NFSI Board of Directors
Russell Kendzior (President, Traction Experts, Inc.)—NFSI President/Chairman
Russell J. Kendzior is the President of Traction Experts, Inc. a slip, trip-and-fall prevention consulting firm located in Southlake, Texas. Mr.Kendzior serves as the Chairman and NFSI President.
Howard W. Harris, M.D (Founder, Traction Auditing LLC)—NFSI Treasurer
Traction Auditing LLC, is an independent, third-party, walkway auditing agency providing professional walkway auditing services to commercial facilities. We identify areas within a facility with a high risk for slip and fall events and assist with remediation to reduce the incidence of injuries to employees and customers and limit proprietor liability. This Board seat is represented by Howard W. Harris, M.D, Founder, Traction Auditing. Dr. Harris serves as the NFSI Treasurer.
Marc Adelman (Principle, Perkins Eastman)
Perkins Eastman is a globally recognized design firm with fifteen offices around the world. The firm is known for its strategic planning services, sustainable design initiatives and its unique design solutions which are represented in the firm’s multiple market segments. It is known as a leader in the design industry. Perkins Eastman is an international architecture, interior design, urban design, planning, landscape architecture, graphic design, and project management firm. Headquartered in New York City, United States, the firm is led by founding Principals Bradford Perkins and Mary-Jean Eastman. This Board seat is represented by Marc Adelman, Principle for Perkins Eastman.
Andrew Wambsganss (Shareholder/Partner, Brown Pruitt Peterson & Wambsganss, PC)
Andrew Wambsganss is a recognized civic, community, government and political leader in Texas with long-standing relationships in Washington, D.C. and at state and local levels throughout the United States. Mr. Wambsganss has worked in the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government in Washington and in Texas. Most recently, he served as Mayor of Southlake, Texas and is a senior, managing partner with a Dallas/Fort Worth based law firm. He has served as a judge and in other elected and appointed positions over the past two decades. Mr. Wambsganss worked for Dick Armey (Majority Leader, United States House of Representatives) in the 1980’s prior to joining the Second Court of Appeals of Texas in 1991 as a briefing attorney for Justice Hal M. Lattimore. Following completion of his judicial clerkship with the Court, Mr. Wambsganss joined Brown & Thompson, PC- becoming a shareholder/partner in 1995. Mr. Wambsganss acts as general counsel for many domestic and international businesses as well as many non-profit entities while maintaining an active litigation docket that focuses on commercial litigation.
Richard Bing (Senior Marketing Manager, Cintas Corporation)
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized services to businesses of all types primarily throughout North America. Cintas designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs, and provides entrance mats, restroom supplies, promotional products, first aid, safety, fire protection products and services, carpet and tile cleaning and document management services for approximately 900,000 businesses. Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol CTAS, and is a component of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. Cintas operates 430 facilities in the U.S. and Canada, including six manufacturing plants and nine distribution centers that employ approximately 30,000 people. This Board seat is represented by Richard Bing, Senior Marketing Manager, Cintas Corporation.
Michael Patterson (President, International Executive Housekeepers Association)
The International Executive Housekeepers Association (IEHA), is a 3,500-plus professional member organization for persons employed in facility housekeeping at the management level. The organization was founded in 1930 in New York City, and is now located in Westerville, Ohio, a suburb of the State’s capitol, Columbus. Executive Housekeepers are managers who direct housekeeping programs in commercial, industrial or institutional facilities. They supervise staffs ranging from a few to several hundred people and handle budgets from a few thousand dollars to millions. IEHA provides members with an array of channels through which they can achieve personal and professional growth. Some are: leadership opportunities; resource materials; education program designation; employment referral service; networking; an annual convention and trade show including several education sessions; and a monthly trade publication, Executive Housekeeping Today. This Board seat is represented by Michael Patterson, Presdient of the International Executive Housekeepers Association, Inc.
David Watterson (Vice President of Sales, Mountville Mills, Inc.)
Since 1963, Mountville Mills has produced the finest, most technologically advanced industrial mats in the marketplace. From their very first mats they’ve focused on customer service, on-time deliveries and product quality. Their wide range of mat products include: Custom Logo mats to enhance corporate image, Safety Mats visually deliver safety messages and help keep floors dry, Anti-fatigue mats to improve employee moral and productivity, Rest Room Service Mats™ provides safer cleaner floors, and SuperScrape™ mats to provide a safe, slip resistant entrance. This Board seat is represented by David Watterson, Vice President of Sales for Mountville Mills, Inc.
