The keynote speakers for Hawkeye on Safety 2017 will be Brad and Dolores Gardner of Helping Hand Presentations.

Brad’s bio:

Brad Gardner has 24 years safety experience, 6 + years in safety management. Graduate of Idaho State University, Served 22 years in US Air Force.

Brad has been married to his beautiful bride, Dolores, for 30 years, has three wonderful children and two awesome dogs. Brad lives in Idaho where he loves hunting, fishing and anything that gets him outdoors.

When he lost part of his right arm to an industrial accident in 2003, Brad Gardner learned that accidents don’t just happen to “the other guy.” Now Brad uses his personal experience to demonstrate how:

  • Every accident can be prevented
  • Safety is everyone’s responsiblity
  • One employee is all it takes to stop the domino effect

Hawkeye on Safety Breakout Session Speakers

Chris Brase, EMT-P, FF1, FF2 – Firefighter and Paramedic, Muscatine Fire Department
Chris Brase has served as a firefighter and paramedic for 28 years in the Muscatine Fire Department. Mr. Brase graduated from the University of Iowa Paramedic Program in 1995 and is a trained and certified firefighter levels 1 and 2. He is also has endorsements in Hazmat, confined space, and high-angle and water rescue. Mr. Brase served as a state senator from 2012 to 2016 and currently serves as the vice president of the Iowa Professional Fire Fighters Association.

Matt Campanario, Instructor and ICRA Specialist – North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters
For the past four years, Matt Campanario has been presenting Construction ICRA through a six-state area. He started his construction career in 2000 and was promoted to foreman/superintendent role in 2006. During his career he worked in many industries, including health care. In 2012, Matt started instructing full time with the Carpenters. He instructs many safety classes including: OSHA 10 and 30, Millwright 16, Aerial Lifts, Fork Truck, Rigging, Powder Actuated Fastening systems, Scaffolding, Red Cross First Aid, CPR, AED and Infection Control Risk Assessment. In the last year, Matt has focused primarily on ICRA training for health care facilities, carpenters, and tradespeople.

Craig Firl – Technical Manager, 3M Fall Protection
Craig has been with 3M Fall Protection/Capital Safety since 1982. He has held numerous technical positions, including his present role of Technical Manager. Extensive work and knowledge in the area of fall protection applications, product support and service, product development and fall protection standards/regulations is his primary role. In particular, the area of OSHA and ANSI standards has been a focus, helping clients understand the regulations and how to comply. Craig’s current role at 3M as Technical Manager involves providing technical support to our customers and coordinating and managing the technical repair of our self-retracting lifelines and other products. Craig has provided many presentations and authored several articles and papers relating to fall protection and fall protection standards.

Donald J. Garvey, CIH, CSP – Construction Industrial Hygienist, 3M Personal Safety Division
Don Garvey, CIH, CSP is the construction industrial hygienist with the 3M Personal Safety Division in St. Paul, MN. Prior to 3M, he was the construction industrial hygienist for The St. Paul Companies in St. Paul, MN.  He started his career as a compliance industrial hygienist for Washington State OSHA. Don has a masters degree in environmental health from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA.  He is a founding member and past chair of the American Industrial Hygiene Association Construction Committee and is a Fellow of the Association.  He has published several articles in Professional Safety – The Journal of the American Society of Safety Engineers on construction safety and health issues.  He is also the author of the industrial hygiene chapter in the ASSE’s recently published Construction Safety Management and Engineering 2nd Ed.

Mark R. Pierson, CSP, ARM, ALCM – Sr. Loss Control Representative & Technical Consultant, United Fire Group
Mark joined UFG on March 27, 2017. He is a native Iowan who began his loss control career in 1982 after several years of hands-on manufacturing and construction experience. Mark has extensive professional loss control experience with various types and sizes of clients in the areas of construction, mining, manufacturing, commercial and agriculture. Mark has developed and delivered pertinent safety educational sessions for senior management, field/line management and hourly personnel. Mark embraces and shares a never-stop-learning approach toward loss control. He has a Bachelor of Science in industrial education and occupational safety from Iowa State University in Ames. He also has earned the CSP, ARM and ALCM professional designations.

Todd Weidner, PE, LEED AP, RCDD – Principal, West Plains Engineering
Todd Weidner is a Registered Electrical Engineer and graduate from the University of Iowa. He is currently the head of the Electrical Specialties Division and principal at West Plains Engineering. Todd is involved in all aspects of project electrical design, from inception to completion. He currently focuses on arc flash assessments, short circuit analysis, device coordination, power quality, power factor correction, and infrared thermography.  He also has expanded into safety training. Todd is a Certified Electrical Safety Compliance Professional (CESCP), registered Professional Engineer, and LEED Accredited Professional Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD).

Further speaker bios are forthcoming.