Harold R. Brown
Harold R. Brown is the founder and currently Chairman of the Board for HARBRO, Inc., a leading general contractor specializing in the restoration of properties damaged by fire, water, wind, earthquakes, hurricanes and other catastrophes.
Mr. Brown has spent many years developing expertise and knowledge in the construction industry. He began his career in 1947 as a plastering apprentice. As his career progressed he functioned as a carpenter, superintendent and eventually began running construction businesses in the areas of residential, commercial and industrial construction. Today, the company he founded is a leader in the reconstruction building industry. In addition to reconstruction, HARBRO provides expert services in the areas of estimating, appraising, testimonies, interior design and construction.
In 1952, Mr. Brown went on to serve in the United States Armed Forces, where he worked on projects for the Atomic Energy Commission. Following his career in the service, Mr. Brown earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Southern California. After graduating in 1959, he was employed by Hughes Products/TRW working in the Research and Development Laboratory. Mr. Brown continued to work in the field of construction during college and while employed by Hughes/TRW.
After obtaining his B1 Contractors License in 1960, Mr. Brown established Torrance Builders Construction Company. Originally the company specialized in remodeling residential, commercial and industrial structures. As the company’s reputation grew, it became more focused in the areas of restoration of prestigious homes, commercial and industrial buildings.
Torrance Builders Construction Company was incorporated in 1968 to become what is now HARBRO, Inc. His successful company employs over 250 individuals. HARBRO has a broad range of projects with budgets from $125,000 to $22,000,000. Currently, HARBRO is licensed by the State Contractor’s Board of California, Nevada and Arizona to conduct business in these states.
Harold Brown also serves as an expert witness in a variety of arbitration and court proceedings due to his extensive background and level of professionalism. He started doing his appraisal and expert witness work in 1965.
Harold R. Brown
James D. Franklin
When Jim Franklin joined HARBRO in 1981 as a project manager, he did so with the intention of helping others overcome their life’s worst-case scenarios. Along with the majority of the HARBRO upper management team, Mr. Franklin has worked for decades providing specialized services for properties damaged due to fire, water, earthquake, and other catastrophes.
In his nearly 40 years with HARBRO, Mr. Franklin’s dedication to developing outstanding construction expertise and his intentionality in driving customer satisfaction, Mr. Franklin has risen within the company, from a project manager up to CEO. His construction experience includes high-rise office, large-scale commercial, multi-family structures, condominiums, commercial/industrial tilt-ups, and high-end residential projects. He has worked with both private and public sector clients on their restoration, Cap-x, tenant improvement, and new construction projects.
Now, as a veteran in the Restoration Industry, over 300 employees in fourteen locations and five western states look to Mr. Franklin as a source of leadership, knowledge, and experience. With a hands-on approach and a team of outstanding professionals, Mr. Franklin leads by example, instilling his colleagues with passion, integrity, dedication to quality, and the desire for customer satisfaction.
Beyond Mr. Franklin’s influential role at HARBRO, he is deeply involved in his community. He is currently serving, or has served, on several “for profit” Boards including El Dorado Banishers, CIBA Insurance Services, Morris Contractors, and Caprock Partners. Current and past nonprofit/ para-church ministry boards on which he has served include: The Free Wheelchair Mission, The Legacy Center of New York, The National Christian Foundation of California, Mariners Church and Trochia Ministries.
James D. Franklin
David R. Moll is the President for Har-Bro Emergency and Restoration Services. He was recruited in 1995 to join HARBRO’s Corporate Office in Southern California as a Project Manager during the North Ridge Earthquake.
Due to his turnkey construction practice and ambition to provide excellent customer service, he was presented with the opportunity to become a Branch Manager and relocated to open an office in Northern California in 1997. Within a couple of years of consistent hard work, he was able to grow in the Northern California market and made it HARBRO’s second largest office.
In early 2000, he was named Vice President and became an integral part in opening up additional Har-Bro offices throughout the West Coast.
Recently, David relocated back to HARBRO’s Corporate office in Southern California, became the company’s President, and is responsible for all facets of the company’s sales, marketing and operations.
David has a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management from Colorado State University, which is one of top schools for construction management in the US. He worked as a carpenter while attending college, and also prior to HARBRO, worked nationwide specializing in the Commercial Construction of Hospitals, Hotels, and Apartment complexes.
He holds a contractor’s license in the CA, NV, WA, OR, and ID, as well as HARBRO’s DOSH license (1072) for Asbestos and Mold work.
In line with HARBRO’s policy of uncompromising dedication to quality and customer satisfaction, David personally inspects every large project ensuring the highest quality of work at all times. His hands-on approach has empowered him to create a well-rounded knowledge of the industry, and contributed to his excellent construction experience.
