 23 years and is a graduate of Rutgers University with a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering and master's degree in city and regional planning. He also holds professional accreditations as a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS).
Contact: Jill Gordon, jgordon@prosek.com 

Emergency Preparedness
Vincent Cerio
Founder and CEO
StormRooms of New Jersey
After more than two decades in operational leadership for Fortune 500 companies, Cerio put his skills in sales, operations and management together with his former military service to founded StormRooms of New Jersey, the only authorized dealer of DuPont StormRoom with Kevlar in the state. As CEO, he leads a team of professionally trained and certified installers. He served in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division specializing in intelligence analysis. His unit was the first in the military to use protective gear made with Kevlar. Now, many years later, he is bringing the life-saving material to homeowners, businesses, and government entities to keep them safe in the event of natural and manmade disasters. As a veteran, Cerio supports the hiring and training of former military service members and their families. He hopes to welcome many former military members and first responders as employees of the company as it grows. He holds an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and earned a bachelor of science degree from Rutgers University with a dual major in economics and business management.
Contact: Scott Wasserman, scott.wasserman@marcusgroup.com 

Workplace Safety and Preparedness
Scott Humphrey
Director of Service, Risk Control
Travelers
Humphrey joined Travelers in 1989 as a risk control consultant in the Albany, N.Y., office. He worked his way up through the organization, performing a variety of roles in support of Travelers Middle Market and National Accounts organizations. His roles included field consultant, account consultant, ergonomics specialist, field manager, director of national accounts, and director of service. As the director of national accounts, Humphrey had overall responsibility for Risk Control's Large Account consulting staff and services for the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. More recently, he joined the Risk Control home office as director of service, focused on extending Risk Control's reach with customers' using remote methods. He holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Buffalo at New York. He is an active member of the Human Factors Society. He also received a Certified Safety Professional and Associate in Risk Management designation. He can talk about anything from weather preparedness and property risks to employing safe driving practices for employees and safeguarding from workers compensations risks (i.e., workplace safety).
Contact: Jill Gordon, jgordon@prosek.com 

Workplace Safety
David Quezada
Vice President, Loss Control
EMPLOYERS
"Creating a culture of workplace safety starts at the top. Business owners and other senior leaders need to set an example by offering healthier workplace environments and enforcing time-off policies for themselves and their employees. Our poll found that often doesn't happen."
Quezada is vice president, loss control, of EMPLOYERS, a specialty workers' compensation insurance carrier that has been focused on serving small businesses for more than 100 years. An expert on workplace safety, Quezada has helped many businesses across various industries evaluate their workplace safety and take steps to improve their programs. He can discuss what business decision makers need to know about not only protecting their businesses, but also protecting their number one assets – their people – including: 1) top tips to increase workplace safety (and ultimately improve operations and control related costs); 2) how to identify and prevent common risks for different types of businesses; 3) what to do if a workplace injury occurs; 4) understanding workers' compensation: what small-business owners need to know; 5) workplace ergonomic trends, the obesity trend impacting the workforce, trends in workplace safety design; 6) results of a recent EMPLOYERS' survey showing that small businesses have been slow to embrace workplace wellness trends. The survey found that more than three-quarters (77 percent) of small businesses do not provide non-traditional seating options such as stand-up desks, treadmill desks or balance balls to employees, despite research that shows sitting for extended periods of time can lead to increased risks of heart disease, cancer and other ailments.
Contact: Alexandra Gardell Kreuter, Alexandra@allisonpr.com 

Workplace Safety
Nim Traeger
Vice President of Casualty Services, Risk Control
Travelers
Traeger is the practice leader for developing risk assessment and safety consulting services for Travelers Worker's Compensation and General Liability insurance products. This includes the Industrial Hygiene and Ergonomic consulting services units, along with the Products Safety units. Traeger has over 20 years of risk management experience and has been recognized for making valuable contributions to the company. As an industrial hygiene specialist, director of products liability safety specialist and as a member of the Emerging Issues and Climate Change Groups, Traeger's experience spans multiple industries, including manufacturing, biotech, petrochemical, office, and health care settings. She works in tandem with company leaders and cross-functional teams to deliver valuable solutions to a customer's risk management issues. She earned a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University. She is a Certified Safety Professional in Comprehensive Practice (CSP), a Certified Industrial Hygienist in Comprehensive Practice (CIH) and a full member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA). She is available to discuss cyber risks, and preventing flu/employee sickness from affecting a business' bottom line.
Contact: Jill Gordon, jgordon@prosek.com 

