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Laura Arnold

Laura Arnold

Member Services Manager; MISS DIG 811

With almost a decade of experience at MISS DIG 811, Laura has a comprehensive understanding of the needs of facility owner/operators in the state. As the former Executive Assistant to the C.E.O., Laura worked with facility owners joining the system, educating on the requirements under state law PA 53 of 1974 and the new PA 174 of 2013. She recognizes the funding, staffing, and technological burden of compliance on a portion of the membership. Which is why, as Member Services Manager, Laura continues to educate facility owner/operators joining the System on damage prevention and works to create practical, innovative solutions to maximize System benefits for each member. 

(248) 370-6406


Baily, Jim

Jim Bailey

Managing Director (Americas); Red Wing Shoe Company

Joining Red Wing Shoe Company in 2016, Jim Bailey is managing director of sales and distribution (Americas). With more than 25 years of experience leading strategic global partnerships with major operators, drilling contractors and major service providers, he is instrumental in deepening sales and distribution channels throughout the Americas.

A proven, global executive, Bailey plays an integral role expanding existing relationships with distribution channels, along with facilitating direct relationships with the oil and gas industry throughout North America, Central America and South America. He also provides leadership and sales strategies with the North American team as Red Wing expands its presence and product offerings in the B2B industrial markets.

Prior to Red Wing, Bailey led Ringers Technologies LLC, a high-end protective glove company primarily servicing drilling companies worldwide. As president, he was instrumental in generating revenue growth of more than 800 percent from 2009 through 2014. Under his direction, Bailey expanded international business relationships from seven countries to more than 60 countries.

Areas of Expertise

  • Global distribution capabilities
  • Strategic account management
  • Oil and gas industry management

Safety / PPE product development

Susan Bohl

Excecutive Director, Oklahoma One-Call/OKIE 811

Ms. Bohl is the Executive Director for Oklahoma One-Call, also known as OKIE811.  OKIE811 is a non-profit corporation established as part of Oklahoma’s Underground Damage Prevention Act.  She is a member of the Common Ground Alliance, OKC Pipeliners Club, and Tulsa Pipeliners Club.  Susan has over 10 years Executive Management experience and a total of 25 years managing programs, people and processes. Before coming to OKIE811, she worked as Chief Operations Officer with Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma; as Information Technology Director with the State of Oklahoma, as Risk Information Manager with Fleming Companies; and in banking with First National Bank of Midwest City. She has her Green Belt Certification in Lean Six Sigma, is a Certified Public Manager, and has completed the ITIL Certification. She obtained her Bachelors Degree in Business Administration & Computer Science from the University of Central Oklahoma.

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Dennis Bott

Damage Prevention; Southwest Gas

Dennis started in the Damage Prevention industry in 2000, working as a utility line locator. Later he was promoted into management and worked his way into the Nevada / California State Director position for ELM until 2015. Dennis moved on to work for the City of Mesa in Arizona, overseeing the city’s locating program. A short year later, in 2016, Dennis was selected by Southwest Gas to fill the first Damage Prevention Administrator position within the company. Dennis joined as a Board Member with the Nevada Regional Common Ground Alliance in 2016. In 2020 Dennis accepted the Chair nomination for the NRCGA Board of Directors. Dennis is currently enrolled at Ashford University, working on a major in Business Administration. 



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John Brix

International Keynote Speaker

Before getting into the oil and gas industry I was a police officer for a major metropolitan city for over 13 years. During that time, I gained training and instructor certification from the FBI and various other institutions around North America. Through direct experience and formal training, I created a very innovative and progressive set of instructional philosophies which increases the efficiency of your safety program, reducing the cost of your safety program through the workable hours it takes to educate your workforce, increase the learning potential of workers and cultivates an emotionally intelligent culture that is productive, innovative and adaptive.



Mark H. Bruce

President, Cross Bore Safety Association

Mark graduated with a BS in Civil Engineering and has 45 years of experience in construction, manufacturing and services industries, including design patents and ISO 9001 quality system experience.

He is a principal of a pipe inspection service company for gas distribution, sewer and water utilities with a strong focus on new technologies.

Mark has authored articles in numerous publications and is a frequent presenter at conferences in the U. S. and internationally.

Organizations, Current:                 

  • President Cross Bore Safety Association
  • Executive Vice President Hydromax USA
  • Chairman of the ASTM C-12 Committee
  • Member of ASTM C-04, D-20, F-17, F-36 Standards Committees
  • Member of the ASCE 36 Committee

Notable Career Highlights:                           

  • Past Chairman of NASTT – North American Society for Trenchless Technology
  • Past President of the National Clay Pipe Institute
  • Past President of the Midwest Society of Trenchless Technology

Tracey Bryant

Public Awareness Program Manager CenterPoint Energy

Tracey has 20 years’ experience in the utility industry and is the Public Awareness Program Manager with CenterPoint Energy.   

Her experience in pipeline safety focuses on regulatory compliance, damage prevention and public awareness.  She is actively involved with the Common Ground Alliance and is a co-chair of the API task group to rewrite RP 1162, Pipeline Public Awareness Programs.  



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Sheila Caguiat

Executive Director; Danielle Dawn Smalley Foundation

As the Executive Director at the Danielle Dawn Smalley Foundation, Sheila develops, enhances, manages, and promotes the organizations pipeline safety programs by working with stakeholders, industry, and regulatory agencies. She has personally delivered pipeline safety education to school officials in over 40 states across the nation in partnership with numerous pipeline companies. As a non-profit professional, Sheila has 20 years of experience working with tribal, faith-based, public, and private organizations, many which focus on prevention and safety programming. Sheila holds degrees in human development, sociology, a master’s degree in administrative-community practice social work. She is a member of the Common Ground Alliance, has been published in industry journals and has spoken at pipeline safety conferences across the nation.

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Bruce Campbell

Chief Executive Officer; MISS DIG 811

Bruce Campbell has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Michigan State University.

He has testified before the Senate Energy and Technology Committee and in front of the 21st Century Infrastructure Commission on behalf of MISS DIG 811.  Previously, declared an expert witness for excavation, construction and safety and testified on the topics.

He is the MISS DIG 811 representative to the Michigan Damage Prevention Board, One Calls of America, CGA Data Gathering and Evaluation Committee, member of the One Call Systems International Data Committee, member of Common Ground Alliance Stakeholder Advocacy Legislative Awareness Committee, and he is the former Chairman of the Board for Norfield Development Partners, LLC, the software company responsible for Newtin the notification system software used by nine states.

Bruce participates in numerous other professional organizations including: Delta County Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Association of County Drain Commissioners, Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association (MITA), Michigan Electric and Gas Association, and the Michigan Township Association.

Formerly a member of the excavation community, where he helped establish the Genesee Area Damage Prevention Association, promoted an excavator seat on the MISS DIG 811 Board of Directors, and was the first excavator elected to the MISS DIG 811 Board.
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Theresa Chavez

Director of Business Development; CartoPac International

Theresa has over 20 years of experience in software development where she has held positions in Research & Development, Professional Services, Quality Assurance, Customer Support and Information Technology. Theresa started her career working as an intern at Amoco Production Company where she developed an interest for integrating technology to improve business process efficiency. This interest lead her to Hewlett-Packard where she spent the majority of her career developing, implementing, supporting and managing technical solution implementations as an Engineer, Project Manager, Program Manager and Quality Assurance Manager. With her repeated success in leading the development, implementation and support of software products and projects, she quickly moved into the role of the Research and Development Manager with Harris Govern, where she earned her certification as a Scrum Master implementing Agile principles. Adept in improving quality, productivity and effectiveness in organizations, she decided to make a career change into Sales & Marketing where she could utilize her skills in collaboration with all levels of the organization, customers and suppliers to drive key initiatives to achieve business objectives.

Theresa is currently the Director of Sales & Marketing at CartoPac International where she has managed and implemented solutions for Oil & Gas, Gas Utilities, Electric Utilities, Municipalities and Engineering & Consulting. Theresa has built and manages a dynamic sales and marketing team with the focus of providing customers the most flexible, robust and complete enterprise mobile solution for data collection, asset management, inspection, reporting and more.

She received her Bachelors of Science in Computer Science, with minors in Math and Geography from the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado.

