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Willdan Group Inc (WLDN.O)

WLDN.O on Consolidated Issue listed on NASDAQ Global Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Thomas Brisbin

64 2016 Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

Michael Bieber

48 2016 President

Stacy McLaughlin

33 2013 Chief Financial Officer, Vice President

Marc Tipermas

67 2007 President - National Programs

Daniel Chow

66 2016 Chief Operating Officer

Frank Tripepi

67 2011 Senior Vice President - Business Development

Keith Renken

81 2010 Lead Independent Director

Steven Cohen

61 2015 Independent Director

Raymond Holdsworth

72 2009 Independent Director

Douglas McEachern

64 2009 Independent Director

Mohammad Shahidehpour

59 2015 Independent Director

John Toups

89 2007 Independent Director

Win Westfall

82 2016 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Thomas Brisbin

Dr. Thomas D. Brisbin, Ph.D., serves as Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer of the Company. He was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Willdan in April 2007. Mr. Brisbin previously was vice president of and consultant for AECOM Technology Corporation, or AECOM, since spring 2004. At AECOM, a company focused on infrastructure, environment and facilities engineering contracts, Mr. Brisbin was responsible for developing the company’s environmental business. Prior to joining AECOM, Mr. Brisbin was chief operating officer and executive vice president of Tetra Tech, Inc., or Tetra Tech, a leading provider of consulting, engineering and technical services, for five years. Prior to that, he was employed by Planning Research Corporation, or PRC, a systems analysis and management consulting company and wholly-owned subsidiary of The Black & Decker Corporation, from 1978 to 1995 and was co-founder and President of PRC Environmental Management, Inc. During his tenure at PRC, he was involved in all aspects of operations, marketing and finance. Before joining PRC, he was a research associate at Argonne National Laboratory. He has also served as an adjunct professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Mr. Brisbin holds a B.S. degree from Northern Illinois University and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology. He also completed Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program in 1988.

Michael Bieber

Mr. Michael A. Bieber serves as President of Company. He was appointed Senior Vice President, Corporate Development of Willdan Group, Inc. in December 2014. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President at Tetra Tech, where he served in a number of leadership roles for over 18 years. From March 2007 to December 2014, Mr. Bieber managed Tetra Tech’s mergers and acquisitions and investor relations functions, overseeing over fifty acquisitions. From 2005 to 2007, Mr. Bieber managed Tetra Tech’s corporate business development group, where he was responsible for overseeing internal business development, marketing and communications. From January 2000 to December 2014, Mr. Bieber also worked in Tetra Tech’s investor relations group. From 1996 to 2000, he was a proposal manager in Tetra Tech’s corporate marketing group. From 1994 to 1996, he served at CRC, Inc., and its successor, as a strategic business development consultant to large defense, infrastructure, and environmental firms. Prior to 1994, Mr. Bieber worked for IT Corporation (now CB&I) where he served as project manager and engineer on government nuclear and commercial environmental projects. Mr. Bieber holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the Tennessee Technological University.

Stacy McLaughlin

Mrs. Stacy B. McLaughlin is Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Willdan Group, Inc. Mrs. McLaughlin, age 32, has served as Willdan’s Compliance Manager since 2010. As Compliance Manager, Mrs. McLaughlin has been responsible for overseeing all aspects of the financial reporting process, including analyzing the balance sheets and income statements of each business segment. Prior to joining Willdan, Mrs. McLaughlin was, from 2009 to 2010, Senior Associate at Windes & McClaughry Accountancy Corporation and, from 2004 to 2009, Senior Audit Associate at the public accounting firm KPMG, LLP. Mrs. McLaughlin has a Masters in Accounting from the University of Southern California and BS from the University of Arizona.

Marc Tipermas

Dr. Marc Tipermas, Ph.D., is President - National Programs of Willdan Group Inc., since May 2007. Dr. Tipermas has spent most of his 35-year career in the professional services industry in a variety of senior executive level business development and operations positions. From 1981 to 1998, Dr. Tipermas worked at ICF Kaiser International, a global consulting, engineering, and program management firm with over 6,000 employees, and was named President and Chief Operating Officer in 1997. From January 2002 to May 2006, he was Senior Vice President for Business Development of Dynamac Corporation, an environmental consulting firm. From October 1998 to December 2001 and from May 2006 to May 2007, he worked as an independent business development consultant to several nationwide engineering and consulting firms. From 1977 to 1981 Dr. Tipermas worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and from 1980 to 1981 served as the first Director of EPA's Superfund Policy and Program Management Office. From 1975 to 1977 he was Assistant Professor of Political Science at SUNY/Buffalo. Dr. Tipermas received an S.B. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and holds Ph.D. and Master's degrees from Harvard University in political science.

