Board of Directors

  • Dickerson Wright
    Chairman, CEO

    Mr. Wright has served as our Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, and President since our inception in December 2009 and has over 35 years of uninterrupted experience in managing and developing engineering companies. From February 2008 through November 2009, Mr. Wright served as the Chief Executive Officer of Nova Group Services, Inc., a private equity sponsored engineering and consulting services company. From September 2002 until January 2008, Mr. Wright served as the Chief Executive Officer of Bureau Veritas, U.S., an international engineering and consulting company, where he was responsible for developing the company’s U.S. operations through strategic acquisitions and follow-on growth. Before Mr. Wright joined Bureau Veritas, the company had minimal presence in the U.S. By the time Mr. Wright left in January 2008, Bureau Veritas’ U.S. operations employed 2,700 people in 67 offices and generated $280.0 million a year in revenue. Mr. Wright founded U.S. Laboratories, an engineering and consulting firm, in October 1993 and served as its Chief Executive Officer through its initial public offering in 1999 and ultimate sale to Bureau Veritas in 2002. Prior to founding U.S. Laboratories, Mr. Wright held several senior management positions at national firms, including Professional Services Industries, American Engineering Laboratories, and U.S. Testing and was the founder of Western States Testing. Mr. Wright earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Pacific Western University and is a board certified engineer in California and Wisconsin.
  • Alexander A. Hockman
    Director, COO and President

    Mr. Hockman serves as a member of our board of directors and is COO and President of NV5. Before becoming President and COO, Mr. Hockman served as Executive Vice President of NV5 since September 2011 and President of NV5 – Southeast since February 2010 and has more than 27 years of diverse experience in the fields of construction inspections, materials testing, geotechnical, environmental, waterfront, construction, and building envelope consulting. From March 2003 until March 2010, Mr. Hockman served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Construction Materials Testing Division of Bureau Veritas. From 1985 until its acquisition by Bureau Veritas in 2003, Mr. Hockman served as the President of Intercounty Laboratories. Mr. Hockman earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Florida International University and is a licensed engineer in Florida.
  • Donald C. Alford
    Director, Executive Vice President

    Mr. Alford serves as a member of our board of directors, has acted as the Executive Vice President of Strategic Growth of NV5 since February 2010 and is responsible for M&A and other growth initiatives. From February 2007 until February 2010, Mr. Alford held a similar position with Nova Group Services, Inc. From November 2002 to November 2006, Mr. Alford acted as the exclusive M&A agent in the U.S. for Bureau Veritas, and, from 1998 to 2002, Mr. Alford served as the Executive Vice President and Secretary and was in charge of strategic growth for U.S. Laboratories. Mr. Alford earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Princeton University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Virginia. Mr. Alford also served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1965 until 1968.
  • Jeffrey A. Liss
    Director

    Mr. Liss serves as a member of our board of directors and has over 25 years of progressive experience providing technical, trade, and consulting services to multi-national inspection and testing companies and the government, and has a successful record of generating growth and increasing profitability in highly volatile business environments. Since 2001, Mr. Liss has served as a consultant providing investment and business consulting services relating to strategic planning, business valuation, and turnaround environments. From 1988 to 2000, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Intertek Testing Services International, an international company that maintained 36 offices throughout the world. During his tenure, Mr. Liss was based both in the U.S. and overseas, and served as a member of the executive board of the parent company. Prior to joining Intertek Testing Services, Mr. Liss served as the Vice President of SGS Government Programs, responsible for administrative centers in the U.S. serving government principals in Latin America and the Caribbean. Mr. Liss also spent six years serving on the board of directors of Brookwood Florida-East, a charitable organization providing residential services to troubled adolescents. Mr. Liss earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
  • William D. Pruitt
    Director

    Mr. Pruitt serves as a member of our board of directors and has served as General Manager of Pruitt Enterprises and President of Pruitt Ventures, Inc. since 2000. Mr. Pruitt has served as an independent board member and a member of the audit committee of MAKO Surgical Corp., a developer of robots for knee and hip surgery, since 2008. Mr. Pruitt has also served as an independent board member and chairman of the audit committee of Swisher Hygiene, Inc., a hygiene services company, since 2011. Mr. Pruitt served as an independent board member of The PBSJ Corporation, an international professional services firm, from 2005 to 2010. Mr. Pruitt served as chairman of the audit committee of KOS Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a fully integrated specialty pharmaceuticals company, from 2004 until its sale in 2006. He was also chairman of the audit committee for Adjoined Consulting, Inc., a full-service management consulting firm, from 2000 until it was merged into Kanbay International, a global consulting firm, in 2006. From 1980 to 1999, Mr. Pruitt served as the managing partner for the Florida, Caribbean, and Venezuela operations of the independent auditing firm of Arthur Andersen LLP. Mr. Pruitt earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Miami and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).
  • Gerald J. Salontai
    Director

    Mr. Salontai serves as a member of our board of directors and has over 35 years of progressive technical, management, and leadership experience in the engineering and construction industry. Mr. Salontai is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Salontai Consulting Group, a management advisory company focused on assisting companies achieve success in the areas of strategy, business management, and leadership. From January 1998 until March 2009, Mr. Salontai served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of The Kleinfelder Group, Inc., a management, planning, engineering, science, and construction services consulting company headquartered in San Diego, California. Prior to his time at Kleinfelder, Mr. Salontai held a number of management positions in several firms, including serving as the President and Chief Operating Officer, and his responsibilities included strategy implementation, sales execution, delivery of services, quality, customer satisfaction, and overall profit and loss. Mr. Salontai earned both a Bachelor of Science and Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Long Beach State University and graduated from the Executive Management Program at the University of California, Berkeley.
  • François Tardan
    Director

    Mr. Tardan serves as a member of our board of directors. From 1998 to 2011, Mr. Tardan served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Bureau Veritas (BV), a global leader in testing, inspection and certification (Euronext Paris: BVI). During Mr. Tardan’s tenure at BV, revenues grew from €650 million to €3.4 billion and EBITDA margins increased from 8% to 16.5%. Under his leadership the company also completed more than 100 acquisitions in Asia, North America, Latin America, and Europe and completed a successful IPO in 2007 with a placement exceeding €1 billion. BV shares increased in price from €37.7 to €56 during the time Mr. Tardan was with the company despite the impact of the 2008 financial crisis. Before 1998 Mr. Tardan was President and CEO of Fondasol, a notable European geotechnical firm with offices in France, Brussels, Luxembourg and Morocco. François Tardan graduated from Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) in Paris and received his MBA from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC).