About Us

Founded In 1986

ABZ, Incorporated was founded in 1986 and is comprised of a multi-talented, seasoned staff of industry professionals. We leverage global experience to support specific and often complex needs for our clients.

Meet Our Team

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Nicholas J. Capik, Partner and Managing Director

Mr. Capik has more than thirty years of engineering and consulting experience, specializing in solving complex problems in engineering design, plant operation, facility management, financial analysis, and contract disputes. He has designed and evaluated complex engineering systems, modeled future liabilities and assessed risks, supported due diligence for acquisitions, and supported litigation for a variety of commercial and government clients.

Prior to joining ABZ, Inc., Mr. Capik was in the U.S. Navy, responsible for design and operation of fluid handling systems and training on heat transfer and fluid flow. Before becoming a partner in the company, Mr. Capik was a consultant for ABZ, Inc. for over twenty-five years. Mr. Capik is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University.

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Philip O. Moor, Partner and Managing Director

Mr. Moor has over thirty-five years of experience and has been involved with development, design, engineering, construction, operation, and decommissioning of various nuclear and conventional facilities. Mr. Moor is active in industry programs that are preparing for new reactor nuclear facilities and has experience in all nuclear technologies. Mr. Moor is experienced with North American technical and environmental regulations as well as international conventions and requirements.

Mr. Moor has been accountable for managed completion of engineering, operational support, and decommissioning projects for large and small facilities, including Effluent Limitations Guidelines (ELG) and Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) compliance for coal facilities. With nearly twenty years in responsible positions for utility owners, Mr. Moor has a thorough understanding of regulatory and policy issues balanced with extensive EPC experience for constructability/maintainability. Mr. Moor has successfully worked at High Bridge Associates, Tetra Tech, Burns and Roe, ABB Equity Ventures, Polestar, GPU, General Physics, BOC Group and Jersey Central Power and Light. Mr. Moor holds an M.S. degree in Engineering Management from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson University and is a Registered Professional Engineer.

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David M. Tondi, Partner and Managing Director

Mr. Tondi has more than thirty years of engineering and consulting experience, specializing in organizational performance assessment, process improvement and evaluation of technical elements associated with contract disputes. He has performed assessments, designed improvement plans, supported mergers and acquisitions, and supported litigation for a variety of commercial and government clients.

Prior to joining ABZ, Inc., Mr. Tondi was the Vice President of Operations for VPA Corporation, a management consulting firm. Mr. Tondi is a graduate of the University of Delaware and started his career as an engineer with the Utility Services Division of Science Applications International Corporation.

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Michael A. Zurlo, Partner and Managing Director

Mr. Zurlo has over thirty-five years’ experience in design, engineering, manufacturing, supply chain management, fabrication, construction, test and start-up, operations, dry fuel storage and decommissioning in the commercial power industry. He also has several years’ experience supporting the biotechnical industry for plant construction and modification projects. Areas of responsibility included, project management, engineering, licensing and regulatory affairs, quality assurance/control, auditing and root cause analysis.

Mr. Zurlo was accountable for business development, mergers and acquisitions and operations of various projects both domestic and overseas. Prior to becoming a partner at ABZ, Inc., Mr. Zurlo was Principal Product Engineer at Westinghouse Electric Company. Mr. Zurlo attended the University of New Hampshire for Electrical Engineering.

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Wendy Bedell, Executive Assistant

Ms. Bedell provides assistance to all members of the Executive Team with varying administrative functions. She is the main point of contact for both internal and external customers and clients. Prior to ABZ, she spent twenty-three years in the banking industry. Eighteen of those years were spent developing and managing the processes for the construction loan function of the bank. During those years, she managed the disbursement of loan proceeds for the construction of projects including residential homes to large commercial buildings.

She was responsible for inter-departmental communications with all other banking functions, performed meticulous contract review and file documentation and tracking. She worked with in-house legal counsel and external attorneys involving various matters associated with construction such as quality issues, lien rights and contract disputes. Ms. Bedell graduated with a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Maine.

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Executive Consultants

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Warren K. Brewer, Executive Consultant

Mr. Brewer has more than forty years of engineering and consulting experience, specializing in engineering design and analysis, solution of problems in plant operation and facility management, cost and financial analyses, and expert witness testimony on technical matters in contract disputes. He has designed and analyzed complex engineering systems and structures, assessed technical and financial risks including possible future liabilities, supported due diligence for acquisitions and supported both commercial and government clients in litigation as a technical advisor and testifying expert.

Mr. Brewer was one of the founding members of ABZ, Inc. and has been consulting for ABZ, Inc. for over thirty years. Prior to establishing ABZ, Inc., Mr. Brewer was a consultant for Pickard, Lowe and Garrick, and prior to that Mr. Brewer held positions responsible for design of nuclear reactors, systems and structures for nuclear submarines both as an officer in the U.S. Navy and later as a civilian employee in a joint DOD/DOE organization. Mr. Brewer is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Mark Campagna, Executive Consultant

Mr. Campagna is a retired Captain (USNR) with 30 years total reserve and active duty service. He has held qualifications on capital warships powered by Naval Nuclear reactor plants including the USS Long Beach- CGN-9, and the USS Carl Vinson-CVN-70. Mr. Campagna provides consulting services to the nuclear power sector. Recent assignments have typically been at the COO/CNO, VP/GM, Director, or Senior PM level with durations from multi-month to multi-year.

