Presentation Description: We don’t see as well as we think we do. How many times have we heard “I’ve walked by that a thousand times and I didn’t see it until the incident happened?” COVE introduces concepts that help enable workers to process visual information more clearly. We discuss a proven methodology that will help address the seeing gap and build practices and disciplines that help mitigate issues and improve workplace safety. And it works at home too!
Presenter: Doug Pontsler
Biography: Doug Pontsler is Chairman and Managing Director for COVE, the Center of Visual Expertise. Launched in 2018 by the Toledo Museum of Art, COVE is dedicated to the
application of visual literacy for industrial and service applications with an emphasis on safety. In this leadership role he is responsible for all aspects of the
enterprise including thought leadership, product development and client satisfaction.
Prior to his current role, Pontsler is the former vice president of operations sustainability and EHS for Owens Corning (retired). Pontsler joined Owens Corning in 2002
and held leadership positions including director of corporate services and vice president of global sourcing. Prior to joining Owens Corning, Pontsler spent 23 years
with Eaton Corporation. While at Eaton, he held various roles of increasing responsibilities in accounting, finance, vproduction and inventory control management, factory management, and sourcing.
Pontsler served as a member of the National Safety Council (NSC) Board of Directors and as the Chairman of the Campbell Institute at the National Safety Council. He is a recipient of NSC’s 2019 Distinguished Service to Safety Award. Pontsler is also involved in the community as past chairman of the Regional Growth Partnership and current executive board member promoting economic development, past executive committee member of the Marathon Classic LPGA Tournament, and prior cabinet member of the United Way Campaign Committee for the
Greater Toledo Area. Pontsler received a bachelor of science in business administration from Miami University with a major in accounting.