Stephen H. Hagerty's portrait

Stephen H. Hagerty

Founder & CEO

Character is like a tree and reputation is like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it, the tree is the real thing. - Abraham Lincoln

Highlights

  • 20 years of Management Consulting experience
  • Led $1.3B Federal Loan Program
  • Led implementation of $7.4B Federal Recovery Program
  • Former Big 4 Manager at PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • Expert in FEMA Public Assistance and Community Disaster Loan Program

Biography

Steve Hagerty is a management consultant, entrepreneur, and business executive with more than 20 years of professional experience managing large Federal programs and improving the public sector. He has served as a strategic planning, process improvement, quality control, change management, and financial consultant for a variety of clients including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the City of Los Angeles, the US House of Representatives, the California Department of Forestry, the US Patent Trademark Office, the US Forest Service, Fluor Corporation, IBM, and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

Throughout his career Mr. Hagerty has been looked upon to reengineer, manage, and lead large, complex, politically sensitive Federal Programs, including the outsourced $7.4B Federal recovery effort after 9/11 and the $1.4B Special Community Disaster Loan (CDL) Program established by Congress after Hurricane Katrina. In both of these roles, Mr. Hagerty was singled out for his commitment to excellence and thoroughness, highlighted by his ability to implement new approaches that streamlined the grant process while still complying with the Government’s regulations. This commitment is also evidenced by his knowledge of Federal policies and guidelines, and the fact that neither Program experienced any known adverse audits by the Office of Inspector General (OIG). As a result of his focus on quality, Mr. Hagerty has twice been asked by Fortune 500 companies to develop Quality Control Plans for large $100M+ Federal contracts they hold.

Prior to incorporating Hagerty Consulting in July 2002, Mr. Hagerty served as a staff consultant, senior consultant, manager, and independent consultant at Price Waterhouse, and subsequently PricewaterhouseCoopers, Office of Government Services between 1993 and 2002. He developed experience in the areas of large scale project management; financial and program reviews; federal grant management; organizational assessments; process design; strategic planning; and performance improvement. During his tenure at PwC, he contributed significantly to the development of the firm’s public sector practice, particularly in regard to FEMA; participated in the firm’s e-business council; and actively participated in the firm’s recruiting, mentoring, training, and staff evaluation process. Mr. Hagerty was regularly recognized as one of the top performing consultants in the Office of Government Services.

As the President of Hagerty Consulting, Mr. Hagerty counsels clients on issues related to strategy, project management, business processes, quality control, and performance objectives. Internally, he's focused on providing his executives and managers with the resources, tools, and training needed to deliver outstanding client results.

Mr. Hagerty has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He is a member of the GSA Professional Services Industry Government Council, previous Board President of the Evanston Chamber of Commerce, member of the Connections for the Homeless Advisory Council, member of the Mental Health America North Shore Business Advisory Board, member of the Chicagoland Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), and a frequent guest at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School, where he was invited in 2007 to give the Convocation Address to the MPA graduates.

Publications

Steve Hagerty Gives Convocation AddressSteve Hagerty invited to give convocation address to Syracuse University, Maxwell School Dollars & Sense: Progressive Disaster Financial ManagementSteve Hagerty presents at North Carolina American Public Works Association Creating a Remarkable CultureSteve Hagerty invited to share his insights to CEOs at the Renaissance Executive Forum

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Brock Long

Executive Vice President

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. - Cody Wingfield

Highlights

  • Former Director of Alabama's Emergency Management Agency
  • Deepwater Horizon State Incident Commander
  • Managed the Nation's 1st Host State Evacuation
  • Coordinated Alabama's response during 8 Presidential Disaster Declarations
  • FEMA Region IV National Hurricane Program Manager
  • School & University Safety Coordinator for the state of Georgia

Biography

William Brockmann (Brock) Long, the former Director of Alabama’s Emergency Management Agency, has more than 13 years of experience working with local, state, and federal governments in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery. Mr. Long has served as a state level hurricane planner, FEMA Regional Planner, and State Director. He specializes in emergency response operations, evacuation planning, and university safety preparedness.

Currently, Mr. Long leads Hagerty’s state, local, and university emergency management practice. He provides strategic direction and leadership to the state and local practice, works with prospective clients to understand challenges and identify potential solutions, offers executive support and subject matter expertise for select projects, and continues to contribute to the growing body of knowledge in the emergency management community. As a Project Executive, Mr. Long has led multiple projects including: Wake County, NC Continuity of Operations Exercise (COOP), Ohio Department of Public Health Strategic National Stockpile Exercises, Chatham County, GA COOP plan development, UNC Asheville executive level exercise, Montgomery County, MD Long Term Recovery Plan, and the Northwestern University Emergency Response Framework evaluation. Finally, Mr. Long also serves as the Private Sector Mitigation Program Chair to the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA).

Prior to joining Hagerty, Mr. Long was appointed to Governor Bob Riley’s Cabinet to direct the Alabama Emergency Management Agency. In this role, Mr. Long served as the State Coordinating Officer for 14 disasters, including 8 Presidential and 6 State declared events. After the Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig Incident (i.e., BP Oil Spill), Mr. Long served as the on-scene incident commander for the State of Alabama Unified Command. Mr. Long also executed the State’s response to H1N1, and testified before the US Congress regarding response and recovery for catastrophic events. As Director, Mr. Long led 100 emergency management staff, coordinated preparedness, response, and recovery activities, and administered the agency’s fiscal year budget strategy including executing a budget of $5.04M from the general fund and $72.5M in federal grants in FY 2009.