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Mel Christopher

Executive Director, Gold Shovel Association

Mel Christopher is the Executive Director of the Gold Shovel Association and oversees the Gold Shovel Standard Program. Gold Shovel Association is a nonprofit organization committed to improving safety for workers and the public through protecting the integrity of underground infrastructure.

Mr. Christopher has a record of improving utility operational performance, developing strong teams, reducing public safety incidents associated with natural gas operations, and improving safety performance of large and diverse workforces. Most recently, Mr. Christopher served as Senior Vice President, Gas Operations at Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E), one of the largest utilities in the United States serving more than 16 million people in Northern and Central California. Prior to that, Mr. Christopher served as Vice President, Transmission and Distribution Operations at PG&E overseeing all field operations for the gas organization. During his tenure at PG&E he envisioned and built a world class Gas Control Center putting public and employee safety at the forefront of operations.

Prior to joining PG&E, Mr. Christopher was the President of Vista Energy Solutions, an energy consulting and advisory firm that specializes in solving complex problems in the electric and gas utility industry with expertise in business strategy and analysis, management and operations consulting, regulatory strategy and litigation support.

Mr. Christopher served as Vice President with Public Service Company of New Mexico with responsibility for electric and gas field operations, energy marketing and procurement, and state and federal regulatory affairs.

Mr. Christopher has been active with the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA), with Common Ground Alliance (CGA), and with the American Gas Association (AGA), serving as Chair of the Field Operations Committee in 2018. In 2019, he was appointed to the Boards of Directors for AGA and INGAA where he served until leaving PG&E in November 2019.

Mr. Christopher has been active with United Way organizations including serving for many years on the Board of Directors for United Way of Central New Mexico. In this capacity, Mr. Christopher has assisted numerous nonprofits in providing important services to those in need. He has also served on the Boards of other nonprofit organizations.

Mr. Christopher can be reached at mel.christopher@goldshovelstandard.org.

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AJ Clark

Founder; Omni Damage Prevention

Allan (A.J.) Clark founded Omni Damage Prevention in 2018.  Omni specializes in mapping unknown underground infrastructure and competency based technical training.  Before founding Omni, A.J. served as U.S. Damage Prevention inspector for a major Liquids Pipelines operator for 6 years.  In this role, he helped develop and implement a competency-based training program, served as Damage Prevention SME, and administrated the One Call ticket management program.   From 2006 to 2012, A.J held several different roles in the pipeline survey industry on a variety of projects.  A.J. firmly believes that the key to any successful Damage Prevention Program is effective communication between stakeholders.

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Rich Cummings

Vice President, Grid Operations; Mosaic Company

Rich Cummings is Vice President, Grid Operations at the Mosaic Company. Rich has spent over 25 years working in Distribution Operations and Control Rooms and is a highly respected expert in ADMS. He provides a unique sets of consulting skills that include complex design, performance improvement, and competency development solutions.

Nancy H. Davis

Principal, Davis Planning & Consulting, LLC


  •  MS in Leadership, Ken Blanchard College of Business, Grand Canyon University, with honors
  • BBA in Management, Magna cum Laude, Georgia State University
  • Graduate of Managerial Leadership, Emory University Goizueta Business School
  • Graduate of Regional Leadership Institute
  • Graduate of Leadership Cobb
  • Graduate of Results Based Leadership
  • Graduate of Advanced Facilitation Skills

Work History                                                     

Nancy is a trainer and facilitator specializing in board development and strategic planning. She enjoyed a 32-year career with facility owner Georgia Power Company, including managing a team with responsibility for compliance with the dig law. She served on the board of Georgia 811 for 11 years, including chair for two years. Her early career included time in training and development. Since taking early retirement from Georgia Power, Nancy has continued to invest in damage prevention and has assisted 811 centers in 16 states with board development and strategic planning.


Nancy is married and has two daughters and two grandchildren. She lived most of her life in Atlanta but now resides near Clemson, SC. When she’s not providing  board training and facilitating strategic planning sessions, she enjoys Clemson football, walking/hiking, water sports, reading, cooking, volunteering in her community, and time with family and friends.

(404) 513-5985




Dodgen, Carol

Carol S. Dodgen

Owner, Dodgen Security Consulting

A nationally recognized speaker, Carol earned her Master’s in Criminal Justice and has provided training for over 100,000 corporate, bank, law enforcement, and security personnel over the past 26 years. Before forming her company, Carol served as the security training officer for Compass Bank and spent several years as an adjunct criminal justice college instructor. Carol has earned her CPD (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) professional designation, and provides instruction on Crime Prevention, Robbery Prevention and Response, Workplace Violence Prevention and Response, Managing Aggressive Behavior, and Personal Safety. Carol has recently produced several video and e-learning training programs on these subjects.

Carol is a current member and past chapter president of the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS) and a past board member for the Alabama Women in Business. In 2009, Carol was appointed by the governor to serve on the Alabama Security Regulatory Board. Dodgen Security Consulting Company, LLC is a certified woman-owned business through the State of Alabama.


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Bob Edwards

Supervisor, Water Operations; Citizens Energy Group

I have been protecting the integrity of the Water system in Indianapolis and its surrounding eight counties since 1978.  I have worked in many different positions with the Water Industry during that course of 40 years.  Currently I am a Supervisor in the Water Distribution area of Citizens Energy Group.  My everyday task involves directing my team of eight System Inspectors who do leak investigations, leak surveys, damage investigations, job planning and scheduling for six maintenance crews, back checking all critical main locations our outside contractor does for us along with oversee of the contractor that locates our Water, gas and Sewer mains and services. I am very active with the Indiana 811 Council.

Phone: 317-502-1063

Email: redwards@citizensenergygroup.com

Website: www.citizensenergygroup.com


Marcus Edwards

Chief Product Officer, PelicanCorp

As a founding director and board member of PelicanCorp, Marcus has been serving the One Call industry across the UK and Australia for over 25 years. As the Head of Product across the range of PelicanCorp technology solutions he with the support of his team of product managers are responsible for the ongoing product management and roadmaps of the software systems globally. Prior to taking on the global product role, Marcus was the Managing Director of PelicanCorp’s UK One Call service LineSearchbeforeUDig.

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Innes Fisher

Founder / Specialist; Utility Mapping

Innes is the founder and Specialist – Utility Mapping at Utility Location Services, a New Zealand based professional utility mapping company.

A latecomer to the utility location space, Innes has not only built a successful business in New Zealand, but he is also playing a key role in moving the industry towards one recognised for professionalism and technical competency.

Innes likes to be first. He was the first New Zealander to hold a NULCA Australia Accreditation and the first Kiwi to be elected to the NULCA Australia Committee. He was also the first New Zealander be certified under the Australian Dial Before You Dig (DBYD) Certified Locator programme.

Innes is now the founding President of Nulca New Zealand. He consulted for the establishment of New Zealand’s beforeUDig Certified Locator programme, has published several articles on industry issues and speaks at regional and international damage prevention and utility location conferences.

Innes is passionate about utility location and damage prevention. He continues his dedication to improving the quality of the utility location industry in New Zealand through his involvement at a national level.

Daniel FitzPatrick

Damage Prevention Field Operations Planner, Orange and Rockland Utilities

Dan FitzPatrick is a Damage Prevention Field Operations Planner for Orange and Rockland Utilities. Dan serves on several local and national damage prevention committees, including the Board of Directors for DigSafely NY. He can be reached at fitzpatrickda@oru.com.


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Dr. Kathy Gruver

Speaker, Author, Coach

Kathy Gruver, PhD has graced stages on four continents (including 2 TEDx), three cruise ships and a handful of islands. Her combination of humor, performance background, real life experience and formal education makes her a well-rounded, in-demand speaker. She hosts the TV show based on her first book, The Alternative Medicine Cabinet and has earned her PhD in Natural Health. Dr. Gruver is the twelve-time award-winning author of seven books including, Conquer Your Stress, Workplace Wellness, Conquer your Stress at Work, and Journey of Healing. She has studied mind/body medicine at the famed Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine at Harvard, and has been featured as an expert in numerous publications including Glamour, Fitness, Time, WebMD, Prevention, Huffington Post and Dr. Oz’s The Good Life, and has appeared on over 250 radio & TV shows including Lifetime, NPR, CBS Radio and SkyNews London. In 2015 she had the privilege of creating a stress reduction program for the US Military and has been studying psychology and human behavior her entire life. She is also the co-host of the new Fire and Earth Podcast. For fun and stress relief Gruver does hip hop and flying trapeze.





