Vice President of Risk Management, NFP

Ron Adams is the VP of Risk Management for NFP – SE with responsibilities for worksite safety, insurance programs, and claims administration. During his 37-year career in the insurance industry, Ron has developed risk management programs that include the creation and implementation of risk management concepts coupled with insurance policy designs, resulting in profitability and effectiveness. 

Julie Byrne

President, CSM Group

Since joining the organization in 2005, Julie has been an integral part of CSM Group’s evolution and growth.

In her role, she provides strategic leadership for the company by working with the CSM Group Advisory Board and other management to establish long-range goals, plans, and policies. She also focuses on guiding CSM Group’s strategy, corporate development, partnerships, and positioning within the market. She has been in the project management space for more than 15 years and has extensive strategic planning, operational success, and business leadership experience.

During her time at CSM Group, Julie has developed internal processes that have streamlined the project start-up process. She was behind the development and implementation of CSM Group’s Pre-Construction Department, which grew from one estimator to a team of nine under her leadership. She also established an internal gate process to ensure proper checks and balances are in place on all CSM Group project sites. This process facilitates better communication, provides support where needed, and, ultimately, helps us better serve our clients.

Shaun Carvalho

Chief Safety Officer, Shawmut Design and Construction

Shaun Carvalho is chief safety officer at Shawmut Design and Construction, a leading $1.5 billion national construction management firm. Carvalho leads the team in piloting and implementing safety programs and technologies to enhance Shawmut’s commitment to world-class safety. Carvalho previously held roles as vice president of safety and safety director, in which he was the driving force behind multiple safety-oriented initiatives including Safety Week, implementation of a new safety app and other technologies, as well as driving and communicating our safety processes and programs. 

Carvalho has 17 years of experience in construction safety, starting off in the field as a site safety manager. 

Carvalho was named one of Building Design + Construction’s 40 Under 40, recognized as a rising star in the AEC community who has made an impact on the industry, and won the inaugural Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Massachusetts Industry Advancement Award. Carvalho is an active member of the Construction Safety Roundtable of Eastern Massachusetts and American Society of Safety Professionals New York City Chapter—where he previously served as president—and is involved in Rhode Island’s AGC Safety Committee. 

Carvalho graduated from Keene State College with a Bachelor of Science in safety studies. He is an OSHA-authorized instructor, American Red Cross CPR and First Aid authorized instructor, and has a Hazardous Work Operations and Emergency Responses (HAZWOPER) certification. 

Jamie Dabbs, CSP, ASP, CRIS

Director of Safety, TDIndustries

Jamie currently serves as Director of Safety for TDIndustries. Jamie is highly regarded as a leading safety professional within our industry. His many notable accomplishments include Certified Safety Professional, TEXO Safety Professional of the Year in 2015, and is a Construction Risk Insurance Specialist. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Southeastern Oklahoma State. He is the father of two young children, son Cooper – 9 and daughter Harlow – 7. Away from work he enjoys spending time with his kids and working out at the gym. TD knows Jamie as a Partner who pursues excellence to emphasize safety awareness, safer work behaviors and to practice safety in everything we do. TD appreciates Jamie’s energy and commitment to continuously improving safety processes. His servant leadership encourages all Partners to work together to strengthen TD’s safety culture.   

Adam Fairbairn

Solutions Engineer, Procore

Bringing 10-plus years of general contracting experience, Adam joined Procore Technologies in 2017 as a Solutions/Sales Engineer to work with prospective clients during the software evaluation process.  He works collaboratively with company owners, construction managers, general contractors, architects, engineers, and specialty contractors to discover their needs and identify solutions to meet those needs. He’s a product expert for the sales organization, conducting in-depth demonstrations of Procore’s software and works closely with account managers to ensure customer needs are met.

Prior to joining Procore, Adam spent time with JE Dunn Construction, Saunders Construction and DPR Construction.  Starting down the Superintendent path, Adam was an early adopter of technology in his role.  Whether it was using a robotic total station for layout, testing tablets and document apps, or piloting punchlist programs, Adam was on the leading edge of bringing technology to the field in the early 2000’s.

