Board of Directors

Zenagui Brahim

Chairman of the Board

Zenagui Brahim is the president of New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NH MEP), an affiliate of the National Institute of Standards & Technology under the US Dept. of Commerce. NH MEP has served more than 550 NH manufacturers and helped them improve productivity and complete globally. In February 2010, Zenagui was appointed New Hampshire Commercial Consul to North Africa. Previously, he was Director of the Institute of Professional & Executive Education at Merrimack College in North Andover, MA. He consulted with over 400 manufacturing and service organizations on quality management systems and process improvement. He spent many years working in management training and supply chain management.

Zenagui is a founding member of Greater Merrimack Valley Human Resources Association. He was Vice President of the Association of Manufacturing Excellence – Northeast Region and is currently Vice President of the Southern NH APICS Chapter. He is a founder of the Algerian-American Association of New England and former Chairman of Algerian-American Foundation for Science and Technology. He serves in the NH Governor’s Advanced Manufacturing Education Council, the board of directors of NH High Technology Council, and is a member of the NH Economic Development Advisory Council.

Zenagui was honored with the “Exemplary Effort Award” from the NH Dept. of Resources and Economic Development for his leadership role in advancing New Hampshire manufacturing industry and, was a recipient of NH Business and Industry Association “Above and Beyond” Award. He has led his organization to receive the first Business Assistance Organization of the Year Award from NH Business Magazine.

James G. Cook, Esq.

Board Member; Chair, Executive Committee

Jim Cook is a business lawyer known for his interest in technology companies and other entrepreneurial businesses. He is a founding member of Cook, Little, Rosenblatt & Manson. Jim advises clients on issues ranging from business start-ups, to financing and growth, to a sale or other exit. Examples include company formation, buy-sell and other ownership agreements, angel, venture capital, private equity, and corporate investments, debt and royalty-based financings, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, in-bound and out-bound technology licensing agreements, equity-based and other incentive compensation plans, sales and distribution agreements, executive employment agreements, and other commercial and contractual arrangements.

Sean Foote

Chair, Marketing Committee

Sean Foote is the Supply Chain Manager for Transupport, Inc, a small family business who mainly buy and sell Turbine Engines for various aircrafts. His main area of focus is the procurement and shipment of domestic and international sales as well as the general maintenance of their 50,000 sq foot warehouse. Sean is also in control of their online website, including the sales driven by it, and their social media accounts. He is one of the few employees that is also tasked in traveling to airshows worldwide. Outside of Transupport, he is a member of the Manchester Young Professional Network (MYPN), which is the largest networking group in New Hampshire, and is a committee member to their Start-Up Challenge. The Start-Up Challenge is MYPN’s largest program that started in 2008 and to one entrepreneur a year has now given away almost a combined $250,000 cash and in-kind services since its inception. Sean currently holds the position of head of the NHADEC marketing committee. The marketing committee is tasked with not only promoting the other NHADEC committees, like Programs and Activities, Membership and our series of Educational Seminars, but the entire consortium itself, which means its numerous members and partnerships. Along with the general promotion of the consortium, the marketing committee looks to align NHADEC as the premier Aerospace and Defense Export group by developing content through newsletters and our social media accounts to attract not only more members, but to also bolster our recognition.

Tina Kasim

Board Secretary

Tina Kasim has more than ten years experience in international economic development programs. Tina started her career with NH Division of Travel and Tourism Development before moving between the Middle East and the U.S. working on internationally funded economic development programs in the Middle East North Africa Region. The diverse range of expertise has led Tina back to New Hampshire as part of the state's Economic Development Division.

The Office of International Commerce and International Trade Resource Center is a unique alliance of state, federal and private sector organizations all which offers NH companies a full spectrum of information, programs and customized services.

Steven H. Myers

Chair, Membership Committee

Steve is currently employed as a Program Manager – R&D with Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in the Space Science and Engineering Division, Earth, Oceans, and Space Department located in Durham, NH. Prior to joining SwRI in 2013, Steve was the Manager of Space Flight Instrumentation at the University of New Hampshire Space Science Center (UNH/SSC), joining UNH in 2010. Prior to UNH Steve worked as the Associate Superintendent and Program Manager at the Naval Research Laboratory Space Science Division (NRL/SSD). Steve has over 30 years managing DoD, international, and spaceflight programs.

Joel C. Olbricht, CPA, CGMA

Board Treasurer

Mr. Olbricht works closely with families on business, estate and income tax planning. This includes goal setting and accountability for performance, cash flow planning, profit analysis, budgeting, and pre and post death planning. He also works close with business clients to understand what makes them profitable and consults to implement operational plans.

He is very active in the NH professional environment - understanding and working with local CPA firms.

Donald Tyler

Chair, Education Committee

Donald Tyler is President and Chief Executive Officer at Corfin Industries. With Corfin Industries since 1993, Mr. Tyler represents Corfin in electronics industry organizations in the US and abroad, including SAE, IPC, and IEC. A charter member of the New Hampshire Aerospace Defense Export Consortium (NHADEC), Corfin seeks export growth through collaborative efforts with other NH businesses. Prior to Corfin, he served in the US Marine Corps and was employed with Lockheed Martin and several other high-reliability electronics firms. Mr. Tyler also serves on the advisory boards of Kelly Research Corp. and Hawk Manufacturing Inc.

Brian F. Ward

Vice Chairman of the Board

Brian Ward is currently working for Jewell Instruments LLC, Manchester, NH as Director of Business Development for Jewell’s growing Sensors and Controls product group. In this position, Brian is focused on growing the Sensors and Controls product group which consists of precision inertial sensors and systems for military, aerospace, industrial, renewable energy, and rail transportation markets by expanding sales and marketing efforts, adding new products, and looking at new technologies and acquisitions.

Brian was previously the Senior Vice President and Business Manager of Spectrum Sensors and Controls, which was a business unit of Spectrum Control Inc. and is now part of the TE Conductivity (TE) Sensors product group. In that role, Brian grew that business unit which consisted of precision position, temperature, and inertial sensors and systems for military, aerospace, industrial, medical and instrumentation, transportation and renewable energy markets. Brian also co-chaired the acquisition committee at Spectrum Control which completed three acquisitions within a 4-year period for the sensors business unit.

Prior to that position, Brian was the Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Spectrum Control, the Business Unit Manager of OakGrisgby, Inc., and the Marketing Manager of Clarostat Mfg. Co. which was a division of Honeywell Sensing and Controls. Brian completed his BS in Marketing at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, NH.

Mike Woodbury

Chair, Programs & Activities Committee

Bio coming