Tom Hall

Tom Hall

Vice President of Business Development, KorTerra

Tom Hall is the Vice President of Business Development at KorTerra. Tom is responsible for coordinating all aspects of sales, assisting in setting strategic direction and building a sales team with a focus on a stronger national presence. Tom has been a part of the damage prevention industry for many years and attends, presents, and speaks at many damage prevention related events across the country.

(952) 368-1911


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Chapman Hancock

Product Manager; Ditch Witch

Chapman Hancock has more than 10 years of experience in the construction industry and directional drilling industries. Hancock has served in a variety of roles throughout the Ditch Witch organization, including serving as a downhole tooling engineer and product and market analyst. Currently the Ditch Witch vacuum excavation product manager, he works to identify the challenges and needs of vacuum excavation customers globally and provide industry solutions. He received a degree in medical engineering from Oklahoma State University.

Monte Harnden

Monte Harnden

Senior Product Development, TracerWire Technologies

Hi. My name is Monte Harnden. I started line locating in 1974. Some of you may know me from Center Line Resource locator training. I am the founder and President of CLR. Center Line has been providing high quality locator training since 2006 to many major oil and gas companies as well as engineering firms, power companies, telecom companies, municipalities, and construction companies. Also, I was employed at Marathon Pipeline for 39+ years. In 2001 I became aggressively involved in 2-year project that produced their line locating and excavation handbook.

A few years back I started recognizing that tracer wire construction practices are sadly in need of revision. Most systems are poorly done and are leading to a high number of miss-locates. Considering the dangers associated with excavation, particularly around poly pipe, other non-conductive pipelines, and power and telecom systems, these poor tracer wire construction practices must come to an end. It took considerable time but Tyler (my son) and I designed Smart Trace Systems ™ to super-simplify wire locating. Without doubt it will greatly improve accuracy and visibility of tracers to active and passive sweeps.

Jim Hayes

Jim Hayes

President, Fiber Optic Association

Jim Hayes has been involved in the fiber optic industry over 40 years. He founded the world’s second fiber optic test equipment company, FOTEC, in 1980 and started training fiber techs in 1982. In the 1990s, he ran the Fiber U training conferences and was a co- founder of the Fiber Optic Association, the international professional society of fiber optics. Jim currently serves as president of the FOA, is the author of six books on fiber optics and cabling and writes for several magazines. Jim and his wife Karen manage the FOA, helping set up schools around the world to train the workers who design, build and operate today’s communications networks.

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Kelley Heinz

Damage Prevention/Claims Investigator, ComEd

Kelley has worked with ComEd for 23 years. She started with the company as a Meter Reader and then went into SSG where she trenched and installed underground facilities. She became a New Business Supervisor overseeing the design and installation of new residential and commercial services before moving into Damage Prevention where she has been the last 17 years. She’s currently the Senior Claims Case Manager and Damage Prevention Manager for ComEd and supervises as well as trains all employees new to the Claims Department.



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David Heldenbrand

President; Bison Engineering

Mr. Heldenbrand is a licensed Professional Engineer and a Certified Fire Investigator.  He has a BA in Environmental Biology (1972) and a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering (1978). He has investigated over 1700 natural gas and propane related fires and explosion related incidents in the past thirty-four years.  There have been numerous fires and explosions that Mr. Heldenbrand has investigated where soil gas migration has been involved or possibly involved in the incident.  He developed a particular interest in this subject matter because testing that was conducted many years ago showed inconsistencies with traditional theories.  He has personally conducted numerous bar-hole surveys after an incident and has been involved in several testing programs that have revealed some very interesting results.  From investigations and testing programs, Mr. Heldenbrand saw that large flow rates were possible where gas explosions were experienced and questioned the odor scrubbing capabilities of soil at these large flow rates.

Mr. Heldenbrand has been a licensed Professional Engineer since 1982.  He is licensed in Texas and several other states.  He was district engineer for a natural gas transmission company and has conducted forensic investigations of natural gas and propane related incidents for the past thirty-four years.  He has testified in both state and federal courts across the country.

Mr. Heldenbrand is also a Certified Fire Investigator by the International Association of Fire Investigators (IAAI).  These qualifications bring particular insight into this subject matter.

Mr. Heldenbrand has given presentations on the subject of soil gas migration as it relates to gas fires and explosions.  He has given presentations to the American Gas Association, Louisiana Gas Association, the Western Regional Gas Conference, International Association of Fire Investigators, the Common Ground Alliance and other groups over the past five years.

Mr. Heldenbrand has also presented to the Natural Gas Odorization Conference in 2019. The subject matter being the effects of soil gas migration and odor scrub as it relates to fires and explosions.
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Nick Holly

VP Strategic Business Development; PelicanCorp One Call Inc.

Exposure to nearly every market PelicanCorp operates in throughout the past 20 years has provided Nick with a wealth of knowledge and experience. The damage prevention industry is developing at a rate unseen across the globe, particularly in the United States and in Asia. Nick works closely with the growing customer base and with the US and international internal teams to ensure PelicanCorp is at the leading edge and adapting product strategies accordingly.

1 203 230-3060


Iseley, Tom 2020

Dr. Tom Iseley

CETF Professor, Civil Engineering; PelicanCorp One Call Inc.

Dr. Tom Iseley has over 40 years of experience in the planning, design, and construction of underground infrastructure systems. From 1982, he served on the faculty of Mississippi State University, Purdue University, and Louisiana Tech University. During the past 29 years, he has maintained an international leadership position in trenchless technology. In 1989, he established the Trenchless Technology Center (TTC) at Louisiana Tech University. He is a founding director of the North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT). He also served for three years as the chairman of the National Utility Contractors Association’s (NUCA) Trenchless Technology Committee. Dr. Iseley has been elected to the Class of 2016 of the National Academy of Construction (NAC). In April 2015, he was selected as a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for his eminence in engineering, becoming just one of only 637 Distinguished Members ever selected by the ASCE. He was also selected a 2016 UCTA MVP (Most Valuable Professional) by the Underground Construction Technology Association (UCTA) and Underground Construction magazine. Dr. Iseley was inducted into the 2017 NASTT Hall of Fame. He serves as the chair for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Utility Risk Research and Education Council. Also, he is a member of the ASCE Utility Engineering & Surveying Institute (UESI), Risk Management Division ExCOM. Dr. Iseley holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering and an M.B.A. degree from the University of Alabama in Birmingham and a Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University.

Dr. Lindsay Jenkins

Director of Utility Solutions, Urbint

Dr. Lindsay Jenkins is Director of Utility Solutions at Urbint, the market leader in artificial intelligence for Field Risk Mitigation. With over a decade and a half of experience developing innovative tools to enable and improve asset management and decision making, Lindsay is responsible for understanding client needs and translating them into AI-enabled solutions. In her previous roles as an independent consultant and as a manager within PwC’s Utility Operations Practice, Lindsay worked at utilities across the country to design and implement technology solutions to streamline operations, increase productivity, and reduce O&M costs. Her applied research has been shared at international conferences and in peer-reviewed journals. Lindsay has a PhD in Civil Engineering from Vanderbilt University and is a licensed Professional Engineer.

Courtney Jordt

Senior Damage Prevention Specialist Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Courtney Jordt is a Senior Damage Prevention Specialist for Pacific Gas & Electric Company, working in San Ramon, California. Courtney has worked in Public Awareness for the past five years and is responsible for ensuring compliance of the company’s Pipeline Public Awareness Plan, the execution of over 20 annual gas safety outreach activities, ongoing reporting for internal and external partners and actively participates in various industry associations.  Courtney received her B.S. in Business, with a management concentration, from Sonoma State University.


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Christopher Koch

President; ZoneOne Locating

Christopher Koch is the owner and President of ZoneOne Locating.  With over 20 years’ experience in damage prevention, he is frequently called to provide expert testimony in legal cases.  As a member of Nulca’s executive board including terms as Secretary, Vice-President, and President, he helped shape the professional competency standard for locators.  He is a regular contributor to Damage Prevention Professional and co-author of the book, Locating Buried Utilities – A Professional Approach.  Koch holds a BES from St. Cloud State University and a graduate certificate in Human Resource Management.  

