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Region IV: Georgia/North Florida Area 

 

Paul M. Thomas

Biography

Paul M. Thomas is the Safety Coordinator for JEA, the 8th, largest municipality in the country, in Jacksonville, Florida.  In his current position at JEA he is responsible for supporting and leading several safety functions for the 2300 employee electric, water and sewer utility.  Prior to joining JEA in 2003, he was the Area Support Manager for Zachry Construction based in San Antonio, Texas with projects primarily in the southeast.  Prior to that, he was in safety and health consulting for 10 years.  Paul has 25 years of experience in the private and public sectors and has perspective as an owner and consultant. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from Florida State University.

An ASSE member since 2000, Paul has served the North Florida chapter as Membership Chair, Vice-President, President (2003-2005), Treasurer for 7 years and currently serves as the Delegate.  He was part of the organizing team for the Regional PDC in Jacksonville several years ago, spearheaded donations to the local fire department for their Bicycle Emergency Response Team (BERT) and most recently the Northeast Florida Safety Council.  He was also the Chapter's Safety Professional of the year for 2011-2012 and has attended ASSE's leadership conference.

Platform Statement

I am sold, sold on the value of being an ASSE member and active in the Society.  Engaged members are the key to ASSE's success, in whatever form it takes for the member.  Whether it is a local chapter meeting, a PDC, or the use of Society's ever expanding resources, it all makes our profession and Chapters stronger.

As a member of ASSE and the North Florida Chapter since 2000 I have seen the value of membership over the past 15 years.  I have experienced and witnessed members being resources to others for workplace issues, the Chapter being a conduit for employers recruiting and employees searching for jobs, and the Society lending its support for legislative issues at the state level.  I have made friendships, personal and professional, within my Chapter and beyond through my participation in ASSE within Region IV. This network forged between members is one of the greatest benefits I read and hear members talk about year in and year out at the Chapter level.

The Area Director serves as an important link between Chapters and the Region.  I will work to keep Chapters informed about Society business and keep the Region current on Chapter accomplishments and needs.  As your Area Director for North Florida/South Georgia I will assist local chapters with their mission by providing support, communication and information that fosters an engaged membership and Chapter.

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