Management Team

Mr. Bill Grant ( FMR Congressman ) / Chairman

  • Bill is a former President of the Florida Bankers Association and Board Member of the American Independent Bankers Association. He has been a special American envoy to several troubled nations and is adviser to many of the current American and Iraqi personalities. He has access at the highest levels of the United States and Middle Eastern Governments.
  • Board member and member of Executive, Audit, Personnel, and special committees of Home Intensive Care, Inc. (NASDAQ), and Royce Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ). Served during growth of both firms into nationwide organizations and on merger committees that successfully achieved stockholder approval and profitable sellout of both to larger companies. Board, International Asset Management Group, Inc.
  • Elected and reelected to Florida State Senate. Chairman, Joint Legislative Management Committee. Vice chairman: Commerce Committee and Economic, Community and Consumer Affairs. Member: Committees on Education, Appropriations, Finance and Tax, Agriculture, and Select Committee on Tort Reform. Organizer and first Chairman, North Florida Caucus
  • Elected and reelected to United States Congress from the Florida Second Congressional District. Served as member of House of Representatives leadership. Twice elected Southeastern Whip. Member: Committees on Governmental Affairs, Narcotics Control, Public Works and Transportation, and Agriculture.
  • Member, special Task Force on Latin America. Chairman, Task Force on Offshore Pollution Control.

Mr. Muhsin Al-Hashimi / President / C.E.O

  • Over 40 years of strategic planning and executive decision making experience
  • Member of Board of Directors of four international trading firms
  • Deputy to U.S. Congressional envoy Bill Grant during peace negotiations with the Government of Sudan and the development of refugee settlements
  • B.S. Geology, University of Baghdad, Iraq,1968.
  • Graduate work in Geophysics, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado, 1972.
  • MBA, Thunderbird School of Global Management, Glendale, Arizona 1982.
  • Licensed Real Estate Broker in Colorado and Georgia
  • 1969: Instructor of Geology and Chemistry, Abu Dhabi. U.A.E. Also appointed by the Ministry of Education to negotiate with the Egyptian government for sharing educational programs between the two countries
  • 1988: Headed negotiations between the Ritz-Carlton Corporation in Atlanta, and members of the Saudi Royal Family, that resulted in opening hotels in the western region of the Kingdom
  • 1990: Elected Chairman of the Board for Torino Corporation, an Italian-American Automaker company.
  • 1992 :CEO, Bandar & Saba, Ltd., a Saudi–American investment corporation. Also, an advisor to Sheikh M. Al-Rajhi Holding, with assets exceeding $20 billion
  • Negotiated a partnership between General Electric and the Saudis.
  • 1993: Intr. Vice Chairman at Cedar Sinai Hospital of Los Angeles, establishing hospital’s Tel-Med concept
  • 2002: In recognition for geopolitical efforts, was introduced to President George W. Bush by Governor Jeb Bush.
  • Accepted the appointment of a special envoy ambassador in Africa
  • 2005: Respectfully represented H.M.King Abdullah II of Jordan, on key infrastructure and economic development projects in conjunction with support from the Congress of the United States.
  • Extensive contacts network with top government officials, business leaders throughout the USA, and MENA
  • Presently, participating in the Iraq re-building process .

Mr. Hussein Kadhim Atiya Al-Mamoori President / Al-Nafees Company for General Contracting & Firstar’s Venturer

  • A distinguished, successful businessman in Iraq with a wide commercial and residential real estate investments.
  • Mr. Al-Mamoori has developed several prime properties all over Iraq.
  • In addition to his Law degree with specializations in the field of commercial law, Mr. Al-Mamoori hold a business management degree.
  • Mr. Al-Mamoori founded Al-Nafees Company in 2004, and under his skilled management and direction, the company has won and executed hundreds of tenders and projects for the government and the private sectors.
  • Now, Al-Nafees is considered as one of most well-known and respected construction companies in Iraq with operations spread across many sectors.
  • The introduction of innovative technical, professional and industrial solutions to a range of challenges is a reflection of Al-Nafees CO. capability
  • Moreover, Al-Nafees has built a reputation for quality and reliability, and is recognized as one of the fast-growing Iraqi companies with a big record in the power construction; Gas power stations, substations and transmission lines for all civil, mechanical and electrical works.
  • To enhance its construction projects, Al-Nafees built and owns a major asphalt and concrete factories.

