Christopher (Chris) Leichtweis is President and Chief Executive Officer 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 and CEO 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 22 years of experience in environmental management, nuclear facility operations and maintenance, engineering, and construction. Since joining North Wind in 2000, he 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 over $325M in contracts with DOE-EM at Portsmouth, Oak Ridge TRU Waste Processing Center, West Valley, Office of River Protection, Paducah, and DOE-EM Headquarters. He also has corporate responsibility for $50M in contracts with DoD Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon and other east coast locations, the Navy Space and Warfare Command, and the Army Corps of Engineers. John serves as a Managing Board Member on subsidiary companies Facilities and Infrastructure Alliance, LLC and North Wind Neu Security Services, LLC. He holds an active Q Clearance with the DOE and a Top Secret Clearance with the DoD. John is a registered Professional Geologist and Project Management Professional accredited through the Project Management Institute. He has a B.S. in Environmental Science, an M.S. in Hydrogeology, and has 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 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 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.
Kim Kearney is the President of North Wind Site Services and served as the Western Regional Manager for North Wind Group for 3 years. With more than 25 years of experience in the environmental, engineering and construction industries, Kim successfully develops, manages and executes work in the federal sector for North Wind.
Before assuming the role of President of North Wind Site Services, Kim served as President of North Wind Services. Prior to joining North Wind in 1997, she worked for large consulting firms in Anchorage, Alaska. Kim earned a degree in Petroleum Engineering from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in 1988. She is 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.
Roy McKinney, PG, PMP, has been named the general manager and president of the new North Wind company, Portage, Inc. Previously with Portage, Mr. McKinney brings more than 36 years of experience working in this industry with more than 20 years of experience at the senior management level directing a diverse portfolio of environmental projects for U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), as well as for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), commercial, and local clients, involving multiple location operations. Roy received his M.S. degree in Geological Engineering from the Mackay School of Mines at the University of Nevada Reno and his B.S. degree with honors in Geological Engineering from New Mexico State University. Mr. McKinney is a professional geologist, certified engineering geologist and project management professional.