George Adams, Esq., Attorney, Fisher Phillips
George is a partner in Fisher Phillips’ Louisville, Kentucky office. His practice is devoted exclusively to advising and representing employers in labor and employment matters in a wide range of states and industries. For 20 years he has helped employers comply with local, state, and federal laws, trained supervisors and managers, and defended employers against lawsuits, administrative charges, and union grievances. George advises employers on a wide range of issues, including harassment, discrimination, FMLA, ADA, wage and hour, union organizing, and collective bargaining. He enjoys helping employers develop and enforce practical and effective policies, practices, and training. George frequently speaks and writes on labor and employment issues, is "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and has repeatedly been listed in Best Lawyers in America and as a Kentucky Super Lawyer.
Butch Collins, Safety Director, Nucor Steel Gallatin
Butch Collins is the Safety Director with Nucor Steel Gallatin located in Ghent, Kentucky. Mr. Collins has been in his current position since 1995. Prior to his time in the steel industry, Mr. Collins served in safety and risk management positions in the retail, insurance and mining industries. He is a member of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP). Mr. Collins serves and has held leadership roles on the Occupational Safety and Health Committees of several steel industry trade associations. Currently, Mr. Collins is the President of the Kentucky Safety and Health Network. He holds a MS in Safety Management from West Virginia University and is a Kentucky registered Emergency Medical Technician.
Sammy Davis, MSc., CSP, Gr.IOSH, Sr. Director, Safety & Compliance, Papa John's International
Sammy Davis has worked in the safety profession for 31 years, holding senior level positions in industries such as transportation, oil & gas, and most recently food service. Sammy holds the designation of CSP and Gr. IOSH, received both a Bachelor and Master's degree from Indiana University and is currently working toward a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership through Indiana Wesleyan University.
Michael Fackler, CSP, ARM,, Founder and Chief Safety Strategist, Caliber Safety
Michael Fackler is the founder of Caliber Safety. Caliber specializes in helping business leaders uncover and understand the systemic, procedural, and cultural drivers of operational and safety performance. Michael is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and holds an Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designation from the Insurance institutes of America. Michael holds a Masters in Safety Management from Eastern Kentucky University and an MBA from West Virginia University. Previously to founding Caliber Safety, LLC, Michael was responsible for the Safety, Risk Management and Marketing efforts within the State of Kentucky for Eastern Alliance Insurance. In this role, Michael partnered with business leaders to assess and improve organizational effectiveness in areas of Risk Management and Workers Compensation. Michael has operational experience, as he managed safety, fleet and workers compensation for General Contractor with approximately $100 million in annual revenue. Michael also worked for OSHA as a Compliance Officer.
Chantell Foley, Esq., Attorney, Fisher Phillips
Chantell Foley is an associate in the Louisville office of the law firm of Fisher Phillips, where her practice is devoted to advising and representing employers in all aspects of labor and employment law including charges of discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and other employment-related claims. Prior to joining the firm, Chantell was an attorney with the Kentucky Labor Cabinet, where she litigated Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) disputes in administrative courts. This experience allows Chantell to provide unique insight into workplace inspection procedures and the citation process. She is also equipped to provide employers with the best defense tactics when defending OSHA violations.
Eric Harper, CSP, CHMM, Manager - Process Safety, EHS Technology Group LLC
Eric is the Manager of Process Safety for EHS Technology Group LLC located in Moraine, Ohio. Eric has over 22 years of experience in the field of environmental health and safety. Prior to joining EHS Technology, Eric was responsible for managing the environmental health and safety program for two manufacturing facilities in the automotive industry. In this capacity, Eric was responsible for managing the regulatory compliance, worker’s compensation, and various risk management activities for his company. Since joining EHS Technology, Eric has focused on helping clients with struggling safety and environmental programs achieve improved metrics while providing safer workplaces to their employees. Eric is a graduate of Ohio University with a B.S. in Industrial Hygiene. Eric has been a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) since 2001 and has been a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) since 2014.
Todd Logsdon, Esq., Attorney, Fisher Phillips
Mr. Logsdon represents employers in a variety of forums, including state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. Todd obtained his undergraduate degree from Murray State University, as well as his graduate degree in Occupational Safety and Health, and his law degree from the University of Louisville. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Occupational Safety and Health Committee, as well as the Indiana, Kentucky and Louisville Bar Associations. Todd is admitted to practice in Kentucky and Indiana state and federal courts, and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Todd accrued many years of practical experience prior to beginning his legal career working in manufacturing with responsibilities for Human Resources and Safety. Todd lectures and advises employers on a variety of labor and employment topics, as well as OSHA issues.
