March 10, 2009 | Barb Carr

Meet Our Staff: Mark Paradies


Mark Paradies is President of System Improvements, Inc. He has over 29 years of experience operating, managing, and improving high reliability systems. Mark started his career as an officer in Admiral Rickover’s Nuclear Navy. He also worked for DuPont and Westinghouse before starting System Improvements in 1988. Currently, Mark researches performance improvement strategies and helps senior management understand, plan, and implement performance improvement programs while he manages System Improvements and teaches TapRooT® Courses worldwide.

Screen Shot 2014-10-08 at 12.10.53 AMMark co-authored (with System Improvements VP, Linda Unger) the TapRooT® book. This book (released in 2008) provides proven solutions for finding the real root causes for human error and equipment failure. Companies around the world have used the system to help people investigate accidents, incidents, quality problems, equipment failures, schedule delays, cost overruns and hospital sentinel events. Go to the “What’s New in the TapRooT Book?” blog entry for more book info.

Mark has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, and a Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering (with emphasis on Human Factors), both from the University of Illinois. Mark is a board certified Professional Ergonomist, and a Certified Hazard Control Manager. He was also Engineer Certified by training, testing, and experience by Navsea 08.

One of the many characteristics that our Summit attendees value about Mark is that he is so approachable. If you want an opportunity to meet and share ideas with the creator of TapRooT®, you will have it in Nashville, October 7-9. Mark will be co-facilitating a panel discussion about some less than obvious lessons learned from the BP Texas City refinery explosion. He will also be co-presenting a general session with Dave Prewitt, Managing Director Air Safety at Fed Ex, sharing systematic ways to manage performance improvement.

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