2018 Convention Speakers
Share |

2018 NAXSA Convention


Jasper Calcara

Jasper Calcara

Jasper Calcara, PE has been designing site-specific shoring solutions, developing new shoring equipment, and certifying tabulated data for over 17 years. His relationship and experience working for underground contractors, rental firms, and manufacturers throughout the United States and Canada has provided him with a unique insight on the industry and the roles each party plays. In addition to traveling the country training general contractors on shoring solutions, he’s been outspoken on the need for the industry to advance with the changing times through developing new techniques while protecting the established practices which are the foundation of this great industry.

Steve Hanley

Steve Hanley

After 20 years as an estimator and project manager in industrial contracting, Steve’s introduction in the Trench shoring industry began in 1998 as the Houston Branch Manager for The Plank Co. With the acquisition of The Plank Co. by NES and subsequently NES’ acquisition by United Rentals, Steve worked with UR Trench Safety as a District Manager. In 2011, Steve opened a new branch for Efficiency Shoring in Houston which was then later acquired by Trench Plate Rentals in 2015.  In 2017, Steve joined Vestek Manufacturing in Houston where he currently serves as General Manager. 

Steve has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Technology from the University of Houston and an MBA from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio.

Dean A. McKenzie, Director, Directorate of Construction, OSHA

Keynote Presentation
OSHA Activities Update and Discussion of OSHA’s Trenching Initiative
Thursday, May 10 - 9:00-9:45 am

With more than 40 years of experience in the field of construction, McKenzie has an exceptional understanding of the safety and health issues facing the industry. He started out in the steel mills of Gary, Ind., as a journeyman millwright in the mid-1970s. McKenzie worked in construction, particularly industrial, in Indiana, Florida, Colorado and the Caribbean. He has been a licensed general contractor, business owner, and project and operations manager.

In his nine years with OSHA, he has accomplished many things, including addressing fatalities in the communication tower industry, building a strong relationship with the Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health, and taking a lead role in the Stand Down to Prevent Falls in Construction campaign.

Brian Shul

Keynote Presentation
SR-71 Blackbird Pilot, author of Sled Driver: Flying the World’s Fastest Jet
Thursday, May 10 - 3:00-4:00 pm

Brian Shul Keynote speaker

Brian graduated from East Carolina University in 1970 with a degree in History and Anthropology. He went on to become an Air Force fighter pilot for the next twenty years. During the Viet Nam War he flew 212 missions before his aircraft was shot down. Forced to ride his plane into the jungle, he was severely burned in the ensuing crash, and given up for dead. Eventually rescued, Brian endured one year in military hospitals where he underwent 15 surgical procedures and was told he would never fly again.

After much physical therapy, Brian miraculously returned to active duty flying fighter jet aircraft. He became an airshow demonstration pilot, was selected for the first A-10 squadron, and instructed at the Air Force’s TopGun School. He culminated his Air Force career by flying our nation’s Top Secret spy plane, the SR-71 Blackbird, the fastest aircraft ever built. Brian flew covert missions in the Blackbird for 4 years and was the pilot who provided President Reagan with detailed photos of Libyan terrorist camps in 1986.

Retiring from the Air Force in1990, Brian pursued his writing and photography interests. He was the first pilot to write a book about flying the Blackbird, completely illustrated with his own photography. This book won Aviation Book of the Year honors and is today the single most popular book on that plane worldwide.

Brian’s remarkable comeback story has inspired audiences nationwide as he is in high demand as a keynote speaker. Brian is a Spirit of Freedom Award winner, a Paul Harris Fellow, and in 2011 was inducted into the Air Force Legends Hall of Fame. He is a sponsor of the Wounded Warrior program and owns Gallery One in California where his nationally acclaimed nature photography is on display.

Steven Tusa, ARM, CSP – President | Sr. Advisor

Steven Tusa

Steve is the President of Risk Management Advisors, providing the vision and leadership for a team of highly skilled Risk, Safety, Claim, Human Resources, IT & Cyber Risk professionals who significantly improve our clients' performance, EBITDA, and business valuation. He formerly served as a Risk Manager publicly and privately owned firms, as well as a Risk Management Leader of premier national insurance carriers.

Steve specializes in strategic cultural improvement by engaging all levels of your organization to design systems that focus on critical behaviors, shaping good habits, through vital supporting activities, positive feedback and effective coaching. He has partnered with DOT law enforcement, is well versed in Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA), and the implementation of highly effective Fleet Safety Management programs. Through the effective use of technology and accountability systems, good driving habits are formed, driver distractions and preventable collisions are reduced by 70% or more. Steve is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and an Associate in Risk Management (ARM). In his downtime, Steve enjoys traveling, sports while spending time with his wife and two children.

Wendell Wood, Senior Trainer for National Trench Safety

Keynote Presentation
We Have Only Just Begun: Past, Present, and Future
Friday, May 11 - 9:00-10:00 am

Wendell Wood Keynote speaker

Widely known, Wendell Wood has just completed his 40th year in the industry, beginning as a field representative for Laser Products in South Carolina and then nearly 25 years with Griswold Machine and Engineering (GME) as Construction Products manager. His experience includes active participation with Efficiency Productions Inc., Pacific Shoring, and SBH North America.

He has been instrumental in working with many of the distributors who are current members of NAXSA and a host of other distributors. Besides experience in field applications, he has also been involved manufacturing and marketing, engineering design work for several new product innovations, association work, including Co-Chairman of the Safety Committee for NUCA for a number of years, first president of the TSSA, VP of ANSI subcommittee on Excavation Safety A10 group, training compliance officer at state and federal training centers, and a participant in the development of the current Subpart P Excavation.