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New Release Will Transform Businesses Through Safety Culture

Houston, TX – Business leaders looking to improve their bottom line who are interested in innovative and practical new ideas should look no further than Leading People Safely: How to Win on the Business Battlefield by business and safety experts James T. Schultz and Brian L. Fielkow. An exemplary safety culture holds the key to a more competitive and advantaged business. Authors Schultz and Fielkow outline the necessary steps to shaping a positive safety culture while detailing the significance of quality safety leadership.

An increase in company revenue starts with an investment in safety, no matter what the industry. Leading People Safely emphasizes the importance of the four essential principles for effective safety leadership; valuing employees, having a purposeful approach, bringing forth enthusiasm, and ensuring this strategy is headed by leadership. An investment in safety is an investment in a behavior based culture – one that is certain to successfully revolutionize any company.

Leading People Safely fully demonstrates the critical values to establishing an effective safety culture. Advice is given to guide business leaders into a role of greater accountability where they are responsible for developing a workplace culture that is both highly productive and safe. Leading People Safely is an excellent resource for industry leaders in all trades ready to reform their safety strategy and culture and improve their business.

About the Authors

Jim Schultz currently manages his own leadership consulting and coaching practice. Before retirement Jim held various senior level positions in both the private and public sectors, including executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Patriot Rail Company; senior vice president employee and customer engagement, and, vice president health and safety at Waste Management Inc.; the Top career safety enforcement and regulatory official at the U.S. Federal Railroad Administration; and, vice president and chief safety officer at railroad giant CSX, where he was termed "culture change guru" by Progressive Railroading Magazine for leading the company through a cultural reinvention after decades of adversarial labor- management skirmishes, poor safety performance, and lost efficiencies. Jim served in the United States Air Force from 1972 to 1979 where he was a fighter pilot, and, security police operations officer.

Jim holds a Bachelor of Science from Arizona State University, a Master of Arts from Webster University, and he completed post-graduate programs in residence at Harvard Business School, the University of Southern California, and Northwestern University. Raised in Arizona, Jim and his wife reside in Fredericksburg, Texas.

Brian Fielkow is CEO of Houston-based Jetco Delivery, which provides trucking and freight services along the Gulf Coast. Brian’s 25 years business experience is entirely in safety-sensitive industries. Before purchasing Jetco, he had positions as executive vice president of Recycle America Alliance, a subsidiary of Waste Management, Inc., and as chief operating officer of a privately held recycling company. Since purchasing Jetco, the company has seen tremendous growth because of the emphasis on creating a culture of prevention. His ability to lead his team and help manage behavior to ensure a positive outcome has resulted in such honors as the Texas Mutual Insurance Company’s Safety Award and the Texas Trucking Association Fleet Safety Grand Trophy. He holds a B.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law. A Wisconsin native, he has lived in Houston since 2003 with his wife and three children.