Thomas D. Brisbin has served as our Chairman of the Board since November 2016, a member of the Board since 2007 and as our Chief Executive Officer since 2007. Dr. Brisbin also served as our President from April 2007 to November 2016. Dr. Brisbin previously was vice president of and consultant for AECOM Technology Corporation, or AECOM, a company focused on infrastructure, environment and facilities engineering contracts, from spring 2004 until he joined us. Prior to joining AECOM, Dr. Brisbin was chief operating officer and executive vice president of Tetra Tech, Inc., or Tetra Tech, a leading provider of consulting, engineering and technical services, for five years. Prior to that, he was employed by Planning Research Corporation, or PRC, a systems analysis and management consulting company and wholly-owned subsidiary of The Black & Decker Corporation, from 1978 to 1995 and was co-founder and President of PRC Environmental Management, Inc. During his tenure at PRC, he was involved in all aspects of operations, marketing and finance. Before joining PRC, he was a research associate at Argonne National Laboratory. He has also served as an adjunct professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Dr. Brisbin holds a B.S. degree from Northern Illinois University and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology. He also completed Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program in 1988.
Michael A. Bieber was appointed President of Willdan Group in November 2016. Mr. Bieber joined Willdan Group in December 2014 as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President at Tetra Tech, where he served in a number of leadership roles for over 18 years. From March 2007 to December 2014, Mr. Bieber managed Tetra Tech’s mergers and acquisitions and investor relations functions, overseeing over fifty acquisitions. From 2005 to 2007, Mr. Bieber managed Tetra Tech’s corporate business development group, where he was responsible for overseeing internal business development, marketing and communications. From January 2000 to December 2014, Mr. Bieber also worked in Tetra Tech’s investor relations group. From 1996 to 2000, he was a proposal manager in Tetra Tech’s corporate marketing group. From 1994 to 1996, he served at CRC, Inc., and its successor, as a strategic business development consultant to large defense, infrastructure, and environmental firms. Prior to 1994, Mr. Bieber worked for IT Corporation (now CB&I) where he served as project manager and engineer on government nuclear and commercial environmental projects. Mr. Bieber holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the Tennessee Technological University.
Stacy B. McLaughlin was appointed Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Company, effective November 15, 2013. Mrs. McLaughlin served as the Company’s Compliance Manager from 2010 to 2013. As Compliance Manager, Mrs. McLaughlin was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the financial reporting process, including analyzing the balance sheets and income statements of each business segment. Prior to joining the Company, Mrs. McLaughlin was, from 2009 to 2010, Senior Associate at Windes & McClaughry Accountancy Corporation and, from 2004 to 2009, Senior Audit Associate at the public accounting firm KPMG LLP. In her position at KPMG LLP, she planned, coordinated and completed financial statement audits for companies in the engineering services sector, among others. Mrs. McLaughlin has a Masters in Accounting from the University of Southern California and BS from the University of Arizona. Mrs. McLaughlin is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Daniel Chow was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Willdan Group in November 2016. Mr. Chow also serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Willdan Engineering and Willdan Energy Solutions. Mr. Chow was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Willdan Engineering in December 2008 and added responsibility for Willdan Energy Solutions in August 2016. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Chow was the Vice President of AMEC Earth & Environmental, Inc., a subsidiary of AMEC plc, a global provider of high value consultancy, engineering and project management services to the energy, power and process industries, from April 2004 to December 2008. Prior to AMEC, Mr. Chow worked at Tetra Tech EM Inc. (formerly PRC Environmental Management, Inc.) for over 20 years and held various senior management positions, including Vice President of US operations. During Mr. Chow’s tenure with these firms he was responsible for establishing new offices and developing and implementing management systems firmwide to enhance operations. He also led the pursuit and management of multi-million dollar contracts for government clients that included the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Mr. Chow received his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Tennessee Technological University and his Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Illinois and Guam.
Micah Chen currently serves as General Counsel for Willdan Group, Inc., where he manages and mitigates all legal and regulatory risks for the organization. From 2006 to 2007, Mr. Chen served as Vice President of the Construction Risk Group at Willis Towers Watson. He held various positions, from Senior Vice President to Managing Director, at Aon Corporation from 2008 to 2017. In these roles, he developed risk management programs for Engineering News-Record Top 100 clients, contractors, and manufacturers.
He received his B.A. in International Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and earned his J.D. (Juris Doctor) from Western State University, College of Law. He is a member of the American Bar Association as well as the California Bar Association.
Mark Risco was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of our Financial Services Division (our subsidiary, Willdan Financial Services) in November 2011. Mr. Risco was previously Senior Vice President, responsible for overseeing the operations of the division's three groups- District Administration, Financial Consulting and Federal Compliance. From 2001 until 2011, Mr. Risco served in multiple management capacities of increasing responsibility within the District Administration Services Group of Willdan Financial Services. His particular expertise includes special district formation and administration services for a variety of special financing district mechanisms including Assessment Districts, Community Facilities Districts and Water Standby Charge Programs. He was also responsible for ensuring that assessment proceedings were in compliance with the State of California's Proposition 218. Prior to joining Willdan in 1999, Mr. Risco worked in acquisitions and development for a California-based real estate and investment trust company specializing in commercial and industrial properties. Mr. Risco received his B.A. in Business Administration from California State University, Fullerton.
Paul Whitelaw was appointed as Senior Vice President of Business Development for Willdan Group, Inc. in November 2016. In this role, he led business development efforts that resulted in national, multimillion-dollar contracts for clients such as San Diego Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison, Puget Sound Energy, and Con Edison of New York.
Mr. Whitelaw joined Willdan in 1996 as part of Willdan Financial Services and accepted a role as Senior Vice President of Business Development in 2004. He became the Regional Vice President for Willdan Energy Solutions in 2012, and advanced to the Senior Vice President of Business Development for Willdan Energy Solution’s western region in 2015. Mr. Whitelaw currently serves on the Board of Directors of the California Efficiency and Demand Management Council. He earned his B.A. in Chemistry from Point Loma Nazarene University and his M.B.A. from the University of California, Irvine.