Westway Leadership Team
Chairman, Westway Enterprises
- Founder of Westway, a privately-owned, full service real estate development firm providing TS/SCI/S commercial buildings for lease and turnkey build-to-suit building for sale or lease
- Leader in the construction and property management industry for 35+ years.
- TS/SCI Clearance
Mr. Webber is the managing member of Westway, a privately‐owned, full service real estate development firm providing commercial buildings for lease, turnkey build‐to‐suits for sale or lease, construction management, and property management for over 30 years.
CEO, Westway Enterprises
- A leader with 50+ years experience in the US military, education, senior management and leadership positions in government, industry and international business
CEO, Westway Enterprises
Jack H. Pryor is a combat infantry leader with over 50 years of experience in the US military, education and executive management and leadership positions in industry and international business He was the President of the Army Management Engineering College where he led major educational reforms. He is the Founder of the American Land Forces Institute (ALFI, a 501c3) and prior to founding ALFI he was the co-founder and CEO of COLGEN LP, a defense and homeland security consulting firm a successful business he ran for 11 years, the president of a major international energy firm’s South American subsidiary a 2.1B a year P&L and a senior executive in several US commercial firms. He continues his entrepreneurial spirit and continues to operate several small businesses. He has provided consulting to senior government officials in four Latin American nations, and while still on active duty in the US Army he served as the Director of Counter-Narcotics for US Southern Command. He currently serves on Boards and Advisory Boards.
During his military career, Mr. Pryor established himself as one of the US Army’s preeminent combat leaders, trainers, and educators. Pryor has over 29 months leading infantry soldiers in direct combat. Following the invasion of Panama, Mr. Pryor was invited to advise the President of Panama and his executive leadership on that nation’s national reconstruction strategy and its implementation. He effectively bridged communications between the Government of Panama and the US diplomatic and military missions.
Mr. Pryor is one of the pioneers in sports science (Sensory Integration and Cognition) and has been working in this area for over 40 years. He has utilized the sports world of elite athletes and teams as his laboratory analyzing, testing, and determining the guidelines of high performing athletes and teams. He has successfully coached at all levels from Little League to the Major Leagues. He has coached at UNLV, College of William and Mary, Salve Regina College and with several Professional Organizations.
He is a graduate of the US Navy War College (MA National Defense and Strategic Studies). Mr. Pryor’s partial list of awards and decorations include: Silver Star, Purple Heart (with 3 oak leaf clusters), Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star (with/V 2 oak leaf clusters), Meritorious Service Medal (with 4 oak leaf clusters), Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal (with/V 4 oak leaf clusters), Humanitarian Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Order of Balboa (Panama), Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Educator of the Year (Nova University) Coach of the Year (several awards) and the UNLV and Fresno City College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Jack is married to the former Debbie S. Mulligan and they have four children and nine grandchildren.
President and Chief Operating Officer, Westway Enterprises
- 30+ years leadership and management experience in the US Military, DoD and private industry
- Former US Army officer with service in Special Operations units
- Experience throughout career working with the IC
As President & COO of Westway Services Group Greg is responsible for the day-to-day operations of all our facilities. Greg is a culturally attuned executive with unique global, historical, and cross-functional perspectives gained from years as a US Army officer and through executive roles in corporate America. He has leadership and management experience with over 30 years in the defense industry including active duty service with Special Operations, US Army Ranger and Infantry Units. He brings a unique experience, having worked his way from an enlisted soldier to a commissioned officer. Greg has a mix of combat experience, operational planning, training, and peace enforcement operations, serving on multi-discipline teams during his military career beginning with Combat Operations in Panama in 1989 through the conflict in Afghanistan. He has experience working with the Intelligence Community and other agencies including US State Dept., International Red Cross, the U.N., OSCE and NATO. Since his retirement from active duty he has served in senior leadership positions in the private sector and as an operational planner for US Special Operations Command. He is a strategic, focused, results-driven leader with tested ability to provide innovative solutions for global organizations. He has a proven record of leading complex organizations by guiding others to create positive change that enhances mission accomplishment.
Greg’s educational background includes a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Tampa and a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from St. Leo University. He is a graduate of the Tampa Bay Public Leadership Institute and numerous management and leadership training programs throughout his career. He is a master parachutist and U.S. Army Ranger. He sits on the Board of Advisors for the American Land Forces Institute, is on the Board of Directors for youth baseball in Tampa, FL and the Board of Advisors for the National League of Junior Cotillions.
