What do you do at NDSC?
I am a Safety Consultant. My job is to educate the public, employees, and employers of the safety requirements in the workforce and safe practices in the public. I also conduct worksite inspections to make sure companies, employees and facilities are within OSHA compliance to help prevent injuries in the workplace. I am the Minot area consultant based out of the Minot facility and have been in the safety realm for 10 years in the oilfield. I was in the Navy for 5 years prior to coming into the oilfield. I have 21 years as a Firefighter on the Volunteer Fire Department.
Why is NDSC’s mission to prevent injuries and save lives important to you?
As an emergency personnel who has worked in many industries, I have seen the importance of training, and understand the rights of workers to have a safe and healthful work place. We as a society tend to be rushed when working very high tasked jobs, with little safety in mind. I like to be that barrier and make a difference in my community to make sure everyone returns home safely to their loved ones, with the ability to continue working and providing for their family.
What are your hobbies?
I am an avid outdoorsman, and you can find me on the weekend fishing for walleye. During the fall, I put the fishing pole down to pick up on my passion of hunting for waterfowl, upland game or big game.
Name one really interesting thing about yourself.
I was an all-state diver in high school and to this day can still do many of the dives I learned in the sport.
What other talents do you have?
I am an avid duck and goose caller, and have placed in the nationals for calling competitions before.
If you could travel anywhere, where would it be and why?
Being in the Navy prior, I got the pleasure to travel to many countries and experience different cultures. The list of places I have been is Spain, France, Malta, Italy, Greece, Morocco, Africa, Egypt, United Arab of Emirates, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, Qatar, Jordan, Republic of Seychelles and Palma Spain. But the most beautiful place I have been overseas is Dubai in UAE. This is the largest city and offers so many things, from an indoor ski slope in the mall of Dubai to different souqs which like our open marketplaces, where vendors sell all kinds of things from goods and merchandise, to food and minerals and even jewelry. The coolest part of the Middle East is that all purchasing is bartered, so the price tag you see on the product is not what you pay, and if you try to pay the price tag on the product they get upset because they want you to barter with them to make them feel their product is valued.
What animal most closely matches your personality?
A cat maybe, as I am loyal and independent but also can be dependent, calm and collective but also fierce and agile.
What’s on your bucket list?
Get my pilot’s license
What is your favorite movie, book and TV show?
I would have to say any movie about our history and ancestry. The TV shows I am hooked on are shows focused on looking for treasures, like the ‘Curse of Oak Island’.