MSCI 2019 Safety Conference
Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel
Wednesday, September 25 – Thursday, September 26
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What to Wear
Conference attire is business casual. This includes khaki slacks, polo-style shirts, or sweaters for the gentlemen; slacks, skirts, polo-style shirts, blouses, or sweaters for the ladies. Remember meeting room temperatures and personal comfort zones vary widely. It is recommended that you bring a sweater or jacket to the sessions.
While planning your wardrobe, please remember that Schaumburg’s average high and low temperatures in late September are 71° high and 50° low.
Your registration fee covers all scheduled meals, receptions and refreshment breaks. You will also receive a link to the presentations from the meeting – an invaluable resource.
Member pricing is for employees of MSCI member companies.
Register on or before August 13: $1,295
Register after August 13: $1,495
This pricing applies to the third or more professionals from the same company and is only available to MSCI members.
Register on or before August 13: $1,095
Register after August 13: $1,295
Registration Fee: $2,295
Safety Leadership Workshop
September 25, 2019, 7:30 – 11:30 am
Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel
Simply put, leadership sets the foundation to achieve a winning culture. Leaders, in all capacities, have the ability to help others succeed both personally and professionally. However, those leaders must first understand their role and develop the knowledge and skills necessary to lead cultural change. This workshop sets the foundation for all safety leaders to recognize what a great safety culture looks like and understand their part in achieving this goal.
Who Should Attend
Managerial and supervisory leaders and those soon to be promoted to leadership positions from safety, human resources, plant operations, and transportation departments
To introduce supervisor, manager, department head or any other staff employee on roles and expectations as safety leaders. This workshop provides an opportunity for all safety leaders to recognize what a great safety culture looks like and understand their part in achieving “great”.
- Front-line supervisors to review resources available for support and discuss safety role with manager
- Leader to discuss with direct reports his/her vision of safety roles and responsibilities
- Effects of Leadership on Organizational Culture
- Foundational Concepts for Safety Leadership
- Effects of Behavior on Level of Exposure
- Personal Action Plans for Transformational Leadership
Wednesday, September 25
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
7:30 am – 11:30 am
Safety Leadership Workshop (Additional fee applies. Please see above for more details.)
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Nirvana Ballroom Foyer
12:00 – 1:15 pm
Opening Keynote – Challenges in Leading Safety in a Multiple Location Organization
As the CEO of a large organization spread across the continent, Mr. Marabito will discuss the role of leadership in championing Safety and the challenges associated with multiple locations and varying local cultures.
Richard T. Marabito, Chief Executive Officer, Olympic Steel
Breakout Session 1A: Human Resources & Safety…Connecting the Two
Both Human Resources and Safety are a support function and have a similar objective: ensure effective work processes while complying with the law. Do all Safety and HR departments work together to achieve these goals? This interactive session will share best practices and will focus on how HR involvement with Safety creates an opportunity to improve overall employee performance, engagement and retention, and ultimately lowers injury costs.
Tracy Taylor, Director of Human Resources, Marmon/Keystone LLC
Breakout Session 1B: Incorporating Safety into Coil Processing Equipment
This session will discuss the latest designs and technology used to guard coil processing equipment. Learn about the safety requirements and methods that can be used to protect your personnel. In addition, the presentation will discuss how safe guarding and efficient line operation can “co-exist” so as not to sacrifice productivity.
Dean Linders, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Red Bud Industries
Refreshment Break & Vendor Tables
Nirvana Ballroom Foyer
The Perfect Storm: Courage Under Pressure
Ride with Captain Brudnicki as he relives the dramatic story of two daring rescue missions during the worst weather in more than 100 years! Learn how leadership, teamwork, courage and risk management strategies helped him not only survive, but succeed, in the hostile environment of “The Perfect Storm!” Hear valuable, practical insights from his stellar 30-year track record of identifying the tasks, hazards and options inherent in every situation.
Captain Larry Brudnicki, U.S. Coast Guard, Retired
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Reception & Vendor Tables
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Thursday, September 26, 2019
7:00 am – 3:00 pm
Nirvana Ballroom Foyer
7:30 – 8:00 am
8:00 – 9:00 am
Driving Health & Safety Performance to Zero Through a Culture of Employee Ownership in a 5 Million Ton, 5000 Employee Integrated Steel Plant
Jim Murray will outline the long-term strategic approach to drive to a culture with a strong Health & Safety mindset through employee engagement and ownership. His presentation will include specific examples of tactics designed to support the integration of Health & Safety into the workplace as well as practical methods to establish employee-driven performance improvement, reduced risk tolerance and shared vigilance.
