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Region III, North Area - Area Director

Denis M. Baker, CSP



Denis M. Baker, CSP, John Maxwell says, "Leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less." As Denis reflected on his past leadership struggles, he realized how accurate and relevant John's quote is. Because, without influence, there is no leadership, and if there is no leadership, you can achieve nothing worthwhile. With an immense desire and passion for increasing his influence as an effective safety professional and help others do the same, Denis began teaching safety professionals how to become influential leaders. Denis has a weekly Linkedin post titled, "Insight For Influence," where he provides realistic, practical and achievable insights to increase one's influence.

Denis holds a Bachelor of Science in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology from Oklahoma State University and is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP). He is past President of the Oklahoma City Chapter, serves on the Region III ROC as ARVP of Professional Development and is a Professional Member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). Denis is an active speaker and trainer at many Chapter, Regional and National PDC’s.

Mr. Baker is a Certified Executive/Business Coach, Trainer and Keynote Speaker for the John Maxwell Group and currently, serves as the Corporate EHS Leader for ATW. He has over 28 years safety and risk management experience. Denis has extensive experience in various industries and has established himself as a leader within many companies, organizations, and associations. He is a passionate influencer committed to teaching and communicating practical and relevant influencing techniques to create more effective leaders to reduce injuries and organizational risk.

Platform Statement

It is an honor to be considered for the Region III, North Area Director position. With the support of my wife, employer, and colleagues, I believe I can assist each North Area chapter to achieve their goals and objectives.

As a long time, society professional member, I have not always been active. It wasn’t until 2011 that I realized I could only make a difference if I became active in the Chapter. I immediately began serving in the OKC Chapter in whatever capacity was available. I became Membership Chair, was elected to Vice President (President-Elect) and became President for the 2016-17 Chapter Year. As a result of the Chapter Leadership commitment and dedication, the OKC Chapter achieved PLATINUM status for the 2016-17 chapter year.

I also became an active member of the Region III ROC, serving as ARVP of Member and Chapter services and Professional Development. Simultaneously, I began speaking and supporting the student sections at the University of Central OK and Oklahoma State University and Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

As North Area Director, I desire to support and influence EACH chapter to identify their strengths and weaknesses and develop sustainable plans to lead each chapter to improve with the ultimate goal of achieving PLATNIUM Chapter.

I will assist each chapter to increase meeting attendance and member participation, work to enhance the local PDC quality and increase PDC attendance. I will support chapters in their quest for volunteer solicitation. And will provide the coaching and leadership necessary to increase the influence and leadership effectiveness. I will be an active mentor to the student sections and give them the attention necessary to become successful professionals.

I ultimately view the role of Area Director as one that understands and supports the Regional Vice President’s vision and influence the chapters to collaborate in their quest to achieve the Regions Goals and Objectives.

It is my commitment, to provide the time and effort necessary to advance each chapter and to support all members through a deep desire to further enhance the membership value by helping each chapter provide relevant networking and professional development opportunities for every Safety Professional.

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