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ASSP Names New Director of Professional Development

Chris Ballman

The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) has welcomed its new Director of Professional Development. Chris Ballman, PHR, MSHR, will oversee the Society's comprehensive educational offerings that advance the careers of occupational safety and health professionals worldwide. He will also provide leadership oversight of ASSP's largest annual event - a Professional Development Conference and Exhibition that attracts more than 5,000 industry professionals.

Ballman is an experienced association executive whose background includes employee and member development with a focus on facilitation, instructional design, eLearning and consulting.

"We are thrilled to have Chris on board because his experience and abilities will help strengthen ASSP's position as a global leader in professional development," said CEO Jennifer McNelly. "We know Chris can hit the ground running and make a positive impact from the start."

Prior to joining ASSP, Ballman spent six years as senior director of education and learning services at the Chicago office of SmithBucklin, an association management and services company. He led a team of specialists who helped organizations create and deliver innovative educational content.

Ballman also served as training specialist and senior career consultant for Colorado Technical University. His experience includes leading the design, implementation and evaluation of instructional programs for adult learners in online and classroom settings. He holds a master's degree in human resources from Loyola University Chicago and a bachelor's degree in history from Carthage College.

"Considering the realm of his experience, Chris brings a lens of learner-centric education that is anchored in creating a great experience," McNelly said. "He has a unique blend of skills that have helped his association customers deliver significant value to their members."

For more information contact:

American Society of Safety Professionals

520 N. Northwest Highway

Park Ridge, IL 60068


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