Ernest brings a deep understanding of federal procurement, particularly in Tribal set-aside programs, to the MGI team. A retired career Naval Officer, Ernest previously served in a wide variety of positions from combat zones, program management, pentagon resourcing and requirements, engineering duty, ship building programs, weapon system development, and other areas. Ernest has been the General Manager for tribal-owned 8(a) construction operations.
Growing up in a construction family, Ernest worked at many levels in the industry, including design, trade labor, general labor, equipment operation, and engineering/architectural tasking. He was also the founder and majority owner of Iron Wind LLC, a verified service disabled veteran owned small business specializing in consulting engineering, architecture, and naval architecture. Ernest also has extensive experience consulting with tribal owned entities in the areas of 8(a) and HUB Zone certification, tribal financial services, mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, and strategic advisory services.
An enrolled member of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, Ernest is our resident subject matter expert on all matters pertaining to American Indian Tribe, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian organizational clinets.
Ernest is a registered Professional Engineer (Electrical Power) in Virginia. He is also a member of numerous professional societies, holds DAWIA Level 3 certification(s), and is a member of the DoD Acquisition Professional Corps.
Ernest received his Bachelors of Electrical Engineering through the NROTC Program at Vanderbilt University in Nashville TN. He also subsequently earned advanced degrees in Naval Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in Electrical Engineering from MIT, and in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He also holds an MBA from University of Virginia Darden School of Business, and a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy from the Johns Hopkins University.