Safety Award Alumni


Previous Safety Standdown Award winners have gone above and beyond the minimal job expectations. These individuals live by the framing principals of Safety Standdown. They have demonstrated an exceptional dedication, commitment and contribution to aviation safety through their actions and behavior.

Matthew Barre, Aflac
2015 Recipient
Matt Barre

Matt Barre has proven his commitment to safety in aviation through his influence in local, regional, and national advocacy for flight safety. Matt serves as the flight department’s Safety Advisor for Aflac. With his extensive experience and training in aviation safety garnered on active USCG duty, Matt has guided his department through ISBAO Stage Two and Three certification. He holds periodic “Safety Days” that go beyond flight crews to include and train all department staff and a group of frequent passengers – extending safety practices and awareness beyond the flight department, to the very individuals receiving transportation support from this important business unit. As chairman of the SE Aviation Safety Roundtable, Matt’s leadership has promoted growth in participation and influence as one of North America’s most vibrant safety organizations. Matt Barre has demonstrated his dedication to be an example of safety in the aviation industry.

Ed Coleman, Air Arctic
2014 Recipient

Ed Coleman embodies the very essence of the safety award and also the founding principles of Safety Standdown. He is a former Air Force and business jet pilot who has dedicated his entire 30 year career to aviation safety. As a faculty member at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Ed has taught courses in aviation safety program management, aerospace system safety, and aircraft crash and emergency management. His safety efforts in business aviation are well known and he was previously the aviation safety muscle at BP, where he worked tirelessly to institutionalize SMS processes and FOQA in a highly diverse global fleet of contracted rotary and fixed-wing.

Jeff Wofford, CommScope, Inc.
2013 Recipient

Jeff Wofford has been a dedicated supporter of Safety Standdown since his first exposure. He makes sure all of his pilots have the opportunity to attend so they can build their knowledge base. Jeff and his department developed a comprehensive SMS that applies to their operation. He also enforced the importance of his department becoming IS-BAO compliant. Jeff involves himself and his department in regional safety meetings. He is a person who is taking the safety message, not only to his own group of pilots, but attempting to build the safety culture amongst those throughout his region. Jeff Wofford is a professional aviator in the strictest sense of the term. His dedication to the industry is second to none.

Troy Smith, FBI
2012 Recipient

Troy Smith is a perfect example of someone who goes above and beyond job expectations on a daily basis. He constantly looks to improve the performance of himself and his team. Troy attends training to improve his skills and gain the insight needed to bring improvement programs to his company. He continually promotes knowledge‐based training, personal discipline and responsibility as elements of aviation professionalism and safety. By attending training workshops like Safety Standdown and continuous improvement efforts implemented by himself within his company, Troy Smith is a model for every other industry aviator. He never stops looking for the next improvement program and always makes sure he leads by example.