Jim Murray, General Manager, Health, Safety and Loss Prevention, ArcelorMittal Dofasco
Breakout Session 2A: Driving Safety Through Business Intelligence and Technology
Discover the new safety technologies available to mitigate the frequency of accidents in your fleet. Understand the data provided by telematics technology that will allow you to proactively take action to prevent losses and hold coach drivers to a higher level of safety and performance. Understand the FMCSA regulations as it pertains to the tie down and securement of cargo being transported on commercial motor vehicles. Are you getting the highest MPG available from your trucks and drivers? Dave Helge will also explain how to reduce fleet costs while providing the opportunity for your drivers to earn additional money.
Dave Helge, CTP, CDS, Vice President of Maintenance and Safety, Idealease
Breakout Session 2B: First Impressions Matter (New Employee Training & Onboarding)
New Hire Training & Onboarding are your newest employees’ first impression of your company. Join us for an interactive discussion on the do’s & don’ts of making a positive and lasting first impression. We will share best practices, tips and ideas on how to develop a program that promotes safe ideas, values and decisions.
Andrea Lankford, Corporate Director of Safety, Reliance Steel & Aluminum
Refreshment Break & Vendor Tables
Nirvana Ballroom Foyer
Breakout Session 3A: Workers Compensation Premium Strategies
Brian Stitle will explore available workers compensations options, pull back the curtain on how premiums are calculated, and discuss how losses directly impact premiums. Participants will leave armed with tools and strategies to better manage and improve total workers compensation costs.
Brian Stitle, ARM, CPCU, Vice President, Aon
Breakout Session 3B: Crane Safety Training by the Crane Manufacturers Association of America
Dave Comiono, Vice President, EMH, Inc.
Breakout Session 4A: An Introduction to Recent Advancements in Safeguarding
New developments in artificial intelligence makes keeping your team safe simpler and more cost-effective than ever. Learn how to use the latest technology to avoid interruptions in production and meet OSHA Safeguarding regulations. Review recent enhancements in light curtain technologies, scanner technologies and safety programmable logic controllers.
Rex Keihl, Certified Functional Safety Engineer and Automation Training Leader, Omron Corporation
Breakout Session 4B: Building and Rebuilding a Commitment to Safety
Whether your company or plant is just starting or needs a refresher, go back to basics on strategy and tactics for safety within an organization. Review the building blocks needed to foster and promote safety within any organization and learn a multi-faceted approach focusing on culture, engagement, accident investigation, hazard analysis and training.
Shmuel Cohen, Corporate Director of Environmental Health and Safety, Steel Warehouse Company
Closing Keynote: The Day We Will Remember
Safety is about more than protecting yourself. It is about protecting your coworkers, your friends, and your family from a life without you. We’re lucky enough to forget our day-to-day, but when somebody is seriously injured, that’s the unlucky day we will remember for the rest of our lives and the entire circle of family, friends and coworkers that are impacted.
Ricky Rollins, Former Metals Industry Professional
Happy Hour and Vendor Tables
Nirvana Ballroom Foyer
Hotel & Travel
About Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center
The Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel is located 12 miles northwest of Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Please contact the hotel directly to arrange for accommodations.
Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel
1551 Thoreau Drive
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Online reservations can be made here: https://book.passkey.com/go/NationalSafetyConference2019
Room rates (single/double occupancy): $164.00 plus tax
It is recommended that you make your hotel accommodations early to ascertain availability. MSCI cannot guarantee availability or the room rate after Tuesday, August 20, 2019 or when the MSCI room block is filled – whichever occurs first.
The Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel is approximately 20 minutes from O’Hare International Airport.
National Car Rental and Enterprise Rent-A-Car
We are proud to announce that National Car Rental and Enterprise Rent-A-Car along with its subsidiary Enterprise Fleet Management are MSCI member companies!
MSCI supports its member by suggesting that you also support Enterprise and/or National when renting a car during MSCI conferences. MSCI has negotiated discounted rates for your benefit. For faster service and reward options please enroll into Emerald Club. Emerald Club members are recognized at both National and Enterprise so please reference your Emerald Club number and Account Number XZ15W61 when reserving at both National and Enterprise. Counter bypass is available through National Car Rental. Reservations with Enterprise and National can be made by phone or online by clicking here.
Alpha Taxi and Limousine Service
Alpha Taxi & Limousine Service provides transportation from O’Hare Airport or Midway Airport. Advance reservations are required; please call 1-800-282-7098 at least 24 hours in advance. To make arrangements, please have the exact arrival time, airline and flight number available.
Embarque also provides transportation from O’Hare International Airport. Advance reservations are required; please call 312-983-6323 at least 24 hours in advance. To make arrangements, have the exact arrival time, airline and flight number available. Rates will be quoted at that time.
