Stacy B. McLaughlin was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Willdan in November 2013. Mrs. McLaughlin has served as Willdan’s Compliance Manager since 2010. 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 Willdan, 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).
Tom Kouris was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Willdan Energy Solution in August 2013. Previously, Mr. Kouris served as Chief Operating Officer of our Energy Efficiency Services Division (our subsidiary, Willdan Energy Solutions) from April 2012 through September 2013. Mr. Kouris was previously Senior Vice President of Direct Install Programs for Willdan Energy Solutions and served in several management capacities. From March 2008 until March 2010, Mr. Kouris was a Senior Vice President for Willdan Engineering, where he had responsibilities in business development and operations across Arizona, Nevada, and Utah. Prior to joining Willdan, Mr. Kouris was the Senior Vice President of Midwest operations at Dynamac Corporation, where he had responsibility for overseeing operations in Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland and Cincinnati. From September 2003 to January 2005, Mr. Kouris was Senior Vice President at AECOM Environmental Group, where he was part of a senior management team leading AECOM’s national expansion efforts into the environmental industry. Prior to AECOM, Mr. Kouris was a Senior Manager of Federal Programs at Tetra Tech EM Inc, with responsibility for US EPA contracts across 10 offices. Mr. Kouris received his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana.
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.
James Bailey was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of our Homeland Solutions Division (formerly our subsidiary, American Homeland Solutions) in June 2011. Mr. Bailey was the Chief Operating Officer of the Homeland Solutions Division from May 2010 to June 2011 and Vice President, Manager of Training and Exercise from January 2008 to May 2010. Prior to joining Willdan in January 2008, Mr. Bailey was a Managing Director for EG&G Technical Services, a division of URS Corporation. Mr. Bailey has extensive background in designing, developing, conducting, evaluating, and managing emergency preparedness exercises at the Federal, State and local levels. He has provided exercise support to over 120 exercises conducted in the States of California, Arizona, Nevada, Alaska, and New Mexico; and the California counties of Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange, and Riverside from 2002-2009. Mr. Bailey is a retired U.S. Marine Corps intelligence officer with 20 years of military experience. While in the Marines, Mr. Bailey served in positions at both the tactical and the strategic levels combating terrorism and international crime. Later, Mr. Bailey served at the National Security Agency (NSA). Mr. Bailey received his BSBA in Business Administration from The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina and is a certified Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) trainer that has taught HSEEP at the local and State levels since 2005.
Frank G. Tripepi was appointed Senior Vice President, Business Development in May 2011. Previously, he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of our subsidiary, Willdan Financial Services, formerly known as MuniFinancial, from June 2002 to May 2011. From October 2008 to December 2009, Mr. Tripepi also served as the interim city manager for the City of La Puente. Prior to joining Willdan Financial Services, Mr. Tripepi served as the city manager of Rosemead, California for 28 years. In April 2004, Mr. Tripepi received an appointment to the Board of Governors of the Rose Institute of State and Local Government. The Rose Institute conducts and publishes research on California government and politics. Mr. Tripepi received his B.A. in Political Science in 1969 from California State University, Fullerton
Mr. Mike A. Bieber, was appointed Senior Vice President, Corporate Development in December 2014. Prior to joining Willdan, Mr. Bieber was 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.