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Ian Lambert

Managing Director: Lambert Locations

Ian is Managing Director of Lambert Locations, Australia’s premier specialist in all areas of underground service locations and damage prevention of underground assets with all works carried out in accordance with AS5488-2019 ‘Classification of Subsurface Utility Information’. He is a licensed Plumber, Drainer and Gasfitter and has been in the construction industry for almost 40 years.

Ian is currently President of The National Utility Locating Contractors Association (NULCA). NULCA’s formation represents a concerted effort by a few dedicated persons determined to establish standards for all areas of Australia’s locating industry. The NULCA committee is working hard to establish networking possibilities and the world’s best practice for every company and individual involved in any area to do with locating underground utilities.

Ian is a current board member of Dial Before You Dig Victoria/Tasmania representing the non-asset owner category, a position he has held for over 5 years. He is also a DBYD Certified Locator Assessor. This process is now a requirement to be Telstra and Optus Accredited nationally. He has since been elected on the DCL Board of Directors in July 2018. He holds a cert iv in training and assessing and delivers locator training.

On June 12, 2013, Standards Australia launched a new Standard (5488) which has – for the first time – outlined a consistent approach towards the classification of information relating to subsurface utilities.

Ian was also an integral part of a second committee and was instrumental during the process for the upgrade of the revised standard released May 6 2019.


Scott Landes

CEO; Rhino Marking & Protection Systems, Infrastructure Resources, LLC

Active in the Damage Prevention industry since 1982, Scott Landes is the CEO of both Rhino Marking & Protection Systems and Infrastructure Resources. 

Dedicated to reducing damages globally and recognized as an industry expert; Scott has been published in multiple publications and spoke in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Argentina and Turkey. With 10 patents on damage prevention products, Scott’s passion for excavation safety is instilled in everyone in both companies.

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Mark E Limbruner

GIS Manager, Southern Marcellus Shale Division; Range Resources

Mark Limbruner, GISP has spent over three decades in the geospatial industry working for a number of firms in the petroleum exploration, coal exploration, mining, environmental engineering, and GIS consulting fields. Since 2008 Mark has been employed by Range Resources Corporation in their Canonsburg, Pennsylvania office where he manages the Southern Marcellus Shale Division’s GIS department.

Throughout his career, Mark has presented at a number of national and regional GIS conferences and has served on the GITA Oil and Gas Conference (now Pipeline Week) organizing committee. Mark also serves as the co-chair of EnerGIS, an annual GIS conference focused on the energy industry in the northeast.  Mark has served as an international delegate representing GITA at conferences hosted by GITA’s sister organizations in Japan and Australia. A member of the GITA board since 2013, Mark previously served as GITA President for 2015-2016. On July 18, 2017, he was reelected by the Board to complete the term of Matt Thomas who needed to step down for personal reasons.

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Dan Lorenz

Founder; Joe Knows

Dan is Passionate about Helping Leaders Lead.
Joe Knows provides staffing, consulting and technology services for companies who want to become High Performance, in industries where Front Line Professionalism and Leadership is essential. As founder and managing member of Joe Knows, Dan Lorenz oversees all aspects of the business.

Prior to founding Joe Knows, Dan founded and led contracting, service, training and development businesses. Over 20+ years these businesses grew to operate in 9 locations in a multi-state region.

“Over the years, we have tried to grow our businesses profitably. What I have learned is that-Achieving High Performance, is Hard. We focused on developing our systems and processes. This was good, but we should have focused on our People systems and processes first, with a focus on front line professional and leadership development.”

Throughout his more than 30 years of industry experience and company ownership, Dan has exemplified his commitment to excellence, safety, on-time project completion and team success to ensure client satisfaction.

Dan has also been awarded the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year twice and is a Cornerstone Award winner for leadership in the commercial construction industry.

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Jeff Lyons

Partner; Builterra

With over 25 years of experience in the municipal and land development sector, Jeff Lyons is dedicated to creating innovative software solutions for the civil and utility engineering industry. As founding partner of AEC Solutions, Inc. (Builterra.com), Jeff and his team have reinvented the traditional construction contract administration process for clients including AECOM, WSP, GHD, Cardno/T2 Utility Engineers, Wood and over 25 public sector clients in Canada.

Builterra is an end-to-end cloud-based platform for construction cost estimating, bid management, mobile field inspection and progress payment reporting. Since it’s adoption in the infrastructure construction sector, Builterra has grown organically throught the civil engineering eco-system and is not used for utility, structural, geotechnical, materials testing and buildings inspection projects, typically touching the civil project.

Before co-founding Builterra.com, Jeff was the resource manager for Land Development and the business unit manager for the Building Information Modeling (BIM) Solutions Team at Cole Engineering Group in Markham, Ontario (2010-2013). Prior to this, he was with Autodesk Canada as the AutoCAD Civil 3D software territory manager, working with the Autodesk channel and clients to increase AutoCAD Civil 3D product adoption across Ontario. Jeff received his diploma in mining engineering technology from the Haileybury School of Mines (Northern College), and his diploma in geological technology (geophysics) from Sir Sandford Fleming College.

Phone Number: 289-928-8676

Email: jlyons@builterra.com

Bruce Magee

Region Product Development Manager, United Rentals Trench Safety

Bruce Magee is a Region Product Development Manager for United Rentals Trench Safety, specializing in training support for key customers across North America. He has held various branch, district and regional positions in his 40 years in the field of industrial equipment distribution. In the last 25 years with United Rentals, he has specialized in trench and excavation work. He has delivered more than 380 OSHA Competent Person Classes to thousands of people in the underground construction industry. He has presented on the safety requirements of both Trench/Excavation and Confined Space at more than 100 engineering conferences and seminars throughout the country and has provided training to OSHA compliance officers in numerous states. He regularly speaks on these topics to trade associations, engineering firms, construction companies, student groups and safety professionals across the US and Canada.



Diana Manteria

Diana Manteria

Lead Specialist, Stakeholder Engagement; National Grid Board Member; New York 811

Diana Manteria is the Lead Specialist in the Stakeholder Engagement Team within Pipeline Safety Management at National Grid. With over a decade of experience Diana has successfully created new damage prevention initiatives in Downstate NY. She has presented to several stakeholder groups to spread awareness of damage prevention and safe digging practices. She is on the Board of the New York 811 CGA Regional Partner Committee and leads several sub-committees. Prior to her current position Diana was responsible for natural gas sales to commercial and industrial customers. Diana is on the Board of Directors for Hands Together New York, a Not-for-Profit organization that is dedicated to assisting the local community and focuses on helping those struggling with hunger or homelessness. In her spare time, Diana enjoys playing the piano.




Arun Mani

Principal, Power and Utilities US Lead; KPMG LLP - Strategy

Arun Mani is the leader of US Power and Utilities strategy and transformation in KPMG’s Strategy practice. Arun operates at the intersection of risk, resilience and regulation in the power and utilities sector. Across two decades of distinguished consulting work for electric, gas, and water utilities, Arun has worked with corporate leaders to help them drive growth, make strategic decisions, navigate major transitions, improve operational performance and build competitive advantage.

Arun has been retained by Boards and Executive Managements to evaluate and design governance frameworks, risk assessment and reporting frameworks, Enterprise Risk Management programs and Crisis Emergency Management programs. Apart from leading growth strategy, restructuring, performance and cost improvement engages for a number of utilities, Arun has also helped utilities and cities become more resilient by helping them better understand extreme event risks and their mitigation strategies.


Cliff Meidl

Motivational Safety Speaker, Spokesperson and 811 Ambassador

Cliff has inspired audiences across North America promoting the importance of safe digging and partnering as spokesperson with several statewide 811 Call centers and industry stakeholders.  Spreading the awareness of safety and safe digging practices is a very important message Cliff shares.  While working on a construction site at 20 years of age Cliff jackhammered into three live buried power lines and nearly lost his life and legs.  He made a miraculous comeback battling through a strenuous rehabilitation process and went on to make two US Olympic Teams ten years after his accident.  Cliff received the ultimate honor- he was chosen to be the flag bearer at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.  Cliff is a spokesperson for One Calls of America and the OSHA training Institute Dominguez Hills University in Southern California.  Cliff earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and has an MBA from the University of Southern California.

Phil Meis

Phil Meis

Owner, Utility Mapping Services, Inc.

Philip J. Meis, P.E. is a registered professional engineer with a background in civil design, surveying and mapping, geophysics, and data management.  During the 90’s he served as project manager and design engineer-of-record for several large interstate (I-15) reconstruction projects in Montana.