Taxi Without Advance Reservations
If you will be traveling to the hotel by taxi from O’Hare airport, make certain to request a suburban cab company. A suburban cab will cost approximately $65.00 one way.
Don’t miss the opportunity to generate new leads and raise positive awareness of your company. Be a 2019 Safety Conference sponsor and build on your relationships within the metals supply chain.
There are a number of outstanding sponsorship opportunities. For more information and to secure your sponsorship, speak with Monique Combs at (847) 485-3004.
Deadline to submit artwork is Tuesday, August 20, 2019. Limit one sponsor per event, unless otherwise noted.
Includes one complimentary registration*, signage, listing on the conference webpage and app, and display of literature in the registration foyer. Meal sponsorships also include a reserved table. Choose from:
- Wednesday Lunch
- Wednesday Reception and Dinner
- Thursday Breakfast
- Thursday Lunch
- Bottled Water provided at refreshment breaks and throughout the conference
- Bound Notebook Sponsored by Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co.
- Room Drop of company literature or takeaway item Wednesday evening**
- Room Keycards
*Complimentary registrations are valued at $1,295
**Limit 2 sponsors per evening
Includes signage, listing on the conference webpage and app, and display of literature in the registration foyer. Choose from:
- Attendee Name Badges
- Charging Station for mobile phones and tablets
- Conference App
- Happy Hour
Includes signage, listing on the conference webpage and app, and display of literature in the registration foyer. Refreshment break sponsorships also include custom napkins. Choose from:
- Refreshment Break Wednesday
- Refreshment Break Thursday
- General Session WiFi Sponsored by Optimum Safety Management
- Tins of Mints Sponsored by Nucor
Includes signage, listing on the conference webpage and app, and display of literature in the registration foyer. Choose from the following breakout sessions:
- Human Resources & Safety: Connecting the Two
- Incorporating Safety into Coil Processing Equipment
- Driving Safety Through Business Intelligence and Technology
- First Impressions Matter (New Employee Training & Onboarding)
- Workers Compensation Premium Strategies
- Crane Safety Training by the Crane Manufacturers Association of America Sponsored by Plateplus, Inc.
- An Introduction to Recent Advancements in Safeguarding Sponsored by KASTO Inc.
- Building and Rebuilding a Commitment to Safety
Table Top Exhibition
Table Top exhibition is your ticket to sharing your products and services with safety professionals in the metals industry. Don’t pass up this opportunity to network with attendees and increase your business sales and services.
Table Top exhibitions will be at MSCI’s Registration area in the Nirvana foyer through the entire duration of the conference, including during the networking coffee breaks, reception and happy hour.
As an exhibitor, you can:
• Maximize your exposure to all conference attendees
• Generate valuable sales leads
• Increase your company’s visibility
Table Top Displays – all display materials are to be brought in by the exhibitor. Free-standing displays/pop-up banners may be used. Each exhibitor will receive one 6’ skirted table at 30” high, one chair and one company logo sign.
COST OF EACH TABLE TOP —$1,500.00 (exhibitors are invited to all conference meals and networking reception and happy hour). Please note: the above cost is for 1 person per Table Top Exhibit. Additional person(s) $500.00 each
Download the Table Top Exhibitor Packet for more details.
For more information and to secure your table top, speak with Monique Combs at (847) 485-3004.
Safety Award Criteria and Submission Guidelines
MSCI 2019 Safety Innovation and Improvement Award
Safety starts with the culture of an organization and is an ongoing journey that never ends. It takes perseverance, employee buy-in from the top down and bottom up, and continuous improvement from the entire organization to ensure that every metals industry employee arrives home from work exactly as they left. The MSCI Safety Innovation and Improvement Award will recognize and acknowledge metals organizations that seek new and innovative approaches in their efforts to drive safety improvement towards the elusive “0”.
Have you engaged leadership, changed the culture of employees, problem solved to develop a new strategy/program or improved a process or equipment?
MSCI would like metals companies to share their unique innovations and improvement ideas with the metals industry in an effort to encourage all to learn and strengthen their current safety program.
One service center and one mill will be presented with the MSCI 2019 Safety Innovation and Improvement Award and will be honored at the 2019 MSCI Safety Conference.
The improvement and/or innovative initiative could be management or employee initiated. Describe your approach in detail and submit your application by Friday, August 16, 2019.
To apply, please download the application here.
