Jose A. Perez CSHM, SMS, CET, OHST, CHST, STS, A former farmworker of the California Central Valley, Mr. Perez is an Occupational Safety Professional with a proven successful track record in changing safety culture and reduction of employee incidents and injuries for over eighteen years of experience as a safety practitioner. With a background that includes Director of EHS for an Industrial employment organization, and CEO of a successful EHS Consulting Business, his experience and understanding best practices along great companies and organizations includes work in the following industries: Agriculture, Construction, Manufacturing, Mining, as well as Oil & Gas.
As a member of the Wonderful Company’s Environmental Health and Safety department, Jose serves the Wonderful business units located in the US, Mexico and the FIJI Island, by supporting our operations by ensuring regulatory compliance, developing safety programs and policies, safety operating procedures, and corporate environmental, health and safety training material. Ultimately supporting the department’s mission to protect our most valuable assets: our people and the environment in which we operate.
Jose has a sincere desire to “Give Back” to the profession and enhance community safety by demonstrating his service as a volunteer for multiple professional organizations, as well as serving in the community as an emergency disaster volunteer for the Red Cross, community outreach trainer for the California Poison Control, and as an educator for students participating in the annual Agriculture Safety Day event.
Jose is a proud father to three wonderful daughters, it is they who fuel his drive and passion.
It has been over 16 years now since I became a member of the American Society of Safety Professionals, and it has been a great journey.
I recall attending meetings for an entire year as a guest before finally committing to membership in 2014. That first year was intimidating, I remember thinking “there is no way I can ever be like these folks, full of knowledge and experience”, often questioning myself with the same question: Do I really belong here? The answer came to me once I realized that many of those around me wanted to see me succeed, when I felt part of the community of ASSP. Once I was able to see beyond my own precisions and assumptions I realized the amazing possibility in front of me, the opportunity to expand my circle of service by serving the profession, ultimately ASSP was the way to do that.
During my membership journey I’ve had the privilege to serve in different capacities to different groups, be it as Treasurer, President-Elect, President, Delegate or Common Interest Administrator. Serving and learning from leaders across our region while in attendance to several ROC meetings, paying close attention to what can be improved to allow us to better serve the members in our chapters and region. I stand before you to request your consideration for Director of our Region to once again allow me to expand my circle of service, and to provide me with the opportunity to find new ways to serve within our Region and Society.