Advisory Board

BLR® maintains a national Advisory Board, a group of noted professionals and recognized experts in a wide spectrum of fields. The Advisory Board assists the BLR management and editorial teams to improve our business, products, and services.

Board of Directors

Robert L. Brady — Founder, CEO and Board Chairman of BLR
John Brady — Founder, Topretirements.com, BLR Executive VP (1981-2006)
Richard L Fisk — Past  senior vice president of the Brady Corporation
Deborah Hull — Past  president and CEO of MedCases, Inc.,
Michael R Losey SPHR, CAE—Past-president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Human Resources, Compensation and Employment Law Advisory Board

Dr. Susan G. Weinberger — Founder and president of the Mentor Consulting Group
David L. Metzger, Esq. — Founder of Metzger & Richters, LLP

Occupational Safety and Health Compliance Advisory Board

Chip Darius — President of Safety Priority Consultants, LLC
Mark B. Haskins, CSP — Founder and co-owner of Practical Safety Solutions, LLC
William J. Pfister — President of Safety Training and Consulting, Inc. (STAC),
Richard W. Bunch, Ph.D., P.T., C.B.E.S. — Founder and owner of Industrial Safety & Rehabilitation Institute

Environmental Compliance Advisory Board

Heather Aley Austin — Thompson Hine LLP
Amanda C. Baxter — Troutman Sanders LLP
James Harris, Esq. — Harris, DeVille & Associates
Marc Karell, P.E. — Climate Change & Environmental Services, LLC
Gregor I. McGregor, Esq. — McGregor & Associates, P.C.
Jane E. Obbagy — Vice President, The Cadmus Group
David W. Pyatt, P.E., R.E.M.
Judge Ken Reilly —Coach and founder, Reillytalk.com
Walter S. Smith — President, Walter Smith & Associates, Inc.
Norman S. Wei — Founder, Environmental Management and Training, LLC

Board of Directors

John Brady, BLR® Board of Directors member John Brady  is Founder of www.Topretirements.com, an online community where Baby Boomers come to figure out where they should live in retirement. John started his professional career in advertising and marketing. After 6 years as an account executive at Young & Rubicam, he joined BLR. John spent 26 years at BLR as Executive VP, helping to grow the company from 3 employees to over 100.

Richard L. Fisk, most recently served as senior vice president of the Brady Corporation, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with which he was associated for 25 years, and as president of the Brady Direct Marketing Group a business-to-business, direct marketing arm of the publicly traded Brady Corporation (NYSE – BRC). Mr. Fisk successfully started direct marketing and fulfillment operations in Canada, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Japan, and a number of locations in Europe as well as the United States. Prior to his Brady affiliation, Mr. Fisk served as vice president of Marketing for Kleer-Vu Industries and as general manager of Watts Business Forms. He currently also serves as director of several organizations: Myron Manufacturing of Maywood, New Jersey; The Wisconsin Cheeseman of Sun Prairie; Wall Family Enterprise of Madison, Wisconsin; and American Hotel Register Company of Chicago. He formerly served as a director of Medical Arts Press of Minneapolis, Minnesota, National Business Furniture Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and has been chairman of the National Business Direct (Marketing) Group. He received his master’s degree in business administration from Georgia State University and a B.A. from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, as well as serving in the U.S. Army, ranked as a first lieutenant.

Deborah Hull, prior president and CEO of MedCases, Inc., a medical education company headquartered in Philadelphia, has managed all aspects of the company's operations. She retired from MedCases in April 2004 but is still active on its board of directors. She is a nationally recognized executive with nearly 25 years of experience in the online information industry. Prior to joining MedCases, Ms. Hull was president and CEO of Ovid Technologies. She managed Ovid from an early stage to its current status as a world leader in the electronic information industry, including an IPO in 1994 and sale to Wolters Kluwer NV in 1998. Ms. Hull managed the company's growth in revenues from less than $2 million to over $70 million, introducing new product lines, initiating an international strategy, and forming relationships with third-party distribution organizations that significantly accelerated the company's growth. She received her MEd from West Chester University and a B.A. from Earlham College.

Michael R. Losey, BLR® Board of Directors memberMichael R. Losey, SPHR, CAE, is the past president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Before being named to the Society's top position in 1990, Losey served 30 years in management and executive-level positions with two Fortune 50 organizations.

