November Member of the Month: Erik Romo
Erik was chosen to be a Member of the Month by the VPPPA National Office Staff. During our Safety+ Symposium in Nashville, TN, Erik was a huge help to the staff as one of our volunteers. Thank you so much Erik!
VPPPA: Do you have any special hobbies/interests? If so, what are they?
Erik Romo: I enjoy spending time with my son Tristan and attending sporting events (Texans, Astros, Rockets). Traveling is also something I enjoy doing with my family. Recently visiting Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic.
VPPPA: What is/was your position and how long have you been in the position?
ER: I am a Process Operator for ChevronPhillips (Unit 22) in Sweeny, Texas. I have been with ChevronPhillips for a little bit over 3 years. It's an amazing company and look forward to the many opportunities that lie ahead.
VPPPA: What has been the greatest challenge in your career?
ER: Adapting to the schedule of operations while at the same time balancing home life. I was new to the industry when I started so a lot of life adjustments were necessary. Once I became acclimated to the schedule of being a process operator I then realized the flexibilities it allowed.
VPPPA: What is your most recent accomplishment?
ER: My greatest accomplishment will always be my son Tristan. He amazes me more and more each day and I look forward to seeing the man he becomes.
VPPPA: How did you get involved in the Safety & Health world?
ER: I first joined the EHS Team at my facility in Sweeny. Our EHS Facilitator Aaron Eddlemon always encourages others to become involved with VPP and other groups. It's something that always caught my interest and wanted to be a part of. Sweeny takes great pride in safety which leads others to do so as well.
VPPPA: What makes you passionate about the VPPPA?
ER: Not only promoting safety but also learning different ways to keep everyone safe. Making sure others return home the same way they came. Finding and helping create safety programs and tools that work. The diversity and inclusion of VPPPA is also what helps the organization come together.
VPPPA: What has been your favorite aspect of the Association?
ER: Being able to network with individuals from all industries that share the same safety values that CPChem and myself strongly believe in. At the same time bringing and sharing ideas with others to help improve safety.
VPPPA: What advice would you give to someone interested in the VPP or the VPPPA?
ER: That it is a great opportunity to both learn and contribute safety to many industries including your own. It's also a strong way to meet others also interested in making they're work place and industry a safer place.