Phil has been directing subsurface utility engineering services (SUE) on a national level since 1996 and in 2002 co-founded UMS (a Veteran Owned Small Business) specifically to address and execute SUE as a rigorous geophysical and engineering discipline.  He is active with the Transportation Research Board Utilities Committee (AFB70), American Council of Engineering Companies, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).  Phil served on an National Research Council Strategic Highway Resarch Program 2 initiative, R-15B, to standardize usage of utilitiy conflict matrices.  He serves on the CI/ASCE 38 and currently chairs the committee for the ASCE Standard for Recording and Exchanging Utility Infrastructure Data, and the Utiltiy Engineering and Surveying Institute (UESI) Utility Investigation committee.

Phil is currently involved with implementing 3-D digital utility data repositories, standards, and supporting applications for  the Utah, Colorado, Wisconsin and Montana DOTs.  Phil recently (2014-15) co-authored a 3-D Utility Surveying Practices report for the Wisconsin DOT, and presented those findings in April 2015 at the IADOT sponsored 3-D Design Workshop. At FHWA’s request he recently presented digital 3-D utility management practices to a nationwide audience for the Every Day Counts webinar series.

Aimee Milks

Marketing / PR Manager; Dig Safely New York

Aimee Milks is the Marketing/Public Relations Manager at Dig Safely New York, Inc., an organization that protects New York State’ growing underground infrastructure from unnecessary excavation damage. The organization is committed to driving down the number of preventable underground utility strikes, through communication, advancement of technology, and education, thus ensuring laborer and community safety across the state.

Milks joined the not-for-profit organization in 2014, coming from journalism and marketing careers. Aimee has experience in journalism, grant writing, and marketing efforts in her 10-plus years in the job field at newspapers, technology companies, and most recently, at a brand communications firm where she was responsible for creating and managing marketing strategies for all clients. Her diverse experience in varied industries has provided a unique, outside-the-box approach to marketing strategy for Dig Safely New York. Milks manages a team of nine to accomplish all the marketing, public relations, and educational efforts (internal and external) for the organization. She also assists in operational efforts of the organization.

Currently, Aimee is a member of the Common Ground Alliance (CGA), where she serves on the Education Committee. She is also a member of the One Calls of America Mark-it Madness Committee.

Aimee has a bachelor’s degree in Communication Theory and Public Relations from State University of New York at Fredonia, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She resides in Syracuse, New York with her four-year-old daughter, Adelyn.
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Nathalie Moreau

Executive Director Prevention and Public Affairs; Info-Excavation

Ms. Nathalie Moreau holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, a Project Management certificate from George Washington University and has completed an Executive degree from HEC Montreal.

For nearly 20 years, Ms. Moreau has held various management positions at Bell, a national telecommunications company. As team leader, she made a difference in several major projects, as well as in the improvement of various business processes. She was also involved, for ten years, as a member of the Board of Directors for the Telecommunications Employee Savings Fund.

In February 2010, she joined the Quebec Common Ground Alliance as Chief & Executive Director. She was able to mobilize partners and build a recognized organization in Quebec. Since January 2014, she holds the position of Executive Director, damage prevention and public affairs for Info-Excavation, the Alliance for damage prevention in Quebec.

She is involved in several provincial and national committees to help the cause of damage prevention. And she also holds the position of Past Chair within the Canadian Common Ground Alliance Board of Directors.

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Eugene Ng

Cyber Security Leader, Eastern Canada; MNP, LLP

Eugene Ng is MNP’s Cyber Security Risk Leader for Eastern Canada. Drawing on more than 20 years of experience in the cyber security sector, Eugene identifies practical security solutions, products, and services that give clients a competitive advantage.

Previously, Eugene co-founded a successful Cyber Security firm where he last held the role of Chief Innovation Officer. Eugene is a graduate of the DeGroote School of Business from McMaster University. He holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), PCI Qualified Security Assessor (QSA), and ISO 27001 Lead Auditor designations.

Eugene oversees research and development activities and formulates long-term vision and strategies at the executive management level to help the firm better serve clients. He provides a full range of cyber security services and solutions to medium-sized and large enterprises, delivering strong advice to help clients make business decisions relating to technology. Prior to joining MNP, Eugene co-founded a successful cyber security company that won many industry awards. There, he held the position of Chief Innovation Officer and was involved in the design and high-level strategic security vision with some of Canada’s largest corporations. He is also a top-rated speaker at many industry events including most notably a panelist at the Canadian Association for Security and Intelligence Studies to discuss cybercrime with some of Canada’s most respected government agencies. More recently, he has delivered Cyber Security presentations to the International Institute of Communications Canadian National Conference in Ottawa, ISACA Halifax, YPO Canada National Conference, the Canadian Society of Association Executives, and at Municipal Information Systems Association (MISA) Security in Toronto. Eugene is a graduate of the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University.

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Louis Panzer

Executive Director NC 811

Louis has served as Executive Director at NC 811 since August of 2012. He has been recognized as 2013 CGA Member of the Year and has been an active CGA participant for over 16 years. Louis is active with an alphabet soup of associations and lives sleeps and breathes the concept of shared responsibility.




Sundar Paramasivan

Projects Manager; Infrastructure Resources, LLC

Sundar is a dynamic professional with 2 years of experience in the underground damage prevention industry. He is a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) with a Master’s degree in International Business and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Sundar joined Infrastructure Resources in 2017, and he’s currently responsible for setting up projects in MS Project, monitoring progress of projects, allocating resources, and optimizing company processes & procedures. He is also actively involved in building the Emerging Damage Prevention Leaders Group – a professional group for young professionals of utility damage prevention industry. 

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Dora Parks

Manager, Client Relations; One Call Concepts

Dora Parks has been in the damage prevention business for 29 years with One Call Concepts, Inc. Moving from thirteen years of contract locating to the Miss Utility call center servicing Maryland, Delaware and District of Columbia. Dora held the position of General Manager for the Maryland, District of Columbia, New Jersey and Delmarva service territories. Since 2011, Dora has worked in client relations, damage prevention and marketing. In this capacity, Dora serves as a liaison to thousands of contractors and utility owners in the Maryland, Delaware and District of Columbia promoting and supporting them in damage prevention and safety initiatives.
Dora serves on various committees both locally and nationally in the position of chairperson, secretary, administrator and member to include, Damage Prevention & Safety monthly meetings, Maryland and DC law, Miss Utility Awards (locators and excavators), the Greater Chesapeake Damage Prevention Training Committee, NUCA of DC, PWCA, UCA of AA and WSMPA. Dora serves on two Boards; the MD/DC Subscribers and was elected as the first women to be nominated and elected to serve on the AUC’s Board of Directors in 2018. Dora’s passion is training, sharing the 811 message and working with children.
Dora is a Maryland resident, married for 47 years and has two beautiful grandchildren in Burlington, VT.

Alec Pestov


Alec Pestov is an accomplished productivity expert and startup specialist with interests in visualization and GIS technologies. His past experiences include 20 years of global management consulting and several senior management roles in multiple industries. At vGIS, he leads the company’s innovative augmented reality visualization platform for GIS data. vGIS’s product portfolio includes a visual GIS platform and an array of custom mixed reality applications designed for Microsoft HoloLens. Currently, vGIS is an award-winning partner of Esri and Microsoft, and a recipient of the ESRI Partner Award (2019) and Microsoft Partner of the Year Finalist two years running (2019, 2018). vGIS is currently deployed to visualize infrastructure by more than 80 clients globally.

Phone Number: 416.939.5449

Email: alec.pestov@vgis.io


Michelle Petrusevich

Public Safety Manager, Fortis BC

During her twelve-year tenure with the Company, Michelle’s held several roles. In her current position of Public Safety Awareness Manager, she is responsible for managing public safety awareness portfolio which includes several programs and initiatives for both natural gas and electric divisions. Michelle chairs the Education Committee for BC Common Ground Alliance and an active member of the Canadian Common Ground Alliance Education Committee as well as the Public Awareness Sub Work Group at the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association. Michelle is an avid traveler and a foodie. On the weekends, you can find her with her two sons, exploring Greater Vancouver’s many hidden attractions. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s Degree in Communications from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver and recently graduated from the Justice Institute of BC with the Certificate in Advance Facilitation and Consultation.

