Tom brings with him 20 years of fire fighting experience where he is a command officer and delivers training to the department personnel as part of his duties. For the past 10 years, Tom has developed and oversees the Wind Turbine Technician Academy at Kalamazoo Valley Community College and delivers ENSA training to his course participants and general industry. Tom is also active in the American Wind Energy Association and is currently co-chairing the Operations and Maintenance Safety Sub-Committee. Tom is an active member of the International Technical Committee and travels to Europe where he helps develop Global work safety at heights standards. Tom enjoys delivering ENSA training to sites across the globe and meeting new people. When not on a tower somewhere, Tom enjoys taking trips on his Harley Davidson motorcycle with his wife Michelle.
Tom’s favorite place he’s trained: Northern Germany
Tom’s favorite ENSA experience: Road trip with Rob!
Rob Siegel has over 15 years of hands-on training and skills-development experience as a Work-at-Height professional. Rob got started in this industry when he experienced what can happen when working at height without proper rescue training can lead to a life-changing event. While on a job-site, Rob witnessed a friend and worker fall from a suspended platform to his death. As a result, Rob committed his personal work and life goals to providing worker safety that will bring the worker and friend home safely.
Rob has pioneered work-at-height rescue training programs and has taken this skill set to a completely new level of excellence. Being trained and certified with an ENSA certificate has peer-review value and is the standard of acceptance in the industry.
Rob has over 9000 hours on towers, has worked with every major manufacturer and maintenance contractor in wind energy, and continues to be highly sought after in the telecom and industrial markets, including water tower, tower crane, oil & gas rig evacuation and bridge repair and inspection work environments.
Rob has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Civil Engineering and Mechanics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a BS degree in Occupational Health & Safety from Southern University. His professional work experience includes working with Hy-Safe Fall Protection, Tractel Fall Protection and Airstreams.
As a pioneer in the Wind Energy market, Rob has been directly involved in theengineering, fabricating and deployment of the only four mobile towers in the country. He also has extensive engineering experience in suspended platforms and rigging work environments.
Rob Siegel has been widely published in leading Renewable Energy Magazines, has been a speaker at major industry events and continues to develop standards and skill sets to prepare the work-at-height professional for the next level of expertise.
Rob currently continues to develop and reinforce relationships in the wind power, telecom, municipality, and industrial work areas. He is head of operations, manages all business development and is the Team Leader for all ENSA team members.
Here we come! Nick Jones rejoins ENSA as Director of Training and Curriculum Development. He teams up with his long-time colleague and extreme guy Rob Siegel as of May 1st, 2013.
To sum everything up – it would be the little catch phrase we have used in the past that best suits Nick – “With Great Heights Comes Great Vision”. Work at height has been a focus of his since the early days as a child. From alpine mountaineering and big wall adventures to amazing industrial structures, Nick’s passion for heights is matched only by his passion for surrounding himself with amazing people who all share like-minded passions.
“Work should be an adventure we share, and sought after with drive and dedication.” To Nick the team is everything. “Without those amazing people with whom we interact true memories will never be attained!”
Nick has enjoyed the adventure throughout his career, from the early days with Arc’teryx to what he calls his historical pilgrimage to Troll (UK). The ability to effect change and make a difference is what makes his world happen.
“Arc’terxy was great! Just four guys, naive and unstoppable. We went to the top with no knowledge of our competition, just pure passion and belief…amazing! And Troll, managing without managers (Ricardo Semlar – thank you!). I found the British people truly inspirational. As a group we reduced management by 33% and increased productivity by over 45%. It is amazing what can be done under a team environment!”
Nick spent the longest stretch of his career at Tractel as Product Manager for the North American market for work and rescue at height. He was instrumental in establishing the Tractel Training Division and the development of Tractel’s product offering, which resulted in 11 years of work-at-height experience within the North American Market.
“The Training Division was really down to one man, Allan Guzzenic (V.P. Marketing for the Tractel Group). We shared the same vision. He started the ball rolling, and I knew the people! Troll had just been sold and a complete training division of incredible instructors was there for the asking. The rest is history.”
In 2007 Nick left Tractel to start ENSA with (yes) those incredible instructors from Troll. “Tractel had decided to close the Training Division, and for some time Shaun and Andy had been asking me to start a training company in North America. My wife said, ‘You’re not getting any younger’ – the rest is history”.
When looking back, Nick has been asked if he would change anything. “No, not really. Two Rob Siegel’s would have been nice! – no, when I look where we are now, it feels right, all the cards are in place, Mallory Safety & Supply is an accomplished group of people, and ENSA is a strong and unstoppable team!”
When you meet Steve for the first time your trust level goes up 1000 feet and you wonder if you knew him in a previous life. A true family man, Steve balances his life between his love of nature, organic farming, family and his extreme nature. Steve is a serious climber and route developer of rock, ice and man-made structures. In the past 37 years in fact, he has authored over 407 rock climbing routes.
In the beginning, Steve was like any other pioneering rock climber, he just got after it and climbed. Then one day, another climber happened upon his route and gave him a dose of reality. Either start getting serious about your safety or go home. This changed everything and from that point on, Steve’s desire to pass along his love of the sport while instilling the profound sense of personal safety to others, drove him on his continuous route to excellence and ultimately to ENSA.
When asking him about how he got involved in ENSA the answer is quick. Steve gave Rob Siegel a call late in 2008 on the advice of a fellow climber. The two connected immediately. Having never met, it took Rob only an hour to know Steve was his man and that he wanted him as an ENSA trainer right away. Three days later, Steve was on the way to ENSA boot camp in Arkansas, and began his learning adventure at Zen Bolden’s adventure ranch.
“When Rob said he was hiring me, I quit my very secure and stable job of 14 years as a production manager at an RV manufacturing plant. I was in,” says Steve.
After an easy decision to throw it all away, ENSA pulled him in and allowed Steve to apply his practical knowledge and skills in a professional environment that affected change in behaviors and has influenced thousands of employees (and counting) who work at height. “I have great pride in knowing that the skills that we provide to work-at-height workers keep people safe so they can enjoy their families and pursue their life’s passions as I do,” adds Steve.
Steve Brown is ENSA’s Senior Instructor. Steve has a personal connection to his students. Teaching, or shall we say leading, comes easy for Steve and it is evident in the quality of his graduates. They are experts in their field, dedicated to safety and valuable to their profession. Steve Brown is our example of “The Higher Way. The ENSA Way”.
One of Steve’s many talents is making things blossom and grow. Tiger Lilly’s from his family garden in La Grange, Oregon.