Royal Willard, CSP, MPH has 12 years of experience as an environmental health and safety professional. Royal graduated from Oregon State University in 2007 with a Masters’ of Public Health in Environment, Safety, and Health. While working toward his masters, he interned with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) out of Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis, Oregon and Salem Hospital, gaining knowledge in EHS and emergency management. Fresh out of graduate school, Royal worked at Oregon OSHA conducting safety hazard assessments of Oregon OSHA employees as they performed employer site visits. In 2007, Royal joined Kiewit Infrastructure Company, Underground District as a Safety Supervisor. During this time with Kiewit, Royal worked on the Eastside Combined Sewer Overflow project in Portland, the Harlem River Tunnel project in NYC, and the Devil’s Slide Highway Tunnel in the San Francisco bay area. In 2011, Royal joined BSI EHS Services and Solutions and is currently a Senior Consultant. At BSI, Royal has performed a variety of services including owner and general contractor safety program management, industrial hygiene services, asbestos and lead services, and facilities/tool design, commissioning, and start-up. Royal is the President of the ASSP Columbia Willamette Chapter. Royal currently holds a CSP.
As current President of the Columbia Willamette Chapter I am having an amazing experience being able to learn the ins and outs of leading and growing the Chapter. As I continue to develop my skill set, I remain convinced that success is not based on my growth alone, but instead is based on providing opportunities within my chapter to develop current and up-and-coming leaders. I believe the same is true at the regional level. If I were the Region’s Vice President my main efforts would focus on three areas:
Development of Chapter Leaders – My involvement at the Chapter and Regional level has given me the knowledge to understand what it takes to effectively run an ASSP Chapter.I will help to develop current chapter leaders throughout the region at ROC meetings and chapter visitations.I will work with chapter leaders and make sure they have the right training and skill development to successfully manage chapters.
- Recruitment of Existing Members to Leadership Positions –Year-over-year chapters need existing members to step into leadership roles.This brings new ideas to the chapter, helps prevent burn out of existing leaders, and creates sustainability.Working with current chapter leaders, I will provide insight and help develop strategies that can be used to accomplish this based on my previous experiences and my current leadership role.
Succession Planning – This is a culmination of both leadership development and recruitment. Emerging leaders benefit from mentors that guide them in their progression as they mature into chapter leaders. Chapter leaders deserve the same mentorship from a regional level. I will work with the Area Director’s to use our collective knowledge to provide this mentorship to chapter leaders.