Executive Summit

The Executive Summit Panel

sponsored by
Grainger - Sponsor

The Summit provides attendees the perspective of industry and corporate leaders in regards to the OSH profession. Understanding this perspective significantly benefits OSH professionals and improves their effectiveness in directing safety and health programs in their organizations.

Bobi A. Garrett

Deputy Laboratory Director and Chief Operating Officer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

In her role as deputy laboratory director/chief operating officer (COO) of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Bobi Garrett integrates laboratory strategy and execution across mission and operations.

She oversees planning and institutional performance management functions, assesses the effectiveness of business systems and infrastructure in supporting mission outcomes, and serves as the interface with DOE headquarters. She brings long-standing experience in energy research to this role.

Before she was COO at NREL, Garrett was the deputy laboratory director for Strategic Programs and Partnerships, leading the functions that connect the capabilities of the laboratory to market impact. Prior to joining NREL in 1998, Garrett also held several line management and program leadership positions at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington.

Garrett has a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Montana State University and a master's from the University of Washington. She serves on the board of CO-LABS, the consortium of federally funded research institutions in Colorado; the Operational Technical Review Committee of Arizona Public Service; and as an ambassador for Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E), a program under the Clean Energy Ministerial focused on attracting, retaining, and advancing women in clean energy careers.

Stuart MacVean

President and Chief Executive Officer Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC

Stuart MacVean is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC (SRNS). He is responsible to the Department of Energy (DOE) for the safe, effective and efficient management and operations of the Savannah River Site (SRS). His responsibilities include providing vision, leadership, mission growth, technological advancement, and a performance-based culture of safety, security and operational excellence at the Site.

MacVean has more than 30 years of experience working in the DOE complex. Prior to joining SRNS, MacVean served as a vice president of Operations for Fluor Government Group’s Environmental and Nuclear business line. In this role, he provided oversight of DOE Environmental Management projects for Fluor, including SRS, Portsmouth, Paducah, Idaho, and as a part of the Canadian National Energy Alliance Consortium formed to restructure and manage Canada’s Nuclear Laboratories. Prior to joining Fluor, MacVean was President and Project Manager at Savannah River Remediation LLC (SRR), the liquid waste contractor at SRS, and a vice president at AECOM. MacVean has served as Executive Director for Spent Fuel Management at the Sellafield site in the United Kingdom (U.K.).

MacVean currently serves as the charter chairman of the CSRA American Heart Association Board; on the Aiken Regional Medical Centers Board of Governors; and as a member of the Aiken Partnership Board for the University of South Carolina–Aiken. As a strong advocate for volunteerism, he has previously served with Public Education Partners, the American Heart Association Heart Walk executive leadership team, and the United Way of Aiken County.

Shawn Poole

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, EmployBridge

Shawn Poole graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with emphasis in Accounting. Shawn is a certified public accountant and began his career with Arthur Andersen LLC. Shawn has served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Treasurer of American Studios Inc (NASDAQ), and he was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Carolina Freight Corporation (NYSE). Shawn brings a wealth of experience in the human resource service sector. He has served as Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of Randstad North America and Executive Vice President, Chief Financial and Accounting Officer and Secretary for Career Blazers prior to leading the management acquisition of EmployBridge.

Scott Simmons

Vice President, North America, McCormick & Company

Scott Simmons is a supply Chain Executive with proven track record of leading continuous improvement across an international supply chain. Leads collaborative teams focused on delivering results against key performance indicators, transforming factory environments, delivering innovation, improving customer service, delivering SC value, and effectively managing change. He is a passionate and committed leader with high emotional intelligence, known for personal integrity and effective communication.

Jeff Westphal

Vice President, US Buildings Operations for PCL Construction Enterprises Inc.

Jeff Westphal is vice president of US Buildings Operations for PCL Construction Enterprises Inc. which is recognized by Engineering News Record (ENR) as the eighth largest construction firm in North America. Currently, Jeff oversees six US districts that are involved in various market sectors such as construction of high-rise condominium, apartment and office towers, theme parks entertainment attractions, casinos, manufacturing facilities, hospitals, luxury resorts and hotels, airport expansion projects, retail, education, and a wide variety of other construction projects.

Jeff joined the PCL family of companies in 1990 and has held various positions in project engineering, project management, and operations management. He was vice president and district manager of PCL Orlando where he led a change in the safety culture, and most recently vice president and district manager for Nordic PCL Construction, Inc. operations on the Hawaiian Islands where his leadership was instrumental in reducing OSHA recordable injury rates by 80%. By developing a safety culture that actively involves workers in the safety process and recognizing each employee for their contributions for injury prevention, Jeff achieved safer work behavior and cooperation on the islands.

His success in improving the safety culture in Orlando and Hawaii will provide attendees at the ASSE PDC Executive Summit insight into the successful strategies employed to implement significant improvement in a construction injury prevention process.

PCL is recognized by industry leaders for our outstanding safety process and maintains a lost time incident rate that is 40 times lower and a recordable rate that is four-times lower than the construction industry average.

    Topics that are typically addressed:
  • Safety as a fundamental value in an organization
  • The business impact of safety and health on an organization
  • The role that safety and health professionals play in an organization
  • How organizations address risk
  • How should safety and health professionals best use their influence
  • The effects that sustainability efforts are having on organizations
  • The personal commitment of senior management to safety
    Last years’ panel included:
  • Ray Bagley, Vice President of Operations (Trades), Newport News Shipbuilding
  • Rick A Frazier, Chief Product Supply and Service Officer, The Coca Cola Company
  • Kimberly S. Greene, Chief Operating Officer and EVP, Southern Company
  • Randy Neuhaus, President/CEO, S&ME Inc.
  • Kenneth J. Rueter, President, UCOR
    Sample of previous participating companies
  • ABB
  • Bechtel Group, Inc.
  • Black & Veatch
  • Boeing Commercial Airplane
  • CITGO Petroleum
  • CleanHarbors Environmental Services
  • Commonwealth Edison Company
  • Disney World
  • Dow Chemical
  • Kraft Foods
  • L.L. Bean
  • Liberty Mutual Group
  • Lockton Companies
  • NASA
  • Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding
  • Perdue Farms
  • Quality Pork Processors
  • Turner Construction
  • United Airlines
  • URS
  • Weyerhaeuser
  • WRS Compass

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  • Safestart - Diamond Sponsor
  • CLMI - Diamond Sponsor
  • ProcessMAP - Diamond Sponsor
  • Clicksafety - Diamond Sponsor


  • Cintas - Centennial Sponsor
  • Grainger - Centennial Sponsor

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