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Lee Barnett
Chief Financial Officer - BRACE Industrial Group

Lee Barnett

Chief Financial Officer - BRACE Industrial Group

Lee Barnett, Chief Financial Officer for Brace Industrial Group.  Lee holds over 25 years of experience in Finance & Accounting within the engineering and construction industry.  Lee joined Brace in 2017.  Prior to joining Brace, Lee served as Chief Financial Officer for Brown & Root, The Roberts Company and Foster Wheeler USA Corporation, and served in senior Finance & Administration roles within the Shaw Group, Rust Constructors and Raytheon Engineers & Constructors.

Lee Barnett earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Auburn University.

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Mary Zappone
CEO

Mary Zappone

CEO

Zappone’s skill at transforming processes to drive revenue growth while creating environments that foster breakthroughs from multi-level teams have made her a respected leader throughout her 25+ year career.  A top-tier strategist, she has forged an impressive record of success in areas ranging from merger integration, maintenance and reliability, and commercial negotiations to cost reduction initiatives, new product development and performance management systems.

Immediately prior to joining BRACE, Zappone served as President & CEO of Service Champ, the leading specialty distributor of automotive aftermarket maintenance parts. Previously, she served as President & CEO of RecoverCare, a medical products and solutions company.  Additionally, Zappone worked at Exxon’s Baytown Refinery, where she led quality maintenance and reliability efforts, and at General Electric’s plastics division, where she implemented global reliability and cost metrics, benchmarking, and best practice sharing across 30 plastics plants in multiple geographies. Mary also has held high-influence positions with business giants such as Alcoa, Tyco, and McKinsey & Company.

Zappone holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

With a passion for mentoring colleagues, Zappone has been very active in organizations that encourage women and girls to pursue careers in math and science and has volunteered and spoken frequently on this topic. She serves on the boards of Blucora (NASDAQ: BCOR) and Johns Hopkins University’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

Zappone resides in Houston, Texas.  A competitive gymnast in high school and varsity diver in college, her leisure pursuits include doing yoga with her husband and three daughters.