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Transportation & Response Symposium

Speakers List


José N. Guillén

COSCO Shipping Lines

(North America) Inc.

Sr. Manager

Dangerous Goods Department

Knowledgeable, up and coming leader in a Global Hazmat transportation companies management and operational procedures. After extensive work with freight forwarders and several years with NRS Group (Interflow) he later joined COSCO SHIPPING, where he quickly raised within the ranks and in less than 5 years became the leader of its DG program across the US and Canada. He is accredited with the exponential growth of the Global Fortune 500 Company’s DG program in the US and represents them in the global research for more innovative ways to address the increasing concerns of misinformation and clarity when it comes to the sharing of DG information. In addition to his work with COSCO he is also a board member of respected industry associations like IVODGA (International Vessel Operators Dangerous Goods Association), where he amongst his peers discuss and write proposals on UN regulations affecting the industry as a whole.


Tyler Parker
Union Pacific Railroad
Hazardous Materials Manager

Tyler Parker manages hazardous materials and environmental incident prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery for the Houston area.  Tyler joined Union Pacific Railroad in2015. His education consists of numerous certification related to hazardous materials, and environmental response, including the DOD Fire Service. Tyler also has an A.S. in Emergency Management from the U.S.A.F. and a B.S. in Human Resource Development from Southwestern College. Tyler's pre-railroad experience includes three years as Environmental Technician at iSi Environmental and six years at the Kansas Air National Guard in Emergency Management. In his spare time he enjoys taking his children fishing, camping, and four-wheeling. He also spends time riding his motorcycle.


In Mr. Elkins current position as Manager of Hazardous Materials Compliance with the Bureau of Explosives' / AAR, and in his previous experience in law enforcement, having served 27 years as a Special Operations Police Officer with the Metro Nashville, Tennessee Police Department, he has seen first-hand how First Responders rush toward incidents that most others are running from. Andy strongly support programs that provide information that keep these responders, and the communities they serve, safe.

Andy Elkins

Bureau of Explosives / AAR

Manager of Hazmat Compliance


Pablo F. Nangles, MBA


Operations Director Panama

Pablo Nangles is the Operations Director of OURAY-IFSEC Panama and OURAY’s lead manager in the Latin American Market.  Pablo is a Peruvian chemical engineer with 19 years of experience in Hazmat, Safety and Emergency Response, leading multinational teams for Odfjell, Vopak, and Sandvik.  Pablo has formal training by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Netherlands, Finland, Czech Republic, Brazil, Chile and Switzerland and he holds a NEBOSH International Oil and Gas Technical Safety Certificate (UK-Singapore); Pro-board Certified by TEEX – USA among other certifications. He is Volunteer Firefighter Captain, serving his community for more than 22 years, participating in Hazmat Emergency Responses, Incident Command and Planning, and Fire Investigation, Hazmat and Safety Training.


Mr. Higgins has over 17 years of experience in hazardous materials field operations with a focus on mitigation of hazardous materials within a contracting regime. His experience includes: Incident Command and Project Management of personnel, equipment, and logistical assets for a variety of incidents including emergency response to transportation disasters (train derailments, tanker rollovers), natural disasters, chemical plant recoveries, large contaminated earth moving and in-situ remediation projects, storage tank removals, industrial site services, and large-scale hazardous waste management. Mr. Higgins’ current duties include program management of the OURAY Operations Division. 

Drew Higgins


Director of Operations


    Rick Isaacks

ChemGuard / Johnson Controls

Williams Fire & Hazard Control
Sales Manager, Municipal Foam

Rick is the Sales Manager for Johnson Controls Inc. representing Chemguard, Williams Fire and Hazard Control, and Ansul under Tyco Fire Products. Responsibilities include managing foam and foam hardware sales and distribution for municipalities in North America. Before Rick came to Chemguard in June of 2010, he was the International Training Manager for the Emergency Services Training Institute (ESTI) at the Texas A&M University System located in College Station, Texas.   33 years in the Fire Service in both Municipal and Industrial backgrounds and serves as Fire Chief for Blue Volunteer Fire Department in Texas.

Guest instructor at TEEX Industrial Annual School – 26 yrs


Mike Stillwell has worked for Huntsman Chemical Company for 46 years.  He started his career in the chemical industry at age 18, working for a contracting company in 1972. He was hired one year later to work for the company in the warehouse, loading boxcars.  Mike has worked his way up through the ranks and into leadership. He has held many positions with Huntsman from packaging and warehousing through managing a Polypropylene resin facility in Odessa, Texas.  In 2004 Mike transferred from Odessa to Houston to manage the Transportation Safety Department. In 2014 he was assigned the responsibility of the Huntsman Emergency Response Organization for the Americas. He brings a unique perspective to the world of emergency response; from being an in-plant responder, to the one creating the plan and leading the team. 


Mike Stillwell, DGSA, CDGP
Huntsman Chemical
EH&S Manager II,
Emergency Response Organization & Rail Security Coordinator



Gene Sanders


W.E. Train Consulting

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With over 25 years of extensive exposure working with Dangerous Goods in pharmaceutical, safety supplies, chemical, educational, waste, and clinical trials environments, Gene is knowledgeable in DOT (49CFR), ICAO (A.I.R. & IATA), IMO (IMDG), TDG, and ADR. Gene is one of the first three people in the world to become a Certified Dangerous Goods Trainer in five different sets of transport regulations. Gene has been on a Hazardous Materials Emergency Response team, and on a volunteer fire department. Gene has developed and conducted training programs, primarily for shippers, involving some aspect of all hazard classes and divisions, including Class 1, Division 6.2, and Class 7. With degrees in Biochemistry and in Chemistry, and a minor in Microbiology, Gene regularly teaches in depth, detailed courses in Classification, and in Infectious Substances, as well as teaching more comprehensive classes involving all aspects of DG shipping, offering, and accepting.

Bob started at CHEMTREC in April of 2011 and currently oversees the Customer Care Department, including customer service and dedicated account management teams. He has a background in IT, international research and automotive management. Bob works closely with the Operations Center to ensure that CHEMTREC service meets the high standards that our CHEMTREC’s customer care department is known for. One of Bob’s key areas of focus is quality and continual improvement. As such, he interacts with CHEMTREC’s current customers on a regular basis to learn how CHEMTREC can improve our current service offerings, identify new ways to help our customers and how to continually grow as an organization. 


Bob Havlu

Director of Customer Care




Aaron Montgomery, CHMM

President & CEO



Mr. Aaron Montgomery has been in the environmental services industry since 2001. Early in his carrier Mr. Montgomery was a technician conducting chemical neutralization, emergency response, remediation activities and industrial hygiene.  Later, Mr. Montgomery moved to a project manager role at an environmental services company where he managed emergency response incidents throughout North America. As president of OURAY, he led the company to establish the world’s first global emergency response network.  OURAY currently conducts hundreds of environmental service activities annually throughout the world. 

Mr. Montgomery maintains the Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) credential and is on the board of directors for the Dangerous Goods Advisory Council. Mr. Montgomery holds a B.S. degree in Environmental Safety from the University of Central Oklahoma. 


Craig Thomson

Associate Director Business Development
National Chemical Emergency Centre

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Craig is the director of business development within NCEC, and has spent the last five and a half years working with organisations across the world, at every stage of maturity, implement the appropriate emergency response arrangements for their business requirements. He works to ensure an understanding of our customers business aims and strategies, risk profile and customer base, before making recommendations appropriate to the business.

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