As President of Valiant Energy Service, Jim leads the organization with his industry knowledge and experience. He also leads the day to day execution of the electrical construction team. Jim is an engaging hands-on leader who is passionate about creating alignment amongst all stakeholders.
Jim is a graduate of Mansfield University, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business, and completed his journeyman lineman training through the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Jim offers 30 years of hands on experience constructing and maintaining transmission, substation and distribution systems, and is an active member of the NECA Northeast Line Board of Directors, apprentice training and safety committees.
President of T&D Operations
As President of Transmission and Distribution, Brian Jopling oversees Valiant’s field operations to ensure every project is executed in a safe and productive manner. Mr. Jopling brings over 30 years of electrical industry experience to the business. He began his career as a wireman, and was accepted into the Lineman’s Apprenticeship (NEAT) program. He has also completed numerous project management courses. Brian’s experience in positions that include Estimator, Chief Estimator, Project Manager, Operations Manager, and Area Manager provide him with a vast knowledge of the Transmission and Distribution industry at every level.
Brian’s well-rounded education and experience enables him to supervise the work crews and ensure they have the proper PPE, equipment and tools to perform each project safely and efficiently. His industry knowledge, passion for safety and pride in guaranteeing customer satisfaction, makes him a key asset to the Valiant Energy team.
As Chief Financial Officer, Tracy oversees all aspects of the accounting and financial operations of the company. Tracy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Widener University and has more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry. Tracy started her career processing union payroll in the Nuclear industry and has since worked in all areas of the accounting arena. Prior to joining Valiant, Tracy spent 20 years defining and automating business processes, implementing construction specific software and designing and writing business application software for all facets of accounting and financial reporting.
Vice President of E&I
As the Vice President of Electrical and Instrumentation, Chris Tupper energetically leads and manages a diverse team of highly skilled and specialized Electricians and Technicians throughout a project lifecycle. Chris consistently and successfully promotes a collaborative climate where safety, communication and best practices are the cornerstone of our deliverables.
Chris has proven proficiencies in challenging industrial environments that include Nuclear, Petrochemical, Bio-Pharma and Power Generation Facilities. With his professional career of over 39 years, Chris uses his experiences to positively influence projects in the planning / implementation of scheduled outages and other logistical challenges. Additionally, Chris has been instrumental in coordinating asset recovery efforts in the event of unplanned shut-downs as occurred during Hurricane Sandy and it’s impact on the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Jacob Smith Jr. CSP, CHST
Sr. Director of Safety
As Sr. Director of Safety, Jacob Smith is responsible for managing Valiant’s team of safety professionals. Additionally, Jacob ensures compliance with all federal, state, and local regulatory requirements. He embraces our proactive safety culture by incorporating Human Performance and Behavior Based Safety Principals.
Jacob has over 10 years of experience in Electrical / Utility Safety, Refinery Safety and General Construction Safety. Jacob graduated from Millersville University with a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Safety and Environmental Health and holds BSCP certifications: Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST).