The Story of V-Speed, LLC:
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3: 5-6.
Our mission is pretty simple: We help organizations solve their organizational, team and crew performance challenges using a combination of consulting, coaching, training, and speaking.
God often has bigger plans for us than we could ever have imagined, or planned for ourselves. Life often takes us on many unexpected journeys, and trusting God has helped us develop V-Speed, LLC. This has not always been an easy journey, but looking back, it all makes sense now. We hope that as we have been blessed we will be able to help others.
The story of V-Speed, LLC began in 2006 when V-Speed’s Founder and Lead Solutions Developer, Randy Cadieux, realized there was a need for ways to increase the situational awareness of commercial business leadership. Randy understood that there is often a gap between what a leader thinks he or she knows about an organization compared to what actually happens “on the ground, on the production floor, and in the field.” This is referred to as work-as-designed vs. work-as-performed, and includes situations where operational variances occur from designed procedures and organizational leaders are not always aware of these changes (also known as operational drift). Randy realized that some of the safety tools used in Marine Corps aviation (his primary area of expertise at the time) could be adapted for use in the commercial marketplace to help senior leaders and managers gain higher levels of situational awareness by understanding what their employees perceive and measuring this perception against their own expectations.
Over the next several years Randy worked on building education and experience which directly influenced the design, development, and deployment of the products and services offered by V-Speed, LLC. He realized that many safety programs focused mainly on compliance with rules and regulations. While this is a necessary requirement, there are additional ways to improve organizational safety and resilience. Randy understood that many of the approaches used in Marine Corps aviation as well as system-safety approaches could be combined to help organizations improve operational performance and safety.
Randy is a veteran of the Marine Corps, serving 20 years on Active Duty. His occupational specialties involved operating multiple aircraft including the KC-130 Hercules (F, R, and J model variants), the UC-12B (King Air B200), and the T-34C Turbo Mentor. He was qualified as a KC-130 and UC-12 Transport Plane Commander and a T-34C Instructor Pilot. Throughout his career Randy held multiple military safety-oriented positions, including working at the director level in safety and standardization for a military flying squadron and as a standardization officer providing leadership for compliance programs across the entire country. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and a Master of Science in Information and Telecommunications Systems Management. Randy earned a Master of Engineering in Advanced Safety Engineering and Management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in 2012. He was a member of the inaugural graduating class in this unique Master of Engineering curriculum, which focuses on system safety and the prevention of mishaps through the application of system safety throughout the system development life cycle. He has extensive military leadership experience and training. He is a graduate of the U.S. Navy's School of Aviation Safety Aviation Safety Officer Course and Crew Resource Management Instructor Course, as well as the Naval Security Manager's course. Randy is a graduate of the OSHA 30-Hour General Industry Safety Standards  course and the University of North Texas Center for Collaborative Studies "Leadership is Facilitation in Action" course. Randy is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and is affiliated with High-Reliability Organizing.
In addition to his leadership role at V-Speed, LLC Randy served for nearly a year as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he teaches courses in the Master of Engineering Advanced Safety Engineering and Management (ASEM) program. After graduating from the program in 2012 he was immediately hired by the university to begin teaching system safety courses as an Adjunct Professor. As of April 1st he was recently hired as the Program Manager and Instructor for the ASEM program. In addition to his Program Management duties, his teachings include courses in system safety, transformational leadership and resilience, and advanced hazard analysis. He has presented material on safety, leadership, and high reliability at numerous conferences, including two international High-Reliability Organizing (HRO) conferences. He also presented at the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Safety Professionals Conference in 2012, where he delivered a keynote address to members of the electrical contracting industry. For more information on his speaking and presentation background, please see our Keynote Addresses and Speaking Engagements page. Our multi-disciplinary approach has provided V-Speed, LLC with the ability to develop innovative safety and performance solutions for a variety of industries. We greatly appreciate you taking the time to read our story. We are excited to be on this journey and we feel that our innovative and unique approach will disrupt the way safety is taught and implemented in high-hazard industries and will help provide the catalyst for transformational safety leadership in customer organizations.
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