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. 

Dax Biederman, CHST

Owner, Trivent Safety Consulting

After spending 13 years (8 of it in safety) internally with a commercial construction company, it was time for Dax to make a change and share his safety experience and impact as a consultant.

After working directly with the Trivent Safety Consulting team, it was an obvious transition and opportunity to further Dax’s reach with his work in safety as an owner. Dax realized that to provide the biggest impact and ensure safety on a job was to be an external objective consultant, and partner with the superintendents to create a proactive safety culture. Dax joined his partners in forming Trivent Safety Consulting in 2018 and is expanding his role in a career he loves.  He holds the CHST designation and has a degree in Occupational Safety & Health.

Chandler Brooks

Head of Industry Partnerships & Alliances, Procore Technologies

Chandler Brooks holds an MBA from the University of Texas, McCombs School of Business and a bachelor’s in historic preservation from The Savannah College of Art and Design. With 12 years in the industry, Chandler worked in architecture before moving to general contracting and focused mostly on high-rise adaptive reuse projects in Texas. An avid technologist, he spent his time between projects on operational technology standardization and enablement. At Procore, he spent 4 years managing a team focused on industry engagement through relationship building, connection, and education at the local/regional level in the United States. He now focuses on enhancing the relationships and partnerships he and the Procore brand have built to truly advance the industry through industry partnerships and alliances.  

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. 

Lauren Masser Contreras

Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Procore Technologies

Lauren Contreras has been working with the construction industry on the side of technology for 8 years, 6 of which has been with Procore. Up until a year ago, she was highly concentrated on QA/QC processes, safety programs and how to bring these two departments together. Now, she is 100% focused on Specialty Contractors and excited about the work that she is doing to help work smarter and more efficiently through the Procore platform. 

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.   

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.

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.

Bradford T. Hammock

Shareholder | Co-Chair, Workplace Safety & Health (OSHA/MSHA) Practice Group, Littler

Bradford T. Hammock’s national practice focuses on all aspects of occupational safety and health law. In particular, Brad provides invaluable assistance to employers in a preventive practice, including: 

  • Conducting full-scale safety and health compliance audits 
  • Reviewing and revising corporate safety and health policies 
  • Conducting manager and supervisor training on employee safety and health 

Brad works closely with employers to help them understand and implement safety and health management systems. In addition, he represents employers throughout OSHA rulemaking proceedings, including OSHA’s informal public hearings on proposed rules. Brad also defends employers against OSHA enforcement actions. For an employer that is the target of an OSHA inspection, he offers representation from the start of the inspection through settlement or litigation. 

Prior to joining Littler, Brad was the Washington, D.C. region office managing principal of a large national firm representing management in workplace law matters. He was previously an OSHA attorney within the Department of Labor, serving as lead counsel for safety standards. Brad is widely regarded as one of the nation’s most knowledgeable attorneys on the topics of OSHA recordkeeping, crystalline silica, and ergonomics. 

Brad is a popular guest speaker and lecturer on OSHA issues. He has published numerous articles on occupational safety and health law. While attending law school, he was editor-in-chief of the Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce, and associate editor of The Labor Lawyer. 

Justin Humphreys

Justin Humphreys, CHST

Director of Safety, Indiana, Pepper Construction

Justin Humphreys is Pepper Indiana’s Director of Safety with nearly two decades of industry experience. His role goes beyond policing regulations and includes minimizing risk by examining behavior. His empathetic approach to engage field teams in open conversation has made him a leader in cultivating Pepper’s safety culture.

Justin is Construction Health and Safety Technician certified and is a member of the Association of General Contractors and Indiana Constructors, Inc., Safety Committee.

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.

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.

Jessica Richardson, CSP, CHST, STSC, CIT

Senior Manager, Professional and Organizational Advancement, Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP)

Jessica is the Senior Manager, Professional and Organizational Advancement for BCSP. She has comprehensive experience developing and managing occupational health and safety management systems, training and performance improvement programs in high-risk industries, such as construction & energy. 

Jessica has a BS in Safety and Environmental Management from Slippery Rock University, MS in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning from Boise State University and is completing the Ph.D. program in Safety Sciences at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is also an adjunct instructor in the occupational safety and health master’s program at Keene State College. In 2017, Jessica was awarded the American Society of Safety Professional’s (ASSP) Utilities Practice Specialty Safety Professional of the Year. 

Daniel Ruane, CSP, CHST

Vice President, Safety, Illinois & Wisconsin, Pepper Construction

Dan has 20 years of experience as a safety professional in the construction industry and is responsible for planning, implementation and maintenance of Pepper’s corporate safety culture and training programs. He is involved in pre-planning of projects to ensure all safety and health concerns are addressed, ensures quality safety audits are performed on all projects and evaluates the effectiveness of our safety program on an ongoing basis.

Dan is actively involved in promoting safety in the industry. He serves as chairman of the Builders Association (AGC Chicago Branch) Safety and Health Committee and is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). He speaks at several events throughout the year including quarterly forums and the spring summit/safety awards ceremony. Dan holds a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Health from Illinois State University, and he is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST).

Ken Simonson

Chief Economist

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.

Jeremy Spooner

Project Superintendent, Hensel Phelps

Jeremy Spooner began his career at Hensel Phelps 17 years ago, starting as field engineer and working his way up to his current position as project superintendent on the Hill Air Force Base Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent Mission Integration Facility project. Jeremy has worked on more than $2 billion worth of projects ranging from aviation, data centers, hospitality, multi-residence and office projects. Prior to his Hensel Phelps career, Jeremy graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Construction Management.

Jennifer Suerth, LEED® AP

Vice President of Technical Services, Illinois & Wisconsin, Pepper Construction

As vice president of technical services, Jen provides strategic direction for the company with regard to BIM, laser scanning, augmented reality and other technical services specialties. She serves as a key advisor to project teams on constructability and implementation strategies throughout the early stages of project design and development, as well as providing leadership on construction, fabrication and facility management.

Jen has more than 12 years of experience in architecture, engineering and construction. She is a leader in the Chicago virtual construction community, speaking frequently and running workshops educating others on BIM. She has been recognized among 2016 Women in Construction by Constructech Magazine, Chicago Building Congress Future Leaders and ENR Midwest’s Top 20 Under 40. Jen holds a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies and a Master of Architecture, Structures, both from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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.