Region III News

ASSE Name Change and Dues Increase announced at the Region III ROC Meeting in February

Posted: Feb 23, 2017


ASSE Region III Vice President, Steve Gray met with Chapter Leadership at the Regional Operating Committee (ROC) conference call on February 17, 2017.

Rick McCain and Steve Jablon provided updates on the 2017 Professional Development Conference (PDC) which will be held on September 11-13, 2017 at the Hurst Conference Center, 1601 Campus Drive in Hurst, Texas.  Although PDC Conference Committee have received many submissions for speakers, they are needing additional sponsors and exhibitors.  Steve asked that each Chapter bring in at least two sponsors or exhibitors to the conference to assist.  Go to to register.

Coming up on April 7-9 is the Student Leadership Conference in Edmond Oklahoma.  It’s the largest event in ASSE for students, so their planning committee would like to ask if each Chapter could donate something that would help offset the cost to students.  The planning committee anticipates the cost for local students to be $60/person or $125/person for students that may have to travel and stay in a hotel.

Big news is that ASSE is considering a name change in an effort to rebrand the Society.  This name change will also include a logo change.

Region III ROC meets at the PDC in San Antonio

Posted: Sep 23, 2016

The Region III Regional Operating Committee or ROC met at the 2016 Professional Development Conference (PDC) on Saturday, August 27, 2016.  Steve Gray, Region III RVP welcomed everyone that was present in the room and who attended by telephone conference call. There were five guests including the PDC planning committee members, Rick McCain (2017 Co Chair), Erika and Greg May of May Day Marketing, Diana Stegal, Region V VP, Kim McDowell, CoRA, Maribeth Anderson, Council on Regional affairs.

One of the goals for the meeting was Strategic Planning. The list below is some of the discussion topics:


  • Attendance
  • Quick Progression of Officers without experience
  • Different Safety Professional Groups (IH, Environmental, Construction, Transportation, etc.)
  • Downturn of Oilfield
  • Student Sections Attendance
  • Participation by sections


Best Practices

  • Social Events
  • Go to meeting Account
  • Technical Specialist
  • Officer Central-Officer Training and accountability
  • Partner with other Associations (IAHA, IRMI, ect.)
  • Temporary Sections
  • Golf Outing or other social events
  • Commitment from local Leadership
  • Effective Communications-Newsletters, phone calls and emails.


Strategic Planning

  • Membership Survey
  • Region III Newsletter
  • Chapter Monitoring Program
  • Succession Planning


Items to take away

  • Support Student Section
  • Be a more social chapter (networking events)
  • Use strategic partners (OSHA, AGC, AIHA)
  • Mentoring


At the conclusion of the meeting Jim Rainwater and Greg May discussed the last minute items for the PDC.  Steve Gray discussed the Opening Session, Chapter Night Out and social gatherings, with discussions of the golf tournament.

New items:

  • A motion was made by Denis Baker, and seconded by Steve Jablon to end the $2/member assessment fee.  The Gulf Coast Chapter will be paid back in full following the PDC since the Region is now on a better footing.
  • RVP Elections are coming up and we are needing some individuals to run against Steve Gray.
  • Chapters must complete their Chapter Operations Plan which was due on 8/15.  If you need assistance contact Steve Gray.
  • In other business, Gerry Luther requested a motion to support Jennifer Lane’s survey for her Doctoral thesis. Motion passed (detailed in the minutes).


Steve Gray concluded the meeting by thanking everyone for all of their hard work and support throughout the planning and hosting of the PDC.

The minutes were provided by Stan Gregory, CSP, and provided here: 8-27-16-roc-minutes

Highlights from the Region III PDC

Posted: Sep 06, 2016

The ASSE Region III Professional Development Conference (PDC) was held on August 28-31, 2016 in San Antonio Texas at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio.

On behalf of the Region III PDC Planning Committee, we would like to thank you for your attendance and support of Region III!

PDC Conference Committee Chair Jim Rainwater thanks Committee Members for their Participation

Posted: Sep 06, 2016

Region III Professional Development Conference (PDC) Planning Committee Chair, Jim Rainwater, CSP,  Sr. Risk Engineering Consultant with the Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.sent an email to planning committee members recently thanking each member for all of their efforts and support in making the recent Region III PDC in San Antonio a great success.  

Jim said that to have “the conference run so smoothly it takes everyone’s effort and hard work. I have greatly appreciated everyone for giving and providing your strengths, sage advice, tireless input, and great attitude towards the conference this year.”

Region III PDC Planning Committee Members:

  • Luke Albrecht
  • Dennis Downing
  • Jimmy Evans
  • Dale Goss
  • Steven Gray
  • Stan Gregory
  • Cameron Isaacs
  • Gerry Luther
  • Erika May
  • Greg May
  • Rick McCain
  • Kimberly McDowell
  • Robert Segelquist
  • Bob Scudder
  • Joel Tietjens
  • Renee Witherspoon


On behalf of Region III we would like to sincerely like to thank Jim and his leadership on the committee, as well as, all of the Planning Committee Members, Sponsors, the ASSE South Texas Chapter and the many ASSE members and volunteers that made this event a success this year.  

Welcome 2016-17 Volunteer Leaders

Posted: Aug 22, 2016