In his 10 years as SHRM's CEO, Losey tripled the Society's membership to more than 150,000, increased revenue by six-fold, and increased net worth 900 percent.

Losey has been active in international human resources and is a past president of the North American Human Resource Management Association (NAHRMA) and the World Federation of Personnel Management Associations (WFPMA). These two organizations link human resources professional organizations around the world. Mr. Losey has also served on the SHRM Board of Directors and boards of the Human Resource Certification Institute, the SHRM Foundation, and the National Academy of Human Resources, which he helped to establish and where he is currently a fellow.

Mr. Losey has also served as an executive consultant or board representative to Heritage Partners, DeakinPrime, Jackson Lewis, Holmes Corporation, and Pyramid Screening Technology, Inc. He also served as Chair of the Employers' Advisory Committee of the U.S. Department of Labor's Project Employ.

Losey holds both a bachelor's degree and a master of business administration degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Michigan. In addition, he earned certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and a Certified Association Executive (CAE). He is a subject matter expert in human resources management and association management. He is a subject matter expert and contributing author for both the SHRM human resource Learning System as well as ASAE's Essentials of the Profession.

Human Resources, Compensation and Employment Law

David L. Metzger, Esq., is a founder of Metzger & Richters, LLP, located in Hartford, Connecticut. His firm represents and counsels management in labor and employment matters and related litigation. Prior to opening his own firm, Mr. Metzger practiced at the national labor and employment defense firm of Jackson Lewis Schnitzler and Krupman, and was a partner with Siegel, O'Connor, Schiff & Zangari, P.C., a Connecticut firm concentrating on labor and employment defense. Mr. Metzger has served as Chief of Compliance, Monitoring and Enforcement, for the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities. He served on the Task Force on the CHRO Hearing Process and was a member of the Americans with Disabilities Act Drafting Committee to the Connecticut Law Revision Commission. He is a member of the Hartford County Bar Association, the Connecticut Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. He received his law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he also obtained his bachelor of arts degree.

Dr. Susan G. Weinberger is the founder and president of the Mentor Consulting Group in Norwalk, Connecticut. She is an international consultant on mentoring. Dr. Weinberger has been recognized for her expertise in establishing, maintaining, and evaluating school and community-based mentoring programs and school-to-work initiatives. Her work has been published widely, and the program she has designed has been replicated in more than 25 states, Bermuda, and Canada. Dr. Weinberger served 15 years as the Public Affairs Officer of the Norwalk Public Schools. She teaches the graduate course on marketing and public relations at Southern Connecticut State University. She is chairman of the Public Policy Council of the National Mentoring Partnership and is a founding member of the National Mentoring Partnership's Technical Assistance Corps. She received her bachelor's degree in modern languages from Carnegie-Mellon University, her master's degree in elementary and bilingual education from Manhattanville College, and her doctorate from the College of Business and Public Management at the University of Bridgeport.

Occupational Safety and Health Compliance

Richard W. Bunch, Ph.D., P.T., C.B.E.S., is an ergonomic specialist, professional injury prevention and wellness speaker/trainer and licensed physical therapist with a doctorate degree in human anatomy. He is founder and owner of Industrial Safety & Rehabilitation Institute, an organization dedicated to providing injury prevention, fitness improvement, and effective injury management to industries nationwide.

Dr. Bunch attended undergraduate college at the United States Military Academy at West Point and Louisiana State University (LSU) Medical Center. He received his physical therapy degree in 1977 and his medical Ph.D. with honors in 1983 from LSU Medical Center. After graduation he joined the faculty at LSU Medical Center and achieved the position of Associate Professor. Dr. Bunch entered private practice in 1993 and founded Industrial Safety & Rehabilitation (ISR) Institute, Inc., a clinical and ergonomics consulting and training practice. He also holds a Clinical Associate Professorship in the Department of Public Health at Tulane Medical University, where he lectures on ergonomics and functional capacity evaluations.

