REGION VI - VICE PRESIDENT CANDIDATE
Vincent R. Miller, Jr., CSP
NECA – DC Chapter
Vincent R. Miller Jr., CSP, is Safety Director for the National Electrical Contractors Association, Washington DC Chapter and President of Miller Safety Consultants, Ltd. As a consultant for the NECA Chapter, he provides member companies with technical assistance regarding developing and maintaining Environmental, Health, and Safety programs and regulatory compliance. As owner of Miller Safety Consultants, he provides services to clients in North American in areas of electrical safety training and specialty equipment for employee protection.
Miller, a professional member since 1991, has held offices in the NOVA and National Capital Chapters. During his term as president of the NCC (2002-03), he created the NOVA section and was given the chapter SPY by NCC in that period. He represented the ASSE national at the mine training facility in Beckley, West Virginia and at Federal Government safety seminars.
As treasurer of the NOVA chapter, he provided stability in the development of the newly formed chapter and has remained as an advisor in the chapter activities as the COPS chair, past-presidents’ advisory group, and Scholarship chair. Miller was given the Chapter SPY from NOVA in 2008. He has been a delegate for the NOVA chapter for the past three years.
Miller has remained active within Region VI as a speaker at Chapter and Region PDC’s. He has supported Chapter activity fundraising and educational efforts around the region. He has provided support to fellow safety professionals in obtaining certifications through the BCSP.
ASSE faces the challenge of revitalizing the membership and increasing participation in organizational activities. Corporate restructuring and downsizing, increased job duties and family obligations have taken a toll on volunteer activities in the community and our organization.
The Chapters have experienced difficulties in staffing and maintaining officer and committee positions over the past few years because of the time commitment the chapter positions require and the mix of personal and business obligations.
I believe each Chapter, led by the Region, needs to look at a “grass roots” approach to determine the needs of the chapter members. Chapter by-laws may need to change to meet the local needs of the membership. The Chapter needs to focus on the core values of the Society through peer-to-peer communications to assist the members in their educational activities this enhancing their careers and showing value to their company.
As membership activity increases through committee and individual involvement, the chapters will grow their membership and enhance their ability to improve their pool of officer candidates. Active member involvement will allow for the sharing of duties and positions affording more flexibility for the officers to focus on their work and home while serving the membership.
ASSE national, regional and chapter positions require a core value of standards and commitments for the operation of our professional group. Communication with members is most important. We need to motivate our membership to participate on all levels within the framework of their time restraints.