CHA Expands Executive Leadership Team with American Fire President and Human Resources Leader

January 30, 2019
Josh Whaley, President of American Fire
Josh Whaley

Albany, NY & Birmingham, AL – CHA Consulting, Inc. (CHA), a highly diversified, full-service engineering consulting firm, announces the expansion of its executive leadership team to include Josh Whaley, President of American Fire, and Jennifer Chatt, Senior Vice President of Human Resources. This expansion of the executive team adds two highly skilled leaders with diverse expertise to drive CHA’s growth and continue our emphasis on our people.

Josh Whaley has 25 years of fire protection experience including both fire system design and management. He joined American Fire as Vice President of Operations in 2011 and was named President in January 2017 when CHA purchased a controlling interest in American Fire. Since taking this role, Josh has successfully led his team with continued growth. American Fire, a subsidiary of CHA, is a leader in custom design, engineering, installation, and maintenance of fire protection systems. Based in Birmingham, Alabama, American Fire provides turnkey solutions to the automotive, government/military, manufacturing, and distribution/warehouse markets in the US and internationally

Jennifer Chatt

Jennifer Chatt has more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of human resources management leading high-growth, client and employee driven organizations across multiple industries. Her decades of experience include developing innovative programs and systems in support of organizational needs, talent management, compensation and benefit programs, talent acquisition, and leadership development. Jennifer joined CHA in July 2017 to lead human resources, and she has led the successful implementation of impactful human resource programs since her arrival. She previously held senior human resource management positions at Key Bank, NYISO, Northeast Parent and Child Society and Angiodynamics.

I am confident that Josh and Jennifer joining the Executive Team will have an even greater impact on our overall company. Their perspective and expertise will help CHA continue its aspirations of growth and being the best company in the industry,” said Michael Carroll, President and CEO of CHA.

About CHA Consulting, Inc.

CHA Consulting, Inc. is a highly diversified, full-service engineering consulting firm which, along with its subsidiaries, provides a wide range of technology-enhanced planning and design services to public, private and institutional clients. CHA was ranked the 33rd largest design firm in the United States in 2018 by Engineering News Record and has annual revenue of $278 million. With technical personnel and offices throughout the United States and Canada, CHA offers engineering, architectural, survey, construction, and other services necessary to complete projects on time and within budget. The CHA Companies include: CHA Tech Services, CHA Canada, Novara GeoSolutions, American Fire and PDT Architects. For more information, please visit

About American Fire

American Fire, A CHA Company, is a fire protection engineering and design build firm that provides products and services throughout the world. American Fire serves the industrial, commercial and federal government markets domestically and internationally. For more information, please visit