With over 25 years of manufacturing, service and sales experience both domestically and internationally Kevin’s fingerprints can be found all over the globe throughout a vast array of industries. The founder of The Highwood Group, he is focused on developing top tier, innovative products and services, providing sorely needed equipment solutions.
Prior to Highwood, Kevin founded 3 separate start-up companies, growing each to the point of sale to private equity firms. In his last role with Rangeland Industrial Service, Kevin started with a workforce of 2 in Southern Alberta and grew it to over 120 staff across 3 Canadian divisions including a subsidiary in the U.S.A. before its acquisition. Through his endeavors, Kevin has held key roles in operations, sales, design, management and corporate leadership and brings this expertise to Highwood Equipment Technologies.
Kevin’s keen business sense, vision and leadership have allowed Highwood to grow despite the current economic climate in our industry. Under Kevin’s guidance and direction, Highwood Group is poised for continued success for years to come.
Over the last decade, Colin has been designing, drawing, and drafting products for clients in irrigation, fabrication, heavy equipment and oil and gas. Colin has established Highwood's existing line of well-service equipment and continues to grow an industry-leading products catalogue.
Beginning his career with Rangeland Drilling Automation as one of the first mechanical designers, Colin was integral to the company's product line design. He built Rangeland's first automated service rig, which included designing, developing, equipping and prototyping the entire project.
Colin plays a vital role in overcoming our clients' challenges by developing customized equipment solutions unavailable elsewhere.
Mike has over 12 years of experience in manufacturing and servicing custom equipment. His career started as a skilled tradesman where he learned the fundamentals of fabrication and field service. His experience and roles have rapidly evolved into becoming a key member of the management team as the service manager at Rangeland Drilling Automation where he worked closely with the finance and engineering teams to build a profitable division within the company. Shortly after the Rangeland and Prostar Well Service merger, Mike was served as the Production Manager where he was able to bring his experience in all facets of the business to the table. He successfully managed shop operations, field service, production planning, purchasing, quality, and was the liaison between engineering and the finished product build teams. During his time as the Production Manager, labor costs and productions costs were reduced by 40% with zero injuries to personnel Mike brings unique experiences and a practical approach to the team at Highwood to manufacture a high-quality product efficiently.
Chuck is an engineering leader with 37 years aerospace tooling design, project management, procurement, and fabrication experience, with 12 of those years in strategic and operational leadership of professional staff in executing large, complex projects. Chuck is well-versed in oversight of projects during the entire value stream from inception to delivery.
As Tooling Supervisor, Chuck oversaw a team of 40+ engineers in the development and fabrication of $40M in Rotor and Gearbox tooling for Bell Helicopter 525 program. Chuck’s oversight and successful execution of this project allowed Bell Helicopter to meet its aggressive production launch of the program. This success established a long standing working relationship with Bell Helicopter that continues to this day with many other program opportunities.
Chuck’s vast experience allows Highwood to capture and execute large and complex tooling and equipment projects for the aerospace industry. This experience ensures that Highwood possesses the necessary leadership of all engineering deliverables as well as the capabilities for proper communication with other operational organizations.
Chuck holds a Certificate in Drafting from Riverside Community College in Riverside, California, and has completed engineering classes at Lockheed, Northrop, and Rohr Industries. Chuck reports directly to the Highwood President.
Stuart joined the Highwood team in May 2019. His experience is in Aerospace and Medical Device manufacturing. Stuart brings with him a production and project management background coupled with extensive regulatory experience. Stuart has successfully managed new products through FDA, UL, CE and FAA approval, and has led multiple corporate certifications to Aerospace AS9100D, ISO13485 and ISO9001. Most recently Stuart has completed the Aerospace AS9100 and API Q1, 4F, 8C AND 7K quality system transitions at Highwood, with recertification date of November 2021. Stuart is also a private seaplane pilot, and has a passion for aviation, certified product development, and quality-critical manufacturing.
Scott has spent more than 15 years in business development ranging from industrial batteries to custom fabricated equipment. He has been able to grow these businesses using strategic marketing campaigns, focused sales campaigns, and legacy relationships. He has worked in the waste and recycling, oil and gas, biomass, and resource management industries in North America and helped with projects around the world.
Scott’s previous work with customers in the waste and recycling industry allowed him to start and manage satellite manufacturers to better serve the industry and their needs with repair and rebuild options. Combining this with his work at the national level with SWANA (Solid Waste Association of North America), he has been able to work with customers on many different projects, new product lines, and improving already matured products, in multiple industries.
Steve is Highwood’s aerospace Technical Lead. He has 25 years of direct aerospace project experience, with 15 of those in strategic and operational leadership as a director or manager with focus on technical management of multi-disciplined engineering professionals and the execution of customized engineering solutions. As a Director of Engineering, Steve lead a staff of 73 multi-disciplined engineers, 4 managerial level direct reports, in the execution of $45M+ in annual product revenue associated to projects for large aerospace OEMs such as Boeing, Bell Helicopter, General Dynamics, Embraer, etc.
Steve is highly experienced in the development of business partnerships and negotiation of contracts. He recently oversaw business development activity for an engineering services company. His duties included the planning and execution of strategies to increase sales and company growth, and monitoring the market, making adjustments to meet market needs.
Steve’s vast experience has resulted in the development of many valuable skills, such as project management and planning, technical sales and business development, mergers and integrations, as well as customer relationship management, estimating and concept development and implementation. With Steve Highwood possess the necessary capabilities to ensure the proper technical and management oversight for successful execution of large, complex tooling and equipment projects for the aerospace industry.
Steve holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Montana State University. Steve reports directly to the Engineering Manager, Aerospace in Everett, WA.