Hector M. Gomez
President and Chief Executive Officer
Hector M. Gomez founded Building Safety Solutions in 2001. His professional background includes extensive experience in general management, finance, and operations. Immediately prior to starting BSS, Mr. Gomez served as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for a provider of building due diligence services nationwide.
Earlier, Mr. Gomez held various management positions for Ameron International, a worldwide complex manufacturing concern, with annual revenues of a half billion dollars. His background also includes operations and finance-related positions for Playmates Toys and System, Inc. Mr. Gomez began his professional career with Arthur Young & Co. (now Ernst & Young).
Mr. Gomez received his Master of Business Administration from the Marshall School at the University of Southern California and his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Claremont Men’s College. He completed additional studies at the Institute of European Studies in Madrid and the London School of Economics.
Chief Technology Officer
James Lee joined BSS in 2003 and currently directs software development, technical integration, and systems operations. With over 15 years of experience in software development and corporate information technology, he has held numerous leadership roles within a variety of technical environments.
Before joining BSS, Mr. Lee served as director of engineering at Kirus, Inc., where he led the development of a global reverse supply chain system from inception to international deployment. Other notable roles include system architect at Versura, the first reverse auction web portal for educational loans, and the lead engineer at SunAmerica Financial, where he helped create an enterprise document imaging system.
Mr. Lee received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and has done graduate work at the University of Minnesota.
Senior Vice President
Peter Taranto comes to BSS from his own successful consulting practice. Previously, he was the managing partner at Haines, Cotti, and Associates.
Mr. Taranto was the World Wide Director of Marketing for IBM Corporation’s removable media business, where he was responsible for over $1.2 billion in revenue. He spent over 30 years with IBM and held various management and executive positions. In his career with IBM, Mr. Taranto managed various sales organizations, directed IBM’s software business in the eleven western States, and helped launch IBM’s HDD OEM business. Several of his assignments included being responsible for international operating units of IBM.
Mr. Taranto holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Baruch College. He has completed IBM-sponsored executive education programs at both the Harvard Business School and the Sloan School of Management.
Garry Heron is a seasoned sales professional with over 30 years’ experience in the information technology industry. He has been engaged in developing and selling customized disaster recovery and business continuity services to businesses and governmental organizations.
Mr. Heron’s clients have included the largest state governments in the western United States; the largest healthcare organization in Northern California; many county and city governments; the largest I.T. products distributor headquartered in Southern California; prominent universities and medical centers; and a variety of small-, medium-, and large-sized businesses.
Prior to his association with BSS, Mr. Heron was president and CEO of Advanced Technology Solutions; and he also had a career with IBM Corporation, in a variety of management, sales, and consulting roles. As the Western Region Manager for IBM’s Business Recovery Services operating unit, Mr. Heron led the response activities for clients who had suffered the effects of the January 1994 Northridge earthquake, in the Los Angeles area.
Mr. Heron is a 1976 MBA graduate of The Anderson School of Management at UCLA. He previously received a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics–Computer Science from UCLA in 1973.
Brent Woodworth is a well-known leader in domestic and international crisis management. He has worked in partnership with government agencies, private sector companies, academic institutions, faith-based organizations, and nonprofits for over 30 years.
In addition to his duties and responsibilities at BSS, Mr. Woodworth is president and CEO of the Los Angeles Emergency Preparedness Foundation (LAEPF) and chairman of the Sahana Software Foundation, supplier of the world-renowned free and open source disaster management system.
Mr. Woodworth has led major onsite crisis response and recovery efforts in over 70 natural and manmade disaster events in 49 countries. His domestic efforts have been in response to the 1992 civil unrest in Los Angeles, the 1994 Northridge earthquake, the Oklahoma City bombing, the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, and Hurricane Katrina as well as numerous other flooding, wind, fire, and seismic events.
In addition to those previously listed, Mr. Woodworth serves the following organizations, in these capacities:
- Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction (ACEHR) of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) — board of directors
- American Red Cross, Southern California Response Board — board of directors
- National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) — board of directors
- U.S. Multi-hazard Mitigation Council (MMC) — chairman
Mr. Woodworth is the recipient of numerous industry awards and is a well-published author on disaster preparedness, public/private partnerships, and crisis events.
Mr. Woodworth graduated in 1976 from the University of Southern California; and he also studied archeology at the University of Southampton in England and biochemistry at California State University, Northridge.