Vincent Hundley, MS, CSP, STS | President & CEO
Vince Hundley, MS, CSP, STS. Vince is the President and CEO of SMART Safety Group, a full service safety company providing safety products, safety services and OSHA training to thousands of employees in the construction industry. Vince also serves as the Safety Director of the AGC of San Diego, where he oversees all safety training staff, curriculum development and regulatory affairs.
Vince has 20 years of comprehensive safety experience and management experience working for a diverse group of employers. He has developed his own brand of Behavioral Safety Management that permeates organizations helping create safety cultures. His belief is that it is important that workers adopt safety not because it is required, but because they are doing it for their co-workers, family and community. Vince also creates curriculum and provides training on a wide range of safety topics.
He is a part of a select few trainers, nationwide that trains the trainers at the OSHA Training Institute. He trains them on how to deliver the OSHA 10 and OSHA 30 classes. Vince holds a BS in Occupational Safety from Illinois State University and a Master’s of Science in Industrial Hygiene from SDSU as well as being a Certified Safety Professional (CSP).
Akbarh Arreola, AS, ASP, QSP | Safety Consultant
Akbarh Arreola, AS, ASP, QSP, has over four years of professional experience in environmental safety and health. Akbarh is designated as an Associate Safety Professional through the Board of Certified Safety Professionals and is currently pursuing his CSP designation. He also holds an Associates of Science in Environmental Health & Safety and has enthusiastically pursued outside training to increase his knowledge on a consistent basis.
Akbarh has worked in construction environments performing and directing the work of safety auditors, training, reporting, testing, inspecting and investigating. He has successfully supervised and trained hundreds of employees in safety procedures and is very well regarded from subordinates and management alike. Akbarh is a dedicated safety professional and always goes above and beyond the call of duty to keep the workers he oversees safe and educated on safety practices.
Andrew Ovadya, MS, CSP | Staffing Director & Safety Consultant
Andrew Ovadya, MS, ASP, is the Staffing Director and a Safety Consultant with SMART Safety Group and has been in the Environmental Health and Safety field for the past 24 years.
Andrew provides written safety plans, employee training, tracking and managing of worker compensation claims. Andrew has performed extensive industrial hygiene duties such as personal air sampling, area air sampling, indoor air quality surveys, personal area noise dosimetry sampling, lighting surveys and ergonomic evaluations.
In 1992 Andrew earned a B.S. in Environmental Health from San Diego State University and also completed his M.S. in Industrial Hygiene from SDSU in 2003. He is an authorized OSHA 30 and OSHA 10 construction safety trainer. He has received his Associate Safety Professional (ASP) Status and is on his way to becoming Certified Safety professional (CSP).
Cesar Sarabia | Site Safety and Health Officer / Quality Control
Mr. Cesar Sarabia has 12 years of construction management and safety experience. His experience was obtained through working on public, Federal and private construction projects. He has knowledge of Federal and Military safety regulations and is experienced in supervising crews; performing safety inspections and documentation make him an ideal candidate for your position as Quality Control & SSHO.
Chris Malicki | Safety Consultant
Chris Malicki has over 20 years of construction related safety experience, as well as experience as a general industry workplace safety consultant. As an “A” licensed general contractor, Chris oversaw all elements of workplace safety on projects including highway and street improvements, site infrastructure, pipeline including sewer, water, and storm drain, as well as landfill construction. Chris is a Certified Occupational Safety Specialist and a member in good standing with the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), San Diego Chapter.
Erick Eigenhuis | Safety Consultant
Erick is a Safety Consultant and Lead Fall Protection Installation expert. He has been with SMART Safety Group longer than any current team member (7 years).
Erick manages some of SMART Safety Group’s largest clients and has exceptional knowledge of electrical and mechanical safety.
Erick earned his BS in Outdoor Recreation from San Diego State University and is certified in several professional courses.
Jackson Dalton | Safety Consultant
Jackson is an authorized OSHA Outreach Trainer and Competent Person Fall Protection Trainer.
Jackson has over 4 years’ experience as a Competent Person Fall Protection Trainer specializing in the specification, sourcing, and installation of engineered fall protection systems for the Military, Oil and Gas Exploration, Wind Energy, Utility, Transportation, and Construction markets.
Jackson is a former Marine and holds a BA in Business Management from the University of Saint Thomas.
Jodi Kouwe | Office Manager
Jodi Kouwe is the Office Manager at SMART Safety Group. She is indespensible to making the office runn smoothly. Jodi manages Accounting — including Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable and Payroll — Human Resources, Customer Service, and Office Maintenance.
Jodi has a background in marketing, graphic design, photography and social media. Prior to joining the SMART Safety Group team, Jodi worked at ECP Commercial, a Commercial Real Estate Brokerage, for the past 13-1/2 years. Her responsibilities at ECP Commercial included Office Management and Marketing Management.
Joe Meads | Safety Consultant / Site Safety Health Officer
Joe Meads joins SMART Safety Group with 35 years of construction experience including residential, commercial, new construction, remodels, and seismic upgrades. His attention to detail, coaching style and commitment to safety make him an asset on any project.
