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Dr. Michael Fagel, PhD, CEM
837 Hoyden Ct
Sugar Grove IL 60554
phone: 630-234-6611
Dr. Michael J. Fagel, PhD, CEM has over 30 years of broad based experience in a variety of fields relating to Threat & Vulnerability Assessment, Consequence Management & Emergency Management. He provides specialized assistance in OSHA compliance assistance and training in Disaster Management, Emergency Response as well as Occupational Safety and Health.

Aurora Safety has extensive experience in litigation guidance drawing from decades of experience in all phases of safety and emergency response and planning. They provide guidance to attorneys and insurance companies on a variety of topics and offer effective evaluations regarding the many facets of each case.

Dr. Fagel provides expert witness services to cases in across North America. He has served various Federal Agencies providing Occupational Safety Services at disaster sites. He also was EMS coordinator for the fire rescue division in North Aurora, as well as serving as an officer in the local fire service. Dr. Fagel currently teaches industrial safety and emergency medical services at several college locations and lectures at various professional trade conferences throughout the country. He offers Expert Witness Services and Litigation Support to attorneys representing both Plaintiff and Defense.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Disaster Management and Recovery
  • OSHA Compliance
  • Voluntary Protection Programs (VPPs)
  • Fire, EMS, Disaster Management
  • Site Inspections
  • Training Assessment Management and Development of Safety Programs
  • Critical Incident / Crisis Management Site Inspections
  • Safety Audits
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4/24/2014 · Security
At schools, campuses, sporting events, and retail facilities, those thoughts ring out day after day. We have watched with horror the increasingly more frequent news of violence at establishments we once thought "safe" from wanton violence. One has to just scan the news to see that no place is immune from any type of random act that injures or kills innocent civilians, be it a movie theater, retail mall, sporting event, school, or church. In this column, let's take a look at a few basic elements.

3/26/2014 · Security
We often times think of our own facilities, our sites as something no one would want to harm... or would they?

Michael J. Fagel, PhD
Emergency managers and officials have seen a tremendous increase in the planning responsibilities placed on their shoulders over the last decade. Crisis Management and Emergency Planning: Preparing for Today's Challenges supplies time-tested insights to help communities and organizations become better prepared to cope with natural and manmade disasters and their impacts on the areas they serve.
Michael J. Fagel, PhD
This book offers preparedness and mitigation recommendations for advanced emergency planning. Because disasters are so unpredictable, advance planning is needed to effectively respond to and mitigate against the potential effects of such events. More than a dozen contributors offer their professional expertise on a wide variety of topics.
Michael J. Fagel, PhD
This book provides a clear and up-to-date understanding of how an EOC should operate within the guidance of various federal and national programs. It discusses the processes and systems that must be considered in emergency planning and preparedness efforts, and provides time-tested tips for those developing and revising emergency preparedness plans.
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Michael J. Puckett, MPH, CIH, CSP, REHS
6368 North Figarden Drive, Suite 104
Fresno CA 93722
phone: 559-623-2418
fax: 510-350-9031
Michael Puckett, MPH, CIH, CSP, REHS, a US Army Veteran, has over 16 years of experience in both Industrial Hygiene and Safety Disciplines. His professional credentials include Certified Industrial Hygienist, Certified Safety Professional, and Registered Environmental Health Specialist by the State of California Department of Public Health.

Mr. Puckett spent seven and a half years with the State of California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, and over eight years with the US Navy, both managing the industrial hygiene program for the Naval Hospital Lemoore Area of Responsibility, encompassing Northern California and Northern Nevada and providing comprehensive industrial hygiene support.

Mr. Puckett is an Adjunct Faculty member at California State University, Fresno. He currently teaches a course in Environmental Health that covers topics from water and air pollution, occupational health and safety, infectious disease, and solid waste.

Litigation Support - Michael J. Puckett is retained as an expert witness for various cases ranging from wrongful death civil cases to Cal/OSHA Appeals to trial attorneys representing homeowners against their homeowners’ insurance companies. His services are available to counsel representing plaintiff and defendant and include documentary review, deposition, and expert testimony at hearing.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Safety
  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Exposure Assessment
  • Cal / OSHA Compliance Assistance
  • Job Safety / Job Hazard Analysis
  • Ergonomics
  • Occupational Health Illness Investigation
  • Environmental Health / Food Safety Audits
  • Training
  • Mold
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    Alan Schwartz
    Executive VP
    55 Northern Blvd.
    Great Neck NY 11021
    phone: 516-482-9001
    fax: 516-482-0186
    mdi Consultants, Inc - Experts in FDA regulatory affairs, quality assurance and ISO 9000 certification. With 6 years in the FDA and 26 years consulting to the industry, mdi Consultants, Inc. has been an invited Speaker worldwide on FDA regulations and policies and has obtained FDA expert status as third party auditors.


