what we do

Premier Risk Management understands the challenges faced by employers every day as they navigate multiple compliance related issues while trying to run a profitable business. Our established systems are built on a flexible and user friendly platform that provides immediate tangible results for our clients and addresses long term strategic planning to mitigate loss while maintaining compliance with regulatory law.

It’s time you considered allowing our staff of experienced professionals to implement a convenient and simple solution to address your regulatory compliance needs.

Contact us today for a confidential and informative meeting, and we’ll get you back to what you do best; running your business.

our leadership team

Mr. Howard is the Founder of Premier Risk Management and has over thirty years of experience working in multiple disciplines under the auspices of risk management. His primary focuses are OSHA compliance in construction and general industry, environmental compliance, employment practices, and loss control. He regularly prepares employee handbooks, formal compliance plans, controlled substance policies, prohibition of harassment, and other safety and employment related documentation. He has investigated hundreds of catastrophic losses and provides guidance to multiple professionals in legal practice, insurance companies, third-party administrators, and employers on a national level. He is recognized as an expert in the field of risk management and is called upon frequently to provide testimony associated with his investigations. Mr. Howard has a unique and innovative approach to the many disciplines of risk management including extensive knowledge of self-insured, high retention, and large deductible programs utilized by many corporations today. He provides services in international, national, regional, and local markets. Additionally, he is noted as being one of the most dynamic and sought after speakers on the disciplines of risk management and the art of effective leadership. Mr. Howard is a decorated Veteran of the United States Air Force. After being Honorably Discharged from the United States Air Force and before starting his own company, he worked for Federal Express as the Southwest Safety Coordinator and as the Risk Manager for the Automotive Investment Group in Phoenix, Arizona. He is a native of Arizona and a Professional Member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, the Risk & Insurance Management Society, and the NRCC’s Business Advisory Council. Mr. Howard routinely teaches at Arizona State University for the Western Region OTI Education Center in multiple disciplines of safety and is an authorized U.S. Department of Labor trainer. He is an active sponsor of the Juvenile Diabetes Association, Shriners Hospital for Children, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, American Cancer Society and Wounded Warrior Project.
Ms. Heath is the Controller for Premier Risk Management and has over 20 years of executive experience. A native of the Valley, Glenda has spent a majority of her professional career directing operations of a large dental practice. Joining the Premier Risk Management family, she is responsible for the direction, coordination, and evaluation of the accounting/finance, budget, payroll, business operations, administrative management, and sensitive information security. Working in close coordination with the Founder of the company, her responsibilities include client-onboarding, hour and work production analysis, master schedules, business planning, field task coordination and performance reviews. Ms. Heath possesses strong organizational skills and sharp attention to detail and oversees the production and continuity of the business office. In her spare time, Ms. Heath enjoys baking, hiking, road-biking, and spending time with her family.
Ms. Creighton is the Business Systems Manager for Premier Risk Management. She develops and manages the scheduled services systems, handles the design graphics and editing for critical reports and training programs, and provides solutions for routine inquiries about risk management services that our company provides. A fourth generation Phoenician, Ashley has spent nine years serving the construction industry in a wide variety of technical and administrative roles, ranging from professional event coordination and facilitation to the development and implementation of database management systems, to content creation and editing for industry publications. With her extensive knowledge of HTML and CSS, she also designs and develops websites routinely. She has spent years working with Phoenix New Pathways for Youth, a non-profit organization whose programs transform the lives of Phoenix area at-risk youth through the power of mentoring. Also an accomplished musician, songwriter, and recording artist, Ashley spends her free time furthering her music career and performs frequently around the state.