Dr. Bunch is the author of the book chapter, "The AMA Guide to Functional Capacity Evaluations" in the medical textbook, The Handbook of Lower Extremity Neurology (2000). He is currently conducting research on FCE validation of nonorganic illness behaviors. He has published and presented numerous lectures on prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries, cumulative trauma disorders, ergonomics, prevention of illness behaviors, and workers' compensation fraud. As an ergonomic consultant he has helped many industries comply with new OSHA guidelines and ADA regulations. Through his proprietary WorkSaver program, he conducts ergonomic assessments of field and office jobs, physical demand validations for the formulation of ADA-compliant functional job descriptions and employee testing, and injury prevention training programs for industries. He was selected by ChevronTexaco to help develop and teach a comprehensive Qualified WorkStation Ergonomic Evaluation Certification program that has been taught nationally and internationally to help prevent repetitive stress injuries.

Dr. Bunch owns and directs specialized outpatient orthopaedic physical therapy clinics in Louisiana that service private patients and injured workers. WorkSaver services, a proprietary program developed by Dr. Bunch, includes WorkSaver Functional Capacity Evaluations, Fit-For-Duty evaluations, and ADA-Compliant New Hire Evaluations. WorkSaver services have received high acclaim from medical physicians, employers, case managers, judges, and attorneys. ISR Institute offers WorkSaver services nationwide via a growing network of certified clinical affiliates.

He is a member of several safety and medical organizations. A member of the National Speakers Association (NSA), he regularly speaks at national safety and medical conferences. Through the Back-to-Fitness program developed by Dr. Bunch, he has trained over 800,000 employees and has received awards from the National Safety Congress and private corporations for effectively helping to reduce musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in the workplace.

John Brady, BLR® Board of Directors memberChip Darius is founder and president of Safety Priority Consultants, LLC. Safety Priority provides consulting and training services to help organizations assess hazards and improve occupational safety & health, safety management systems, and employee performance. Chip has served a broad base of clients in general industry, healthcare, construction, emergency medical services, fire/rescue, law enforcement, government, and the legal profession.

Chip has been active in safety and emergency response since 1980 and has been providing specialized OSHA compliance consulting and training since 1990. Recognized for a dynamic and interactive training style, he has authored three books and multiple articles, and has designed more than 140 specialized courses in safety and trainer development. Chip has presented professional training conferences and seminars throughout the United States and in Canada, Ireland, Scotland, China, and the Dominican Republic.

Professional credentials and affiliations include:

  • Certified Occupational Health & Safety Technologist
  • Regional faculty, OSHA Training Institute Region 1 Education Center since 2002
  • OSHA General Industry Outreach Trainer
  • Experienced litigation consultant and expert witness
  • Certified Trainer for SafeStart behavior based safety system
  • Active member of the Consultants Practice Specialty of the American Society of Safety Engineers, and former Vice President of the Connecticut Valley Chapter of ASSE
  • Active member of the National Safety Council, Construction section
  • Active member of the National Fire Protection Association: Health Care, Industrial Safety, Fire Service and Education sections
  • Active member of the National Environmental Safety & Health Training Association
  • Appointed to the Safety & Health Advisory Council, Connecticut Business & Industry Association
  • Certified Emergency Medical Technician for 30 years
  • Past Adjunct Professor of Environmental Sciences at Teikyo Post University
  • Past Adjunct Faculty for occupational safety at Middlesex Community College
  • Past Principal member of the NFPA Technical Committee on Emergency Service Organization Risk Management
  • Past Emergency Medical Services Instructor

Mr. Darius holds a Master's degree in human and organizational communication and additional credentials in human development, counseling, and conflict management. He is uniquely skilled in helping people and organizations achieve their objectives.

Mark Haskins, BLR® Board of Directors memberMark Haskins is a founder and co-owner of Practical Safety Solutions, LLC.  He has over 28 years experience in safety and health.  Mark’s experience includes safety positions with a leading pharmaceutical company and a major chemical company as well as safety positions in consulting and on major projects for an international construction company.  He provides safety services to clients concentrating on assessments, program development and implementation, incident analysis and training, as well as technical services including electrical safety, lockout tagout and confined spaces.  In addition, Mark held a faculty appointment at the University of New Haven, School of Public Safety and Professional Studies for 18 years.  He is an instructor for the OSHA Training Institute and Education Center.  Mark is an authorized OSHA outreach trainer for 10 hour and 30 hour General Industry and Construction courses.  He is also a Certified Safety Professional in Comprehensive Practice.  Mark has a master’s degree in occupational safety and health management, a graduate certificate in industrial hygiene and a bachelor’s degree in biology.  He is a certified firefighter and is a hazardous materials trainer.