    We utilize the following three part approach to providing high quality services to our clients:
  • Unsurpassed consultant experience – we identify and recruit only top quality consultants with deep industry knowledge to provide the most complete and insightful advice to our clients
  • Up-to-date systems and processes – we have highly defined systems (e.g. manuals, training programs, technical files) and processes (e.g. audit methodologies, 510(k) submission, validations) that are constantly refined and kept current across the ever changing regulatory environment
  • Involvement in regulation development – we stay ahead of policies by participating in the development of regulation (e.g. HACCP, Scientific Advisor to U.S. Congressmen)
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    Monoj K. Gupta
    President and Founder
    2526 204th Street SW
    Lynnwood WA 98036
    phone: 972-234-1634
    Monoj K. Gupta is president of MG Edible Oil Consulting International. After working for thirty-two years in the private sector, Mr. Gupta started his private consulting company to assist the Fats & Oils Processing and the Snack Food industry. A specialist in Edible Oil Processing and Technology, Mr. Gupta offers a wealth of knowledge in the field.

    Background: With a Master's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, Mr. Gupta began his career at Procter & Gamble CO. in 1965. His direct responsibilities included product development, manufacturing and quality assurance. Mr. Gupta joined the Anderson Clayton Company IN 1981, where he worked in engineering and productivity improvement in both the domestic and international divisions. He had direct responsibility for designing and rebuilding oil-processing plants at numerous locations. His final corporate assignment was at the Frito Lay Company as a section manager and technical advisor in oil applications in research and development work and frying application worldwide.

    Mr. Gupta has worked closely within the past years and continues to have regular contact with the National Sunflower Association, the United Soybean Board, and the National Cottonseed Products Association, in the area of genetic and non-GMO modification of oil seeds, their applications and commercialization.

    Monoj Gupta provides Litigation Support Services to attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense. His expert witness cases include:
    • Edible Oil Patent Review and Litigations involving Patent Infringement
    • Vegetable Oil Processing, Frying, and other Applications
    • Restaurant Safety and Restaurant Fire Causation Issues
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    Monoj K. Gupta, (ed.)
    A comprehensive and made-easy review of all vegetable oil processing steps, including critical process control points, their significance, proper control ranges, and the troubleshooting process. This book is a must-have for vegetable oil processing and maintenance personnel, as well as equipment manufacturers. It discusses process equipment and their functions, along with everything one needs to know to maintain the operation in good order.
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    his book is a unique compilation of theoretical discussions on oil chemistry, the mechanism of oil breakdown, and the practical aspects related to frying. Topics include basic frying oil chemistry and the techniques for the protection of the frying oil; frying techniques for coated foods; food safety and regulatory aspects related to frying; package issues; and the proper techniques required for the day-to-day operation of a frying process.
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    Restaurant and Hospitality Expert
    941 Kanuga Rd
    Hendersonville NC 28739
    phone: 561-309-2298
    David Rutecki's career spans 35 years of Restaurant and Hospitality related experience. Working in more than 20 restaurants and involved in the opening of more than a dozen, he has worked every position possible within this industry.

    Mr. Rutecki currently owns and operates Mountain Deli in Hendersonville, recently garnering the 2016 Blue Ridge Growth Award. He is a Member of the North Carolina and National Restaurant Associations.

    Mr. Rutecki has been invloved in the opening of the following selected restaurants:
    • Fancy’s Food and Wine, Gourmet Shop, Coral Gables, South Miami & Grove Isle, Fl.
    • Susie’s Bagels, Breakfast Restaurant, South Miami, Fl.
    • Pizzaria Uno, Full Service Restaurant, Miami, Fl.
    • Baystreet, Full Service Seafood Restaurant, Miami, Fl.
    • Rusty Pelican, Upscale Seafood, Key Biscayne, Miami, Fl.
    • Gatsby’s, Upscale Billiards and Cigar Bar, Boca Raton, Fl.
    • Maxwell’s Chophouse, Upscale Steakhouse, Boca Raton, Fl.
    • Mountain Deli, Delicatessen, Downtown Hendersonville, NC
    Litigation Support - David Rutecki offers expert witness and litigation support for restaurant related issues in Western North Carolina. His services are available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Restaurant and Kitchen Design, Menu Development
    • Food Safety and Sanitation
    • Bar Operations & Liquor Liability
    • Safety & Security - Slips, Trips and Falls
    • Concept Development & Restaurant Start Up, Partnership Issues
    • Daily Operations & Management, Employee & Staffing Issues
    • Retail Operations
    • Work Flow Planning
    • Staff & Mgmt Training Programs & Handbooks
    • Site Selection and Development
    • Business Plan Development
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    Arthur M. Manask, FCSI, Founder and CEO
    Don J. Avalier, FCSI, FMP
    209 W. Alameda Ave.
    Ste. 103
    Burbank CA 91502
    phone: 818-557-0635
    fax: 818-563-3552
    Manask & Associates has been North America's leading Food and Beverage and Gift Shop / Retail Earned Income consultants to the hospitality industry for over 20-years.

