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CrowderGulf Team

All CrowderGulf officers, managers and supervisors have been involved in previous successful disaster-related debris operations and have been trained to the quality control concerns, safety concerns, ethics, policies and procedures of CrowderGulf. All key personnel understand the circle of plans concept and its relationship to the company’s Mission Statement. The following is a list of CrowderGulf’s key management, administrative and supervisory personnel.

Key Personnel

John RamsayJohn Ramsay - Director of Operations & President

Mr. Ramsay is a graduate of Auburn University with a degree in Agriculture and has over 40 years of experience in storm debris removal and reduction operations and management. He has directed the successful completion of major operations from the most recent work in 2011 in North Carolina and Virginia, to 2008 in the Houston-Galveston Area as a result of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, the 2005 Hurricanes Dennis, Katrina, Rita and Wilma, and all other disaster work since Hurricane Camille, in 1969. As one of the owners and the founder of CrowderGulf, he takes a personal interest in each of the municipalities we have served over the years.

Mr. Ramsay is one of the foremost experts in all phases of a debris operation, including removal, reduction, recycling and disposal. He is well respected in the field and his technical advice has been and continues to be sought after by other contractors, municipalities, and various agencies such as Wildlife and Fisheries. Mr. Ramsay has been especially involved in creating innovative ways to recycle debris wastes. *NIMS Certified.


Ashley RamsayAshley Ramsay-Naile - Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Mrs. Ramsay-Naile is a Graduate of University of South Alabama. She has been involved in managing the day to day business of CrowderGulf operations since 1995 when Hurricane Opal impacted the Florida Panhandle. She has played a vital role in establishing the Disaster Administration Office (DAO) in which she has structured and managed since its acquisition. As Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for CrowderGulf her role has involved serving as a liaison to clients, providing logistics coordination with field operations, contract negotiations, preparation of proposals, subcontractor coordination, field supervisor, project manager, and all aspects of back office activities including accounts payable, accounts receivable and human resources. Activations have included: 1995 Hurricanes Opal and Erin, 1996 Hurricane Fran, 2004 Hurricanes Charley, Ivan, and Jeanne, 2005 Hurricanes Dennis, Katrina, Rita and Wilma, 2008 Hurricane Gustav and Ike, 2011 tornadoes and Hurricane Irene. *NIMS Certified.

 


Raymond YoungRaymond “Buddy” Young - Assist Director of Operations/Technical Assistance Manager

Mr. Young was Regional Director of FEMA Region VI from 1993 – 2001 and served as Administrator for 133 federally declared disasters and emergencies. He is nationally known and recognized in the Emergency Management business and is extremely knowledgeable about FEMA policies and procedures. He is a retired Captain of the Arkansas State Police where he served for 26 years.

As the Assistant Director of Operations, Mr. Young has been directly involved in the field operations for all major disasters from Hurricane Isabel in 2003 and through Hurricane Irene in 2011, as well as the 2011 tornado in AL. Mr. Young’s FEMA knowledge and experience is invaluable to both CrowderGulf and all clients as decisions must be made during the cleanup operation.

Buddy is one of the most knowledgeable people working in the debris management business with firsthand experience in managing major disasters. He is also a current member of the Board of Directors for Disaster Recovery Contractors Association (DRCA). *NIMS certified.


Margaret WrightMargaret R. Wright, Ph.D. - Senior Program Manager

Dr. Wright has over twenty-five years of professional training and managerial experience. As a vital member of CrowderGulf’s Senior Management Team, her duties include proposal writing, training developer and facilitator, regulations compliance, management of record keeping, including day-to-day operations of work completed, communication and coordination with contracting entities during reconciling process, and conducting formal evaluations at completion of projects.

Dr. Wright has worked in field operations setting up and managing field offices, hiring and training personnel to work with all required documentation, and at CrowderGulf’s Disaster Assistance Office (DAO) after all major disasters since 2003. She has worked all major hurricanes since 2003. *NIMS Certified.

 


John CampbellJohn Campbell - Regional Director/Senior Project Manager

Col, USA (Ret) John Campbell has over 40 years experience in disaster leadership, planning and operations management. He obtained a B.S. degree in Political Science from the University of Southern Miss. and a MS degree in Logistics Management from the Florida Institute of Technology. After retiring from the Army with over 30 years of service, he joined Lee County, Florida Emergency Management as the Chief of Operations. In 2006 he joined the CrowderGulf team as a Project Manager and Trainer. His military and civil service experience coupled with experience in response management for numerous previous disasters, such as hurricanes Iniki, Charley, Ivan and Wilma, made him uniquely qualified for his position with CrowderGulf.

