Jonathan Berger was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation in September 2010. Mr. Berger has served as a member of our Board since our merger with a subsidiary of Aldabra Acquisition Corporation on December 26, 2006. Mr. Berger also served as the chair of our Audit Committee. He was a member of Aldabra's Board of Directors from its inception in 2004 until the completion of the Aldabra Merger. Mr. Berger is a director on the Board of Directors and is Chairman of the Audit and Compensation Committees of Boise Inc., a paper and packaging company. From January 2002 until July 2009, Mr. Berger was a managing director and co-head of Corporate Finance for Navigant Consulting, Inc. ("NCI"), a New York Stock Exchange-listed consulting firm. Mr. Berger was also President of Navigant Capital Advisors, LLC, the wholly owned broker-dealer of NCI during a portion of that time. From January 2000 to March 2001, Mr. Berger was president of DotPlanet.com, an Internet services provider. From August 1983 to December 1999, Mr. Berger was employed by KPMG, LLP, an independent public accounting firm, where he served as a partner from August 1991 to December 1999; he was in charge of the corporate finance practice for three of those years. Mr. Berger received a B.S. from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from Emory University. Mr. Berger is a Certified Public Accountant.
William S. Steckel Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Steckel became Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Great Lakes in 2012. From 2010 until joining Great Lakes, Mr. Steckel worked with startup and private equity owned companies in high tech and manufacturing. From 2008 to 2010, Mr. Steckel was with Daystar Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: DSTI) where he joined as CFO and Treasurer and progressed to become CEO, President and a member of the Board of Directors. From 2006 to 2008, he was with privately held Norwood where he served as Senior Vice President, CFO and Treasurer. Prior to 2006, Mr. Steckel served in senior financial and general management roles with Invensys (FTSE: ISIS) St. Jude Medical (STJ) and CTS Corporation (CTS). Mr. Steckel earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting (Industrial Administration) at Iowa State University and his Master of Business Administration from Western Illinois University.
David E. Simonelli President of Dredging Operations
Mr. Simonelli was named Senior Vice President in February 2009. Mr. Simonelli is responsible for the Operations Support Group which includes Site Management, the Safety Health & Environmental Department, Field & Production Engineering and Risk Management. He was named a Vice President of the Company in 2002 and Special Projects Manager in 1996. He joined the Company in 1978 as a Project Engineer. Mr. Simonelli earned a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Rhode Island. He is a member of the Hydrographic Society, the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Western Dredging Association.
Mr. Johnson was named Senior Vice President in February 2009 and has been Chief Contract Manager of the Company since 2006. He joined the Company in 1983 as a Mechanical Engineer and has since held positions of increasing responsibility in domestic and international engineering and operations, including Area Engineer, Special Projects Manager, and Manager of Production Engineering. Mr. Johnson was named Vice President in 2002. Mr. Johnson earned a BS in Engineering from Purdue University and an MS in Construction Engineering & Management from Stanford University.
Mr. Karas has been Senior Vice President of the Company since 2009. Previously, Mr. Karas has served
as a Vice President since 2002, and was named Chief Estimator in 1992. He joined the Company in 1983
as Project Engineer in the Hopper Division. Mr. Karas earned a Bachelors degree in Finance from the
University of Notre Dame. He is a member of the Western Dredging Association and the Association for
the Advancement of Cost Engineering.
Stephen E Pegg Senior Vice PresidentBusiness Development
Mr. Pegg was appointed Senior Vice President of Business Development in March 2011 after rejoining the company as a consultant in October of 2010. In addition to his responsibilities as Sr. VP, Mr. Pegg served as President of the demolition subsidiary, NASDI, from March of 2011 to September of 2011. Mr. Pegg had previously served the company as Assistant Controller, and Director of Planning and Development from 1988 1992. Since leaving the company in 1992, Mr. Pegg has served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for MAC Equipment, Camfil FARR, UltraViolet Devices and the LGL Group. In addition to his responsibilities as VP & CFO, Mr. Pegg has assumed senior operating roles at subsidiaries of MAC Equipment, and UltraViolet Devices. Mr. Pegg is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Illinois State University, and a Masters degree from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Ms. Waryjas was named Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary in July 2012. From 2000 until joining Great Lakes, Ms. Waryjas was a partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP ("Katten"), where she was co-chair of the firm's Corporate Governance and Mergers and Acquisitions Practices. Ms. Waryjas served two consecutive terms on Katten's Board of Directors. Prior to Katten, Ms. Waryjas was a partner at the Chicago offices of Jenner & Block and Kirkland & Ellis. She received her B.S. degree, magna cum laude, from Loyola University and her J.D. degree, cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law.