Ms. Rogers is the Office Administrator for Premier Risk Management. She has over 30 years of executive office experience and is a key member of our risk management team. She is responsible for the routine maintenance of client incident reports, inspection records, and training files. She works in close coordination with the company Controller facilitating day-to-day client communications and maintains an efficient office environment with her strong organizational skills and sharp attention to detail. Ms. Rogers is an accomplished artist, enjoys equestrian sports, and has lived in the valley for many years. She dedicates her free time to her husband of over 30 years and their three sons.
Ms. Zamudio is a Lead Investigator for Premier Risk Management. She began her investigative career with the Chicago Police Department where she served 17 years. After relocating to Arizona she continued her work in the private sector working with companies across the United States to investigate criminal networks involved in a variety of theft and embezzlement operations. Ms. Zamudio is a recognized expert in the field of criminal investigations and routinely works with federal and state police agencies on complex cases to identify individuals involved in criminal activities, recover stolen property and provide detailed testimony for successful prosecution of these cases. Ms. Zamudio graduated from Lewis University in Romeoville Illinois with a Master’s of Science in Criminology. She has Professional Certifications from Wicklander-Zulawsk in Interrogation/Interview; she is a Certified Cargo Theft Investigator; a Professional Member of the International Association of Financial Crime Investigations and a Member of the Police Association for Women. Ms. Zamudio is Construction Management Certified and proficient with full literacy in English and Spanish languages. Along with her primary role as the Lead Investigator, she assists with routine training for employees, inspecting work sites, and investigating catastrophic injuries as needed. In her spare time, Ms. Zamudio heads a non-profit organization providing scholarships opportunities and school supplies to disadvantaged children.
Mr. Rangel is a Field Service Supervisor for Premier Risk Management. He has 30 plus years of professional leadership experience with multiple roles with the Phoenix Fire Department and obtained the rank of Captain during his tenure. His professional background includes working on the Fire Department’s Special Operations Division, certified emergency paramedic, Master Instructor for the International Association of Firefighters, qualified trainer for the Department of Energy and Department of Transportation. Additionally, Mr. Rangel is a qualified Hazardous Waste Worker Trainer, qualified instructor for the Arizona State Fire Marshall in technical rescue including confined space and an adjunct instructor for the Arizona State Fire Service Excellence Board. He has provided training and safety related services to the automotive industry in Latin America and worked as an instructor for the Maricopa Community College system for Fire Science and Paramedicine courses. He completed his undergrad studies at Arizona State University in Financial Accounting with a minor degree in Spanish. In his spare time Mr. Rangel dabbles in photojournalism and his work has been published in several national magazines on the sport of fly fishing.
Mr. Figueroa is a Field Service Supervisor for Premier Risk Management. He has over thirteen years of professional leadership experience with the Phoenix Fire Department. He is a certified Hazardous Materials Emergency Responder, Certified Emergency Medical Technician, Qualified Technical Air Craft Rescue & Recovery, OSHA Waste Water, Trench Collapse Rescue & Recovery, and Swift Water Rescue. Mr. Figueroa owned and operated a swimming pool design and installation contracting service in Arizona for several years and has extensive knowledge of construction timelines and protocols. He regularly completes pre-construction hazard assessments, work site inspections, and prepares site specific safety plans for special conditions. His knowledge and expertise play’s an invaluable role in the daily activities of training employees, inspecting work sites, and investigating catastrophic incidents. He provides guidance to employers who have been cited or are under investigation by OSHA. Figueroa has a Fire Science Degree. During his tenure at Premier Risk Management, he has continued his professional education and is recognized as an authorized trainer by the U.S. Department of Labor. He is frequently called on to serve as a translator for investigations, depositions, and court proceedings. Mr. Figueroa is a Professional Member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and the Risk and Insurance Management Society.
Mr. Gillaspy is a Field Service Supervisor for Premier Risk Management. He is a native of Arizona and has an extensive knowledge in the application of engineering controls for construction safety. Mr. Gillaspy has worked in the health and safety field for over 17 years and is a Nationally Certified Paramedic. He completed his undergraduate studies at Arizona State University with a degree in Fire Sciences and Education. He has taught multiple safety and health related disciplines at the collegian level, as well as being an authorized trainer for the U.S. Department of Labor. He is recognized by the State of Arizona as a Fire Inspector II, and regularly conducts fire origin and cause investigations. His knowledge and expertise play’s an invaluable role in the daily activities of training employees, inspecting work sites, and investigating catastrophic incidents. He provides guidance to employers who have been cited or are under investigation by OSHA. Mr. Gillaspy is a Professional Member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and the Risk and Insurance Management Society. In his spare time, Dale is a professional wood turner who works with a group that teaches woodturning to “at risk and abused children.”
