Ted Granger

Ted Granger, CUSP, CSSBB
Granger Management Consultants

Ted Granger, CSSBB, CUSP, is the principal consultant for Granger Management Consultants. He provides training, lectures and safety consulting services. Prior to his current role, Ted held various managerial positions during his 37-year career at Florida Power & Light Co. These included T&D operations, human resources, logistics and safety, where he utilized his Six Sigma Black Belt certification.

bob mccall

Robert McCall, Inspire High Performance, LLC

Bob McCall is from Pittsburgh, Pa, (Go Steelers!) Bob attended Tuskegee University and majored in Building Construction Technology. Worked ten years with Bechtel Power Corporations in construction, maintenance, and operations of nuclear power plants, eight years for Alliant Entergy in Iowa at the Duane Arnold Energy Center. Bob became the first African American Plant Manager when he was hired by Progress Energy to serve the Lee Plant in Goldsboro NC, one year later he was promoted to General Manager for the Eastern Region Fossil Generation Department. In that role he was responsible for five plants, traveling maintenance, engineering and project management. Bob had the opportunity to leave generation and support the Transmission department as General Manager of Asset Management and in Distribution as the General Manager of the Southern Region as well as the Vice President of the Eastern Region in Energy Delivery for Progress Energy where he was responsible for 13 operation centers, serving 350,000 customers. After 33 years in the industry Bob retired from Duke Energy from the position of General Manager of Fleet Services where he was responsible for managing over 13,000 vehicles and mobile equipment value over $600 million dollars, operating in six states with 58 locations.

Currently, Bob is author of the projected best seller book “Zero Accidents and Injuries, are you willing to pay the price” and President of “Inspire High Performance”, LLC where he gets to follow his true passion of helping companies and organizations build a culture of High Performance where all can work at their top potential every day, thus preventing injuries, saving lives, recognizing errors, and improving processes.

Bob’s outside activities include: Public speaking to youth and men’s groups, volunteering with many charities and civic groups.

Bob’s motto is to, “Make a difference everywhere you go”

Dr. James Clapper

Dr. James Clapper, DC
Injury Prevention Professional, Future Industrial Technologies

James Clapper is a Doctor of Chiropractic and a nationally recognized speaker and trainer in the field of Occupational Injury Prevention, Ergonomics and Bionomics(TM). He has worked with professional athletes from teams like the LA Angels and Anaheim Ducks and "Industrial Athletes" from Fortune 500 organizations throughout North America. He is the Director of Ergonomics and Biomechanics Training for FIT and manages over 800 Injury Prevention Specialists nationwide. He works full time as an Injury Prevention Specialist himself and has personally trained over 30,000 employees throughout the US and Canada.

Gary Coleman

Gary Coleman, CSP, CUSP
Group Safety Manager, Aldridge Electric

Gary Coleman, CSP, CUSP is the Group Safety Manager for the Drilled Shaft and Specialty Foundations Division of Aldridge Electric. Gary has over 30 years of construction experience with 15 years in construction safety. He holds the CSP, CHST, OHST, STSC, and CUSP certifications, and has a Master of Science Degree from Northern Illinois University.

stephen franker

Stephen Franker, CUSP
Sr. Safety Specialist,ComEd/Exelon

In my Role of Senior Safety Specialist I am responsible for overseeing the safety of all field and office personnel in Overhead, Underground, Operating, T&S, SSC, Network Highrise, Meter Reading and Field & Meter Services. ComEd is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation. ComEd delivers electricity to approximately 3.8 million residential and business customers across northern Illinois, 70 percent of the state’s population. Exelon Corporation is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities with approximately $17 billion in annual revenues. The company has one of the industry’s largest portfolios of electricity generation capacity, with a nationwide reach and strong positions in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic. Exelon distributes electricity to approximately 5.4 million customers in Illinois and Pennsylvania and natural gas to approximately 485,000 customers in southeastern Pennsylvania. Exelon is headquartered in Chicago and trades on the NYSE under the ticker EXC.

