The Thought-Leaders

The following thought leaders were interviewed in the book:


Value Capture, LLC, Non-executive Chairman
B.S.(1960), Fresno State College, Economics
M.P.A. (1966), Indiana University
Paul H. O'Neill


Paul O’Neill is a founder of Value Capture, LLC, where he provides counsel and support to healthcare executives and policymakers who share his conviction that the value of healthcare operations can be increased by 50% or more through the pursuit of perfect safety and clinical outcomes. He was the 72nd Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, serving from 2001 to 2002. During his 21-month tenure, the lost workday rate among Treasury employees fell by more than 50%. He was the chairman and CEO of Alcoa from 1987 to 1999 and retired as chairman at the end of 2000. Mr. O’Neill led Alcoa to become the safest workplace in the world, while increasing its market capitalization by more than 800%. Today, Alcoa operates across more than 40 countries at a lost workday rate that is 20 times lower than the average rate for American hospitals. Prior to joining Alcoa, Mr. O’Neill was president of International Paper Company from 1985 to 1987 and was vice president from 1977 to 1985. He served as the deputy director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget from 1974 to 1977, where he served on staff beginning in 1967. He worked as a computer systems analyst with the U.S. Veterans Administration from 1961 to 1966. During his government service, Mr. O’Neill helped to shape many of the policies that define the American healthcare system today. He serves as a board member at the National Quality Forum, RAND, and more than a dozen other major corporations and non-profit organizations.



Value Capture, LLCS, Senior Advisor
Bill O'Rourke


Bill O’Rourke is a Senior Advisor to Value Capture clients and is a world leading authority on workplace safety and ethics as keys to high performance. He served in a number of leadership roles at Alcoa. As Vice President of Environment, Health and Safety, and Sustainability, Mr. O’Rourke helped to build the safety leadership systems that allowed Alcoa to reach world benchmark status and sustain their continued rate of improvement. As President of Alcoa Russia from 2005-2008, he led with safety to achieve dramatic safety and business results in an extremely challenging environment. Under his leadership, the lost workday rate at Alcoa Russia went from 10 times the Alcoa average to better than the Alcoa average, and fatalities, which had averaged 5 per year prior to Alcoa’s acquisition, fell to zero. O’Rourke plays an advisory and coaching role to business leaders worldwide. Recent and current roles in addition to Value Capture include Executive Director of the Beard Institute in the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business at Duquesne University and Fellow of the Wheatley Institution in the Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University. His book, The Power of Ethics, co-authored with Pete Geissler, was published in April 2015.


Stephen Newell

ORCHSE Strategies

202-510-0513 (Direct)
202-888-7100 (Main)


Steve has over 35 years of experience in occupational safety and health and related issues. He currently leads the Executive Business Issues Forum, and contributes to several other Mercer ORC HSE networks, including the main Occupational Safety and Health Group, the OSH Lawyers Group, and the Global Safety and Health Forum. He works extensively with member companies, and addresses topics such as fatality and serious injury prevention, performance metrics and management system implementation, safety and health recordkeeping, contractor safety and health, integrated employee health and wellness programs, and safety and health value analysis.
Steve joined ORC in January 1998. Prior to ORC, he was on the Executive Staff of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), as the Director of the OSHA Office of Statistics, with responsibility for targeting OSHA inspections, measuring Agency performance, maintaining the national recordkeeping and reporting system and conducting general data analysis in support of Agency programs. Before joining OSHA, he headed the ongoing safety and health statistical programs for the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  While at BLS, Steve authored the well-known OSHA Recordkeeping Guidelines, otherwise known as the “OSHA Bluebook.”
Steve obtained his B.S. degree in economics from the University of Maryland and his J.D. degree from the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University. He is a past member of the District of Columbia and Maryland State Bars.



Brian J. Connor

Weiss, Wexler & Wornow, P.C.
25 Park Place, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10007
(212) 227-0347 x303

Brian J. Connor is a partner with the law firm of Weiss, Wexler and Wornow, P.C., in New York City.  He has practiced workers’ compensation defense litigation in New York for 21 years, representing the interests of self-insured employers, carriers and third party administrators.

He graduated from Boston College in 1991, magna cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy.  He earned his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Boston College Law School in 1994.  He is admitted to practice law in New York and Massachusetts, and has represented clients before various administrative, state and federal courts.

