Our Leadership

Dan B. Brown, CP, CPG | President

Mr. Dan B. Brown, CP, CPG is the founder and President of Partners. He is responsible for business development and senior project oversight. Mr. Brown directs regulatory negotiations regarding Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA [Superfund]), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Ohio Voluntary Action Program (VAP), Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations (BUSTR) and other programs. He has often provided expert testimony services and environmental program development services to both regional and national corporations. Mr. Brown has maintained his credentials as a Certified Professional (CP) since the inception of the VAP, directing work on various brownfield projects, including the issuance of No Further Action (NFA) Letters and the receipt of Covenants Not-to-Sue (CNS). Having served as a project manager, senior project manager, senior hydrogeologist, and senior program manager on numerous projects, Mr. Brown has acquired a vast amount of knowledge and experience in the areas of remediation, brownfields, due diligence, and expert services.

Mr. Brown holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. He is a Certified Professional (#127) under the Voluntary Action Program, a Certified Professional Geologist (CPG, #9270), and is affiliated with numerous organizations. In addition, he is also a past Council President of Orange Village, Ohio.

John T. Garvey, CP, PG, CPG | Vice President

Mr. John T. Garvey, CP, PG, CPG, is the Vice President for Partners. For Brownfield related projects, he is responsible for senior project oversight, project quality and development of technical staff. He provides expertise in the areas of due diligence, site assessment, contaminant fate and transport, risk assessment and assisting clients in managing the difficulties unique to brownfield redevelopment projects. He has provided expert testimony and consulting for litigation relating to chlorinated solvent and petroleum releases, Phase I ESA appropriate inquiry, and groundwater resources cases. Mr. Garvey was an invited participant in the Voluntary Action Program (VAP) five (5) year rule review/revision process and has been active as a Certified Professional (CP) in the VAP as a member of the workgroup preparing the vapor intrusion guidance for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA).

Mr. Garvey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Edinboro University, and a Masters of Science (MS) degree in Engineering Geology from the University of Akron. He is a Certified Professional (#118) under the Voluntary Action Program; a Certified Professional Geologist (CPG #9639); and a Professional Geologist (PG) in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (PG-001383-G).

John B. Chapman, PG | Associate Director, Third Party Reviews

Mr. John B. Chapman, PG is an Associate Director, Third Party Reviews for Partners. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and a Masters of Science degree in Environmental Geology, both from Ohio University. Mr. Chapman conducts and manages Phase II subsurface investigations and remedial activities implemented at sites regulated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the Ohio Voluntary Action Program (VAP), Ohio’s Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations (BUSTR), and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA). He is also responsible for managing large site assessments and remedial projects in various states, including, but not limited to, technical review, budget management, agency negotiation, and Client interaction. To date, Mr. Chapman has provided over 500 third-party reviews for environmental projects located throughout the United States and Puerto Rico; in addition to performing and overseeing the successful completion of residential, commercial, and industrial Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) projects.

Carl O. Brondel, CHMM, REM | Senior Advisor, Risk Management

Mr. Carl O Brondel, CHMM, REM is a Senior Advisor, Environmental, Health & Safety Services (EHS). He has over 25 years of corporate level EH&S experience and brings an unmatched skill in risk management and insurance program development. Mr. Brondel has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology; and is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) and Certified Registered Environmental Manager (REM). He is responsible for all technical and staff management for the EH&S practice area, including handling the asbestos, lead, mold, radon and industrial hygiene work.

Rick D. Vince, CP | Associate Director, Assessment, Remediation & Revitalization

Mr. Rick D. Vince is an Associate Director, Brownfield & Remediation Services and a VAP Certified Professional with Partners. He coordinates field activities for Phase II property assessments, UST closures/cleanups, Ohio Voluntary Action Program (VAP) / Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund (CORF) / Clean Ohio Assistance Fund (COAF) brown field redevelopment projects, solid waste landfill redevelopment projects.

His project experience has included subsurface site investigations and assessments for major oil companies’ sites, including project management and oversight of UST closure activities, plume delineations, remedial options and soil/groundwater system installations for sites ranging from corner gas stations to multi-million gallon bulk terminal facilities. UST projects have included production of reports in compliance with Ohio’s Bureau of Underground Storage Tank (BUSTR) regulations, conducting free product recovery (FPR), preparation and implementation of Remedial Action Plans (RAPs), groundwater monitoring, and coordination/filing claims with the Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Release Compensation Board (PUSTRCB). Other contaminants of concern for subsurface investigations of non-UST related industrial and commercial properties have included organics, solvents, PCBs and metals.

Stephen Valentine, CIH | Executive Director, Environmental, Health & Safety Services

Mr. Stephen Valentine is an Executive Director for Partners. Mr. Valentine is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) with more than 25 years of experience in industrial hygiene and safety management. His time has been split between both general industry and construction consulting (22 years) and safety management (3 years) in general industry. Mr. Valentine has a solid understanding of safety and health program implementation at the corporate levels, and all the way down to the local facility operations. His role as the Director, Industrial Hygiene and Safety, includes senior/principal level safety and health consulting services, management of EHS outsourcing, coordination of the professional safety and health staff, and management of strategic projects and project deliverables.

