Keynote Speaker

Former New York City Fire Department (FDNY) Chief Richard Picciotto Announced as Keynote Speaker

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Chief Richard Picciotto is the highest ranked firefighter to survive the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. As the FDNY chief and battalion commander in Lower Manhattan on 9/11, he and his fellow firefighters selflessly rushed into the World Trade Center to rescue those inside and prevent further loss. A decorated leader, Chief Picciotto has served as a former New York City police officer, fire marshal, arson investigator and lieutenant. He is also the author of New York Times bestseller “Last Man Down: A Firefighter’s Story of Survival and Escape from the World Trade Center.”

In a moving and riveting speech, Chief Picciotto will put this historical event into perspective, providing valuable insights on how to effectively lead teams through crises and significant challenges. Through a captivating testimonial, he will recount his experiences on that day and those following, reflecting on how he applied lessons learned throughout his career as an accomplished leader to take on the most difficult tasks. His presentation will offer valuable lessons on leadership, preparation and quick decision-making that will prove applicable to challenges, large and small, for damage prevention professionals and emergency responders from across our industry. 

Chief Picciotto will kick off the 2019 Midwest Damage Prevention Training Conference with his presentation the morning of Thursday, Nov. 7.



Featured Speaker


Safety Professional David Sarkus Announced as Featured Lunch Speaker

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As the featured lunch speaker, sponsored by Vectren, a CenterPoint Energy Company, David Sarkus will deliver a content-rich speech, accompanied by humor and storytelling, inspiring conference attendees to be safer and more productive damage prevention professionals.

With a blue-collar background and years of industry experience, David can effectively relate to the experience of all damage prevention professionals, from top executives to on-site workforce. A certified safety professional, David is endorsed by some of the most respected professionals in the safety industry and has won several honors including a Best Practice Award from TRW Inc. David is also the featured author of “The Safety Coach: Unleash the 7C’s for World Class Safety Performance!” 

David’s passion for safety is contagious and motivates professionals to work towards an accident-free culture. His speech is sure to provide value that promotes improved teamwork and positive changes in the workplace. 


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