BMT Leadership Conference – Speaker Bios
Scott Geller, PhD, Virginia Tech & Safety Performance Solutions
E. Scott Geller, Ph.D. is Alumni Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, and is Director of the Center for Applied Behavior Systems in the Department of Psychology. He has authored 32 books, 43 book chapters, 38 training manuals, 203 magazine articles, and over 350 research articles addressing the development and evaluation of behavior-change interventions to improve quality of life. His extramural grant funding, totaling more than $6 million, has involved the application of behavioral science to benefit corporations, institutions, government agencies, or communities in general. He is also Senior Partner of Safety Performance Solutions, a leading-edge training and consulting firm for occupational health, safety, and sustainability.
Howard Lees, BSc, CEng, FICE, Managing Consultant, Hollin Consulting
Howard Lees set up Hollin Consulting in 2004 after a career in Civil Engineering and Project Management, latterly in a senior position with the Bechtel Corporation. Hollin is focused on delivering training and coaching in behavioral management techniques (BMT) which is a blend of behavioral science and project management skills. Howard was also a founder member of the international group, the BMT Federation which is a collection of like minded enthusiasts in the use of behavioral science to improve business and safety. BMT members collaborate on research, delivering courses and speaking at international conferences.
Travis McNeal, Consultant, Organizational Design and Change Management, Walmart
Travis McNeal joined Walmart in late 2011 as part of the Organizational Effectiveness Team. Travis provides consultation to Walmart’s leaders as they 1) implement broad organizational change, 2) redesign organizational structures, and 3) strive to build high performing teams. In addition to consulting internal clients on these efforts, Travis also serves as an instructor to build these capabilities throughout Walmart domestically and globally. Prior to joining Walmart, Travis spent eight years as an external consultant and executive coach helping leaders of Fortune 500 companies (Chevron, ExxonMobil, Cigna, PPG, Canadian National Rail, EEG) implement strategic initiatives and managing organizational change. Travis holds a Masters Degree in Behavioral Psychology, from the University of Nevada, Reno.
John Austin, PhD, Managing Consultant, Reaching Results
Dr. John Austin is an internationally recognized expert in providing behavior-based solutions to organizational challenges. He is the founder of Reaching Results, a consultancy for management, motivation, leadership, and safety. He has consulted with organizations for 20 years to improve productivity and safety in various industries including: chemical, construction, healthcare, transportation, food service, utilities, retail government, and manufacturing. He has published nearly 100 articles and chapters, delivered over 200 presentations at regional, national, and international conferences, and has published three books. John is the past Director of the Organizational Behavior Management Network, a Trustee at the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, and a leading member of the UK & USA based BMT Federation (www.bmtfed.com). John earned his BA from the University of Notre Dame and his MS and PhD from Florida State University.
Nicole Gravina, PhD, Consultant, Reaching Results
Dr. Nicole Gravina is an expert in behavioral science and using behavior-based techniques to create positive changes in organizations. She is currently a consultant with Reaching Results and has helped organizations in various industries achieve substantial improvements in safety, leadership, employee satisfaction, and engagement. Nicole has delivered over 40 presentations and workshops at national and international conferences and has published numerous research articles. She is currently the President-Elect of the OBM Network and on the Board of Advisors for the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. Nicole is also a leading member of the BMT Federation. She earned her BA, MA, and PhD from Western Michigan University and completed a research fellowship at Liberty Mutual Safety Research Institute.
Bob Cummins, Managing Consultant, Alternative Safety
Bob Cummins is a graduate of Portsmouth University and Chartered Member of IOSH. Bob is a strategic health and safety leader with over 20 years experience within the private and public construction sectors. Bob moved from construction management into Health and Safety Management in 1997 and has worked for a number of multinational companies and large projects. He is a frequent speaker at Health and Safety conferences including the BMT Federation, RoSPA and IOSH. His areas of expertise include; Safety Leadership and Coaching, Behavioral Management and Science, and Strategic and Business Safety Management.
Richard Kazbour, PhD, Consultant, Reaching Results
Dr. Richard Kazbour is passionate about teaching leaders’ strategies for engineering positive change within organizations. He is an expert in behavioral science with experience consulting in industries including food service, healthcare, manufacturing, and education. He has conducted research in areas including training, safety improvement, and employee performance, and has received numerous awards, grants, and scholarships including an award for his work with driver safety. Richard has delivered presentations at national and international conferences and taught organizational courses at Western Michigan University. Richard is also a member of the BMT Federation. He earned his BS and MS from Florida State University and his PhD from Western Michigan University.
Rachel Edwards, Consultant, Hollin Consulting
Rachel is a consultant with Hollin Consulting, the UK’s leading consultancy specializing in behavior-based training and coaching. Her work includes delivering behavior management techniques and behavior based safety courses, coaching and development of future trainers and practitioners, and assisting organizations in realizing the benefits of the training. Rachel’s focus is on using Applied Behavioral Science to align business strategy, results and performance, and develop sustainable employee led improvements.
Joanne Lees, Consultant, Hollin Consulting
Joanne has a degree in Business Studies and is a Training Consultant with Hollin Consulting specializing in teaching Behavior Based Safety and Behavior Management Techniques to a wide range of organizations. She also has experience in developing business improvements through coaching and projects and has worked extensively with Dr Ryan Olson both in the UK and US. Joanne led the ground breaking safety studies in Edinburgh City Council leading to a significant improvement in safety performance and a major safety award for the City Council. Joanne has trained and coached a significant number of internal company trainees who are now successfully improving efficiency and safety in their respective businesses. A talented cartoonist, Joanne provides all our cartoons for presentations and booklets.