Today we’d like to introduce you to Von Griggs-Laws.
Von, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
While serving with the US Air Force, I was offered the opportunity to fill a slot where there were greater needs of re-enlistees. It was 1985, and my last 16 years of active duty were in this field of Safety & Health (Risk Management). Shortly after my military retirement, I relocated to Dallas, TX. and began an awesome assignment as an Adjunct Instructor with TX A&M/TEEX in S& H, which led to me starting a consulting company in the same field. I took several courses with the Veterans Momentum TX & Veterans Academy in order to learn what business owners and entrepreneur’s skills I was lacking.
I’ve also begun a clothing line for female Veterans & their supporters.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Marketing and client retention is always a factor/challenge. Unfortunately, many companies choose to invest in a safety policy & implement safe working practices after accidents happen.
The economy recession in past years was dreadful for my company as it was for many other small businesses. The experience of losing 97% of recurring clients was devastating as most clients/customers were in the oil & gas industry or either small, independent contractors.
We were able to maintain momentum and are now experiencing an uphill rebound!
We’d love to hear more about your business.
Von is an inspirational certified safety professional, consultant who brings over 30 years of occupational health, safety and environmental experience in various industries. She has received the coveted CSHO certificate and is an Adjunct Instructor @ TX A&M/TEEX; OSHA Region VI.
Von is a Retired United States Air Force Safety Craftsman & earned several awards & medals during her 20 year military career and is a veteran of Operation Desert Shield/Storm. Participants benefit from her knowledge, compassion, enthusiasm and unique ability to immediately put her audience at ease through humor and personal life experiences.
Von has been published in USAF publications, industry magazines and is a contributor to the National Safety Council. Von has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Psychology from the University of Maryland and an Associate of Applied Science in Safety from the Community College of the Air Force. Von holds numerous certifications: NCTRCA M/WBE and DBE; OSHA Instructor (General Industry and Construction Safety, Oil and Gas); PEC Safeland/Safegulf /SEMS Instructor; Certified Safety & Health Official/CSHO Texas A&M; Certified Government Environmental Specialist; Safety Trained Supervisor/SCHEST; National Safety Council Drug and Alcohol Defensive Driving Instructor.
“Safety Always… It Begins With YOU!”
I’m separated from my competitors by the mere fact that I’m not afraid to say “NO” to clients who are not conscientious & compassion about the lives of the workers over production and dollars.
What were you like growing up?
Born and raised, lived in St. Louis, MO., until joining the USAF in 1981.
A middle child of 5; mediator!
Quiet, compassionate, futile, (first job and a continued passion is hospitality).
Reading was and is a hobby. Education & self-help have always drawn my interests.
Love to serve others & always defend, support those less fortunate.
Crafty, love to sew & create designs, wear hats & dress -up!
- Address: 1801 N. Hampton,
deSoto, TX 75115
- Website: GriggsSafetyConsultants.com
- Phone: 469-867-4250
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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