Bobbi K. Samples, CSP, Owner/Principal Consultant, The Safety Firm, LLC
Bobbi K. Samples is the Owner and Principal Consultant of The Safety Firm, LLC. This is the sixth business she has successfully imagined, created, owned and operated. She received her Business Management degree from Indiana Wesleyan University and has worked at the executive level within Fortune 500 companies in the areas of human resources and safety. Through The Safety Firm, LLC, Ms. Samples works with multiple industries including healthcare, manufacturing, and construction to help them manage, audit, train, and grow their safety program to higher levels. Besides directing the operations of The Safety Firm, Bobbi is a professional artist and innovative motivational speaker. She is consistently cited for her entrepreneurial approaches to training, professional growth and workforce solutions. Ms. Samples is a Board-Certified Safety Professional, and has achieved numerous training instructor ratings including bloodborne pathogens, emergency action, lockout/tagout, confined space entry, hazmat, respiratory protection and fire force and is consistently cited for her ability to teach these important skills in ways that are enjoyable and effective. She has developed and led OSHA 10 and 30-hour courses in conjunction with her Faculty position with Eastern Kentucky OSHA Training Institute, and has successfully assisted many companies in OSHA compliance and abatement issues. As a featured speaker at various Chamber and safety organization workshops and seminars, Ms. Samples continues to provide excellent safety and health guidance with a quality and entertaining approach.
Kate Shanks, Vice President of Public Affairs, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
Kate Shanks is Vice President of Public Affairs for the Kentucky Chamber. She has been with the Chamber for more than four years and focuses her work on energy, environment, small business, and competitiveness issues. She is a lifelong resident of Kentucky and earned both a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Conservation and Management and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Kentucky. Prior to joining the Chamber, Kate spent nearly 12 years working for state agencies focused on energy and environmental policy and regulation and has held multiple positions relating to communications, outreach, policy analysis and design, and legislative affairs.
Bill Simkins, CSP, W.E. Simkins & Associates
Mr. Simkins has more than 35 years of applied occupational health and safety experience providing occupational health and safety management strategies to public and private sector business. Mr. Simkins was a Director of Environmental Health & Safety for PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay North America, and Pepsi North America Beverages, operations, retiring in 2018. He now leads Simkins & Associates providing, a consulting practice providing safety and health leadership and compliance strategies. Mr. Simkins career includes 12 years as a commissioned US Army Medical Officer. Mr. Simkins has a B.S. in Public Health, an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kentucky. He is a Board-Certified Safety Professional, a Registered Environmental Professional, an associate member of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, and a professional member of the American Society of Safety Professionals.
Robert Smith, Executive Director, Fisher Phillips Safety Solutions
Mr. Smith is an experienced safety professional with a diverse background across manufacturing operations, management, business development, regulatory compliance, employee training and development. Robert brings valuable skills to any organization looking to enhance their safety compliance programs. His familiarity with OSHA regulations coupled with a results-oriented approach to safety program management makes him not only a strong executive director for Fisher Phillips Safety Solutions, but an active participant in our clients’ success.
Barry Spurlock, Esq., CSP, Attorney, Assistant Professor, Eastern Kentucky University
Barry S. Spurlock is a professor of Safety at Eastern Kentucky University, and a founding member of Safety Change Agents, a safety management and performance consulting firm. Before his current roles, Barry practiced law at Fisher Phillips, where he represented and advised employers on OSHA and employment law matters. Prior to this, Barry worked for over 16 years as a safety professional in the steel, food and insurance industries. He holds BS and MS degrees in Safety from Eastern Kentucky University, as well as a Juris Doctor from Northern Kentucky University. Barry is an active member of ASSP and currently serves on the Louisville Chapter’s Board and is a past member of ASSP’s National Government Affairs Committee. Barry has authored numerous books and articles on safety management and workers’ compensation, and he has been a regular speaker at national safety conferences for over a decade.
David Stumbo, Ph.D., OHST, Associate Professor, Eastern Kentucky University,
Dr. David Stumbo is an Associate Professor in Eastern Kentucky University’s Department of Safety, Security, and Emergency Management. He has worked in occupational safety & health for over 20 years, including various positions within the Kentucky OSH Program including Compliance Officer, Industrial Hygiene Consultant, and Safety Program Manager. David serves as a Board Member of the Kentucky Safety and Health Network, a Certified Occupational Safety and Health Technologist, and the owner/operator of Stumbo Safety Solutions, LLC, which specializes in providing onsite safety and health consultation and training services to small and midsized companies. He is also a community activist, leading a neighborhood-based non-profit group and serving as parent representative on a site-based decision-making council in the Frankfort, KY area.
Danny Vernon, Kentucky Safe - VPP Program Manager, Kentucky Labor Cabinet
Danny Vernon is a native of North Carolina and moved to Kentucky in the summer of 1988 after completing four years of service in the US Army. He attended Murray State University, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Safety and Health in the spring of 1995. He started with the Kentucky Labor Cabinet in June of 1995 as a Safety Consultant with the Division of Education and Training. After spending 13 years as a Safety Consultant, Danny has held the position of Program Manager, managing the Partnership Branch since February of 2008. In addition to administering VPP for the state of Kentucky, the Partnership Branch also administers other Partnership offerings, including CPP (Construction Partnership Program) and SHARP (Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program).