Win Westfall has served as our Chairman of the Board since May 2006, and has been a member of our board of directors since 2001. Mr. Westfall was our President and Chief Executive Officer from May 2006 to February 2007, our Senior Vice President of Corporate Relations from January 2004 to May 2006, and a regional manager in northern California from 1998 through January 2004. Mr. Westfall has over 35 years experience as a line manager for consulting engineering firms, and has served as city engineer for seven California cities. Mr. Westfall received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1962, and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University in 1980. Mr. Westfall is a fellow of The Society of American Military Engineers and has been active in numerous other professional associations. During 1997, he served as the National President for The American Public Works Association, or APWA, the first private consultant to hold this position. Mr. Westfall has served on and chaired national committees for the American Council of Engineering Companies, and in 2004 was made an Honorary CLOD (past president) of the County Engineers Association of California, the first private consultant to be accorded this honor. He has been a registered civil engineer in California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada and Washington. Mr. Westfall also has served as the trustee of the APWA Education Endowment Fund since 1999 and on the California Transportation Foundation board of directors since 2005. Mr. Westfall, as a former executive officer and regional manager of the Company with significant engineering experience, brings his in-depth knowledge of our Company and its industry, operations and business to the Board, providing valuable insight to the Board as it reviews our operations, growth and financial prospects. In addition, we believe that his experience as an engineer for California cities benefits our Board by providing increased understanding of the needs of our clients.
Thomas D. Brisbin joined our Board of Directors in April 2007, when he was also appointed our President and Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Brisbin previously was vice president of and consultant for AECOM Technology Corporation, or AECOM, since spring 2004. At AECOM, a company focused on infrastructure, environment and facilities engineering contracts, Dr. Brisbin was responsible for developing the company's environmental business. 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. Dr. Brisbin, as our current President and Chief Executive Officer, brings his in-depth knowledge of the day-to-day operations of the Company and its industry to the Board, providing valuable insight to the Board as it reviews our operations, growth and financial prospects. In addition, we believe that his experience as an executive officer at Tetra Tech, a publicly traded engineering and consulting company, benefits our Board by increasing his knowledge of our industry and effective public company corporate governance.
Marc Tipermas was appointed President of National Programs in May 2007. Dr. Tipermas has spent most of his 35-year career in the professional services industry in a variety of senior executive level business development and operations positions. From 1981 to 1998, Dr. Tipermas worked at ICF Kaiser International, a global consulting, engineering, and program management firm with over 6,000 employees, and was named President and Chief Operating Officer in 1997. From January 2002 to May 2006, he was Senior Vice President for Business Development of Dynamac Corporation, an environmental consulting firm. From October 1998 to December 2001 and from May 2006 to May 2007, he worked as an independent business development consultant to several nationwide engineering and consulting firms. From 1977 to 1981 Dr. Tipermas worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and from 1980 to 1981 served as the first Director of EPA's Superfund Policy and Program Management Office. From 1975 to 1977 he was Assistant Professor of Political Science at SUNY/Buffalo. Dr. Tipermas received an S.B. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and holds Ph.D. and Master's degrees from Harvard University in political science
Kimberly D. Gant was appointed Chief Financial Officer in July 2007. From January 2005 to July 2007, Ms. Gant served as vice president of corporate development for AECOM Technology Corporation. At AECOM, Ms. Gant was responsible for due diligence and integration activities for mergers and acquisitions, treasury and capital markets activities and SEC financial reporting compliance. From October 1996 to January 2005, Ms. Gant was employed by Tetra Tech, Inc. At Tetra Tech, she held finance positions of increasing responsibility, including vice president of corporate development and treasury and vice president of corporate planning and reporting, and was responsible for pre-acquisition financial analysis, acquisition due diligence and execution, treasury management, strategic sourcing and international business and financial risk assessment. Prior to joining Tetra Tech, Ms. Gant was employed by Hydro-Search, Inc., an engineering and consulting firm acquired by Tetra Tech in 1994, in various accounting positions. Ms. Gant is a certified public accountant (inactive) and holds a Bachelor of Accountancy (BAC) from the University of Oklahoma.
Daniel Chow was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Willdan Engineering in December 2008. Prior to joining Willdan, 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.
Tom Kouris was appointed Chief Operating Officer of our Energy Efficiency Services Division (our subsidiary, Willdan Energy Solutions) in April 2012. Mr. Kouris was previously Senior Vice President of Direct Install Programs for Willdan Energy Solutions and served in several management capacities. From March 2008 till 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 - 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 till June 2011 and Vice President, Manager of Training and Exercise from January 2008 till 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 approximately 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
Del Conrad has been our Vice President of Financial Reporting and Compliance since April 2006. He oversees our timely compliance with all applicable reporting requirements and regulations. From 2002 until joining us, he developed a consulting practice that specialized in addressing public companies' financial reporting problems and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. From 1995 to 2002, Mr. Conrad was the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary at Troy Group, a technology company, where he managed its public offering. Prior to his work at Troy Group, Mr. Conrad spent 10 years as an audit partner with McGladrey & Pullen, LLP. He received a B.A. in Business Administration in 1972 from the University of Iowa.
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