Workplace Safety
Julie Havel, CSP
Corporate Safety Manager
AlliedBarton Security Services
Havel leads AlliedBarton's workplace safety initiatives and the company's Dare to be SAFE committee. A Certified Safety Professional (as designated by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals), she is knowledgeable on all aspects of workplace safety. She has spoken on several AlliedBarton safety webinars, is a scheduled speaker for the upcoming ASSE Philadelphia conference, and spoke about safety at the ASIS national conference in 2013.
Some recent blog posts from Havel include: http://tinyurl.com/nvofdjh http://tinyurl.com/l3hlvhw http://tinyurl.com/mb8kpny and http://tinyurl.com/mzugo9n
Contact: Nancy Tamosaitis, nancyt@vorticom.com 

Workplace Violence
Brent O'Bryan, SPHR
VP, Learning & Development
AlliedBarton Security Services
O'Bryan is a leader in raising workplace violence prevention awareness. He has spoken at several workplace violence awareness seminars for security professionals hosted by AlliedBarton, spoke on workplace bullying to the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce HR Conference in 2014, and spoke about safety at the ASIS national conference in 2013. A Senior Professional in Human Resources (certified since 2003), O'Bryan lends his HR and learning expertise to this important safety topic.
Some articles including O'Bryan on workplace violence include: http://tinyurl.com/mbwgjes http://tinyurl.com/m8qnw6p http://tinyurl.com/ohgrnr8 and http://tinyurl.com/p2f837z
Contact: Nancy Tamosaitis, nancyt@vorticom.com 

Alarm/Communications Systems
Mike MacLeod
President
Status Solutions
"Real-time, detailed alerts about what's happening, where it's happening, and what to do about it not only saves lives, but also protects property and business continuity."
MacLeod is the founder and president of Status Solutions. After 9/11, MacLeod decided to start his own company and built the brand around the concept of operational "status," launching solutions for education, health care, manufacturing, hospitality and more to unify alarm and communication systems for situational awareness. He is passionate about helping organizations harness their critical data for faster, more efficient communication for better risk management -- from emergency preparedness/response to operational improvements. His goal is to continue developing solutions with positive societal impacts, preventing ignorance-based loss of life, property, business and convenience. He is available to discuss alarm and communication systems with automatic mass notification/mobile duress technology/situational awareness.
Contact: Sharon Goldmacher, sgoldmacher@c21pr.com, or Bunny Tharpe, btharpe@statussolutions.com 

Fire Detection and Protection
Steven Joseph
Director of Market Development
Xtralis Inc.
Joseph has spent the last 15 of his 26-year career in fire protection, focused on deployment of fire detection technologies in critical infrastructure. He currently holds the position of director of market development for Xtralis Inc, a leading manufacturer and solutions provider of advanced situational awareness detection technologies. Along with his electrical engineering, marketing and business management background, this exposure has allowed him the opportunity to uniquely consult on fire detection practices for industry, which has included leading corporations across the Americas. He participates with fire protection code development committees and currently sits on NFPA805 (National Fire Protection Association – performance-based standard for fire protection for light water reactor electric generating plants).
Contact: sjoseph@xtralis.com 

Workplace Safety
Joe Visgaitis
Mid-Atlantic Division Safety Manager
Southland Industries
Visgaitis is responsible for the safety and health of Southland employees.  Along with his counterparts in Southland's other divisions, he helps drive Southland's progressive safety program toward great achievements and a goal of zero mishaps.  He is also the chairman of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Safety Sciences Department Advisory Committee and represents the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning National Association (SMACNA) on the ANSI A.10 Committee for Construction as a member of their national safety committee.
Contact: Elynsey Price, eprice@stantoncomm.com

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