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Meet Our 
Safety Team

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Joe has over a decade of experience in safety and organizational reliability supporting organizations of varying sizes and industries primarily through a lead consultant and director role with large international consulting firms as well as regional firms. Joe has extensive experience in enhancing organizations’ performance through leadership development, Safety Management Systems, regulatory compliance, predictive analytics, conflict resolution, strategic & operational planning, and personnel management. Joe has supported customers through hazard recognition coaching, safety committee development, behavior-based safety implementation, support, and data analysis. Joe has a passion for assisting organizations in their pursuit of safety excellence by identifying and mitigating the most dangerous risk and hazards that lead to the severe incident and fatality potential (SIF). Joe leads by example through positive reinforcement, and positive coaching to motivate sustainable behavior change to enhance the overall organizational culture with a dedication to an inclusive safety culture. Joe is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) through the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BSCP) as well as a Certified Safety and Health Official (CSHO) through the OSHA education outreach.  

Joe Melton
Deputy Executive Director
(515) 298-1535

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Brandon began his career as a card-carrying member of the Carpenter’s Local Union #106 and worked his way through the ranks of several Iowa specialty interior contractors.  Brandon was previously employed with an ENR Top Specialty Contractor where he worked on the site of Microsoft’s large data center project in Des Moines.  This opportunity allowed him to look at construction project safety from a different perspective, all the while providing him knowledge growth of “whole-project” safety.  Brandon now helps to provide a well-rounded safety mentality to job sites and provides the CSSI team with a “field perspective” while delivering a wide array of services related to inspections, site visits, and employee education.

Brandon Black
Director of Education & Training
(515) 577-5198

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Kim has worked in heavy industry for more than thirty years, transitioning from the trades to full-time safety in 1997 as a yard safety specialist. His career continued to grow becoming a Washington State OSHA safety compliance officer and on to Safety Director for Alaska’s largest shipyard. The unique path from deck plates to the board room gives Kim a unique perspective and understanding of how safety is applied and practiced in the workplace. He knows that for a safety culture to exist and be successful requires “buy-in” from all levels of the company, a shared value in practice. His approach is not “Safety First”, but rather “Safety Always”.  He also understands that employees must embrace safety; not because they are told to – but because they believe in it.

Kim Hodne
 Director of Compliance & Inspection Services
(907) 202-6299

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Luke began his career in law enforcement in 2000, and, while in that role conducted training for over ten years in numerous assignments as a member of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in Denver, Colorado. These years of service helped him to learn and value the importance of leadership and accountability for safe operations, as well as the importance of quality and detail in professional training.  He began his second career 4 years ago in the insurance arena, risk management arena specifically in worker’s compensation and risk management.   In 2021, he began work in the State of Iowa for a large agricultural cooperative, which included roles in training, safety, and compliance.  He conducted inspections in a multitude of hazardous environments, as well as conducted safety training for all employees. While in this role, he assisted with developing safety committees, as well as several other programs prioritizing behavioral-based safety. Over time he assisted with transforming company culture in the direction of becoming safety oriented. In the future, Luke continues his professional growth with additional certifications in order to fulfill emerging instructional opportunities and to continue to build a strong partnership with MBI membership. Luke brings a passion to enhance safety at home, work, and community.

Luke Longman
 Safety Consultant
(303) 929-4542

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Chris began his career as a Park Ranger in the US Corp of Engineers Co-op program, interpreting and enforcing federal, state, and local recreational laws, regulations, and policies, while leading operations and providing a safe recreational experience. Following the Park Ranger program, he transitioned into heavy equipment operation focusing on large earth-moving equipment. During this tenure, he began his passion for training and safety. Following his heavy equipment career, he shifted into the Iowa DOT Highway and Maintenance division, performing various duties including field safety responsibilities. Since 2004, Chris has been a volunteer firefighter, first responder, and certified EMT. He assists with coordinating training activities, expanding his knowledge into high/low angle rope rescue, grain bin safety, and hazmat, among many other public safety initiatives. Chris exemplifies the entrepreneur and community-based ethics that are paramount for an effective cultural change agent.

Chris Pankow
 Safety Consultant

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Meet Cade, an alumni of Iowa State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician. He successfully completed a fruitful internship as an Environmental Health and Safety Specialist for one of the largest international consulting, inspection, and testing firms. This experience broadened Cade’s approach for a holistic EHS process. He is excited to immerse himself in mastering the skills and talents that will be essential in his development into a trusted advisor and proficient safety professional. Cade is dedicated to ensuring workplace safety, while enhancing the construction industry.

Cade Hopkins
 Field Safety Specialist
(712) 363-4985

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Payten comes with a wealth of experience in operations and people management. With a foundation in customer success, she navigates the intricacies of client relationships, ensuring satisfaction. Her expertise extends to process management and policy implementation, where she thrives in optimizing efficiency and effectiveness. Payten's passion lies in fostering organizational success, utilizing her skills to drive growth and development while maintaining focus on client needs. With a commitment to excellence, she seeks out opportunities to enhance operations and elevate client experiences.

Payten Page
 Operations Coordinator

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