Mr. Salah Y. Gizeer, / Executive Vice President

  • Former Cabinet Minister of Electricity. Mr. Gizeer knows firsthand the issues and problems of Electrical Systems. He spent over 35 years in public service, rising to the top as Minister of Electricity from 1999 to 2001.
  • Mr. Gizeer holds a degree in Electrical Engineering, his extensive Management experience and knowledge of Iraq’s electrical systems gives him a unique ability to find effective and efficient solutions to the problems of Electrical Systems.
  • Prior to the creation of a separate Ministry of Electricity, Mr. Gizeer was Director General of many and varied Projects in the Ministry of Industry. Mr. Gizeer brings to Firstar a wealth of industrial knowledge.

Sayeed Jihad Al-Hashimi / Chief P.R. Officer

  • A successful entrepreneur businessman with over 30 years market place experience in Iraq. In the mid-eighties, Mr. Al-Hashimi was the Mayor of Al-Seiba province in Basrah, South Iraq and now considered as one of the most respected tribal heads in Iraq.
  • In addition to his wide business knowledge, Mr. Al-Hashimi enjoys a wealth of life spectrum helping Firstar in needed negotiation with tribal leaders.

Dr. Adnan Jasim, Ph.D / Director of Design of Oil & Gas Projects

  • Dr. Jasim is considered among the top professional with over 40 years experience in the Oil & Gas industries.
  • -MSc. In Mech. Eng. Subject: Turbo machinery , From Liverpool University United Kingdom , YR 1978
  • -Ph.D. Degree In Gas Turbines From Bath University , United Kingdom YR 1983
  • 1968 : Received initial training in Iraqi Petroleum Co. ( I.P.C. ) in Iraq / Kirkuk .
  • 1968 – 1976 : Served as maintenance engineer in Dora oil refinery ,in Baghdad sample work includes: Piping welding, Fabrication of spools, hydro testing of repaired pipes and valves.
  • 1983 – 2006 : Working for State Co. For Oil Projects (S.C.O.P) in design office. The work includes :Design – Procurement – Construction of oil projects such as chemical process plants, Degassing stations, Pipelines.
  • 2009-2017 : working for SCOP, expert in design directorate ( contract employee).
  • A number of programs written in Fortran language to help solving problems of piping design and flexibility Programs used to solve problems in the design of pressure vessels and storage tanks, which is based on ANSI and ASME standards. ISO 9000 Total
  • TECHNIP GROUP Presentation On Project Planning and Estimation and Cost Control ,Baghdad
  • Technical Seminar on Seamless and Welded Line pipe, Coating and Casing Tubing and Drill Pipe. SCOP & THYSSEN STAHLUNION GmbH
  • Piping Project Specifications Analysis , SCOP internal report & Piping flexibility Analysis & Design of Oil Projects
  • Lecturing in Fluid Mechanics – Thermodynamics – Power Plants and Propulsion

Ms. Peggy Zuber / Procurement Director, C.P.M.

  • Retired US Military, US Navy and US Army Reserves. Over 15 years’ experience in procurement, subcontracts and supply chain management, domestic and international. Experience in supporting projects such as: LOGCAP, US Army Corp of Engineers, USAID, Reconstruction of Iraq, Oil and Gas, Construction, Water and Waste-water, Infrastructure and US Military.
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and Associates in Purchasing and Materials Management, Certified Purchasing Manager Certification with Institute of Supply Management and Member of National Contract Management Association.
  • As a Manager –Director of Procurement, Ms. Zuber assisted the following entities:
    • Cherokee Nation Entertainment, L-3 Communications, Willbros Engineering Inc, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Overland Pass
    • Natural Gas Pipeline . Muscat Oman construction project. Parsons- Experience on USAID and US Army Corp of Engineers Construction projects: oil, water and infrastructure, Iraq, Jordan
    • Huntsville, AL. Halliburton/ KBR, Logistics Civil Augmentation Program III .Lufthansa Technik,
    • Omni Air Int’l , Parker Drilling, City of Tulsa