Daniel Chow

Mr. Daniel Chow serves as Chief Operating Officer of the Company. He has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of our subsidiaries Willdan Engineering and Willdan Energy Solutions since August 2016. Mr. Chow joined Willdan in December 2008 as President and Chief Executive Officer of Willdan Engineering. Prior to joining Willdan, Mr. Chow was the Vice President of AMEC Earth & Environmental, Inc., a subsidiary of AMEC plc, a global provider of high value consultancy, engineering and project management services to the energy, power and process industries, from April 2004 to December 2008. Prior to AMEC, Mr. Chow worked at Tetra Tech EM Inc. (formerly PRC Environmental Management, Inc.) for over 20 years and held various senior management positions, including Vice President of US operations. During Mr. Chow’s tenure with these firms, he was responsible for establishing new offices and developing and implementing management systems firmwide to enhance operations. He also led the pursuit and management of multi-million dollar contracts for government clients that included the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Mr. Chow received his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Tennessee Technological University and his Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Illinois and Guam.

Frank Tripepi

Mr. Frank G. Tripepi is Senior Vice President - Business Development of Willdan Group Inc., since May 2011. Previously, he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of subsidiary, Willdan Financial Services, formerly known as MuniFinancial, from June 2002 to May 2011. From October 2008 to December 2009, Mr. Tripepi also served as the interim city manager for the City of La Puente. Prior to joining Willdan Financial Services, Mr. Tripepi served as the city manager of Rosemead, California for approximately 28 years. In April 2004, Mr. Tripepi received an appointment to the Board of Governors of the Rose Institute of State and Local Government. The Rose Institute conducts and publishes research on California government and politics. Mr. Tripepi received his B.A. in Political Science in 1969 from California State University, Fullerton.

Keith Renken

Mr. Keith W. Renken is an Lead Independent Director of Willdan Group Inc. He joined Board of Directors in September 2006. He is the chairperson of Audit Committee and a member of Compensation and Strategy, Mergers and Acquisitions Committees. Mr. Renken retired in 1992 as Senior Partner and Chairman, Executive Committee of Southern California, for the public accounting firm Deloitte & Touche. From 1992 through 2006, he was an adjunct professor (executive in residence) in the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. He is currently the Managing Partner of Renken Enterprises, a family business providing consulting services to growth companies and real estate operations. Mr. Renken is on the board of directors and audit committees of two other publicly held companies, East West Bancorp, Inc., since 2000, and Limoneira Company, an integrated agribusiness, since 2009, and one investment management company, Whittier Trust Company, since September 2008. He is also on East West Bancorp, Inc.'s nominating and corporate governance committee. Mr. Renken was also a member of the board of directors of 21st Century Insurance Group from 2002 until 2007, and he serves on the boards of directors and/or audit committees of several other private companies and non-profit organizations. Mr. Renken is a Certified Public Accountant in the states of Arizona (inactive) and California (inactive). He received a B.S. in Business Administration in 1957 from the University of Arizona and an M.S. in Business Administration from the University of Arizona in 1959.

Steven Cohen

Dr. Steven A. Cohen is an Independent Director of the Company. Dr. Cohen is Executive Director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute, where he is responsible for managing the education, research, outreach and operational programs that address sustainable development throughout the world. The Earth Institute is the largest institute at Columbia with over 799 full-time employees and an annual budget of over $135 million. Dr. Cohen is also a Public Affairs Professor at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs and Director of its Master of Public Administration Program in Environmental Science and Policy. From 1985 to 1998, he served as Director of Columbia’s Graduate Program in Public Policy and Administration. Dr. Cohen began his career at Columbia in 1981 after working as a policy analyst for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for two years. Over the past three decades, he has served at different times as a consultant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the most recent being from 2005 to 2010. From 2001 to 2004, he also served on the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Advisory Council on Environmental Policy and Technology. Throughout his career, Dr. Cohen has written numerous articles on public management innovation, sustainability and environmental management. Dr. Cohen has also been a senior advisor to Willdan Energy Solutions since November 2008. He received a B.A. in Political Science from Franklin College of Indiana in 1974 and an M.A. in Political Science from State University of New York at Buffalo in 1977 and a Ph.D in Political Science with a concentration in environmental sciences from State University of New York at Buffalo in 1979.

Raymond Holdsworth

Mr. Raymond W. Holdsworth is an Independent Director of Willdan Group Inc., since 2009. He serves as the chairperson of Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and is a member of Compensation and Strategy, Mergers and Acquisitions Committees. Mr. Holdsworth previously served as Vice Chairman of Corporate Development for AECOM from October 2005 through March 2009. Mr. Holdsworth joined AECOM in 1992 and held a number of positions, including President, before being named Vice Chairman in 2005. During his tenure at AECOM, he led a variety of outreach, growth and diversification activities. Mr. Holdsworth began his career at Peat Marwick Mitchell and worked in California's Office of Transportation Planning and Research. He has also held senior management positions with DMJM, an engineering/architectural firm in the transportation and infrastructure industry which is a operating subsidiary of AECOM, International Technology Corp. and Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas Inc., a company that provides strategic consulting, planning, engineering, and program and construction management services relating to infrastructure. Mr. Holdsworth serves as a director of Sundt Corporation, Inc., a private company that builds projects for public and private clients throughout the United States. Mr. Holdsworth received a B.A. in English in 1964 from Lake Forest College and an M.B.A. in 1969 from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business. He is a former Chairman of the California Chamber of Commerce and a former Vice Chairman of the Civil Engineering Research Foundation/International Institute.

