The ‘Why’ of Contractor Management

A panel discussion with Walt Disney Company, Xcel Energy, and Martin Marietta

The suppliers, contractors, and vendors you hire have a large impact on your organization’s success. The risk introduced to your business by any supplier in your supply chain inherently becomes your risk. Today, owners, prime and subcontractors are no longer insulated from one another’s safety liabilities. Employing organizations will be held accountable for the decisions they make on who they hire – including third-party contractors.

Join Walt Disney Company, Xcel Energy, and Martin Marietta for a discussion on the ‘Why’ of Contractor Management. These companies are taking a proactive approach to managing their relationships with third-party contractors, suppliers, and vendors. These industry leaders are drawing a line in the sand of who they will work with based on key safety and performance metrics. By doing this, they are able to improve their safety performance and reduce the risk to their organization.

Key Topics

  • Why manage contractors, suppliers and vendors?
  • Strategies for hiring qualified contractors and vendors.
  • Navigating internal change management when rolling out a new program.
  • Results that can achieved through qualification of third-parties.

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Joe Conrad

Joe Conrad

Manager, Safety & Training, Xcel Energy

Joe has worked at Xcel Energy since August, 1997 and in those 18 years has held numerous positions in operations, safety and leadership. His start with Xcel Energy began in Fargo, North Dakota as a temporary laborer on a natural gas construction crew. Joe spent two summers running a shovel and then was placed into a Journeyman apprenticeship program. As a journeyman supporting natural gas trouble and customer related issues he found his way to safety.

Joe was active on his local safety teams supporting the safety of his peers and work group. This involvement opened opportunities for Joe to move into safety fulltime as a Safety Consultant supporting the transmission, electric distribution and gas distribution organizations. Joe then took a leadership position as the Manager, Safety & Training supporting Xcel Energy’s generation portfolio across the eight states. After five years in this role he transitioned to his current role where he manages Xcel Energy’s contractor safety team, program and processes.

Brian Cook

Brian Cook

Manager, Worldwide Safety, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts

Brian Cook has 20+ years of professional safety and environmental health experience spent primarily in the Retail, Transportation and Entertainment industries.  He is a Certified Safety Professional with a Master’s degree in Occupational Safety Management.  He has spent the last 10 years working for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts where he has supported several different theme parks and lines of business with responsibilities along the way including construction and contractor safety. 

Brian has been involved in the development and implementation of several aspects of Disney’s contractor safety management system and most recently was the lead on the implementation of Disney’s contractor safety qualification process.  He currently manages a Worldwide Safety program development team with responsibilities for high hazard program development.  

Stacy Anderson

Stacy Anderson

Senior Manager – Procurement Systems and Processes, Martin Marietta

Stacy Anderson oversees the Procurement Systems and Processes for Martin Marietta.  Prior to being at Martin, she spent almost a decade on the West Coast with Oracle Corporation in various capacities ranging from Education to Product Development.  She now splits her time between Martin’s corporate office in North Carolina and the southwest division office in Dallas, Texas. 

Stacy earned a degree in Communications from the University of Oklahoma, too long ago to warrant a graduation date in this Bio.  She currently lives in the DFW area with her husband and two children.

Joel  Van Campen

Joel Van Campen

Professional Services

Joel Van Campen is director of professional services at BROWZ. During his 11 years with BROWZ, he has led the planning and implementation of contractor prequalification programs for clients across multiple industries. Some of his clients include: Ashland Chemical, Southern Company, BNSF, Holcim, and many others. His responsibilities include client relationships, implementation management, training and mentoring management team, and new product strategy.


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