Movers & Shakers

Movers & Shakers

California: James D. Hoffman of Reliance Steel & Aluminum Honored by NSC

Los Angeles, California – The National Safety Council has named James D. Hoffman, president and CEO of Los Angeles’ Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co., as one of its “CEOs Who Get It.” The awards recognize business leaders who demonstrate commitment to safety and health on and off the job. NSC says Hoffman includes safety data alongside financial results and other measurable goals at leadership meetings, personally contacts employees when the perform safe acts to recognize them, and focuses on identifying and replicating leading indicators to build safety culture at all of the company’s more-than 300 locations. Reliance Steel is the largest metals service center firm in North America, employing more than 15,000 workers. NSC recognized nine CEOs in this year’s awards. Source: Cal-OSHA Reporter


Georgia: Littler Appoints Dane Steffenson as Special Counsel in Atlanta

Atlanta, Georgia – Littler, the employment and labor law practice representing management, has added Dane Steffenson as Special Counsel in its Atlanta office where he will focus on Employee Retirement Income Security Act, wage-hour and OSHA litigation. For more than 17 years, Steffenson was a Senior Trial Attorney at the U.S. Department of Labor, representing its various enforcement agencies in the Atlanta Solicitor’s Office. In this role, he received the DOL’s top national award for litigation excellence and served as lead counsel on hundreds of employment law cases, including more than 25 trials and several mediations that involved complex matters under ERISA, Fair Labor Standards Act, OSHA, Service Contract Act, H1-B and various whistleblower statutes. He advised top officials and local managers at the Department’s enforcement agencies on local and national policies and procedures, investigation and pre-litigation issues, and enforcement, litigation and settlement strategies. Steffenson also has extensive experience in all aspects of case preparation, such as developing and executing litigation strategy; drafting effective discovery documents, motions, and briefs; and negotiating settlements. Source: HR Technologist/Littler Mendelson P.C.


Illinois: Rock River Water Reclamation District Announces Hire, Promotion

Rockford, Illinois – The Rock River Water Reclamation District recently announced the hire of Kwame Calvin as the district risk manager and the promotion of Ben Christiansen to survey and field operations manager. Calvin has worked for the city of Rockford for 11 years as assistant superintendent in the Public Works Street Division with a focus on transportation and facilities management, street operations and safety training. Prior to working for the city, he worked as an operations manager at the UPS facility in Rockford. He has several lean training, process improvement, six-sigma, safety and Occupational Safety and Health Administration certifications. Christiansen has worked in the RRWRD Engineering Department as an engineering technologist/surveyor since 2017. He has worked for McClure Engineering Associates and Arc Design Resources Inc. and for R.H. Batterman Co. Inc. in Beloit, Wisconsin, Eastern States Engineering in Arlington Heights, Illinois and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Michigan. Source: Rockford Register Star


Tennessee: Cleveland Utilities’ Tim Henderson Honored for Public Service

Cleveland, Tennessee – Tim Henderson, president and CEO of Cleveland Utilities, received the Robert W. Varnell Jr. Leadership Award during the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce’s 94th Annual Meeting last month. Henderson started his career with Department of Labor, working with both Fed-OSHA and Tennessee OSHA, where he spent eight years as director of safety compliance. In 1993, Henderson joined Cleveland Utilities, where he guided all aspects of safety, health and security, Conn said. In 2012, he was promoted to vice president, and in 2016 was promoted to senior vice president, and later was named president and CEO. He has served on, or continues to serve, on a number of local boards such as Junior Achievement of the Ocoee Region, Tennova Healthcare-Cleveland, the Cleveland Municipal Planning Commission, United Way of the Ocoee Region, the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce and the Cleveland Shade Tree Board. Additionally, Conn said Henderson was a member of the Economic Development Council and the Industrial Development Board and actively serves on several professional associations that include the Tennessee Valley Public Power Association, the Southeastern Industrial Development Association and the Southeast District Power Distributors Association. Source: Cleveland Daily Banner/Cleveland Utilities