EHS Conference


EHS Summit Presenters

KEYNOTE: Frederic D. Rine’s career in safety spans over forty years, and documents his outstanding work ethic, dedication to success, and entrepreneurial spirit. Fred began his career in 1971 as the Superintendent of Safety and Plant Protection with Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corporation. After seven years in the steel industry, Fred moved on to Roadway Express Corporation as the Managing Director of Safety, Health, and Fire Prevention in 1977. At that time, Roadway was the nation’s largest trucking firm, and Fred’s safety programs and policies led the company to the improved worker and vehicle safety rates. In 1981, Fred’s next career progression took him to Federal Express Corporation where he was the Managing Director of Safety, Health, and Fire Prevention. Here, Fred directed a staff of 10 managers and 100 professionals and implemented a world-class safety program. Fred took his career to the next level in 1992 when he became the Vice President of Safety and Health for the National Safety Council. In 1995, Fred used his safety expertise to become Vice President of Options and Choices, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in improving safety and health performance and controlling costs. After realizing the potential for safety and health consulting services, Fred founded FDRsafety, LLC in 1996. Fred took a simple philosophy—get employees to “want to” work safely, as opposed to the traditional standard of “having to” follow safety rules—and created a multi-million dollar safety consulting organization. Since its founding, FDRsafety, LLC has trained over 500,000 individuals in companies across the United States. Fred’s lifelong success is built upon his experience, leadership, and business insight.


Todd Grover, Global Sr. Manager – Applied Safety Solutions, Master Lock Company

Todd has over 30 years of experience as a practicing safety professional and EHS Manager as well as a business degree in Administrative Management and holds an Advanced Safety Certification through the National Safety Council. He is also an OSHA authorized instructor for both the General Industry and Construction 10 and 30-hour courses.

 Todd has worked with a wide range of industries to prepare numerous lockout policies and detailed procedures, develop company-specific compliance training, perform accident investigations and has represented dozens of employers during OSHA citation cases. He has worked with Control of Hazardous Energy-Lock out Tag out since the inception of the OSHA 1910.147 standard and is a participating member of the ANSI Z244.1 Committee on Control of Hazardous Energy, as well as a delegate to the U.S. PC283 committee contributing to the upcoming ISO 45001 Global Standard for Occupational Health and Safety.


Kevin Margolis is the Chair of the Environmental Practice Group and Firm Practice Group Leader at Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP.  He was the Chair of the Benesch Real Estate and Environmental Practice Group for more than 12 years until 2013.  He is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Benesch is a multi-practice, diverse law firm of approximately 200 lawyers with offices in Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio, Chicago, Illinois, Indianapolis, Indiana, Wilmington, Delaware, and Shanghai, China. Mr. Margolis’s practice focuses on environmental and regulatory compliance issues, environmental issues in real estate and business transactions including acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, development, real estate finance, construction, distressed property, public company issues (establishing reserves, risk management strategies, disclosure issues, etc.), and environmental insurance. A significant portion of his work involves the re-development and environmental remediation of brownfield sites across the country.  His practice also includes the defense of environmental enforcement actions, cost recovery litigation including Superfund matters, underground storage tank, mold and dry cleaner cleanups, wetland and stream fill permitting, and landfill and hazardous waste issues.




Rob Medlockwas the Area Director of the Cleveland OSHA Office for more than 19 years and was also employed by OSHA as a Compliance Safety & Health Officer and Supervisor for an additional 14 years. Mr. Medlock is recognized as an expert on Occupational Safety and Health matters and has vast experience in regulaint General Industry and the Construction Industry.  During his tenure as Area Director, Mr. Medlock was the senior government official in the Cleveland Osha Office and the responsible decision maker for over 17,000 OSHA Inspections.  During his career, he investigated or directed the investigation of more than 500 workplace fatalities.

A key component of Mr. Medlock’s role was to determine whether employers violated safety standards and their degree of responsibility in workplace compliance.  He has presided over approximately 4,750 OSHA Settlement Conferences with Employers who were cited by OSHA for violations of the OSHA Standards.  The main purpose of such conferences was to negotiate Settlement Agreements for OSHA cases involving citations to employers, assess culpability of the parties involved, and assure corrective measure were implemented tp eliminate the hazards associated with the violations.

Since retiring from OSHA with an honored career, Mr. Medlock was appointed to Vice President of SCT, Inc. and has provided senior consultation services in the safety and health arena to employers throughout Northeast Ohio and beyond. 