Professional History Prior to his current role at ComEd, Franker was a ComEd Overhead FLS in all three Chicago offices where he was engaged with the day to day operations and safety for over 30 Overhead employees. As an FLS he was responsible for various programs including team lead for multiple ACE investigations for incidents that occurred in the Chicago Region. Franker began his ComEd career in 2005 as an Overhead FLS until he began is current role as a Senior Safety Specialist in Chicago Region in 2012.

Chris Grajek

Chris Grajek, CRSP, CUSP
Director HSE - Work Methods, Allteck Line Contractors Inc.

As Allteck’s Director of Health and Safety since 2006, Chris manages and coordinates health, safety, work method and environmental programs and initiatives. Chris leads a team of trades trainers and field safety coordinators for local and international construction and maintenance activities. He is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP), Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP) with extensive experience in heavy construction, high voltage transmission/distribution/substation projects, remote and heavy terrain environments, air and marine logistical operations, and various specialized work methods for electrical utility sector. Chris is involved with a number transmission and distribution partnership task teams.

Hugh Hoagland

Hugh Hoagland
Sr. Consultant, ArcWear

Hugh performs arc testing, research on arc flash and arc blast and is a regular contributor of scientific papers on arc flash and PPE. He is a frequent speaker at electrical safety conferences and his training materials have been used by over 1000 companies to train electricians and line technicians on arc flash and electrical safety.

Sam Holt

City of Tallahassee - Utility Training Analyst

My career has spanned over 30 years in T&D industry. I have worked with many contractors and several utilities. My experiences have been extremely rewarding. My wife and I will be celebrating our 35 anniversary this year, we have two daughters, both married and 4 grandchildren. My focus is on safety and my intent is to remind workers of their individual accountability, awareness and responsibility as it relates to an accident happening or not happening.

Tony Kaczkowski

Tony Kaczkowski, MHCA-MLS, LAT/ATC, CEES
President, InSite Health, LLC

Tony Kaczkowski has 20 years of experience caring for the Industrial Athlete, as well as, a background in Professional and Olympic Sports and advanced clinical expertise in the management of shoulder injuries. He brings a dynamic, energetic and experienced perspective to caring for today’s workforce. Besides developing and fostering innovative health and safety programs around the nation, he maintains a hands-on approach, working with employers and their staff, on a regular basis. This allows Tony to keep a pulse on what our customers’ needs are, which allow for personalized, productive and successful outcomes.

Jeff Kopp

Jeff Kopp
Safety Products Product Manager, Hubbell Power Systems/Chance

Thirty years of experience as Technician, Engineer, Product and Marketing Manager; currently Product Manager over Chance Lineman Tools, Safety Products Business Unit of Hubbell Power Systems; Bachelor in Electrical Technology and MBA from Washington University, St. Louis

Mark McKeon Aldridge Electric

Mark McKeon, CSP
Group Safety Manager, Aldridge Electric

Mark McKeon, CSP currently serves Aldridge as a dedicated group safety manager in the National Transit Division. He has more than 20 years of experience in the construction industry, including roles as project safety manager, regional safety manager, and division safety manager.

David Paoletta, MS, CSP, CUSP
Consultant/Sr. Project Manager, SCM Safety Inc.

David R Paoletta, MS, CSP, CUSP Bio: David Paoletta, MS, MBA, CSP, CUSP; is a senior safety consultant and project manager, for Safety Compliance Management Inc. in San Ramon, California. He is the Subject Matter Expert for Electrical Safety, Utility Operations Safety and Construction Safety Management Programs. David earned a Masters Degree in Occupational Safety Management/Industrial Safety from Central Missouri State University and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management. His safety credentials include a CSP in 2005 and CUSP (Certified Utility Safety Professional) in 2014. David has worked in Electrical and Gas Utility Safety both on New Mexico and in California. He also has expertise in training, human performance improvement and environmental engineering. Dave is a Past-President of the New Mexico Chapter of the ASSE in Albuquerque, NM; and President-Elect of the San Francisco Chapter of ASSE. Dave is a dedicated fly fisher, sailor and Boston sports enthusiast and volunteers with his Certified Therapy Dog “Marlow” at Veterans support events, memory units and the SFSU Student Wellness program.

