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Key Practice Area - Global EHS - 2017 EHS Management Forum: Optimizing Performance
Key Practice Area: Global EHS

2017 EHS Forum - Optimizing Performance

Oct. 25-27, 2017

Optimizing is defined as making something as effective, perfect, or useful as possible. We are constantly challenged to optimize all aspects of our programs and ensure continuous improvement in even the core aspects of EHS management. Sessions in this track will look at ways companies are finding ways to improve their programs whether through shear management creativity or the use of emerging technologies or partnerships inside or outside the business to deliver on the promise of optimization.

If you're looking for new ideas to improve efficiency, manage risk or advance sustainability, you'll find inspiration through the interactive discussions and peer case studies the Forum delivers.


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Measuring the Value of your EHS Management System
This session will look at how to evaluate your management system to know that it is having the intended outcome and tips for how to improve its performance. We will also discuss how companies are reacting to recent and pending standards (e.g. ISO 45001 and 14001:2015) and explore the pros and cons of getting ISO certified.


  • Erik Petrovskis, Director of Environmental Compliance and Sustainability; Meijer Inc.
  • Rick Love, Manager, Environmental Stewardship; United Technologies Corp.
  • Rick Taylor, Vice President EHS; Parker Hannifin Corp.
  • Pat McCabe, Director of Environmental Projects and Programs; Duke Energy Corp.

Session Chair: Melissa Koob, Vice President; Tetra Tech Inc.

How to Build Business Acumen for EHS Staff
EHS professionals must be able to speak the language of finance and understand their business to advance their efforts. This session will look at how companies have expanded their EHS impact and improved internal collaboration with business leaders by having a broader view of how the company operates financially versus functionally. Come and hear answers to questions like: What mindset prompts executives to provide support for EHS initiatives? What results have speakers seen when they have increased their EHS team's business acumen? What should EHS professionals do to develop this acumen for themselves and their teams? What is the current research in academia saying about EHS impact and return-on-investment (ROI)?


  • James Bero, Retired Senior Vice President of EHS; BASF SE
  • Alison Medbery, Vice President Finance; Ball Aerospace
  • Kevin Eckerle, Director of Corporate Research and Engagement; Stern Business School - New York University

Session Chair: Dennis Hu, Director, Environmental Health and Safety and System Safety Engineering; Ball Aerospace

Drones, Artificial Intelligence, and Internet of Things: Leveraging Technology to Advance EHS
From creating effective compliance programs to keeping new members of the workforce engaged, companies are employing both familiar and state of the art technologies. This session will look at how you can incorporate advanced technology to accelerate EHS programs, as well as provide insights for how to evaluate the growing universe of options.


  • Allen Stegman, General Director, Environmental and Hazardous Materials; The BNSF Railway Co.
  • Tiffin Shewmake, Executive Director; Center for Retail Compliance

Session Chair: Kristen Duda, Vice President of Strategic Alliances; Intelex Technologies Inc.

Improving Performance by Integrating EHS Management Systems into the Business
Integration is key. This session will look at ways EHS leaders are connecting their management systems into other business systems as well as leveraging and engaging with their company's enterprise management systems and data to advance EHS.


  • John Martin, Quality, Environmental, Health, and Safety Manager; Liberty Paper Inc.
  • Debra Hamlin, Environmental Manager; Bridgestone Retail Operations LLC
  • Jason Johantges, Director, Environmental, Health and Safety; Scotts Miracle-Gro Co.

Session Chair: Deborah Briggs, Director Environment, Health, Safety & Security; Polaris Industries Inc.

Managing Change & Implementing Standards in an Ever-Changing Global Business Environment
Management of change processes and standards development are two major challenges for EHS managers. This gets even tougher in a global company. Attend this session to learn about three different approaches being taken by your peers. Speakers will emphasize how they ensure a robust MOC process and how they have implemented standards in unstandardized operations and cultures around the globe.


  • Jean-Pierre Salgado, Director, Global Environment, Health and Safety; Oracle Corp.
  • Larry Deeney, Senior Technical Leader – Global Environment; General Mills Inc.
  • Jesse Trull, HSE Project Manager; Gates Corp.

Session Chair: Bennett Leff, Senior Director, Environmental Health and Safety; American Standard Brands

Speaker Bios

Erik Petrovskis, Director of Environmental Compliance and Sustainability; Meijer Inc.
Erik Petrovskis is Director of Environmental Compliance and Sustainability at Meijer, a leading Supercenter located in six states throughout the Midwest. Erik has 20 years of experience as an environmental consultant. At Meijer, Erik is responsible for due diligence, remediation, compliance, and environmental sustainability, with particular focus on stormwater and food waste management. His team has developed an environmental compliance management system conformant to ISO 19600, covering the activities of over 230 stores, five distribution complexes, six food manufacturing plants, and two central pharmacies.

