Bruce Tesmer brings a unique blend of leadership skills to the collaborative table, including engineering system design, human factors psychology, and operational risk management. Bruce has been a pioneer in modern safety performance improvement programs spanning over four decades. Throughout his career, Bruce has been a leading advocate for value management systems and processes that support operational performance, safety, employee satisfaction, customer service, and organizational reputation. He has been a long-time friend and colleague of Scott Griffith, and has made significant contributions to collaborative improvements in both the airline and healthcare industries.
A retired Continental airlines captain and US Air Force commander, Bruce spent the last two decades working collaboratively with Dr. Robert Helmreich of the University of Texas at Austin, widely regarded as the father of Crew Resource Management (CRM)/Team STEPPS, Line Operations Safety Audit (LOSA), and Threat and Error Management (TEM). Bruce is the co-recipient with Dr. Robert Helmreich of the 2001 Aviation Week & Space Technology Laurel in Commercial Aviation. He was a member of the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) Approach and Landing Accident Reduction (ALAR) Task Force and served as a member of the FSF ICARUS Committee from 2003 to 2006.
Bruce was the founder of The Foresight Bias Collaborative, a consulting group dedicated to expanding the principles of aviation safety improvement into medicine. The Foresight Bias Collaborative excelled in bringing real-time risk management and Just Culture into healthcare organizational improvement, demonstrating the effectiveness of human factors-based teamwork in the surgical environment. Bruce developed a three component surgical training course to improve surgical team performance using risk and threat & error management to improve team communications, situational awareness, and real-time decision making. In addition, he has advised and recommended protocols required for a Nurse Close Call reporting system at a leading cancer hospital system.
During his twenty-seven year tenure at Continental Airlines, Bruce pioneered the implementation of Continental Airlines Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP), developed Line Operations Flight Training (LOFT) simulator training profiles as part of the Advanced Qualification Program (AQP), applied the first Threat & Error Management training course for flight crews, and combined the first use of LOSA, ASAP and Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA) flight safety data for Flight Standards in improving standard operating procedures. As a pilot training and safety manager, he developed procedures for pilot control responses to predictive wind-shear warnings from the first prototype B737 predictive wind-shear system, and led the Boeing customer support team for evaluation of B737 Next Generation aircraft.
Prior to joining Continental Airlines, Bruce served as a pilot in the United States Air Force, flying C-141 cargo aircraft on worldwide overseas missions from Travis AFB, CA. Captain Tesmer flew line missions as an aircraft commander and as an instructor/check captain for seven years on active duty and twenty years as a 710th MAS Reservist. During his military career, Bruce held positions of Flight Simulator Training and Standardization Manager, as well as Human Factors and CRM course developer/instructor. His last position prior to retirement was Squadron Commander 710th MAS. Bruce’s first career began as a mechanical engineer, graduating from the General Motors Institute, and working in Process Engineering at Pontiac Motor Division – General Motors.
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