"Confidence Through Competence"

Christopher Koch, President & Lead Instructor:

With nearly 20 years in the business, Koch has been responsible for the training of locators in 22 states, Canada and Australia.  A Past President of NULCA, he co-chaired the committee that revised the NULCA Competency Standard for Locating Technicians in 2009.  He also assisted with the 2015 revision.  From 2004 to 2006 he was the head of training at STS/UtiliQuest where he helped achieve a 50% reduction in at-fault damages among new technicians.  Koch holds a bachelors degree with honors from SCSU and a Graduate Certificate in HR.  He is a regular contributor to Damage Prevention Professional magazine. (christopherkoch@live.com)

Oliva Herrera, Instructor Partner:
An independent consultant with over fifteen years experience in the locating business, Herrera has helped develop literally thousands of technicians across two continents.  In 2006 as a manager with UtiliQuest, she was responsible for operations in Washington DC and six counties in Maryland including Andrews Air Force Base - home of Air Force One.  Between 2008 and 2010, she managed and directed operations for two seperate firms in Perth, Western Australia performing high profile SUE work for the mining and construction industries as well as the government.  While abroad, she served as an advisory member to Australia's One-Call and was a member of Australian NULCA.  Herrera is bilingual, speaking English and Spanish. (oliva.maria.herrera@gmail.com)

Tim Thrift, Instructor Partner:
An independent consultant and certified Occupational Health and Safety Technologist, Thrift has been helping locator clients in the Bay Area meet California's Competent Person standard since 2007.  His list of satisfied customers includes East Bay Municipal Utility District, San Ramon-Dublin Sanitary District, and CSRMA.  A member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, Thrift has been a featured speaker at the California Statewide Safety Training & Construction Management Expo since 2008. (tnt@maintainsafety.com)


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