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OC ASSP President Message 2023

Dear Members of the OC ASSP,

I am honored to take on the role and responsibilities of President of the Orange County Chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals for the 2023-2024 year. I am excited about the opportunities that lie ahead.

First and foremost, I want to express my gratitude to our outgoing President and Member-At-Large, Claudia Morgado, for her leadership and guidance through the thick of the COVID-19 pandemic. Claudia, “thank you” for your dedication and countless hours of service to our chapter.

I am blessed to have an extraordinary board by my side, whose support will undoubtedly contribute to a successful year for our chapter: Carolyn Oakes, CSP, as President-Elect; Art Pedroza as Treasurer; and Jesse Vargas, CSP, as Secretary. In addition, I am privileged to have the guidance of our Elected Advisors: Teddi Penewell, CSP, CIT; Georgette Quinn; and Azza Carmona, ARM, MPH, CIH, CSP. Lastly, I want to extend my gratitude to the chapter committee members who work behind the scenes to ensure the smooth functioning of our chapter: Phil Combest, CSP; Rich Warner, CIH; Danni Acevedo, STS-C; Eric Brown, DrPH, CIH, CSP; Danny Kim, PhD; and Royce Hossler, CSP. All your passion, dedication and contributions are deeply appreciated.

As we embark on this new chapter year, I want to share with you our three primary goals, which will serve as the foundation for our work and drive our efforts in the coming months.

Goal 1: Improve Membership Experience and Value. Our members are the heart and soul of our chapter, and it is our responsibility to ensure that their experience remains fulfilling and valuable. We will focus on enhancing the membership experience by offering diverse professional development opportunities, including workshops, tours, and conferences. We will also foster networking events with other sister ASSP chapters and organizations, allowing for meaningful connections and knowledge sharing among members. Lastly, we will continue to celebrate the achievements of our members and highlight their contributions to the chapter and the safety profession.

Goal 2: Improve Visibility and Communication with Members. Effective communication is the key to a vibrant and engaged community. To that end, we will make concerted efforts to enhance our communication framework. We will leverage social media platforms, specifically LinkedIn, to keep our members informed about the latest chapter activities and important announcements.

Goal 3: Continuously Improve and Expand the Student Mentorship Program. Investing in the next generation of safety professionals is crucial to the long-term success of our chapter and the safety profession. We will strive to expand and enhance our student mentorship program. We will collaborate with other colleges to enrich the program and establish partnerships that promote opportunities.

To sum it all up, I am blessed and privileged to embark on this journey with an amazing board to improve membership experience, communication, and invest in the next generation of safety professionals. I encourage your active participation in chapter events and provide valuable insights. Thank you for your trust and support. I look forward to a productive and successful year ahead!

Brian Nguyen, MISE, CSP, AEP

President, Orange County Chapter

American Society of Safety Professionals

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