First Sergeant MATT EVERSMANN (Ret.)

KEYNOTE:   FUSION Leadership: How to be an Elite Leader and Manager
How can you be elite like a SEAL if you were never in the Navy? How can you lead like a jet pilot if you never served? How can you plan like a general without 30 years of preparation? If you don’t have the entire might of the US Congress behind, you and your authority isn’t backed by the Constitution how can you expect every member of your team to “be like an operator”? The truth is that many of the military experts project an image of leadership or share lessons that apply to those in charge of thousands of employees but really don’t apply to the average professional. In reality, most of us must manage small teams and that is the secret to FUSION leadership. Matt spent almost half of his career in the Army Special Operations world and about the same in the conventional forces, so he knows both sides well. He led small groups from 3 soldiers to a company of 120 soldiers in peacetime and combat. A leadership award winner at almost every professional school he attended, Matt devised a system of leadership where we all can influence our teams and get the same results as elite Army Rangers (And you don’t have to get up at 4 AM and do burpees either.) Practical application and simple logic make FUSION Leadership easy for all to apply immediately. Audiences will learn how a focus on 4 essential elements of leadership in order to become exceptional very much like the most elite soldiers. Matt began developing his leadership theory after Black Hawk Down, beta tested it for 15 months in Iraq during the Surge and applied it in his business life for the past 11 years. The four

elements are:

- Leader skills and traits

- Followership duties and responsibilities

- Team Atmospherics

- Rewards, awards and discipline

This is a focus on the basics that only requires a willingness and desire to be better than


BIO: Hero of the epic film, Black Hawk Down, and the Battle of Mogadishu  

A true American hero, First Sergeant Matt Eversmann illustrates the importance of duty, courage and selfless service to succeed when ordinary circumstances become extraordinary challenges. 

On October 3, 1993, Matt was placed in charge of a group of Army Rangers to lead a daytime raid against an eager enemy militia. Matt experienced the horrors of war when he and his fellow soldiers were trapped in a hostile district of Mogadishu and marked for death by an angry mob. His inspiring story of survival was immortalized in the epic film, Black Hawk Down, which recounts the harrowing experience. For his actions on the battlefield he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor device.

Matt returned from Somalia committed to teaching the next generation of warriors. During his remaining time in uniform, he worked at the Army War College, taught at The Johns Hopkins University and finally deployed to Iraq where he lived with the Iraqi Army for 15 months during The Surge. He remained on active duty until May of 2008, when he retired after 20 years of service. 

Committed to sharing the lessons he learned in the military, Matt draws parallels from his experiences to highlight the importance of leadership, followership, courage and responsibility within any team or enterprise. Most important is his desire to explain the dynamics of avoiding “strategic shock” where organizations are crippled by unforeseen disasters. 

Unambiguously humble, gracious and warm, his powerful story and straightforward insights on instilling these values stay with business leaders’ long after the applause has ended. His experiences in healthcare, non-profit, and data management industries have solidified his passion to prepare “average people to tackle incredible things.”

Matt recently returned from Afghanistan where he filmed a documentary in the shadows of Tora Bora. His film Send Me highlights the tremendous advances in battlefield medicine since his days on the dusty streets of Mogadishu. 

He and his wife Tori run a consulting company that helps companies develop successful veteran hiring programs. They also co-host a weekly podcast called The Veterans Nation.

With presentations that leave an emotional impact, audiences take away a renewed sense of patriotism and inspiration for dedicating their efforts to a worthy cause 


Title:  "Behavioral Health Safety + Regulatory Inspections"

Description:   Since 2017, CMS and the Joint Commission have placed a special  emphasis on suicide prevention  in healthcare settings.  This emphasis has put pressure on healthcare  systems and life safety surveyors to identify and address potential  safety risks in a variety of Healthcare Settings.  The speaker will  discuss strategies to help you prepare for regulatory  inspections as well as solutions to address commonly found issues.

Bio:  Kevin is the founder and Principal Architect of Human eXperience  Workshop, a Behavioral Health Consulting  firm dedicated to the belief that every person has value and that the  built environment must recognize and affirm the intrinsic worth of its  inhabitants.
Over 25 years of practice with PFVS, RTKL, The Freelon Group and  Perkins+Will, Kevin has become a recognized leader in the design and  operations of behavioral healthcare facilities. He has designed over 2  million s.f. from North Carolina to Hawaii and regularly  speaks and writes on the subject.


Title:  Water Damage Mitigation Strategies in the Healthcare Environment 

Description:   Approximately 40% of all property related claims in the healthcare industry are related to water damage. This presentation will discuss strategies to identify exposures, reduce water damage events, and build effective water damage emergency response procedures to minimize water damage claims. 

Presenter: Bret M. Martin, PE, CSP, CFPS, CHFM, CHSP, CHE, CLSS-HC

Bio:  Bret is responsible for the direction, management and oversight of global property strategic initiatives for CNA Insurance. His goal is to ensure effective implementation of strategic and operational objectives, guidelines and policies for Property Risk Control, in accordance with the company’s strategic plans.

Bret has worked over 30 years in the field of Fire Protection, Risk Management, Risk Control, and Safety consulting in the insurance industry as an expert providing specialized consultative services for facility management, property protection, environment of care, and regulatory compliance.

