Christopher (Chris) Leichtweis is President/CEO of North Wind Group. Since joining in 2013, Leichtweis has grown North Wind Group to a thriving company of more than 820 employees with revenues exceeding $150M in 2016.
In 1991, Chris founded Safety and Ecology Holding Corporation (SEC), serving as President for more than 20 years. He grew the domestic and international operations to more than 530 employees in eight offices with revenues exceeding $98M. From 2008 to 2011, he served as President and Director of SEC’s parent (public) company Homeland Security Capital Corporation, growing the parent’s portfolio of three companies by 43% and expanding operations into many new commercial and federal markets.
Prior to founding SEC, Chris served in various engineering and management positions at Bechtel National and Bechtel Environmental, Inc., a global Engineering and Construction Company, starting in 1985 and was a key contributor to the environmental clean-up of major federal nuclear legacy programs. He currently serves on many Boards including his undergraduate University’s Foundation Board (State University of New York-Brockport) and is a distinguished Graduate from the University of Tennessee. Chris earned a B.S. degree in Physics from SUNY Brockport in 1983 and received his MBA from the University of Tennessee in 2003. In addition, he is a Certified Industrial Hygienist by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene. Chris was nationally recognized with the Southeast United States 2005 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.
John has 24 years of experience in environmental management, nuclear facility operations and maintenance, engineering, and construction. His career has also encompassed small business startup, marketing and business development, mergers and acquisitions, project management, and applied research.
Since joining North Wind Group in 2000, John has served in executive positions including Chief Business Development Officer and President of subsidiary firms North Wind Solutions, LLC and Portsmouth Mission Alliance, LLC. John has corporate responsibility for $350M in six different prime contracts with the Department of Energy, Office of Environmental Management. He also has corporate responsibility for $90M in facilities maintenance and engineering/construction contracts with the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon and other east coast locations, the Navy Space and Warfare Command, and the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security. Previously, John held the position of Senior Scientist for Parsons and Lockheed Martin, where he was involved in nuclear waste cleanup programs. John holds an active Q Clearance with the DOE and a Top Secret Clearance with the DoD. He is a registered Professional Geologist and accredited Project Management Professional. John has a B.S. in Environmental Science, M.S. in Hydrogeology, and an MBA from the University of Tennessee. He has also completed Dartmouth College’s Executive Education in Leadership and Business.
Dr. Jace Fahnestock is the President of North Wind Resource Consulting. He provides vision and leadership by identifying new clients, business lines, and opportunities and ensuring that all work is carried out in a professional, technically complete manner. Before forming North Wind Resource Consulting, Jace was the Vice President for North Wind, Inc.’s Natural and Cultural Resource Division from 2002 to 2010.
Prior to joining North Wind, he worked as a research scientist at Colorado State University and the University of Wyoming. He has more than 15 years of experience in university-related research and education. Jace is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and has authored or co-authored 30+ scientific publications and has been the Principal or co-Principal Investigator on several National Science Foundation (NSF) and U.S. Department of Agriculture grant awards. He has been a reviewer for 12 scientific journals and for the NSF and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Jace has also served as an advisory panelist for the Long-Term Ecological Research Cross-Site Research Panel for the NSF’s Directorate for Biological Sciences.
Jim Furr is the President of North Wind, Inc. Previously he served as the Vice President and Operations Manager for North Wind’s Southeast Region and Program Manager for North Wind contracts with the USACE Savannah District, DOE Savannah River and Oak Ridge sites, and for numerous industrial and commercial clients in the southeast. Jim is a Licensed Professional Geologist, and an accredited Project Management Professional (PMP) with 30 years of experience in project management, operations, geological and hydrogeological site investigations, and site remediation and closures. He currently manages large industrial site closures, remediation of firing ranges, abatement and demolition projects, and multi-media remedial investigations, feasibility studies, and corrective actions for industrial and Federal clients.
Prior to joining North Wind in 2007, Jim was a managing partner for 17 years with Kubal-Furr & Associates. He has served on the South Carolina Board of Registration of Professional Geologists, the Geological Sciences Advisory Committee for Clemson University College of Engineering and Science, and the Carolina Geological Society. Jim has a B.A. degree in Geology from Clemson University and a M.S. in Geology from Eastern Kentucky University.
Kimberley Kearney is the President of North Wind Site Services and served as the Western Regional Manager for North Wind Group for three years. With more than 30 years of experience in the environmental, engineering and construction industries, Kimberley successfully develops, manages and executes work in the federal sector for North Wind.
