Region VII Vice President Candidate
Fred J. Sebastian, CSP, CHSP
Fred J. Sebastian, CSP, CHSP, is vice president and director of loss prevention for Neace Lukens, Louisville, KY. He oversees the firm’s corporate Loss Prevention Department providing risk management, safety and health consultation to the firm’s clients. Fred has more than 31 years’ experience in the safety field. Prior to joining Neace Lukens, he was the manager of loss prevention for Acordia in Cincinnati, OH. He holds a B.S. in Education from
the University of Cincinnati.
An ASSE member since 1991, he has held the office of president in the Southwest Ohio Chapter. During his term as president (2007-10), the chapter received the Chapter Star Award twice. Fred’s Region VII service includes one term as deputy regional vice president (2009-10), chair of the
region’s Financial Audit Committee and webmaster.
As a master-level holder for CHSP, Fred is an authorized instructor for CHSP preparation classes and certification
exam proctor for the designation.
I never cease to be amazed at extreme diversity of the safety profession. The range of applications by industry (Construction, Manufacturing, Commercial, Transportation, Insurance…), or discipline (Fire Safety, Employee Safety, Auto Safety, Risk Management…) are vast. During my 32 years as a professional member of ASSE I have been exposed to many of the variations, but not nearly all of them. So how does a single entity provide value to every individual in such a diverse population?
I believe the Society must allow and provide for the diversity of its members. Just as all politics are local, so is the makeup of the membership groups, whether it be in the chapters or regions. The structure of the Society supports this concept. The local chapters determine the needs of the local members, and the Society provides technical and administrative support.
The basic tenets of promoting the profession, promoting safety, and bringing value to the members of the Society require it. By providing opportunities to the members to promote the profession through community outreach programs, student chapters, and scholarships the Society brings value to its members and promotes the profession.
Developing the leadership skills in the number of individuals needed to keep it local, providing the administrative support to make it efficient, and giving the direction to maintain the focus on the objectives of the Society requires a well-organized support structure at the regional level to bridge the gap from the 35,000 member level to the 50 or 100 or 200 member local level.