EHS & Quality Manager
McFarland Construction U.S.
Jose is an experienced safety leader, military veteran, and project manager. During his tenure, Jose has focused his attention on understanding the cost of military construction, as well as the latest techniques in practice, as a Construction Manager, Project Manager, and Superintendent. His leadership helped complete over $60M of military business located across the region for projects ranging from large, out-of-the-ground projects to small, interior upfits.
As a veteran, Jose understands the military community concept and how to develop innovative procedures and processes that best fit into project solutions – while ensuring the clients’ requirements were clearly understood – combining all the construction knowledge needed to assemble the nuts and bolts of a project from conception to completion.
Jose has a wide range of education and experience in the areas of special operations and warfare, civil affairs, power generation, and emergency management. He also has training and certifications in hazardous material handling, USACE construction management, welding, OSHA 30-hour, First-aid/CPR/AED instructor, erosion prevention and sediment control, as well as health care safety management.
Jose believes that difference can be made when we put ourselves in a position to help others.
Joshua Adams, CSP
Senior Safety Manager
Joshua is an experienced safety professional that has worked his way from entry-level laborer to a Senior Safety Manager. Originally starting out in the Gulf Coast of Louisiana, Joshua has 16 years in the grain industry, 13 in safety. He has held safety responsibilities at Consolidated Grain and Barge, Inc. (based out of Indiana with 13 locations in 4 states), Zen-Noh Grain Corporation (based in Louisiana at one export facility), and now Smithfield (based out of North Carolina with 33 locations in 8 states). After a few years into his responsibilities as a Safety Associate, he realized that safety was his passion and decided to seek accreditation. He earned his Associate Degree in Occupational Safety and Health Technology from Odessa College, his Bachelor of Applied Science in Occupation Safety and Health Technology from Eastern Kentucky University (EKU), and a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) designation through the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.
Recently, Joshua has relocated to North Carolina with Cara, his wife of 11 years, their son Greyson who turns 4 this month, and Spirit their puppy. Through their support, encouragement, and belief in him, Joshua was determined to and capable of going to school while having a family.
Although his path to safety was not direct, it was the best way for him to learn the ins and outs of the correct safety mindset. Both good and bad experiences have molded Joshua’s approach to keeping employees safe. He believes that the more empowered employees are to make decisions and think like their Safety Team, the more successful the culture will be. This is achieved through a personal approach through coaching, training, and employee engagement.
Chace Adams, CSP, CHST
Cardinal Civil Contracting, LLC
Chace is a bold safety professional with seven years of hands-on experience utilizing the OSH degree he received while attending Murray State University. He is a native of Mayfield, KY, and completed an internship with Balfour Beatty Construction during the summer of 2013. He was soon offered a full-time position with their organization and relocated after graduating in 2014.
Chace quickly worked his way up the ranks at Balfour learning various facets of the construction industry. He is passionate about building safety into an organization’s core culture and was excited to accept an opportunity with Cardinal Civil Contracting leading the safety department as the head Safety Manager.
During his time as a safety professional, Chace has become a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and Construction Health & Safety Technician (CHST). He has been fortunate to work with a multitude of mentors, who have provided unique insights into what it means to be an effective safety professional in the construction industry.
Chace’s wife, Amy, has relentlessly supported Chace in his pursuit to help others stay safe on the job throughout his career. They now have two beautiful daughters, Addy (4) and Annabell (2), and a spirited Chihuahua named Lux. They enjoy being active, spending time hiking, sightseeing, and sampling the variety of activities offered in the area. And of course, trying to keep up with all the girls’ extracurricular activities.
Chace believes that staying up to date with current safety philosophies and industry knowledge is key to being successful in this field. He attests that leveraging the skills of others helps to keep his team members safe. He enjoys helping others and believes that is critical to maintaining a circle of support and creating a network of expertise.