Who We Are
A Focus on Meeting Customer Needs
Founded in 2003 by Michael Brown Jr. and Tommy Settle, B&S Site Development, Inc. (B&S) is a full-service, privately-held site contractor based in Northern Virginia. Mike and Tommy started small, but were able to rapidly grow the business through their relentless attention to detail, ability to react and adapt to changing site and customer needs, and by emphasizing personalized customer service and attention as a core company value.
B&S was built on quality, timely completion, and growing and fostering an ethical business environment. Both founders remain intimately involved at the company, with Mr. Brown running companywide field operations and Mr. Settle is responsible for estimating, program management, and back-office operations.
A History of Success
Headquartered just outside of Washington, DC, and directly within the Data Center capital of the world, B&S specializes in large parcel, mission critical site development projects. We have successfully delivered numerous data center pad sites, in addition to various other projects such as Local/State/Federal government, DOD, commercial office, warehouse, education, healthcare/life sciences, retail, parking garages/lots, residential, and mixed use, among others.
The B&S team takes great pride in the value that we bring to every project, regardless of size or scope. Our experienced staff includes the following:
Christopher Kete (Chris)
Chief Executive Officer
Chris Kete started his professional career as a submarine warfare officer with the U.S. Navy. Upon completion of his military service, Chris held a series of progressively more responsible roles with Fortune 500 constituents Cummins Inc. and Meritor Inc. (formerly ArvinMeritor). In 2010, Chris transitioned to the middle market business community where he has held CEO, President, and/or board member roles with several manufacturing and service firms: The Horsburgh & Scott Company, Wastequip, US GreenFiber, NASCENT Technology, B&S Site Development, and Griffin Gear. Chris holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Michael L. Brown, Jr. (Mike)
Co-Founder and President
Mike attended Virginia Military Institute (VMI) and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering in 1997. He served in the U.S. military as an Army officer for several years after graduation. Mike worked as a professional civil engineer for Richmond Engineering and as a project manager for WVS Companies. Mike founded B&S Site Development in 2003 with his partner Tommy Settle. His reputation for getting the job done and keeping the customer happy is a result of discipline in project management and his ability to identify and resolve potential deficits in operational assets. This is evidenced by the vertically integrated sister companies created to support B&S. Mike currently manages all Field Operations for B&S Site Development, with over 150 total field staff under his direction.
Outside of work, Mike spends time tending to his hobby farm alongside his wife and two kids.
Gregory T. Settle (Tommy)
Co-Founder and Executive Vice President
Tommy attended Virginia Military Institute and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering in 2002. Tommy interned at Owens & Dove, a site development company, during college. After graduation, Tommy worked for The Anderson Company as a project engineer before co-founding B&S Site Development with Mike Brown in 2003. Tommy’s skill in contract negotiations, estimating and project management has enabled the substantial growth of B&S while controlling costs, particularly overhead. Tommy currently manages Estimating, Project Management and Administration for B&S.
Tommy and his wife are busy with their 3 children who are all very active in school activities and sports.
Peter G. Huddleston
Chief Financial Officer
Peter G. Huddleston joined Brown & Settle, Inc. in 2019. He previously worked at Greentech Automotive, Inc. where he served as CFO. Previously, Mr. Huddleston worked at REHAU, Inc. where he led the financial team for the North American region. Additional experience includes serving on the global team for Coca-Cola Enterprises’ SAP implementation. He received his BA Hons. in European Finance and Accounting from Leeds Metropolitan University. Mr. Huddleston is a Chartered Management Accountant, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK, and holds the Chartered Global Management Accountant designation in partnership with AICPA. Huddleston enjoys time with his wife and two daughters in Leesburg, VA, where the family are founding supporters of Loudoun United, the USL soccer team – the whole family is looking forward to next season’s games. Peter not only watches soccer, but also can be found a couple times a week playing for his indoor and outdoor teams.
Director of Business Development
Carl Lechner has led a successful career in Sales, Business Development and Sales Management. Since moving to the Northern Virginia area in 2011 from Long Beach, CA his focus has been heavily focused on providing products and services to the commercial real estate and data center markets throughout the US. Carl has built up a strong and diverse network within the local and national data center ecosystem with a wide range of relationships that includes End Users, Colocation Providers, General Contractors, Consultants, Brokers and numerous related service providers, vendors and contractors who support the construction and operations of Data Center and commercial facilities. Carl was born and raised in Maine. Is married and has two boys. He graduated from California State University at Long Beach and is a former Navy Musician. Carl is remains active in music, playing drums with a DC based classic rock band.