October 29, 2021

Celebrating Our Next Evolution

Celebrating Our Next Evolution

For 56 years, Wood Harbinger has delivered brilliant engineering solutions with innovation, creativity, and quality. On October 26th,colleagues and clients gathered at the Wood Harbinger office to celebrate our next evolution and transition to a sixth generation of leadership to continue this legacy.

The event honored current president/CEO Tom Leonidas, who will be starting a new chapter, and Sean Bollen, who will take the helm as Wood Harbinger’s president/CEO. As part of this long-planned leadership transition, Sean will be joined by a leadership team including Controller Courtney Montgomery and Director of Operations Andy Brown.

The festivities featured a lovely spread of delicious food catered by COMPANY NAME, bartending by our own executive assistant Sheri Livingood and project assistant Melissa Evans, a music playlist curated by Andy, and a slideshow of photos featuring Wood Harbinger projects and team members throughout the firm’s long history.

Clients and colleagues celebrated together in Wood Harbinger’s “Energy” café/kitchen space.

Partygoers also had the chance to see the Wood Harbinger race car up close and personal, which is owned by mechanical designer Mitchell Hughey, who races competitively throughout the state.

Mitchell proudly sports the Wood Harbinger logo and colors on his Subaru WRX STIi!

Guests were also encouraged to “take a little Wood Harbinger with you” in the form of leftover hors d’oeouvres in customized to-go containers.

“Wood Harbinger is like a family, and you’d bring leftovers home from a family gathering, so why not a Wood Harbinger party?” said Andy.

Words of Wisdom

Tom shared reflections about his more than 40-year career in the local industry, having spent XX years with electrical engineering firm Sparling before joining Wood Harbinger in 2011 as executive vice president. He became president/CEO in 2014. During his tenure, Wood Harbinger supported several signature projects in the local area, including the new SR-520 floating bridge, several significant utility infrastructure renovations at Harborview Medical Center, and ongoing work throughout Naval Base Kitsap.

Tom has been a fixture in the Pacific Northwest engineering industry for more than 40 years and guided the Wood Harbinger team for nearly a decade.

In the coming year, Tom plans to enjoy more personal time, volunteering in community service and industry organizations and exploring new ways to continue contributing professionally to the industry.

Sean also shared his vision for the future and his personal history with Wood Harbinger, from joining the firm right out of college and designing electrical systems for a broad range of projects, from Navy wharves to new elementary schools.

Sean is excited to guide Wood Harbinger’s team into the future!

Meet the New Leadership Team

Sean brings a nearly 30-year history with Wood Harbinger asan electrical engineer, project manager, and our current electrical engineeringteam leader. He was promoted to executive vice President in 20XX.

Courtney has been with the firm for 15 years in roles of increasing responsibility in business and financial management.

Andy has also been with Wood Harbinger for 15 years, starting out in CAD and electrical design. He has led the firm’s operations for more than five years.

Andy and Courtney, along with Principals Nick Baker and June Mechure, unveiled “Carboard Sean,” an ingenious solution to preserve our team’s ability to get facetime with Sean as he takes on the additional responsibilities of being president/CEO.
“Cardboard Sean” pales a bit in comparison to the man himself!

The leadership transition will formally take effect on January 1, 2024.