Automotive, Truck, Motorcycle, ATV, Heavy Industrial Equipment, and Marine Industries Consultant Mechanical, Electronic, Brake, Steering, and Systems Performance Testing & Analysis
Bachelor of Science (Chemistry and Physics) from Texas State University, 1984
World Class Certified ASE Technician, ASE Certified Master Technician in Heavy Duty Truck, Passenger Car/Light Truck, Collision Repair, and Machinist, (National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence)
36 years of technical, academic, operational, and managerial experience in the private and commercial transportation, heavy equipment, marine, and recreational vehicle industries
Extensive experience performing vehicle inspections and downloads of event data recorders and electronically stored information (ESI), including analysis, validation, testing, and preservation on almost all makes and models of vehicles and equipment
Primary areas of consultation: mechanical, automotive, CMV/truck, heavy industrial equipment, motorcycle/bicycle, marine, recreational vehicle, collision repair, tire failure analysis, testing and analysis include to include fluids, materials, and component parts, railroad/Hy-Rail, FMCSA/DOT compliance, commercial motor vehicle driver/operator qualification and compliance, job site and transportation safety claims and litigation.
LITIGATION AND CLAIMS INSPECTIONS
CRASH/ELECTRONIC DATA RECORDER/ECM DOWNLOADS AND ANALYSIS FROM ALL ON-BOARD MODULES, CONTROLLERS, AND GPS/VEHICLE TRACKING UNITS
FORENSIC TESTING AND SCIENTIFIC ANALYSIS
MOBILE MECHANICAL AND VEHICLE/EQUIPMENT DISASSEMBLY AND INSPECTION
EXEMPLAR, FLUID, AND METALLURGICAL TESTING
PRODUCT TESTING, PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT, AND PRODUCT DEFECT ANALYSIS
WORLD CLASS, HIGHLY DETAILED REVIEW OF VEHICLE MAINTAINCE RECORDS AND DQ FILES
COMMERCIAL MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY POLICIES & COMPLIANCE ANALYSIS
COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE DRIVER/OPERATOR QUALIFICATION & COMPLIANCE ANALYSIS
Donald L. Hess, President of DLH Associates, Inc., has been providing expert witness services to attorneys and other clients, including Analysis of Vehicle Crashes since 1997. His specialty is crashes involving Commercial Motor Vehicles, including trucks, tractor-trailers, and buses.
With well over two million miles of safe cross-country trucking experience, followed by over 20 years as a driver trainer and creator / administrator of commercial driving programs, Mr. Hess is well-qualified to provide analysis of what drivers are trained to do in specific situations and circumstances, what federal and state regulations call for and require, and all aspects of the safe and proper operation of commercial motor vehicles. As a motorcyclist with over 45 years of riding and training experience, he is also qualified to comment on accidents involving motorcycles.
Mr. Hess has been nationally-recognized as a leader in safety and training issues, is a winner of the American Trucking Associations Million Mile Driving award, and was a winner of the Truckload Carriers Association Lee Crittenden award. Over his long and successful career in trucking and education, he has held numerous national board and officer positions in trucking and education.
Litigation Support - Mr. Hess is uniquely qualified to analyze and comment on driver behavior in virtually any situation, and has established a solid reputation as an expert witness in crashes involving trucks and commercial vehicles for both Plaintiff and Defense in about 300 hundred cases across the country since 1997. His experience includes significant deposition and trial testimony.
He possesses a unique combination of training, hands-on experience, and education that combine to position him as a leading expert in all facets of trucking. Mr. Hess still maintains a valid, current Commercial Driver License fully endorsed for Combination Vehicles, Doubles-Triples, Tankers, Hazardous Materials, Motorcycles, and Buses. He also holds a USDOT Medical Exam Certificate and CDL and medical maintained without interruption or fault since 1971.
Evidence Solutions, Inc., (ESI) is a premier forensics company founded in 1982. The goal at ESI is to help clients obtain, understand, and utilize all the Data and Information available to them.
ESI can analyze cell phones, computers, hard drives, EDRs, reconstruct accidents, provide trucking standard of care consulting, recover digital data, and provide consulting services in their many areas of expertise. Their team of experts can help you understand what needs to be done, what should have been done, and what to do next.
