Brandon M. Smith, CSP, graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety, Health, and Environment. Brandon serves as the Manager of Safety, Health, and Security for the Greater Baton Rouge Industry Alliance (GBRIA), a regional trade association. He began his career in occupational safety in 2009 working for Hartt Safety Services at ExxonMobil Polyolefins. He went on to be a Loss Control Consultant for The Timbermen Fund, a worker’s compensation insurance provider and later a Safety Specialist for POOLCORP. Brandon is a Certified Safety Professional, a designated award through the Board of Certified Professionals (BCSP). He is a Past President and Executive Board Member of the Greater Baton Rouge Chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP). Brandon currently serves as the Region IV PDC chair and has served on this committee for the past 2 years.
The opportunities afforded to us, as members, of the American Society of Safety Professionals are endless. I attribute much of my personal and professional success to this organization and to the members that I have met while being active in my local chapter. This experience expanded when I became exposed to members at the state, regional, and national levels. I have been fortunate to follow behind many great leaders in my chapter who laid the groundwork for us to be successful. My goal is to use this knowledge to assist all Louisiana chapters who are striving for excellence.
Each chapter, just as in the region they serve, is unique in culture, industry makeup, and goals. I intend to aid each chapter in serving their members and their unique wants and needs from the chapter in which they call home. The term “society” is, in one way, defined as “the aggregate of people living together in a more or less ordered community.” The idea of community is important for our organization today. It is in this term where I believe we, as a state, can accomplish great things. I see no reason why Louisiana cannot or should not be leading the country in chapter excellence.
Lastly, I intend to represent all Louisiana chapters interest to the Regional Operating Committee. Our state has been excellently represented by our past area directors and our current area director. This much can be seen with the national PDC and regional PDC finding their way to New Orleans in the coming years. I hope to continue this service to the state chapters and members as the Area Director for 2019-2021.