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San Antonio 6th Annual
Construction Safety Summit

Embracing a Safety Culture


SEPT 15, 2022

8:30AM - 4:30PM

The Speakers


Keynote Speaker



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Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas' Keynote Session sponsored by

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Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas

You Can't Fix Your Mental Health with Duct Tape:

Why Burnout Mitigation, Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention are Priorities in Safety-Critical Industries

With humor and storytelling, Dr. Sally makes the case why mental health matters in safety-critical industries, why attention needs to be paid to risk factors and environmental drivers, and what workers can do to help themselves and help others.  Learning Objectives: To make the case for why psychological safety and mental health is a priority in safety-critical industries, especially regarding the impact of burnout through the pandemic; to consider the psychosocial hazards in your company and appreciate how these hazards contribute to distress and despair in workers; to commit to three action steps for improving wellbeing for yourself and your teams.

Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas sees issues of suicide prevention and mental health promotion from a host of perspectives: Clinical psychologist, Mental health advocate, Faculty member, Researcher, And suicide loss survivor.  She has earned an international reputation as an entrepreneur and innovator in social change. Along the way, she’s helped establish many large-scale, gap-filling mental health efforts, including Man Therapy ( and National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

She has held leadership roles with the International Association of Suicide Prevention, the American Association of Suicidology, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, United Suicide Survivors International, and the Carson J Spencer Foundation. In 2016, she was invited to speak at the White House on men’s mental health.

She has won multiple awards for her advocacy including the 2015 Farberow Award from the International Association of Suicide Prevention, the 2014 Survivor of the Year from the American Association of Suicidology, the 2014 Invisible Disabilities Association Impact Honors Award, and the 2012 Alumni Master Scholar from the University of Denver.


She received her undergraduate degree in psychology and studio art from Bowdoin College, her Masters in Nonprofit Management from Regis University and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver.

Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar

Civilian Response to an Active Shooter

Law enforcement officers and agencies are frequently requested by schools, businesses, and community members for direction and presentations on what they should do if confronted with an active shooter event. The Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) course, designed and built on the Avoid, Deny, Defend (ADD) strategy developed by ALERRT in 2004, provides strategies, guidance and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event. Topics include the history and prevalence of active shooter events, civilian response options, and medical issues.


Sheriff Javier Salazar was sworn into office on January 1, 2017 as the 34th Sheriff of Bexar County. He received his Bachelor's Degree from Wayland Baptist University and holds a Master Peace Officer License from Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.


Prior to being elected, Sheriff Salazar served with the San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) for twenty-three years. He joined SAPD at the age of 21 and worked in various capacities. Sheriff Salazar first worked as a patrolman, then in Downtown Bike Patrol, and was one of the first members of the Community Policing Unit known as the San Antonio Fear Free Environment (S.A.F.F.E.) Unit. He was promoted through the ranks of the SAPD also serving in Narcotics, the Executive Protection Detail, and in the Office of the Chief. He then became an Internal Affairs Investigator and in 2012, the Director of Communications. His last assignment with the SAPD was as Director of the Department's Integrity Unit. 

He has made community engagement one of the top priorities of his administration. In doing so Sheriff Salazar has created several programs including; Active Shooter Training, Gold Badge Business Certification, Pastors on Patrol, the Senior Fraud Program as well as the Sheriff’s Citizen Academy.


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OSHA Area Director Alex Porter

Q&A with OSHA: Let's Work Together to Change the Culture

This session will be an open discussion with the local OSHA Representatives to improve communication & gain a better understanding of OSHA's mission in the San Antonio construction industry. 


As the Area Director for the San Antonio Office, Alex leads a multi-disciplinary group composed of industrial hygienists, safety specialists, and safety engineers. They cover 17 counties, over 1.3 million employees in General Industry, Construction and Federal agencies.    Alex has over 20 years of experience in occupational safety and health.  Prior to OSHA, Alex served 22 years in the US Army retiring in 2005. 



SEPTEMBER 15, 2022


Registration & Light Breakfast

Breakfast sponsored by Ella SA Contracting


Keynote Speaker, Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas

Speaker sponsored by Sundt Construction


Informational Facilitator, Alex Porter "Q&A with OSHA"


Lunch Break - Presentation by DeWalt

Lunch sponsored by DeWalt


Educational Speaker - A.L.E.R.R.T Team


Closing Remarks & Door Prizes

All Breaks Sponsored by Alterman

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Includes up to 10 attendees, logo on registration page & website, logo on banner at event, sponsor ribbons on nametags; recognition from the podium.


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Includes up to 5 attendees, logo on  website, logo on banner at event, sponsor ribbons on nametags; recognition from the podium


Includes up to 2 attendees, logo on website, logo on banner at event, sponsor ribbons on nametags; recognition from the podium

*Free attendees MUST still register online with their name & lunch selection to be able to attend event





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Meet The Committee

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Mark Bakeman


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Ted Dunnam

ESC Safety

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Mike Grendell

Midco Sling
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Alex Porter


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Jennifer Swinney

ASA San Antonio

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In 2016, the OSHA San Antonio Area Office had an alarming increase in work-related fatalities with a total of 14 lives perishing early in the year.  It was then that Ted Dunnam, VP-Operations at ESC Safety Consultants, met with OSHA Area Director, Alex Porter, and asked what the industry safety professionals could do to stop the fatalities.  They quickly reached out to other industry leaders they knew who were passionate about safety, and the Safety Summit Committee was formed. In October of 2016, our committee established the first-ever Texas Construction Safety Summit to focus the industry on embracing a safety culture.  Every year we invite employers and safety professionals to gather under one roof to share best practices and experiences in the construction industry.  The focus is to come together as a community to learn more about embracing a safety culture in our rapidly growing city of San Antonio.  This year marks our 6th anniversary for this event, and we have planned an incredible program with special guest speakers lined up to challenge our actions, motivate our workers and inspire our leaders to continue saving lives.  We look forward to having you there!

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