Kathy Freeman

Executive Vice President – Safety, MCG Civil

With over 17 years’ experience , Kathy Freeman joined MCG Civil and its family of companies in 2017. As the Executive Vice President of Safety, Kathy provides management, training, and education, with a focus on compliance and practical site safety, working to keep employees, site personnel, and the public safe. She is responsible for developing and implementing the corporate health & safety plan for all operational groups, conducting records maintenance, on-going training, and accident response.

Kathy holds many certifications as well as memberships to various organizations including Colorado Safety Group (CSG), Associated General Contractors (AGC), National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA), and many more. Kathy is also the Construction & Utility Division Secretary for the National Safety Council (NSC) as well as the Chair for the National AGC Safety Utility and Infrastructure Subcommittee.  In addition to participating in the organizations Kathy sits on the Advisory Board for Trinidad State College.  Kathy was also won @CommandAlkon’s 2020 Outstanding Woman in Heavy Construction and led @HEICivil to take 3rd Place in Construction Safety Awards at @AGC’s 2020 convention.

“I’m in construction to make a difference in the industry through safety and to provide for my family. I get to see so many different jobs being performed, my day is never the same. I enjoy the opportunity to make a difference while working with others. My advice to other women who are interested in the construction industry, as cliché as it sounds, never give up. Keep your head up and do your job with intent and integrity, the rest will fall into place.” – Kathy Freeman

Nina French

President, Employer and Law Enforcement Solutions, Hound Labs, Inc.

Nina M. French is the President, Employer and Law Enforcement Solutions at Hound Labs, Inc. Nina entered the screening industry in 1992 and is a highly regarded speaker and thought leader in employment drug screening. Nina is an author and speaks at industry conferences, SHRM events and has been featured on radio and news segments on workplace drug screening trends, practices and laws. 

Justin R. Ganschow, MS, CSP, CHMM

Business Development Manager, Caterpillar Safety Services, Caterpillar Inc.

Justin Ganschow is a frequent speaker and writer on the impact of culture, leadership and human biology on workplace safety.  With nearly 20 years of experience in environmental education, public health and private industry, he has led improvement initiatives as a consultant to a variety of industries.  Currently he serves as Business Development Manager with Caterpillar Safety Services in Peoria, Illinois. Justin is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) and Certified Safety Professional (CSP) with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science – Biology and a Master of Science in Biology from Bradley University.

Rob Graham

VP of National Safety, McCarthy

Rob Graham is McCarthy’s Vice President of National Safety and works out of their Corporate Office in St. Louis.  Rob oversees the development and implementation of McCarthy’s Safety Program while providing safety support and oversight to their Northern California, Southern California, and Southwest Regions. Rob has worked at McCarthy for 20 years, and spent 17 of those years in their Southern California Region where he served as Regional Safety Director.  Rob is a Certified Safety Professional and Certified Industrial Hygienist.

Quintin Greco

Risk Manager, Linbeck

Having over 15 years of Construction and Risk Management experience, Quintin is Risk Manager for the Linbeck Group, Fannin Innovation Studios (a Bio Medical Firm), and Essex Commercial Properties.  For these firms Quintin is responsible for risk analysis, insurance, claims handling, and Safety Program needs.  Quintin holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Science from Texas A&M University, and resides in Cypress, Texas with his wife and three children.  He enjoys spending time in the outdoors with his family and is an avid college football fan.

Mandi Kime, MS, BS, BA, GSP, CHST 

Director of Safety, AGC of Washington

Mandi is a Central Washington University alumnus of the safety and health management program and currently serves as the director of safety for AGC of Washington. She also has a bachelor’s degree in foreign language and teaches Spanish for supervisors in the construction industry. She recently earned her master’s degree in Safety & Health Management and published a thesis and employer best practice guide on mental health interventions in construction. Mandi has worked in AGC’s safety department for 20 years, helping members with safety programs, training, doing safety team inspections, working on legislative/regulatory issues pertaining to safety, and serving on various safety committees. Mandi currently serves as the co-chair of the AGC of America Chapter Safety Leadership committee. Mandi enjoys spending time camping and traveling with her family, including her 14-year-old daughter and 9-year-old triplets. Mandi was the only safety professional selected by Construction Business Owner for the 2019 class of top 20 Outstanding women in construction from 200 nominees and was featured in their November 2019 issue.

