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.

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.

Stephanie McLaughlin

Board Member

As the principal of Savoir Faire Marketing/Communications, Stephanie brings a background in journalism to marketing where she merges creativity with clarity for results that are functional and, more importantly, relevant to the ever-changing business world.

Nathaniel Nelson

Board Member

Nathaniel’s experience working as a strategic management consultant supporting the U.S. Department of Defense, intelligence community, and international partners in Washington, D.C., led him to the New Hampshire Office of International Commerce (OIC) in 2014. Nathaniel has since focused on supporting and growing New Hampshire's aerospace and defense sectors, primarily through OIC’s involvement with the New Hampshire Aerospace and Defense Export Consortium.

Nathaniel also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Rivier University teaching homeland security and global security courses.

 

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.

Chris Pegge

Chair, Executive Committee

Chris graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree from Bristol University, UK, in 1985. Worked at BICC’s Helsby Technology Center in the UK as Group Leader, Fiber Optic Cable Design. Managed R&D programs for fiber in overhead lines, including self-supporting all dielectric cables (ADSS) and composite overhead ground wire (OPGW). Team member for the world’s first full scale fiber to the home deployment for British Telecom in Bishop’s Stortford, UK. Transferred to the US in 1992 as Fiber Engineering Manager for startup fiber optic cable facility. Developed several high performance optical cable designs included US Navy shipboard cable and NASA high temperature aerospace fiber optic cable. Became Fiber Optic Product Manager responsible for business development and then Military Market Director for General Cable.

Worked for connector and cable assembly company as VP of Sales supporting military programs worldwide including; TFOCA systems for battlefield communication, Patriot Missile cable systems and cables for Combat Systems Equipment for Virginia Class Submarine. Currently VP Business Development for Marmon Aerospace and Defense, division of Marmon Engineered Wire and Cable.

Presented numerous papers at International Conferences; IWCS, EFOC-LAN, IEEE ICC, AVFOP. Voting Member and author of SAE AS-3 and ARINC 800 Technical Aerospace Fiber Optic standards. Currently also member of AE-8D (Aerospace Wire & Cable) and AE-8C (Connectors and Terminating Devices). Author for IEEE SC-2 fiber optic qualification standard (IEEE P16782) for safety related applications for Nuclear Power Generation Stations. Holder of several patents on novel fiber optic cable and installation technology.

Jim Sedgewick

Chair, Finance Committee

Jim Sedgewick is a NHADEC Board Member who continues his development and growth in the business community, which extends to complementary, cooperative, beneficial, supportive, collaborative or exchanged director appointments. He is engaged with both non-profit and for-profit businesses focusing in finance and executive management, and has a BS Economics from UNH and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from BU. Jim is also active as the Managing Partner in a real estate investment company for commercial and residential properties based in Portsmouth.
Jim has executive experience in General Management, Engineering Management, and Business Development as the principal in an electromagnetic design and manufacturing business serving US and international markets. Airex’ military components are fundamental to aerospace guidance systems and to weapons’ target acquisition systems. The company’s commercial products business in patented linear motors are used by major semiconductor and cell phone manufacturers. R&D business is principally for high end commercial or multi-national defense projects for military and space applications. Jim has a history of strategic partnerships with customers and a demonstrated success in deploying high quality systems on the factory.

Previous experience included managing cable television start-ups in MA and sound engineering work in support of several national bands in Philadelphia and New York.

Jim lives with his wife in downtown Portsmouth, NH and in York, ME, has three grown daughters, and has enjoyed ten years of sailing and power excursions in various Caribbean ports such as Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Guadaloupe, Martinique, Antigua, St Martin, St. Vincent and St. Bart’s.

John F. Sweeney

Chair, Membership Committee

John F. Sweeney, President of Pragmatic Consulting, Inc., has over twenty-five years of management experience in large and small organizations with responsibilities ranging from $25M to $350M of a $1B organization in various industries, including high tech. He has general management experience, working directly with Senior Executives, on strategic direction, operations, organizational development, re-engineering, supply chain and distribution, expansion and consolidation projects, sales and marketing, team building, and turnaround situations.

John is a "hands on" management expert in all aspects of manufacturing and distribution with highly successful P&L responsibilities. This includes single site and multi-plant companies with a wide range of product and process environments, primarily in the U.S., Mexico, and Europe. He also has had matrix management/dotted line responsibilities in Asia, South America and other parts of the globe. John has significant expertise in developing strategic plans, as well as executing supporting tactical plans. His successful track record in leadership roles, facilitating, Lean strategies, team building, employee empowerment, and continuous improvements involves leadership experience in both union and non-union settings, with a continued record for increasing output and productivity, and reducing cost.

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

Michael Woodbury is currently the Key Accounts Manager for Sparton Corporation, formerly Beckwood Services Inc. of Plaistow New Hampshire. Sparton Corporation is a publicly traded company (NYSE:SPA) headquartered in Schaumburg, IL. In his current role, he is responsible for developing new business opportunities while building collaborative partnerships with suppliers, existing customer base, and with new potential customers. He is also tasked with implementing Sparton’s growth strategy including implementing a key accounts strategic business plan.

Previously, Mr. Woodbury worked as a program manager responsible for day to day business operations for specific customer accounts, implementing lean practices, developing, and executing business strategies. He has also worked in integrated supply chain as a planner and buyer for specific programs, building collaborative supplier relationships, and establishing strategic pricing agreements. Working with the management team at Beckwood Services, he helped develop and execute a five year strategic plan to grow the military aerospace segment of their business. During this time he was responsible for developing several new customer accounts, including Raytheon. Prior to joining Beckwood Services Inc. Mr. Woodbury worked at Parker Hannifin.

Woodbury holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Franklin Pierce University and a certificate in Machine Tool Technology from Northern Essex Community College. He has also completed several Parker Hannifin and Boston University Leadership courses in his career. He has been a member of The Small Business Association of New England (SBANE) for ten years and participates on the Technology and Innovation committee. He also represents Sparton Beckwood as a member of the National Defense Industrial Association, Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance and the New Hampshire Aerospace & Defense Export Consortium.

Christopher Wrenn

Board Member

Christopher has more than 10 years experience working in the aerospace and defense industries. He started his career in quality management before moving into sales and business development working with some of the largest primes in both industries along the way. In addition to B2B he has worked B2G with multi-agency groups that resulted in $1MM in federal funding to commercialize technologies helping to fill capability gaps.

He served as the first chairman of NHADEC, from 2011 to 2013. During this time NHADEC signed a MOU with Aero Montreal to work collaboratively to create a high tech A&D corridor running through each New England state connecting Montreal to Connecticut.

Christopher received his Associates Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He is a father of two, a grandfather of one and plans to marry the love of his life next spring.