He holds a PhD in environmental engineering from The University of Michigan and is a licensed Professional Engineer. He also served as a Lecturer at the University of Michigan, teaching water and wastewater engineering, as well as sustainable engineering principles. Recently, he was a member of a National Research Council Committee on Scientific Tools and Approaches for Sustainability for the US EPA.

Rick Love, Manager, Environmental Stewardship; United Technologies Corp.
Rick Love is the Associate Director of Environmental Stewardship at United Technologies Corporation. Recent responsibilities include program management for the implementation, measurement and reporting of UTC progress against 2020 facility sustainability goals, waste and climate change risk impact reduction, CDP climate change and water external reporting and environmental program best practice business case development. Prior to UTC, Rick worked as an environmental consultant, including significant experience at USEPA in the development of US Clean Air Act data management programs. He has a BA from Brown University, and an MBA in strategic planning from the University of Connecticut.

Rick Taylor, Vice President EHS; Parker Hannifin Corp.
Rick Taylor Rick Taylor has been with Parker Hannifin Corporation, a Fortune 500 Company based in Cleveland, Ohio, for 28 years. Rick started at Parker as an environmental engineer and has progressed through various assignments within the group to the present position as their Corporate VP of Environmental, Health and Safety. He has enterprise responsibility for the Sustainability program, environmental stewardship program, safety, energy procurement, resource conservation, EHS compliance, new construction projects and the Parker Foundation program. Prior to joining Parker, Rick worked for BP America as a Research and Development engineer in the field of industrial pollution treatment systems.

Rick holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, an MS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Akron, and an MBA from Baldwin Wallace College. He is presently a member of the Sustainable Cleveland Stewardship Council, the past President of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Environmental Managers, on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross Northeast Region and the Board for the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Rick is a hiking and fishing enthusiast and he and his wife currently reside in Solon, Ohio.

Pat McCabe, Director of Environmental Projects and Programs; Duke Energy Corp.
Pat McCabe is the Director of Environmental Projects and Programs at Duke Energy, one of the largest US electric power holding companies supplying and delivering electricity to approximately 7.4 million U.S. customers in the Midwest and Southeast. Pat has over 25 years of experience in environmental compliance with manufacturing and utilities. He has held a number of technical and management roles at Duke Energy and is currently responsible for strategic environmental planning, major project siting, emissions management , remediation, and is the business sponsor of the updated EHS Management System.

He received his B. S. in Chemical Engineering from Drexel University and is a Registered Professional Engineer in several states.

James Bero, Retired Senior Vice President of EHS; BASF SE
Jim Bero served as BASF Corporation's Senior Vice President of Environment, Health, Safety and Security from July, 2004 until his retirement in October, 2014.

Jim joined BASF as a member of their Personnel Development Program in 1976. His BASF manufacturing experience included assignments in inorganic chemicals, urethanes, automotive resins/coatings and plant utilities. Over the course of his manufacturing career, he has held the positions of production supervisor, production engineer, operations manager, plant manager, and vice president of operations. His experience also includes the position of Corporate Capital Planning Manager and leadership roles on several restructuring and three post-merger business integration teams.

In his EHS role, Jim was responsible for developing and implementing BASF's rigorous health, safety, environmental and security standards across the company. He has served as chairman of BASF's Manufacturing Community Steering Committee, Incident Support / Crisis Management Team, North American Sustainability Council and Industry Issues Management team and the American Chemistry Council's Responsible Care ® Committee. Jim was a member of the ACC executive task force that oversaw the 2009-2013 strategic review of the Responsible Care® standard. He has also served on the Corporate Advisory Board of Wharton's Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership and was an active member of the International Council of Chemical Association's Responsible Care ® Leadership Group and the Conference Board's Chief EHS Officers Panel.

Jim graduated in 1976 from West Virginia University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and received an M.B.A. from Louisiana State University in 1997. In recognition of his career achievements, Jim was inducted into WVU's Chemical Engineering Academy in 2016.

Alison Medbery, Vice President Finance; Ball Aerospace
Alison Medbery is the Vice President of Finance for Ball Aerospace. She is responsible for contracts, financial planning and analysis; financial accounting and reporting; government accounting, corporate ethics and compliance; project controls, government systems compliance and policy; performance initiatives and company-level business metrics. Alison joined Ball Aerospace in 1995 as a business analyst and has held numerous positions with increasing responsibility in the finance organization. Most recently, she served as director, project controls, working extensively across the company to improve our project controls practices. She started her career at Honeywell Inc. as a financial analyst. Alison earned a B.S. in Business Administration/Accounting from Colorado State University. She is also a member of the AACE International and the National Contract Management Association.