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Ron Peterson

President; Ron Peterson Consulting, LLC

In addition to providing utility locating training services, damage prevention and investigation services as owner of Ron Peterson Consulting, LLC, Ron has held the position of Executive Director of Nulca since 2009.
Ron’s background includes over 25 years of experience in the underground utility industry and he is certified as a fiber optics technician and a fiber optics specialist.
Ron is dedicated to damage prevention and improving safety within the industry. He is a founding member of the Missouri Common Ground, and sits on the PHMSA Damage Prevention Roundtable. He has served on numerous committees for the CGA, as well as the Central Texas Damage Prevention Committee and the Common Ground of Iowa. He has won numerous awards for his efforts, including NUCA Associate of the Year and Most Valuable Member of the CGA.


Whitney Price

Special Projects Coordinator; Infrastructure Resources, LLC

Whitney Price is the Special Projects Coordinator with Infrastructure Resources. Dedicated to reducing damage globally, IR was founded on the core values of innovation, integrity, customer focus, and giving back. IR is a trusted source for damage prevention and public awareness expertise and solutions for the utility and excavation industry. In her role, Whitney seeks to fulfill the company mission: Saving Lives Through Education at live events in the US, Canada, and Australia and through publications including dp-PRO and Excavation Safety Guide and Resource Directory and industry programs.

Whitney works specifically with the Pipeline Ag Safety Alliance (PASA) program. This program focuses on educating agricultural professionals on safe digging. Through this program, Whitney produces a custom Farm and Ranch issue of the Excavation Safety Guide and Resource Directory.

Helping IR expand their global reach, she manages agreements with endorsing organizations across the United States, Australia, and Canada. Whitney is also a member of the Minnesota Common Ground Alliance.

Whitney has written numerous articles for dp-PRO and presented at the CGA 811 Excavation Safety Conference & Expo, the National Association County Agricultural Agents (NACAA), and the International Trails Symposium by American Trails.

Nominated for a Damage Prevention Hero award in 2013, Whitney has assisted in the coordination of the inaugural 811 Run held in West Palm Beach, Florida continuing her efforts for multiple years in Minnesota.

Whitney can be reached at whitney@emailir.com or 952.428.7990.

Lee Richards

Ohio 811

Lee Richards has been in the one-call industry for 40 years.  She started her career with Ohio Utilities Protection Service as an operator in 1972.  She held several management positions within the organization and has been with the Public Education and Outreach Department since 1997 and managed the department since 2005.

She served 3 years as the Chair of the Mark-It Madness committee of One Calls of America and is past Co-chair of the CGA Educational Programs Committee.

Ricky Rollins

Professional Speaker, President of Ricky Rollins Safety Speeches

Graduated from Clemson University 1980 with a B.S. in Administrative Management. Stared career in the steel industry with Nucor Steel in 1980. Held various hourly and salary job with Nucor and two refractory companies his first 14 years. The last 22 years in the steel industry were with Steel Dynamics Butler Flat Roll Division. The last 19 of those years were as the Melting Department Manager. Retired from the steel industry in January of 2017 and started his own company, Ricky Rollins Safety Speeches. Was awarded the Don B. Daily Safety Award in 2018 for the best safety presentation at an Association for Iron & Steel event.

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Josef Rosenberg

Contact Centre Manager; Alberta One-Call

Josef Rosenberg is Alberta One-Call’s Contact Centre Manager, and has been working at AOC for over a decade. He has been deeply involved in many shifts in both the petroleum industry and the customer service sector and has created many custom-tailored solutions for the challenges faced in damage prevention. Josef formerly chaired the ABCGA’s Data Reporting and Evaluation Committee, and currently sits on the DREC with Canadian Common Ground Alliance.

Roger Sampson

Executive Director; New York 811

Roger Sampson is the Executive Director of New York 811 for the past 10 years. He is a past Board Member and President of New York 811 and has been involved with the damage prevention industry for past 20 years. He comes from the utility background having spent 24 years with Verizon. His experience and knowledge have transformed damage prevention at New York 811 to be recognized with innovative and groundbreaking ideas to utilize emerging and developing technologies to the betterment of underground utility protection. He is always looking for new and improved out of the box thinking to continue to drive positive damage prevention initiatives in the New York City and Long Island region of New York 811.

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Mark Santayana

Manager; Public Safety PPL Electric Utilities

Mark C. Santayana is currently PPL Electric Utilities Manager Public Safety. Prior to leading the company’s Public Safety Group, Mark served 3 years as PPL’s Lead Damage Prevention Inspector, 3 years as Damage Prevention and Underground Facilities Program Manager and 1 year as Supervisor Public Safety.  PPL is an energy company headquartered in Allentown, Pennsylvania. It currently delivers electricity to 1.4 million customers in Pennsylvania.

Before joining PPL, Mark worked for Pennsylvania One Call System, Inc. as Northeast Liaison for nearly 10 years. As a PA One Call Liaison he provided extensive Excavator, Contractor and First Responder Damage Prevention and Safety Training Programs throughout the State. Additionally, Mark is a 17-year veteran of the Telecommunications Industry holding Managerial and Supervisory positions in Regulatory Relations, Industry Affairs and New Market Development.

Mark holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Baltimore.  He is an active Board Member of Pennsylvania One Call System. Inc. and Chairman of their Board Development Committee.  In 2018 Mark was selected as an inaugural member and Secretary of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commissions Damage Prevention Committee, holding a 3-year term. Mark is also a Member of the Accident Prevention Committee of the Energy Association of Pennsylvania, a member of the Common Ground Alliance Best Practices Committee and a committee member of One Call Systems International.

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Brett Schimming

CEO, Construction Skills Queensland

As the CEO of Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) Brett initiates and leads partnerships with industry, government, employers, unions, educators, trainers and associations to develop initiatives and programs to grow the skills base and capacity of Queensland’s building and construction industry workforce.  Brett is passionate about ensuring the workforce meets the demand of employers, and he is active in national and state policy discussions and initiatives to predict and grow the skills base.

Brett brought to CSQ extensive experience in the leadership and management of training and education organisations, earned working in a range of industry sectors including RTOs, professional services firms, and other industry bodies. 

Brett has qualifications in Education, Business and Public Policy and many years of experience managing training and education organisations. He has served on multiple State and National Committees, and Company Boards and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Brett is Queensland’s representative to the Australian Industry Skills Committee.  Brett is currently a Board Director on the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (the Queensland building regulator) and was recently appointed to the Board of Jobs Queensland.

Brandon Schroeder

Brandon Schroeder

Motivational Safety Speaker, Believe in Safety

Believe In Safety is quickly becoming a top ranked motivational safety presentation that is changing the landscape of safety presentations nationwide. Brandon Schroeder takes his audience on a journey from his quintessential life the day of the accident through his agonizing recovery, unavoidable depression, and ultimately accepting his situation and persevering.

Brandon’s raw emotion and relatable nature commands resonance of his message, Believe In Safety. One of the most valued aspects of Brandon’s story is the full disclosure of his pre-accident mindset; he discusses the realities of the safety culture on the job and how this led him to that fateful day. He vividly describes how this accident changed not only his life, but the lives of those that love him.

Through his 20 years of electrical and safety experience, Brandon has worked on and toured hundreds of job sites through every aspect of industry, construction, and municipality and utility. We look forward to working with you to compel your company to live by Brandon’s mission that we all must Believe In Safety.



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Eric Sharpe

Editor; Energy Ink Magazine

Eric Sharpe is the editor of Energy Ink Magazine which covers energy industry related topics.  Eric also serves as a contract strategic advisor and marketing consultant to energy and technology companies throughout the country.

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Sam Smagala

Manager, Cyber Security; MNP

Sam Smagala is currently a Manager for MNP’s Cyber Security consulting team. Sam has a deep understanding of information security, networking, risk & compliance, offensive security, and incident response. This knowledge allows Sam to quickly and knowledgeably inspect system architectures, identify vulnerabilities, assess risks and recommend safeguards to reduce and mitigate risk to assets. His understanding of security and privacy policies, processes, procedures, and other controls allows him to assess and make recommendations on the non-technical aspects of security within an organization.

Sam has developed and currently leads MNP’s Cyber Incident Response client-facing service nationally; leading investigations, advising on containment and monitoring, and providing next-step recommendations to defend against and better prepare for incidents in the future. Sam also develops cyber incident response plans and playbooks for organizations in both corporate and operational technology environments, in addition to developing and leading tabletop incident scenarios for executive management and technical audiences alike.

