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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Chief Executive Officer; MISS DIG 811
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
President; Bison Engineering
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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
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.
Marketing / PR Manager; Dig Safely New York
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 952.428.7990.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.