Region IV Area Director - Alabama
Gary Braman, CSP, CHCM, CPEA, CSHM
Gary Braman, CSP, CHCM, CPEA, CSHM, is a system safety engineer with Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation in Huntsville, AL. He is responsible for the system safety engineering process associated with the installation of new systems or the modification of legacy systems installed on the US Army’s BLACK HAWK helicopter fleet. Mr. Braman has a Master of Aeronautical Science (MAS) Degree in Aviation/Aerospace Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) and a Master of Science (MS) Degree in Industrial Engineering Technology and Safety Management from Texas A&M University. He is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and holds certifications in hazard control management (CHCM); environmental auditing in health and safety (CPEA), and safety and health management (CSHM). Mr. Braman is a retired U.S. Army Master Aviator with over 25 years in the aviation and safety professions. While on active duty, he served six years at the United States Army Safety Center (USASC) as a U.S. Army Accident Investigator and as a Primary Instructor for the U.S. Army Aviation Safety Officer Course. He has been an Assistant Adjunct Professor for ERAU for over ten years where he instructs all graduate and undergraduate level safety courses. Mr. Braman is a Professional Member of the American Society of Safety Engineers where he has been a member since 1992 and is a past President of the Tennessee Valley Chapter. He is also very active in the International System Safety Society (ISSS), where he is the current Society President; and the United States Army Warrant Officers Association (USAWOA).
My platform is very simple – professional development and education. As a Safety Professional and Assistance University Professor, education and professional development are a passion of mine. My philosophy has also been that an educated Safety Professional begets an educated workforce which saves lives and saves your organization money. As your Area Director I will work with your chapter officers assisting them in increasing member participation in chapter meetings. I will assist chapter officers in setting up their meetings and getting guest speakers to talk about a variety of interesting and informative topics. I would like to see more members take advantage of the professional development opportunity afforded by a chapter meeting. Additionally, I will assist chapter officers in motivating their members to take advantage of the professional development opportunities offered by our Society (webinars, SeminarFest, etc.). I would also like to see an increase in the number of Certified Safety Professionals (CSPs) within our area. I will provide guidance and direction in starting study groups and assist in providing those resources needed. One of the things I’ve noticed in my own chapter is that many of our Safety Professionals do not have their college degree, a requirement to sit for both the ASP and CSP examinations. As your Area Director I will do my utmost to ensure our members are offered and participate in professional development and educational opportunities.