Chief Consultant- Ernest L. Mann

As a proud military veteran (Marines) Mr. Mann has the same pride in his commitment to provide quality DOT compliance services to the transportation industry. After service to his country Mr. Mann’s occupational interests included a college education and employment within both state and federal sectors that led him to regulatory compliance roles in transportation.

His first role in transportation included an eight year tenure that led him to obtain the rank of Major for the Motor Carriers Division within the Tennessee Public Service Commission (TPSC). Excelling as a Major within the TPSC allowed Mr. Mann to pursue larger opportunities within the federal government. Ernest continued his transportation experience in a more disciplined program manager role as a Special Agent for the Office of Motor Carriers (OMC), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). After 12 years of federal government service Mr. Mann retired with responsibilities that included DOT federal program oversight of the entire western region of Kentucky beginning from Elizabethtown. The credit to his legacy in state and federal government transportation compliance can be seen in the various DOT enforcement and compliance programs employed today by Kentucky, Tennessee, and the FMCSA (US DOT).

After retirement Mr. Mann decided to provide his wealth of experience in transportation safety and compliance knowledge to the private sector. As the private sector learned of his role in providing compliance consulting Mr. Mann grew his business interests and clients at an exponential rate. Mann CSI is currently the largest DOT consultant and transportation safety management practice within KY and TN. Our business was founded on his hard work ethnic, professionalism, and commitment to detail. Although Mann CSI is currently managed and owned by Troy Mann the practice has kept on Ernest as a Chief Consultant and stakeholder. His participation has enabled Mann CSI to expand its clients and services into Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, Wisconsin, and Texas with plans for expansion into other states.

President/Consultant in Charge- Troy Mann

As the President and Consultant in Charge for Mann CSI Troy Mann’s experience in DOT safety management and consulting experience was obtained through the guidance and mentorship of his father Ernest Mann. Mann CSI prides itself as a family business and Troy’s early training provided through hands on experience and training from his father have brought Mann CSI into the forefront as the premier DOT consultant firm in KY and TN. Through his management Troy has grown Mann CSI from a staff of two employees to fourteen and two additional field consultants with further plans for expansion. Troy has also brought Mann CSI forward into modernity by implementing technology that will ensure that consultant services stay in tune with a more complex regulatory oversight by government DOT agencies. Like his father Troy’s belief and work ethic in transportation compliance consulting includes treating his client as if their business was his own.

Troy’s experience in transportation compliance prior to his ownership and management of Mann CSI stems from ten years of prior city and County Tennessee State certified law enforcement work. Troy’s law enforcement experience began as a Deputy Sheriff for Franklin County, TN where he worked primarily providing policing services to county residents. Troy’s experience as a Deputy Sheriff helped him advance to a career as a Police Officer for Winchester, TN. The pursuit of private and business interests brought Troy back into the role of Deputy Sheriff with Franklin, CO. As a Sheriff Deputy Troy had more flexible time to establish a role as Mann CSI’s first field consultant in 1998 while managed by Ernest Mann. As his knowledge of transportation compliance flourished Troy was granted the ownership and management of Mann CSI in 2006 where he continues today providing the same pride of professionalism provided by his father. Although not currently employed with Franklin County Troy maintains an ongoing county certification to practice law enforcement.

Steve Gore / Consultant

Mann Consultants is proud to welcome Steve Gore as a team member to our compliance safety staff. Steve has acquired 30+ years of experience in the safety industry by holding several key positions in chemical, OSHA, and transportation safety.

Real safety professionals know that safety compliance degrades drastically due to daily risk management work that appears so consistent. you can almost guarantee its unchanged and as sure as the rising and setting sun.

Real world risk management requires that safety extends beyond the confines of your driver, vehicles, and a few documents. Federal and State regulatory bodies like the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) now require carriers to conform with regulations that require companies to demonstrate “Fit, Willing, and Able” safety fitness. In doing this, carriers and drivers are being held to the review of not just recent events. Instead, the FMCSA is conducting Safety Fitness Examinations that assess everything a carrier has done to promote safety, from the birth of your company, to your current operations. Where previously, DOT agencies only audited things relating to drivers and vehicles, now they are focusing on the value of internal safety policies, financial safety training resources, and even office and maintenance support staff previously never held accountable.

In response to the DOT’s approach in going beyond the driver and truck for safety fitness determination, Mann Consultants believes that Mr. Gore is well equipped to counter your increased accountability for commercial vehicle safety.

Steve began his career at Dow Corning Corporation as a Quality Control Inspector. As a Quality Control Inspector, Steve inspected all in-coming raw materials to assure that they met the high standards of Dow Corning and performed quality testing of all outgoing products in the Elizabethtown Kentucky plant.

Steve then moved to Olin Chemical in Brandenburg Kentucky where he served as unit supervisor in the chemical reactor facility. While there he served in the position of Plant Fire Engineer in the Safety Department. He also held a variety of positions within the Olin Safety Committee, Human Resource Hiring Committee, Occupation Redesign Committee, and served as Union Steward.

Steve then left Olin Chemical in 1992 and went to Interpolymer Corporation in Louisville, Kentucky. He took a position in the Bulk Transport Department overseeing the loading operation of the company’s tankers. He also inspected each outgoing shipment for compliance with all DOT regulations. While in that position he organized an internal safety program that provided pre-loading inspections of the vital components of each tanker loaded. thus assuring only safe equipment was allowed to transport products. He also organized a filing system for all driver documentation and customer data for the outbound loads and completed DOT compliance documentation for the companies’ fleet of equipment.

Steve went to work for Walter T. Kelley in 2008 as a Manufacturing Foreman and Company Safety Manager. In that position Steve was responsible for authoring most of the company safety documentation and providing training to each department. He performed all HAZMAT, respirator, lock-out/tag-out, and forklift training and certifications. He also performed safety audits, participated in OSHA walk-through audits, and chaired the company safety committee.

Outside of work, Steve has served as a Kentucky Certified Volunteer Fire Fighter since 1985. He now holds the position of Chief of the West 84 Volunteer Fire Department in Hardin County Kentucky. He holds certifications in HAZMAT Operations, Rescue Technician, and ICS. Steve has received multiple certification through KCTCS and EKU in OSHA, industrial safety, and electrical safety.

Ray Bradley /Safety Consultant

Mann CSI’s successful rate of growth has been dependant on our unwavering commitment to provide our clients only with knowledgeable field consultants. Ray Bradley comes to Mann CSI with 20 plus years of a proven track record in the transportation sector. Mann’s strategic growth requires the employment of field consultants that come from varied backgrounds in transportation. Mr. Bradley’s twenty year background transportation background includes former positions as a CDL driver, Commonwealth of Kentucky certified CDL instructor (current certification), trucking operations/office management, and as a DOT Safety Instructor.

William “Bill” Hebron coming soon
Wisconsin office