Chapter News


Jose Colon-Diaz 

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

Safety Manager

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.


Greetings Safety Professionals,

As valued members of our Society, we would like to extend our gratitude for everyone’s outstanding service for our profession this year. Fruitful growth within our Chapter has been abundant and this is a testament to your commitment to safety achievements within our great State.

We have a new State Budget for the next couple of years. This is monumental to the success of various programs that will directly or indirectly affect many employers over the next budget cycle. This is also the largest budget document in the history of our State. We are happy to share a CliffsNotes version if any clarifications are needed.

Would you like to volunteer for a role within our Chapter? We are looking for a few members to fill several roles for the 2022-2023 program year. It’s not hard and we have a wonderful supportive network within our Executive Committee. Contact us for more information.

We will be continuing to share more next month about the proposal for the house of delegates that is up for vote in early 2022. To review our ASSP governance page, click here.

Please join us for our next presentation on December 9th, 2021, at 12 p.m. EST.  Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson will address our Chapter members and discuss North Carolina worker safety. Please save the date. Click Here to register.

In closing, we hope that everyone has a very Merry Christmas and enjoys some well-deserved time away from work to enjoy fellowship with family and friends. Have a Happy New Year and we look forward to 2022.