Steven W. Becker Vice PresidentPlant and Equipment
Mr. Becker has managed the Equipment Maintenance and Mechanical Engineering Departments since 1995. He joined the Company in 1984 as a Field Engineer and holds a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois.
J. Christopher Gillespie Vice PresidentHydraulic and Mechanical Dredging
Mr. Gillespie was named Vice President and Special Projects Manager in 1997. He joined the Company in 1987 as a Project Engineer and previously served as a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Mr. Gillespie earned a BS in Civil Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a graduate degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Tulane. He is a member of the Society of American Military Engineers.
Bradley T.J. Hansen Vice PresidentLogistics
Mr. Hansen has been a Vice President and Division Manager of the Company since 1994. He joined the Company in 1977 as an Area Engineer. He was named Vice President & General Superintendent of the Company in 1991. Mr. Hansen earned a BS in Civil Engineering from Louisiana State University. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
William H. Hanson Vice PresidentGovernment Relations and Business Development
Mr. Hanson has been a Vice President of the Company since 2006. Mr. Hanson joined the Company in 1988 as an Area Engineer in its Staten Island Division Office. He earned a B.S. in Ocean Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1979. Mr. Hanson began his career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Galveston, Texas and Los Angeles, California, and then with Connolly Pacific Company in Long Beach, California. Mr. Hanson is currently the President of the Western Dredging Association and is a board member of several industry trade associations.
Steven F. O'Hara Vice PresidentCorporate IIF and Northern Area Manager
Mr. O'Hara has been a Vice President and Division Manager of the Company since 1988. He joined the Company in 1978 as Cost Accountant. He is a member of the Society of American Military Engineers. Mr. O'Hara received a BS from the University of Illinois.
Wiliam F. Pagendarm Vice PresidentHopper Dredging Division
Mr. Pagendarm has been a Vice President and Division Manager of the Company since 1985. He joined the Company in 1979 as Project Superintendent. Mr. Pagendarm is a former President and Chairman of the Western Dredging Association. He is also a former President of the World Dredging Association. Mr. Pagendarm holds a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from University of Notre Dame and a MBA from the University of Chicago.
John T. O'Brien Vice PresidentMiddle East, India and Africa Division
Mr. O'Brien was named a vice president of the company several years after he assumed leadership of the Middle East Division. There he has inaugurated and completed several large joint venture projects in Bahrain and Qatar, one of which is the largest in the company's history. He joined the company in 1979 as a rangeman on a field survey team, and soon rose to be a project and area engineer. In 1990 he was named manager of the Midwest Division in Cleveland. Since 1996 he has had management responsibilities in the Middle East. He received his BA degree in journalism from the University of Rhode Island in 1978.
Russell F. Zimmerman Vice President and Chief Estimator
Mr. Zimmerman was named Vice President and Special Projects Manager in 2009. He joined the company in 1982 as a Field Engineer. Mr. Zimmerman earned a BS in Construction Management Technology from Purdue University. His is a member of the Society of American Military Engineers and the Western Dredging Association.
Thomas C. Roberts Vice PresidentSite Engineering Development
Mr. Roberts was named Vice President in 2011 having managed the Field Engineering Department since 1996. He joined the Company in 1989 as a Field Engineer Intern and within Field Engineering roles worked on Company projects throughout the US and Middle East. He holds a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering Technology from Murray State University and completing Master of Business Administration from Lewis University. He is a member of American Congress on Surveying and Mapping.
Katherine M. Hayes Treasurer and Assistant Secretary
Ms. Hayes was named Treasurer of the Company in March 2011. She has served as Director of Investor Relations and Financial Reporting since she joined the Company in 2006 and has over 18 years of accounting and finance experience. Prior to Great Lakes Ms. Hayes was Director of Corporate Accounting at TransUnion, LLC. Ms. Hayes is a Certified Public Accountant and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from Northern Illinois University and a M.B.A in Finance from St. Xavier University in Chicago.
Kathleen Mackie LaVoy Vice President & General Counsel - Dredging Operations
Mrs. LaVoy was appointed Vice President and General Counsel, Dredging Operations in July 2012. She joined the Company in 2007 as Assistant General Counsel. Mrs. LaVoy received her J.D. cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law and was an associate in the litigation department of the Chicago law firm Winston & Strawn LLP following graduation. Mrs. LaVoy earned a Bachelor of Science degree with distinction in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. She is a fourth generation dredger.
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