Mr. Garcia is a Field Service Supervisor for Premier Risk Management. He has over 30 years of professional leadership experience. Living in Arizona since 1972, he owned and operated a General Contracting business for over 20 years. Mr. Garcia has extensive knowledge of both residential and commercial construction, including waste water treatment facilities. He regularly completes pre-construction hazard assessments and work site inspections in addition to training employees on safe work practices. His knowledge and expertise of the trades enhance his ability to understand the difficulties that employers and employees experience while trying to complete assigned duties in a safe manner. Along with inspecting work sites and training employees, Mr. Garcia routinely investigates catastrophic incidents and is frequently called on to serve as a translator for investigations, depositions, and court proceedings. As a Certified Identity Theft Risk Manager Specialist, he provides vital training and compliance assistance to ensure companies are meeting their obligations under state and federal laws pertaining to identity theft in the workplace. In his spare time, Mr. Garcia supports the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and enjoys reading, golf, and spending time with his family.
Mr. Russell is a Field Service Supervisor for Premier Risk Management. He has over thirty years of professional leadership experience in diverse roles with the Phoenix Fire Department both as a Fire Fighter and Paramedic. He is a certified Hazardous Materials Emergency Responder, Qualified Technical Rescue Technician with experience in Confined Space Rescue, Rope Rescue, Trench Collapse Rescue & Recovery, and Swift Water Rescue. Mr. Russell is a member of the Arizona FEMA Team and a Certified Wellness Trainer. He also avails himself to the U.S Forest Service during peak fire seasons across the United States working as a frontline paramedic and fire fighter. Mr. Russell also owned and operated a wall paper and painting contracting service in Arizona for twenty five years and has extensive knowledge in both residential and commercial construction. He regularly completes pre-construction hazard assessments, work site inspections, and prepares site specific safety plans for special conditions. His knowledge and expertise play’s an invaluable role in the daily activities of training employees, inspecting work sites, and investigating catastrophic incidents. He provides guidance to employers who have been cited or are under investigation by OSHA. During his tenure at Premier Risk Management, he has continued his professional education and is recognized as an authorized trainer by the U.S. Department of Labor. Russell completed his undergrad studies at Phoenix College and Wayland Baptist University. He has degrees in Fire Science and Occupational Education. He is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and the Risk & Insurance Management Society. In his spare time, he volunteers with local youth sports programs and is active in his church.
Mr. Kopp is the Georgia Field Service Supervisor for Premier Risk Management and has over twenty years of leadership experience in multiple roles with the United States Air Force. Tracy’s professional career began as an Army combat engineer specializing in the installation of mobile bridges and explosive demolition. After transitioning into the Air Force, Tracy worked in aircrew survival with a focus on aircrew flight safety and post mishap survival. After completing Air Force Aviation Mishap Investigation training, Tracy assisted in the investigation of fighter aircraft crashes as the Human Systems Investigator. His attention to detail has contributed to countless Air Force technical order revisions for pilot and aircraft equipment, to include but not limited to, the development of several technical orders for newly introduced equipment identifying human factors and limitations of engineering compatibility with current aircrew flight equipment.Tracy has extensive specialized experience in military Operations Risk Management and employee safety programs as mandated by OSHA, the Department of Defense and the US Air Force. He regularly completes pre-work hazard assessments, work environment inspections, and prepares site specific safety plans for special conditions. His knowledge and expertise play’s an invaluable role in the daily activities of training employees, inspecting work sites, and investigating catastrophic incidents. During his tenure at Premier Risk Management, he has continued his professional education and is recognized as an authorized trainer by the U.S. Department of Labor. In his spare time, Tracy supports the Wounded Warrior Project.