Institute Advisory Council

The Hose Safety Institute Advisory Council provides important guidance, input, review and focus in support of the Institute’s goals, which include: 

  • Promote and maintain the NAHAD Hose Assembly Guidelines
  • Identify emerging issues and critical applications related to hose assemblies;
  • Serve as a forum for addressing industry issues, providing appropriate input to the NAHAD Standards Committee and ensure ongoing industry dialogue and communications; 
  • Provide educational resources and tools to Institute Members and to end-users who support hose assembly quality, safety and reliability; and,
  • Identify and engage industry organizations and related agencies involved in, or impacting, hose safety, quality and reliability.

Hose Safety Institute Advisory Council Membership is afforded to invited end-users and professionals who have particular expertise, experience in, and/or a broad range of perspectives regarding hose safety. Council members provide evaluation, review and feedback regarding the Hose Assembly Guidelines, as well as addressing key issues, emerging technologies and/or processes related to hose assembly safety, quality and reliability.

Council members are drawn from hose assembly end-users, academia, industry, standards/regulatory bodies, related associations or industry groups and government agencies. Participation on the Council is by invitation from NAHAD, with individuals selected based on one or more of the following criteria:

  • Professional expertise in industrial safety, engineering or industrial technologies
  • Commitment to hose assembly safety, quality and reliability
  • Technical skills related to industrial hose applications serving various markets
  • Key leader of a standards-setting, academic, regulatory or industry organization
Advisory Council Members:

Council Members PhotosJeffrey Andrasik – Smithers Rapra:

Jeff Andrasik joined Smithers Rapra in 2002 and has worked in the Product Testing Laboratory, Material Testing Laboratory and the Sample Preparation Area and is currently the Product Testing Supervisor and Senior Test Engineer in Akron, OH.  Jeff has worked on a variety of test programs including pressure, vibration, and temperature specifications on automotive, industrial, aerospace, nuclear, and consumer products. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Polymer Engineering from the University of Akron in 2007.

Smithers Rapra is the global leader in rubber, plastics, polymer and composites testing and consulting services focused mainly on the tire, industrial, transportation, consumer and medical industries. Smithers Rapra encompasses what was previously Smithers Rapra Technologies, established in the United Kingdom in 1919 and Smithers Scientific Services, established in the United States in 1925. 


Council Members PhotosW. Randy Daniels – Marathon Petroleum:

Randy Daniels has been with Marathon Petroleum Company LP (MPC) for 35 years, having worked in Safety dealing with the terminals and transportation for most of his career. He is currently the HES Professional & DOT Coordinator for the Terminal, Transport & Rail (TT&R) in MPC. 

Marathon Petroleum Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in refining, transporting, and marketing petroleum products primarily in the United States. The company operates six refineries in the Gulf Coast and Midwest regions of the United States, which refine crude oil and other feed stocks; and distribute refined products through barges, terminals, and trucks. It also purchases ethanol and refined products for resale. The company’s refined products include gasoline, distillates, propane, feed stocks and special products, heavy fuel oil, and asphalt. It also transports crude oil and other feed stocks to its refineries and other locations; and sells transportation fuels and convenience products in the retail market through Speedway convenience stores.


Council Members PhotosJo Marie Diamond - East County Economic Development Council:

Jo Marie Diamond is President and CEO of a full-service economic development organization serving primary industry in San Diego’s eastern sub-region, including statewide and national projects that support their core mission. She oversees ECEDC’s flagship project, the Network that she shepherded from concept formation through current U.S. expansion. Ms. Diamond serves as Program Manager for ECEDC’s DLA-sponsored Connectory R&D projects and has managed the government agency contacts, company outreach, as well as the technical team developing enhancements to the Connectory database, web application, and search algorithms to address more effectively Defense acquisition and procurement requirements.  She leads the current pilot project investigating the development of a DLA market intelligence capability to align solicitations more closely to the natural way industry does business.

Ms. Diamond has 30 years of experience in providing technology and industry forecasting, industry research and analysis, and program planning/management to companies, local and federal government agencies, and to non-profit organizations. Prior to joining the ECEDC, Ms. Diamond was principal with Business Change Catalysts (BC2), a technology assessment and systems analysis consulting firm.


Council Members PhotosRoger Gautreau - Marathon Petroleum Company

Roger Gautreau has been the Safety Supervisor at Marathon Petroleum Company’s Garyville, Louisiana Refinery since 1992. Prior to that he served as a Safety Engineer in the Refinery’s Safety Department for six years. Roger has a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology – Occupational Health and Safety from Louisiana State University. He has been responsible for managing the refinery’s safety and health program and more specifically the Refinery’s involvement in OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program. He has served as a Special Government Employee (SGE) with OSHA since 1995 and has participated in several VPP site evaluations and mentoring activities.

