Employee Profile: Ed, Environmental Health & Safety Specialist, Clif Bar Baking Company of Twin Falls
Title: Environmental Health & Safety Specialist, Clif Bar Baking Company of Twin Falls
Hire Date: 1/1/2018
How would you describe what you do to someone who knows nothing about Clif Bar or your role?
I basically try to keep other team members from hurting themselves or others! Every day is a new adventure where I do plant safety walk-throughs, coordinate training ideas, fix or input work orders for equipment safety discrepancies, write/rewrite EH&S policies and procedures - the whole gamut of fun safety stuff!
What do you love most about working at Clif Bar?
The thing I love most about working here is the interaction I get to have on a daily basis with a bunch of great co-workers. I have been doing safety for over 28 years in a bunch of different industries and Clif Bar is by far the best company I have worked with! From the top down Clif Bar has committed the time and resources to ensure our workplace is safe. With our Aspirations and Ingredients where you can come to work and just be yourself, to connect and inspire others, especially with safety, and where being an owner is an important task for all team members.
Another exciting thing with Clif Bar is that I get to watch my son Jon who works in Sanitation grow and prosper!
What are your interests and passions outside of work?
My number one passion is my family. I enjoy doing things with them outside of work. I especially enjoy spoiling my almost 2-year-old granddaughter!
I also enjoy doing community service projects through my church. I also enjoy doing outdoor activities such as fishing and camping (haven’t had much time this year to do these!)
Oh yeah! – I enjoy playing Santa every year!
What is one of your most memorable food experiences?
My most memorable food experiences have occurred while traveling all over the Pacific during my Cal Maritime cruises and US Navy deployments. The two that distinctly pop out are the monkey burgers in Panama and fish head soup at the International Market in Singapore. The skewered BBQ chicken feet in the Philippines were also very interesting.
What has been or will be your greatest adventure?
My greatest adventure was when I was applying for Navy Flight School while I was a Surface Warfare Officer. Once I passed the written test and flight physical, I was able to schedule flights on various Navy aircraft. The most exciting was flying backseat in an F-14 Tomcat. It was a hard decision, but I decided to leave the active service and not attend flight school.
What is your United States Armed Forces Background?
I was an Army brat where we were able to travel all over, including Okinawa and Germany. When I graduated for Cal Maritime in 1984 jobs sailing merchant ships as a licensed mate were hard to come by. I decided to take a direct commission in the US Navy as an Ensign upon graduation since the Navy offered sea time towards upgrading my merchant license.
My first ship was the USS FRESNO LST-1182 where I served as the Combat Information Center Officer and the Auxiliaries Engineering Officer. My second ship was the USS FLETCHER DD-992 where I served as the Navigator/Admin Officer.
After serving 5 years active duty I met my wife Rosemary and decided to get out, but I stayed in the US Naval Reserves until 1992 where I then transferred into the Army National Guard as an Infantry Officer. In 1998 I resigned my commission after serving 14 years at the final rank of Captain (03).