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24th Annual HPRCT Conference
June 19-22, 2018
Marriott Riverwalk
San Antonio, Texas
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Dick Swanson

Performance Management Initiatives, Inc.
Founder and President
Benton Harbor, Michgan
Richard N. Swanson, P.E. is the founder and president of Performance Management Initiatives, Inc., a consulting practice that focuses on industrial investigations and performance improvement for high hazard industries, since 1996. Mr. Swanson is the co-editor of The Firebird Forum, a monthly newsletter focused on achieving organizational renewal following major consequential events. The Firebird Forum is distributed to approximately 6,000 individuals monthly, and is in its 22nd year of publication. This is his ninth year presenting at the HPRCT conference. He has 47 years of experience with organizations in capital-intensive technical industries. Budgetary responsibilities have included annual budgets of $245 million (capital) and $74 million (expense), with management responsibility for organizations of up to 550 employees. Line management responsibilities at nuclear utilities have included Engineering General Manager, Quality Assurance Director, Nuclear Safety Assessment Manager, Regulatory Affairs Director, Director of Project Management, and Construction Manager. He has over two decades of formal causal analysis and Employee Concerns investigation experience, and has supported more than 45 clients distributed among nuclear and fossil generating companies; uranium enrichment facilities; electric transmission and distribution companies; manufacturing organizations; DOE; NRC; state agencies; and legal firms.. The majority of his investigations have included consideration of management effectiveness, process and program breakdowns, and training program content and effectiveness. He has investigated a substantial number of equipment failures, personnel errors, and Corrective Action Program breakdowns. He is formally trained in a number of methodologies, including Phoenix, SOURCE, and the PII methodology; and is conversant with others, including TapRooT and MORT. He has developed and delivered training courses for RCA, and has trained US NRC inspectors how to evaluate Licensee RCA Reports since 2006. He has been a member of the IAEA faculty for International courses on Reactor Safety and Management Systems since 2001. Mr. Swanson holds a masters of business administration in finance from Babson College, a master’s degree in engineering management from Northeastern University, and a bachelor’s degree in operations analysis and naval science from the US Naval Academy. He served as a commissioned officer in nuclear submarines, and has been a licensed Professional Engineer since 1982. Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/richard-swanson/3b/381/399