Captain Larry Brudnicki, U.S. Coast Guard, Retired
Captain Brudnicki retired from the Coast Guard in March 2002 after 30 years of active duty. He reported to his last assignment as the Chief of Operations, 11th Coast Guard District, Alameda, CA in August 1997 where he supervised more than 15,000 Search & Rescue cases, which saved 1,600 lives and property valued at $135 million. He also supervised the search for survivors of the Alaska Air Flight #261 tragedy. He had tactical control of ships and aircraft that seized more than 150 tons of cocaine, including the ten largest cocaine seizures in the year 2000 and again in 2001. He also had tactical control of the ships and aircraft that interdicted 2,800 illegal migrants from the People’s Republic of China, Ecuador and Mexico.
Captain Brudnicki graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1972, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering. His first assignment was on board the USCGC MADRONA (WLB-302), Portsmouth, VA where he served as Communications Officer and then as Operations Officer. At the age of 23, he was assigned as Commanding Officer of the USCGC CAPE CURRENT (WPB-95307), Savannah, GA from 1973 to 1975. During that period, under the direction of Coast Guard Group Charleston, CAPE CURRENT was one of the pioneers that helped the Coast Guard begin a long and proud history in counter drug operations.
Shmuel is currently the Director of Environmental Health and Safety for Steel Warehouse, and holds a Master’s of Science in Occupational Health and Safety. Shmuel’s primary responsibilities and focus include safety, Environmental Compliance and risk/exposure management. During his over 15 years associated with Steel Warehouse he has served in various capacities within the company, primarily focused on either Human Resources, Personal Development and EHS, designing programs to promote employee safety awareness while reducing OSHA recordables and Workman’s Compensation foot print. Shmuel has worked to shift employee mindset from a “Have to” safety mentality to a “Want to” safety focus. Shmuel is an experienced instructor and speaker on behavior modification and safety development. For the last 20+ years, he has been a senior EMT & member of Hatzalah Volunteer Ambulance Corp of New York City, the largest Volunteer ambulance company in the world, with a call volume greater than 911 of Chicago. In this capacity he was a “first responder” to ground zero on the 9/11 attack on the United States of America. Mr. Cohen is a graduate of Northern Illinois University with a double major in Business Administration and Biology. Mr. Cohen achieved his Masters and Post Masters while studying in NYC at MTJ-YSI.
Dave Helge joined Idealease in 2006 as Director of Idealsafe after spending six years as a consultant to Idealease for safety and compliance. Previously, Dave spent twenty years in transportation safety as a consultant and safety director. His association with Idealease dates to 1989 when he began consulting with Harco National Insurance Company providing loss control and insurance auditing services. In June of 2007, Dave was promoted to Vice President of Maintenance and Safety. Dave currently sits on the National Private Truck Council (NPTC) Institute Board of Governors and in 2010 received the NPTC Allied Member of the year award. Dave is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Kearney with a degree in Business Administration.
Certified Director of Safety (CDS), April 1993
Certified Transportation Professional (CTP), April 2005
Rex Keihl is a Certified Functional Safety Engineer and an Automation training leader at The Omron Corporation, responsible for educating and assisting customers in the application and integration of safety automation products into their processes. He has a strong and diverse background history for over 30 years in the industrial automation helping design and improve processes utilizing the latest industrial products as they become available for use. He has a degree in applied management, electrical engineering, and has been an instructor at Wright State University in addition to being certified under TÜV (Reinland) as one of a few Functional Engineer of today ( #10445/15 Machinery). He also sits on several ANSI B11 standard committees and participates on the ISO 199 WG-6 international standard committee for guarding designs. Keihl builds rapport with diverse audiences and helps them gain the mastery of standards and regulations while simplifying the complicated world of the safety with automated control needed to make impactful change in their facilities.
Andrea Lankford is currently the Corporate Director of Safety for Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. working out of the Los Angeles, CA headquarters where she has been for the last 5 years. Prior to her move to corporate Andrea was the Global Director of Safety for Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. subsidiary Continental Alloys & Service in Spring, TX for 5 years managing the safety at all 9 locations domestically and internationally (Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai & Scotland.) In her years before Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. Andrea found herself working for an oil rig work over company where her passion and love for safety was truly ignited by building and implementing a program from the ground up. Andrea’s specialty is working with compliant companies to help them take the leap to becoming truly safe companies by creating customized processes and programs that not only encourage compliance but build a culture of peer to peer safety with management involvement.
Dean Linders has been involved in various aspects of the flat rolled coil processing industry for over thirty years. Prior to holding his current position of Vice President of Marketing and Sales with Red Bud Industries, Dean had been involved in shop floor fabrication, system design, and actual Cut-To-Length/Blanking Line operations. This practical hands on experience has given Dean a unique insight into the efficient operation of coil processing operations. He currently works with manufacturers and service centers throughout the United States and abroad to improve their efficiency and help solve processing related problems.
