REGION IV – MISSISSIPPI/ALABAMA AREA DIRECTOR CANDIDATE
R. Steven Willis, CSP
S&H Compliance Coordinator
Alabama Power Company
R. Steven (Steve) Willis, CSP, is the Safety and Health Compliance Coordinator for Alabama Power Company in Birmingham, Alabama. In this position he provides technical support to a staff of 20 corporate safety professionals and 14 safety people with the business units. He provides interpretations of OSHA and NFPA standards as they apply to the company’s operations. He also provides interpretations of other safety related standards as well as the company’s own safety rules and policies. In this position he develops and presents S&H compliance training. He also administers the S&H website.
Prior to joining Alabama Power in 1983, he spent twelve years as a safety consultant within the insurance industry starting with Liberty Mutual Insurance and then joining a local insurance broker. He is a 1971 graduate of Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama with a BS in Industrial Engineering.
Willis is a professional member of ASSE and has been a member of the Society for 33 years. He has served the Alabama Chapter as both secretary and president (two terms). He was also the chapter’s assembly delegate for 14 years. Willis is currently in his first term as the Area Director for Alabama and Mississippi. He has twice received the SPY from the Alabama Chapter.
He is a member of ASTM’s F18 committee on electrical protective equipment and a member of the NFPA. He has served on various committees of the local chapter of the NSC and has been active with a local Boy Scout troop.
In a tight economy, each of us and the companies that employ us must make decisions on the best utilization of our resources both financial and time. The challenge facing ASSE is to be perceived as providing added value. How does ASSE create a climate where membership is recognized as being a good use of limited resources? The answer lies in maintaining a strong network of local chapters.
The local chapter provides the most direct link for most of the members to get involved with ASSE. The Society has and continues to develop tools for the local chapters to use to fulfill the Society’s mission and provide value to the member. The role of the Area Director is to help each chapter be successful for the benefit of the members. As the Area Director for Alabama and Mississippi, I will be a resource to the local chapters in Alabama and Mississippi, I will share information and best practices with the chapter officers, I will provide a link between the local chapters, the region and the Society to keep the membership informed and ensure your concerns are known, and ensure each chapter has the tools they need to serve their membership for the continued growth of the chapters and the Society.
Working together we can help ASSE continue to build on its successes in providing leadership in the safety profession and professional development opportunities for its members.