Region VIII Area Director - Empire State
J. Brett Carruthers, CSP
J. Brett Carruthers, CSP, is responsible for the oversight and management of risk management services for clients of Wright Risk Management Company, LLC. He is also responsible for providing comprehensive Risk Control, Mitigation and Safety Management Services for municipal, private and public school subscribers. He serves as the organization’s subject matter expert on law enforcement liability issues. Brett was instrumental in developing and implementing a municipal online learning university for municipal program subscribers. He has published several articles in national and state journals, and has spoken before numerous groups on law enforcement liability, risk management, safety management, security management and violence prevention. Brett is a Professional member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and has served ASSE as an officer at the local, regional and national levels. Brett was recently inducted as a Fellow by the Los Angeles Council of Engineers and Scientist’s and received ASSE’s Charles V. Culbertson Outstanding Volunteer Service Award.
Brett was a safety and security manager for Occidental Chemical and operated his own consulting firm prior to joining WRM. Brett is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a BS degree in Safety Sciences and a minor in Human Resources Management. He has earned the Certified Safety Professional designation from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.
As safety professionals strive to meet the changing dynamic in today’s world, ASSE must adapt, cultivate and strengthen, being at the leading edge of the change cycle. ASSE must continue to foster growth via our local chapters, while exceeding the needs of current and new members. This must be done in a manner that shows the value of membership is far greater than the dues paid.
Today’s safety professionals are experiencing new challenges and technologies that are advancing at a pace unseen in the past. As our generation “grays,” we need to be in a position to embrace and meet these challenges. Attracting and actively involving these future leaders in safety is paramount. On a daily basis I work to show, by example, that a career path in safety affords job/personal satisfaction, security and can markedly impact an entities’ long-term success. Senior administrators and executives in these entities that “get it” see the value of risk management and safety as core business and cultural values. Ensuring others see it in similar fashion is a life long goal.
I see tremendous opportunity to further entrench these core values throughout New York. I currently see this being demonstrated in our Region VIII chapters and student sections. My vision and mission is to work actively, communicatively and collectively with the Empire State Area Chapter leaders to effectively plan, organize, coordinate and budget.