The time has come, the passing of the torch. My time to lead the chapter came sooner than I had planned, but it was a challenge that I embraced. The last 18 months have been one of the best professional experiences to date in my career. I have been surrounded by some of the best our profession has to offer and who have ensured I had the knowledge and support needed to be successful. Our chapter has a rich history spanning more than 62 years and I am honored to be a part of it. Our chapter has surpassed 450 members, we achieved back to back platinum years, and have given back to our community with very successful drives for Toys for Tots and Habitat for Humanity. We also ushered in a new beginning for our chapter and our society in the transition to the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP).
I am delighted to pass the lead of our chapter onto Jon Wallace, a consummate professional with more than 20 years in the safety profession. Jon will continue the great momentum that we have built over the past few years, and he will be successful because of the group of people, the volunteers, that he is surrounded by with our executive committee, our regional leadership, and our society representation.
For any member of the North Carolina chapter that has given thought about serving in a volunteer capacity, I urge you to come forward, you will not regret it. Our chapter is blessed to have strong leadership year after year, with decades of diverse knowledge and experience at our disposal. We have professionals that have given years of their life in service to our profession, professionals that come together to ensure the success of all. It is an amazing cast to be a part of.
As my last action, I leave you with these thoughts to consider – what does safety mean to you? Is it just a job or is it a profession? Is it just the employees at your place of business or is it the 37,000 plus members of our society and the generation to come? Is it for personal gain or is it for the betterment of our profession?
I would like to thank each person that I have worked alongside for the last 18 months, people that have made me a better person and a better professional. I have grown so much as a professional and I owe them a debt of gratitude.
Christopher S. Hinson, CIH, CSP, CHMM