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Monday, February 20 • 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Breakout Session # 5: Raising Risk Assessment to the Highest Levels

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All product manufacturers need to understand risk and reward before introducing products into the marketplace but those within a company may view the importance of risk assessment differently. Compliance and quality assurance departments understand the obligation a company has to analyze, alter and improve products throughout the risk assessment process. However, not all companies fully understand how detailed or complex a risk assessment program should be and the placement and where the reporting structure should sit within the company.

This panel discussion about the creation of risk assessment programs, the commitment companies should have for a fully vetted and executional program and why the C-Suite should be fully invested and support quality assurance and risk assessment programs and departments.

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Lisa Trofe

Director, Product Safety & Certification, Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association (JPMA)
Lisa Trofe is the Director of Product Safety & Certification for the Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association (JPMA).  In this role, she oversees the trade association’s product safety programming, including the Certification 2.0 program, which certifies 2,000+ juvenile products in 25 product categories annually.  In addition to serving as the liaison between JPMA members and testing labs, Lisa actively engages with CPSC... Read More →

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Patrica Edwards

Voluntary Standards Coordinator, CPSC
Patricia (Patty) Edwards is the Voluntary Standards Coordinator for the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Patty received her B.S. degree in Materials Engineering from Va Tech and her M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to her career with the CPSC, she spent 15 years in private industry working as a litigation technical expert and project manager for a forensic engineering firm. After joining the... Read More →

Antonio Fernandes

Director, Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs and Compliance, Dorel Juvenile
Antonio Fernandes is the Director of QA and Regulatory Affairs and Compliance for Dorel Juvenile USA’s Design and Development Center’s Quality Management System.   Mr. Fernandes has over 20 years of experience in product development and regulatory affairs.  He oversees Quality Engineering, Regulatory Affairs and Compliance, Research and Development Laboratory and the Internal Auditing Program.   He is a member... Read More →
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Brian Grochal

Global Technical Lead - Juvenile Products, UL
Brian Grochal is the Global Technical Lead for Juvenile Products at UL, working closely with UL’s global labs to ensure accuracy and consistency, and supporting clients by developing innovative solutions to complex challenges. Brian’s knowledge encompasses US, Canadian, European, and Australian standards, global compliance systems, product lifecycle management, traceability systems, risk assessment, and more. He most recently served... Read More →

Steve Marton

Partner, VisioCap, LLC
Steve Marton is currently a Partner in VisioCap, LLC a lower middle market private equity firm that focuses on business in the consumer products category. In addition, Steve provides consulting and advisory services to companies and investors in the consumer package goods industry with a focus in the baby and pet sectors. Previously, Steve was the Senior Operating Advisor at Pegasus Capital Advisors, a lower middle market private equity firm... Read More →

Monday February 20, 2017 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Poiniana A-D