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The Speakers Are Leaders in Health and Safety


Monday Morning Keynote Speaker:  Walter Maddox, Mayor

Mayor Walt MaddoxOn November 4, 2013, Walter Maddox was sworn in for his third term as Tuscaloosa’s 36th Mayor.

Mayor Maddox has been nationally recognized for his crisis management following April 27, 2011. Mayor Maddox is currently serving as a fellow with the Program on Crisis Leadership at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. In 2012, Mayor Maddox was named Municipal Leader of the Year by American City and County (the publication for state and local governments) for his strong, decisive and comforting leadership.

Mayor Maddox is a Tuscaloosa native and graduated from Central High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and master’s degree in Public Administration from UAB. While at UAB, Mayor Maddox was a four-year letter-winner on the football team.

Mayor Maddox is married to Stephanie Roberts Maddox. He has two children. His favorite hobby is running, and he has completed several marathons and half-marathons.


Wednesday Morning Keynote Speaker: Richard McElhaney

Richard McEelhaneyRichard McElhaney has been in the Health and Safety Management field for over 25 years.  He has provided safety consulting services for many companies on a global scale.  He is currently the Assistant Vice President of Safety and Risk Management for Allied Insurance Brokers based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Allied is Solutions Driven Company.  Allied is a nationwide property & casualty insurance broker focused exclusively on serving the Crane, Rental Equipment and Party Goods, Concrete Pumping, Scaffold, Wood Products, and Non-profit & Health and Human Services industries.

Mr. McElhaney received his B.S. in Occupational Safety and Health Management from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania in 1992.  He has also received his M.S. in Safety Management from West Virginia University in 2011. 

With over 25 years of diverse safety experience, Mr. McElhaney’s expertise includes an extensive knowledge in oil & gas, heavy civil construction, general industry, and MSHA.  Areas of concentration include cranes, fall protection, confined spaces, safety training, scaffolding, and global safety program development.  He is also an authorized safety trainer for OSHA, MSHA, and PEC Safeland.  Mr. McElhaney has been an active member in American Society of Safety Engineers since 1990.