Meet our experienced team of emergency service and debris management experts!
J.R. Bergeron, BES Owner/Founder
J.R. Bergeron has over 20 years of heavy construction, design build, site development, and emergency services experience, including processing more than two million cubic yards of hurricane debris after Hurricane Wilma in 2005. Most recently J.R. and his team completed a large scale recycling project for Broward County Waste & Recycling Services. The project consisted of processing over 1.8 million cubic yards of hurricane debris, including vegetative, hazardous and non-hazardous materials that had been stockpiled for more than five years.
As president of Bergeron Land Development, Inc. and Owner/Founder of Bergeron Emergency Services, Inc., he coordinates bidding, contract negotiations, management and control of all projects from airports, FDOT projects, municipal disaster recovery contracts, SFWMD projects and U.S. Army Corp of Engineers projects valued at more than one billion dollars. His breadth of work spans across various County agencies throughout South and Central Florida, especially Broward County.
Brian Thomason, Vice President of Operations
During his 18 year career in disaster recovery and debris management, Brian Thomason has participated in more than 100 large-scale debris management projects as a result of over 25 major disaster declarations, with simultaneous projects surpassing $300 million in value and managing over 10,000 employees. He has held a variety of positions from field supervision to incident manager providing him with an in-depth knowledge of disaster relief operations, FEMA public assistance including program resolutions, federal and state funding negotiations, and on-site OSHA and MOT compliance. Before joining Bergeron Emergency Services, Brian was the Deputy Director of Emergency Management in Cumberland County, North Carolina.
Jason Ottilige, Project Manager
Jason has more than 10 years of emergency services experience. As the project manager of Bergeron Emergency Services, Inc., he is involved with bidding new projects, contract negotiations, control and management of projects. He has managed municipal disaster recovery contracts funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), FDOT, South Florida Water Management District and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. His experience spans across various federal, state and county agencies throughout the United States. As the leader of our first response cadre, Jason maintains a constant level of readiness for rapid deployment to provide an immediate service to our clients. Jason is a constant presence on all projects from “cradle to grave,” and his customer service attributes are second to none.