A change coming my way! Headed to Next Era Energy

I received the offer letter and have accepted.  I’ll be in charge of safety for a division of Next Era Energy.  I have been following them for a while.  In my ethics course for my MBA program, I googled ethical companies and Next Era (and their parent company Florida Power & Light) received top marks.  It will be a nice change of pace from where I was at.  I can’t wait to get started.  I’ll update more later!!!!!!

Beautiful 427 Yenko Camaro Engine at Mecum Auction Houston 2017

427 Yenko Camaro

 

This beautiful engine was attached to a 1969 Camaro at the Mecum Auction in Houston 2017.  If I only had $100,000!!!!

I’ll probably never buy a true Yenko, but I’m ok with a fake.  The auction was fun, saw several original Mustang Shelby Cobra’s that went for $100k +.  One of them went for $250k.  Could you imagine paying that much for a car that you will rarely drive?

Time to get a J-O-B. Brant Butler HSEQ!

Ok guys, it’s time for me to get a new job.  I need all the help I can get.  HSE related, don’t care where it is as long as it’s close to good schools and the place is safe.  If it’s rotational, I would like to stay close to a 28/28.  I don’t want to be gone 9 months a year like my Africa job.

I’ve worked in the Middle East, U.S. and Africa.  I have worked on many global projects.

I have my BS in Environmental Management (with a concentration in Occupational Safety) and I just got my MBA Organizational Leadership.

I have my OHST, CES and I’m a member of the Board of Certified of Safety Professionals.  Also, I’m a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success.

I also have done numerous ISO, OSHA, PSM, SEMS audits.  Technical writing, training and competency and built entire HSE Management Systems.  I’ve done consulting with many of the larger oil and gas companies in the U.S.

I’ve managed many and few and love mentoring.

I have my resume on CareerBuilder.com / LinkedIn.com / Rigzone.com

Here are a few projects I’ve worked on: Transocean Global HSE Management System, Transocean North American (NAM) Corrective Actions post Deepwater Horizon Audit, Hess SEMS for Gulf of Mexico, ENI Asset Risk Registers & SEMS, Nalco-Champion Integrated HSE Management System (IMS), ExxonMobil Quality & HSE Plan, Noble LNG Technical College Training Program (Ruppin College)

 

SEMS II Webinar – Bureau Veritas, Wood Group

BVC_Wood Group – COS SEMS II Webinar Presentation – 21 April 2014

 

I was going through one of my flash drives and found this webinar that I co-created and delivered back in 2014.  Given the current climate for Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) I thought some people could use this today.

I don’t think this was the final copy, BV has that and I can’t find it on their website anywhere.  So, I thought I would use mine and see if it can help explain to some of those new safety guys out there a bit more about SEMS and SEMS II.

It’s really quite simple, but so many make it hard when it doesn’t need to be.  Here is the key to understanding the basics of SEMS and SEMS II.

  1. You must have a written SEMS plan
  2. It must be known by your employees (they need to know where to find it)
  3. You will be audited (both in the field and in the office)
  4. You will be held accountable against what YOUR plan states

It’s that easy.  If you say you have a way of doing things, then do it.  I’ve come across so many companies that have a written plan that state they do something this particular way, then they do it another way.  That’s when the auditors will ding you.  As your program grows, the auditors will hold you to a higher standard.

Go to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), 30 part 250 and you will find what you MUST have as a minimum in your plan.  Then, you can build from there.  I’ve built a few SEMS plans for various companies, it isn’t hard, but does require thought and top management commitment, which is sometimes hard to come by with smaller companies.

Anyway, enjoy the presentation.  If I can find my copy with my notes, I’ll include it.  If you need any help with SEMS, let me know.  I am SEMS lead-auditor trained and have been involved with this for many years.

Good Luck!

JB Smoove and Us at Rich Eisen Show

Brant, Alison and JB Smoove at Rich Eisen Show

Quick wits and great style sums up JB Smoove (@ohsnapjbsmoove) and interestingly enough, me…  Just agree and move on.

For those of you that don’t know, JB is on Curb Your Enthusiasm, with the ever funny Larry David.

We got the pleasure to listen to JB for a few hours during the Rich Eisen show while they were filming in Houston this past week for Super Bowl 51.

Go to the Rich Eisen show to see clips, he interviewed Tom Brady, Matt Ryan, and the always friendly Bill Belichick.  It was the most I have ever heard Belichick say.

By the way, JB is much taller than I thought.  I would guess right at 6ft 4in.  Check him out on Curb Your Enthusiasm and watch his interviews from press night at Super Bowl 51.  Great stuff!

“Interviewing” Rich Eisen, Super Bowl 51, Rich Eisen Show

Rich Eisen Show Super Bowl 51

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Great Day!  My wife and I went to the Rich Eisen Show in downtown Houston the other day (#REsb51).  He was extremely nice and after the show he came out and talked to everyone.  His crew was great, the guests were great.  I even got to ask him a legit question.

Growing up in the late 80’s and 90’s, if you ever watched ESPN, you got to “know” Rich, Dan Patrick, Stuart Scott, Chris Berman and many others.  In college I watched ESPN nearly every waking hour.  Once Dan and Rich left I followed them.  I watch the Dan Patrick show and Rich Eisen show without fail.  When I was working in Africa, I couldn’t watch (because our band-width was horrible), but I could listen.

So this past week, I got to see Dan Patrick, listen to Berman interact with our crowd and actually got to talk with Rich.  It was a dream come true for me.

So, what was my question to Rich?

“Which interview made him the most nervous?”  I was a bit shocked with his answer, but he went on to explain.  It was one of his music hero’s.  If you watch his show you might could guess it, Bruce Springsteen!

I asked him if he ever got nervous with sports stars and he said, nope!

I’ll post some more pics with his crew (the Chris command center), which was beyond great.  Loved it!

Anyway, it was great time and it made my day!!!!!

Gas Station!

Gas Station

I got groceries at Randall’s and was able to save $1 per gallon.  It’s been a long time since my gallons was MORE than the money!!!!

Butler Family VACA in Honduras via Carnival Breeze

Honduras

Here we are at our stop in Honduras during Christmas.  This was our favorite spot.  We even took some Christmas gifts for our guide’s children.  He took us all over the island and to his house (per our request).  I could live on the island tomorrow!

We went to a little restaurant where we were the only people there.  My wife asked how they prepared everything, and they let her go into the kitchen to help cook.  The owners little boy was glad to have some kids to play with.  We ended up staying there for several hours.

The mangroves where GREAT, so much fun!

We were the LAST ones back to the ship!