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 (Principal, Workplace Market Leader at Stantec)
We Design With Community In Mind. Communities are fundamental. Whether around the corner or across the globe, they provide a foundation, a sense of place and of belonging. That’s why at Stantec, we always design with community in mind. We care about the communities we serve—because they’re our communities too. This allows us to assess what’s needed and connect our expertise, to appreciate nuances and envision what’s never been considered, to bring together diverse perspectives so we can collaborate toward a shared success. We’re designers, engineers, scientists, and project managers, innovating together at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships. Balancing these priorities results in projects that advance the quality of life in communities across the globe. This Board seat is represented by Marc Adelman, Principle for Stantec.
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, M+A Matting, Inc.)
The M+A name represents two powerful brands – Mountville and Andersen – with nearly a century of combined experience developing and manufacturing mats designed to make environments safer, cleaner, and more comfortable. Throughout the years, the companies drove innovations in their respective markets; Mountville in the textile rental market, and Andersen in the janitorial/sanitary supply markets. Driven by quality, innovation, and customer service, they paved the way for future generations to expand the business. In 1999, these flagship brands joined forces to become the largest mat manufacturer in the world, and in 2018 we made the union official with a name change to M+A Matting. For decades, we’ve been a symbol of quality and customer service. We’re the driving force in the mat industry, developing the next generation of mats designed to provide superior safety, cleanliness, and comfort to workers and customers across the world. Whether you need entrance matting, logo matting, or anti-fatigue matting, M+A has you covered. This Board seat is represented by David Watterson, Vice President of Sales for M+A Matting.
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 network that provides facility maintenance, cleaning, and safety solutions to the healthcare, education, commercial, retail, government, and building services contractor markets. Focusing on collaborative supplier-facility customer partnerships and connecting effective cleaning to true business outcomes, Triple S’ 120+ Members across the country deliver superior formulations and technology from the industry’s leading manufacturers, including a broad range of SSS brand products. The Triple S family of distributors also prides itself on providing comprehensive supplementary services, including training, mobile data collection and inspection tools, detailed best practice protocols, and workloading/staffing assistance – all geared toward ensuring that customers receive maximum benefit and the lowest “total cost to clean.” This Board seat is represented by Dan Wagner, Vice President 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.
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr (Partner in the Atlanta office of Fisher & Phillips LLP)
He is the former co-chair of the firm’s Workplace Safety and Catastrophe Management Practice Group, recognized as one of the leading national OSHA practices, and serves as President of Fisher Phillips Safety Solutions. His national practice includes workplace safety and OSHA compliance assistance and strategic safety planning, whistleblower compliance and litigation involving the 23 whistleblower statutes handled by OSHA, defense of employers in responding to workplace health and safety enforcement litigation including OSHA citations and providing advice and assistance to employers in responding to OSHA inspections, emergency response involving workplace fatalities and catastrophic accidents and in rulemaking, legislative and regulatory initiatives/ matters. Ed has extensive experience representing employers in thousands of OSHA inspections and OSHA citation contests during his 30+ year career and has assisted U.S. and international clients in developing and implementing internal safety and health compliance policies and strategic plans. Prior to joining Fisher & Phillips, Ed served as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, having been named to this position by President George W. Bush in September 2005. As head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Ed directed a staff of more than 2,200 safety and health professionals, whistleblower investigators and support personnel. During his tenure at OSHA, workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities rates dropped to their lowest level in recorded history. Nominated by President George H. W. Bush, Ed also served on the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission from 1990 to 1995, chairing the Commission from March 1990 to February 1994. He is the only person in the United States to serve as both head of OSHA and Chairman of the Review Commission. Ed has worked in the labor and employment area for over 30 years, specializing in occupational safety and health issues, whistleblower compliance, workplace violence risk assessment and prevention, and accident and fatality prevention. Ed has testified before U.S. Senate and U.S. House Congressional Committees on occupational safety and health issues and agency budgets. He has also conducted briefings with members of Congress and Congressional staff. Ed is recognized as one of the nation’s leading authorities on occupational safety and health and is a frequent keynote speaker and lecturer on workplace safety, leadership development and other labor and employment topics. Ed currently serves on the EHS Today Safety Leadership Board of Directors and on safety committees for the Associated Builders and Contractors, the Georgia Association of Manufacturers, the U.S. Poultry Association, the Solid Waste Association of North American, the National Association of Tower Erectors, and the American Foundry Society. Ed is one of the most sought-after speakers in the safety and health arena and has given thousands of speeches and webinars on the importance of safety to all employers. He has authored numerous articles and books on workplace safety and health for various entities, including the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, American Bar Association, the South Carolina Bar Association, the North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry, Bloomberg, BNA, EHS Today and the American Chamber of Commerce Resources.