Kevin Eckerle, Director of Corporate Research and Engagement; Stern Business School - New York University
Kevin Eckerle is a Senior Research Scholar and Director of Corporate Research and Engagement at the Center for Sustainable Business in New York University's (NYU) Stern School of Business. Kevin has more than 12 years experience leading private and public organizations in developing and implementing transformational strategies that leverage sustainability as a driver of value creation. Among his recent projects, Kevin partnered with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development to produce the CEO Guide to the Circular Economy, and he collaborated with the World Economic Forum and nine of the world's largest consumer brands (i.e., Coca-Cola, Unilever, Marks and Spencer) to build strategies that better engage the consumer and enable more sustainable lifestyles choices. This collaboration led to the launch of and the Positive Change Effie Award, each of which is focused on establishing the sustainable lifestyle as the norm.

Kevin is a frequent speaker on sustainability and the circular economy, having spoken for the Sustainability Leadership Forum, the Conference Board, and at the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit, among others. He is also the author or co-author of 10+ publications on the circular economy, engaging consumers to promote sustainable decision-making and grow business value, the economics of coal-generated electricity, the impacts of climate change on global biodiversity, and the ecology of birds.

Prior to NYU, Kevin was a sustainability consultant with Accenture Strategy and Esty Environmental Partners (now part of PricewaterhouseCoopers), where he worked with leading global companies to embed sustainability across the organization. Prior to his consulting career, Kevin was a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and served as a Legislative Fellow in the U.S. Senate, where he oversaw several of the nation's largest scientific agencies, including NASA, NOAA and the National Science Foundation. He began his career as a biologist, studying the unending variety of ornaments, dances and songs that birds use to dazzle their mates.

Kevin earned his Ph.D. from Illinois State University and his MBA from The George Washington University.

Allen Stegman, General Director, Environmental and Hazardous Materials; The BNSF Railway Co.
Allen M. Stegman is General Director Environmental for BNSF Railway and has over 25 years of experience in the Environmental, Health and Safety field.

Allen has been involved with NAEM for many years and currently is serving on the Board of Directors and has also served on the Board of Regents for over 15 years. Allen was also the Forum Chair in 2014, has participated on the Forum Committee, the Governance/Nominating Committee, various benchmarking committee's and has been involved in numerous NAEM events as a moderator or speaker. Allen is also a frequent speaker at various conferences including Battelle, AHC, RREC, and the Sustainable Performance Forum and has also been a guest lecturer at Stanford University.

At BNSF, one of the largest transportation providers in the United States as well as one of the largest landowners, his core responsibilities include remediation and environmental liability management, emergency response, data/document management, technology/ innovation, acquisitions & divestitures, metrics and project controls.

Prior to joining BNSF, Allen was the Director of Safety and Environmental Affairs for a global chemical company and has a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering with an option in Biochemical Engineering from the University of Missouri.

Tiffin Shewmake, Executive Director; Center for Retail Compliance
Tiffin Shewmake is the Executive Director of RILA's Center for Retail Compliance (CRC). She is responsible for leading the development of the CRC with the goal of creating the leading resource for environmental compliance in the retail industry and to develop new tools to make compliance programs more effective and cost efficient.

Tiffin's career has focused on environmental compliance and sustainability including the use of management tools and performance measures to improve outcomes. She has worked with federal agencies such as the National Park Service, Forest Service, Federal Emergency Management Agency and Bureau of Engraving and Printing to help teams identify environmental and sustainability challenges, and to set goals and performance measures. She has also worked with regulators on the development of strategies to improve compliance results in the regulated community. Tiffin has a BS in Biology from Syracuse University and a MS in Information Systems from George Mason University.

John Martin, Quality, Environmental, Health, and Safety Manager; Liberty Paper Inc.
John Martin is the Quality, Environmental, Health and Safety (QEHS) Manager at Liberty Paper Incorporated (LPI) in Becker, Minn. John provides leadership and guidance for the company's Business Management Systems (BMS); Environmental, Health and Safety Compliance; Risk Management; and Strategy Improvement. He also supports other businesses within the Liberty Diversified family of companies.

Since joining LPI in 2015, Martin has updated and integrated the company's Quality and EHS written program. His work has ensured that LPI has adopted industry best practices and that the company's procedural language meets ISO 9001; ISO 14001; and OHSAS 18001 criteria.

During his tenure, LPI has implemented risk-based management and has been recertified to multiple voluntary standards including the Occupation Safety and Health Administrations Voluntary Protection Program (OSHA VPP); ISO 14001:2015; and ISO 9001:2015. The LPI team reached these milestones while they were setting new annual year-over-year production records.

