Employee Feature: Laura Davis, Compliance Director


How did you end up working for Good Chemistry?

I took a voluntary separation package from my previous employer in May of 2015.  I was enjoying just having time off and not working!  I happened to run into Meg Collins, whom I have known for many years, at the annual Environmental Leadership Program awards breakfast and she asked me if I knew of anyone that might be interested in a compliance director position where she worked.   I told her to talk to me!  The rest is history.

What attracted you to the company?

Making the decision to work in the industry was not a decision that I took lightly and, I wouldn’t have made that transition if it weren’t with the right company.  I was and am impressed by the credentials and abilities of my co-workers, the focus on excellence, and the history of this company.  In addition, I felt that I could make a significant contribution to our company and it was exciting to be part of an industry that is new and growing.  I love the challenges that this job provides and that I can use my skill set to do different things.  I am constantly learning new things!

What is your role at Good Chemistry?

I am responsible for the development and oversight of Good Chemistry’s compliance program and initiatives.  I  establish, implement and direct the regulatory and compliance programs at Good Chemistry.  nd assisting with establishing regulatory framework for Good Chemistry in all of the state’s where we have operations.

You were brought on to the leadership team to raise the bar for GC compliance. What does that mean? In what ways have you been able to do so?

Good Chemistry already had a very solid compliance program before I joined the team.  There are several methods for raising the bar as it relates to compliance.  he Compliance team is involved in the development and implementation of new products, processes and locations to ensure we are within the regulatory parameters.  I have also worked with the team to implement internal audits and inspections to verify we are consistently following our procedures.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job at Good Chemistry?

I must say that one of the things I truly love about my job is working with people that enjoy their jobs and value doing things the right way.  I am also very grateful to work with people that are willing to share their knowledge.  It is really fun to be learning new things and applying my compliance knowledge and training to a new industry.  I truly feel like I can make a significant contribution to this industry and to Good Chemistry.

What is the most challenging part of your job?

The most challenging part of any compliance person’s job is getting people to understand you are there to help make the company better and stronger.  Sometimes it may seem like all of the rules make things more difficult, but in fact, these rules are there to protect the Company, our employees and ultimately our industry.  This is especially true given that the industry is not federally legal.  The state and local regulatory framework is really what protects us in the current federal situation. It is easy to forget we are all on the same team, however, this is the bottom line.

What is the most exciting compliance project you’ve worked on (past or present)? Ie tell us about Hubble!

I have had the opportunity to work on many wonderful projects in my career.  Obviously, my time in the aerospace industry provided most of these projects.  I was lucky enough to support most of the Hubble programs (including the corrective optics, enhanced cameras, etc.), Deep Impact (which involved building two spacecraft, one that impacted the surface of a comet and the other that analyzed the debris that came from the impacted comet), Kepler (which is looking for other planetary systems), Space Based Surveillance System (which monitors our key satellites for tampering), James Webb Space Telescope (which will replace Hubble) and many weather related satellites just to name a few.  The environmental, health and safety and system safety engineering departments that I oversaw were responsible for the safety of our employees and the environment and for meeting the strict safety requirements necessary to be able to launch the spacecraft that we built.  One of my favorite and most rewarding programs was associated with the James Webb Space Telescope.  The mirror segments and support structure for this telescope were made from a substance called beryllium, which has the potential to have severe health impacts on employees that work with it.  I was able to design and implement an exposure prevention program in conjunction with National Jewish Hospital and over the many years we conducted this work, not one of our employees became ill or contracted berylliosis.  The program that we set up has been emulated at other aerospace manufacturing operations.

What are some of the things you like to do outside of work?

I truly love to be outside.  I love hiking, camping, ATVing, and just enjoying all that Colorado has to offer.  I also love animals, especially dogs!  Beyond that, I enjoy traveling and spending time with my family and friends.