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Steve Stelpflug

Principal, WordWerks Consulting


Summary of Qualifications

Entrepreneurial /results-driven executive with a broad range of business experience encompassing program management, newswriting, editing, broadcast, print and social media, training and development, curriculum and learning management, strategic and tactical planning, vertical and horizontal market development, b2b marketing, public relations, and project management. Recognized for building and maintaining relationships among diverse groups with the ability to create alliances using strong intuitive, evaluative and motivational skills. Focused on achieving continuous business improvement and organizational performance.


Technical and proposal writing, presentations, training, facilitator, e-learning, curriculum development, sales, marketing, occupational health, safety & environmental, adult style learning, coaching, mentoring, business development, marketing, strategic planning, public relations, client relations, customer development, editor, writer, promotion, project management, consulting, community relations, social media, web marketing, employee motivation, employee development, internal communications.

Professional Experience

Principal/Owner WordWerks

2013 – Present

WordWerks provides consulting expertise in the areas of Human Resources, Environmental Health & Safety, Employee Training & Development, and Quality Assurance/Control.

• Human Resources Management & Staffing Solutions
♣ Recruiting
♣ Applicant Tracking
♣ Recognition & Rewards Programs
♣ Coaching/Mentoring
♣ Employee Assessment
♣ Compensation & Benefits
• Strategic Planning
• EH&S Staffing, Training & Certification
• Management and Employee Training & Development Programs
• Benefits Selection & Management
• Drug & Alcohol Testing
• Project Management
• Policy & Procedure Development
• Data Analysis & Forecasting
• Quality Assurance & Quality Control

We have earned a strong reputation for quality results; clients around the country have relied on WordWerks to pioneer and partner in the management, development and safety of their most important assets – their employees.

Clients include: ExxonMobil, Tesoro, BP, ConocoPhillips, ChevronTexaco, Boeing, Health Net, Halliburton, Pacificorp, AES, and Occupational Safety Councils of America (OSCA).

National Marketing Director 2009-2013

Occupational Safety Councils of America (OSCA)

Responsible for client relations, training content development & delivery, brand management and business development for California’s largest HHSE training company.

  • Directed and provided training curriculum for major O&G and Power Generation companies to include multiple products & services to include refinery, on/offshore safety, LNG, terminal, storage, pipeline, rail operations and power/communication transmission services.

  • Worked with product and HHSE engineers to develop client-specific company and contractor behavioral based safety programs and incentives for such clients as ExxonMobil, ChevronTexaco, Tesoro, ConocoPhillips, BP and subcontractors/subsidiaries/operators to include Airgas, Matheson Tri-Gas, Union Carbide, Praxair, Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach.

  • Conducted and coordinated all corporate marketing, branding and PR activities

  • Maintained company website and intranet – responsible for internal employee and external communications

  • Executed partner marketing and communication programs

  • Created partner events and lead company participation at industry conferences, trade shows and conventions

  • Deployed targeted direct marketing and web campaign to expand existing and new markets resulting in more than $1M in new sales

  • Managed and maintained company’s CRM database

  • Applied subject matter expertise and project management skills to develop and deliver on-demand/budget curriculum for facilitator-led safety and craft courses and computer based training (CBT) modules using adult-learning methodologies.

General Manager, Support & Development 2008-2009

Irwin Industries Inc.

Directed multi-departmental support services business unit for $195M heavy industrial construction company that included Human Resources, Environmental Health & Safety/Workers’ Compensation, Quality Assurance/Quality Control, Education & Development, Recruiting and Marketing.

  • Reduced employee turnover rate 20% and HR litigation costs 32% by implementing “career path” and expanding “employer of choice” programs

  • Lowered companywide OSHA recordable rate from 1.57 to 0.80 through increased safety training and incentive programs, including baseline OSHA 10-hr training for every field employee and OSHA 30-hr certification for supervisors

  • Initiated implementation of ISO 9000 accreditation program

  • Executive Leadership Team Member responsible for corporate-wide strategic planning, budgeting, policy direction, cultural development, continuous improvement and customer relations

Manager, IRWIN University/Corporate Education & Development 2005-2008

Irwin Industries Inc.

Developed and managed in-house corporate university that included nationally-recognized craft, safety and supervisory training programs targeting more than 1,850 employees nationwide encompassing facilitator-led, computer-based and web-based training.

  • Accelerated learning from 17,500 man-hours in 2005 to more than 85,000 man-hours by incorporating nationally recognized craft, supervision, safety, computer and language training curriculum, including NCCER, NCCCO and others.

  • Acquired and managed two-year, $742,000 California Employment Training Panel (EPT) grant to off-set employee training costs.

  • Developed and implemented industry-specific English as a Second Language (ESL) program to accommodate large Spanish and Filipino workforce.

Vice President, Marketing & Communications 2004-2005

Paragon Partners Ltd.

Managed business development and proposal development activities for

Orange County-based right-of-way acquisition company.

  • Increased company sales by more than $7M by developing standardized and customized qualification & bid packages

  • Expanded client relationships with F100 energy, oil & gas and communications firms, Federal, State, and Local governmental agencies using aggressive qualification strategy

  • Expanded BD team from two to five full-time staff members

  • Incorporated on-line lead generation and CMR program

Director, Marketing & Communications 2001-2005

Irwin Industries Inc.

Developed & implemented company’s first formal internal and external communications programs, including:

  • Corporate newsletter, marketing collateral, wrote/edited outgoing customer communications, qualification packages and proposals

  • Identified, analyzed and identified new markets and services

  • Member of Corporate Leadership Team

  • Media spokesperson and community liaison

  • Responsible for development of company’s Operations, HR and EH&S manuals, as well as other critical internal and external communications


Board Member, Refinery Safety Overview Board, Los Angeles and Northern


Member, Rocky Mountain Electric League Safety Roundtable

Member, Southwest Industrial Alliance Steering Committee

Board Chair, Long Beach City College Foundation, Vocational Associates

Board Member, Long Beach ALIVE

Board Member, United Way of Los Angeles


Bachelor of Arts, California State University, Dominguez Hills

Political Science/Communications/Public Relations

Recipient, CSUDH School of Social & Behavioral Science Certificate of Distinguished Scholarship

California Basic Education Skills Test Certification

Associate of Arts, Long Beach City College


Recipient - Ebell Society Scholarship for Journalism

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