Sam has a major passion for the secure state of critical infrastructure in Canada, America, and the rest of the world. Sam holds the following accreditations

  • Bachelor of Applied Information Sciences – Information Systems Security from Sheridan College.
  • OpenFAIR Security & Risk certification.
  • US-CERT CSIH (Computer Security Incident Handler) certification.
  • SANs GIAC GRID (Response and Industrial Defence) certification.

Sam, by invite only, additionally sits on GIAC’s Advisory Board.



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Bill Stephens

Bill Stephens

Manager, Codes & Standards Black Hills Energy

Bill Stephens is currently the Compliance, Manager of Codes & Standards at Black Hills Energy and has been in the natural gas industry for over 32 years. Prior to the acquisition of SourceGas in Feb of 2016 Bill has held a variety of positions with Rockwell Gas Products Division, Equimeter, KN Energy, Kinder Morgan and SourceGas.

Bills experiences and management include many areas and disciplines. Some of these are Measurement, Integrity Management (TIMP, DIMP and SIMP), OQ, PHMSA Compliance, Public Awareness, Damage Prevention, Emergency Response, Welding, PE Fusion, Control Room Management, Engineering Construction and O&M Manuals, Share Point administration, LNG, Underground Storage and Project Management.

Bill currently serves as the Chair of the Black Hills Gas Engineering Standards Committee (GESC) and is the manager/administrator of the Public Awareness program. Bill was the co-lead of the start of the PA program at Kinder Morgan and managed the PA program for SourceGas.

Bill has an Education BS degree from the University of Rochester and has an Associate Degree in Computer Programing from ICM School of Business.

Bill was on the AGA rewrite committee for the revised Odorant Manual released in April 2017 and serves on these committees currently; AGA Gas Quality, AGA Peer Process, AGA PSMS Workgroup, API RP1162 Rewrite, MEA Codes & Standards, SGA Codes & Standards, DPAC, PAPA, POAS, DTSC, serves on the board of Colorado811, CGA Education and Marketing Committee and is a member of ASME.

Bill has presented papers, hands on training and roundtable discussions on a variety of compliance/engineering subjects at CGA, MEA, SGA, ISHM, AMST, AGA and various state pipeline safety seminars.

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Mike Sullivan

President – Alberta One-Call Corporation Executive Director – Canadian Common Ground Alliance

Mike Sullivan is the President of Alberta One-Call Corporation and Executive Director of the Canadian Common Ground Alliance (CCGA). Mike’s damage prevention experience stems from a 25 year career with the National Energy Board, Canada’s federal regulatory agency governing interprovincial and international transmission pipelines, Alliance Pipeline Ltd., and Vice-President and General Manager with HMA Land Services, one of Canada’s leading transmission pipeline project management and land services. With his dedicated and best-in-class Team at Alberta One-Call, Mike championed and Trademarked ‘ClickBeforeYouDig’ and successfully transitioned the Corporation’s services towards web-based locate requests. Mike and his Team are now working with western Canada’s One-Call leaders to implement new technology that will improve the integrity, efficiency and effectiveness of the damage prevention process.

As Executive Director of the CCGA, and a member of the Common Ground Alliance’s Board of Directors in the United States, Mike represents the collective damage prevention voice of Canada’s Regional CGA Partners with a mandate to simplify access to the damage prevention process in Canada, realize a One-Call Notification System serving every province and territory, enable effective damage prevention legislation and harmonize damage prevention best practices across Canada.

Bill S229, the Underground Infrastructure Safety Enhancement Act

In May 2018, under Mike’s leadership, the CCGA reached a significant milestone when Bill S229, the Underground Infrastructure Safety Enhancement Act, was adopted in the Canadian Senate following third reading. While the bill has not yet been tabled in the House of Commons for debate, it was the focus of a strategic awareness campaign targeting Members of Parliament. The damage prevention governance articulated in Bill S229 is now the centre of a federal pilot project exploring procedural and operational gaps among Canada’s Ministries governing underground infrastructure.

About the CCGA

The Canadian Common Ground Alliance is the voice of Canada’s Regional Partner CGAs dedicated to working toward damage prevention solutions that will benefit all Canadians. Through shared responsibility among all stakeholders, the CCGA works to reduce damages to underground infrastructure – ensuring public safety, environmental protection, and the integrity of services by promoting effective damage prevention practices.  Through its Board of Directors, the CCGA reaches an estimated 1.5 million Canadians.

Joe Tantarelli

Senior Safety Consultant, SafeStart

Joe’s commitment to family comes through during his presentations, with a deep rooted and sincere concern for the safety of session attendees, families and friends.

His down-to-earth training style is a direct result of his over 30 years of experience in every aspect of Heavy Equipment Construction, from laborer to operator, and then to manager. For the past 5+ years Joe has been a Training Specialist, training safety and production combined with hands on field work. Joe has assisted company Safety Directors with management and employee training in preparation for receiving Star Approval in OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program.

Joe will share his compelling story of surviving a near fatal trench collapse accident. He shares how in hindsight, what he could have done to help him to prevent this life threatening accident. Joe has been a popular speaker at The Ohio B.W.C Safety Expo, Eastern Kentucky University, Army Corps of Engineers Construction Roundtable, Kentucky’s Governor’s Safety and Health Conference, Kentucky League of Cities Insurance Services Safety Day, numerous Safety Council Safety Expos and many Safety Day events for companies throughout Ohio and Kentucky. 

Robert Terjesen

Damage Prevention Manager, National Grid

Robert Terjesen, Damage Prevention Manager for National Grid, brings more than 30 years of field operations experience and more than a decade managing the company’s Damage Prevention group in New York City and Long Island. His  responsibilities include continuously promoting excavation safety awareness among municipalities, business allies, excavators, and other stakeholders in Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island. Robert serves as the Board of Directors VP for New York 811 and the chairperson of the CGA Regional Partner committees in New York City and Long Island. In addition, Robert has served numerous terms as co-chair of CGA’s Data Reporting & Evaluation Committee, which publishes the annual DIRT Report.

Mish Thadani

Director of Market Development and Policy, Urbint

Mishal Thadani is the Director of Market Development and Policy at Urbint, an international enterprise software company that enables utilities and infrastructure operators to manage risk and increase resiliency through AI-powered solutions. 

Mish has deep expertise in the energy sector, drawing from experiences in the wind, solar, and cleantech industries to navigate complex regulatory frameworks to advance technology adoption and environmental stewardship for a cleaner, smarter future. Prior to joining Urbint, Mish founded a residential and commercial solar development company serving the District of Columbia and continues to play a substantial role in driving forward the District’s visionary energy policy goals.


Chris Thome

Damage Prevention Consultant; Rhino Marking and Protection Systems

Chris Thome is a Damage Prevention Consultant for Rhino Marking and Protection Systems.  Chris is an active member of the Common Ground Alliance where he serves as the co-chair of the Education Committee.

In his role at Rhino, Chris has worked countless hours in the field developing new technologies and applications to prevent damage to buried facilities.  For Infrastructure Resources, Chris leads the Agricultural Outreach program and steers an Advisory Board of over 30 industry experts in developing better ways for the pipeline industry to communicate with stakeholders. He is an active member of the American Petroleum Institute’s Task Group 1162, rewriting the pipeline industry’s recommended practice for Public Awareness. 

Chris is the founder of the Pipeline-Ag Safety Alliance, an industry group of over 20 pipeline operators with a mission to transform communications with the agricultural community.  He has spoken at numerous state, regional, and national conferences, written articles for industry publications, and has been involved with dozens of Damage Prevention Councils.

Phone: 952.428.7968

Email: cthome@RhinoMarkers.com

Kerstin Tomlinson

Education and Outreach Officer; Dig Safe Board

I specialize in education and outreach for the Dig Safe Board and am responsible for developing and implementing statewide excavation safety education sessions, materials, and marketing campaigns. I have been in the industry for over a year. Prior to working for the Board, I was an Emmy-award winning news producer for local news stations in Sacrament, Portland, Eugene, and Missoula.



