what we do

Premier Risk Management understands the challenges faced by employers everyday 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 immediately tangible results for our clients and addresses long-term strategic planning to mitigate loss while maintaining compliance with regulatory law.

It’s time you consider 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 Loss Control, Employment Practices, Regulatory Compliance, DOT, OSHA, and Environmental Compliance. 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 completing his military commitments 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. A native of Arizona, Mr. Howard is a Professional Member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and the Risk & Insurance Management Society, while also serving on the Science Advisory Board for Grand Canyon University. He 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. Mr. Howard is an active sponsor of the Juvenile Diabetes Association, Shriners Hospital for Children, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, American Cancer Society, Wounded Warrior Project and Folds of Honor.
Ms. Heath is the Controller for Premier Risk Management and has over 20 years of executive experience. A native of the Valley, Ms. Heath 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, she guides financial decisions by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing policies and procedures to protect PRM assets.  She continuously monitors and enforces internal controls and verifies financial condition by conducting audits.  Ms. Heath works with third party auditors and accountants to ensure compliance with financial reporting and other applicable regulations.   She coordinates 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, Ms. Creighton has spent 12 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, Ms. Creighton spends her free time furthering her music career, writing and producing records from her home studio and performing live across 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. Bentley is the Health and Wellness Program Director for Premier Risk Management. Ms. Bentley possesses a diverse and progressive understanding of the vital role Health and Wellness plays in the overall success of today’s business models. She is a Nutrition and Dietetic Technician–Registered (NDTR) credentialed through the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Her extensive background includes work in the healthcare industry, academia, and private businesses across the nation. Ms. Bentley completed her undergraduate degree in Health Sciences: Health Promotion/Disease Prevention. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) through the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing. She continued her academic pursuit, completing her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership (M.Ed.), and is a proud graduate of Northern Arizona University and Chandler-Gilbert Community College. She is also involved in the nursing home ministry with her church and volunteers regularly to give back to the community through health and wellness education. Additionally, she is an active member of the Arizona Public Health Association Professional Development and Academic Relations Committee and the Health Improvement Partnership of Maricopa County.  Ms. Bentley also serves on the Science Advisory Board for Grand Canyon University.
Ms. evans is Corporate Counsel and Director of Strategic Planning for Premier Risk Management. Ms. Evans earned her MBA and BA in International Business from WSU. She also holds a Juris Doctor and is a licensed attorney in Arizona. Ms. Evans has over 10 years of corporate management experience in global companies, with disciplines in strategic planning, performance management, employee development programs, process improvements, and operations management. She volunteers with her church and Big Brothers Big Sisters. While Ms. Evans enjoys baking, hiking, and gardening, she is most passionate about Christ and serving the homeless community.
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 15 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. Mr. 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 extensive knowledge in the application of engineering controls for construction safety. Mr. Gillaspy has worked in the health and safety field for over 25 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 collegiate 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 plays 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, Mr. Gillaspy 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. Garcia is a Field Service Representative for Premier Risk Management. A native of Arizona, Mr. Garcia has an extensive background in Telecommunications, Healthcare and Financial Services. His experience as a public speaker provides a unique foundation for the diverse training environments he routinely encounters in the workplace. Mr. Garcia regularly completes pre-work hazard assessments and work environment inspections and prepares site-specific safety plans for special conditions. His knowledge and expertise plays 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 completing his authorized trainer certification with the U.S. Department of Labor. In his spare time, Mr. Garcia enjoys traveling, golfing, hiking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
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 and 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 25 years and has extensive knowledge in both residential and commercial construction. He regularly completes pre-construction hazard assessments and work site inspections, as well as preparing site specific safety plans for special conditions. His knowledge and expertise plays 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. Mr. 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 Arizona Field Service Director for Premier Risk Management and has over 30 years of leadership experience in multiple roles with the United States Air Force. Mr. Kopp’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, Mr. Kopp worked in aircrew survival with a focus on aircrew flight safety and post mishap survival. After completing Air Force Aviation Mishap Investigation training, Mr. Kopp 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, including (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. Mr. Kopp 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 plays 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, Mr. Kopp supports the Wounded Warrior Project.
Mr. Scalley is a Field Service Representative for Premier Risk Management. A native of Phoenix Arizona, he has spent his career in special hazard fire suppression systems, intelligent fire alarm systems, and low voltage alarm systems varying from Nurse call to security systems. He is a Nicet Level 2 Certified Technician with installation and service experience in fire alarm panels from manufactures such as Notifier Est. Fike Kiddie Fenwall and their sub systems. Mr. Scalley’s experience plays a vital role in his daily activities with Premier Risk Management. He completes hazard assessments and work site inspections, conducts routine training, and investigates incidents for causation and abatement. Mr. Scalley continues his professional development at Premier Risk Management and is pursuing his credentials with the United States Department of Labor. He enjoys spending spare time with his wife and extended family enjoying a variety of outdoor activities.