Keynote Speaker: David Teater, President & Founder, FocusDriven, LLC.
David Teater of Spring Lake, Michigan, is a recognized national leader on the issue of distracted driving. He is President and Founder of FocusDriven LLC, a firm dedicated to reducing motor vehicle crashes that result from driver distraction. Mr. Teater’s 30-year business career has included serving as CEO of several private companies including 20 years at an automotive supplier. In 2009, he joined the National Safety Council after its call for a nationwide ban on cell phone driving. There he led the Council’s distracted driving initiative for over six years. Mr. Teater is a frequent speaker on the topic of Distracted Driving and has appeared before several state legislatures and testified before the US Congress.
Braxton Ditty is a 9-year veteran of the Newberry Township Police Department, with 15 years of service in several disciplines of public safety including fire services, emergency medical services and emergency management. Sgt. Ditty currently serves as a patrol supervisor, accreditation manager and Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator, with prior experience in criminal investigations. Sgt. Ditty is a certified instructor with the Municipal Police Officer’s Education and Training Commission (MPOETC), as well as a Drug Recognition Expert, and has trained over 500 police officers in DUI Enforcement and related topics. In addition to training police officers, Sgt. Ditty has offered expert witness reports on the topic of impaired driving to aid in prosecution. He is focused on training our public safety officials on the leading causes of line-of-duty deaths and injuries to reduce the number of preventable incidents.
Pat Harvey has been providing daily labor and employment advice, and representing employers in Federal and State trials, union negotiations, grievance and interest arbitrations, unfair labor practices, civil service proceedings, and local agency hearings for over 25 years. Pat began his career as a prosecutor in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office and brings a depth of experience in handling workplace misconduct investigations and defending municipal entities in discipline grievances. Pat also supervised a workers’ compensation defense department for over 10 years and uses his disability experience in globally settling workers’ compensation injuries, drafting maximum leave policies and handling ADA, FMLA and heart and lung claims. Pat serves as counsel to the Pennsylvania Municipal League and the PennPRIME Workers’ Compensation and Liability Trusts. He plans and speaks at the annual Pennsylvania Employer Labor Relations Advisory Service conference. Pat has authored multiple labor and employment articles in various publications including the Pennsylvania Municipal Reporter, the Township News, the Borough News and the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Labor and Employment Law. Pat is a graduate of Villanova University and Villanova University Law School.
Josh Hausman graduated cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2012, where he served as a Managing Editor on the University of Pittsburgh Law Review. Josh also served as the President of the Federalist Society and as a fellow for the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project, in which he instructed local high school students on matters of criminal law and constitutional rights. Following law school, Josh served as the law clerk for the former president judge of Washington County. In that capacity, Josh helped to draft opinions and decide numerous matters which were affirmed by the appellate courts, including a matter of first impression involving the statutory cap on damages under the Political Subdivision Torts Claims Act. Josh next worked as an associate attorney for another Pittsburgh law firm where he practiced civil litigation, honing his legal research, writing, and advisory abilities for clients in a variety of matters. In only his second year of private practice, Josh represented his client in a two-day jury trial, obtaining a successful jury verdict on claims brought under Pennsylvania’s Wage Payment and Collection Law.
Ken Porter is a founding principal at Porter & Curtis, LLC, a consultative commercial insurance broking and risk management services firm. Ken has over 30 years of experience in the insurance world. His expertise is in integrated risk management and self-insurance structures, like trusts and captives, particularly as it relates to creating and managing the structure itself, drafting policy forms, placing reinsurance, and producing financial statements. Ken’s professional education includes Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate of Risk Management (ARM), and Associate in Insurance Accounting and Finance (AIAF). Ken has been our trusted reinsurance broker at PennPRIME for the past 15 years.
Adam Salyards has been employed as a Police Officer for nearly 15 years and has worked in Emergency Services for 21 years. Officer Salyards is currently assigned as the Community Relations Officer for the State College Police Department. Throughout his career, Officer Salyards has served in many different capacities within law enforcement including the Blair and Centre County Drug Taskforces and tactical operator/sniper with the Centre County Tactical Response Team. Officer Salyards is a Firearms Instructor, CPR/First Aid Instructor, Naloxone Program Manager, Active Shooter Instructor, and a Field Training Officer. He performs ongoing outreach and training within the State College area for local groups, businesses, schools, and government entities. He also serves on the Board of Directors for two local non-profit organizations in the State College Community.
Thomas Sjostrom was appointed Chief of Police of the Phoenixville Borough Police Department in February of 2017 after serving the Department for 27 years. During that time, he had oversight for the Department’s equipment and fleet, served as the firearms and Taser instructor, and was responsible for researching and purchasing new equipment including weapons, in-car camera systems, and body-worn cameras. He was promoted through the positions of Corporal, Field Training Officer, Sergeant, and Lieutenant, becoming Second-in-Command. Prior to attending the PA State Police Municipal Training Academy in 1989, he served in the United States Marine Corps for four years. Chief Sjostrom also holds a degree in Criminal Justice.