September 2014

As chief elected officer of the Society, ASSE's president promotes the advancement of the Society and the safety profession, and represents ASSE before members, other relevant professional societies and various governmental agencies. Professional Safety shares his latest thoughts on the Society, the profession and its practice.

Read past messages in the President's Message Archive.

President's Message - July 2006

This is a great profession and organization. I believe that I can never do enough to repay what I have received from my involvement in ASSE. I want each of you to feel the same way.

2006-2007 ASSE President Donald S. Jones, Sr., MBA, PE, CSP

Delivering Value

Welcome to a new Society year. I'm excited to be taking the helm of this great organization, and I am ready for the many opportunities and hallenges that lie ahead in the next 12 months. As president, my goal is to ensure that we work as a team, practice hard, continue to be confident and follow a clear game plan-a plan focused on bringing you the resources you need to ensure that people return safely to their families each night.

Over the years, ASSE has developed into a strong, member-oriented organization. Our record-setting annual conference and exposition in Seattle proved once again that ASSE is an organization which understands and responds to its members' needs. We must keep that momentum going to realize our goals for the Society, for our members and for the profession in general.

I want each of you to value your association with the Society. To achieve this, ASSE must continue to be a leader in standards development and government affairs. We must continue to grow our professional development resources and opportunities. And we must grow our efforts to document and disseminate our professional body of knowledge. So many of our members have so much experience. We need to find ways to document those lessons learned and share them with the entire membership-whether it's through meeting and conference presentations, journal and newsletter articles, audioconferences and white papers, or similar offerings.

To stay on this path of progress, it is also important that we communicate the business case for safety. By helping members to demonstrate safety's positive impact on the bottom line, ASSE can create a greater awareness of the profession, which will cause business leaders to place greater value on what we do each day. It is up to us to show corporations that employee safety and health is a vital link in competing in today's global marketplace.

We must also strive to meet the needs of new and future SH&E practitioners. We must provide new information, training and programs structured to meet their needs. We must recruit new practitioners by ensuring that young people are aware of our profession, and we must ensure the availability of college and university programs to teach students about our profession.

This is a great profession and organization. The network of people you will meet through your involvement and their willingness to share their expertise is something you can't put a value on. I believe that I can never do enough to repay what I have received from my involvement in ASSE. I want each of you to feel the same way. I look forward to meeting and hearing from you in the coming year.

Donald S. Jones, Sr., MBA, PE, CSP