When not in the office you may find him well out of cell phone range hiking the Appalachian trail or fishing several miles offshore.
Chief Financial Officer
- 20 years of experience in financial management, business leadership, and corporate strategy
Austin Griffin has held multiple Executive roles in national and global real estate development and management companies. Leadership roles include positions in operations, development, acquisitions and finance. As a leader in Finance, in multiple roles of Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Austin has been responsible for all financial functions, including accounting, audit, treasury, corporate finance, and investor relations. He has also overseen and managed all human resources and facilities activities. His career spans more than 20 years of varied experience in financial management, business leadership, and corporate strategy.
Before joining Westway in 2022, Austin has served as a Chief Financial Officer for 12 years overseeing the expansion of 5 million square feet of multi-use real estate development, over 50 million square feet of real estate acquisitions, and over $1 Billion in money-raised and re-financed. Other highlights of Austin’s career include leading the expansion of 6 retail chains/brands in the U.S., Canada, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand – totaling 1,200 locations in a $400M asset portfolio.
Austin holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance from Indiana University.
In addition, Austin holds the Certified Property Manager (CPM) designation awarded from the Institute of Real Estate Management.
Catherine E. Kidon
Executive Vice President
- Extensive experience in real estate law, residential and commercial real estate development and commercial office leasing
Catherine E. Kidon
Executive Vice President
Ms. Kidon has over 25 years’ experience in real estate. After graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Business with a major in Real Estate and Urban Land Economics, she worked in London, UK for a commercial real estate developer. Upon her return to the U.S., Catherine studied at The George Washington University Law School and was awarded her J.D. with Honors. Ms. Kidon has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1994 and worked in private law practices in Naples, Florida for over 10 years with a focus on real estate, including the development of residential communities and high value commercial and residential transactions.
In addition to her work at law firms, Catherine worked for a global software company based in Naples, Florida managing its portfolio of over 40 leased properties around the world and developing two new commercial office buildings. More recently, Ms. Kidon worked as an executive assistant organizing luxury events and managing real estate holdings.
Beyond her involvement in real estate, Ms. Kidon has extensive experience in chartering and operating private aircraft and managing private flight departments. She has traveled around the world extensively.
Catherine has volunteered for many years with animal shelters and rescue organizations and continues to foster animals for these groups.
Vice President of Government Relations and Corporate Security
- Former Chief of Physical & Technical Security Branch at NRO
- Former Director of Personnel Security Division at the White House
Jerry Weeks has over 45 years of continuous federal service including 22 years of active-duty military service with the United States Air Force. He has had a multitude of senior leadership and management positions including Director of Personnel Security Division at the White House. He has incredible insight into Federal Government operations and collaborating with agencies across a wide spectrum. His experience and knowledge of Intelligence Community strategies are unparalleled, and he has been lauded for his extraordinary contributions.
Jerry started his journey in 1977 when he joined the Air Force. He has served in various locations to including South Korea, Okinawa, the United Kingdom, Texas, Mississippi, and Florida. During his duty in the United Kingdom, he was part of the team responsible for constructing and developing a Mobile Nuclear Ground Launched Cruise Missile Base at RAF Molesworth during the Cold War. Once the base was operational this forced the USSR to agree to the new Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. This was an incredible accomplishment and paved the way for reducing nuclear weapons worldwide. The mission turned from combatant to verification and cooperation with the USSR. A few years later Jerry was assigned to Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) where he served in various duties including 23rd Special Tactics Squadron and HQ AFSOC. In 1996 he was reassigned to the Pentagon where he served on the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff team providing daily Intelligence Reports to the Chairman and the Secretary of Defense. In 1999 he retired from the military and immediately accepted a position at the White House as a Senior Security Officer. There he was responsible for adjudicating all personnel security actions in the White House and the Executive Office of the President’s staff. Working with the CIA he also was in charge of all Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) accreditation actions including new construction. After 9/11 and the creation of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) in 2005, Jerry was requested to assist in developing and organizing the Office of Security within the ODNI. As one of the stakeholders, he was instrumental in all security operations with the ODNI and transforming it into what it is today.
