Our Management Team

Hawk is managed by a team of professionals who have over 150 years of combined experience in the industries we serve. We are senior, recognized experts in our respective disciplines, and we continue to provide hands-on services to our clients. We stay current with industry trends and practices, whether we are providing services directly to our clients or managing the work of other Hawk employees.


2017 Organizational Changes

In early 2017, Pat McQuillan acquired majority control of Hawk.  Pat, an industry professional with a close relationship with Hawk dating back to 2006, assumed the role of CEO effective January 1, 2017.  As a critical component of the transaction, Maynard, Mike and Dave have agreed to stay on in senior advisory roles, and will consult individually as required.

The intent is to make the transition as seamless as possible with little, if any, impact to our clients or our employees.  The three Principals have been planning their exit strategies for some time and this deal accomplishes that in a way that preserves and strengthens Hawk’s strategic position for years to come.  All along, our goals were to maintain continuity with our clients and our employees, retain the legacy of Hawk in Alaska, and expand future opportunities for all with new sustainable growth.

We anticipate that the ownership transition will be completed by the 2nd quarter of 2017. 


Pat McQuillan, Chief Executive Officer

Pat McQuillan, Chief Executive Officer

Pat McQuillan

Pat McQuillan joined Hawk in 2014 after a 25 year career in the inspection services and technical staffing industry. Over the course of his career, he has managed all aspects of the business including recruitment and human resources, accounting and finance, operations management, systems development and project management, sales and marketing, and executive strategy development and implementation.

Pat McQuillan, joined the organization in 2014 after a 25 year career in the inspection services and technical staffing industry. Over the course of his career, he has managed all aspects of the business including recruitment and Human resources, accounting and finance, operations management, systems development and project management, sales and marketing, and executive strategy development and implementation.

Pat has considerable international experience, serving in a leadership capacity, establishing new offices and winning significant contracts throughout Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Latin America, and Australasia. He has a well-developed knowledge of the inspection services market including project quality, supplier surveillance, site construction QA/QC, supplier auditing and assessments, and expediting. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Penn State and an MBA from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. He is based in Hawk's Houston office.


Drema Fitzhugh, General Manager

Drema Fitzhugh, General Manager

Drema Fitzhugh

Drema is Hawk's general manager. She joined us in 2015 as our Business Development Manager and now continues to focus on securing new clients and new employees while maintaining and improving relationships with our existing clients. As General Manager for Alaskan Operations, Drema will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Anchorage office. 

Drema has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Houston and has 18 years of industry experience in a variety of geographic markets. 


Maynard Tapp, Founder and Senior Advisor

Maynard Tapp, Founder and Senior Advisor

Maynard Tapp

Maynard is the founder of Hawk, having initiated work with Alaska oil industry clients in Anchorage in 1985. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and is experienced in developing and delivering effective project-control strategies. He specializes in planning, cost control, and scheduling for major industrial projects.

Maynard Tapp has worked as a project control professional in the engineering and construction industry since 1970. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and has expertise in planning, scheduling, and cost control.

The majority of Maynard's experience has been in the oil and gas industry serving as a consultant to Alaska energy companies. He has provided project control and project management services on major gas field and cross-country pipeline projects, including the Trans Alaska Pipeline System during its original construction and throughout its operating life. He has also provided planning, scheduling, and budgeting/cost control services for various facility modification and upgrade projects, both in Alaska and internationally.

As a successful businessman in the Alaskan oil patch, Maynard has identified and employed hundreds of qualified professionals who continue to serve our oil, gas and other clients. In addition, Maynard continues to perform consulting assignments for Alaska clients in the energy industry as well as other public and private clients. He is active in the local community and serves on boards for The Alliance and the Alaska Chapter of the Project Management Institute.


Mike Jens, Senior Advisor

Mike Jens, Senior Advisor

Mike Jens

Mike is a registered mechanical engineer who has been active in the engineering and construction industry since 1968. He focuses on project and construction management services for both industrial and commercial projects. He is an experienced claims consultant who has successfully resolved over 500 construction disputes.

Mike Jens has been active in the engineering and construction industry since 1968. He is a registered professional engineer who has worked with owners, construction contractors, engineering firms, attorneys, and bonding companies on a variety of projects. He has expertise in project planning, contracting strategy, program management, project delivery techniques, and dispute resolution methodologies.

Mike has held bottom-line responsibility for major projects, has performed management consulting assignments to help others improve project delivery processes, and has served as a consultant and troubleshooter on difficult, complicated projects. His projects include heavy industrial and civil projects, oil field facilities, commercial and institutional buildings, public works facilities, and transportation/ infrastructure projects.

Mike is an experienced negotiator who has been instrumental in the resolution of hundreds of construction disputes. He has served as an advocate, a project neutral, a mediator, a construction expert, and a facilitator. He has been very successful in helping parties find equitable solutions to difficult construction problems using alternative dispute-resolution methodologies.


Dave Norton, Senior Advisor

Dave Norton, Senior Advisor

Dave Norton

Dave is a registered civil engineer and has worked for public and private owners, construction contractors, and regulatory agencies since 1974. He has a long history of experience in the Alaska oil and gas industry, specializing in conceptual engineering, permitting, environmental, and regulatory issues.

Dave Norton has led project teams in support of project permitting and government relations; project management; environmental impact analyses; risk analyses and threat assessments; contingency planning; safety, maintenance, and compliance audits; development of integrity management plans; and pipeline feasibility studies. He has been a Commissioner on the State of Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, head of the Alaska Petroleum Systems Integrity Office, and manager of engineering for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System. He has over 40 years of experience in Alaska.

He has managed major construction and renovation projects for oil field facilities, served as an advisor and liaison between companies and state/federal regulatory agencies, and led technical studies in support of reauthorization of operating permits for the Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS). He has authored several technical papers on the operation of TAPS and has served as a national board member of the U.S. Permafrost Association.

Publications:

AN ASSESSMENT OF STATE REGULATORY OVERSIGHT OF PIPELINE SYSTEMS IN ALASKA >>
11th International Pipeline Conference 2016
Calgary, Alberta, Canada  
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