Mr. Harun Hakan Erdem / Managing Director

  • A successful young businessman, Harun Hakan Erdem received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (B.A) from Yeditepe University. Mr. Erdem started his Professional Career as a consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers (Pwc).
  • Participating in two different audit projects. Eurasia Tunnel Construction Project financed by Korea Exim Bank, European Investment Bank (EIB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Istanbul, Turkey and was constructed by Korean and Turkish Contractors. `another project was digital software development company.
  • In 2016, Mr. Erdem joined HA-EM Eng & Cons. B.V. and worked in different positions on both infrastructure and superstructure construction projects.
  • Mr. Erdem was a key player in constructing a partnership between Firstar International Group and HA-EM Eng. & Cons.
  • Mr. Erdem now supervising Africa’s infrastructure projects operations.

Mr. Bob Minkewicz Senior VP – Contracting Dept 

  • Lieutenant Colonel with 20 years of Active Duty, and 16 years of Reserve Duty experience.  He has extensive experience in planning. implementing, and managing large scale operations.  He was employed in executive staff positions on large US government contracts in Kuwait and Afghanistan.
  • Bob is a graduate of the US Military Academy and has a BS degree in Engineering.
  • Operations Director for $452 Million of US Government contracted services associated with equipment worth over $2 Billion
  • Business Development Manager for $110M International and US Government auto services company
  • Established business partnerships for participation in $23B US Government EAGLE program
  • Coordinated activities among Logistics, Quality Assurance, Property Management, Physical Security, Information Technology Services, Safety, Health, and Environmental programs within various US Government contracts
  • Planned and executed numerous large scale military operations in the US and Overseas

Dr. Farazdaq Al-Haddad / Advisor for Oil & Gas Division

  • Head Gas & Oil projects and Geological exploration.
  • Dr. Al-Haddad , former Chairman of Iraqi Geological Society. Graduated with B.Sc. degree in Geology from the University of Baghdad in 1968 and a Ph.D. degree in Geophysics from University of Glasgow (UK) in 1977.
  • Head of different departments (Research & Development, Data Base & Technical Drawing, Exploration Field Operation).
  • Deputy of the Director General of the Oil Exploration Company, and then joined Ishtar and Antemina oil service companies as a Deputy General Manager.
  • Geology, Geophysics, and Reservoir Issues of Iraq Consultation for CHEVRON
  • Deputy General Manager & Upstream Consultant – Antemina & Ishtar Oil Service Company (Baghdad-Iraq).
  • Deputy of the Director General of the Oil Exploration– Ministry of Oil.
  • Chief Geophysicist “Documentation” Department).
  • Chief Geophysicist – Office of the D.G. of Oil Exploration Company – (Planning of special projects, site selections “as power plants”, preparing of contracts, Economic Evaluation of special projects
  • Dr. Al-Hadad has over 20 Geological and Geophysical publications.
  • Presently, he is an advisor to Firstar Int Group.

Mr. Denis Jubinville / Director of Aviation Department

  • A polished, results-driven aerospace sales professional with two decades of industry experience, Denis serves concurrently as Director of Firstar Aviation and as Managing Partner, with a reputable national aviation corporation., a business aviation consulting and brokerage firm.
  • Previously he was Sales Director for Bombardier Aerospace (2011-2014) and Bombardier Flexjet (2005-2011), after serving as Marketing Manager (1999-2005) and Business Analyst (1997-1999).
  • Born in Ottawa, Canada and fluent in three languages, he lived in Africa during his teen years (1981-84) and completed his MBA at ESADE in Barcelona, Spain (1997).
  • He combines an extensive knowledge of aircraft markets, specifications, performance and costs with strong financial analysis skills to help his clients make better informed, data-driven decisions focused on long-term outcomes. His proven approach centers on responsiveness, attention to details and ultimately, impeccable execution.

