Commissioner Ann Marie Buerkle with participants of the St. Louis University Product Safety Management Certificate Course

On the Road: St. Louis

This month, I had such a great opportunity to participate in the St. Louis University Product Safety Management Certificate Course. This course curriculum is offered through the Saint Louis University John Cook School of Business and is the brainchild of Don Kornblet, President of ADK Information Studies, LLC and Dr. Ik-Whan-Kwon, Director of Center for […]

Commissioner Buerkle with the founders of Fan Hands, LLC.

On the Road: Toy Fair

Toy Fair is always a remarkable experience for me, and this year was no different. I was able to walk the floor with Toy Industry Association (TIA) representative Autumn Moore, to meet some of the vendors who were attending the event for the first time. One of my favorite parts of Toy Fair is to […]

Commissioner Buerkle and representatives from Newell Rubbermaid/Graco

On the Road: Atlanta

Recently, I traveled to Atlanta to visit three companies: Graco, a Newell Rubbermaid Company, Regal-Lager, a distributer of higher-end juvenile products, and Colgate Mattress Co., a family-owned and operated manufacturer of children’s mattresses. The products that these companies sell, manufacture or import are regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Each company impressed me with […]

Louisville Skyline

On the Road: Louisville

In October, I had the opportunity to visit Louisville, Kentucky to speak at the Green Industry and Equipment Expo (GIE-EXPO) and tour UPS Worldport and GE Appliances. All three events provided a great opportunity for me to get outside to the Washington, DC bubble and hear how CPSC activity is impacting the real businesses. At […]

American flag banner

On the Road: Minneapolis, Cincinnati, & Bentonville

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit three of America’s job creators.  Polaris, a leader in the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle (ROV) industry; Proctor and Gamble, a frontrunner in the health, personal care and home care manufacturing business and Walmart, one of the world’s leading retailers. Each company, while unique in culture and product, shared one common […]