Mr. Campagna holds a Project Management Professional [PMP] designation (via PMI) and has extensive experience in managing diverse projects involving operating NPPs, new-build design of both large reactors and small modular reactors (SMRs). His project expertise includes nuclear physical and cyber security, post-Fukushima modifications, decommissioning and dismantlement (D&D), waste management, site remediation, and transportation of nuclear fuel. He has performed work both in the U.S. and within the international arena, and has served on industry committees including recently as Chair of the ANS Decommissioning and Environmental Science Division [DESD]. Member of ANS since 2000.

Mr. Campagna was a distinguished graduate and Trident scholar from the U.S. Naval Academy-Annapolis with a B.S. degree in Physics, and earned an Executive MBA from Rutgers University.

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Richard Capone, Executive Consultant

Mr. Capone has over forty years’ experience in the heavy construction and engineering industry. Responsibilities have included project management, project control services, construction supervision, startup, estimating, cost control and claims mitigation.  Mr. Capone has managed projects from the competitive bid phase through directing craft and subcontractors during construction to startup and turnover. His diversified experience gained from supporting a very unique range of industries including Power & Transmission, Gas distribution, Infrastructure roads, tunnels and bridges, Commercial water and wastewater, and municipal transit.

These years of experiences, knowledge and data allow for a very quick start in supporting projects in any phase from up front estimating and planning, contractor monitoring, change control, close out and claim estimating.

Mr. Capone is knowledgeable of most building codes and acceptable practices. He has hands-on experience with many commercial estimating systems such as Win-Est, Hard Dollar and Timberline and all widely used project controls systems such as Primavera, Project/2, Artemis, MS Project. He has conducted estimating and planning workshops and has been a guest speaker at MIT, WIT and for the AACE.

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James Ellis, Executive Consultant

Mr. Ellis has over thirty-nine years of experience in startup, operation, maintenance, engineering, regulatory affairs, outage management, and spent fuel management of the various US and international nuclear power utilities. Mr. Ellis has spent time in an oversight function of nuclear power facilities with several regulatory agencies in a domestic role. 

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Ernest J. Harkness, Executive Consultant

Mr. Harkness has over forty years of experience in the industrial power generation industry with a strong focus on Operation, Maintenance, Engineering, and Senior Power Station Leadership in the field of Nuclear Power Electric Generation.  Mr. Harkness supported Nuclear Safety Review Boards as Committee Chair for over twenty facilities in the United States and provided consultation to international utilities.  Mr. Harkness provides support for litigation in the nuclear power industry.

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Ray Wittman, Executive Consultant

Mr. Wittman has more than forty years of experience in the operations, design, maintenance, modification, licensing, and management of nuclear facilities.  He has held an NRC Senior Reactor Operator License and was Operations Manager for Crystal River Unit 3. As a consultant he worked on all licensing aspects for the Trojan Decommissioning, authoring the Trojan Decommissioning Plan as well as authoring their Part 71 license applications to allow shipment and disposal of the Steam Generators, Pressurizer and Reactor Vessel.

He served as Trojan License Manager for their Site Specific ISFSI.  As Senior Licensing Consultant he assisted in the design development and preparation of the license application for the mPower Small Modular Reactor. He served as a Project Manager on several power uprates modifications for Turkey Point Unit 3 and 4.  In addition, he developed the bid specification for NextEra’s Fleet Dry Fuel Storage Project as well as the lead technical and financial bid evaluator.  He has also supported Department of Justice litigation involving claims resulting from DOE’s delay in developing a High Level Waste Repository.

After obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology in 1975, Mr. Wittman joined the Nuclear Navy where he completed his training at Mare Island and Idaho Falls, qualifying on the S1W prototype.  He was assigned to the USS Robert E. Lee where he was placed in charge of radiation protection and chemistry controls during reactor refueling and steam generator chemical cleaning.  Following Sea Trial had was assigned the additional duties of maintenance of the propulsion plant systems.  He qualified as Engineering Officer of the Watch, Engineering Duty Officer, Officer of the Deck and Duty Officer.  He also served as Damage Control Assistant and the Ships Quality Assurance Officer, providing a well-rounded education for his myriad assignment after leaving the military in 1980.

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About Our Clients

ABZ, Inc. clients include the Fortune 500, utilities, technology providers, designers, manufacturing, state and federal government agencies. ABZ, Inc. consults with industry decision makers, key stakeholders and senior staff to improve operations, improve regulatory compliance, and reduce risk. Specific areas of expertise include analysis of safety and operating practices, management audits, evaluation of specific engineering and technical issues, due diligence, gap analysis, root cause evaluation, cost analysis, planning, scheduling and organizational assessments.