September 24, 2020 | Mark Paradies

Pssst: The Summit is Coming on June 14-18, 2021. Pass it on!

Don’t Keep the Summit a Secret!

Mark the date (June 14-18, 2021) and the location (Knoxville, Tennessee)!

The 2021 Global TapRooT® Summit is full of best practices, networking, expert advice, and pre-Summit Courses with information that people need to achieve excellence. People need this information to:

  • Save Lives
  • Prevent Injuries
  • Create Outstanding Quality
  • Achieve Process Safety
  • Attain Operational, Regulatory, and Equipment Reliability Excellence

We know that with COVID, planning for next year is uncertain. But you should at least SAVE THE DATES. And don’t keep the 2021 Global TapRooT® Summit a SECRET. Pass it on to others who need to make improvements happen. You could be saving a life.

Summit Keynote Speakers

Let’s look at the Keynote Speakers in the order of their talks.

We start with Kirstie Ennis…

Kirstie Ennis

The former Marine Sergeant aims to climb high, higher, highest by tackling the Seven Summits on one leg by 2021.

Kirstie Ennis’s story may have begun when she lost her leg after her helicopter went down in Afghanistan, but it certainly doesn’t end there. After more than 40 surgeries and the amputation of her leg first below and then above the knee after a life-threatening infection, the former Marine sergeant has accomplished more at 28 years old than most people have achieved in their lifetimes.

At the Summit Kirstie will tell her story and it will inspire you to stop accepting limitations.

Next is Dan Verlinde, CTO and VP at SI…

Dan Verlinde

Dan will demonstrate how the TapRooT® Software and App can be used to rapidly collect information and start the investigation of a major accident (or minor incident).

Next, is Vincent I Phipps (VIP).


Everyone needs great communication skills. Whether it is to explain a hazard, present an incident investigation, or request a budget for a special project.

Vincent is called, the Attitude Amplifier due to his high energy, content-rich material, and interactive presentation style. He is author of Lead Out Loud: Keys to Unlock Your Professional Excellence! Vincent has an undergraduate degree in Speech/Language Communication and a Master’s in Leadership/Management.  Vincent is also a retired, undefeated, national storytelling champion.

You will be motivated and educated listening to Vincent’s dynamic talk.

At the end of the Summit, from 10:55 – 12:00 on Friday, is our closing speaker, Inky Johnson.


Inky will inspire you to make improvements happen.

September 9, 2006. It started as a normal college football game in Neyland Stadium, here in Knoxville, TN. If anything, the event was an afterthought, dropped into the schedule at the last minute.

For Inky Johnson, though, the game changed everything. A routine tackle turned into a life-threatening injury, and nothing has been normal for Inky ever since. Not with a paralyzed right arm. Not with daily pain. Not with constant physical challenges.

His dream had always been to play professional sports. You might think his injury would have destroyed his motivation and crushed his spirit. But that’s only because you don’t know Inky.

Inky looks in the face of defeat and says, “Am I really failing, or is God prevailing?” You’ll see a man gripped by the promise that God has purposes and plans far beyond our own. And you’ll be inspired by his relentless determination, which he loves to impart to others through his dramatic story.

So, plan your flight out of Knoxville late on Friday so you can hear Inky’s talk and meet him after he speaks.

Best Practice Tracks

Outside the Keynote Speakers, we organize the summit around six Best Practice Tracks where people share best practices and hear from experts. Here are the six tracks this year:

  • Improving Safety & Risk Management
  • Stopping Human Error
  • Operational Excellence and Asset Reliability
  • Investigations/RCA Best Practices
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Compliance Best Practices
  • Becoming a Better Certified Instructor

Find out the details of each track at the Summit Schedule:

Where to Get More Info

Easy. Just click this link for general info:

Click this for pre-Summit Course info:

Click for info about the location:

And click this link to Register:

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