Joe started his safety career while working in the Navy, where protocol and emphasis on safety were very prevalent in the culture. His training as a foremen for a framing and concrete contractor expanded his safety knowledge, especially the challenges of working safely at height. His responsibility grew substantially as he moved into a superintendent role. Managing foremen, safety and production on various jobs gave him the insight on how to build a safety culture.
Joe now manages/assists Grossmont School District for safety on their construction projects.
John “Bud” Zayak | Site Safety and Health Officer
Bud is a Site Safety and Health Officer with SMART Safety Group. He has 35+ years of experience in the construction and safety industry. Bud was formerly in the United States Navy and attended Palomar College Project Management and Concrete Education.
Bud started his career at Union Local 1506 Carpenters and continued on to work at such places as Southmost Construction as a Foreman, Mission Bay Construction as their General Superintendent/Superintendent, GWD Company as General Superintendent/Project Manager/Estimator, WR Chavez Construction as Vice President/ Project Manager/ General Superintendent, Consolidated Construction Consulting acting as Owner/Project Manager/Estimator, and MBR Contractors as Project Superintendent.
Luis Torres | Regional Operations Manager LA
Luis has 10 years of construction management and field safety experience working on public and private construction projects. He was the SSHO at various projects throughout Camp Pendleton including mooring eye replacement at airfield, 4-12 kV conversion in Area 53 and replacement for Straub Construction SHHO’s on an as needed basis. Luis ensures that safety programs (Cal/OSHA, FED OSHA and EM 385-1-1 APP’s) are followed and that all employees operate within sound safety standards.
Luis has knowledge of Federal/OSHA, Cal/OSHA and Military safety regulations. His experience includes supervising crews, performing required safety inspections, and documenting as a field safety manager.
Luis has completed his dual safety certification from the OSHA Training Institute (UCSD) in construction and general industry. He is an authorized OSHA 30 and OSHA 10-hour trainer in construction and general industry.
Mark Duenez | Site Safety and Health Officer
Mark S. Duenez began his career in construction and safety as an Apprentice Carpenter. He then achieved Journeyman level status, which lead him to become a Jobsite Foreman, Assistant Superintendent, Project Superintendent, and General Building Contractor, while always keeping a focus on safety compliance.
Mark has achieved several certifications, including Residential & Commercial Building Inspector (ICC), UCSD Extended Studies Program in Construction and Competent Person training for Fall Protection, Excavation Standards, Construction Industry, Electrical Voltage, Scaffolding, Introduction to Safety and Health Management and EM385-1-1. He is currently pursuing his Professional Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health in Construction through UCSD’s Extended Studies Program.
Mark’s skills and knowledge in many phases of Construction has helped him in preventing accidents and his leadership has demonstrated how to create a culture of safety on the jobsite.
Pedro Reyes | Claims Manager
Pedro Reyes is the Claims Manager for SMART Safety Group. He manages the claims for a workforce of thousands of workers. Pedro receives one of the first calls after an employee suffers an injury. He insures that the worker receives proper medical care and is able to return to work as soon as possible. Pedro is also responsible for our client end-of-month reports, new hire orientation and employee drug screening. In addition he is also a Certified CPR First Aid trainer.
Prior to joining SMART Safety Group, Pedro was a Claims Manager representing injured workers at Brictson and Cohn law firm.
Ron Kaufold | Site Safety and Health Officer
Ron Kaufold has 21+years of construction management and safety experience working on large public and private construction projects. Those projects include Los Angeles City sewer rehabilitation, Carlsbad power plant and Abbott Labs in Temecula, CA.
Ron has recently completed an armory at Twenty-nine Palms Marine Corps Base. He has knowledge of Federal and Military safety regulations and has had extensive contact with permanent onsite OSHA inspectors.
Ron has also recently completed an OSHA 30 Fed construction safety course. His leadership skills and knowledge of construction and its safety aspects, make him an asset as an Onsite Site Safety Officer.
Scott Steeves | Site Safety Health Officer
Scott Steeves started his safety career while working at Jackson & Blanc for 8 years. Then he continued at A.O. Reed & Co. for the next 20 years, where protocol and emphasis on safety were very prevalent in the culture. His training as a Foreman, Superintendent, TAB Supervisor and Commissioning Agent (NEBB) for a HVAC contractor expanded his safety knowledge, especially the challenges of working safely at heights, confined spaces and in excavations.
He has 31 years of construction experience including residential, commercial, new construction, remodels, and Health Care Facilities, Hospitals (OSHPD) & Medical Office Buildings (MOBs) with extensive seismic upgrades. He’s had been involved in safety training since 1981 (30 Years) working with HVAC, Commissioning Contractors and General Contractors. He has knowledge of Federal and Military safety regulations and is experienced in supervising crews and performing safety inspections and documentation.
Craig Angarola | Staffing Director
Crittenton Zayak | Site Safety & Health Officer
Rick Van Elderen | Site Safety & Health Officer