Chris Ross


Chris Ross

A passionate, humorous, and energetic trainer and consultant who helps clients thrive and reach new levels of performance.

Chris has been a performance consultant, trainer, lecturer and presenter for over 35 years. He is a highly talented presenter with a keen sense of humor, a strong passion and unique story-telling abilities. He is a top-ranked speaker in high demand on the national circuit and a pinnacle independent consultant. His audiences rate his presentations as cutting edge, compelling and highly entertaining. He’s a performance consultant, motivational speaker, workshop leader, curriculum designer and executive coach. He helps clients with organizational change, employee engagement, leadership development, performance improvement, and creating strategy. He has consulted with over 800 organizations in such diverse industries as health care, manufacturing, government (local, state and federal levels), oil and gas, chemicals, services, hospitality, engineering, aerospace, defense, and numerous others.

Chris has a lengthy list of credentials to back him up. Not only is he a valuable member of the SafeStart team, he has earned professional certification through the Association of Talent Development (ATD) as a Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD), he additionally is recognized by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals as a Certified Safety Professional (CSP).

Chris has presented keynotes, workshops and break-out sessions for fifteen consecutive years at the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) annual Professional Development Conference and has presented at dozens of other local and regional safety conferences. He also presents seminars and workshops for ASSP, SHRM and ATD on a wide variety of topics including Instructional Design, Performance Consulting, Change Management, Appreciative Inquiry, Negotiation Skills, Needs Assessment and more. He has also facilitated breakout sessions and keynote speeches for ASSP Leadership Conference and presented at the SafeStart Human Factors Conference.

With a background in civil engineering and organizational development, he has experience in human resources, safety management, risk management, project management, budgeting, and operations. He has presented over 1,200 courses and workshops for over 75,000 participants. Plus, he has written over 200 articles, blogs and columns for a dozen publications including AGC Contractor Magazine, SHRM Council Prospector Magazine, ISN, ATD, NSC, Health and Safety Magazine, Professional Safety. Throughout his career, he has reached over 100,000 participants in over 800 organizations.


It was very helpful having Chris assist us in setting up our action plans. I don’t think the meeting could have been as productive if he wasn’t here.

– Sage Products


Great facilitation by Chris. Did a great job at directing students onto the right path.

– Cargill


This is one of the best sessions I have ever attended. I can use and apply everything I learned.

– PCC Airfoils



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