I’m now at 2,500 LinkedIn Connections and when I travel, I let my connections in that area know so that we can meet face-to-face.

This week I was in Brussels for a meeting of The European Council on Health & Safety of the Conference Board. The meeting were informative (the topics – human factors and fatigue) and the sharing of information about different programs at European companies was great.

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But in addition to the meeting, I was lucky enough to meet up with Frank Verschueren, a safety regulator from Belgium with an interest in Process Safety and Human Factors.

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We had never met face-to-face before but we had great discussions about human factors, process safety, LinkedIn, common people we knew, and even our kids (we both have daughters in college).

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Frank was gracious and invited me to tour the industrial sections (refineries, chem plants, and reactors) of Antwerp, the old section of town (pictures above & below), and then take me to dinner with his wife at a great restaurant.

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If you are interested in meeting new people with common interests, I would recommend joining LinkedIn.

Please send me an invitation to join your network. My profile is at:

http://www.linkedin.com/in/markparadies

And also join the TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Group for great sharing of information. Just search the groups field on LinkedIn for TapRooT® and you will find it.

And if you are in my LinkedIn network and you get to Knoxville, drop me a note and maybe we can get together for dinner and tour the Smoky Mountains.