Currently, David is a member of the Golden West Chapter of the Young’s President Organization (YPO).
Ronald J. Mandell
Nearing 50 years of professional service in law and dispute resolution, Ronald Mandell is a seasoned authority on legal matters pertaining to construction, real estate, business, and commerce. He has represented varied parties in every facet of the industry and myriad project types. He has negotiated and drafted construction contracts, business purchase and sale agreements, commercial leases, advertising contracts, and contracts for the interior design of major hotels and resorts.
Ronald received an undergraduate degree (1964) in business management and subsequently a Juris Doctorate (1967) from the University of Southern California. In 1968, Ronald was admitted to practice law before all courts in the State of California as well as before the U.S. District Court, District of California, and U.S. Supreme Court. In 1978, he became interested in arbitration and mediation (alternative dispute resolution) as processes enabling parties to resolve their disputes more cheaply and efficiently than litigation. Over the next several years, Ronald trained with the American Arbitration Association (AAA), several bar associations, and the Pepperdine University Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution to hone the skills required of mediators and arbitrators and, while still practicing law, began arbitrating and mediating disputes. In 2012, Ronald retired from the practice of law and began his alternative dispute resolution practice working primarily through the AAA.
Over the years, Ronald has lectured numerous contractor organizations on construction remedies and construction contracts, practices, and procedures.
Connie Salios is an experienced entrepreneur and specialist in building and leading successful, impactful organizations. Born and raised in the Midwest (Chicago), Connie and his career have traversed the country and spanned an industry. Having gotten his start in a sales management training program at Sears in the 1970s, Connie hit the ground running and, with a trusted partner, began to build a lucrative business. Connie co-founded Kalty Salios, manufacturers’ representatives, in 1977 and Retail Store Services, a retail merchandising company serving Home Depot stores in the western and southeastern U.S., in 1986. In October 2005, both companies were acquired by Advantage Sales and Marketing, the largest consumer packaged goods sales and merchandising company in North America.
Connie completed his graduate studies in Organizational Leadership in 2002 and for 8 years served as an adjunct professor at Biola University in La Mirada, California, teaching Practical Leadership Theory, Strategy Formulation, and Strategy Implementation.
Connie also served for 6 years as National Managing Partner directing the national growth of The Barnabas Group, a ministry that connects the time, talent, touch, and treasure of Christian marketplace leaders with ministry opportunities.
In addition, Connie is a partner with CLD Consultants in Laguna Beach, California, specializing in organizational development, strategy, and change, and he currently serves on the boards of non-profit (Free Wheel Chair Mission, Pepperdine University Social Entrepreneurship and Change), for-profit (HARBRO Construction, Kellogg Garden Supply), and ministry (The Barnabas Group, Beachpoint Church, Links) organizations.
Connie and his wife of 43 years live in Huntington Beach, California, and have three adult daughters.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
In the midst of a disaster, HARBRO’s most critical mission, long before deploying material resources, is to deploy a leader to the front line. Therefore, a fundamental component of HARBRO’s business is an intensive, ongoing focus on developing and supporting leaders. Greg Campbell, a distinguished leadership and management coach of nearly 20 years and life-long leader himself, has been chosen to play an integral part in steering HARBRO’s industry-leading practice as a member of the Board of Directors.
A graduate of Wheaton College in economics and business administration, Greg has served in senior management positions for notable companies such as Coldwell Banker Real Estate Group, of which he was executive vice president and partner, and Richard Ellis, Inc. Greg began his career as a regional manager for Servicemaster and launched from there. His early business acumen propelled him to consecutive executive positions at each company he joined, including J Emil Anderson & Son, Richard Ellis, Homart Development, and Coldwell Banker, until he started his private consultancy. His career history demonstrates an uncommon level of commitment and his colleagues attest to his ethical tenacity.
Professionally, Greg provides leadership coaching and consulting for established executives as well as young professionals, and serves on the boards of several business ventures―Smith Gardens, Enerliance, and Cap Rock Partners. Personally, he invests his time in the service and leadership of such impactful organizations as the Los Angeles Mission and Dave Dravecky’s Endurance. Finally, he heads the Graduate Division Advisory Council at the University of California, Irvine, and has served on the trustee board of his alma mater, Wheaton College.
Greg’s expertise encompasses a breadth of topics that includes leadership development, strategic planning, management, entrepreneurship, team building, public speaking, marketing, and the myriad business management skills that drive successful organizations. He has written two influential books on leadership: The 5-2-1 Principle: Five Processes + Two Questions + One Routine = Success and The Surprising Power of the Coil.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
One of the key factors in HARBRO’s success over the years has been its strong financial management. As Chief Financial Officer, Karen Kaplan oversees HARBRO’s financial well being. Her keen analytical and problem solving skills are well suited to the management of HARBRO’s accounting divisions. Karen’s attention to detail ensures that all areas under her purview maintain the highest standards.