Sports & Fitness Injury
Featured ESI Expert:
Scott Greene - Technology Forensics Acquisition - Digital Evidence Preservation, Analysis, and Presentation Consultant and Expert Witness
For over 35 years, Scott Greene has been helping owners, CEO’s, managers and IT departments understand data. Mr. Greene Collects, Analyzes and Explains Complex Electronic Evidence in Plain English.
Mr. Greene was the founder of Great Scott Enterprises, Inc, which provided superior computer consulting services. The array of services included: custom programming, database design optimization, administration of databases, evaluation of existing systems to ensure optimal efficiency, profitability analysis, as well as design and implementation of knowledge base systems.
Today, Scott is an Affiliated Professional Member of the American Bar Association and works with Law Firms, Businesses, and Private Individuals. His extensive and diverse experience allows him to be an expert in many facets of computer and digital technology. He is a sought-after speaker and educator and travels throughout the country presenting to local, regional, national and international organizations.
Areas of Expertise:
Accounting and Medical Billing System Forensics
Accounting Systems Forensics
Black Box, ECM, ECU, EDR, DDEC, Download & Analysis
Black Box / Event Data Recorder / EDR, Forensics
Cell Phone Carrier Forensics
Cell Phone Forensics & Mobile Device Forensics
Data Fabrication Forensics
Digital Camera Forensics / Digital Photo Forensics
Digital Copier Forensics
Digital Photo Forensics
Document & Spreadsheet Forensics
Electronic Logging Device
Electronic Medical Record (EMR) / Electronic Health Record (EHR) Forensics
JP Transportation Safety Consulting, LLC (JPTSC) has more than one hundred years of combined experience serving the Shipping and Transportation industry relative to Workplace Safety and Regulatory Compliance. JPTSC helps companies of all types and sizes that operate commercial motor vehicles, as well as shippers and carriers of hazardous materials, with respect to compliance with Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations.
JPTSC provides comprehensive consulting services to companies with safety performance problems or those seeking to enhance existing programs and policies. They provide recommendations and guidance according to the best safety practices. The consulting services of JPTSC have helped companies throughout the United States develop necessary safety management controls to comply with applicable regulations and improve overall safety performance.
JPTSC has aided hundreds of transportation and logistical companies throughout the U.S. in reducing their overall compliance violations and improving their fleet operating safety performance. Their expertise includes Powered Industrial Lift Trucks, Interstate Operations, Concrete Mixers, For-Hire Motor Carriers, Private Motor Carriers, Intrastate Operations, Local Delivery Trucks, Passenger Buses, and Utility Vehicles.
JPTSC provides the following Compliance Services, Management Consulting, and Training Programs:
Mock DOT Compliance Reviews
DOT Audit Assistance
Driver Training & Safety Meetings
Drug & Alcohol Training
Driver Training & Road Testing
Hazardous Material Compliance Training
Decision Driving Programs
OSHA & Site Planning
Jon (Paul) Dillard, President and Co-Founder, has fulfilled all of the educational requirements, acquired the professional experience and knowledge of the field, and attained the level of expertise and professionalism in Motor Fleet Supervision as a Certified Director of Safety from the North American Transportation Management Training Institute. He has been employed in the motor carrier industry for over 30 years and has successfully managed the safety, compliance, and claims for two major motor carriers as a Vice President and/or Director of Safety resulting in satisfactory compliance audits and significant reductions in accident frequency. Mr. Dillard is experienced and trained in: Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety and Compliance - Quality Management - Defensive Driving - Accident Investigation - Commercial Motor Vehicle Operations - Inspection / Maintenance - OSHA - Cargo Loading and Securement - Hazardous Materials Transportation.
Jon O. Cook, COO, Co-Founder, is a former Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver and Owner Operator with over 1,000,000 over-the-road miles to his credit. He is a certified commercial driver examiner, having trained and road-tested hundreds of commercial drivers. Mr. Cook has been employed in various capacities in the trucking industry over the last 36 years. He served as Director of Safety for a large food-store chain in Birmingham, Alabama covering seven states. Mr. Cook also remains active in the Alabama Trucking Association. He has served on the Board of Directors and was previously Chairman of the Board and as President and Chairman of the Board for the North Alabama Chapter of the National Safety Council. Mr. Cook is experienced and trained in: DOT Compliance / Safety - Driver Recruiting - Qualification - Training and Maintenance Programs - Road Testing - Accident Avoidance - Defensive Driving - Fuel Economy - Cargo Securement - Proper Equipment Usage.