Mr. Jorge Kwasi Nassar / V.P of West and Central African Business Development

  • Mr. Nassar a well-respected international financier, born in Ghana, West Africa and grew up in the Soviet Union. Due to his father’s diplomatic mission.
  • Mr. Jorge had the opportunity to live and study in France, Netherlands, UK and the USA. Jorge attended Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague, Netherlands and acquired BA in Architectural and Structural Engineering. Later, he moved to California, USA and did Associate in Psychology. Jorge established his own company (Nazza Group Inc.) as a Real Estate Private investor.
  • He was in Real Estate business for more than 15yrs. He relocated to Connecticut to work for a Saudi company (Aramco) helping in as an intermediary for Asian Crude Oil buyers. Jorge is currently in Ghana as the CEO of Rassan Farms.

Mr. Falah Mahmood Al-Falahi / Legal Counselor

  • Mr. Al-Falahi’s encompassed a rich law practice and headed several law posts such as:
  • Head of Contractors Classification, Ministry of Planning
  • Head of Tender Department, Ministry of Planning
  • Head of the Law Department for Contractors Classification, Ministry of Planning
  • Head of Law Department, Ministry of Planning
  • Mr. Al-Falahi graduate in 2006 from the University of Baghdad with a B.A in Law.B.A 1992, University of Baghdad and General Law Diploma, University of Alexandria. Egypt as well as Commercial Arbitration Diploma.

Mr.John Brau / Director of Logistics Operations

  • Retired US Army Colonel with 29 years of commissioned service as an infantryman
  • LOGISTICS OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT –
  • 28 years of logistical, operational, and analytical experience; 12 years of executive leadership experience Purchased, maintained, and accounted for hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of equipment.
  • Planned, prepared and executed complex logistical support of disaster relief operations including the 2010 Haiti earthquake and 2005 Pakistan earthquake .
  • Winning team builder; expert at developing personnel and maximizing organizational productivity; adept at establishing goals and inspiring team achievement.
  • Transporter, logistician, and Operations Research Systems Analyst (ORSA).
  • Disaster Relief (HADR) operations, and combat operations. Utilized ORSA skills to optimize intratheater airlift in US Central Command’s (CENTCOM).
  • Deputy Director Transportation Command’s (TRANSCOM) Analysis Center

Mr. Scott Johnson / Director of Business Development in North Africa

  • With a long, successful career in business development of bank products-industrial- agricultural products- and in the capacity building of banks, government ministries. Johnson has worked in several French-speaking Sub-Saharan countries, in North Africa and the Middle East.
  • He has worked as a contractor for several US Government agencies including the US Departments of State (USAID), Defense and Commerce as well as for the World Bank and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency.
  • Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio with a BA in Liberal Arts, he has a Master in International Affairs (M.I.A.) from Ohio University and an MBA in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
  • He diplomas in Professional Consulting from the El Amouri Institute in Tunis, Tunisia and in Business leadership Coaching from the Coaching Companion firm in Malmoe, Sweden.

Mr. John Grenville Stone / Director of Operations in UK

  • John has worked for over 42 years in the Construction Industry, predominantly in the UK, Middle East and South-East Asia with senior management experience on a diverse range of Rail, Civil Engineering, and Building (including PPP).
  • Financially aware, and able to utilize well developed analytical skills, to support strategic planning, and maximize project profitability and has excellent negotiating skills
  • A natural leader and team worker with high personal standards, and an open and creative approach to management. Able to use a strong personality to provide the drive on any project. John has an in-depth knowledge of QA/QC matters, including the establishment and implementation of management systems to meet ISO requirements, and a comprehensive practical working knowledge, of “Power Project.
  • In addition to his native English spoken, John is fluent in Bahasa Indonesian & Malay, and average in French

Organizational Chart

Technical and Administrative Staff

Machineries

  • (3) Mixers with all specialized cadre
  • (1) Concrete pump
  • (2) Water tankers
  • (6) Hitachi Excavators
  • (2) Komatsu Bulldozers 65
  • (4) Mercedes Dump Trucks
  • (4) Loaders
  • (2) Caterpillar Graders
  • (1) Loader Tanker
  • (3) Bus cars
  • (3) Private cars
  • (1) Motorcycle
  • (6) Sakai Roller
  • (10) Mercedes Trucks
  • (2) Mercedes Tankers
  • (5) Mercedes Tanker for pitch transport

Firstar has an agreement with a rental company, which has more than 275 construction equipment to be used for its construction projects.

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