July Member of the Month: Todd Habets


Do you take safety home with you? If so, how?

Of course. The most impactful thing that I take home is the assessment of risk. When we start thinking about the risks inherent or "what could go wrong" with tasks is when we start preventing incidents rather than reacting to them.                                                                                                                                                 

What is/was your position and how long have you been in the position?

Currently, I am the HSE Director for NuStar Energy's West Region comprised of locations in California, Oregon,and Washington. I have been in this role since November of 2012. ToddPhoto                                                                                                                                                

What has been the greatest challenge in your career?

Frustration is, has been, and will probably always be my biggest challenge; however, trying to cope with that I have also found how valuable self-reflection can be. Using that, I find learning opportunites that I can use to improve. This is not to say that I don't still get frustrated, I just try not to stay there and I make sure I get something positive out of the experience.


What is your most recent accomplishment?

Someone once told me that "the shadow you cast is sometimes bigger than you think." With that in mind I would say that being nominated for this is quite the honor because it's evidence of a positive impact I've made somewhere in the past.     

What advice would you give to "Past You?"

The best advice I could give to my past self is to be patient and take the time to get as many experiences as you can. Your experiences get you where you are and past events (good or bad) help shape you. Oh, and you might not figure out what you want to be when you grow up until you're older.      

What makes you passionate about the VPPPA?

I have had the good fortune to have gotten a lot of great experiences and opportunities over the years by participating in VPPPA sponsored events like conferences, outreach events and legislative days and I'm passionate about paying it forward.                                                  

What has been your favorite aspect of the Association?

I have met so many people through VPPPA that I might not otherwise have met. The network of professionals that are involved in the organization is so vast and varied that you can always find someone to answer your question.                                                                                                                                                 

What advice would you give to someone interested in the VPP or the VPPPA?

My answer here would be similar to the last. VPP can't be done in a vacuum and the association provides resources and connects you with people that can help.