Ryan Schenk

Ryan Schenk, COSS
Sales Manager, T&D PowerSkills, LLC

Ryan Schenk has been in the Electric Utility, General Construction and Retail Industries spanning the last 17 years. Experience in construction management, project management, field productivity and safety and training. Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Management and a Certified Occupational Safety Specialist. Sales Manager of T&D PowerSkills, LLC, Lineworker training program for the Electric Utility Industry

Gary Tellish

Gary Tellish, CSP, CET, CUSP
Safety Manager/Training, Quanta Services, Inc

Been in the safety profession for 30 years, holds a MSc in Occupational, Safety, and Health from Columbia Southern University. Currently has a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Environmental Trainer (CET), and Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP). Currently employed with Quanta Services, Inc. as Manager Safety/Trainer, Have been employed for 3years and cover the US certifying crane operators, as well as, doing safety oversight for many Operational Units. Prior employment was with Utilicon, Inc. (Asplundh Company) for 2 years covering the US doing safety oversight and crane training. Spent 10 years working for a Heavy Civil company as Corporate Safety Director performing critical lift plans for erection of bridges and heavy structures involving multiple cranes. Currently have Hydraulic & Lattice Boom Crane Trainer Certification. I am a Certified Crane Operator for TB75, LBCR, LBCW , as well as, Crane Institute Certification Authorized Examiner and a Mobile Crane Inspector.

Mack Turner

Mack Turner, CUSP, Executive Director

Mack Turner’s career spans over 22 years in the Electric, Gas and Communications Utility Industry. Mack has specialized in Safety, Risk and Leadership disciplines and is focused on positive culture change. Mack has experience with corporate safety management, Field safety management, trade training, and soft skill behavior based training and consulting. Mack has worked for a large Utility contractor, a large Electric and Gas Utility, and currently works for the Institute for Safety in Powerline Construction (ISPC) as the Director of Operations and a trainer /consultant for the utility industry supporting the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Central and S. America and the middle east. Mack is also the President/Board Chairman andfounding member for the Utility Safety Operations Leadership Network (USOLN). Mack is a Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP), Certified Utility Safety Administrator (CUSA), and holds an Advanced Safety Certificate from the National Safety Council as well as various Safety Certificates from Red Rocks CommunityCollege.

Jerry Havens

Jerry Havens, COSS,
Director of Member Services, T&D PowerSkills, LLC

Jerry Havens is the Director of Member Services ISPC. He can also be seen and heard as the Host and Voice for the T&D Powerskills training videos. -Chief News Videographer and IT Manager, KLAX-TV, 2007-2014 -Assistant Production Manager at Clear Channel Radio - 1999 - 2006 -Operation Desert Shield - Louisiana Army National Guard - 1990-1991 -Certified Occupational Safety Specialist


Dr. Joshua T. Chard

Director of Product & Corporate Safety for Altec®, Inc. Altec® is the leading manufacturer of aerial devices and digger derricks for the telecommunications, utility, and tree care industries. Dr. Chard serves on the ANSI A92 Main Committee, and also the Chairman of A92.2 Vehicle Mounted elevating and rotating work platforms Sub-Committee. He serves on the ISO Technical Committee 214, Work Group 01, Mobile Elevating Work Platforms. He also serves as the ISO liaison on IEC TC78 – Working Group 12 Project IEC 61057 Live Working – Insulating Aerial Devices for Mounting on a Chassis. Dr. Chard received his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and his Master’s of Science in Industrial Engineering, both at Texas A&M University. He received his B.S. from St. Lawrence University.

Richard Cole

Richard Cole, CPT, Ed.D.
Human Performance Subject Matter Expert, HOPE Consulting, LLC

With over 40 years of experience in government and commercial generating facilities, Dick Cole established R C Consulting to serve the energy industry. Dick leverages his hands-on leadership and academic experience with a talent for presenting complex organizational and cultural concepts in a manner that assists his clients in implementing long-term solutions to maximize organizational performance. His experience and expertise include: • Human Performance Specialist for Duke Energy – Provided mentoring and program management for the Nuclear Major Projects Division at a nuclear facility, and mentored the station human performance leadership team through several successful improvement initiatives in safety and human performance. Helped move the organization from experiencing five OSHA Recordables a year to over a million man-hours and 600 days without an injury. • Human Performance Mentor for Luminant Power – Assisted Luminant with establishing a human performance program in their fossil fleet that is becoming increasingly effective at improving business performance. Provided training and mentoring for all levels of the enterprise, including fundamentals, event analysis, and just culture.

