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AGC Affinity Partner Has Deep- Rooted Commitment to Improving Safety and Health in Industry

By Carol Eaton Marjorie Del Toro, President/CEO

and founder of ehs International, Inc., is often asked to speak to inner city students about her path to success and what they can do to similarly achieve their goals. Her biggest piece of advice? Never give up, and never let excuses get in your way of your dreams. That approach has served Del Toro well

as she has built her Southern California- based environmental, health and safety company into the thriving business that it is today. An affinity partner with AGC of California, ehs International has grown more than 200 percent since 2011 and cur- rently has 50 employees and sub-contrac- tors, estimated annual revenue of $5 mil- lion, and learning centers with national partner, Abatix Corporation, in Los Ange- les, Orange County, Sacramento, Phoenix, AZ and Jacksonville, FL. The business is a product of Del Toro’s

longtime commitment to worker safety that is rooted in her own childhood ex- periences. Her personal journey is a tes- tament to the power of perseverance and never giving up – even in the face of formi- dable challenges along the way.

Life Journey Rooted in Childhood Tragedies The first generation in her family born

in the U.S., Del Toro grew up in the no- toriously tough neighborhoods of Lyn- wood and Southgate in South Los Angeles County. When she was 12, tragedy struck her family. A beloved uncle who was a fa- ther figure to her, Jose Luis Perez, was elec- trocuted while working on a construction jobsite. He left behind three young chil- dren under the age of 7. Tragically, just a few years later, Del To-

ro’s mother also suffered a severe electrical accident while trying to plug in an electric wheelchair at a hospital where she worked as a nurse. The accident left her perma-

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nently disabled. Marjorie Del Toro became her mother’s primary caregiver while also caring for three younger brothers and jug- gling college classes at Cal State University of Long Beach. For Del Toro, those tragedies, com-

bined with her deep faith and belief that everyone has a path in life to follow, sparked an enduring passion for and

Marjorie Del Toro “We’re still a small

business, but (AGC) never treated me differently, and from the very beginning, I was made to feel like I was a $100 million company. They opened the same doors and offered the same benefits to me. As a small business and as a woman in construction, that says a lot about an association.”

commitment to improving worker safety in the construction industry and other industrial sectors. “I believe this is my path,” Del Toro

says of her career in safety and health. “My journey was just to make sure that (my uncle’s) death was not unnoticed. If I can have even a small part of making the work- place safer for future generations, I wanted to do that.”

The Road to Starting Her Own Business Early in her career, Del Toro worked for

nearly a decade for David Tsoong, an or- thopedic surgeon who founded and man- aged several healthcare-related businesses. Under his tutelage, she learned the ins and outs of the business world and gained an understanding of the private treatment side of treating injured workers in occupa- tional health. In 1996, Del Toro decided to venture

out her own. The decision not only al- lowed her to spend more time with her children while they were growing up, but also to pursue her true passion -- the edu- cation, training, and the prevention side of safety and health in the workplace. With just $300 to invest, Del Toro purchased an all-in-one copier, fax, and answering ma- chine. She hung out her shingle (then as JoshuaCasey Corporate Training) and set out to build up a business, primarily by knocking on doors and cold calling pros- pects. The business started out offering CPR/

first aid training services. It soon began to grow and expanded into regulatory com- pliance training and other safety related educational consulting services. Approximately six years after found-

ing that company, Del Toro joined AGC of California. She credits her membership and active involvement in the association

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