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Calvin Beyer, M.P.A.
Director of Risk Management
Lakeside Industries

Cal Beyer is the Director of Risk Management since 2014 at Lakeside Industries, Inc. in Issaquah, WA. Lakeside Industries is a 3rd generation family owned business and is a leading hot mix asphalt production and paving contractor in the Pacific Northwest.

He has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Kansas concentrating in local government management. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in political science and urban studies. He has worked in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. 

Cal has over 30 years of professional experience in risk, insurance and safety management and business consultation. He has extensive experience in strategic risk improvement and risk management best practices. He is a multi-industry thought leader, and a catalyst for sustainable cultural change.

Cal was an inaugural member and a previous Co-Lead, of the Action Alliance's Workplace Task Force[B1] . Since 2015 he has been leading a strategic media campaign for the Task Force to increase awareness, advocacy and action on mental health and suicide prevention within the construction industry. This is leading to publications, presentations and regional suicide prevention summits.

  • Cal is a member of the Washington State Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. He is currently assisting the state embed suicide prevention into its employee assistance program.
  • Cal was named one of the 25 Newsmakers(link is external) for 2016 in the global construction industry by Engineering-News Record (ENR), the leading voice of the construction industry, for his work promoting mental health and suicide prevention.
  • Cal is active in the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) and served as National Secretary for 2009-2010. He is the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Danny Parrish Outstanding Leadership Award, a career achievement award. CFMA created the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention (link is external).
  • Cal was a driving force in the Action Alliance's Construction Subcommittee of the Workplace Task Force being awarded the 2016 Gary Horizon Award for Innovation(link is external) from the International Risk Management Institute (IRMI).
  • He was an invited speaker at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services pre-meeting on mental health at the January 2016 White House Dialogue on Men's Health.

His prior experience with mental health and suicide prevention includes work experience during college in healthcare and as a resident assistant for on-campus housing. His work in public sector and construction risk management engaged in him critical incident response and debriefing/grief counseling. He also consulted with law enforcement agencies on suicide prevention initiatives relating to intake assessments and ongoing medical and behavioral screening protocols.

Cal’s vision is to create a reproducible model for other industries. He is currently recruiting large employers to join a work group to develop guidelines to integrate suicide prevention into corporate safety, health/wellness, employee benefit, workers compensation, integrated disability management and labor relations programs.