Aleut Federal Leadership

We are a team of talented professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. We look forward to working with you.

​Mr. Martin J. Hanofee

President

Mr. Martin J. Hanofee as President of Aleut Federal is responsible for day-to-day executive leadership of Aleut Federal and operating subsidiaries. 
Prior to joining Aleut, Hanofee served as Vice President of Fluor Government Group’s Intelligence Services business line. In this role, he oversaw all Fluor Programs supporting the Intelligence Community.
 
Hanofee has more than 20 years of related industry experience, including leadership and executive positions in Operations, and Business Development. Prior to joining Fluor in early 2017, Hanofee served as the President of the Tatitlek Corporation, headquartered in Anchorage Alaska. Tatitlek provides IT Services, Base Support, Satellite Imagery, and Construction Services to the U.S. Government and Armed Forces.
 
Hanofee has significant expertise in Base and Mission Support Operations, Critical Infrastructure, IT Services to include Cyber Security, Construction Management, Business Development and Strategy. He also has held senior roles at Chugach Alaska, Raytheon, and General Dynamics.
 
Hanofee holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of New Haven in Connecticut.

Mr Nick Trzcinski

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Nick Trzcinski has more than 19 years of Defense experience, both in and out of uniform, supporting a varied array of customers in the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, the Joint Staff, and the Secretary of Defense’s office.  He has experience in the areas of professional services and analytics, IT infrastructure, software development, command and control, and weapons control systems.

Nick, a United States Navy veteran, most recently served as Senior Vice President at Steampunk leading the defense portfolio. Nick worked to build Steampunk’s defense practice from the ground up, focusing on bringing human centered design and platform solutions to the warfighter. Prior to that, he was the Senior Vice President for National Security Sector Growth at Salient CRGT where he led a retooling of the Growth engine in a revitalized Defense and Intelligence practice.  Prior to Salient CRGT, he was the Vice President and General Manager for General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) serving the US Navy, US Marine Corps, US Air Force, and the US Coast Guard customers where he was responsible for over 4,000 GDIT personnel and $900M in annual revenue.  Other prior experience includes Vice President roles at CSRA, Inc. and SRA International, Inc. leading portfolios in the Sea Services and National Capital Region DoD respectively.

Nick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in History from the United States Naval Academy and a Master of Arts degree in Government from the University of Virginia. 

Mr Jeff Paque

Chief Finance Officer

Jeff Paque has more than 30 years of progressive accounting experience, including over 20 years of Defense contracting supporting the Navy, Army and Air Force.

Jeff most recently spent 13 years with Dresser-Rand in a variety of finance roles including Vice President of Finance for all North American Manufacturing Operations. Jeff was part of the team selling the company to a private equity buyer, taking the business public in an IPO with the equity buyer, as well as ultimately selling the company to Siemens, Inc. Additionally, Jeff was part of the creation of Dresser-Rand, Arabia. During that time Jeff was responsible for manufacturing for the Navy. Prior to joining Dresser-Rand Jeff was the CFO and Treasurer of Generac Power Systems, Inc., a privately held manufacturer of consumer and industrial generators. Jeff was responsible for all Finance, Treasury, IT and Legal functions, as well as was the General Manager of the Consumer Products Division overseeing all aspects of that business. Other prior experience includes roles in overseas locations, as well as experience in public accounting.

Jeff obtained a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, graduating Magna Cum Laude.

Kirste Webb

Chief Growth Officer

Kirste Webb, CF APMP Fellow, has more than 33 years’ experience in business development, capture management, and proposal development. As Chief Growth Officer for Aleut Federal, an Alaska Native Corporation, she drives the overall growth strategy for The Aleut Corporation (TAC) federal subsidiaries, which include multiple 8(a), small disadvantaged, and small business companies providing technology, environmental, construction, and infrastructure services. Kirste joined the Aleut family initially as Senior Vice President of Business Development for one of the TAC subsidiaries – ARS Aleut Remediation – leading the business development activities for environmental, laboratory, demolition, and technical services.

Kirste has led overall business development strategy for small and large businesses, managing all aspects of the business development lifecycle from strategic planning through capture and award, including growth markets and industries. Her experience includes targeting agencies such as Energy, Commerce, Homeland Security, and Defense. She has worked in multiple industries such as manufacturing, information technology, environmental management, and engineering and construction services.

Kirste volunteers as a mentor/counselor with the Procurement Technical Assistance Center in East Tennessee where she conducts business development training and coaching. She also is a volunteer supporting the Professional Services Council (PSC) Vision Forecast and serves on the Executive Advisory Board for the PSC Civilian Agencies Council.

