Donald "Don" Lee Pferdehirt leverages a background in chemical engineering and operations management to serve as president of ChemOps Insights, LLC, in Spring TX. He launched the consulting firm in 2018 after working at Bayer Corporation for several years. Beyond his professional pursuits, Don Pferdehirt supports nonprofit organization such as the American Heart Association.
As part of its efforts to save lives, the American Heart Association (AHA) works nationwide to raise awareness about the importance of bystander CPR. In a recent video produced in partnership with the Anthem Foundation, the AHA specifically focuses on encouraging millennial women to learn Hands-Only CPR, a lifesaving technique for assisting teens and adults who experience cardiac arrest outside of a hospital.
The AHA and Anthem produced the video, title Shared Moments, in light of recent research showing that women are less likely than men are to receive bystander CPR in public. Additional research has shown that women are also less likely than men are to give Hands-Only CPR in an emergency. This gender difference is especially marked among young men and women ages 18 to 34.
Shared Moments serves as a call to action for young women who may be hesitant about learning CPR or intervening when someone experiences cardiac arrest. The video also educates all viewers, both men and women, about the fact that there is no difference in performing CPR on either gender. More information about the video and Hands-Only CPR is available at www.heart.org/handsonlycpr.
Leveraging over 33 years of management and engineering experience, Donald Lee (Don) Pferdehirt serves as the president of ChemOps Insights LLC, a consulting company that specializes in issues related to design, staffing, and production in the chemical processing sector. Aside from his professional responsibilities in Spring, TX, Don Pferdehirt enjoys skiing.
Seasoned skiers can’t wait for the temperatures to drop and powdery snow to blanket the ground. The snow-covered slopes are magnetic, drawing both beginners and experts to the slopes for another season of thrills, spills, and memories. When skiing rookies are invited to join friends at a ski resort on a chilly winter day, what should they expect?
First, rookie skiers should expect to be challenged. Skiing is unlike most sports and takes a while to master. The boots are awkward at first and make walking difficult. They should also expect to fall a lot. Though learning to ski isn’t always easy, the basics will begin to feel normal and intuitive after a few days.
Beginners should plan on taking a few ski lessons upon arrival. Certified ski instructors will teach rookies the basic skills they need to succeed on the slopes including turning, stopping, slowing down, and riding the ski lift. Beginning classes are usually taught in a group format.
Being prepared will make a first ski trip more enjoyable. They should dress carefully, layering thermals, clothing, and waterproof outerwear. Cotton items should be avoided since they don’t dry easily. Thick socks and waterproof gloves are also essential. In addition, sunny days on the slopes often require sunscreen, sunglasses or goggles, and lip balm.
Finally, beginning skiers should expect to have fun! No matter one’s skill level, skiing can be an exciting and thrilling adventure.