Michael Kleinpeter, MEng, CHST, CUSP

Safety Director, Linbeck

A safety leader for over 20 years, Michael is the Director of Safety Services for Linbeck Group, an award-winning General Contractor based out of Houston, Texas. A published author of the book, “The Right Way: Providing a common definition, setting expectations, and establishing roles and responsibilities for safety in your organization”, speaking on this topic at various safety conferences around the country.

Michael is also a Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST), Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP) and earned his Master of Engineering degree in Advanced Safety Engineering and Management in 2014 from the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

Michael resides in the northeastern Dallas suburb of Sachse, Texas, with his wife and enjoys coaching baseball for his two active, sports-loving boys.

Bill Kreke

Fall Protection Systems Engineer, MSA Safety

Bill Kreke is the Fall Protection Systems Engineer in North America at MSA Safety. He joined MSA in 2001 as an engineering co-op student through the University of Pittsburgh and has worked in fall protection since 2005. His time has been spent in product sustaining, development, applications support and most recently in engineered fall protection systems support since 2017.

Howard Mavity

Howard A. Mavity

Partner, Fisher Phillips

Howard Mavity is a partner in the firm’s Atlanta office. He founded and is the former co-chair of the firm’s Workplace Safety and Catastrophe Management Practice Group.

He draws upon his past business experience in transportation, logistics, construction, and industrial supply to work with clients as a business partner, and focuses on eliminating employee problems by commonsense management.

Howard has provided counsel for over 225 occasions of union activity, guided unionized companies, and has managed approximately 550 OSHA fatality cases in construction and general industry, ranging from dust explosions to building collapses, in virtually every state.

He has coordinated complex inspections involving multi-employer sites, corporate-wide compliance, and issues involving criminal referral. Howard is active in rulemaking and dealings with federal and state Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and other agencies.

He oversees audits of corporate labor, HR, and safety compliance. He also responds to virtually every type of day-to-day workplace inquiry, and has handled cases before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and numerous other state and federal agencies.

Howard frequently speaks to business associations, bar groups, and professional groups. He also lectures and conducts training for numerous private and governmental employers and speaks at a national MBA program.

Howard is “AV” Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and he has been featured as one of the “Georgia Super Lawyers” in the Atlanta Magazine survey since 2004 and in the 2006 Georgia Trend Magazine, Georgia Legal Elite. He has also been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2017.

In 2013 he was named one of the “50 Most Influential EHS Leaders” by EHS Today.  He is also co-editor of the firm’s Workplace Safety and Health Law Blog. Howard has been quoted in USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, CNBC and by other media outlets. Howard was also recognized as a Top Author in the 2016 JD Supra Readers’ Choice Awards, which acknowledge top authors for their thought leadership writing.

Barry Nelson

CEO, FactorLab Inc.

A highly regarded leader and entrepreneur, Barry Nelson is currently the President and CEO of Factorlab. Factorlab’s is the provider of the popular and rapidly growing safety leading indicator application- SmartTagIt. Over the past eighteen years Mr. Nelson and his team have helped hundreds of companies ranging from Fortune 100’s to start ups use emerging technologies to dramatically reduce accidents and injuries in the workplace. 

In 2009 Mr. Nelson cofounded NxGen Modular a leading provider of modular data centers.  In less than twenty-four months NxGen Modular completed over $20M in projects for two Fortune 50 technology and software providers and was awarded patent protection for their approach to electrical design. Mr Nelson successfully transitioned his operational responsibilities and continues as a member of the Board. 

Prior to NxGen Modular- Mr. Nelson founded Predictive Solutions in October of 2001. As President and CEO, Mr. Nelson was an early pioneer in how to apply enterprise SaaS, mobile technologies and data science for risk reduction and incident prevention in the workplace. Mr. Nelson sold Predictive Solutions to Industrial Scientific in 2008. The organization continues to be a recognized global leader in eliminating accidents and injuries in the workplace. Customers for Predictive Solutions still include Exxon, Shell, Halliburton, Turner Construction, ADM and Bechtel- many being customers and advocates for well more than a decade. 

A skillful strategist and problem solver, Mr. Nelson works closely with industry leaders on change initiatives, risk management and human error in the work place. Mr. Nelson has been invited to accepted the opportunity to speak at the National gatherings for the AGC (Associated General Contractors), ACIG (American Contractors Insurance Group), IRMI (International Risk Management Institute), and VPPPA (Voluntary Protection Programs Participant’s Association) conferences, and the ASSE regional and national PDCs.  Mr. Nelson earned his finance degree from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. 

