Our Team

Derek Apanovitch – Chief Executive Officer

Derek Apanovitch is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Global Safety Management. Derek also serves as a Board Member at GSM. Derek is an experienced strategic and operational executive in technology-enabled environments that have evolved rapidly and achieved significant size.

Derek was most recently President of Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA), an online healthcare training and continuing medical education organization committed to equipping and empowering students to excel in healthcare careers. UMA developed innovative educational technologies, workforce development strategies, and student support programs. The institution has achieved industry-leading student satisfaction scores and developed employer partnerships with prominent national and regional healthcare companies. Derek was the founding executive and first employee of the online education division at UMA that eventually was responsible for over 85% of the organization’s $300 MM revenue. He served as President from 2015 to 2019. The President is the senior executive for the organization and reports directly to the board.

Previously, Derek was the Vice President of Marketing at Health Benefits Direct Corporation (doing business today as InsPro Technologies Corporation), a direct marketer and distributor of a wide range of health and life insurance products to individuals, families and groups, where he worked from April 2007 to July 2008. Earlier, Derek was an Executive Director of Acquisition and Retention at Kaplan Higher Education, a diversified online educational services provider, where he worked from 2004 through 2007. Prior to Kaplan Higher Education, he was an Associate at Sullivan & Cromwell, an international law firm, where he was responsible for consultation on private and public equity and debt offerings, mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, restructurings and corporate governance issues. Derek started his legal career as a judicial clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Derek holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University with concentrations in Health Industry Management and Accounting, a JD from the Duke University School of Law, and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.

Rennee KarlikRennee Karlik – Regulatory Compliance Specialist

Rennee Karlik is a Regulatory Compliance Specialist for Global Safety Management (GSM), an environmental health and safety software company dedicated to simplifying product safety documentation and compliance.

As a career chemist, Rennee has extensive experience with product formulation, manufacturing and regulatory management for diverse product lines and functionality. Her manufacturing background allows her to assess hazards, exposure and regulatory compliance for all stages within the life cycle of the product. Her work includes broad and industry specific regulatory research, Safety Data Sheet (SDS) authoring, consulting and support of the software development team from a regulatory standpoint.

A successful teacher and trainer of GHS hazard communication, regulatory compliance, hazard analysis and prevention, Karlik is wellpracticed in formulation, analysis, manufacturing, customer service, technical support and sales within the industry.

She is noted for her professionalism, knowledge and ability to navigate successfully in the complex regulatory World of hazard communication and chemical compliance. Rennee’s vast experience and industry knowledge frequently allows her to present critical insight in the development of compliance SDS authoring and management software and processes in a highly regulated work environment.

Rennee holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a Business Concentration from James Madison University and resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Alex Milan – Senior Solutions Specialist

Alex Milan is a Senior Solutions Specialist for Global Safety Management (GSM). GSM is an environmental health and safety (EHS) software company dedicated to simplifying product safety documentation and compliance. Milan joined the team in October 2018 and acts as an important contributor to the company’s overall growth, profitability and brand awareness. Milan’s goal is to help drive rapid and sustainable revenue growth for GSM and its flagship software solution, TotalSDS.

As a Senior Solution Specialist, Milan excels at designing custom solutions that solve both industry problems and unique user needs. Milan’s agile thought and excellence in scoping projects ensures that customers receive thoughtful and functional solutions.

Milan earned her Bachelor of Science in Finance from Florida State University. During her time at FSU, she had a successful career playing for the Seminole Golf team, helping the Seminoles win four consecutive NCAA regional appearances. In 2014, Milan won the Golden Torch award for women’s golf, was named to the All-ACC team and was inducted into the Seminole Torchbearers. Milan went on to play professional golf on the LPGA Symetra Tour for three years after graduating from FSU. Milan continues to play around the Tampa Bay area during her free time and enjoys spending time with her rescue dog.