NXT 2019: Speaker Overview



Keynote Speaker:


Will Gadd

Safety First – Mitigating Risk
in the World’s Most Dangerous Environments


— Champion Ice Climber & Paraglide Pilot

Will Gadd was the first person to climb a frozen Niagara Falls not because he was crazy, but because he could convince everyone from the Governor of New York down to the state police that the risk of climbing Niagara could also result in some massively positive outcomes.

Will speaks on the topics he lives daily: Excellence, managing risk, resiliency, seizing opportunity, high performance outcomes and risk mitigation in low-knowledge environments.

Featured Speakers

One Team, One Fight – How to Approach Risk
and Strengthen Your Safety Culture

Lance Robinson
Director of Safety,
1st Marine Divison – Environmental Compliance Liason

After 11 years of active duty in the Marine Corps, Mr. Robinson transitioned to the Marine Corps Reserves to continue a career in Occupational Safety and Health. He was immediately hired as a Civil Servant with the First Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF) where he deployed three more times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan.

Mr. Robinson and his staff continue to provide hands-on support of field training exercises and in-depth inspection and review program for 27 subordinate units consisting of 20,000+ active duty Marines and Sailors. Mr. Robinson retired from the Marine Corps Reserve after completing 22 year of combined service.

Using Data as a
Competitive Advantage 

Paul Kobishop
Global Director of Quality, Lean, & Safety,
Reynolds Polymer Technology

Paul Kobishop joined the Reynolds Polymer Technology team in 2013 as the Global Director of Quality Control and Safety. After over two decades in operations management, Kobishop’s extensive training and background in lean systems management has shaped the trajectory of Reynolds Polymer’s strategical processes. Positioning Reynolds as an efficient and effective organization, while focusing on quality control and safety practices, Kobishop has demonstrated his understanding for both production and personnel.

To unwind from his impactful job duties, he enjoys spending time in the magnificent Colorado outdoors golfing, skiing and fishing. .

Executive Panel: Panelist

Richard Jackson
COO, Spark Power

Richard oversees the Spark Power operating companies and comes to Spark with 20 years of experience in various leadership roles across several industries. Prior to joining Spark, Richard was Managing Director for North America for the France based company, Winoa Group overseeing their business operations. Richard also spent 19 years in the electrical equipment manufacturer’s industry playing several senior roles in sales and operations with Moeller Electric and Eaton Corporation.

Richard holds an MBA from Athabasca University and Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Ryerson University.

Executive Panel: Panelist

Chris Payson
CEO, Reach Wireline and Hybrid Completion Tools

Chris Payson, brings over 15 years experience in energy services. Prior to his current role, Chris served as Executive Vice President of Completions at Nine Energy Service where he had significant growth over a 3-year period. He previously founded and led two successful startups; American Eagle Raingutters and CDK Perforating.

Chris was born and still currently lives in Jacksboro, TX with his wife and two daughters. He began his journey into the workforce as a Corrections Officer and Shift Supervisor with Lindsey Correctional Facility. During his downtime, Chris enjoys spending time with his family and fishing.

The Fututre of EHS

Adrian Bartha
CEO, eCompliance

Adrian formed eCompliance with his business partner in 2012 after experiencing firsthand how a workplace incident affected a power company that he helped lead.

Combining his background in finance with his knowledge of health and safety, Adrian now educates safety professionals on how to demonstrate a return on safety. He shows them how continuous improvement can be leveraged as a competitive advantage, using language that resonates with high-level executives.

Handling Change Management
in a New Era of Safety

Star Hofer
Director of Customer Success, eCompliance

Star leads the Success Team at eCompliance, which includes onboarding, training, professional services, retention, and support.

She has built a reputation for growing high-impact teams focused on customer value and quality relationships over her 12-year career. As a process-driven leader and certified Project Management Professional (PMP), her mission is to help all customers unleash the power of advocacy through safety.

Using Data as a
Competitive Advantage 

Calvin Benchimol
Director of Corporate Development, eCompliance

During his time with eCompliance, Calvin has been instrumental in defining our customers’ journey to a High Participation Safety Culture. Using big data and deep empirical research, he’s helped us look beyond the numbers to understand the human side of safety.

Prior to working with us, Calvin received his MBA from IESE Business School in Barcelona and helped transform the safety culture of a mining and manufacturing environment, as a front-line operations manager.


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