Ki Miles, has 26 years in the Safety and Health field and is currently employed at Zeon Chemicals in Hattiesburg MS. He has worked in both General Industry and Construction for various companies. He has earned a  BS degree in Safety & Health Admin from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is married and has 2 teenage daughters. Serves as a Deacon and teaches 2nd grade Sunday School at his church. He enjoys spending time with his family and doing landscaping at his house.



Robert D. Nicholson, Senior Electrical Designer, and Arc Flash Specialist is passionately engaged in educating companies and their employees regarding Electrical Safe Work Practices and Arc Flash Hazards. He is a noted spokesperson regarding Electrical Safe Work Practices and provides classroom instruction, awareness seminars, and written programs (as outlined by current OSHA & NFPA 70E standards and regulations) for various sizes of companies. Bob also assists employers in understanding compliance issues and how NFPA 70E is used to demonstrate compliance with adopted OSHA standards.

Bob's Certifications include Journeyman Electrician IBEW Local 8, Journeyman Electrician Toledo, Electrical Contractor Toledo, Electrical Contractor Ohio, Master Electrician Michigan, Past Electrical Code Instructor Ohio & Michigan, Arc Flash NFPA 70E OSHA 29 CFR 1910.331-335 Training, NFPA Certified Electrical Safety Compliance Professional (2014). A member of the American Society of Safety Engineers

Jennifer Sommers, Certified Professional Urine Drug Screen Collector and Trainer, Certified Breath Alcohol Tester, Certified Medical Review Officer Assistant and Certified Hair and Salvia Tester. She owns and operates Drug Testing & Consulting 24/7, LLC since 2008 and has been in the business for over 18 years. She also is a certified Respiratory FIT Tester for respirators and masks. Areas of expertise are BWC Drug-Free Safety Program and Department of Transportation Employee and Supervisor Trainer. She works in Geauga, Portage and surrounding counties and has been on the Geauga Safety Council board for 9 years, 6 years on the Board, 2 years as chairman and currently the past chair.

William Wahoff’s primary focus is health and safety law, including workers’ compensation, OSHA, Ohio VSSR, and intentional tort litigation defense. He has vigorously represented employees at several thousand administrative hearings, in numerous court cases, including jury trials, and mandamus actions.  He also has significant experience representing employers in labor negotiations and federal and state court employment litigation.  He has bargained with the UAW, Steelworkers, Glass Molders and Potterers, OEA and OAPSE.  He is an OSHA-Authorized 10 & 30 Hour General Industry Course Trainer. 

Mr. Wahoff graduated Cum Laude from Miami University in 1978 with departmental honors.  He received his J.D. With Honors from The Ohio State University in 1982, where he was Issue Planning Editor for The Ohio State Law Journal and received Moot Court and American Jurisprudence awards.  He is a member of the Defense Research Institute and RIMS, a drafter of intentional tort reform legislation, a frequent speaker at educational functions for employees, and a spokesperson for employers’ rights. He is ABA-OSH Committee Membership Liaison to the ABA-Labor & Employment Law Section. He has presented at past ABA-OSH Committee Mid-Winter meetings and for the 2008 & 2010 OSHRC Judicial Conferences. He is listed as a “Super Lawyer” under Ohio Workers’ Compensation by Thomson Reuters®. He is a charter Ohio Board-Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist and a Founding Partner forthe Firm.  

 Barbara Knecht, CHMM, is the Chief Executive Officer of HZW  Environmental Consultants.  Ms. Knecht has been with HZW since  1990 and is well versed in various state environmental regulations  as well as federal regulations.  Ms. Knecht’s areas of expertise  include the Clean Air Act (CAA), state surface water and NPDES  rules, hazardous waste and universal waste management,  wastewater and storm water regulations.  She has more than 27  years of project management and personnel supervision experience.  Ms. Knecht’s experience numerous environmental compliance audits for various industries around the country and serves as a project manager for numerous industrial clients on a “retainer” basis, supervising and monitoring each facility’s environmental compliance and regulatory report completion.  

 Brent Goetz is a Supervisor in Ohio EPA’s Office of Compliance  Assistance and Pollution Prevention.  Brent has worked at Ohio  EPA since 2008, in addition to his current position Brent has  served  as a solid waste inspector, hazardous waste inspector,  compliance  assistance district office representative and has  worked as a  project coordinator in Ohio EPA’s brownfield  remediation program  (VAP).  Prior to starting with Ohio EPA  Brent worked for four years  at an environmental consulting and  engineering firm, where he  worked on a wide variety of  environmental consulting/engineering  projects. 

 Brent attended the University of Toledo (Ohio) and received a  Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science, Ecology  focus in 2004.