October 28, 2020 | Mark Paradies

Blast from the Past Quiz 1 – ANSWERS


ANSWERS TO: Who Are These Folks at the Summit?

Did you correctly identify these three people? If so, you are a WINNER! (Pat yourself on the back.)

Picture 1: Who is it?

Linda Unger. One of the original creators of the TapRooT® System.


Picture 2: Who is it?

Michele Lindsay. A TapRooT® User and long-time TapRooT® Instructor. This is a picture from the 1998 Dallas Summit. Part of the “cowboy” entertainment was a quick draw competition. Michele won! See the steely-eyed stare.


Picture 3: Who is it?

Becky Shackelford (back then) and Becky Marambio (now).


What year was this Summit held in Dallas? 1998. That’s 22 years ago. Where? At the Southfork Ranch near Dallas.

Southfork Ranch

Yes, we held part of the reception in the famed house from the TV series “Dallas” and we had a JR look-alike in attendance.

Were you there?

What did you learn?

What improvements did you make at your company based on the networking and best practice sharing?

How many lives and how much money have you saved based on that learning/improvements?

Are you ready for another Summit?

Attend the 2021 Global TapRooT® Summit in Knoxville, TN

Knoxville Convention Center

Every year we learn to make the Summit better than the year before. And we have a blockbuster Summit scheduled for June 14-18, 2021, at the Knoxville Convention Center. To get more information about the 2021 Global TapRooT® Summit, CLICK HERE.

Who are the Keynote Speakers and what are the Summit Tracks?

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

Beyond 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:


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