 Marathon Petroleum Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in refining, transporting, and marketing petroleum products primarily in the United States. The company operates six refineries in the Gulf Coast and Midwest regions of the United States, which refine crude oil and other feed stocks; and distribute refined products through barges, terminals, and trucks. It also purchases ethanol and refined products for resale.


Council Members PhotosSteven L. Niswander - Groendyke Transport, Inc:

Steven L. Niswander has been with Groendyke Transport, Inc. for over 33 years and is currently the Vice President of Safety Policy & Regulatory Relations.  He is active in the ATA Safety Management Council, serving on six of its committees and currently serves as the Chairman of the ATA HazMat Subcommittee. For the past 26 years he has been a member of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and its HazMat Committee. He was named ATA’s National Safety Director Award recipient in 2006; NTTC’s Safety Professional of the Year in 1990, 1991, 1999, and 2000; and twice as OTA’s Safety Professional of the Year in 1989 and 2009. He was recently appointed by the Governor of Oklahoma to serve on the Oklahoma Hazardous Materials and Emergency Response Council for 2 years.

Groendyke Transport was founded almost 80 years ago and currently has 31 terminals in 11 different states, with over 1300 employees; over 900 of which are CDL Tanker drivers.  Groendyke has over 1000 tractors and some 1800 trailers in the fleet and delivers over 425,000 loads annually, driving over 72,000,000 miles.  The commodities hauled are almost evenly divided between Chemicals, hard to handle Hazardous Materials, and Petroleum, Hazardous and Non-Hazardous products.


Council Members PhotosJeff Rosser - Barrick Goldstrike Mines Inc:

As Superintendent of Operations and Industrial Health in the Safety and Health Division of Barrick Goldstrike Mines Inc., Jeff Rosser is responsible for leading his portion of the site safety and health team department in implementing and sustaining the corporate safety and health management system.  This includes working with stakeholders at all levels to encourage safe work behaviors and ensure healthy work environments. He previously served as Superintendent – Open Pit Mine Maintenance, where he was responsible for leading his department to provide reliable equipment to meet the direct and indirect demands of a 140 million ton per year mining operation.  In total, Jeff has worked in the Open Pit Division of Barrick Goldstrike for more than 22 years. 

Barrick Gold Corporation is the world’s largest gold producer, with a portfolio of 26 operating mines, advanced exploration properties, and development projects located across five continents.  Barrick employs more than 25,000 people around the world.  In 2011, Barrick produced 7.7 million ounces of gold and 451 million pounds of copper. The Barrick Goldstrike location is the largest operating gold mine in North America.


Council Members PhotosJames Dean Vogel, P.E. - The BioProcess Institute:

The BioProcess Institute works with companies worldwide, offering a diverse portfolio of services ranging from consulting to testing to training and development. The Institute's broad client list ranges from Fortune 500 companies to start-up manufacturers and their suppliers in the biopharmaceutical, pharmaceutical, food, and cosmetics industries. Its mission is to effectively address the high priority needs of growing and evolving biologics manufacturers. 

As the firm’s Founder and Director, Mr. Vogel, a licensed professional engineer in NJ, has more than 25 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical, food and cosmetic industries. His consulting expertise lies in all areas of the business: engineering, management, and cGMP regulatory. He has worked as a Director, Project Manager, and Engineer with Amgen, GlaxoSmithKline, ImClone, Sanofi-Pasteur, Lipton and Avon and is an Adjunct Professor at Stevens Institute of Technology and is a leader of programs at the University of Rhode Island. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) BioProcess Equipment (BPE) Standard Committee, Chairman of the ASME BPE Sealing Components Subcommittee, a member of the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE) Disposables Community of Practice Steering Committee, and the chairman of the BPSA’s End-User Subcommittee.


Council Members PhotosFred Whitford - Purdue Cooperative Extension Service

Fred Whitford is the coordinator of Purdue Pesticide Programs of the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service. He received a B. S. in wildlife management from Louisiana Tech University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in entomology from Iowa State University. He has authored more than 250 research, extension, and regulatory publications, and has delivered over 4000 presentations to a wide array of audiences. He has written four books: The Queen of American Agriculture: a biography of Virginia Claypool Meredith, published in 2008 by Purdue University Press; The Grand Old Man of Purdue University and Indiana Agriculture: a biography of William Carroll Latta, published in 2005 by Purdue University Press; The Complete Book on Pesticide Management: Science, Regulation, Stewardship, and Communication, published in 2002 by Wiley & Sons; and, The Complete Federal and State Compliance Guide for Hoosier Businesses, published in 2001 by Purdue University Press. 

Dr. Whitford’s prior professional activities include lab and field research, extension outreach, regulatory work, and commercial pesticide application.