Previously, Mr. Long was a National Hurricane Planner for FEMA Region IV, and a planner for the State of Georgia. Mr. Long served on the FEMA National Advisory Committee, advising the sub-committee for Response and Recovery. His opinion has been sought by numerous media outlets including CNN, Fox, the Associated Press, and the Weather Channel. He also has several publications including: The Encyclopedia of Terrorism, “School Site Analysis” article entry 2001, Combs et al., The School Discipline Advisor, “A contract to live and let learn” and School Safety Essentials: Performing Daily Safety Sweeps 2002, Long and Dorn.

Publications

The Disaster of Mass EvacuationVice President, Brock Long's presentation to the 2012 National Evacuation Conference in New Orleans, LA

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Anthony Trasatti

Vice President

Knowledge will forever govern ignorance. - James Madison

Highlights

  • FEMA Public Assistance Coordinator to the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey after 9/11
  • Overseas the New Orleans $2 billion recovery program post Hurricane Katrina
  • Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • More than 20 years of accounting, auditing, and consulting experience

Biography

Anthony Trasatti has more than 20 years of accounting, auditing, and consulting experience at the national and international levels. He specializes in large-scale program management, operational analyses, project controls, financial and eligibility reviews, and has served in a variety of operational and advisory roles for client projects.

Mr. Trasatti has significant experience with FEMA recovery programs, including Individual Assistance, Public Assistance, and the Community Disaster Loan Program. Following the World Trade Center disaster, he served as the FEMA Public Assistance Coordinator to the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, one of the largest agencies eligible for financial assistance.

Mr. Trasatti is currently engaged by the City of New Orleans assisting with the financial management of their $2 billion recovery program post Hurricane Katrina, which includes numerous funding sources from federal and state agencies. In addition, he oversees the financial compliance unit that provides fiscal monitoring of the $411 million grant the City received from disaster Community Development Block Grants (CDBG). The team is comprised of over 30 professionals from various backgrounds of financial management, accounting, and engineering skills.

Mr. Trasatti was previously engaged by FEMA supporting the Individual Assistance (IA) programs at the Louisiana Transitional Recovery Office. As the Project Manager, Mr. Trasatti is responsible for the overall delivery of client services and execution of program deliverables. Mr. Trasatti is providing reporting and program analysis for senior management in the delivery and administration of the Hurricane Katrina temporary housing program in Louisiana. He has overseen technical support to numerous information management systems and databases. Previously, Mr. Trasatti was engaged by FEMA as a technical specialist to support the Florida Hurricane Disaster Recovery effort of 2004 and as a Financial Specialist in response to the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center.

Prior to joining Hagerty Consulting, Mr. Trasatti spent six years with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in their international offices of Moscow, Russia, and Kyiv, Ukraine as a Senior Manager. He advised the Russian State Property Committee on legislative and operational reform and implementation of Russia’s Mass Privatization Program. Mr. Trasatti was also a principal party responsible for practice development and establishing the Kyiv office (growing the staff and client base, increasing service and technical capabilities).

Mr. Trasatti also spent five years with the PriceWaterhouse Office of Government Services, where he focused on federal government audits, internal control reviews, compliance reviews and auditable surveys. He graduated from James Madison University with a degree in business and a concentration in accounting. Mr. Trasatti is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).


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Dennis Kwiatkowski

Client Relationship Executive

All lasting business is built on friendship. - Alfred A. Montapert

Highlights

  • 35 years in the field of emergency management and disaster response and recovery
  • 25 years at FEMA
  • Developed recommendations to the President for disaster and emergency declarations
  • Led the first National Emergency Response Team (ERT-N) deployment to the Virgin Islands in 1997
  • Managed the National Emergency Training Center, National Planning and Preparedness Program, Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program, and the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program

Biography

In his 35 years in the field of emergency management and disaster response and recovery, Mr. Kwiatkowski has built a national reputation for his technical expertise and strategic leadership. As a senior executive at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and later as a senior executive at Dewberry, Mr. Kwiatkowski has played a key role in responding to and recovering from the nation’s largest disasters, including the 1993 Mid-West floods, the World Trade Center disaster, and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Mr. Kwiatkowski has 25 years experience as a FEMA employee, many of these as a senior executive. As Deputy Associate Director, Response and Recovery, Mr. Kwiatkowski was responsible for oversight of all FEMA Response and Recovery Programs, including re-engineering of the Public Assistance and Individual Assistance Programs, legislative initiatives that led to the Robert T Stafford Act in 1987, and supporting all declared disaster operations. In this role, Mr. Kwiatkowski administered the President's Disaster Relief Fund with FEMA's annual expenditures averaging $2 billion. He coordinated response efforts of 26 Federal agencies in Presidentially-declared emergencies and major disasters and provided executive direction of all Presidentially declared emergencies and major disaster declarations. Mr. Kwiatkowski developed recommendations to the President for disaster and emergency declarations. He led the first National Emergency Response Team (ERT-N) deployment to the Virgin Islands in 1997.

As Deputy Associate Director for Planning, Training, and Exercising, Mr. Kwiatkowski managed the National Emergency Training Center, the National Planning and Preparedness Program, the Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program, and the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program.

As Assistant Associate Director for Natural and Technological Hazards Mr. Kwiatkowski managed the Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program and Chaired the Federal Radiological Preparedness Coordinating Committee. He initiated the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program and had oversight of FEMA’s Hazardous Material Program. He lead the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program and the Hurricane Preparedness Program.