Dusty Willis, MSHA Instructor


Where were you born? 
I was born in a small mining town in Arizona called Globe.  Although I have lived in lots of different places, I returned to Globe and that is where I call home now.

What's your favorite sports team at any level?
I am, and have been for years, a HUGE Philadelphia Eagles fan! #FLYEAGLESFLY!!

What's your favorite beverage? 
Give me Ice Tea any day (decaf, unfortunately) and I will be happy as a clam.

Best pet you've ever had?
Best pet I've ever had is the dog I have now.  His name is Digger!  He's a Queensland Heeler/Border Collie

What's your favorite movie?
I absolutely LOVE the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre!  I'm kind of a cheesy 70s and 80s horror movie buff.

What or who inspires you?
The people who inspire me are the miners out there working the mines today.  Their dedication to safety makes me extremely happy and makes me feel that my job as a mine safety trainer is important.  

What do you like most about working at Vivid?
What I like most about Vivid is getting to interact with people from all over the world. 

What's the next technology you hope gets invented?
I don’t know if the answer is technology, but I hope that the mining industry can come up with a way to keep miners safer when working on and around powered haulage.  Powered haulage (haul trucks and conveyors) are the #1 cause of fatality in the mining industry today.  I hope we can find an answer without going to automated systems because the last thing I want is for miners to lose their jobs.

What's one thing most people don't know about you?
Most people don’t know that I have a HUGE love for Mexican candy!

What's your pet peeve?
My biggest pet peeve is when people don’t put shopping carts in the cart corral when they just leave them sitting all over the parking lot!

What's your favorite smell?
My favorite smell in the whole world is the Arizona desert after a summer monsoon storm. <3