Karen began her career with Har-Bro in the Accounts Payable department. During that time she was able to successfully manage the department during one of HARBRO’s key growth periods. Karen later took on the role of Collections Manager where she honed her analytical abilities. In 2006, Karen was promoted to Director of Corporate Administration. In her current role Karen oversees all aspects of HARBRO’s Accounting, Human Resources, Payroll and MIS Departments.
Karen lives in Long Beach California with her husband and her two children. She can be reached directly at 562-528-8000
John Temoyan joined HARBRO in 2005 as Business Development Representative for our Long Beach office. He was quickly promoted to Director of Business Development, helping create HARBRO’s marketing program while further developing customer and broker relations for the firm’s offices. Among many talents that shined through his work, John’s “lunch-and-learn” workshops revealed his knack for teaching. This resulted in his next position as Director of Training for HARBRO. Recently and most notably, John has been promoted to Vice President of HARBRO and will be involved in steering all aspects of HARBRO’s operations alongside CEO James Franklin and President David Moll.
John first entered the industry in 1991 as a Property Claims Adjuster for Safeco Insurance in its Fountain Valley, California, office. John subsequently was promoted to manager, handling large property losses and suspicious claims throughout Southern California. Additionally, John managed Safeco’s efforts after the Laguna firestorm, the Northridge earthquake, and many lesser-known catastrophes during his time at Safeco. John left Safeco to be the Western Regional National Account Manager for Servpro Industries for nearly three years, and later, working in marketing and project management capacities for local restoration contractors. John is a licensed general contractor, an OSHA Outreach instructor and has IICRC certifications in water damage, mold remediation as well as fire and smoke restoration.
After a year-long sabbatical from the industry, John was introduced to HARBRO, which he states reignited his excitement for his line of work. After meeting HARBRO people whom he described as “noticeably different” in a great way, John notes that HARBRO is a non-traditional workplace where creativity and initiative are rewarded, nurtured, and unbounded—a formula that has propelled his personal success and that of the company’s. “I am looking forward to helping HARBRO achieve its next milestone,” he said.
A Southern Californian through and through, John has been sailing, diving, fishing, and surfing SoCal’s coastal waters, including the Channel Islands and Mexico, for more than 30 years and has even completed the world-famous Transpac Yacht Race from Long Beach to Hawaii! John lives in Mission Viejo, California, with his wife of 26 years and is the proud dad of a recent UC Santa Cruz grad and a soon-to-be Eagle Scout.
John can be reached directly at (562) 528-5111
VP AND REGIONAL MANAGER | SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Customers in Southern California can rely on Tom Henley’s 20 years experience with HARBRO for their emergency restoration and reconstruction losses. Tom’s technical knowledge is second to none, and with his attention to detail with every loss that comes through our Southern California office- that makes him a great leader for the division.
Tom was born and raised in Southern California. Upon graduating at UCSB he immediately went into teaching upper elementary and middle school for the next 10 years. In 1984 Tom was hired on at HARBRO as an entry level Project Manager. Soon after he headed the Tenant Improvement Division at HARBRO in the late 80’s and returned as Sr. Project Manager during and after Hurricane Iniki in Kauii and the Northridge Earthquake.
In 2005 Tom’s tenure as Sr. Project Manager ended so that he can move up as the Branch Manager for HARBRO in the Southern California office in Signal Hill.
Tom currently lives in Tustin Ranch with his wife of 28 years. He has coached youth soccer for the past 19 years in Tustin and is currently coaching 11-12 year old girls All-Star Team. Tom also serves on the Board of Directors of his Homeowners Association.
Tom is a great leader with compassion in everything he does and with every person he works with. Tom can be reached directly at 562.528.5103.
VP and Regional Manager
Todd J. Smith
VP AND REGIONAL MANAGER | SEATTLE, WA
Customers in the Greater Seattle Area can rely on Todd’s experience and dedication to customer service. He is a high honors graduate of the University of Southern California with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Law & Society. Since 1993 he has been an integral part of the HARBRO team. He is responsible for the coordination and sales of hundreds of construction projects ranging from the small $250 repairs to the $5,000,000 earthquake restoration projects.
His outstanding team includes five project managers, production personnel and administrative support. The division has experienced significant growth over the past five years due to Todd’s un-compromised high standards of quality. His style is welcoming and service driven. Do not hesitate to contact him directly at (425) 656-0500.