Douglas McEachern

Mr. Douglas James McEachern is an Independent Director of Willdan Group Inc., since 2009. He serves as the chairperson of Compensation Committee. He is also a member of Audit and Nominating and Corporate Governance committees. He was an Audit Partner at Deloitte & Touche, LLP, or Deloitte, from August 1985 until May 2009. Mr. McEachern was a staff member and manager at Deloitte's predecessor, Touche Ross & Co., from 1976 to 1983. From 1983 to 1985, he was the Professional Accounting Fellow with the Federal Home Loan Bank Board in Washington D.C. Mr. McEachern is a member of the Board of Directors of Community Bank in Pasadena, California and a member of its Ethics, Finance, Nominating and Governance, Investment and Audit Committees. In addition, Mr. McEachern joined the Board of Directors of Reading International in May 2012 and is chairman of its Audit and Conflicts Committee. He is also a member of the Finance Committee of the Methodist Hospital of Arcadia and Arcadia Public Library Foundation. Mr. McEachern is an auditing and accountancy instructor at Claremont McKenna College and he has taught accounting at California State Polytechnic University at Pomona. Additionally, Mr. McEachern is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, or AICPA. Mr. McEachern received a B.S in Business Administration in 1974 from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. in 1976 from the University of Southern California.

Mohammad Shahidehpour

Dr. Mohammad Shahidehpour is an Independent Director of the Company. Dr. Shahidehpour is the Bodine Chair Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago, where he also serves as Director of the Robert W. Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation. He has been a faculty member at IIT since 1983 and is a recipient of IIT’s Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Shahidehpour is the author of six books and 400 technical papers on electric power systems and has been awarded over $50 million in federal research and development grants on electricity grid modernization issues. Dr. Shahidehpour is the founding chair of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Great Lakes Symposium on Smart Grid and the New Energy Economy. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid journal since 2009. Dr. Shahidehpour is an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer and has delivered over 100 invited lectures in several countries on electricity restructuring and smart grid issues. He has been a keynote speaker in 20 International Conferences since 2007 and counseled governments on electricity grid modernization bills throughout the world. Dr. Shahidehpour received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering 1977 from Iran’s Sharif University of Technology, and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1978 and a Ph.D in 1981 from University of Missouri.

John Toups

Mr. John M. Toups is an Independent Director of Willdan Group Inc., since April 2007. Mr. Toups serves as chairperson of Strategy, Mergers and Acquisitions Committee and he is a member of Audit and Compensation Committees. Mr. Toups served as President and Chief Executive Officer of PRC from 1977 until 1987. Prior to that, Mr. Toups served in various executive positions with PRC. For a short period of time in 1990, he served as interim Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of the National Bank of Washington and Washington Bancorp. Mr. Toups serves as a director of one other public company, NVR, Inc., a homebuilding and mortgage banking company. In addition, Mr. Toups serves as a director of one privately held company, Dewberry & Davis, an engineering services firm, and serves on Dewberry's audit and compensation committees. Mr. Toups also served as a director of Halifax Corporation, a publicly held electronic services company, from 1993 until 2010, when Halifax Corporation was acquired and ceased to be a publicly traded company. In addition, he served on the board of directors for GTSI Corp., a reseller of software and hardware, from October 1997 until it was sold in October 2012. He also is currently the Chair Emeritus for the Inova Health System Board of Trustees. Mr. Toups received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1949. He is a registered civil engineer in California and Maryland and a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Win Westfall

Mr. Win Westfall serves as Independent Director of the Company. He was Independent Chairman of the Board of Willdan Group Inc. He has served as Chairman of the Board since May 2006, and has been a member of board of directors since 2001. Mr. Westfall was President and Chief Executive Officer from May 2006 to February 2007, Senior Vice President of Corporate Relations from January 2004 to May 2006, and a regional manager in northern California from 1998 through January 2004. Mr. Westfall has over 35 years experience as a line manager for consulting engineering firms, and has served as city engineer for seven California cities. Mr. Westfall received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1962 and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University in 1980. Mr. Westfall is a fellow of The Society of American Military Engineers and has been active in numerous other professional associations. During 1997, he served as the National President for The American Public Works Association, or APWA, the first private consultant to hold this position. Mr. Westfall has served on and chaired national committees for the American Council of Engineering Companies, and in 2004 was made an Honorary CLOD (past president) of the County Engineers Association of California, the first private consultant to be accorded this honor. He is currently a registered engineer in California and has been a registered civil engineer in Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada and Washington. Mr. Westfall also has served as the trustee of the APWA Education Endowment Fund since 1999 and was on the California Transportation Foundation board of directors from 2005 to 2012.