Roger White, Niles Plant Services LLC
Roger started his career in the industrial painting trade 28 years ago working his way through the ranks to a VP position. Roger then began a new role as the Coatings Operations Manager with Niles Plant Services LLC in July of 2017. Roger has a very extensive background in the coatings industry from all types of abrasive blasting, fireproofing, tank linings, spray/brush/roll and trowel applied coatings.
Roger also holds a NACE level 2 certification along with many other certifications.
Roger has been married to his wife Shelly since 1988 and they share a daughter Nichole.
Michael Erickson, VP Facilities and Construction, MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland
Michael is currently Vice President Support Services for MidMichigan Health. He is responsible for the non-clinical support areas including: medical equipment, plant operations, security, safety, food service, housekeeping and construction at all MidMichigan Medical Centers. He has been in his current position for over ten years.
Prior to his position at the medical center, he was Assistant Vice President at a major medical center outside Baltimore, Maryland for eleven years. He also served in the U.S. Army for fourteen years. Mike holds a Master’s of Science in Technology Management and an MBA, both from the University of Maryland. He is also CHFM certified in facilities management. Mike lives in Midland with his wife, Annmarie and his four children.
Ted High, VP of Commercial Operations, Three Rivers Corporation
Ted joined TRC in 2002 and has experience in the field of construction project management since the 1980’s and has experience in industrial, correctional, high-tech manufacturing and public projects. He is responsible for providing leadership and managing customer relationships, safety and all activities within the commercial market. Ted holds a B.S. in Construction Management from the University of Nebraska and is also a LEED Accredited Professional.
Ronnie Neumann, President, Alloy Construction
Owner of Alloy Construction Service, Inc., Ronnie left a career in Physical Therapy in 1981 to join her husband Bob in founding the company and took over the helm upon his death in 1991. She jointly operates the firm located in Midland with her son Mike. Ronnie serves on various non-profit boards in the area and heads up Alloy’s implementation of formalized career exploration opportunities for high school students, as well as volunteers for The Rock Center for Youth Development.
Mark Trinklein, Controller, Valley Electrical Contractors, Inc.
Mark is a CPA and currently works as a Controller for Valley Electrical Contractors, Inc. in Midland, MI. He has been in this role since 2008 and is responsible for all accounting-related activities within the company including assisting management in interpreting and utilizing managerial accounting information. Prior to his current role, he was a Senior Manager at Burnside & Lang, P. C. While there, he managed audits, worked on management advisory services as well as employee benefit consulting and administration. Mark’s community activities (past & present) include Noon Exchange Club, Junior Achievement, United Way, various committees with the City of Midland and Lincoln Township Clerk. He also has memberships (past & present) with the American Institute of CPA’s, Michigan Association of CPA’s, Leadership Midland and the Midland County Township Officers Association.
Alison Beatty, Dow Corning Michigan Operations Integration Leader, The Dow Chemical Company
Alison graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering in 1993. Following graduation, Alison joined The Dow Chemical Company and moved to Midland, Michigan. Over her 25 year career with Dow, Alison held a variety of roles including Production and Improvement Engineer positions, Project Manufacturing Representative, Improvement Leader, and Production Leader. Alison is currently a Production Leader in Dow’s Silicones manufacturing operations. Alison lives in Midland with her husband, Dave Midkiff, and their two children.
Jeff Berger, Director of Facilities, Covenant Healthcare
Jeff was born and raised in Bay City, Michigan and started working at the Nexteer Automotive, former General Motors Steering Gear, in 1994 as a Facilities Maintenance Manager. Jeff joined Covenant HealthCare in November 2012 as the Director of Facilities. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Oakland University. Jeff has had past involvement in coaching for Southwest Little League in Bay City, Children’s Learning Center Dyslexia walk, and 18 years overseeing the Berger Family Endowed Scholarship for Saginaw Valley State University College of Business and Management.
