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Business Executives And Advisors

Our business leadership team is comprised of executives and advisors with proven track records of leading transformative activities across a wide array industries.

Katie Allen - Hickey Smith Katie M. Allen Managing Director, Marketing
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As Hickey Smith’s Managing Director, Marketing, Katie is responsible for designing and implementing the organization’s marketing and communication strategy to promote collaboration and thought leadership.  She has over 19 years of marketing and communications leadership experience across a broad range of disciplines including branding, content marketing, public relations, events and exhibits, and corporate communications in a variety of industries.

Katie is a results-oriented leader that helps hi-tech and service companies fuel sales pipelines and enhance growth.  Katie also has a proven track record in developing and executing in-depth communication plans that inform and engage employees, clients, and prospects.

Katie is also Vice President, Marketing of EXTEND Resources, a professional services and solutions company specializing in business and legal process optimization, eDiscovery, contract management, and cybersecurity.

Contacts

23 E. Colorado Blvd
Suite 203
Pasadena, CA 91105

Education

Northern Illinois University with a focus on business management and marketing

Meredith Bruorton - Hickey Smith Meredith O. Bruorton Managing Director, Administration
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As Hickey Smith’s Managing Director, Administration, Meredith coordinates the internal operations of the firm’s various departments including finance, IT, human resources and facilities management. Meredith is also occasionally tasked with handling special projects for the firm’s clients. Her approach to these diverse responsibilities is always focused on efficiency, consistency and accuracy.

Meredith has nearly 30 years of operating and management experience working with senior management teams in a variety of corporate settings. Her organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to multi-task are key elements that make her a valuable asset of the firm.

Meredith is also Vice President, Administration for EXTEND Resources, a professional services and solutions company specializing in business and legal process optimization, eDiscovery, contract management, and cybersecurity.

Contacts

23 E. Colorado Blvd
Suite 203
Pasadena, CA 91105

Education

BA, Humanities, 1976, Houghton College

Antonella Commiato - Hickey Smith Antonella Commiato Managing Director, IT and Chief Information Security Officer
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As Hickey Smith’s Managing Director, IT and Chief Information Security Officer, Antonella is responsible for designing and implementing the firm’s IT solutions that promote operational efficiency, facilitate the production of high-quality work product and enable open communications. She has 23 years of related experience across a broad range of industries that include marketing, social expression, transportation and logistics.

Antonella is a take-charge leader in defining IT strategic alignment with enterprise goals. She is PMP-certified and has a proven track record in guiding critical program development and delivery, optimizing processes, managing budgets, building high-performance teams, and implementing strong and effective procedures for change management and communication.

Antonella is also CTO and Chief Information Security Officer for EXTEND Resources, a professional services and solutions company specializing in business and legal process optimization, eDiscovery, contract management, and cybersecurity.

Contacts

23 E. Colorado Blvd
Suite 203
Pasadena, CA 91105

Education

BA, Computer Science and Mathematics, 1990, University of Central Missouri

Howard Hoffman - Hickey Smith Howard S. Hoffmann Executive Director
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As Executive Director of Hickey Smith, Howard is responsible for all of the business related functions of the firm. He is a senior executive with over 35 years of financial, operational and general management experience in a wide range of industries. Howard serves on the Executive Committee of the firm.

He has extensive experience in driving operational efficiencies through the use of disciplined processes enabled by technology, implementing financial, accounting and security controls and procedures, and fostering high performing cultures, both domestically and internationally. During his career, Howard has also helped companies navigate through complex litigation (single plaintiff, class action and government) and government investigation matters.

Howard is also Chief Executive Officer for EXTEND Resources, a professional services and solutions company specializing in business and legal process optimization, eDiscovery, contract management, and cybersecurity.

Contacts

23 E. Colorado Blvd
Suite 203
Pasadena, CA 91105

Education

MBA, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, 1977

BA, Mathematics and Economics, 1975, University of California at Santa Barbara

Donald W. Richardson Donald W. Richardson Business Advisor Technical Director, Environmental Engineering
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Donald Richardson is an expert in environmental risk management, investigation, remediation, post remediation care and Brownfields redevelopment. With over 25 years of environmental consulting and contracting experience, he has a broad range of project experience from preliminary site evaluations and underground storage tank closures to comprehensive subsurface investigation and remediation services under federal and state environmental regulatory programs. He has provided expert claim support services and testimony regarding the following areas: chemical time of release and occurrence; remediation performance and effectiveness; underground storage tank closure; cost allocation and recovery and construction dewatering.

Don is the president of EWMA and is a frequent speaker on the integration of innovative cleanup strategies to meet both regulatory closure and project business objectives.  He has led the use of Guaranteed Fixed-Price Remediation on projects ranging from $300 thousand to $10 million in both government and private sectors.

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Contacts

1040 Avenue of the Americas, STE 9C
New York, New York 10018

Education

MS, Hydrology and Water Resources Science, University of New Hampshire, 1993

BS, Geology/Earth Science, Washington and Lee University, 1984

Michael Yeager - Hickey Smith Michael C. Yeager Managing Director, Finance
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As Hickey Smith’s Managing Director, Finance, Michael is responsible for all accounting and financial functions of the firm. He is a hands-on, operations-oriented financial executive with over 20 years of experience in various senior management and consulting roles covering a wide range of industries.

Michael is highly skilled in the design and implementation of financial and operating processes and controls. He has an exceptional ability to quickly identify key operational drivers, develop alternatives for performance improvement and lead the change implementation process.

Michael is also Vice President, Finance for EXTEND Resources, a professional services and solutions company specializing in business and legal process optimization, eDiscovery, contract management, and cybersecurity.

Contacts

23 E. Colorado Blvd
Suite 203
Pasadena, CA 91105

Education

MBA, Rutgers University, 1991

BBA, Economics, Temple University, 1985