Meet our experienced team of emergency service and debris management experts!
Our team works in close partnership with our clients offering innovative and cost effective efficiencies to every event response. We encourage our employees to explore new technologies, ideas, and business trends that contribute to their personal and professional development, while remaining aligned with Bergeron Emergency Services overall goals and objectives.
Bergeron Emergency Services staff are fully trained and certified FEMA, OSHA, MOT, FHWA. Read more.
J.R. Bergeron, BES Founder/Owner/President
J.R. Bergeron has over 30 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 processed 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 Founder/Owner/President of Bergeron Emergency Services, he coordinates bidding, contract negotiations, management and control of all projects for all disaster response projects. His breadth of work spans the U.S. and particularly various county agencies throughout South and Central Florida, especially Broward County.
Brian Thomason, Vice President Emergency Services
Mr. Thomason is a senior manager who has led hundreds of debris projects in over 25 major disaster declarations. His experience includes direct responsibility for resolution of program issues associated with all categories of the FEMA Public Assistance Program. Drawing from past experiences as an Emergency Manager, he has assisted local units of government with recovery efforts stemming from natural disasters, and is experienced in managing a full range of recovery projects from conception to completion. Prior to working for BES, he served as Cumberland County, North Carolina Emergency Management Agency, Deputy Director with duties that included coordination of Emergency Management Operations countywide. As a firefighter, Mr. Thomason also served as a Hazardous Materials Response Specialist and was assigned to the NC Hazardous Materials Regional Response Team (RRT#3) and was requested on several occasions to provide Hazardous Materials Technician Training and Instruction, Confined Space Training and Trench Rescue Training through the NC Department of Insurance in various locations throughout the state.
Jason Ottilige, Operations Manager
Over 10 years of experience in construction, trucking, and heavy equipment management services including mixed waste bulk hauling. He has 5 years’ experience and four major disaster event activations, managing as many as 23 concurrent contracts, 800 pieces of equipment, over 600 crews in 100 cities, towns, counties with a total population of more than 8 million residents. Mr. Ottlige has specific skills and experience in deployment and management of crews and equipment for emergency response and debris cleanup projects. He can be counted on for his conscious approach to safety, time management, and job schedule.
Becky Bolen, Contracts Manager
Ms Bolen has over 10 years of debris management contract services. She has direct oversight of invoicing, data management, and documentation retention for all BES projects including 20 major disaster events. She is responsible for subcontractor relations and RFB responses.
Raymond Nel, Safety and Health Manager
Mr. Nel is a senior manager with over 20 years of safety experience on all facets of construction and environmental projects. His experience and commitment to safety has led him to teach OSHA safety. He is also the president and owner of Safety Training Consulting & Labor LLC; a company he set up to train individuals in OSHA safety standards. He has trained staff and employees of a subcontractor who worked on US Navy Air Stations, general and shell contractors in Miami. He is a certified trainer for the OSHA outreach training programs such as HAZWOPER, 40 OSHA, 502 and is a registered EMT- I with the state of Illinois. His training and expertise coupled with certifications in traffic management, construction, manufacturing, and equipment operator examiner, and 56000 Disaster Site Worker are ideal qualifications for debris and disaster safety management.