Keynote Speakers

hawkOpening General Session

Wednesday, March 1 – 8:15 – 9:30 a.m.
Richard Hawk
Making Safety Fun

Learn how to leverage influence to instill a spirit of fun in your company’s safety culture. Richard Hawk, world-renowned expert on making safety fun, uses stories, props, songs and innovative interactions to share what he’s learned from working with hundreds of leaders in all kinds of industries. Audiences can’t help but have fun while they discover new ideas they can put into action right away.

About Richard Hawk

Richard Hawk has been in the safety and health field for more than 30 years. He spent 15 of them as a safety professional in the nuclear industry and safety consultant on construction projects. Richard’s background also includes theater where he toured with acting companies and wrote a musical which was produced by Emerson College in Boston. His depth of knowledge and extensive experience make for content-rich, behavior-changing learning programs that are truly “fun.”


brudnickiMorning General Session

Thursday, March 2 – 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Captain Larry Brudnicki
Leadership Secrets from the Perfect Storm: 7 Steps to Making the Right Decision Every Time

Decision-making is an art, one that can be mastered. In this presentation, learn the seven steps of making the right decision, along with examples of the courage, leadership and teamwork that are necessary to triumph in an uncertain business climate. Through practical lessons learned from Captain Brudnicki’s experiences, you will acquire powerful tools to make the correct decisions even in the most difficult of circumstances.

About Larry Brudnicki

Captain Brudnicki commanded the Coast Guard Ship that performed two dramatic rescues during the worst weather in more than 100 years, which became known as “The Perfect Storm” and inspired the book that was on the NY Times best-seller list and the blockbuster movie starring George Clooney.

The Perfect Storm is not an isolated incident. Throughout his 30 year Coast Guard career you could generally find Captain Brudnicki in the wrong place at the right time.

Among Captain Brudnicki’s accomplishments:

  • He led the team that converted almost all federal buoys and lighthouses to solar power and earned the Coast Guard international recognition
  • He was the facilities engineer for President Reagan’s Inauguration
  • He helped save the federal government from the liability of the $5 billion cost of the clean-up operation during the EXXON VALDEZ oil spill disaster
  • He created an organized counter-drug operation for the Coast Guard in the Pacific Ocean, where he had tactical control of ships and aircraft that seized 150 tons of cocaine, including the ten largest cocaine seizures two years in a row.

Captain Brudnicki was inducted into the Coast Guard Hall of Heroes in 2009.


Governor’s Workplace Safety Awards Luncheon Keynote Presentationbriggs

Thursday, March 2 – 12:00 p.m.
Mark Briggs, CSP
Safety Management Resources Corporation

Mark Briggs has a passion for delivering educational and motivational keynote speeches and training sessions, while having a bit of fun and sharing a laugh along the way. He’s known for smashing watermelons, tempting participants to snatch a one-hundred dollar bill from a loaded rat trap, and engaging his audience in countless ways, always while delivering an important and unforgettable message.

About Mark Briggs

Mark Briggs co-founded Safety Management Resources Corporation (SMRC) in 1994. He has extensive risk management and safety experience assisting organizations in identifying and efficiently addressing opportunities for improvement. Mark’s clients include those in higher education, general contractors, specialty contractors, manufacturers, the service industries, and the insurance industry.

Mark works successfully with all organizational levels to develop and implement effective safety and risk management programs, ensuring compliance with industry best practices and consensus standards, moving beyond mere compliance with governmental regulations. These efforts are incorporated into the organizational culture at all levels to increase operational effectiveness, eliminate employee injuries and property losses, and continually improve the reputation of the enterprise.

Mark’s areas of expertise include strategic planning, the implementation of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) initiatives, providing comprehensive assessments of risk management and safety efforts, development of construction site safety plans, and the development of effective training programs. He also provides expert witness services and has testified in Circuit, State, and Federal Courts throughout the country.