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2014 Year in Review

AyrinreviewI am in a mastermind group of fellow road warriors. We share ideas, best practices and commiserate about our travels and time away from our families. It’s like a therapy group for professional speakers. One of my associates shared that at the end of the year he writes a blog article that reviews his year. He noted he does this for multiple reasons, including:


  1. It allows him to see that he actually DID accomplish SOMETHING during the year (because it often feels as though we spin our wheels and accomplish nothing).
  2. It allows him to show appreciation to the companies and associations who hired him throughout the year.
  3. It overwhelms him with gratitude when he sees how many people’s lives he touched with his message.
  4. It allows other prospective clients to see him as a trusted leader who delivers solid content that makes a difference (which often leads to new clients for him).


I realize some of the readers of this blog will have little interest in what I did or where I went in 2014. If you are among that group, simply click out of this post. However, if you are interested, click the “Continue Reading” link below and allow me to share my year in review. As with all my articles, I welcome your feedback (the “Leave a Reply” box at the bottom of the blog post or via email (

The year in review

162 The number of classes taught in 2014
91 The number of situational awareness classes taught to first responders
63 The number of situational awareness classes taught for business and industry
78 The number of agencies/associations/companies presented to
8 The number of leadership classes taught
11,470 The number of students taught in 2014
2 The number of Technical Reviews conducted
3 The number of conferences attended as a student (sharpening the saw)
58 The number of blog articles written on the SAMatters website
232,224 The number of visitors to the SAMatters website in 2014
1,007,230 The number of visitors to the SAMatters website since launch in 2011
2,085,354 The number of article downloads from SAMatters in 2014
4,637,397 The number of article downloads from SAMatters since launch in 2011
12 The number of SAMatters Newsletters published
3,044 The number of SAMatters members receiving the monthly newsletter
156 The number of countries where SAMatters members reside
1 The number of book chapters written
9 The number of videos created
113,904 The number of video views on the SAMattersTV YouTube channel
39 The number of SAMatters Radio podcast episodes recorded (Launched in June)
21,777 The number of downloads of SAMatters Radio episodes
7 The number of webinars or online content deliveries
19 The number of articles written for journals and other websites
22,388 The number of social media connections (Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter)
2 The number of research project consultations
2 The number of product development consultations
143 The number of flight segments flown
152,256 The number of air miles traveled (US and Canada only)
6,200 The number of ground miles traveled
7 The number of employees working at the Gasaway Consulting Group
9 The number of contract Associates who taught classes for Gasaway Consulting Group

Personal Milestone Achievement

In July, I earned the “Certified Speaking Professional” designation from the National Speaker’s Association. This credential is earned by roughly 7% of all professional speakers worldwide.

Clients served in 2014

Andover Fire Department

Anoka-Champlin Fire Department

Asheville Fire Department

Babcock & Wilcox Company

Beaver County Department of Public Safety

Bemidji Fire Department

Blue Island Fire Department

Brighton Township Fire Department

Buckley Fire Department

Burlington Fire Department

Carrboro Fire Department

Carlisle Fire Department

Center for Public Safety Excellence Conference

Cicero Fire Department

Colorado Springs Fire Department

Cook County Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Management

Coppell Fire Department

Crookston Fire Department

Crystal Lake Fire Department

East Tennessee Fire & Rescue Conference

Evansville Fire Department

Fairchild Air Force Base

FASNY Conference

Fire Department Instructors Conference

Fire Engineering Magazine

Firehouse Magazine

Firehouse World Conference

Fort Wayne Fire Department

German Township Fire Department

Glenview Fire Department

Hamline University

Indiana Department of Homeland Security

International Association of Fire Chiefs

International Falls Fire Department

In The Event Of Conference

King County Fire Chiefs Association

League of Minnesota Cities

Los Angeles City Fire Department

Louisiana Firefighters Association Conference

Lutzen Fire Department

Madison Fire Department

Marion Township Fire Department

Maryland Fire & Rescue Institute

Maryville Fire Department

Matthews Fire Department

Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation

Morris Fire Department

Mount Rainier National Park Rangers

National Volunteer Fire Council Summit

Nuclear Fuel Services

Olivette Fire Department

Ottawa Fire Services

Perry County Fire Chiefs Association

Pierce County Emergency Management Agency

Plano Fire Department

Raleigh Fire Department

Ramsey Fire Department

Richland Area Fire Department

Sacramento Metro Fire Department

Saint Cloud Fire Department

Saint Paul Fire Department

Sandstone Fire Department

Santa Clara County Fire Department

Scott Township Fire Department

SGL Carbon Corp.

Slayton Fire Department

South Dakota Fire Instructors Association

Southern Alberta Fire Department Conference

Stevens County Fire Protection District #1

Tennessee Department of Homeland Security

Tennessee Fire Chiefs Association

Two Harbors Fire Department

Upper Ohio Valley Fire & Rescue Conference

Venice Fire Department

Virginia Fire Department

Volunteer & Combination Officers Section Symposium in the Sun

Wabash Fire Department

West Lafayette Fire Department

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College

Thank-YouI am extremely thankful for all the opportunities that are provided to me and for the trust others have that I will deliver consistent, reliable, fact-based, high quality content that can be immediately applied on the job.

Because many of my programs are heavily influenced by research – especially as it relates to the neuroscience of situational awareness and decision making – attendees are often exposed to content they have never received before in any program they have attended. This is among the most consistent feedback I receive and it make me feel good to add value with original content.


The mission of Situational Awareness Matters is simple: Help first responders see the bad things coming… in time to change the outcome.

Safety begins with SA!

Share your comments on this article in the “Leave a Reply” box below. If you want to send me incident pictures, videos or have an idea you’d like me to research and write about, contact me. I really enjoy getting feedback and supportive messages from fellow first responders. It gives me the energy to work harder for you.




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