Before assuming the role of President of North Wind Site Services, Kimberley served as President of North Wind Services. Prior to joining North Wind in 1997, she worked for large consulting firms in Anchorage, Alaska. Kimberley earned a degree in Petroleum Engineering from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in 1988. She is certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a volunteer for the ASPCA. She has served on the Anchorage Post board of the Society of American Military Engineers
Brent Brooks has been named North Wind Construction Services (NWCS) President. Brent brings more than 25 years of experience as a results-oriented leader with proven successes in managing multi-million dollar construction, heavy infrastructure, superfund and environmental projects for government and private-sector clients. He is a technically sophisticated and business savvy management professional with strong leadership qualifications coupled with “hands-on” construction experience. He previously served as Central Regional Manager for North Wind Group. Brent earned his M.S., Construction Management/Civil Engineering, from Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona; and his B.A., Business Administration/Finance, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, California.
Carsen “Jade” Dye is the President of North Wind Infrastructure and Technology. He has more than 20 years of experience in project management, business management, and technical consulting. His knowledge, training and experience in both the technical and business sides of this industry provide a strong foundation for success. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with additional training in cost and price analysis, business processes, and management accounting. This is coupled with his technical education and experience in geological engineering/hydrogeology (BS), Master’s level Civil Engineering courses, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA). Mr. Dye has field experience with numerous technical projects and solid working relationships with various clients/customers. He has been with North Wind for nearly 11 years and has been a solid contributor to its development and growth. As President of North Wind Infrastructure and Technology, he plans to continue his successful history with North Wind and CIRI and grow North Wind’s customer base nationwide, while maintaining excellent customer relations and the excellent reputation of all North Wind companies.
In 2017, Jeff Scott was appointed as North Wind Portage President. Jeff has served as North Wind’s Eastern Regional Manager since 2013. Under his leadership, revenues within the region have steadily grown from $15M annually (in 2013) to a projected $110M in 2017. Mr. Scott directed a team of over 450 personnel actively engaged on projects and regional operations. As Operations Manager for the eastern region, he was responsible for resource allocation and project performance for approximately 65 active projects annually in the areas of radiological and nuclear waste processing, disposal, decontamination and demolition; construction; operations and maintenance; in frastructure support services, and environmental characterization and remediation.
Jeff is an experienced Senior Manager with 18 years of management experience that spans the full range of construction, remediation and D&D services, including environmental geology and engineering, hydrogeology, and hazardous and radiological waste management, project management, decontamination and decommissioning, demolition, construction, and environmental remediation. He holds a BS degree in Agricultural Engineering (1995) and has been a Certified Project Management Professional since 2011. Prior to joining North Wind in 2013, Mr. Scott served as Director of Project Management for a small company performing remediation, construction, logistics and security services for the US government, primarily in overseas locations. He managed approximately $25M in projects and operations annually. Before that, he served as Chief Technical Officer, Vice President, and Program Manager for an environmental remediation company, managing up to $90M in projects and programs annually.
Tracy is a 20 year United States Air Force veteran. During his tenure in the Air Force he was assigned various duties in varying job specialties. His last eight years of service were dedicated to government contracting with his final post as the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of the Construction Flight of the 3rd Contracting Squadron, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska. In 2002, upon his retirement from the Air Force, he began working at Weldin Construction as a contract administrator. He has worked as SABER Contract Manager, Project Manager, and now President and Program Manager. His management skills and leadership have led to the successful execution of over 600 delivery orders, valued in excess of $127M.
Mr. Frazee has over thirty years of experience in the startup, operation and decommissioning of nuclear and chemical facilities at sites managed by the Department of Energy, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Department of Defense. Complex, highly contaminated processing facilities and reactors have been safely operated and decommissioned under his management. Brad serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the North Wind Group, responsible for the safe and compliant execution of over $250 million annually of projects.
In 2017, Michael Chan was appointed as ANC Research & Development President. Michael has served as Silver Mountain Group’s, Southeast Region Program Manager. He was responsible for leading Silver Mountain Group’s southeast expansion efforts including strategic planning, operations and managing all regional activities. Under his leadership and teamwork, two of Silver Mountain Group’s subsidiaries Weldin Construction and Silver Mountain Construction were awarded contracts on a NASA Regionalized Multiple Award Construction Contract with a projected value of $3B.
Michael is an experienced leader and senior manager. He served in the U.S. Navy for over 24 years as a Sailor and civilian in the U.S., Europe, Africa, Asia and Southwest Asia. He has flown over 2000 flight hours in various aircraft including the ES-3A and P-3C. He made two deployments to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with the Navy and Marines. In 2010, he was the U.S. Navy’s Country Engagement Officer (CEO) to the United Arab Emirates. In 2012, he served as Operations Program Director, Command Administration Director and Future Operations/Plans Director, NAS Jacksonville, FL and was responsible for administration, planning and operations of over $80M in runway construction projects. After retirement in 2014, he was an Operations and Maintenance Supervisor for Jacksonville Aviation Authority. Prior to joining Silver Mountain Group, he was a Special Assistant to Commander, Region Navy Southeast. Michael earned degrees from the University of North Florida in Criminal Justice and Political Science and has completed National Security graduate courses at the Naval War College.