Our CEO, Nelson Ferreira is an exceptional visionary. Ferreira Construction, which has grown to be a premier contractor in New Jersey, New York, Florida and California, developed as a direct result of his first business endeavor over 30 years ago. With a vision for diversity and growth, Nelson has added to the Ferreira Family of Companies over the years. These additions include Vanguard Energy Partners, American Pile and Foundation, and most recently, Valiant Energy Service.
Nelson is at the core of Valiant Energy Service, is responsible for the day to day operations, business development, market strategy, and growth of the company. Nelson continues to lend his valuable insight and unparalleled leadership in the development of all four companies.
COO / President
As president of Valiant Energy Service, Jim leads the organization and works closely with Nelson Ferreira to leverage 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.
Al is a seasoned senior financial and operations executive who spent ten years as a financial officer of a publicly traded construction contractor with revenue exceeding $1.2 billion dollars. He has also spent 25+ years as a senior financial and operations executive in the cable television/broadband industry. He has successfully restructured four businesses in three different industries, including a cable television business in Europe. He has extensive experience in M&A activities, both as a buyer and seller. Al is a financial executive who is also focused on the culture of the company with whom he works, understanding that a company’s culture is its best hidden asset. He is both an inactive Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA).
Edmund Milukas, CUSP, COSS
Corporate Vice President of Safety
As Valiant’s Corporate Vice President of Safety, Ed Milukas is responsible for managing Valiant’s team of safety professionals. Additionally, Ed ensures compliance with all our federal, state and local regulatory requirements. He embraces Human Performance principles and Behavioral Based Safety, and makes certain that these principles are rooted in the company culture and core values.
Ed has over 20 years of experience in Safety and Line Operations in the electrical and utility industries. He is a graduate of IBEW’s Linemen Apprenticeship program, a Certified Utility Safety Professional, a Certified Occupational Safety Specialist, a Certified Tap-Root Root Cause Analysis Instructor, and he is an active member of the Northeastern Joint Apprenticeship and Training Sub-Committee.
President of T&D Operations
As Vice 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.
Vice President of E&I
As the Director 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.
General Manager of Northeast Operations
As General Manager of Northeast Operations, Irv Silverman provides a single point of contact for clients and employees throughout New England and New York to ensure that all of our stakeholder needs are identified, understood and met.
Irv works closely with VES Leadership to leverage over 30 years of Electric Operations to ensure that all projects, inclusive of Storm Restoration, are delivered safely, efficiently and as scheduled. Prior to VES, Irv’s career has advanced from regional engineering and operational roles at National Grid (formerly New England Electric System), through business development, consultant and construction services across the United States’ Energy Marketplace.
Irv received his Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering from Massachusetts Maritime Academy and his Juris Doctorate from New England School of Law. Additionally, he proudly served his country as an Aviation Electrician in the Marines and as an Officer in the Naval Reserve.
Jacob Smith Jr. CSP, CHST
Valiant Energy Service Director of Safety
As Valiant Energy Service Director of Safety, Jacob Smith is responsible for managing VES’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).