Region IV Area Director – Georgia/North Florida
Stephen J. Brown
Stephen J. Brown is the safety manager for Gerdau Long Steel North America’s Jacksonville Mill in Jacksonville Florida. He is responsible for the safety function for the 300 employee rebar mill. Prior to joining Gerdau, he was the senior assistant director of safety for the Hubbard Group of heavy civil contractors based in Orlando, Florida. Previously he worked for Fluor Daniel in power generation and chemical plant construction and at TransAmerican oil refinery in Norco, Louisiana. He has a total of 20 years of experience in the field and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from The Pennsylvania State University in Health Planning and Administration.
An ASSE member since 2001, Brown has served the North Florida chapter 2 years each as Membership Chair, Vice-President and President, and is currently in his 5th year as Secretary. He spearheaded the chapter’s scholarship fund process, and serves as Foundation Liaison. Brown was the Chapter’s Safety Professional of the Year for 2010-2011 and was selected as Region IV’s Safety Professional of the Year in 2011.
As a member of ASSE and the North Florida Chapter since 2001 I have seen firsthand the value of membership in both the Society and perhaps more importantly a local chapter of ASSE. Members have supported others when they have lost their jobs due to no fault of their own, and served as resources for information to solve a problem in the workplace. The Society is working to formalize the body of knowledge of our profession, provide educational opportunities for members through the PDC and other offerings and serve as a voice for the profession at the state, federal and international level.
The Area Director serves as an important link between these two distinct but equally important phases of ASSE. As your Area Director for North Florida/South Georgia I will work to assist the local chapters with their mission by providing support to each chapter in the area and to ensure that our chapter’s needs are communicated to the Society while keeping our chapters informed of Society activities. Many members never attend a PDC but may attend a local chapter meeting. My goal is to help the chapters of our area to service our members to the best of our ability.