Mark’s technical and management safety experience includes:

  • Heavy and commercial construction
  • Nuclear and conventional power generation
  • Heavy and light manufacturing
  • Hazardous materials handling and emergency response
  • Chemical plant and pharmaceutical manufacturing
  • Maintenance operations
  • Government agency programs
  • Health care
  • OSHA compliance

Mark is a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the National Safety Council, the Connecticut Safety Society and the American Society of Safety Engineers.  He serves on the Connecticut Business and Industry Association’s Safety Advisory Committee and is a member of the Safety Council of Western New England.  He has authored articles on safety and health management and is a frequent speaker at local, regional and national seminars and conferences.

William J. Pfister is president of Safety Training and Consulting, Inc. (STAC), which provides occupational safety and health training and consulting services throughout the United States.

He was employed with the Indiana Department of Labor for 18 years, serving 5 years as an Indiana OSHA inspector and as a safety training consultant. During his tenure with the Indiana Department of Labor, he trained over 40,0000 people, including training and seminars for six universities. Pfister has conducted training programs in 13 states and performed more than 1,200 consultations and inspections for private industry. He is a federally authorized instructor with respect to General Industry and Construction Standards. Mr. Pfister is also a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers.

Environmental Compliance

Heather Aley Austin is of counsel in the environmental practice group of Thompson Hine LLP, a multipractice law firm. Based in Cleveland, Ohio, Heather focuses her practice on environmental risk allocation in business transactions, as well as advising clients on environmental, health, and safety regulatory matters, and compliance with environmental regulations. She is proficient in handling complex environmental issues in mergers and acquisitions, as well as real estate and brownfield redevelopment projects. Her clients occupy diverse industries, including chemical, pulp and paper, aluminum, injection molding, powder metal, steel, plastic, food, health care, landfill, and automotive. Heather has written feature articles for the Advisor on a variety of topics, including a U.S. Supreme Court Superfund ruling, jurisdiction under the U.S. Clean Water Act, and avoiding toxic tort suits. She holds a B.A. from Allegheny College and a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Heather is licensed to practice law in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Amanda C. Baxter specializes in counseling, permitting, and litigation under a variety of federal, state, and local environmental and natural resource laws. Her areas of expertise include water resources (water rights, water quality and quantity), including the Clean Water Act and its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permitting program, wetlands regulation, Clean Air Act permitting, counseling and litigation, and solid and hazardous waste issues. Ms. Baxter has been involved in nationally significant litigation under EPA’s New Source Review program, defense of significant EPA administrative and civil enforcement actions, and citizen suit defense, and has conducted environmental due diligence for several multi-million-dollar facilities.

Jim Harris is the founder of Harris, DeVille & Associates (HDA), a full-service communications firm specializing in issues management. Harris has more than 30 years of experience working in all facets of governmental and public affairs. Prior to establishing HDA, he served as a working member of the media, press secretary to a Louisiana governor, and held key management positions in several state agencies, including those managing transportation, health, economic development, and environmental quality. In addition, Harris specializes in political and media consultation and has served as a campaign coordinator in several statewide elections.

Marc Karell is a professional engineer and founder of Climate Change & Environmental Services, LLC. Mr. Karell has over 20 years’ experience in the climate change field, performing carbon footprints and energy and green building evaluations, and in the air pollution engineering field, performing emissions inventories, audits, permitting, and evaluations and design of air pollution control equipment for a variety of types of facilities around the country. Mr. Karell also worked for U.S. EPA in air compliance and for industry. Mr. Karell has two master’s degrees, one in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin and one in chemical engineering from Columbia University.

