2017 Safety Professional of the Year

Ron Sparks, Director of Safety, Training & Legal Affairs and Chief of Police, Arkansas & Missouri Railroad

The Safety Professional of the Year Award is given to an ASLRRA member railroad management employee who demonstrates an
exceptional work ethic and dedication to safety. 

Gary Vaughn, ASLRRA Safety & Training Committee Chairman, presented the 2016 Safety Professional of the Year Award to Ron Sparks, Arkansas & Missouri Railroad (A&M) Director of Safety, Training and Legal Affairs. Sparks not only meets the criteria set forth for the award, but he also exemplifies the title of safety professional. During his career with A&M, Sparks has diligently worked to improve A&M’s safety record and its culture. He is organized, well-spoken and determined in his efforts to keep safety goals at the forefront of each employee’s mind.

Sparks is an effective leader who is willing to collaborate and listen to any concerns from his fellow managers or employees. “You have to be passionate about safety, and then you have to have the compassion to go along with it,” he said. “When you’re dealing with [employees] who might have serious personal issues at home that might affect their work, you need to be astute enough to see that they have a problem and ask, ‘What can I do to help?’"

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