GAWDA Brings on a New Safety Consultant

HOLLYWOOD, FL – GAWDA is pleased to announce the addition of Marilyn R. Dempsey to our roster of GAWDA Safety Consultants.

GAWDA Consultants are key in GAWDA’s mission to promote the safe operation and economic vitality of distributors of industrial gases and related welding equipment and supplies. They act as the first line of defense to help GAWDA members navigate through day-to-day questions and issues.

“Marilyn brings a wealth of knowledge and an intimate background in safety and compliance to her new role as Consultant and will be specializing in OSHA, EPA, DHS and Plant Operations Safety. She will work closely with GAWDA’s existing Consultant team which includes Michael Dodd, Tom Badstubner, and Richard P. Schweitzer”, says John Ospina, GAWDA Executive Director.

“Recruiting Marilyn Dempsey as our newest GAWDA Consultant specializing in OSHA and Homeland Security is a huge win for our membership,” says GAWDA President Abydee Butler Moore. “Marilyn’s experience as an independent distributor brings a realistic, empathetic, and entrepreneurial perspective to our dynamic team of consultants.  We are thrilled to bring more consulting value to our members in 2020 and we thank Marilyn for choosing GAWDA!”

GAWDA Safety Consultant Mike Dodd is very excited to have Marilyn join our GAWDA Consultant team. “I have worked with her for almost two decades in the safety compliance and plant operations areas. She brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to our membership. I really hope that our members take advantage of this great opportunity to either develop, improve, or enhance their current safety programs.”

Marilyn will also be one of 12 educational presenters at this year’s GAWDA Spring Management Conference, presenting on the topic of “The True Cost of an Accident.”

More information about Marilyn’s consulting services, and her contact information, is available at



Celebrating our 75th year, the Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) is dedicated to promoting the safe operation and economic vitality of distributors of industrial gases and related welding equipment supplies. Through its GAWDA Gives Back campaign, association members have donated almost $2 million over the last 16 years to 22 different charitable organizations in 13 communities across the U.S. Since 2013, GAWDA and its members also have provided scholarships totaling $166,000 to 83 young people interested in studies leading to careers in the industry. For more information, visit the association’s website at