Steven B. Gray, CSP, CHST, is the current Deputy Vice President of ASSP's Council on Region Affairs (CORA), Region III Vice President and senior manager, HSE for the Government Services Division of KBR based Houston, TX. Steve has global responsibility for the development, implementation and management of all programs relating to HSE. He has worked with FMC Technologies, Manhattan Construction, Dallas Cowboys, ISNetworld and CBRE over his 20-year career. He holds a B.S. in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology from Oklahoma State University.
A member of ASSP since 2001, Steve is a professional member and held Executive Committee offices within the Southwest Chapter from 2002 to 2005. He was elected Region III Vice President in 2015 and was appointed Deputy Vice President of CORA in 2018. In 2002, Steve started the Region III Student Leadership Conference. He has been a CORA member since 2015 and has served on various committees over the past 15 years. Region III recently placed first among all chapters in the Gold Chapter Challenge.
Steve’s professional accomplishments include several awards, including the Southwest Chapter Safety Professional of the Year and the Construction Practice Specialty Safety Professional of the Year, as well as the Association of General Contractors Safety Director of the Year. Steve is a trustee for the Texas Safety Foundation and served as a coach and board president for the Miracle League, a baseball association for children with special needs.
Steve is a proven leader, personally, professionally and within the community, and believes in doing his best at everything he undertakes.
If elected as your vice president of the Council on Regional Affairs, my goal will be to focus on developing valuable tools for each chapter to use to enhance the membership experience, recruit new members through our student sections and introduce our profession in local high schools.
It’s my belief that the needs of our membership are changing. Technical information is readily available and networking is becoming a lost art. Traveling to chapter meetings becomes more challenging as our daily workload increases while our time outside the office is more limited. The friendships we have made because of ASSP are often maintained between four walls but most of the time our families have only heard the names and never had the opportunity to meet. It’s important for us to gather outside the office where we can heighten the membership experience and involve our families. This could include family nights at a sporting event or even a Habitat for Humanity build. Polling the membership would give us the answers we are looking for.
In 2001, I attended my first Region III Professional Development Conference in Galveston, TX. It was at that conference after the opening session when I recognized the need for our Society to begin focusing our efforts on recruiting and developing the younger members. There were only a handful of us under the age of 30. Currently, 53% of our membership is over age 50 and unless we focus our efforts on recruiting, mentoring and developing younger members, who will lead us tomorrow? Students need to see value in the organizations they join and as your vice president of the Council on Region Affairs, our council will work diligently to provide you and your chapters the tools you will need to be successful in the years to come.