|John Phillips, Director
RITA's Transportation Safety Institute
RITA has announced the hiring of the first new Director of its Oklahoma City-based Transportation Safety Institute (TSI) in 10 years. John Phillips, former Chief of Ground Safety for the United States Air Force (USAF), assumed leadership of TSI in September 2008.
In his previous position, Phillips led the overall ground mishap prevention program for USAF operations and personnel worldwide. He oversaw ground safety policy, plans, programs, and standards development and implementation for over 800,000 military and civilian personnel.
It was through his USAF safety work that Phillips first learned about TSI-as a customer. "I was always impressed by the quality of TSI's training, its excellent customer service, and overall professionalism," he said. "When the opportunity presented itself to join TSI, I knew I wanted to be part of its great team."
Phillips held numerous previous assignments at USAF, including chief of safety, environment, and health; chief of range safety; chief of ground safety; manager of USAF operational risk management; chief of USAF safety plans/policy. Early in his career, he flew helicopters for the U.S. Army. He is a Certified Safety Professional, has a Master of Science degree in Industrial Safety Management, and is a graduate of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government Senior Executive Fellows Program and the Federal Executive Institute's Leadership for a Democratic Society Course. Of all the awards and citations he has received, Phillips is proudest of his two Air Force Civilian Meritorious Service medals.
TSI is a Federal cost recovery agency that develops and provides safety, security, and environmental training and services for both public and private sector customers worldwide. TSI conducts approximately 600 technical and management courses annually, training nearly 20,000 students each year in aviation, traffic, transit, rail, highway, motor carrier, and other specialty areas. Mr. Phillips provides leadership for TSI's 50 full-time personnel and over 300 associate staff members with an annual operating budget of over $10 million.