Christopher Hicks is a seasoned professional in the EHS world and enjoying his career at Sensient Technologies Corporation. He relies on ASSE's Professional Development Conference year after year for reliable, informative and thought-provoking training to continually expand his knowledge and expertise. We spent some time talking with Christopher about his approach to networking with others in the EHS business, and his experiences at last year's Conference. Here's what he shared with us...

Tell us ONE thing you learned at last year's conference that you can take back to the office??

"My peers should attend Safety 2013 for professional growth and development, to stay abreast of pending or new regulatory compliance requirements, learn best practices in the EHS field, have access to products and services offered by vendors and/or consultants, and to network and build synergy with colleagues."

What aspect of Safety 2013 are you most looking forward to?

"I am most looking forward to attending the thought-provoking and enlightening sessions offered at Safety 2013 that provide unique alternatives for protecting employees and the environment, promoting Safety, minimizing risks, and reducing exposure from an operational, regulatory compliance and legal standpoint."


What's your best advice to a new attendee?

"Absorb the value-added EHS technical and/or regulatory information, familiarize yourself with new equipment and educational aids being exhibited, and cultivate relationships through networking; these are all pivotal to having a worthwhile experience at an outstanding conference."

If you could have coffee with one speaker at the conference, who would it be and why?

"Peter Sheahan to gain insight, based on his expertise, on creative strategies for turning a challenge into opportunity and change into competitive advantage. This would be valuable information due to ongoing changes or barrier that one could face when confronted with organizational impacts or various aspects of life and endeavors undertaken."

If another attendee recognizes you at the conference because of this post, I hope he or she...

"will introduce himself or herself and start a dialogue with me on my opinion as to why Safety 2013 is viewed as a building block for continued growth in safety. It helps foment the need for companies and organizations to recognize safety as a core value to be successful. Ask me how this conference has made significant contributions on the development of regulations for a diverse work environment during my numerous years of attending the ASSE PDC."