2018 Conference

2018 Midwest Safety and Health Conference and Expo

The 2018 Region VII Conference is scheduled for May 21-23, 2018 in La Vista/Omaha, Nebraska once again returning to The La Vista Convention Center/Embassy Suites.

The event represents our vision and goal to expand the outreach of the annual conference. We have rebranded the annual conference as “The Midwest Safety and Health Conference and Expo”. With the new objective in place, we strive to offer a regional ES&H conference not only to attendees involved with the VPP program, but also to safety professionals throughout the Midwest. This summarizes our continuous journey to maintain and improve our safety knowledge and culture while expanding what we have to offer. So join us on the journey in safety excellence in and beyond the Region VII.

The 2018 Midwest Safety and Health Conference and Expo Registration Link (Sponsored by Region VII VPPPA)

La Vista Embassy Suites Hotel Reservations

Welcome to the award-winning Embassy Suites Omaha – La Vista/Hotel & Conference Center. The Hotel and Conference Center is located off I-80, only 20 minutes from downtown Omaha and is just a short drive from over 100 restaurants, shops and world-class attractions such as the Joslyn Art Museum and Cabela’s.

All 257 suites boast a private living room, WiFi and two flat-screen TVs with in-suite movies. Guests also enjoy access to a large indoor pool with a whirlpool and modern fitness center.


  • Complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast
  • Complimentary Evening Reception*
  • Convenient access to Interstate 80 at Exit 442
  • Ample free parking for up to 1,700 cars
  • 60,000 sq. ft. La Vista Conference Center connected directly to the hotel

Link to Embassy Suites Hotel Registration.


Scholarship Applications

The Region VII scholarship was established in 2009 to recognize students who are leaders and role models in their schools and communities and who are pursuing either an undergraduate or graduate degree or pursuing a degree in the Trades Programs. This annual scholarship is granted to one student who is either employed at a VPPPA Full Member site or is a child, step child or step grandchild of an employee of a VPP site.

The Region VII VPPPA Board of Directors is committed to growing this scholarship program in the future. Please support the associated activities at the conference or contact us if considering donating the scholarship fund.

For scholarship applications or more information, please go to the scholarship page under “2018 Conference.


SAS Awards

The Star Among Stars program has been established to recognize VPP participants within Region VII with total case incidence rates (TCIR) and days away/restricted/transferred case incidence rates (DART) well below the BLS national average. All Star, Demonstration, Merit, and Conditional sites are eligible for the Recognition Program provided they meet the outlined requirements.

The Stars among Stars Program has been established to recognize VPP participants within Region VII with total case incidence rates (TCIR) and days away/restricted/transferred case incidence rates (DART) well below the BLS national average. All Star, Demonstration, Merit, and Conditional sites are eligible for the Recognition Program.

To review the guidelines, criteria and to submit an award application, please use the attached form.

SAS Application 2018


Exhibitors and Sponsorships

The Midwest Safety and Health Expo symbolizes the ever-changing opportunities presented to our Conference and Expo attendees, to be presented with valuable information on safety and health best practices, with the anticipation of growing their knowledge and skill and gaining a strong understanding and commitment to the VPP and the VPPPA at a exceptional level. This is a tremendous opportunity for you to display your products and services to a large group of interested parties.
Exhibitor and Sponsorship submittals are now being accepted.

We greatly appreciate your Exhibitor and sponsorship considerations. For more information on potential options, please go to the link below.



Keynote Speaker – Olympian Rulon Gardner

Rulon Gardner was born on August 16, 1971 in Afton, Wyoming. Rulon is the youngest 9 children born to Reed and Virginia Gardner. Raised on a dairy farm where they grew their own crops and milked cows twice a day, there was never a shortage of work to be done. School did not come easy for Rulon. He struggled with reading speed and comprehension but with the help and support of his family, Rulon was able to complete his schoolwork. He successfully completed high school, and gained a wrestling scholarship to attend Ricks College. From Ricks College, Rulon Gardner received a division 1 scholarship to wrestle for the University of Nebraska.

Rulon’s wrestling career began when he was 6 years old. For one week every year, Star Valley would have a wrestling camp, which always concluded with a tournament on the weekend. Rulon participated in this from age 6 until junior high school. Rulon Gardner began a regular wrestling season while in junior high and continued until he graduated from the University of Nebraska.

Graduating from the University of Nebraska with a degree in physical education is something Rulon Gardner is very proud of. After graduating from the University of Nebraska, Rulon continued his Olympic wrestling pursuit with full-time dedication. Winning the Gold in Sydney did not come without dedication and sacrifice. Rulon has sacrificed much in order to reach his Olympic aspirations.

Rulon Gardner has experienced wins as well as losses in his life. Rulon has never dwelled on the negatives but instead takes each challenge and uses it as a means to improve his life.

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Vendor Reception – Tuesday Evening


Join the Monday Evening “FUN”-draiser!!!!

Bowling / Pizza Party Fundraiser /2018 VPPPA Region VII Scholarship Fund.

Team-building networking and fun. Sign-up on registration form on-line.

Location: SEMPECK’s Bowling and Entertainment – Omaha

  • $75 per participant
  • Includes bowling, pizza, hor d’oeuvres and beverage tickets
  • Round trip transportation provided (shuttle leaves hotel at 5:00 pm)
  • 4 Bowlers per Team
  • Singles welcome and will be placed on a team
  • Raffle fundraisers during event
  • Prizes at the end of event
  • Proceeds to benefit the Scholarship Fund
  • Register for this event when registering for the conference online.