Leonard joined Hillard Heintze, a Jensen Hughes company at the peak of his emergency preparedness career, having managed the fire and other hazard protection for Fortune 200 healthcare corporations and other establishments at the executive level. Beginning as a firefighter and medical technician in Maryland, Leonard has spent over 40 years in this essential field. He is specifically adept with hazard analysis, planning, program management, regulatory compliance, business continuity, incident command, curriculum development and disaster simulation design, planning and evaluation.
From 2008 to his current role with our team, Leonard served as the Director for Emergency Management at Tenet Healthcare Corporation in Dallas. He oversaw the plans and programs for 64 acute care hospitals in nine states, over 300 other ambulatory healthcare facilities, as well as 120,000 employees and up to 18,000 inpatients. He established the protocols that would protect these individuals in case of emergency, spanning from fires and floods to pandemics and mass casualty incidents.
Prior to his work at Tenet, Leonard owned and operated FM Services, a New York-based consulting firm that organized and managed health, safety and fire protection for the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA and several private sector corporations. He had previously garnered expertise in consulting in the early 1990s as the President of Exodus Training Services, which assisted the National Security Agency, the Department of Defense and several national chemical companies. Several of the above-mentioned federal agencies commended Leonard for his services, including an Outstanding Achievement Award from the DHS and FEMA on training program design, development and delivery. The U.S. House of Representatives sent him a letter of appreciation for his Congressional testimony on a significant nursing home fire.
Leonard has also worked as Deputy Fire Chief for several enterprises, including Industrial Emergency Services protecting refineries and chemical plants as well as Refinery Terminal Fire Company, the largest non-profit firefighting group in the U.S. with six stations and a $6 million training facility.
In addition to the above, Leonard served on the Executive Committee for the Texas Emergency Management Advisory group for five years and with the Texas State Guard for six years, having been honorably discharged at the rank of Staff Sergeant. He is currently a member of InfraGard.
Leonard was certificated in several Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Incident Command System (ICS) classes to support this role, including IS-100, IS-200, ICS-300, ICS-400, IS-700 and IS-800. Leonard received a Bachelor of Science degree in fire science from the University of Maryland at College Park.
He is a Certified Environment Trainer (CET), Occupational Health & Safety Technologist (OHST), Certified Instructional Technologist (CIT), Certified Emergency Manager (CEM), and master-level Military Emergency Management Specialist (MEMS).