Gregor I. McGregor, Esq., is the founding partner of the Boston environmental law firm of McGregor & Associates, P.C., established in 1975. McGregor & Associates specializes in all aspects of environmental law, real estate, and related litigation in federal and state courts and before government agencies. He is a founding member of the national Environmental Law Network linking specialty law firms to service their clients around the United States. Prior to 1975, McGregor was an assistant attorney general and the first chief of the Division of Environmental Protection in Massachusetts. McGregor’s cases in court over the past 35 years have broken new legal ground in the fields of wetlands protection, environmental impact statements, hazardous waste liability, home rule powers of municipalities, and the doctrine of regulatory “takings.” As a member of government task forces and advisory groups, McGregor has assisted in drafting or implementing environmental statutes and regulations on hazardous waste cleanups, toxic tort liability, emergency management, underground tanks, agency enforcement, environmental review procedures, tidelands and waterways, wetlands protection, and wildlife preservation. McGregor has written and spoken widely on environmental subjects.

Jane Obbagy is a vice president with The Cadmus Group and is responsible for managing consulting practices in the areas of strategic environmental consulting, international environmental management, corporate environmental assurance, and air pollution control. Ms. Obbagy is a recognized environmental management expert, specializing in this area since the mid-1980s. She has undertaken studies for clients in the transportation, resources, chemicals, energy, and governmental sectors. She has engaged in a number of high-visibility projects, including the preparation of attestation statements, development of executive-level environmental-awareness training seminars, and expansion of corporate social responsibility programs related to assurance systems and transparency. Ms. Obbagy has authored a number of papers and has served as the chair for an internationally recognized accredited organization. She is certified to conduct a broad range of environmental, health, and safety management reviews.

David Pyatt has over 30 years’ experience in solid waste management, including radioactive materials and other hazardous and toxic materials. He is a Professional Engineer in Maryland and is a Registered Environmental Manager. He previously worked for several consulting and engineering firms before joining the federal government where he was employed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and now the U. S. Department of Energy. Since 1988, Mr. Pyatt has served as an elected official (councilman) for Mount Airy, Maryland, and is recognized statewide for his expertise in environmental issues, including water resources (locating new water sources) and water treatment, wastewater treatment, groundwater contamination, and air quality. He has served for over 5 years on the Carroll County, Maryland, Environmental Advisory Council (EAC), providing counsel to the county commissioners on environmental concerns. Mr. Pyatt has a BS (aerospace engineering), MS (mechanical engineering), and is a Fellow of the Academy for Excellence in Local Government at the University of Maryland.

Judge Ken Reilly conducts seminars that cover the annual RCRA training required under Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations, beginning at Part 261. He also provides the training required under Title 49, beginning at Part 172.700, and teaches the construction of a written Security Plan as required in 49 CFR 172.800. Judge Reilly is an environmental lawyer with over 44 years of experience, including continuing service as a Texas judge. He has also consulted to the U.S. Department of Energy and the Texas House of Representatives. His business experience includes the presidencies of Argyle Energy Company, an oil and gas exploration company, and the Texas Legal Foundation, a public-interest law foundation dedicated to the preservation of the free enterprise system.

Walter S. Smith, PE, DEE, is a nationally recognized expert in the field of air emission measurement methodology and has over 40 years of air pollution control and testing experience. He is the president and founder of Walter Smith & Associates in Cary, North Carolina, and is also the co-founder and editor of Stack Sampling News. He co-founded Entropy, Inc., the largest source sampling company in the country, served as Entropy’s president for 20 years, and currently sits on its board of directors. He was largely responsible for the development of the air testing methodology and equipment that EPA has codified as Methods 1 through 8 and also assisted with EPA Methods 10, 13, and 16–18, VOST, PM-10, MM5, and the F factors. He has co-authored more than 40 published papers, consulted for state agencies on developing air-resource management programs, and has trained thousands of people to perform stack sampling. Smith received a chemical engineering degree from Bucknell University and is a diplomat of the Academy of Environmental Engineering.

Norman S. Wei is the principal and founder of Environmental Management and Training, LLC, a consulting firm in Ocean Shores, Washington. He offers public and in-house seminars on environmental regulations throughout the country. He also offers consulting services to companies and litigation support to law firms. He has over 33 years of experience as an environmental manager in the manufacturing industry and as a consultant. From 1989 to 1998, he was the senior corporate environmental manager at a Fortune 500 company where he was responsible for environmental compliance programs at 15 facilities worldwide, including hazardous waste management.