Bret is a registered Fire Protection Professional Engineer in the States of North Carolina and South Carolina and holds Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS), Certified Healthcare Facility Manager (CHFM), Certified Healthcare Safety Professional (CHSP), Certified Healthcare Engineer (CHE), and Certified Life Safety Specialist for Healthcare Facilities (CLSS-HC) designations. He is also a principle member on NFPA 99 - Fundamentals and NPFA 99 - Piping Technical Committees.


 Title:  Doors and Hardware for Healthcare
Description:   This presentation will address code requirements for door openings often encountered

in health care facilities. Areas covered will be fire-rated doors, smoke barrier

doors, and corridor doors. Emphasis will also be given to access control, stairwell

reentry, accessibility, and hurricane resistance. The presentation will identify key

areas of consideration during the planning process, and a methodology for capturing

and integrating door requirements into the overall design.
Bio: Gregory J. Meyer, AIA, LEED AP | Architect | Flad Architects

Gregory has over 20 years of architectural experience, he is a project manager with a special

focus on healthcare facilities. His experience includes design, development and construction

documentation and coordination for hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, clinics, and imaging

suites. Special expertise includes, door hardware and access control systems in healthcare

facilities and design for dental facilities.

Ramon Moll, AIA | Project Architect | Flad Architects

Ramon has over 25 years of experience as a project architect. His work has been focused on

the effective coordination of diverse building systems, into organized architectural design statements.

Ramon understands the intricacies of working with The American Health Care Association

and understands the complexities and design opportunities within those guidelines.

STEPHEN COX & MARK SMITH | FLSA Fire & Life Safety America

Title:  Preparing for Accreditation Survey’s


Items and ideas that will be included in presentation.

• Establish a plan with a timeline for all preparation activities.

• Assign responsibilities for each category of standards and all activities.

• Become familiar with the standards.

• Focus on the intent of each standard.

• Identify existing examples of evidence.

• Identify areas of partial or no compliance with standards.

• Develop a plan to achieve compliance of identified areas.

• Implement and evaluate the plan.

• Incorporate standards into day-to-day work.

• Educate all staff on the standards and ways the organization meets them.

• Inform patients about the visit and possible questions so they will know what to expect.

• Keep at least a year’s track record of evidence.

• Do a mock survey and score all applicable standards.

• Read literature relevant to accreditation of setting.

• Network with others who have gone through the accreditation process.   


Stephen Cox, CHOP-A | Regional Healthcare Solutions Manager, Fire & Life Safety America

Stephen joined FLSA in October 2014 and now is responsible for building life safety partnerships

throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Stephen earned his Certified Healthcare Operations Professional

certificate from DNV-GL in 2018 and his advanced certificate in 2019. He graduated from

Radford University 2000 with a BS in Social Work. He attends local AHSE Chapter events,

continuing training seminars held by NFPA, The Joint Commission, and ASHE. When he is not

traveling, he enjoys spending time with his wife and 1 year daughter and an occasional round

of golf.

Mark Smith, CHOP-A | Director of Healthcare Solutions, Fire & Life Safety America

Mark joined FLSA in January 2008 and now serves as the company leader in healthcare

markets and Chariman of FLSA’s Healthcare Committee. Mark earned his Certified Healthcare

Operations Professional certificate from DNV-GL in 2018 and his advanced certificate in 2019.

Mark has over 20 years of industry experience. Prior to joining FLSA, he worked at Cintas for

10 years in their Facility Services division. He graduated from Longwood College in 1998 with

KRISTY VENRICK, Director of Laboratory Planning, Array Architects

Title:  Pharmacies: USP <800> Compliance & Hazardous Drugs


USP regulations are current buzzwords in clinical pharmacies, but what exactly does

it all mean? Learn USP <795>, <797> and <800> requirements from a facilities

standpoint, especially as they pertain to USP <800> hazardous preparations and


This AIA CEU-accredited presentation will detail safety precautions for those receiving,

storing, mixing, preparing, transporting and administering hazardous drugs, as

well as discuss creating separate spaces for these hazardous drugs, both compounding

and storage. These spaces are required to comply in clinical pharmacies, both

inpatient and outpatient areas.

Learning Objectives

Learn about the new USP <800> requirements

Learn the specifics on hazardous storage

Understand how this impacts pharmacy departments’ spaces and air flows

Implement proper design of these spaces to meet the requirements


Kristy is fascinated by the logistics and process-driven support areas within Healthcare; those

departments that enable quality care. Her depth of experience is in operational planning across

several types of laboratories, including clinical and research, as well as pharmacies. Of these,

her main passion is looking at labs, pharmacies and other support areas to improve process

flow and planning efficiencies. Since the quality and cost of care are at the forefront of healthcare,

she enjoys assisting clients to streamline their operational efficiencies that are critical to

the healthcare environment.    

John M. Booth, Safety Officer Construction Atrium HealthCare Michael Ladd, Safety Officer Constructi

Title:  Mock Project Meeting - Go through the process of the PCRA with individuals who would be engaged in planning a project. Electronic PCRA process demonstrated

Presentation will be a mock demonstration/round table planning process of an

upcoming desired hospital project. How the planning and the development of

the Pre-Construction Risk Assessment (PCRA) for an upcoming hospital project

shows the impact/controls necessary for optimum patient safety. There will be

a an onstage demonstration of the planning meeting. We will show visually the

completed electronic version of the PCRA used and distributed electronically

to Project Management, Infection Control, project owners etc. electronically by

Atrium Healthcare Environment of Care/Safety Officers. The follow-up as project

is underway and monitored