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28 Mar
Partnership Measure UAS
Kestrel Teams with Measure UAS, Inc.

Kestrel  is pleased to announce our partnership with Measure UAS, Inc. (Measure) to provide drone program management and advisory services to companies with commercial drone operations. The expanded services created through this relationship will offer a more comprehensive array of solutions to companies who currently are or may be interested in using drones to enhance their core business operations.

Meeting Growing Needs

Drone (UAS) technology is evolving rapidly, but the industry is in its early stages. That creates many questions regarding regulations, equipment, applicability, and how drones can best help meet an organization’s specific goals. Companies are faced with the challenge of scaling a safe, compliant, and effective drone program. Lack of planning will (at best) add up to a short-lived drone program or (at worst) cause the organization undue risk or injury.

“Kestrel and Measure are working together to help companies better select and implement enterprise technology to reduce operational risk and to meet both industry and aviation-specific mandates,” explains Kestrel Principal Jack Anderson “We help effectively integrate UAS programs into core business processes and systems to bring the most value to the organization.”

Expanded Services

This strategic alliance will allow organizations with existing or planned drone programs to leverage the collective resources and expertise of the Measure and Kestrel teams, and to access a more comprehensive set of solutions to help ensure the drone program’s success. Together, Kestrel and Measure offer the following products and services:

  • Operational Risk Management and Safety Management Systems
  • Process Improvement and Compliance Assurance
  • Turnkey Aerial Inspections
  • UAS Training (Basic, Platform-Specific and Application-Specific)
  • Drone Program Management Software
  • Drone Data Analysis

“Kestrel’s approach to drone program management and overall operational risk management complements Measure’s portfolio of drone-related services and software,” explains Jesse Stepler, Chief Strategy Officer of Measure. “Together, we have the ability to bring enterprise drone programs to scale in a way that will help organizations reduce risk, improve worker safety, and remain compliant.”


About Measure UAS, Inc.
Measure is an aerial intelligence company that enables enterprises to realize the transformative benefits of drone technology. Through our comprehensive software solution, specialized data engineering team, and highly skilled flight operations, we help corporations deploy drones at scale, saving thousands of hazardous man-hours and providing millions of dollars in operational benefits. More information on the company can be found at https://www.measure.com/.

About Kestrel’s UAS Program Services
Since 1998, Kestrel has been delivering solutions to help companies reduce operational risks, assure regulatory compliance, and implement reliable management systems for continual improvement. Some of the highest value consulting we provide is in project planning and strategy development, particularly in the sequencing of compliance tasks and management systems development. We combine our EHS expertise with our experience developing and managing one of the largest industrial UAS programs in the U.S. to help organizations apply drones to meet company objectives, develop the systems required to ensure compliance, and minimize operational risk. More information can be found at https://kestrelmanagement.com/kestrel-drone-program-management/.

26 Mar
NACD FSMA Webinar
Overview of FSMA for Chemical Distributors

Join NACD and Kestrel on Thursday, April 4 at 12:00 p.m. (EDT) for a webinar on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). During this webinar, Kestrel’s Roberto Bellavia, Principal in Food Safety Compliance, will provide an overview of FSMA rules applicable to the chemical ingredients industry, focusing on the receiving, storage, production, blending, and transportation of these products. Register here.

This webinar is a precursor to an upcoming in-person NACD regulatory workshop during which Kestrel will cover the FSMA regulations in-depth. This workshop will take place on June 12-13 in Oak Brook, Illinois, immediately following the Central Region Meeting. Registration for the workshop is forthcoming.

19 Mar
IFS Focus Day April 2019
IFS Focus Day: April 2019

IFS Focus Day Returns this Spring!
April 24, 2019 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Delta Hotels Burnaby | 4331 Dominion St. | Firenze Room
Burnaby, BC V5G 1C7


Make plans to join IFS North America representatives Pius Gasser and Cheryl Sullivan; Bulldog Bag’s Alan Kenney; and AIB’s Siarl Dixon for our complimentary IFS Focus Day.

Agenda:

9:30 am: Registration
10:00 am: Welcome
10:30 am: Why IFS
11:00 am: The Certification Experience
11:15 am: FSMA Compliance Update
Noon: Lunch
12:45 pm: Risk Assessment
1:45 pm: IFS in the Eyes of a Certification Body (CB)
2:15 pm: IFS in North America
2:30 pm: Discussion
3:00 pm: Adjourn

To register, email sullivan@ifs-certification.com 

Note: Space is limited for this FREE event!

Sponsored by Kestrel Management | GCP Consulting | AIB International

14 Mar
NACD Spring Responsible Distribution Workshop - Atlanta
NACD Spring Responsible Distribution Workshop

Kestrel is getting ready for NACD’s Spring Responsible Distribution Workshop in Atlanta March 27-28! Will you be there?