Brian began his legal practice with the New York City Law Department, Workers’ Compensation Division.  While working for the City, he was selected as a “Legal Rookie of the Year” by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.  He subsequently worked as in-house counsel for Nationwide and Wausau Insurance Companies, and for the Pepsi Bottling Group, focusing on workers’ compensation defense.  He joined the firm of Weiss, Wexler & Wornow in 1999.  In 2011 Mr. Connor was honored as one of the Top Ten Defense Attorneys in the nation by AIG/Chartis Insurance.

Brian is a member of the New York Self-Insurers Association and the New York Claim Association.  He has lectured extensively throughout the country on workers’ compensation matters and frequently conducts file reviews and counseling sessions with employers, carriers and insurance brokers.  He publishes a weekly update on recent case law developments and industry trends.

He lives in Dutchess County with his wife and two children.  He is supporter of Army and Boston College athletics, and is involved in many charitable and community causes, including the Guild for Exceptional Children in Brooklyn, NY.


David DePaolo

 Deceased, former CEO, President, Editor-in-Chief,



Sadly, David died in a motorcycle crash on 7/19/16.

David J. DePaolo founded WorkCompCentral in 1999.

DePaolo became a member of the California State Bar in 1984 and practiced workers’ compensation law in California in private practice prior to starting WorkCompCentral with Miller & Folse, Adelson Testan Brundo & Popalardo, and as a sole practitioner.

DePaolo held a J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law (1984), a Masters in Business Administration from California Lutheran University (1997) and a Bachelor of Arts, English, from San Diego State University (1981).

Civic and professional organization involvement include: Los Angeles, Ventura County and Conejo Valley Bar Associations; Ventura, Conejo Valley, Oxnard and Port Hueneme Chambers of Commerce; Boys and Girls Club of Port Hueneme (held Director and Executive offices); USCF; NORBA; Hueneme Surf Sailors Assoc., honored for community service by the Ventura Co. Board of Supervisors.

DePaolo had been widely published on the topic of workers’ compensation including The Journal of the International Association of Industrial Accidents Boards and Commissions, CWCE magazine, The Claims Examiner magazine, WorkCompCentral, and WorkCompSchool.

DePaolo lectured and/or provided expert guidance on workers’ compensation issues to Council on Education for Management, Texas Insurance Council, Los Angeles Times, Dow Jones News Service, Fox News, Employers’ Fraud Task Force, Fortune Magazine, California Association of Rehabilitation and Reemployment Professionals and more.


Peg Crook, AIC

AVP, Claims and Loss Control

FOJP Service Corporation
28 East 28th St. 14th floor
New York, NY 10016
Tel 212 891 0842




Peggy Crook is the Assistant Vice President of Claims and Loss Control for FOJP Service Corporation, which provides risk management advisory services and administers insurance coverage for a group of hospitals, long-term care facilities, and social services agencies in the New York City metropolitan area. She is responsible for implementing best practices in workers’ compensation claims management and for reducing losses among FOJP’s client base.  Before joining FOJP in 2012, Peggy was Director, Global Claims for Hilton Worldwide where she oversaw a $140 million domestic claim program across 800 U.S. hotels as well as a global general liability claims program for Hilton’s international properties. Peggy’s prior experience was at AIG, where she managed AIG’s Excess Claim Unit. Peggy has more than 40 years of claims management experience.

Peggy graduated from the State University of New York with a BS in Business Management and Economics and earned an AIC designation from The Institutes. She is a member of the Marsh Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council and is a Claims and Litigation Management Alliance Fellow. She is a past member of the New York State Self Insurers Association Board of Managers and was a member of the Client Risk Advisory Council for a major third party administrator.



Vice President, Business Dev. &
Governmental Affairs
AmTrust North America
Phone: 646-458-3529




Jeffrey R. Fenster is Vice President of Business Development and Government Affairs at AmTrust Financial Services, Inc.

From 2010 until the spring of 2014, Mr. Fenster served as Executive Director of the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board.  As Executive Director he was responsible for regulation of the second largest workers’ compensation system in the country.

Prior to joining the Workers’ Compensation Board, Mr. Fenster was a litigation associate with the New York law firm of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, LLP. While at Stroock, Mr. Fenster represented institutional clients in complex commercial litigations, arbitrations, and federal and state government investigations.

He received his Bachelor’s Degree and Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan.