ASSE Honors Four Members as Fellows

Four members—Richard King, a professional member of the Colorado Chapter; George Pearson, an emeritus professional member of the Delmarva Chapter; Bill Propes, a professional member of the Southwest Chapter; and R. Ronald Sokol, a professional members of the Gulf Coast Chapter— were honored as ASSE Fellow during Safety 2015 in Dallas, TX. ASSE Fellow is the Society’s highest distinction that recognizes a lifetime of commitment to worker safety and leadership in the OSH field.

Fellow_1Richard King, CSP, CRSP, who has worked at Black & Veatch for the past 35 years developing safety and health programs for the construction industry. The programs were used in many Third-World countries to help improve working conditions for workers there. “I want to thank all of the safety professionals at Black & Veatch who made me and our program so successful,” he said.




Fellow_PearsonGeorge Pearson, CSP, ARM, who has operated his own consulting business, has applied his safety and health management expertise across a diverse set of industry sectors including integrated consumer products, chemical manufacturing, retail and telecommunications. “All the leaders with whom I interacted had a passion and a commitment to role modeling, mentorship, teaching and safety,” Pearson said. “They made it easy for me to incorporate those values into my professional DNA.”




Fellow_3Bill Propes, P.E., CSP, rose through the ranks of Texas Employers Insurance Association, capping off a 30-year career by becoming vice president of safety engineering. With each promotion, Propes improved all levels of safety engineering and industrial hygiene for the company. “It’s a cliché, but I am here standing on the shoulders of so many safety professionals who have gone before me; those who led and mentored me, to whom I unfortunately failed to say ‘thank you’ as often as I should have,” Propes said.



Fellow_SokolFor that past 25 years, R. Ronald Sokol, CSP, has been the president and CEO of Safety Council of Texas City, a 700-member group of contractors involved in training 24,000 contract workers in petrochemical safety practices and procedures. “I am greatly humbled and honored to be included with the 120 visionary leaders of the safety, health and environmental profession who have been bestowed the honor of ASSE Fellow since 1961,” Sokol said.