Mr. Campbell served as the Senior Project Manager for over a year in the Texas Gulf Coast Region following Hurricane Ike’s from September 2008 to November 2009. He then served as senior project manager for numerous activated contracts in North Carolina after Hurricane Irene in 2011. Subsequently he has served as Project Manager and Senior Project Manager for the Joplin, Mo. Tornado, Hurricane Issca, Ice Storm PAX and Ulysses and numerous minor activations. During his 40 years of service, he amassed an extensive background in high-level management, disaster response and training and now serves as a Regional Director for CrowderGulf. He also trains CrowderGulf clients in all facets of debris management, Incident Command System (ICS), National Incident Command System (NIMS) and the FEMA PA program process. Mr. Campbell was previously an accredited Professional Emergency Manager through the Florida Emergency Preparedness Association (FEPA) and remains active in the organization.


Barrett HolmesBarrett Holmes - Southeast Regional Manager

Mr. Holmes joins the CrowderGulf team with over 31 years experience in public service, leadership, planning, and management. He has a B.S. degree in Agricultural Economics from Clemson University, and a Masters degree in Construction Management from the University of Florida. Immediately prior to retirement in February, 2014, from the United States Army as a full Colonel, he served as the primary Department of Defense representative with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the largest and most active FEMA region in the United States based out of Atlanta, Georgia. He has vast knowledge of and extensive experience working with civilian authorities at local, state, and federal levels concerning crisis management and disaster response. He was instrumental in planning, coordinating, integrating, and executing support for numerous disasters to include Hurricanes Earl, Isaac, and Sandy, as well as the Gulf Coast clean-up following the Deep Water Horizon oil spill.

Serving as Southeast Regional Manager for CrowderGulf, Mr. Holmes recently provided oversight and project management for contracts involving Ice Storm PAX recovery that impacted South Caroline in early 2014. His 31 years of unique and broad-based training, as well as his natural ability to produce positive results and his competence to bring ideas from conception to completion, makes him a valuable and versatile member of the CrowderGulf team.


Eric HallEric Hall - Debris Reduction Manager/Project Manager

Mr. Hall is a specialist in Air Curtain Incineration with experience in the storm debris business dating back to 1987. His experience as CrowderGulf’s Debris Reduction Manager and Project Manager spans from Hurricane Andrew in 1992 to Hurricane Irene in 2011. This experience includes managing debris reduction operations in Florida following Hurricanes Andrew in 1992 and Opal and Erin in 1995; in North Carolina following Hurricane Fran in 1996 and Irene in 2011, in Joplin, MO, after 2011 tornado, in Ft. Lauderdale post Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and in Montgomery County, Texas, following Hurricane Ike. In addition to serving as the company’s Debris Reduction Manager he took on the role of Project Manager, overseeing field operations and reduction site operations, in Dare County, North Carolina following Hurricane Isabel in 2003 and Irene in 2011; in Orlando following Hurricanes Charley, Frances and Jeanne in 2004, 2006 in North Miami Beach following Katrina and Wilma, and 2008 in Texas after Hurricane Ike. *NIMS Certified


Charlie Hunter - Project Manager/Sales Representative

Mr. Hunter was  one of CrowderGulf’s project managers in Montgomery County, Texas, after Hurricane Ike in 2008. He was CrowderGulf’s project manager in Brevard County, Florida, following Hurricanes Katrina, Wilma, Charley, Frances and Jeanne and in Lee’s Summit, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas after the 2002 ice storms. Mr. Hunter spent over 20 years in the active U.S. Army in numerous duty assignments from 1956 until 1977.  Upon retiring from the U.S. Army, he worked for three Counties in the State of Florida from 1977 until February 2001 serving as Solid Waste Operations Director for Putnam County from 1977 - 1988, Sarasota County from 1990 – 1991, and Brevard County from October 1991 - 2001. After retiring from Brevard County under the State of Florida Retirement system, he came to work with CrowderGulf in October 2001.


Brian Smallwood - Project Manager, LEED AP 

Brian graduated Auburn University in 2006 with a Bachelors Degree in Building Science. After graduation, he worked as a Project manager in Atlanta, GA for one of the largest general contracting firms in the world. There he built a strong management foundation and obtained the necessary fundamentals to plan and coordinate with owners, engineers and government officials. Brian has the ability to estimate, propose, contract, coordinate, schedule, manage, budget, document and close-out a project from start to finish.

Brian served as the Operations Manager for the Debris Reduction Site for the U.S. Corps of Engineers in Joplin, MO after the EF 5 tornado affected the city in May 2011. He then served as the Project Manager for the recent recovery from Hurricane Irene in Newport News, VA. Brian is a LEED Accredited Professional with certifications in NPDES, FEMA and OSHA.