Anne Osbourn

Segment Marketing Manager, Construction, MSA Safety

Anne Osbourn is the Marketing Manager for Fall Protection in North America at MSA Safety. With over 9 years of marketing and  product development experience, Anne joined MSA in 2015 and has worked as a product line manger in both Respiratory and Fall Protection roles for the industrial safety market.

As an active participant in local and national AGC chapters, Anne’s primary focus in her role at MSA is to understand and deliver the needs of Fall Protection products to the construction segment in North America.

Ken Simonson

Chief Economist, Associated General Contractors of America

Ken Simonson has been chief economist for the Associated General Contractors of America, the leading trade association for the construction industry, since 2001. He provides insight into the economy and what it implies for construction and related industries through frequent media interviews, presentations and the Data Digest, his weekly one-page e-newsletter that goes to over 50,000 subscribers.

Ken has more than 40 years of experience analyzing, advocating and communicating about economic and tax issues.

He currently serves on the Census Bureau’s Scientific Advisory Committee. He is a Fellow and past president of the National Association for Business Economics, and he is co-director of the Tax Economists Forum, a professional meeting group he co-founded in 1982.

Ken has a BA in economics from the University of Chicago, and an MA in economics from Northwestern University.

James Sullivan

Co-Chair, OSHA-Workplace Safety Practice, Cozen O’Connor

Prior to re-joining Cozen O’ Connor in 2021, Jim served as the chairman of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. Jim was first appointed by President Trump to fill the remaining portion of a vacancy on the commission in May 2017 and was later appointed by the president as chairman of the agency and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in July 2019. As chairman, Jim was in charge of an independent, quasi-judicial federal agency that is not part of OSHA or the U.S. Department of Labor and conducts trials and appeals over litigation brought by the U.S. Department of Labor against employers. During Jim’s tenure on the commission, he participated in several landmark decisions including cases involving OSHA’s Process Safety Management Standard and OSHA’s use of the statute’s “General Duty Clause” in prosecuting cases against employers involving workplace violence, heat stress, and other workplace hazards. 

Prior to his service with the commission, Jim had a distinguished career in private practice for nearly four decades in labor and employment and workplace safety and health law working with clients in a wide range of industries. From 2000 to 2003, Jim served as vice-president of labor and employment law and deputy general counsel for Comcast. During that time, he also served as the corporation’s chief spokesperson at collective bargaining negotiations with the Teamsters, Electrical Workers, and Communication Workers’ unions. 

Jim advises clients on high stakes matters before all three branches of government, including regulatory and enforcement matters and litigation involving several administrative agencies, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and various state OSHA offices in cases involving significant citations and litigation as well as the National Labor Relations Board and numerous state and federal courts. He has extensive experience representing employers in union-related matters, including unfair labor practice proceedings, collective bargaining negotiations, grievance/arbitration hearings, and union representation matters. 

Jim has significant experience in construction labor matters and has represented members of both Associated General Contractors and Associated Builders and Contractors in unfair labor practice litigation, as well as matters involving multi-employer pension and health and welfare funds and before state regulatory agencies. He has served as national labor and employment counsel for wide range of clients in the transportation/warehousing, steel manufacturing, and health care industries and is recognized as one of the leading authorities in occupational safety and health matters. He is the former management chair of the ABA Occupational Safety and Health Committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section. 

Jim is a frequent speaker on workplace safety and health matters, and he has spoken before such organizations as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, Associated General Contractors, Inc., and various other employer trade associations. 

James Young

Senior Director of Congressional Relations for Labor, HR and Safety, Associated General Contractors of America

Mr. James Young is the Senior Director of Congressional Relations for Labor, HR and Safety for the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). In this role, he works directly with members of the U.S. Congress, AGC members and press on a multitude of issues that directly affect the construction industry. Previously, Mr. Young worked for Direct Impact, the preeminent grassroots firm in Washington and Democracy Data and Communications which provides a comprehensive array of grassroots and political action solutions. Mr. Young began his career on Capitol Hill working for Congressman Benjamin Gilman (NY). 

James holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the College of Charleston, Charleston, SC.