    Litigation Support - With a coast-to-coast team of expert consultants and services, Manask & Associates has extensive experience representing plaintiff and defendants as expert witnesses for any food / beverage / foodservice operational or service areas.

    Menu of Expert Services:
    • Food and Beverage Profitability / Cost Controls
    • Operator Selection (Contract Negotiations)
    • Self-Operating versus Outsourcing
    • Litigation Support/Expert Witness
    • Expansion / Renovation Programming, Planning
    • Market Research and Benchmarking
    • Customer / Guest Satisfaction
    • Customer Service Training
  • Back-of-House Training
  • Mystery Shopping
  • Food Safety / Sanitation Inspections / Compliance
  • Sustainable Food and Beverage Program
  • Catering Services, Banquets, Facility Rentals
  • Training, Systems and Procedures
  • Business Plans and Planning
  • Benchmarking and Industry Best Practices
  • Arthur Manask Foodservice Industry Expert PhotoArthur M. Manask, FCSI - Arthur M. Manask is founder and CEO of Manask & Associates, a consulting firm that provides management advisory services to cultural and other institutions that have in-house restaurant and catering services. Clients in the hospitality sphere include business and industry, restaurants, performing arts venues, attractions, colleges and schools. Other clients include museums, botanical gardens, historic homes, aquariums and zoos. The company services its clients from offices throughout the U.S.

    Mr. Manask has more than 30 years experience in the hospitality industry. His experience includes 16 years as President and owner of his own foodservice management companies, 14 years experience in senior operating positions with two national foodservice organizations, and 16 years heading consultant firm Manask & Associates. His multi-unit operating experience includes corporate dining; school and college dining; leisure and recreational foodservices; museum restaurants/cafés; on-premise, off-premise and special event catering; commercial restaurants; and tablecloth dining. His clients include Amgen, Inc., City of Los Angeles the National Gallery of Art, RAND Corp, The Field Museum, Chicago Botanic Gardens, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and the University of Central Missouri among others.

    Arthur Manask is a past chairman and member of the Board of Directors of the California Restaurant Association for 30 years and member of Society for Foodservice Management. He is also a former member of Young Presidents' Organization and current member of World President's Organization.

    Don Avalier Foodservice Management Expert PhotoDon J. Avalier, FCSI, FMP - Educated at UCLA, his professional experience includes positions as Vice President-Operations for Longchamp's, Inc. of New York, Area Director of Food and Beverage for Sheraton Corporation of America, Corporate Director-Food and Beverage for Princess Cruises Resorts and Hotels, and Corporate Director-Food and Beverage of American Golf Corporation. Don is a member of Food Consultants Society International (FCSI), the California Restaurant Association and one of a limited number of Foodservice Management Professionals (FMP) accredited by the Educational Foundation of the National Restaurant Association.

    Mr. Avalier began working with Manask & Associates in 2000 after more than 25 years of operational experience opening and operating more than 71 restaurants, nine hotels and six country clubs. He has been providing management advisory consulting services to restaurants, casinos, golf and country clubs, hotels and other foodservice operations for over 18 years. Accepted by the courts as an "industry expert", Mr. Avalier also provides litigation support to attorneys with expert witness support and consulting services. Some of his client projects include, but are not limited to: Indian Ridge Country Club, Moon Valley Country Club, North Ranch Country Club, King's Hawaiian Restaurant & Bakery, Coco's Johnny Rockets, City Wok, Maple Drive Restaurant, Spirit Mountain Casino, The Venetian Hotel & Casino, MGM Grand Hotel, Commerce Casino, Hoag Memorial Hospital, Doubletree Club Hotels, Sheraton Hotels, Premier Hotels among others
    Arthur M. Manask, FCSI, et al
    This book is unique in making available the detailed, highly practical results and recommendations of real-world studies of foodservices and facility rental operations in some of the world's leading museums, galleries and cultural institutions. This range of studies focuses on the challenges most frequently encountered as museums and cultural institutions strive to manage efficient and profitable catering services.