Since joining ODNI he has had various duties and responsibilities. As Security Manager for the construction of Liberty Crossing II, he ensured all security policy was followed when constructing an Intelligence Community facility. Also served as Deputy Chief of the Liberty Crossing compound where he was responsible for the day-to-day security operations of the compound. As Executive Officer for the Special Security Directorate (SSD) in the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive he had a myriad of duties and responsibilities for over 100 personnel and their daily duties. He worked closely with the Director of SSD and during an extended absence of a Director, served in that position for a prolonged period until a suitable replacement was selected.
While assigned to the ODNI he was selected as the Chief of Physical & Technical Security Branch at the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). As the Accrediting Official he was responsible for accrediting, oversight, and compliance of over 1400 SCIFs worldwide. He led a staff of over 35 professional government and contractor staff of Technical Security Countermeasures (TSCM), TEMPEST, Physical Security Officers, Co-Use Coordinators, and Database Engineers. As a senior security official of the Intelligence Community, he performed as a primary voting member on the Physical Technical Security Expert Working Group whose charter was to develop Physical Security and Technical Security Signals policy for the Intelligence Community.
Jerry has had a profound career spanning over six decades. He has performed duty with a majority of Intelligence Community members, including covert missions with the Central Intelligence Agency, a staff member with the Defense Intelligence Agency, and assigned as a Joint Duty with NRO.
Jerry is married to Dawn Dale Weeks and has two daughters, two sons, and two grandchildren. He is an active member of the White House Alumni Association and stays up to date on Bush Administration activities and reunions.
Vice President of Client Services
Extensive experience working with government contractors in the areas of security and operations
Dedicated to customer service, quality, and continuous learning
Vice President of Client Services
As the Vice President of Client Services for Westway Services Group LLC, Donna is charged with executing contracts between Westway and our tenants while maintaining a high occupancy rate for our facilities. Her meticulous attention to detail and experience with secure facility operations provides a unique strength to our team. Donna is the first line for accommodating our tenants distinctive and varied needs within the secure environment. She manages hundreds of leases across multiple locations and always provides quality service regardless of space requirements or complexity of requests. Donna excels at tailoring workspace solutions to meet our client’s security and mission-specific expectations. Donna has extensive experience working with government contractors in the areas of security and operations, while providing support to the Intelligence Community, Department of Defense, Department of State, and Homeland Security. She’s managed a wide array of activities pertaining to SCI programs and SCIF operations, with a focus on security concepts, procedures, and compliance with the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM).
Throughout her career, Donna has displayed a dedication to customer service, quality, and continuous learning. She takes pride in helping clients achieve their goals.
Westway Services Group
Director of Operations and Security, Northern Virginia
- 24 years with DoD including NRO
- Led variety of teams directing global security programs for operation, physical, personnel, industrial and information security
Director of Security
Norm took over as the Director of Security for Westway Services Group LLC on September 21st, 2020. Norm oversees the physical and personnel security for the Westway Chantilly and Westway Herndon properties ensuring compliance with our current accrediting sponsor. Norman is an accomplished professional and respected senior security leader/manager with over 24 years of experience with the Department of Defense to include a broad experience at the NRO. He has led a variety of teams, directing global security programs for operations, physical, personnel, industrial, and information security.
Director of Operations and Security, St. Louis
- Accomplished FSO with years of government experience
Conrado De La Paz
Director of Operations, Aurora, Colorado
- Former Senior Technical Security Specialist leading government agency’s Technical Surveillance Countermeasure program
- Instructed on the Intelligence Community’s physical and technical security requirements for SCIFs
Conrado De La Paz
Director of Operations, Aurora, Colorado
Conrad De La Paz is the Director of Operations, Westway Services Group LLC, Aurora, Colorado. He has 31 years of experience in U.S. government (USG) and 18 months as a defense contractor. For 19 years, he was a U.S. Special Agent directing, managing, and executing sensitive programs, investigations, and operations in the counterintelligence, cyber, technical surveillance countermeasures, and antiterrorism/force protection disciplines for the USG and Department of Defense (DoD). Most recently, he served as the Senior Technical Security Specialist leading a USG agency’s Technical Surveillance Countermeasure program. He also has instructed USG personnel and cleared defense contractors on the Intelligence Community’s physical and technical security requirements for Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities.
Prior to retirement in May 2014, he was detailed to the Director of National Intelligence, Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive where he developed and coordinated Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM) initiatives, evaluated national space-based and terrestrial systems, and advised the National TSCM program. He also provided expertise and recommendations on White House-directed initiatives and National space operations, which enhanced the effectiveness, negated security gaps, and prevented compromise of U.S. national assets.
