2020 was a challenging year for all businesses with the global COVID-19 pandemic, the social injustice movement which brought protests, riots, and property damage in the hundreds of millions of dollars, non-essential businesses forced to temporarily or permanently shutter their doors, violent crime increasing in most major metropolitan areas and presidential election and how it affected businesses that had to prepare for additional civil disturbance and crime due to political unrest in the nation.
Bruce Cramer and Richard Helminski of Impact America will address how employers, employees, and visitors/customers can better prepare themselves during a crisis. The current climate that we all live in has proven that we all need to be prepared. \n\nBruce Cramer served his community as a Toledo Police Officer, retiring in October 2019 with 32 years of service. He served as a Vice President of the Police Union, D.A.R.E. Officer in the Toledo Schools, primary hostage negotiator, Field Training Officer, and also taught at the Toledo Police Academy along with Owens Community College as an instructor. Bruce is now working as a Safety Specialist with Gem/Rudolph Libbe Group. He joined Impact America 2 years ago with his expertise in law enforcement and safety consulting. He and his wife Peggy reside in Holland, Ohio. They are proud parents of 4 children and 8 grandchildren.\n\nRick Helminski served his community as its Assistant Fire Chief, retiring in July 2020 with 33+ years of service and is a member of the Springfield Schools Board of Education. He joined Impact America nearly 15 years ago becoming their fire/life safety consultant. Mr. Helminski began his service on the Springfield Board of Education in January 2014. He is a proud graduate of Springfield High School, where he excelled both academically and athletically. He is a lifelong resident committed to the safety of all residents and to ensure the quality of their lives. He is especially committed to the lives of every neighbor within the Holland Springfield community.\n\nRick has been extraordinarily active on local and statewide committees through Homeland Security, sharing his knowledge and expertise to educate colleagues and Ohioans on the importance of emergency preparedness procedures and training. In May 2020, he was recognized by Multiplying Good as a \”One in a Million\” award recipient. He and his wife Rebecca\nare the proud parents of two daughters, both of who are alumnae of SHS.