Brian began his safety career by joining his local union’s safety committee while working as a construction electrician. Brian has been a member of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 725 since 2000. Much of Brian’s experience in the electrical industry has been in the commercial and industrial sectors. He worked actively in the trade from 2000-2010, including serving the local union as Business Representative from 2009-2010. While working as an electrician, Brian went back to school earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Labor Safety and Health from the National Labor College in Silver Spring, MD.
After earning his degree, Brian accepted a position as Labor Liaison with the US Department of Labor/Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) Region VII in July 2010. As Labor Liaison, Brian maintained communications with organized and unorganized workers, Committees on Occupational Health and Safety, worker centers and coalitions, helping them navigate OSHA’s organizational structure or complaint procedures, and to assist them in developing and updating health and safety programs. Additionally, Brian maintained great working relationships with safety professionals from various industries within OSHA Region VII’s jurisdiction, assisting them with compliance questions and with federal OSHA standard interpretations. During Brian’s career with OSHA, he also served as Acting Assistant Regional Administrator for Compliance Assistance Programs and Acting Assistant Area Director for the Des Moines Area Office.
Prior to moving to Florida with his family, Brian was employed with Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) Company as the Manager of Delivery Safety. He was responsible for directing and overseeing the performance, reporting and training activities of seven Safety Specialists, as well as monitoring their timeliness, accuracy and priority effectiveness. In Brian’s brief time with KCP&L, he is most proud to have been a part of a team that successfully and significantly reduced the number of injuries and illnesses from previous years in the company.
Brian is a veteran of the United States Military, having served honorably in the United States Naval Reserves from 1990-1993 and the Indiana Army National Guard from 1993-1996.
Brian feels that his experience in both the construction and general industry sectors, as well as his time with Federal OSHA, provides him the expertise to assist employers in having stellar safety and health programs, providing companies with safe and healthy employees, boosting morale and productivity.