Kenneth M. Price, a recent addition to JPTSC, has spent the last 5 years As a Motor Carrier Safety Specialist with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. His duties included planning, scheduling, and conducting compliance reviews on motor carriers throughout the State of Alabama to assure compliance with regulations, policies, and /or guidelines, including those concerned with the transportation and handling of hazardous materials. Mr. Price also assisted the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Trial Attorney documenting evidence for a case that was going before an Administrative Law Judge. He has also worked with the Trial Attorney documenting evidence for the Field Administrators Reply to Preliminary Order on Petition for Review of Safety Ratings. Mr. Price is experienced and trained in: Compliance Reviews - Hazardous Materials - Safety Instructor - Motor Coach Bus Driver Qualifications.
Lewis Grill is a Trucking Expert with over 45 years and millions of miles of experience. As a truck driver, owner operator, truck driver training instructor, truck driver training program director, and safety director, he offers consulting services for motor carriers and truck driving schools.
Mr. Grill is currently assisting two U.S. DOT / FMCSA contractors (MaineWay and Volpe) with research on the effectiveness of Driver Training on Improving Driver Safety Performance. He is also assisting DOT with development of improved specification for interface software that can collect driver performance data from training simulators and transfer that performance measure data to Learning Management Software to assist in determining whether the driver has met Minimum Training Standards. Mr. Grill is also working on a special U.S. DOT project to study its Hazardous Materials Safety Permit (HMSP) program for motor carriers and report to Congress on the findings by October 1, 2013.
Lewis Grill has made many guest speaker appearances as a truck driver-training expert for the nation’s leading trucking industry associations and organizations and assisted in the production of more than a dozen instructional videos and multimedia training modules for truck drivers. His numerous works on trucking and commercial motor transportation have appeared in national advertising, books, magazines, and national television. He has written more than 15 books and hundreds of articles on trucking, truck driving, and heavy equipment operation.
MCB Consulting (MCB) is a Commercial Transportation company well-known for significantly reducing Fleet Maintenance Costs for all of its clients in public, private, and governmental sectors. They have over 100 years of fleet, logistics, and leadership expertise in the airline, construction, transportation, service, utility, and sanitation industries.
Through the implementation of cost effective fleet asset and leadership processes, MCB makes the global marketplace a safer place to live and do business. They lower operating costs, increase efficiencies, improve fuel mileage, and lower vehicle emissions, to improve the environment in which we live. Additionally, they strive to increase the self-esteem of their clients’ employees through the development of continuous personal and leadership programs.
The team at MCB knows that proper cost control requires expertise in preventative maintenance, procurement, technician productivity, inventory control, warranty management and breakdown analysis. For over 30 years, they have been helping transportation and service company's keep fuel, maintenance, tire, and labor costs, the largest expenses that fleet operating companies incur, to a minimum.
Partial Client List: MCB Consulting has assisted organizations such as UPS, Con-way Freight, Waste Management, and Great Dane Trailer Manufacturer.
Maintenance Cost & Breakdown Analysis & Solution Development
Michael C. Buck, President of MCB Consulting, is a Commercial Transportation Expert with over 30 years of experience. Mr. Buck launched MCB Consulting to supply companies with fleet management expertise in preventative maintenance programs, procurement and warranty recovery initiatives, litigation, fuel / tire management, leadership development, and DOT, CSA, and OSHA regulatory compliance.
Mr. Buck and his team provide world-class Fleet Maintenance Management by developing methodical policies and procedures monitored by performance metrics while simultaneously providing leadership with the tools and authority to effectively assist their customers.
Mr. Buck is recognized as an experienced senior-level fleet and executive with proven success in developing systems and infrastructures to promote profitability. He is adept at bolstering the performance of both physical and human capital. A strategic communicator who will solicit buy-in and institute initiatives focused on promoting fiscally prudent organizational growth.
In transportation, increased volume due to supply and demand have come at unprecedented proportions. The industry has met these demands head-on, overcoming a multitude of obstacles all while implementing contactless pick-up and delivery methods, enhanced asset & shipment tracking, and GPS guidance.
Christina Comisarek has over 40 years of experience in and around the Transportation industry, 25 of which have been spent driving over 2 million miles accident free. She is a Certified Director of Safety, Certified Driver Trainer, and has managed a small trucking business for over 10 years. Ms. Comisarek serves as a Transportation Consultant, Driver Safety Trainer, and Expert Witness.
