June Member of the Month: Don Johnson
Don, a former member of the VPPPA National Board of Directors, has recently retired from Phillips 66. As a thank you to him for his many years of service at work and on the National Board, we wanted to make him our first official Member of the Month! Below you can find Don's questionnaire to learn a little more about our June Member of the Month. The National Office staff wants to wish him a big congratulations on retiring and he will be very missed on the National Board!
Q & A
VPPPA: Do you have any special hobbies/interests? If so, what are they?
Don Johnson: Music is a big part of my life and I enjoy it as a constant addition to my daily routine. I have always worked out and enjoy the martial arts and any other challenges that arise to learn a new skill.
VPPPA: What is/was your position and how long have you been in the position?
DJ: I served on the Region V Board and then got on the National Board in 2014 and served as the Chairman of the Labor Management Committee as a Representative from a Union Represented Site.
VPPPA: What has been the greatest challenge in your career?
DJ: Working safely has always been the goal and accomplishing the task at hand efficiently and productively to make the employer successful. The challenge today in a global economy is to stay viable in highly a competitive environment.
VPPPA: What is your most recent accomplishment?
DJ: My most recent accomplishement would have to be retiring successfully.
VPPPA: How did you get involved in the Safety & Health world?
DJ: I started out as Chief of Security and Safety at a local trauma center and then moved to the world of refining. Also working as an EMT-A and volunteer firefighter kept me involved.
VPPPA: What makes you passionate about the VPPPA?
DJ: Seeing the success of the VPP program has been the inspiration for me. After being around the workforce for 48 years you see every "flavor of the month" safety program come and go . This one is time proven and is here to stay.
VPPPA: What has been your favorite aspect of being part of the Association?
DJ: The people are what make it what it is. Everyone brings their own talent or experience to the table along with some pretty unique personalities that keep it interesting.
VPPPA: What advice would you give to someone interested in the VPP or the VPPPA?
DJ: Attend conferences and network and blend with other folks who have seen and know the program. It will be an eye opener and encourages you in your own journey to safety excellence.