J. W. Fisher, Owner of Fisher Companies, Fisher Contracting
J. W. has worked for the family business throughout his life. J. W. has a B. S. in Civil Engineering from Michigan Technological University and is a registered professional engineer in the State of Michigan. He has worked for Fisher Contracting since 1980, and has served as its president since 1996. J. W. has been an active member of the Great Lakes Safety Training Center, serving as a member of its Board of Directors, including two terms as President.
Bryan Johnson, EH&S Group Leader, Corteva Agriscience
Bryan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry, a Master’s Degree in Industrial Safety, and an Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) all from the University of Minnesota. Bryan is also a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH). He moved to Midland in 2006. Bryan has 25 years EH&S experience and has worked in EH&S throughout his career with Dow/Corteva. Bryan currently has responsibility for the Environmental, Health, Safety & Security performance of Corteva Michigan employees and contractors. Bryan lives in Midland with his wife, Karin and their two children, Weston and Evelyn.
Jim Sears, GWS AMS HSE Operational Excellence Director, CBRE
Jim was born and raised in Southern Illinois and attended Murray State University where he obtained a B.S. degree in Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) in 1997 and an OSH M.S. in 2019. Jim is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and has 20+ years of professional experience within the field of Environmental, Safety & Health (EHS). He began his career with 3M Company in Nevada, MO as a Safety Engineer before transferring to Detroit, MI in 2002 where he worked as the EHS Supervisor. Jim has also worked at Cabot Corporation and Evergreen Solar both located in Midland as the EHS Manager at each respective location. When Evergreen Solar ceased operations in 2011 he went to work for Koch Industries as a Safety & Health Leader in their Fort Dodge, IA location and as a Regional Safety & Health Manager for their Georgia Pacific Division based out of Atlanta, GA. Jim was finally able to return home to Midland in 2013 when he began his current role with CBRE first as the Global Safety Director for the Dow Chemical account and most recently as the CBRE America’s HSE Program Development & Operational Excellence Director. He currently leads a team of HSE Professionals that design, develop and implement HSE programs for 250+ account teams across Canada, United States and Latin America.
Don Taylor, Global H&S, Medical, Security Manager, Nexteer Automotive
Don began his career in the automotive industry 46 years ago as an engineering co-op student from Delta College. Later after taking numerous H&S classes around the country, Don received his Bachelor of Science, Safety Engineering Degree from Kennedy Western University. The past 33 years Don has been promoting Health and Safety at General Motors, Delphi Steering and Nexteer Automotive. Don is the 37th recipient of the GM Health & Safety Fellow Award given for his outstanding health & Safety accomplishments. As the Manager of Global Health and Safety / Medical, through Don’s relentless hard work, he has help make Nexteer Automotive world class in Health and Safety.
Under Don’s leadership, Nexteer’s corporate recordable rate dropped over 70 percent over the last five years. Nexteer’s corporate lost workday case rate dropped 66 percent over that same period. This accomplishment was the result of Don’s commitment to a “Speak Up” health and safety culture where all employees are encouraged to speak up when they see unsafe acts or conditions.
Don’s untiring and steadfast commitment to Health and Safety has led Nexteer to achieve over 258 National Safety Council Awards for their health & safety excellence in the last 5 years, impacting over 12,000 employees at over 24 manufacturing facilities worldwide.
Over the years Don has taught numerous industrial safety courses around the state. He has also conducted H&S, Medical, Security Audits and H&S training for GM, Delphi, and Nexteer in Spain, France, Italy, Poland, Brazil, China, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Venezuela, Australia, and US.
On a personal level in addition to a member of the Great Lakes Board of Directors, Don is a member of the National Safety Council and has been a presenter at numerous UAW/GM/Delphi health and safety conferences. Don developed the “Eyes for Safety” training used at GM, Delphi and Nexteer and taught health and safety at Delta College for over 8 years. Don is also active in his church serving as a board member.
At the 2019 Michigan Health & Safety Conference next month, Don will receive the 2019 Darryl C. Hill Safety Professional of the Year Award for his never ending H&S commitment and achievements.