2017 Safety Professional of the Year
Ron Sparks, Director of Safety, Training & Legal Affairs and Chief of Police, Arkansas & Missouri Railroad
Safety Professional of the Year Award is given to an ASLRRA member
railroad management employee who demonstrates an
exceptional work ethic
and dedication to safety.
Gary Vaughn, ASLRRA Safety &
Training Committee Chairman, presented the 2016 Safety Professional of
the Year Award to Ron Sparks, Arkansas & Missouri Railroad (A&M)
Director of Safety, Training and Legal Affairs. Sparks not only meets
the criteria set forth for the award, but he also exemplifies the title
of safety professional. During his career with A&M, Sparks has
diligently worked to improve A&M’s safety record and its culture. He
is organized, well-spoken and determined in his efforts to keep safety
goals at the forefront of each employee’s mind.
Sparks is an
effective leader who is willing to collaborate and listen to any
concerns from his fellow managers or employees. “You have to be
passionate about safety, and then you have to have the compassion to go
along with it,” he said. “When you’re dealing with [employees] who might
have serious personal issues at home that might affect their work, you
need to be astute enough to see that they have a problem and ask, ‘What
can I do to help?’"
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