Todd J. Smith
VP and Regional Manager
VP AND REGIONAL MANAGER | NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Geno Gonzalez was born and raised in San Francisco, California. He attended the University of Southern California where he graduated in 1992. Geno joined the HARBRO team in 1995 and immediately accelerated within the company.
In 1996, Geno was relocated to Nevada to take the lead in opening HARBRO’s Las Vegas office. He was able to get the Las Vegas office up and running and managed it for five years. Geno returned to the Bay Area in 2001 as a Senior Project Manager for HARBRO of Northern California.
In 2007 Geno was promoted to become the Regional Manager for the Bay Area and is responsible for the Northern California operation which includes: Project Management, Production, Sales and Marketing. Recently, Geno was named Vice President and Regional Manager and is responsible for overseeing all facets of the business for HARBRO’s San Francisco Bay area office as well as our Sacramento branch office.
Clients in Northern California can depend on Genos’ Integrity, Dedication to Quality and focus on communication for residential, commercial and industrial restoration projects.
Geno can be reached at (510) 887-8500
VP and Regional Manager
BRANCH MANAGER | VALENCIA OFFICE
A 17-year veteran of HARBRO, Norton Engen joined the company in 1994 as a foreman and has held a variety of positions during his career, most recently being promoted to Branch Manager for HARBRO in Valencia, Calif.
Engen was raised in the business by his father who also remains as general contractor. Engen credits his upbringing to his solid structural background in all phases of the construction industry. He remains focused on “integrity, dedication to quality and outstanding customer service.”
His other positions at HARBRO include assistant superintendent in charge of multimillion dollar H.O.A. projects following the Northridge earthquake, superintendent and senior superintendent in the Chatsworth office, and senior project manager and assistant branch manager in Long Beach.
Engen lives with his family in Torrance. Like all HARBRO offices, the Valencia team responds 24/7/365 for emergency restoration services. You can contact Norton at (661) 705-0100
VP and Regional Manager
VICE PRESIDENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES
David Adams is the founder of Orange County—based ENVIROCON Contracting, Inc., the reputable asbestos and lead abatement firm recently acquired by HARBRO. David, a 30-year veteran of the mechanical insulation, abatement, and demolition industry, has joined HARBRO in the capacity of Vice President of Environmental Services. David will lead HARBRO’s effort to address what in the past few years has become an evident and pressing need of our clients to have available the full spectrum of asbestos abatement services directly from one trusted source–HARBRO.
David graduated from California State University, Chico, in 1980 and shortly thereafter began his career as an estimator with Orange County—based insulation contractor, Karcher Environmental. Shortly after he was hired, he earned a key promotion that placed him at the helm of the company’s asbestos abatement division. He led that division for several years and then joined Penhall Company, a construction services contractor, in 1988 as vice president of sales and marketing to launch its environmental services division.
In 1990, leveraging 6 short, but rigorous years’ worth of technical expertise, management experience, and business acumen, he founded ENVIROCON Contracting, Inc., specializing in asbestos and lead abatement, and has been acting president until the company’s recent acquisition by HARBRO. David is now Vice President of Environmental Services at HARBRO and will oversee all operations, reach out to HARBRO’s various operation centers, enhance HARBRO’s service capabilities, foster new business, and ensure continuity of service to ENVIROCON’s existing client base.
David is a Southern California native and a 1973 graduate of Glendora High School. Outside of the office, David enjoys traveling, skiing, fishing, music, and painting. He has played guitar since age 11 and, for the past 25 years, has been a member of The Hurricanes, an event and party rock and surf band. He has been married to his wife, Debbie, for 30 years and together they have three adult children, Nic, Jack, and Sydney. Dave and his wife live in San Clemente.
David can be reached at (714) 827-6200
VP Of environmental SErvices
Born and raised in Ecuador, South America, Cecilia Reyes came to the United States in 1982. She began her career with HARBRO shortly after in 1985 when there were only 20 employees.
Now, going on 34 years with the company, Cecilia has been a positive impact on how HARBRO’s administrative process and internal structure maps out.
Cecilia continues to be a critical administrative role at HARBRO, having to oversee various aspects of a developing company that grew from 2 locations to now 14 with a 250% increase of employees from the time she started.
From the billing department to insurance benefits, she worked her way up to her current role of Corporate Secretary, a position she was elected to in 2006.
In addition, she is the Executive Assistant to CEO Jim Franklin and manages the company's 401(k) plan. Cecilia's skillset and decades-long experience with HARBRO set her as
an integral leader to ensure the continuation of high standards and development.
Cecilia, whose family still resides in Ecuador, lives in Westminster with her husband of 38 years. She can be reached at (562) 528-5205.