Michael Twohig

Subsurface Utility Mapping Consultant; DGT Associates – Boston, Massachusetts

Michael A. Twohig is a Subject Matter Expert in the field of Subsurface Utility Mapping (SUM). Michael has more than 35 years of industry experience across the US, Australia, India, and Europe with a focus on the integration of traditional utility locating procedures with land survey best practices. As head of SUM at DGT, Michael spearheads the firm’s subsurface utility locating, 3D utility mapping and subsurface utility damage prevention programs. Michael is currently developing Multi-Sensor Mobile Mapping platforms using the next generation of multi-channel, multi-frequency Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) systems for the SUM and void detection industry. In the span of his career, Michael has authored more than 40 articles relating to utility mapping, underground damage prevention, and utility industry best practices, and he is a frequent speaker at international conferences such as the Common Ground Alliance CGA, SPAR, Hexagon and the international Lidar conference ILMF and most recently GEOBIM in Amsterdam. Michael has also presented SUM best practices at military, transportation, commercial and GITA conferences. One of Michael’s greatest achievements is the advancement and development and implementation of new 3D deliverables for geospatial projects, integrating LiDAR, utility locating systems, GPR, infrared, land surveying, and multi-sensor platforms to provide high quality, reliable and accurate data for CAD, GIS and BIM delivery format.

Phone: 617-275-0541

Email: mtwohig@dgtassociates.com

Lori Warner

Public Safety Coordinator, Xcel Energy

Lori Warner is a Public Safety Coordinator for Xcel Energy. With over 30 years in the utility industry, her background and experience are diverse. She is a native of Colorado and received her BSBA and Master of Communications from the University of Denver. Lori also serves as the president of Distribution Public Awareness Council (DPAC) organization and serves on the board of directors representing distribution operators for Pipeline Association for Public Awareness (PAPA). Lori is also serving as a commissioner representing pipeline operators on the Colorado Underground Safety Commission.

Lee Westerlind

Manager – Pipeline Safety Management / Stakeholder Engagement National Grid

Lee Westerlind, Manager of Stakeholder Engagement Pipeline Safety Management at National Grid, brings more than 20 years of direct field experience working with major accounts, community leaders, municipal leaders, business associations and other industry stakeholders in Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island. Lee assumed leadership responsibility for National Grid’s enterprise-wide Pipeline Public Awareness initiatives in 2017. Previously, Lee provided natural gas public safety awareness, business development, and economic development expertise to the National Grid’s customers and business partners in New York City and Long Island. Lee is a Registered Commercial Gas Consultant, is an Advisory Member for the Nassau County Police Department Foundation and works with the United Way of Long Island Project Warmth Committee.




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Jim Willis

President; InDev Specialists, Inc.

Mr. Jim Willis is President of InDev Specialists, Inc. (InDev) and its security divisions InDev Tactical and IMMC. Jim is an engineer, development specialist, and security expert. He has 40 years technical and professional experience in electric power, international development, and security. Prior to forming InDev, he was director of a major international foundation for 10 years. Jim is a Certified Master Anti-terrorism Specialist with expertise in homeland security, counterterrorism, planning, training, security operations, and violence prevention.

Conflict & Post Conflict Assessments, Crisis & Disaster Response:

Mr. Willis has extensive experience in power systems development and security, conflict/post-conflict field operations, disaster damage assessments and response, and recovery, and restoration operations. He has worked in more than 37 countries for corporate and government clients including the DOD, USAID, WB, UNDP, and ADB. He has participated in conflict and post-conflict operations in Cambodia, Ethiopia and South Sudan, and disaster recovery and reconstruction in El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, the Philippines, and the United States.

Security Operations:

Since 2006, Mr. Willis has led InDev’s security operations in Afghanistan as Theater Operations Manager. His is responsible for static and dynamic security guard operations, PSD teams, route/convoy security, intelligence monitoring, situational analysis, site assessments, planning and implementation. His work has carried him throughout Afghanistan including Kabul, Kandahar, Uruzgan, Logar, and Sar-I-Pul.

Mr. Willis has more than 40 years of experience in electric power systems and engineering. Starting as an Electricians Mate (EM) in the Navy, he has experience as a electric power system lineman, engineer, and operations manager. He spent 10 years with NRECA’s International Programs helping establish electric systems in developing countries around the world.

Mr. Willis is an expert in church security and crisis management. He provides training and advisory services that help clients identify and deal with violent situations and manage crisis. Mr. Willis developed the ASSIST training series to provide an effective non-intrusive security program that can fit into any organizational framework.


Masters of Science (MSc) in International Development (Security emphasis),

Bachelors in Electrical Engineering (BS) (Electric power focus),

Associates Degrees (AA & AAT) in Pre-engineering and Electrical Power

U.S. Navy veteran – Electricians Mate


Mr. Willis is a Certified Master Anti-terrorism Specialist (CMAS) and a Certified Homeland Security Expert with accreditations from the Anti-Terrorism Accreditation Board and the American Board of Certification in Homeland Security. He is certified as a METT Expert by the Ekman Institute.

He has over 30 security and anti-terrorism training certificates from the Dep of Defense (DOD), Dep of Homeland Security (DHS), Defense Security Service (DSS), and the UN.


Mr. Willis is a member of a number of professional organizations including:

  • Society for International Development (SID-Washington)
  • The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • International Executive Security Association (IESA)
  • International NGO Safety and Security Association (INSSA)
  • International Association for Counterterrorism and Security Professionals (IACSP)

He is a registered associate/affilate member of:

  • Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC)
  • The Maritime Security Centre – Horn of Africa (MSCHOA)
Wise, Joe 2019

Joe Wise

Regional Customer Training Manager; United Rentals® Trench Safety Specialty Business

Joe Wise is a Regional Customer Training Manager for United Rentals® Trench Safety Specialty Business. In his role, he provides strategic oversight to competent person training programs in confined space and excavation safety. With a team of safety training professionals who deliver scheduled training across North America, he oversees design and development to existing programs to enhance classroom and online learning experiences that support worker safety education.  

Wofford, Monica 2019

Monica Wofford

CEO; Contagious Companies, Inc.

Monica Wofford has been a celebrated trainer and speaker since her first keynote speech in 1989. Since that time, she’s been interviewed on CNN and FOX News, been named one of Meetings and Conventions Magazine’s favorite business speakers, and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the National Speaker’s Association, as well as the Business Advisory Board for the Rollins College Center for Leadership Development. Monica is the CEO of the leadership training and consulting firm Contagious Companies, Inc. She serves as an executive coach, senior strategic consultant and leadership advisor, and is one of less than 400 women in the world to hold the Certified Speaking Professional designation. In her community, Monica serves as a board member for The United Way and Habitat for Humanity, and on the Development Committee for the Community Foundation.

Wolf, Matthew

Matthew J. Wolf

President, ImpulseRadar USA, Inc.

Mr. Wolf is currently President of ImpulseRadar USA, Inc. where he is directly involved in all aspects of managing operations in North and South America and supporting endeavors for the parent ImpulseRadar AB, Sweden.  Mr. Wolf has extensive experience in the development and implementation of GPR and other sensor technology for subsurface investigations.  As a Chief Technology Officer at GEL Solutions, LLC, he was charged with evaluation and implementation of disruptive technology and processes for subsurface utility engineering (SUE) and other subsurface investigations.  He was also formerly president of the Americas for another GPR manufacturer, where he was directly involved in research and development and the management of the company’s interests in both North and South America.  Over the course of his career he has provided consulting services for the SUE industry and has broad experience with geophysical methods for geologic, geotechnical, environmental, and infrastructure projects.

Mr. Wolf has published several articles and has presented at numerous conferences over the last two decades.  He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute Utility Risk Management Division: Utility Investigation Committee and Chaired the National Utility Locating Contractors Association GPR training standards committee as well as other professional affiliations.  He also introduced slope stability synthetic aperture radar systems for the mining industry for a South African based technology company to North America.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology as well as Master of Science in Geology/Geophysics.

Geoff Zeiss

Geoff Zeiss

Princeipal, Between the Poles

Geoff tracks the contribution of geospatial technology to the digitization of construction, operation and maintenance of energy, building and transportation infrastructure. For over ten years Geoff was responsible for thought leadership, evangelization, and industry messaging for the utility industry program at Autodesk. In recognition of his efforts to increase the awareness of geospatial data and technologies in utilities and construction, Geoff received the Geospatial Ambassador Award at Geospatial World Forum 2014. He has actively supported open standards and is a director of the Open Geospatial Consortium.

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