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10 Dec
expanding food safety resources
Gary Wills Joins Kestrel’s Food Safety Division

Gary WillsKestrel welcomes Gary Wills as Business Development Director for Kestrel’s growing Food Safety division. Gary will be working with Kestrel’s food safety team to introduce Kestrel’s food safety certification and compliance services to an ever-expanding market impacted by FSMA requirements and GFSI standards.

Gary has extensive experience working with companies in the food and beverage market, particularly those seeking food safety certification. He is well-versed in the GFSI-benchmarked standards and has managed global, national, regional, and startup accounts at the food safety, quality, procurement, product development, and senior management/ownership levels.

Prior to joining Kestrel, Gary served as the Director of Sales, Food & Beverage, for DNV GL Business Assurance, where he facilitated many large opportunities into sales; oversaw several key global projects; and developed strong relationships with some of the nation’s largest food and beverage processors, retailers, and food service organizations.

Gary has experience with the following certifications: FSSC 22000, SQF, BRC, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and OHSAS 18001. He is a member of the Institute for Food Technologists (IFT) and International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) and has completed the FSSC Lead Auditor training. Gary has his Bachelor of Business from Western Illinois University.

27 Nov
Certified Remote Pilot (sUAS)
Jack Anderson Earns sUAS Remote Pilot Certification

Jack AndersonKestrel Principal and Chief Engineer Jack Anderson recently became a Certified Remote Pilot under the FAA’s Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) Rule (14 CFR part 107). Part 107 explicitly regulates commercial sUAS activities. This sUAS certification allows pilots to commercially operate/fly drones under 55 pounds.

Jack works with Kestrel Consultant and Certified Remote Pilot Rachel Mulholland to lead Kestrel’s UAS Program Management service offering. Kestrel assists industrial clients with designing and establishing/improving their drone management programs. Our objective is to help companies design and implement a drone program management system that meets business objectives, while ensuring compliance with FAA requirements and minimizing drone-related risks. Kestrel has worked extensively with drones, developing and managing one of the largest industrial UAS programs in the U.S.

Read more about Kestrel’s UAS Program Management offering.

20 Nov
MWFPA Annual Meeting Drone Presentation
Talk Drones with Kestrel at the MWFPA Convention

The Midwest Food Products Association’s Annual Convention brings together leaders in the food processing industry to discuss trends, view new technologies, share expertise, and network with professionals in different companies and disciplines.

MWFPA Annual Convention
November 27-29, 2018
Kalahari Resort | Wisconsin Dells, WI


Kestrel Presentation: Bringing Your Drone Program to Scale
Wednesday, November 28 at 9:30 a.m.
Jack Anderson, Kestrel Management Chief Engineer

This year, Kestrel Management will be talking about the growing applicability of drones and best practices from our experience managing industrial-scale drone programs. Kestrel’s presentation will discuss how unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) technology (a/k/a drones) can be applied across various industries. We will cover some of the risks and opportunities associated with building an industrial drone program and share lessons learned from our experiences. We’ll address common questions, including the following:

  • What does it take to build an industrial drone program?
  • How can UAS technology fit into your current business model?
  • What challenges can occur when you introduce drones to your business operations?
  • How do you ensure you operate in compliance with FAA regulations?

Join us at the MWFPA Annual Convention and get the information and resources you need to meet the ongoing challenges of customer demands.

01 Nov
NACD Annual Meeting 2018
Join Kestrel at the NACD Annual Meeting

The NACD Annual Meeting is all about bringing together industry leaders to help better understand and address top challenges facing chemical distributors. Kestrel’s Jake Taylor will be available throughout the Annual Meeting and would enjoy the opportunity to talk further about your company’s challenges—and how we can help.


NACD Annual Meeting
November 12-15, 2018
Omni Las Costa | Carlsbad, California


Kestrel has been a long-standing NACD Preferred Compliance Provider, Responsible Distribution Adviser, and Gold Corporate Sponsor. We provide leading EHS&S and food safety compliance expertise, information technology integration, and Responsible Distribution assistance. Whether helping members manage audits, inspections, and overall compliance or creating technology solutions tailored to your business needs, Kestrel will help address your challenges.

Look for us in the Business Marketplace at booth #15.

We look forward to seeing our clients and friends—both old and new—at the Annual Meeting in Carlsbad!

30 Oct
FSSC22000 Info Day
FSSC 22000 Info Day Is Back

Attending the Food Safety Consortium? Make plans to also join Kestrel at the FSSC 22000 Information Day on November 13, 2018. We will be joined by Cor Groenveld, Market Development Manager, and Jacqueline Southee, NA Representative, both with FSSC 22000, the GFSI-benchmarked certification program.

Learn about:

  • Implications and benefits of the recent updates to FSSC 22000
  • How the revised ISO 22000 standard will impact FSSC 22000
  • The future of food safety management
  • How the new FSSC 22000 certification can benefit your food safety program

FSSC 22000 Information Day
Hosted by Kestrel Management and FSSC 22000
November 13, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (includes networking lunch)
1821 Walden Office Square Suite 400
Schaumburg, IL


And stop by to visit Kestrel at the Food Safety Consortium – Booth #119. If you haven’t registered, yet, please be our guest and use our discount code (Cubs) at registration.

