Region VI Safety Professional of the Year

Please join us in congratulating Frank Cruice, who has been named as the 2023 Region VI Safety Professional of the Year by the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP).

Over his 40+ years in the profession, Frank has served in various leadership roles for the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) & other safety organizations. Frank is currently a member of the ASSP Honors & Awards Committee as well as serving as the Delmarva Chapter’s representative to ASSP’s Advisory Group and its Webmaster.

In his 22 years of service with Perdue Farms Frank served as the Senior Director of Safety and Security. He led the efforts in improving the safety culture that resulted in a 91% reduction in OSHA recordable cases, a 67% reduction in Lost Workday cases and a 93% reduction in Days Away, Restricted and Transfer cases. Frank has led numerous process improvement implementations over the years in both Behavioral Based Safety and new software platforms that have strengthened and streamlined the safety programs. Frank’s efforts in championing the Safety Processes and Culture have led to Perdue Farms becoming a leader in the Poultry Industry in safety excellence.

ASSP recognizes one outstanding safety professional from each of the nine geographical regions annually as a Regional Safety Professional of the Year (SPY). With over 38,000 professional members in 80 countries, only nine men and women are recognized annually for this achievement.  The SPY recipients have advanced the American Society of Safety Professionals and the safety profession through their dedication and leadership.  Region VI of ASSP comprises 13 chapters of ASSP and covers South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Maryland and Delaware.

The ASSP Regional SPY award is an honor acknowledging the dedication and outstanding contributions of a member to a specific Region.  The criteria in which a candidate is judged include:

  1. Demonstrated technical expertise in the broad field of safety and a thorough knowledge of the operational aspects of his/her nominee’s safety employment.
  2. Demonstrated outstanding contributions to the Society, Council, Region, or Membership Community activities, including committee or task force chair, officer, services to members, lecturer at seminars, etc.
  3. Professional contributions to advance the Safety Profession, such as fostering professional development, public/community services, instructor at educational institutions, involvement in codes and legislation, articles written, work with allied groups, etc.
  4. Awards and innovations, including citations, honors, plaques; or new procedures or systems developed.
  5. Leadership in establishment, maintenance, and improvement of technical or Society programs in the organization nominee serves or elsewhere.
  6. Other personal achievements related to safety and health.
  7. Endorsements by superiors and verification by associates, in the form of letters on appropriate stationery of the employer, Membership Community, or Council.

Find out about upcoming events

Looking for upcoming events in our area? We are compiling a list of all applicable events you may be interested in within our Region. This will include American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) technical events from Chapters, conferences, workshops and more.


Head over to our Instagram page @asspregionvi and in our bio section you will see our story highlights. These stories are also posted to our Facebook page but disappear after a day so they aren’t archived like they are on our Instagram: https://instagram.com/asspregionvi

The different events are broken up by month so you can easily see what is going on each month. Have something you think the Region should know about? Send it to us! Tag us here or on Instagram or send us a direct message


ASSP Region VI welcomes the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) Student Section!

We are pleased to announce the establishment of a new Student Section at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The UNCC Student Section is under the school’s Fire and Safety Engineering Technology Program, in the department of Engineering Technology and Construction Management.

Many thanks to Dr. Michael Benjamin, who is the faculty advisor; the student section officers, the Executive Committee of ASSP Tarheel Chapter and others that supported this long-time dream that has now become reality.

“Since students are from the Fire Safety Engineering Technology Program, we have aimed to gear this club (the section) to the safety applications of the field of fire protection, but still cover the general safety practices” – Seth Averette, Student Section President.

It was about this same time last year that the Region welcomed Liberty University Student Section in Lynchburg, Virginia. We are excited that our students are getting engaged with professional activities from college, which is a boost for their future career paths.  

Please join us to congratulate UNCC Student Section. We look forward to working with you!