Reid LoperReid Loper - Project Manager 

Reid started his career with CrowderGulf in 2010, as the Senior Project Manager (PM) for the BP Oil Spill. As PM, he has been responsible for managing over 1200 people and 400 pieces of equipment. Managing several projects at once is Reid’s strong point and the BP project has consisted of simultaneously managing more than eight different major projects within the Area of Responsibility (AOR) for the BP Oil Spill operation. These projects ranged from sand screening, dredging, and vessel operations, to side scan sonar work. All projects have cumulatively exceeded $120 million in invoicing and total project cost.  

Reid worked as a project manager for a commercial construction company in Atlanta, Georgia, prior to choosing to return to the Gulf Coast. The time spent in Atlanta gave him vast knowledge in management, estimating, schedule and budget supervision. Reid has estimated over $200 million of work and completed over $100 million in commercial construction, producing an average of 18% savings on project combined. Reid graduated from Auburn University in Aerospace Engineering where he worked as a research and design student. *NIMS Certified.


Wesley NaileWesley Naile - Logistics Coordinator/Pre-Event Contract Administrator 

Mr. Naile began working for CrowderGulf in 2004, working in Volusia County Florida as a Field Manager during Hurricane Charley, Frances and Jeanne. In 2005, he was assigned the duties of Logistics Coordinator working out the disaster administration office, providing materials, equipment and subcontractors to CrowderGulf’s clients. Some of the activations as logistics coordinator include Hurricane Katrina, Rita, Wilma, Gustav, Ike and Irene. Wes is responsible for the management of the pre-event contracts database, pre-event contract awards and contract renewals. In 1999, he worked for Gulf Equipment Corporation Wireless Telecom Division on the southern east coast doing tower site build out. He has attended the University of South Carolina of Beaufort. He has served three years in the US Army as a Combat Engineer with an honorable discharge. *NIMS Certified.

 


Gary JonesGary Jones - Technical Assistance Manager and FEMA Specialist

Gary Jones holds a Master’s Degree from Tulane University has over 28 years working for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). He served as Deputy Regional Director of FEMA Region VI for 17 years. During those 17 years as Deputy, he also served as Acting Regional Director for 5 years.

During his time with FEMA, Gary was responsible for administration of emergency management programs in the Region VI states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. He provided direct oversight and implementation of response and recovery operations for presidentially declared disasters in the five-state region.

Gary also served as a Branch Chief managing several Technological Hazards Branch programs to include Radiological Emergency Management Preparedness, Radiological Defense, Hazardous Materials, Earthquake Preparedness, Hurricane Preparedness, Dam Safety and Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness programs. Gary was designated Federal Coordinating Officer for Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Georges and provided executive leadership to over 300 federally declared disasters.


Amber RamsayAmber RamsayPublic/Community Relations and Marketing Manager 

Amber has been CrowderGulf’s Public/Community Relations and Marketing Manager since 2004. Throughout the year she interfaces with our clients and acts as CrowderGulf’s (continuing education) Conference Coordinator. Amber’s field experience includes acting as a Field Supervisor in Pascagoula, MS after Hurricane Ivan in 2004, Lake Charles, LA after Hurricane Rita in 2005 and in Deere Park, TX after Hurricane Ike in 2008. Prior to coming to CrowderGulf she was a Marketing/Sales Manager for McKenzie-Childs in New York City for ten years. Amber is a Graduate of Auburn University.*NIMS Certified.

 

 


Jeff ZemlikJeff Zemlik - Safety Manager

Mr. Zemlik is a graduate of Indian River State College, earning degrees in both Organizational Management and Occupational Health and Safety.  Currently He is enrolled at Columbia Southern working toward his masters in Occupational Health and Safety.  He has been affiliated with the construction industry since a young age, starting his safety career by managing the safety department of his family’s masonry company, which completed over 1.5 million safe work hours. His past projects have included developing and directing the safety program for the BP Oil Spill for the State of Alabama, constructing the largest indoor primate house at Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo and reworking furnaces in and around the steel mills of Gary, Indiana.  He is currently charged with overseeing the Safety Department for CrowderGulf.

 

 


Leigh Anne Ryals, ALEM, CLEM - Emergency Management Specialist

Mrs. Ryals has over fifteen years of experience and training in Emergency Management. She has ten years serving as an Emergency Management Director and six years serving as a Disaster Public Information Officer. She has worked twelve Presidential Disaster Declarations and one Incident of National Significance, the Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill, and of those disasters she served as Incident Commander for eight of those events. She is extremely knowledgeable with FEMA’s public assistance policies and procedures and has been successful in the FEMA appeals process.