Background: Ms. Comisarek gained first-hand experience, good business sense, and a strong, solid work ethic working for her family's two businesses. Over the years, she's had a variety of roles in the transportation industry, such as loading and unloading, local deliveries, linehaul, school bus driving, driver / safety training, and managing a small trucking company. Ms. Comisarek continues to drive part-time to stay current in the industry. She takes every opportunity to enhance her skills and background, either through first-hand experience or by attending courses such as Accident Investigation.
As a Consultant, Ms. Comisarek assists trucking companies in areas such as streamlining their operations, risk management situations, driver recruitment and retention, and Employee handbooks. Her Safety Training is done either in the classroom or on-site currently, and soon will be offered online.
As an Expert Witness, Ms. Comisarek has worked with top expert witness firms and is pleased to currently be working with NECSC, LLC, providing sound consultation to attorneys through report writing, depositions, and successful trial appearance.
Areas of Expertise:
Truck Accident Investigation
Loading / Unloading
Physical Distribution Management
Shipping and Dock Operations
Dump Truck Operations
Independent Contractor and Broker Operations
Motor Carrier Standards of Care
Driver Standards of Care
Warehousing and Distribution Management
Hazardous Materials Transportation
Freight Loss / Damage Prevention
Awards / Honors:
Over 2.0 million miles Accident-Free Driving – all consecutive years at Consolidated Freightways and FedEx
Colleague nominated candidate for American Trucking Association’s 2002 – 2004 America’s Road Team
Clean CDL Class A with Doubles/Triples, Hazmat (past), Tanker, Passenger & School Bus Endorsements
Triples Certification [expired] in Ohio and Indiana Tandem (long doubles) Certification [expired] in NY
Scott L. Turner is a highly qualified Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Transportation Expert, FMCSR Regulatory and PHMSA-HMR Expert with approximately 30-years experience in the highly specialized field of CMV crashes and incidents, and 16 years as the CEO of a nationwide CMV crash & HazMat disaster response corporation.
Mr. Turner's career includes personal response and/or investigation of over 1,000 CMV crashes, 200 cargo-tank truck crashes/incidents and a multitude of industrial setting incidents including fixed facilities, loading docks and loading rack disasters. His FMCSR and PHMSA knowledge (Federal Enforcement Training), detailed reporting and testimony can be a focal point of any civil litigation, where commercial motor vehicle crashes and/or transit incidents are at issue, with or without hazmat involvement. Mr. Turner is qualified in both the Federal Court system as well as multiple States throughout the United States and testifies on an approximate 50/50 average of Defense to Plaintiff ratio.
Areas of Expertise:
Level 1 FMCSA Inspections
Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Post-Crash Inspection
Trade Resources & Associates is a consulting firm established in 2003 that specializes in cross-border transactions, customs and export compliance, and logistics in the global and domestic movement of goods. Trade Resources & Associates has experience leading global trade compliance and transportation for multinational corporations, such as, Micron Technology, Aviza, Inc., Flextronics (formerly Solectron), and Applied Materials.
Export Product Classification & Licensing in Information Security Semiconductor, Network Storage and Data, Global Encryption Space
Develop Export Management & Compliance Management Programs, Create Export Control Manual and Technology Control Plan
Provide Guidance in Import Classification, Valuation and Country of Origin, 301 Tariff Exclusions, Trade Agreement Act (TAA)
Trade Compliance Risk Audits
Mergers and Acquisitions ( M & A) Due Diligence
Direct Voluntary Self Disclosures
Trade Compliance Automation Services and Export Screening support
Logistics and Third-Party Management
Freight Forwarding and Transportation Management
Jo-Anne Daniels, President and Founder of Trade Resources & Associates, has been a International Trade Industry Consultant for over 25 years. She is a frequent invited speaker for trade associations and logistics organizations. Ms. Daniels authored several industry publications and is the past President of the Professional Association of Exporters and Importers.
Professional Memberof Forensic Expert Witness Association (FEWA)
President and Board of Director-Professional Association of Exporters and Importers(PAEI)
Member of Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association (CBFAN)
SUMAC made several key regulatory changes as compared to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that affect compliance and liability. Learning to navigate and master these new provisions are the key to complying with the regulations, minimizing liability for non-compliance, and succeeding in global trade.