Council Members PhotosTitus J. Jumper – the United Distribution Group - GHX Industrial:

As Business Development Manager for GHX Industrial, Mr. Jumper is responsible for the developing new business opportunities with major accounts, and working with the company’s sales department, consisting of Regional Sales Directors, Inside Sales, and Customer Service staff to drive the business.  He came to GHX Industrial from Campbell Fittings with experience in sales and accounting in a variety of different roles and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from West Chester University. Mr. Jumper also serves on the Hose Safety Institute Advisory Council.

The United Distribution Group - GHX Industrial, is a value-add distributor and fabricator of industrial gaskets and hoses, with 39 locations throughout North America.


Council Members PhotosJames J. Reilly – GHX, Inc:

Jim Reilly serves as Regional Manager for GHX Industrial, LLC, a value-added distributor and fabricator of industrial gaskets and hoses, with 39 locations throughout North America. GHX provides solutions to static sealing and fluid transfer with top quality fabrication capabilities and programs tailored to help customers reduce downtime and increase throughput.

Mr. Reilly is a member of the NAHAD Board of Directors and has played a very active role in the development of the NAHAD Hose Assembly Guidelines and in the formation of the Hose Safety Institute. He also serves on the Hose Safety Institute Advisory Council.


Ken WyattKen Wyatt - Tennessee Valley Authority

Ken Wyatt has been in the Equipment Maintenance Field for over 30 years, spending 10 years with Caterpillar and 21 years with TVA where he currently serves as Senior Manager of Compliance, Methods and Processes for the Equipment Support Services (ESS) group. He oversees business planning, procedure development, the corrective action program, crane inspections, heavy equipment certifications, environmental and safety protocol, as well as annual employee training.

Established in 1933 by the United States Congress, Tennessee Valley Authority is the nation’s largest public power provider and a wholly owned federal corporation of the United States. TVA’s ESS group manages and maintains an average fleet size of 4,000 utility and construction equipment pieces ranging from small forklifts up to 1,000 ton Cranes, serving the entire Tennessee Valley including parts of Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, North Carolina, Kentucky, and Virginia.  

Rick PitmanRick Pitman - PSC Industrial Services

Rick Pitman is the current Environmental, Health, Safety and Transportation Director for PSC Industrial Services.  Rick entered the Industrial Cleaning business in 1995 and is an active participant in Client and Contractor Associations dedicated to Continuous Safety Program Improvement.

PSC is a leading national provider of Industrial Cleaning and Environmental Services.  PSC provides Hydroblasting, Vacuum, Tank Cleaning, Chemical Cleaning and Remediation Services to PetroChemical, Refinery, Utilities, and Upstream Oil and Gas Industries in the United States. The company employs over 4,000 personnel in 100 locations.  

Advisory Council Composition
  • End-users of hose assemblies
  • Related associations and/or industry groups
  • Government agencies
  • Academia
  • Standards / Regulatory bodies
  • Industry companies
  • Industry expertise
  • Technical background
  • Passion for safety
  • Experience in or broad perspective of hose assembly applications
  • Ability to address key issues, emerging technologies and/or processes related to hose assembly safety, quality and reliability
  • Participate in Council meetings / conference calls as scheduled (Note: for face to face meetings, costs of hotel and group meals are borne by NAHAD; air and travel expenses are borne by each Council member)
  • Offer suggestions, ideas, comment on topics that come before the Council or as requested by the NAHAD Standards Committee
  • Solicit input/feedback from their organizations on selected topics as needed
Term:           1 year, renewable annually
Council Member Benefits:
  • Complimentary registration for NAHAD’s Annual Convention, held each spring
  • Name & company/firm listed on NAHAD’s Hose Safety Institute website
  • An active voice in support of hose assembly safety, quality & reliability
  • Establish hose assembly ‘best practices’ to address specific applications. Share expertise with other leaders about specific hose application & processes
  • Craft future Guidelines & updates that will benefit the industry
  • Enjoy a meaningful connection to the top hose & fittings manufacturers and distributors worldwide
 Information sought from the Council:
  • How hose assemblies are currently being used in their markets
  • Industry regulations end-users are currently working with and/or expecting
  • Trends in both hose assembly usage and regulatory issues; expected changes
  • What’s important to end-users when it comes to hose assemblies
  • What updates to the Guidelines or processes are important to customers and regulatory bodies

Council members agree, in writing, to abide by these NAHAD Confidentiality and Conflict of Interest policies.

Advisory Council Applications may be submitted at any time for the review and consideration of the Standards Committee.

NAHAD’s Standards Committee will oversee and coordinate activities of the Advisory Council in conjunction with the various Standards Committee sub-committees and hose group technical teams.The Vice-Chair of the NAHAD Standards Committee serves as the Chair of the Advisory Council.  The NAHAD Standards Program Director serves as the Staff Director of the Hose Safety Institute and the Advisory Council.

For more information about the Advisory Council contact Joanna Truitt or Molly Mullins at 1-800-624-2227 or 1-410-940-6350. 

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