The agenda is filled with two great days of informative presentations, including Kestrel’s session to kick off the morning on Thursday, March 28. Kestrel Responsible Distribution Adviser Jake Taylor will be joining NACD’s Caroline Kramer and Responsible Distribution Adviser Pete Downing for a Regional Internal Audit Workshop Recap & Lessons Learned session. Great stuff to share!

As always, we look forward to connecting with many of you throughout the workshop. Be sure to stop by and say hello while enjoying Atlanta!

14 Mar
On Demand Webinar: Food ERP
On-Demand Webinar: Food Safety Compliance & ERP

Food and beverage processors face significant disruptions with changing consumer demand, growing complexity in supply chains, and ever stringent food safety mandates. Today’s food and beverage processor must implement the appropriate processes and systems that not only manage recalls, reporting and document control, but also offer the flexibility to respond to changing regulatory requirements.

Ultra Consultants and Kestrel Management offer you an educational, on-demand webinar that discusses what it takes to integrate compliance programs into core business processes and systems and how to select and implement the right technology to meet strict food safety mandates.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understand the key food safety trends and regulations impacting the sector.
  • Get an overview of strategies to help meet and sustain food safety compliance, certifications and regulatory mandates.
  • See the must-have ERP features to help reduce operational risks, achieve food safety requirements, and realize sustained value through effective use of enterprise technology.

Download now

24 Jan
Expanded EHS Resources
Kestrel Expands EHS Resources

Becky Wehrman-AndersenAn environmental and safety compliance leader with over 20 years of corporate, academic, and government experience, Becky Wehrman-Andersen has joined Kestrel as a Senior Consultant, based out of Des Moines, Iowa. Becky has hands-on experience in chemistry safety, regulatory compliance, hazardous waste management, emergency response, training, compliance assessments, EPA negotiations, and biological and chemical sciences.

Becky has particular expertise in hazardous waste management, hazardous waste site assessments, special waste identification and permitting, complex hazardous pharmaceutical disposal strategies, emergency response, risk identification and technical support. She is an expert in chemical risk management and environmental compliance, and has exceptional experience as an expert witness and in negotiating EPA and DNR penalty reduction. Further, Becky is adept in safety program management, training, and market development consultation. She is a professional speaker/trainer with extensive experience in training on the technical aspects of EPA, OSHA, and DOT compliance and chemical risk minimization, and is a North American Hazardous Materials Managers (NAHMMA) and Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) certified trainer.

Read Becky’s complete bio for more information.

22 Jan
Partnership Kestrel Management Ultra Consultants
Kestrel Forms Alliance with Ultra Consultants

Expanded services help food and beverage processors select, implement enterprise technology
to reduce risk, meet food safety mandates.

Kestrel is pleased to announce our partnership with Ultra Consultants, Inc. (Ultra) to provide food safety compliance and remediation advisory services to North American food and beverage processors. The expanded services created through this relationship will help food and beverage processors better select and implement enterprise technology to reduce risk and meet food safety mandates by effectively integrating compliance programs into core business processes and systems.

Meeting Industry Needs

Food and beverage processors face significant industry disruptions with changing consumer demand, growing complexity in supply chains, and more stringent food safety mandates. Today’s food and beverage processor must implement the appropriate processes and systems that not only manage recalls, reporting and document control, but also offer the flexibility to respond to changing regulatory requirements.

Kestrel’s Bill Bremer, Principal, Food Safety Compliance, reinforces, “We’ve heard from leading food and beverage processors that there is a critical need for expertise and tools that help meet ever-escalating food safety requirements. This alliance will enable food and beverage processors to more efficiently reduce operational risks, achieve food safety requirements, and realize sustained value through effective use of enterprise technology.”

Expanded Services

As part of this strategic alliance, food processors will benefit from advisory services that help meet and sustain food safety compliance, certifications, and regulatory mandates by applying proven methodologies in the following areas:

  • Food and Beverage Compliance Systems Integration/Scaling Support
  • Food and Beverage Compliance Certification Support
  • Compliance Remediation
  • Food Safety Business Process Improvement (BPI)

“These expanded offerings complement Ultra’s existing business process improvement services,” explains Jeff Carr, CEO and Founder of Ultra Consultants. “The food safety services also leverage proven methodologies in the enterprise technology selection, evaluation and implementation Ultra’s independent advisers have delivered over the last twenty-five years. More importantly, these expanded services help food processors meet a pressing need – selecting and implementing the right technology to meet strict food safety mandates.”

Read more about our expanded offerings.

About Ultra Consultants
Ultra Consultants is an independent research and enterprise solutions consulting firm serving the manufacturing and distribution industries throughout North America, as well as companies with global operations. Since 1994, Ultra has delivered enterprise technology expertise and process management to drive business performance improvement for our clients. More information on the company’s services, leadership, industry verticals served, and software vendor relationships can be found at www.ultraconsultants.com.

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.

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