She has served as a member of the FEMA Hurricane Liaison Team and testified before the 110th and 111th U.S. Congress on Hurricane Katrina Preparedness and Response Initiatives – Best Management Practices. Leigh Anne learned first-hand the type of documentation and determination it takes to be successful in an OIG / FEMA audit. She obtained valuable knowledge in documentation proper damage survey, reports/technical writing, and extensive knowledge on FEMA policy and procedure. Most recently in North Carolina following Hurricane Irene, she worked with Municipal and County organizations serving as a Government Liaison providing guidance on FEMA documentation and debris related issues. Ms. Ryals is a Licensed and Certified Alabama Emergency Manager; she serves as a NIMS 300 & 400 Course Instructor and holds numerous FEMA and State Emergency Management Certifications.


Nick PrattNick Pratt - Project Manager

Nick Pratt has served as one of CrowderGulf’s key Field Project Manager’s since 2010 working for BP on the Deep Horizon Oil Spill cleanup. He initially handled all of the logistics for the Oil Spill project, putting hundreds of pieces of CrowderGulf equipment in place and directing and training hundreds for CrowderGulf employees throughout the operation.

Nick has been involved with storm cleanup work for over eight years. Most recently, he was Field Supervisor for one of CrowderGulf’s primary subcontractors in the debris removal projects in Texas after Hurricane Ike. He supervised and managed several hauling crews until the final cleanup work was completed in Bolivar, Texas. After Hurricanes Katrina in 2005, Nick was the field supervisor for one of CrowderGulf’s subcontractors for the debris removal work in Pascagoula, MS. In 2004, after Hurricane Ivan, Nick worked as a crew foreman and a truck driver during CrowderGulf’s debris cleanup work in Baldwin County, AL.

Nick Pratt has an excellent work ethic and superior management skills. He has consistently worked as a team player to make sure the debris removal work is completed in a safe and orderly manner. He is dedicated to getting the work completed in the shortest amount of time and is always willing to work as long as it takes to get the job done correctly. His people skills and his experience from the ground up in the debris removal business have contributed to his success in the field.


Clayton YoungClayton Young - Project Manager

Clayton has been employed by CrowderGulf as a field supervisor since 2010. Clayton worked as Field Supervisor in Walker County, AL during the tornado cleanup and later in North Carolina NCDOT debris removal project after Hurricane Irene. More recently, he managed the restoration of properties involved in the Hurricane Ike mitigation buyout of 800 pieces of property in Galveston County, Texas. Clayton was responsible for bidding and estimation of cost and reconstruction of these properties, turning them into green space.

Clayton has studied in and traveled extensively throughout Europe which has made him an excellent interpersonal communicator and broadened his understanding of domestic and international business. He has a BA from the University of North Texas in Entrepreneurial Management. (NIMS Trained)

 


Kelley James - Office Manager

Kelley James has worked with the company since 2004 and has significant experience managing administrative functions related to disaster recovery. Her accomplishments include overseeing data for millions of cubic yards of hurricane debris for multiple storms; managing subcontractor payouts and retainage and invoicing; often in excess of $100 million per project; payroll management and reporting across multiple states; regulatory audit information handling; daily reporting and more. Kelley is experienced and trained in Microsoft Word, Excel and Access, as well as Timberline Accounting and QuickBooks. She is a graduate of McGill-Toolen High School and attended Spring Hill College.


Jenny ToddJenny Todd - Subcontractor SMBE Manager 

In 2003, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and a minor in Mathematics from the University of Alabama and joined a law firm in Tuscaloosa before joining the CrowderGulf Team in 2005 in the rebuilding process along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. The legal experience she gained made her the ideal candidate to oversee the subcontracting operations. She has managed subcontractors and has developed and promoted CrowderGulf’s Small/Minority Business division. Her focal point has been to contact and localize subcontractors during and after the RFP development phase in an effort to maintain community involvement and maximize local small /minority businesses participation.

 

 

 


Mary Anne WolfsonMary Anne Wolfson

Mary Anne has been an active ISA Certified Arborist since 2007. As an arborist, Mary Anne’s daily responsibilities are to assess client’s needs for their tree’s health and well-being. She specializes in preparing detailed estimates and making presentations to potential clients. She oversees all aspects of project management including due diligence, construction management, scheduling and budget development. Mary Anne supervises and performs all aspects of contract administration, including contract review, preparation of government bids, change orders, project start-up and closeout.

Prior to 2007, Mary Anne spent more than 20 years as a Certified Paralegal working in the Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach County State Court Systems as well as the State of Florida Appellate Court and the U.S. Federal Appellate Court Southeast District. Ms. Wolfson’s responsibilities included detailed preparation of documents to be used in civil disputes heard before these jurisdictions. Ms. Wolfson also attended trials court hearings, depositions and mediations where it was her responsibility to assist senior law partners in their presentations.

 


 

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