Thad Whittier (AVP, Casualty Loss Control, Risk Management Group, AWAC Services Company)
Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, AG, through its subsidiaries and brand known as Allied World, is a global provider of innovative property, casualty and specialty insurance and reinsurance solutions. Allied World takes a cutting edge approach to crafting products and services that meet the diverse requirements of our clients and enable us to respond to local needs. This strategy has contributed to our success, allowing us to be entrepreneurial yet financially secure. With 20 offices servicing clients throughout the world we are building a truly global branch network. For more information, visit www.awac.com/. This Board seat is represented by Thad Whittier, AVP, Casualty Loss Control, Risk Management Group.
Heidi Shetler (Director New Market Development, New Pig)
That original PIG Sock launched 30 years of rubber-meets-the-road solutions that set New Pig apart. Along the way we’ve picked up 29 Plant Engineering Product of the Year awards – more than any other company. Three decades later, we’re still the brains behind the products that blow ordinary out of the water. This Board seat is represented by Heidi Shetler, Director New Market Development for New Pig.
Dan Wagner (Director of Strategic Services, Triple S)
Triple S is a Member-owned national distribution services and logistics company that provides facility maintenance solutions to the healthcare, education, commercial, retail, government and building services contractor markets. Bringing you superior formulations and technology from the industry’s leading manufacturers, we offer a broad range of SSS brand products. Cleaners, tools, equipment and supplies that deliver more performance per budget dollar – every cleaning task, every day. If a product doesn’t meet that test it can’t carry the Triple S name…period. This Board seat is represented by Dan Wagner, Director of Strategic Services.
Steve Joerger (General Manager of Product Engineering Services, UL LLC)
The Mission of UL is “Working for a safer world”. For 125 years, UL has helped enable the possibilities of today while looking ahead to safeguard the unknowns of tomorrow. By empowering trust and smarter decisions, UL helps build a better world by advancing innovation safety, sustainability and connected security. Always upholding and pushing the rigorous scientific standards that have brought us here today, UL continues to positively impact people and society by working for a safer, more secure and sustainable world. UL helps people achieve what’s possible by empowering trust. Businesses, industries, governments, regulatory authorities and the public put their trust in UL so they can make smarter decisions. This Board seat is represented by Steve Joerger, General Manager of Product Engineering Services, UL LLC.
Donald T. Landin, Ph.D. (Lead Application Engineering Specialist, 3M Commercial Solutions Division)
At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. Carrying more power to more people with lighter power lines. Helping manufacturers make more with less through leaner processes. Automating health care data so the right people get the right information to take action. These are some of the ways 3M works to support stronger communities and sustainable development across the globe. 3M sees the world’s challenges clearly, and unites the people that dare to solve them. 3M innovates with purpose and uses science every day to create real impact in every life around the world. This Board seat is represented by Donald T. Landin, Ph.D., Lead Application Engineering Specialist, 3M Commercial Solutions Division.
Brian Kubiak (Director of Marketing , J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.)
Organizations of all sizes — and the people who work for them — trust J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. to provide the tools and expert information they need to create safe, productive and compliant workplaces. The products and services we offer help protect professionals who rely on the consistent application of best practices. At the heart of our company, we help ensure safety and compliance across highly regulated industries. The work we do matters. We help protect people’s lives every day. As a privately held, family-owned company since 1953, J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. has grown to one of the largest employers in Northeastern Wisconsin with more than 1,400 associates serving 600,000+ customers, including 90% of the Fortune® 1000. Our expertise spans nearly 1,500 topics and helps create a diverse portfolio of solutions, including electronic logging and mobile technologies, training materials and tools, consulting and managed services, as well as a wide variety of digital and printed publications, forms and supplies. This Board seat is represented by Brian Kubiak, Director of Marketing, J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.
Nicholas Smith (Chief Operating Officer, National Safety Council)
The Mission of the National Safety Council (NSC) is Safety. The National Safety Council eliminates preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. The nation’s leading safety advocate for more than 100 years, the National Safety Council is a nonprofit organization with the mission of eliminating preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by engaging businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public to help prevent the third leading cause of death in the U.S. – preventable injuries. Driven by data, NSC produces Injury Facts – an annual online compilation of statistics on unintentional deaths and injuries. To make the greatest impact, the Council focuses on opioid misuse and overdose, defensive and attentive driving, automotive technology advancements, teen safety, worker safety and fatigue. NSC is the trusted source of occupational safety information and resources. The Council helps organizations advance from safety compliance to best practices through a wide range of workplace training and consulting services. NSC members receive the latest safety information, trends, practical solutions and tools to eliminate preventable injuries and deaths in their workplaces. NSC helps the safety professional champion safety through research, networking, awards and education, including the advanced safety certificate. A 501c3 nonprofit, chartered by Congress, with local Chapters, global networks and more than 50,000 members, NSC is committed to helping keep people safe, from the workplace to anyplace. This Board seat is represented by Nicholas Smith, Chief Operating Officer, National Safety Council.