Conrad previously served as the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Liaison Officer to the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force where he worked on national security cyber investigations aimed at neutralizing and disrupting foreign cyber activity on U.S. networks. He identified and provided key intelligence products to enhance task force partners’ understanding of cyber adversaries’ strategies and bolstered legal justification for response by the task force law enforcement/counterintelligence agencies. Conrad also identified and coordinated the release of relevant cyber data impacting the Defense Intelligence Agency and other DoD agencies from the task force partners.
Conrad served at the Counterintelligence Field Activity as the Chief Operations Officer and Program Manager for a sensitive program that conducted specialized counterintelligence force protection operations supporting the DoD and U.S. seat of government agencies. The program identified and provided actionable intelligence to senior DoD officials and USG executives influencing decisions affecting the force protection posture of installations, personnel, and operational activities worldwide.
Conrad served for eight years in the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) where he directed the Technical Services Program, which managed the TSCM and Technical Surveillance programs. He provided oversight on all technical investigative activities conducted in support of AFOSI criminal, fraud, and counterintelligence investigations, and DoD special access, sensitive and classified programs worldwide. He was responsible for organizing, training, equipping, and assessing technical service personnel. He also developed and implemented policies that ensured legal compliance for application of new technologies that addressed emerging security threats to computer networks and telecommunications systems. Conrad represented the U.S. Air Force on two U.S. national intelligence community working groups: The National Telephone Security and the Technical Security working groups.
Director of Human Resources
- Focused on employee experience and engagement
- Experienced, knowledgeable and resourceful
Director of Human Resources
Kimberly Ellsworth, Director of Human Resources, has spent the last 20 years of her career gaining unparalleled experience in customer networking skills. She builds fruitful partnerships effectively while also establishing herself as a respected change agent. A passion for serving people led to a degree in Cosmetology “With High Honors” that pivoted to working at the U.S. Department of Education and Howard University before joining Westway.
With a heart for all things HR, she is an advocate for all people. She is resourceful and responds to employee inquiries on HR policies, procedures, and oversees Talent Acquisition, Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS), Employee Engagement, and Training.
For most people, solving problems does not sound very interesting but for Kimberly, she loves that HR is constantly evolving, never boring, and challenging with no two days being the same.
A strong believer in “The Details Matter”, she is committed to the most important resource at Westway, which lies within the people. Her self-proclaimed formula for success is Policy + People + Passion = Human Resources.
An avid learner, who regularly attends training sessions to stay current on new HR trends, employee wellness, and people analytics tools, she is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
Director of Supply Chain Operations and Procurement
- Former USAF combat pilot
- 40+ years of executive management and leadership in the US Military and Industry.
Colonel (Ret) USAFDirector of Supply Chain Operations and Procurement
Jeffrey G. Franklin is a combat pilot with over 40 years of executive management and leadership in the US Military and Industry. His construction management experience covers as wide variety of successful projects in the cleared access/classified arena, to include multiple structures completed in Afghanistan and the build-out of US Presidential Transition office spaces in Washington DC. He also commanded a Scan Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle site in Afghanistan which covered a substantial portion of the Helmand province with as many as 4 aircraft airborne simultaneously. At Westway Services, he has been filled multiple critical positions integral to the successes as the company expanded its holdings and missions in several US cities.
During his military career Mr. Franklin established himself as the service expert for operations, training, and doctrine for USAF Aerial Refueling Tanker Forces. In addition to successfully commanding units at every level during actual combat flight operations, he obtained and maintained Instructor and Evaluator certifications in the KC-135 aircraft (A, R, Q, and T models) and the KC-10A aircraft. He logged numerous Combat and Combat Support missions in many different theaters from Panama to the Balkans to Southwest Asia. He has more than 4500 flight hours in the T-37, T-38, C-12, KC-135A, R, T, Q, KC-10A and C-141B. He also holds an FAA Air Transport Pilot Certification.
Mr. Franklin is a graduate of the USAF Academy in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in Basic Science. He has also obtained MAS in Aeronautical Science and Technology from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (with 5 oak leaf clusters}, Air Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal (with 2 oak leaf clusters, the Aerial Achievement Medal, and Command Pilot Wings. In 2000 he was awarded the Air Education and Training Command Personnel Officer of the Year.