Opening Session and Keynote (Room 243-245)

Thursday, April 12, 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.


Nicholas Smith is Chief Operating Officer at the National Safety Council, where he is focused on strategic planning and day-to-day operations. Prior to joining the National Safety Council, he was co-founder of a full-service, compliance consulting and auditing firm.  Mr. Smith spent the earlier part of his career in government, with nearly 10 years in various leadership roles in the United States Senate and later as Chief of Staff for the largest investigative agency within the Department of Homeland Security.

Nicholas J. Smith

Chief Operating Officer

National Safety Council

Opening Session: Safety, It's a Wonderful LIfe
This session celebrates the people responsible for the safety of others and reminds them of the profound effect they have on people’s lives. In the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life,” George Bailey gets the opportunity to see the difference he made in the lives of the people of Bedford Falls. That’s a great correlation to safety and health professionals, who never get to see the incidents and injuries they help prevent. This fun, interactive and upbeat presentation is filled with many takeaway ideas that can be implemented immediately and, most importantly, delivers the required passion every safety pro needs to make a difference. If your batteries could use a recharge, this session is for you.

Dale Lesinski

QSSP, Vice President

Dival Safety Equipment