10 Oct
AirWorks 2018
Kestrel to Present at AirWorks 2018

The AirWorks 2018 Conference is focused on the growing commercial drone industry and how developers, partners, and operators can work to reshape the global economy with drones. This year, Kestrel Management will be teaming with Union Pacific Railroad to talk about our experience and lessons learned from managing industrial-scale drone programs.

AirWorks 2018
October 30 – November 1, 2018
Dallas, Texas
register now

Kestrel Presentation: Bringing Your Drone Program to Scale: Lessons Learned from Going Big

Thursday, November 1 at 11:00 a.m.
Rachel Mulholland, Kestrel Management Consultant, Industrial UAS Programs
Edward Adelman, Union Pacific Railroad, General Director of Safety

This presentation will discuss the risks and opportunities associated with building an industrial drone program and share some of the lessons learned from our experience. We’ll discuss common questions, including the following:

  • What does it take to build an industrial drone program?
  • How can UAS technology fit into your current business model?
  • What challenges can occur with fleets of certified remote pilots and unmanned vehicles?
  • How do you ensure you operate in compliance with FAA regulations?
  • What are some common pitfalls to avoid and best practices to incorporate into your program?

Why You Should Attend

If you currently have a drone program or are looking to implement one, this event is for you!

  • Attend sessions focused on the industry track most relevant to your business: construction, energy, agriculture, public safety, infrastructure
  • Network with companies that are on the forefront of enterprise drone adoption
  • Get a preview of the latest drone technologies
  • Receive hands-on training from experienced industry leaders and instructors

register now

11 Sep
NACD Responsible Distribution Code XIII Cybersecurity Webinar
NACD Responsible Distribution Cybersecurity Webinar

Join the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) and Kestrel Principal Evan Fitzgerald for a free webinar on Responsible Distribution Code XIII. We will be taking a deeper dive into Code XIII.D., which focuses on cybersecurity and information. Find out ways to protect your company from this constantly evolving threat.

NACD Responsible Distribution Webinar
Code XIII & Cybersecurity Breaches

Thursday, September 20, 2018
12:00 -1:00 p.m. (EDT)register now

06 Aug
ChemEdge 2018
Catch Kestrel at ChemEdge: August 14-17, 2018

Are you challenged with…

  • Staying on top of EHS&S regulatory compliance?
  • Managing your Responsible Distribution verification requirements?
  • Handling increased demands from food safety requirements?
  • Finding the time to manage it all?

Kestrel Management can help.

Kestrel’s Jake Taylor, Evan Fitzgerald, and Liz Hillgren will be available throughout ChemEdge and would enjoy the opportunity to talk further about your company’s challenges—and how we can help.

Kestrel has been a long-standing NACD Preferred Compliance Provider, Responsible Distribution Adviser, and Gold Corporate Sponsor, providing leading EHS and food safety compliance expertise and Responsible Distribution assistance. Whether helping members manage compliance through our custom Right-Sized Compliance approach, managing Responsible Distribution verification requirements through Code & Compliance Elite™ (CCE), or creating custom solutions tailored to your business needs, Kestrel will help address your challenges.

Here’s where you can find us in New Orleans:

Candidacy Class
August 13, 2:00-5:00 p.m

Responsible Distribution Workshop Adviser Panel Discussion
August 14, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Exhibition Booth #502
August 15 -16

We look forward to seeing our clients and friends—both old and new—at ChemEdge in New Orleans next week!

24 Jul
ASSP Badgerland Board of Directors
Jake Taylor Joins ASSP Board of Directors

Kestrel Senior Consultant Jake Taylor recently joined the Board of Directors for the Badgerland Chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP). ASSP is a global association for occupational safety and health professionals. For more than 100 years, the Society has provided education, standards development, advocacy and a professional community to support the advancement of members and the safety profession.

Jake brings over 20 years of management experience, particularly in the areas of EHS and risk management, to his ASSP Board position. He has vast experience developing and implementing comprehensive, corporate-wide safety programs. Jake also serves as a Responsible Distribution Adviser for the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD), where he provides in-depth support and assistance with the design and implementation of members’ Responsible Distribution programs and verifications.

The Badgerland Chapter of ASSP was chartered in 1995 and has over 100 members. Its geographical boundaries are southern Wisconsin—from LaCrosse to Watertown. The Badgerland Chapter strives to give members an opportunity to learn from a technical presentation or a tour of a local business and their safety, environmental and health programs.

18 Jul
Board of Directors NIATx
Tom Kunes Appointed to NIATx Board of Directors

Tom KunesKestrel Principal Tom Kunes was recently invited to join the Board of Directors for NIATx. NIATx developed a process improvement model specifically for the substance abuse treatment field. At NIATx, process improvement is defined as a series of actions taken by a change team to identify, analyze and improve existing processes within an organization to meet new goals and objectives.

Tom brings over 40 years of experience consulting industrial clients in operational and business risk management, process improvement, and compliance assurance to his NIATx Board position. He has expertise in helping organizations improve existing systems and optimize them to reduce costs and risks and improve performance. His ability to link business processes, management systems, and daily practices has allowed many companies to more effectively manage business risks and liabilities and improve effectiveness.

NIATx was founded in 2003 and began by providing technical assistance to 39 organizations. As of 2010, the organization works with more than 2000 organizations across multiple initiatives in all 50 states. NIATx is part of the Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The director of NIATx is Dr. David H. Gustafson, professor of industrial and systems engineering.

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