This year has been crazy for me. I went through my first Government contract re-compete, and I woke up one day to read that my company had just been sold. I’m proud to say that, through it all, my company’s dedication to safety excellence remained un-waivered. At the end of the day, working or not working for a VPP Site really does make a difference.

Other than that, it’s good to be back from our National Conference and to begin focusing on what is going to be our best and biggest Regional Chapter Conference. Besides the improvements based on your comments, we’re excited to have Keni Thomas and Chad Williams back as keynote speakers. While Colorado Springs, Colorado, is Olympic City USA, it also is a military town that loves and supports all members of the Armed Forces. I think Keni and Chad will bring exactly what is needed to the conference. 2017 is going to be “our town, our conference.”

I’d like to thank Mike Maddox for the years he has served as our National VPPPA Chairperson. In addition to encouraging me to run for Chair and to get involved on the national level, whether he knows it or not, he has mentored me through his leadership over the years. Thank you, Mike!

With that being said, I look forward to the next chapter of our National VPPPA under Mike Guillory. While I imagine some things will change, I have no doubt the association is moving in the right direction with the right person. Rest assured, Region VIII will be your greatest ally—like in years past, you can count us.

In closing, I would like to thank our U.S. Department of Labor –OSHA, Region VIII Regional VPP Manager, Brad G. Baptiste, for not only his leadership, commitment, and passion but for maintaining a clear separation between VPP and the VPPPA. Sometimes vision is caught and not taught; rest assured, I continue to catch all I can from him. Thank you Brad, we appreciate you.