V. Earl Brown, Jr.

Mr. Brown has more than 30 years of experience in process safety, operations, maintenance, documentation development, training, project management, employee interviewing and selection, employee development, and performance appraisals. Mr. Brown was a member of the team that performed the onsite safety reviews of BP’s refineries for the Baker Panel. His industrial experience includes crude oil and gas exploration and production, oil and natural gas pipelines, chemical/petrochemical, refining, computer chip, pulp and paper, pharmaceutical, health care (both medical equipment manufacturing and actual hospital services), airline, general manufacturing, food and beverage, brewery/distillery, and fossil, hydro, and nuclear power generation.

Mr. Brown is an Industrial Psychologist in IPI’s Louisville, TN office. He provides personal consulting in the areas of organizational development, gap analysis, and compliance reviews or audits. Reviews or audits are conducted to evaluate an organization’s level of compliance with either (1) federal, state, and local regulatory requirements or (2) voluntary standards such as OSHA’s VPP or the ISO Quality Series. He is also an instructor for many of IPi’s courses and manages projects in the areas of training, documentation development, and organizational development.

Mr. Brown received his BS in Business Administration – Personnel Management and his Master’s degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology from the University of Tennessee.

V. Earl Brown, Jr.’s Resume

Tennessee Office


M.S. Industrial Organizational Psychology, University of Tennessee, 1990
B.S. Business Administration, Personnel Management, University of Tennessee, 1988

Industrial Psychologists, Inc

2007 to Present, Founder

Continuing more than a 30 year career in training and procedures, I am one of three partners that began Industrial Psychologists, Inc. (IPI) in 2007. Our goal is to assist our most import assets, our clients become more productive while ensuring their employees are able to lead physically and psychologically productive and healthy lives. Each member of our team will continue to practice the approach of considering all business relationships as a partnership with each client. We provide overall organizational development consulting services to our clients ranging from gap analyses to training and consulting to full turn-key development, implementation, and evaluation.

I personally have more than 30 years of experience in process safety, operations, maintenance, documentation development, training, consulting on health and safety programs, emergency response and planning, project management, employee interviewing and selection, employee development, and performance appraisals. I was a member of the team that performed the onsite safety reviews for the “Baker Panel” which reviewed the safety culture and safety practices, including compliance with PSM requirements, at BP’s refineries at the suggestion of the US Chemical Safety Board. My industrial experience includes refining, oil and gas exploration and production, general manufacturing, crude oil and natural gas pipelines, chemical processing, pulp and paper, pharmaceutical, airline, government, and fossil, hydro, and nuclear power generation.

IPI assists clients with a broad range of tasks, such as assessing training programs, policies, and procedures compliance with various federal and state regulations, corporate policies, and safety, quality, and industry standards; performing gap analyses (including job and task analyses); designing, developing, and conducting training programs; developing technical documents (including operating and maintenance procedures, operating manuals, operating limits tables, and training materials); and evaluating the effectiveness of training and procedures. During the last 20 years, I have developed and implemented management and documentation systems to support compliance with various local, state, and US regulations including OSHA’s process safety management of highly hazardous chemicals (PSM) regulation (29 CFR 1910.119), EPA’s RMP, generally accepted industry practices (e.g., API, ASME, ANSI), and the International Standards Organization (ISO) quality series. I have conducted more than 200 job and task analyses and training needs analyses. I have served as instructor for more than 25 workshops, teaching job and task analysis, effective procedure development, training material development, classroom presentation skills, and conducting effective on-the-job training.


1998 – 2007 – Director, Procedures and Training Services, ABS Consulting, Knoxville, TN.
In this role, I was responsible selecting, training, and managing a team of professionals. This team provided clients with the full spectrum of training, policy, and procedure services, from initial needs assessments to final program evaluations. His team of consultants and technical specialists analyzed, designed, developed, implemented, and evaluated programs specifically designed for clients needs.

1990 – 1998 – Sales Manager/Senior Training Consultant, Williams Learning Network (NUS Training Corporation), Learning Services Group, Houston, TX.
In this role, I was responsible for providing consulting, development, and implementation services for our cogeneration, chemical processing, refinery, pulp and paper, and power generation clients. Assisted numerous clients with PSM and RMP regulatory compliance, achieving ISO 9000 registration, and compliance with various industry standards. Managed procedure and training material development projects. Conducted job and task analyses; designed and developed procedures; performed classroom and laboratory training; and managed projects in the areas of operations, maintenance, and laboratory. Also conducted advanced instructional skills workshops for client personnel.

1980 – 1990 – Material Officer, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Sequoyah Nuclear Plant, Daisy, TN.
Responsibilities included special projects, e.g., formulated questionnaires and analyzed results; revised policies and procedures; evaluated performance and trained material clerks, storekeepers, and warehousemen; interpreted and enforced pertinent TVA and NRC policies, regulations, and procedures; and received, performed quality assurance inspections, and issued material and spare parts.

1971 – 1979 – Operator/Maintenance Helper, Central Soya, Chattanooga, TN.
Worked in the Maintenance, Edible Oil Refining, Utility, and Feed Mill areas of the plant. Assisted maintenance technicians in maintaining equipment. Operated distillation, centrifuge, filter press, wastewater treatment, pelletizing, and pharmaceutical addition equipment and components. Loaded/ unloaded tank cars and tank trucks of product, sulfuric acid, and sodium hydroxide.

  • Auditing Skills Development, ASQC, June 1992
  • ISO 9000 Auditing, ASQC, January 1992
  • Various supervisory development classes, TVA
  • Graduate Leadership Chattanooga, Class of 1987