SOUTH FLORIDA AREA DIRECTOR– REGION IV
Barbara R. Cooksey, CSP, ARM
Loss Control Consultant
Bouchard Insurance Agency
Barbara R. Cooksey, CSP, ARM is a loss control consultant for Bouchard Insurance Agency, Clearwater, FL. She assists her commercial clients with their safety efforts by providing such services as: review of existing programs, providing safety program templates, mock OSHA and DOT inspections, employee and supervisor training on a number of topics chosen by her clients, site safety inspections. Cooksey has 33 years in the safety field. Prior to joining Bouchard five years ago, she was a loss control consultant for CIGNA and ACE/ESIS insurance carriers. She holds a BA degree from Centre College, Danville, KY in Applied Mathematics and Economics.
An ASSE member since 1979, she has held the chapter vice-president, president and delegate position for the Tampa Bay chapter. During her two terms as president, her chapter received the Shooting Star award and is nominated for a Chapter Star award for the 2009-10 year. As vice-president she chaired the Professional Development Conference committee for the local PDC.
Cooksey is also active in the Executive Women’s Golf Association having served for 3 years as the education chairperson for the Tampa Bay chapter.
I have been an ASSE member since 1979, however for the first 26 years, I rarely attended meetings and maintained my membership in order to get CSP points. When I changed jobs in 2005, my current employer would only pay my membership dues if I was active in the chapter. As I attended meetings, I met some wonderful safety professionals in the Tampa Bay area and beyond, finally learning the true benefits of being an ASSE member.
Communication between Society and members continues to be an issue. In today’s world of email overload, are all of our members reading and digesting the information provided by Society? During my tenures as a chapter officer, I read those emails and discovered little known resources. As Area Director, my role will be to be sure the chapters are aware of those resources and use them to the fullest extent.
Along with improving communication between Society, the region and the chapters, I also believe it is our responsibility to give back to our communities and to share our knowledge with community schools/organizations.Finally, I want to help chapters find a way to serve more members. With expense and travel challenges, it is time to use technology to reach members that cannot attend a traditional meeting. Our members and chapters have strong leaders and exceptional technical skills. Let’s harness those resources to make the South Florida chapters a shining example to the rest of Region IV!