Mr. Alvarez is a security expert who specializes in workplace violence prevention and a Certified Threat Manager™ by the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals. He holds a BS in Criminal Justice. He has built over 25 years of threat management, security, domestic terrorism and crisis management experience serving as a Security Director protecting one of our nation’s most sensitive critical infrastructures, to working as a city police officer and as a professional security consultant. He understands the challenges individuals and organizations face when addressing the threats of violence because he has responded to them.
Joy K. Boese
E3 Consulting Corporation
Joy K. Boese is the President of E3 Consulting Corporation, a leading-edge Office and Industrial Ergonomics, Design, Health and Wellness Consulting Firm, established in May of 1996. With over 20 years’ experience, Joy’s vision was to create a company that set the highest service standard available in the field of Ergonomics. Ms. Boese has been involved in developing, maintaining and implementing Office Ergonomic Programs for clients such as AIG, Toyota Motor Sales, Bank of America, Northrop Grumman, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Toyota Motor Sales, Fox, DreamWorks, Paramount Pictures, Platinum Home Mortgage, Kroger Foods, Google, Rand Corporation, TiVo and Polycom. Joy’s passion is to provide cost effective and innovative solutions guaranteed to increase employee productivity, health wellness and comfort, while dramatically improving a company’s bottom line.
Managing Partner and Attorney
Don Dressler has been working with safety and work injuries since 1969, formerly the President of a specialty workers’ compensation insurer covering agricultural employers in California and Arizona, and a safety and workers’ compensation consultant since 2003. Dressler focuses on safety, reducing injuries and workers’ compensation costs, OSHA compliance accident investigations and human resource issues. He obtained his law degree from Stanford University, BA from Kansas State University, MBA from Pepperdine University, Certificate in Human Resources from University of California at Irvine where he taught as an adjunct faculty for 8 years.
Senior Legal Editor – EHS Training
Dave is a Senior Legal Editor, EHS Training at BLR — Business and Legal Resources in Old Saybrook, CT, and has been with the company since 2001. He coordinates the development and editing of BLR’s workplace safety, transportation, and environmental training content for Training Today, Safety.BLR, and Enviro.BLR portals to help businesses comply with OSHA, EPA, and DOT rules.
Dave serves on the National Environmental, Safety and Health Training Association, or NESHTA, Board of Directors.
Partner, Chicago office
Conn Maciel Carey LLP
Aaron R. Gelb is a partner in Conn Maciel Carey’s Chicago office. He specializes in labor and employment, and OSHA litigation. Mr. Gelb represents employers in all aspects of the employer-employee relationship. He has extensive experience litigating equal employment opportunity matters in federal and state courts having tried a number of cases to verdict and defending employers before the EEOC as well as fair employment agencies across the country; in the past 5 years alone, Aaron has successfully handled more than 250 discrimination charges. Aaron also has a particular emphasis on advising and representing clients in relation to inspections, investigations, and enforcement actions involving federal OSHA and state OSH programs, and managing a full range of litigation against OSHA.
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Mr. Henderson has a broad-based workplace safety and health practice, including advice, counsel, and training on various OSHA regulations, and has defended employers in litigation before the Cal/OSHA Appeals Board, the OSHRC (Fed-OSHA), the Washington Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals (WISHA), and others. Mr. Henderson also is a trusted advisor and representative for management in traditional labor matters. His labor relations practice includes NLRB and federal litigation, collective bargaining, labor arbitrations, strikes and other concerted activity, and secondary boycotts. The balance of his practice consists of other complex employment litigation matters, including wage and hour class actions, EEOC systemic litigation, and the defense of retaliation, discrimination, and sexual harassment claims.
Vice President, Client Services
Matt Hochstein is a skilled leader with extensive experience managing and delivering complex projects. Widely regarded as an accomplished facilitator and skilled at guiding senior-level briefings, programmatic workshops, and policy implementation strategies, he has extensive experience staffing and managing teams of various sizes.
Currently Matt is responsible for developing and implementing Hagerty’s 2016 Business Development and Executive Relationship Plan. Matt also manages Hagerty’s Washington, D.C. office, where his responsibilities include coordinating all federal business activities and collaborating with Hagerty leaders across the firm on significant company-wide initiatives. Prior to Hagerty, Matt worked with Deloitte Consulting as a Manager in the Strategy and Operations practice area; there he was responsible for operational management of client engagements in addition to supporting business development and personnel management within the firm.
Laurie Knape, ASP, CSP, CLCS
Laurie has over 20 years of health, safety and environmental experience and is a CSP, ASP and CLSC. She is a certified DNV auditor, holds a masters training certificate for aerial working platforms and forklifts, and is a certified RigPass instructor. She is a member of several industry organizations. She is currently the regulatory chairperson for the Gulf Coast Safety and Training Group, chairperson for Safe Gulf, chairperson for API RP T8, committee member for API RP 75 re-write, and has been a member of the American Society for Safety Engineers for over 12 years. Laurie attended the University of Connecticut for HSE, Columbia Southern University for Science and Columbia Southern University for Business.
Danielle Hultenius Moore
Partner, San Diego office
Danielle Moore is a partner in the firm’s San Diego office and co-chairs the Fisher Phillips firm-wide Women’s Initiative and Leadership Council.
She represents and counsels employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including employment discrimination, wrongful termination, harassment, retaliation, and wage-hour class action lawsuits, as well as employment handbook and personnel policy preparation, and general preventive advice including hiring, discipline and termination practices.
Danielle is “AV” Peer Review Rated Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell and was recently named one of San Diego’s 2014, 2015 and 2016 “Top Attorneys,” one of 2014 and 2015’s “Best of the Bar,” as well as one of the “Top 40 under 40 Best and Brightest Minds of San Diego.”
Manager, Industrial Sales
Allen Pruitt is a Manager of Industrial Sales at Portacool, LLC. Allen works with leading industrial, automotive and rental distributors to provide cooling options to facility managers to ensure their facilities are as productive, safe and compliant as possible.
Over the past eighteen years, Allen has worked with distributors assessing facilities in the industrial and construction fields. Since joining the Portacool team in 2010, he has done hundreds of site assessments to assist customers with heat stress and OSHA compliance concerns and is the go to person at Portacool regarding OSHA and heat stress for the sales team.
Andrew J. Sommer
Partner, San Francisco office
Conn Maciel Carey LLP
Andrew J. Sommer is a partner with Conn Maciel Carey’s OSHA Workplace Safety and Employment practice groups, based in California. He defends employers in a wide range of labor and employment matters, with a particular emphasis on Cal/OSHA enforcement actions and employment litigation.
Mr. Sommer represents employers in a variety of industries in inspections, investigations and enforcement actions involving Cal/OSHA. He also develops effective safety policies and procedures including Injury and Illness Prevention Programs, Heat Illness Prevention Plans and Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Programs.