Robert A. Walters, PE | Associate Director, Environmental Compliance

Mr. Robert A. Walters is a Associate Director, Environmental Compliance for Partners. Mr. Walters has 30 years of experience in environmental consulting and engineering, assisting clients ranging from small manufacturers to Fortune 50 multinationals by applying proactive, cost-effective, and value-enhancing environmental solutions. In his current role, he directs a team of engineers, geologists and environmental scientists to deliver Partner’s full range of environmental services including compliance assessment / implementation / management; site assessment and remediation; environmental management systems; and sustainability program support. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and is a licensed Professional Engineer in three states.

Michael Z. Bitto | Associate Director Due Diligence Services 

Mr. Michael Z. Bitto is the Associate Director of Environmental Due Diligence for Partners. For transaction related projects, he is responsible for developing, coordinating and directing projects. Mr. Bitto provides expertise in ASTM Phase I Site Assessments, environmental compliance audits, Phase II investigations, remedial investigations and environmental forensic studies. He is responsible for a developing a project’s scope of work tailored to the client’s needs. Within the due diligence period, Mr. Bitto works with project owners and interested parties to quantify and manage identified environmental risk. He works with clients post-closing to remediate/mitigate contamination, develop programs and achieve environmental compliance. For projects planned for redevelopment, Mr. Bitto will work with a client’s architects and design engineers to avoid unnecessary environmental risks and incorporate remedial solutions to the overall design and construction plan.

Mr. Bitto has experience providing environmental due diligence services across the United States and several provinces in Canada, for which targets have included multi-family residences, retail/commercial offices, health care facilities/offices, broadcasting/communication towers, food/beverage manufacturing, and restaurants/hotels/resorts. Mr. Bitto has extensive expertise associated with heavy industry, including aerospace/automotive manufacturing, bulk petroleum/chemical storage and manufacturing, coatings manufacturing, plating/coating, tool/dye and machining, mold injection, rubber manufacturing, and steel fabricating.

Mr. Bitto holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio.

Matthew T. Mangino | Director, Finance & Administration

Mr. Matthew T. Mangino is the Director, Finance & Administration and manages the financial and administrative functions across our enterprise.  Mr. Mangino holds a Bachelor of Science in Accouting degree from the University of Akron, Ohio where he graduated cum laude.  He has over 10 years of experience in combining cross-functional competencies in all phases of corporate accounting procedures, information systems, internal controls, financial analysis and staff management; with a specialty for process improvements and efficiencies.

Mr. Mangino currently oversees the Finance, Information Technology, Human Resources & Administrative departments here at Partners.  As a member of the senior leadership team, he is responsible for the strategic organization of these areas and overall financial strategies by aligning business metrics with the operational functions of our technical practice areas and maintaining cost control at a profitability level in congruence with revenue growth.

 

John A. Zampino, PG, CP | Assoc. Director, Assessment, Remediation & Revitalization

Mr. John A. Zampino is an Associate Director, Assessment, Remediation & Revitalization and Ohio VAP Certified Professional #280. Over his 27 year career he has compiled extensive experience in the areas of environmental due diligence and the assessment of soil, groundwater, soil gas and indoor air. Mr. Zampino is familiar with Ohio’s underground storage tank regulations, solid waste landfill post closure groundwater and explosive gas monitoring, and groundwater modeling. As an Ohio VAP Certified Professional, Mr. Zampino has combined his technical experience and regulatory knowledge to plan and execute complex brownfield redevelopment projects. As a VAP Certified Professional, he has issued No Further Action letters and received Covenants Not to Sue for residential as well as commercial/industrial land uses. Mr. Zampino’s focus is to not only provide quality environmental consulting, but strive to assist his clients in developing and executing comprehensive plans to manage environmental risks as they may relate to property transfers and future redevelopment. He strives to provide his clients with the necessary information to make sound decisions and complete successful projects. Mr. Zampino holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Kent State University, Masters of Science degree in Hydrogeochemistry from Case Western Reserve University, and an Executive Juris Doctorate from Concord School of Law. He remains active in Ohio’s VAP and stays apprised of regulatory changes as a participant in Ohio’s VAP five year rule review team and advisory committee member.

 

Joshua B. Osterhout, PE | Assoc. Director, Land Development Services

Mr. Joshua B. Osterhout is the Associate Director, Land Development Services. He oversees all operations for site civil engineering and professional surveying services. Mr. Osterhout holds both a Bachelors of Civil Engineering and Masters of Science in Civil Engineering from Cleveland State University.  He has 12 years of experience in consulting, providing design, entitlement, planning, and management services for private development and public improvement projects in the State of Ohio.  Mr. Osterhout has extensive experience in stormwater management design, including working with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) and Stark County Soil and Water Conservation District to receive approval on the largest underground stormwater management facility in the State of Ohio.  He is currently a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Northern Chapter of the Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP).

 

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