In addition to his role as QEHS Manager, John is active in many local and national organizations including NAEM; American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) (Northwest Chapter); United Way; Minnesota Safety Council (MNSC); Pulp and Paper Safety Association (PPSA); and the Recycled Paperboard Technical Association (RPTA). He also maintains Leader Auditor status for ISO 9001, ISO 14001; OHSAS 18001; ISO 31000; and ISO 50001.

John holds a bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies from Saint Cloud State University. He lives in Minneapolis, Minn. with his wife and two daughters and is an active volunteer in his community.

Debra Hamlin, Environmental Manager; Bridgestone Retail Operations LLC
Debra Hamlin is Environmental Manager for Bridgestone Retail Operations (BSRO), where she provides oversight and leadership of remediation activities, environmental compliance, energy efficiency and resource conservation at the company's more than 2,200 company-owned retail stores in the U.S, which include Firestone Complete Auto Care, Wheel Works and Tires Plus.

Since joining BSRO in 1997, Hamlin has conceptualized, developed and implemented the company's scrap tire management program in response to a voluntary tire safety recall, a program so successful it was published as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) TREAD Act. Additionally, she was instrumental in the development of the Bridgestone Tires4ward program, which works to assure that for every new tire Bridgestone sells in the U.S., one used tire is recovered and put to valuable new use. She also spearheads and organizes volunteer community clean up events for the company.

In addition to her role as an environmental manager, Hamlin is currently leading the BSRO Committee of the Bridgestone Women Women's Initiative Network (BWIN) and was actively engaged in developing the mentoring program at BSRO. Hamlin also serves on the Board of the Associate Assistance Fund at BSRO, which is a program designed to assist fellow Teammates in their time of need. Hamlin is also a member of the Scrap Tire Research and Education Foundation, Inc., Board.

Hamlin holds a bachelor's degree in resource development from Michigan State University. She lives in Nashville, TN where she is an active volunteer in her community.

Jason Johantges, Director, Environmental, Health and Safety; Scotts Miracle-Gro Co.
Jason Johantges is the Director, Environmental, Health and Safety at Scotts Miracle-Gro Company where he oversees for the Corporate EHS Centers of Excellence team, and the Hawthorne Gardening and North American sales teams. He has more than 20 years of experience in the EHS space and has worked with Scotts Miracle-Gro since 2008. He has a bachelor's in environmental health sciences from Wright State University and a master's in environmental health and safety management from the University of Findlay.

Jean-Pierre Salgado, Director, Global Environment, Health and Safety; Oracle Corp.
Jean-Pierre Salgado the Global Director of Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) for Oracle Corp. In this capacity, he leads EHS Program development, implementation and compliance for the company with more than 140,000 employees, in 200 countries worldwide.

I addition to the traditional areas for EHS under his direction, Mr. Salgado oversees the company's programs for ISO14000/14001, EHS Auditing, EHS Operational Excellence, Risk Management & Resiliency Planning, Environmental Management of Electronic Products. He also supports the company's mergers and acquisitions (M&A Due Diligence) and Sustainability (Waste Pillar) functions. He and his team are responsible for ensuring consistent EHS compliance across the global real estate portfolio and various lines of business at Oracle through EHS program integration.

Mr. Salgado draws from more than 25 years professional experience in environmental engineering, regulatory affairs and risk management. He holds degrees from the University of California, at Berkeley (BSc.) and the University of San Francisco (MSc.), in addition to post-graduate legal studies.

Larry Deeney, Senior Technical Leader – Global Environment; General Mills Inc.
Larry Deeney provides strategic direction and oversight on environmental initiatives throughout General Mills' North America and International operations.

In addition to his efforts to build a solid and vibrant environmental program within General Mills' manufacturing operations, Larry has guided the company on other EHS matters, including development of policies and standards, environmental performance metrics, acquisitions and divestitures, sustainability initiatives, CSR reporting, managing external stakeholders, directing remediation actions, and leading efforts to reduce overall environmental risk for the corporation.

Mr. Deeney has over 25 years of environmental experience, the past 21 with General Mills, and earned a Master of Science degree in Environmental Toxicology from the University of Minnesota.

Jesse Trull, HSE Project Manager; Gates Corp.
Jesse Trull is the Environmental Project Manager for Gates' Environmental Affairs team. He has worked on projects to standardize and implement compliance calendars across Gates' global locations, provided product compliance to customers, company recycling analysis, technology reviews on feasibility studies for site remediation, SPCC evaluations and researching implementation of “Green Roofs” in manufacturing. Jesse is currently responsible for planning, implementing and management of the globalization of Gate's chemical inventory and supporting software for the Americas, Asia Pacific, European, Middle East and North African locations.

Jesse holds a bachelor's degree in Biology from Valdosta State University and a master's degree in Environmental Science from University of Colorado-Denver.

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