She holds a B.S. in Business Management and an MBA, Marketing, from the University of Phoenix. She is a fellow and a certified Proposal Professional – Foundation Level with the Association of Proposal Management Professionals.

Group Operations Leadership

Geoff Vaughan

Vice President Technology Group

Geoff Vaughan brings 20 years of diverse consulting roles with expertise in delivering successful large-scale business transformation and systems integration programs for the federal and commercial client based.  He has particular expertise in directing highly complex projects that build/optimize IT Systems, organizational processes, and infrastructure to maximize business results and outcomes in organizations worldwide, including high-tech, finance, manufacturing, supply chain, and federal defense and civilian services markets.  Prior to Aleut, Geoff was a director at Accenture, Deloitte, Steampunk, and TeraThink leading large federal transformation initiatives.

Here at Aleut, Geoff leads our Technology Group. Leveraging his leadership and delivery experience, Geoff works directly with clients and teams to focus on providing a client and mission first approach to all of his clients regardless of size of the project or client.

Geoff graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Business Information Technology, and now serves on the Board of Advisors for the Business Information Technology Department.  When Geoff is not working with his teams or clients, he loves skiing, skiing, skiing, woodworking, and spending as much time as possible with his amazing wife and three children.

Darrin Lawrence

Vice President Environmental Group

Mr. Lawrence has over 32 years of experience with small and large corporations that perform environmental engineering, radiological, emergency response and information technology services to Federal and commercial clients. For the past 17 years, he has served in executive level positions where he designed, implemented, and managed the corporate strategy for five separate corporations, resulting in over 400% growth (total of $45M to $180M per year) when combined over a three to five-year period. This included the management and operation of over 200 personnel in 10 divisions and 10 populated and unpopulated limited liability corporations (LLCs). At the program level, Mr. Lawrence has captured, managed or been involved as a subject matter expert with more than $600M of remediation, decontamination/decommissioning, emergency response and information technology projects.

John Mroz

Vice President Construction Group

John P. Mroz serves as Vice President of Operations for the Construction Services Group, which includes ARS Aleut Construction (AAC) and Aleut Field Services (AFS).  He joined Aleut Federal in January of 2021 and he has over 25 years of experience in management in the construction industry, the last 10 years in leading SBA 8(a) construction companies.

Previous to joining Aleut Federal, John spent 10 years at Goldbelt, Inc., an Alaska Native City Corporation, where he held positions including Director of Construction, Vice President of Construction, and President of an SBA 8(a) construction company.  He led the growth of that company from $3M to $60M in revenue and was promoted to a corporate role as Vice President of Construction for Goldbelt, Inc. in October 2016.  In that role, he led the establishment of a second SBA 8(a) construction company that is on a solid growth path.  Prior to his experience at Goldbelt, Inc., John held positions as Operations Manager for Gaven Industries, a specialty construction subcontractor, Regional Sales Manager for Envirotrol, Inc., an innovative chemical recycling company, and Regional Sales Manager for Ross Environmental Services, LLC, a leader in hazardous waste disposal and incineration.

John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1986.

Steve Watkins

Vice President Infrastructure Group

Mr. Stephen R. Watkins joined Aleut in October 2017.  He is responsible for our Infrastructure Group. Mr. Watkins brings 30 years of experience in Global Contract Management, Procurement & Supply Chain Management (SCM) related to support of Large U.S. Government (USG) Programs as well as Foreign Government and Commercial Operations. He has extensive international experience working throughout the Middle East, Northern Africa, Southern Asia and Canada.

Prior to joining Aleut, Mr. Watkins recent experience included directing a Government contracts function for PG Environmental and also leading a large multi-functional SCM team for AMEC-Foster Wheeler that sourced, negotiated, awarded, and managed $2B+ in contract awards in support of a $5B (USD) EPCM program in Saskatchewan, Canada. Prior to those he held positions as Global Director of Procurement for IAP Worldwide Services and Director of Procurement & Business Management at The Shaw Group supporting multiple U.S. Government contracting efforts. He also held positions as Director of Contracts & Procurement at AECOM where he supported a large international contract with The Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Housing and Infrastructure Board where it launched one of the World’s largest public infrastructure investment programs – a $50-billion (USD) program to improve/build housing, roads, bridges, water and utilities – and Director of Procurement and Supply Management at KBR where he supported a $10B (USD) LOGCAP III program as well as numerous Design/Build and EPC projects spanning multiple USG agencies.

He possesses a Master of Science degree in Operations Management from The University of Arkansas and a Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Arts (Management) from Excelsior College.


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