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Raffi Elchemmas

Raffi Elchemmas, MBA, AEP
Sr. Manager, Milwaukee Tool

Raffi Elchemmas, MBA, AEP, is an industry leading Ergonomist with board certification in professional ergonomics. He completed degrees in Kinesiology at Michigan State University and an MBA in Health Sector Management at DePaul University in Chicago. He has worked in the tool industry for years helping to disrupt the injury prone environment by reducing thousands of work-related ergonomic injuries and helped to quantify millions of dollars in customer savings through ergonomics. After his post-graduate studies in Ergonomics at Harvard University he joined Milwaukee Tool, the most forward-thinking tool company to help reduce and eliminate ergonomic tooling injuries worldwide and improve jobsite safety.

Aaron Gies Aldrige Electric

Aaron Gies, CSP, CUSP
Group Safety Manager, Aldridge Electric

Aaron Gies, CSP, CUSP is currently the Group Safety Manager covering the Chicago Group for Aldridge Electric. Aaron is responsible for the Highway, Airport, Industrial, Transit, and Fleet Divisions. Aaron has experience in Nuclear, T&D, and Fossil Fuel construction.

Jesse Hardy

Jesse Hardy, CSP & CET
VP- HSE, Supreme Industries

Jesse has been a professional educator for over 22 years, the past 12 of which he has focused on connecting with construction and general industry workers in striving toward the goals of getting the job done and ensuring everyone going home unharmed every day. He has earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Education, and completed all but the dissertation for a Ph.D. in Education Administration. His work experience includes the privilege of serving as an infantry Marine, a public school math and computer science teacher, a project safety manager in many oil and gas pipeline and facility construction projects, the contractor safety director for Plains All American Pipeline, and the vice-president of health, safety, and environmental at Supreme Industries in Harwinton, CT. Additionally, Jesse enjoys serving as a children's Sunday school teacher, men's ministry leader, and short-term missionary to his friends in Malawi and Mozambique.

Skip Holloway

A.J. “Skip” Holloway, CUSP  
Sr. Consultant, SET Solutions LLC

A.J.(Skip) Holloway, Electric Power Senior Safety Consultant at SET Solutions has over 44 years of electric utility experience. Skip’s professional work experience includes nine (9) years as a Senior Safety Coordinator/Trainer for a large municipal system, two (2) years as a Safety Coordinator/ Trainer for a large construction contractor, seven (7) years as a contract administrator and vegetation control coordinator, eight (8) years as a line foreman and eleven (11) years as a line worker for a large power corporation. While at his utility, Skip was instrumental in developing and implementing a switching and tagging policy and training manual which led to the development of a fully staffed Distribution System Operations Center. Skip works with SET’s clients to provide electric utility field audits, skills training including bucket and pole top rescue, accident investigation, defensive driving, trenching and shoring and confined space training and program development, switching and tagging training and process development, and electric utility safety process gap analysis.


Dave Johnson, CUSP, Consultant

Dave Johnson is a native of the Salt Lake Area. A four-year tour of duty in the U.S. Army led to a one year tour of duty in Vietnam as a 1st Lieutenant helicopter pilot. After military service, a four-year apprenticeship in the electrical industry led to a journeyman and ultimately a master electrician license with the State of Utah. These credentials led to a part-ownership in an electrical construction company. As chief operations officer for that company business management and safety training skills were honed. These training skills led to Apprenticeship trainer and OSHA trainer experience where his expertise as a magician is used.For a period of approximately 20 years Dave has done Apprenticeship training, Safety training and adult education for the SLCC (the community college), The Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health with the University of Utah and a host of private companies across the Western United States. Dave is currently an Affiliated Consultant for ISPC.