Dean was a member of the ANSI B11.14/B11.18 Safety Standards Writing Committee and a member of the FMA Coil Processing Technology Council. In addition to being a frequent speaker for various organizations, Dean has also published several technical papers which include: “Upgrading Coil Processing Systems”, “Advances in Coil Processing”, “Improving Efficiency through Multi-Cut Blanking”, and “Common Questions and Misconceptions Regarding Coil Processing”.
Richard T. Marabito, Chief Executive Officer of Olympic Steel is responsible for providing the vision and strategic leadership for the organization by working with the board of directors and the executive management team to establish goals, strategies and policies. Mr. Marabito is also the primary interface between Olympic Steel and its shareholders, investors and the public.
Mr. Marabito joined Olympic in 1994 as Corporate Controller and served as Chief Financial Officer from March 2000 through 2018. He also served as Treasurer from 1994 through 2002 and again from 2010 through 2012. Prior to joining Olympic Steel, he served as Corporate Controller for a publicly traded wholesale distribution company and was employed in the audit department of a national accounting firm.
Mr. Marabito received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting in 1985 from the University of Mount Union. He is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) in the state of Ohio. He also completed the MSCI executive education program at Washington University.
Mr. Marabito is a Director, Vice Chair and Chair of the Governance Committee for the Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI). He served as a board member of the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana chapter and also served as the Chair of its Northeast Ohio Regional Board from 2006 until 2018. He also served for 10 years on the Board of Trustees and was the Treasurer for Hawken School in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Marabito was a board member and Audit Committee Chairman for Hawk Corporation (ASE: HWK) from 2008 until Hawk was sold in November 2010.
As General Manager, Health, Safety and Loss Prevention Jim also leads Integrated Health & Wellness, Fire and Security Services, and Emergency Crisis Management at ArcelorMittal Dofasco.
Jim is also a member of ArcelorMittal’s Global Health & Safety Council, with additional responsibility for overseeing Health and Safety across several ArcelorMittal North American sites in the long products, flat products, tubular, welded blanks and mining operations.
Prior to his current role, Jim held numerous technology and leadership positions within manufacturing before moving into the area of Health & Safety and taking a lead in the initiation of the Journey to Zero Health & Safety improvement initiative at Dofasco that has seen consistent positive results, taking the company to an all-time low of 0.43 lost time injuries per million hours worked (2015).
A graduate of Mohawk College with a diploma in Chemical Engineering Technology, Jim began his career at Dofasco in 1985. He is actively involved in the community as Board Chair for the Mark Preece Family House which provides accommodation and support for family members of patients receiving acute hospital care, as well as a member of the Board of Director’s for the Business Council on Occupational Health & Safety, an association of Ontario employers seeking to improve occupational health and safety in the workplace while supporting economic competitiveness.
Tracy Taylor is the Director of Human Resources at Marmon/Keystone. Taylor is a dedicated and accomplished Human Resources Strategy Partner and has been with Marmon/Keystone for twelve years, focusing on all aspects of HR including Safety. Prior to joining Marmon/Keystone, she worked for six years in the HR field as an Employment Manager, Certified Trainer and Director of Human Resources in the hospitality industry. With all the different positions Taylor has held in the HR profession safety has always been part of her scope of responsibilities. With a passion for people and their well-being it only makes sense that safety has followed Tracy in her career.
Ricky graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Administrative Management. After his entry into the steel business as a Melting Department clerk, Ricky held various management and hourly positions with Refractory and Steel companies, gaining a wealth of experience in steel operations.
As his family grew, Ricky became a key team player in the construction and start-up of Steel Dynamics, Inc. He held multiple supervisory positions and was promoted to Melting Department Manager, serving in this capacity until his retirement in January 2017.
Brian creates and delivers risk and human capital solutions to empower results for clients. As a member of Aon’s Industrial and Materials Practice he has spent the last 25 years providing global manufacturing firms strategies to better manage their complex risks ranging from workplace injuries to supply chain. He frequently speaks at and attends conferences where he shares his passion for all things risk related. Brian can be reached at Brian.Stitle@Aon.com or 312.953.2262.
Important Deadlines and Policies
A full refund will be issued for cancellations received in writing by MSCI by 5:00 pm Tuesday, August 13, 2019. cancellations received in writing by MSCI by 5:00 pm before Tuesday, September 10, 2019 will receive a refund of 50% of registration fees paid. No shows and cancellations received after that time will not be eligible for refunds. Substitutions may be made at any time. Written cancellations or substitutions will be accepted by contacting Briana Dee.
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