Richard Koch

Richard Koch, BSIT in Software Engineering
GIS Specialist, FirstEnergy

15 Years of GIS experience in the utility sector. Started out doing regional mapping and updates to the company GIS system.Assisting with storm restoration both at home as well as performing mutual assistance for outside utilities. Moved on to suggest, assist with implementation of, and assist with training in GIS enhancements with the goal of helping everyone from planning and engineering to line workers to work safely and more efficiently.


Lee Marchessault

Lee Marchessault, CUSP
President, Workplace Safety Solutions, Inc.

Lee Marchessault began work in the electric industry in 1978. After working in the field as a power plant operator, meter specialist and electrician, he became the EHS Manager for Green Mountain Power Corporation. He has a BS degree from Johnson State College and continues to maintain his electrician license. He is now a Safety Consultant and the President of Workplace Safety Solutions, Inc. specializing in Electrical Safety. He is an Adjunct Instructor for Keene State College and the OSHA Training Education Center Region 1, University of Southern Florida, OSHA Region IV, and RIT in Region 2. He is an active member and has several certifications with organizations including the Electric Division of the NFPA, NSC, NEPPA, USOLN and ASSE. Lee has written many articles for national safety publications on safety and people-focused issues and has presented for national conferences throughout the US since 1998.

David McPeak

David McPeak, CUSP
Director of Professional Development, Incident Prevention Institute

David McPeak, CSP, CHST, CUSP, CSSM, is the Director of Professional Development at the Incident Prevention Institute of UBM. David graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a degree in Information Systems and Operations Management. His professional experience includes operations management along with safety and training. He holds multiple safety and training certifications from the BCSP, USOLN, and NCCER and has received numerous awards including being recognized as a Rising Star of Safety by the National Safety Council. David has served as the Chairman of Task Team One of the OSHA ET&D Partnership, on the Editorial Board of Incident Prevention Magazine, and as a member of the North Carolina Apprenticeship Council.

Danny Raines

Danny Raines, CUSP
Raines Utility Safety

Danny Raines, CUSP, is a transmission and distribution safety consultant who retired from Georgia Power after 40 years of service and opened Raines Utility Safety Solutions, providing compliance training, risk assessments and safety observation programs. He also is an affiliate instructor at Georgia Tech Research Center OSHA Outreach in Atlanta, an at-large board member of the Utility Safety & Ops Leadership Network and a regular contributor to Incident Prevention magazine.

Parrish Taylor

Parrish Taylor
Managing Director, Taylor-Made Concepts, LLC

23 years of workforce development in the Electric Utility Industry; have served many IOU's and Power Line Contractors with custom training and development solutions; innovator of online lineman training in the late 90's; primary provider for Emotional Intelligence Training, and Assessments specific for the line-mechanic industry. Also an EQ (EI) provider for law enforcement, sports & athletics and corporate leadership/teams.

Pam Tompkins

Pam Tompkins, CSP, CUSP
President, SET Solutions LLC

Pam Tompkins, CSP, CUSP, is president and CEO of SET Solutions and a 39-year veteran of the electric utility industry. She is a founding member of the Utility Safety & Ops Leadership Network and presently serves on the executive board of directors. Prior to forming her own company in 2000, Pam worked in the electric utility industry for more than 20 years. She is a regular contributor to Incident Prevention magazine and other industry safety journals. As a member of IEEE and ASSE, Pam has authored and presented technical papers on high-voltage electric safety issues at IEEE electrical safety workshops and national ASSE conferences. She is an OSHA-authorized instructor who specializes in helping electric utilities and contractors in the U.S. and abroad comply with today’s safety and training requirements.

Steve Willis

Steve Willis
VP of Professional Services, VitalSmarts

As the former president of consulting firm Black Box Innovations, Steve has made a career of helping individuals achieve improved long-term productivity and significant safety measures. Steve draws from a solid foundation of survey research experience and consulting services. In his current role as Vice President of Professional Services at VitalSmarts, Steve has researched methods for bringing about systematic and lasting organizational change that has helped thousands of organizations, including more than 300 of the Fortune 500. He has delivered speeches at hundreds of events, including the American Society of Association Executives Conference and the ASQ World Conference.

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