Apex welcomes Tula Economou as their new Northern California Division Manager.
With over 25 years of experience managing regions, offices, and complex programs and projects throughout California, Tula’s leadership is a natural fit for Apex. As Division Manager, she will strategically align Apex’s teams within the Greater San Francisco and Greater Sacramento areas; increase market traction; and drive future growth across the region.
Prior to joining Apex, Tula served in Vice President roles at Red Stem, LLC and AECOM. Her extensive experience includes geology, hydrogeology, human health and ecological risk assessment, remediation, environmental compliance, geographic information systems (GIS), vapor intrusion, environmental planning and permitting, emergency response, air quality, ecosystem restoration, and water resources. Tula has applied her expertise across the manufacturing/industrial, ports and waterways, oil and gas, utility, mining sectors with projects that include overseeing a multi-million dollar soil and groundwater remediation for a Fortune 500 consumer products company under Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) oversight, managing myriad large-scale power plant and former manufactured gas plant (MGP) remediations; and preparing a land management work plan for a hydroelectric system that spans six reservoirs storing over 560,000 acres of runoff, 27 dams, and 54 miles of tunnels and conduits. She holds a MS degree in geology from the Vanderbilt University.
“We’re excited to have Tula join us. Her leadership skills, coupled with her impressive experience, will be instrumental as we continue to capture market share and broaden our reach in Northern California,” stated Herb Clough, PE, Apex’s West Regional Manager.
The Professional Environmental Management Association (PEMA) named Paola Gomez-Birenbaum, PG, Apex’s Senior Geologist, as director-at-large their Southern California board of directors. In this role, Paola will help the environmental trade association’s directors and committees achieve their goals to provide education, interaction, and professional skill development to PEMA’s members and professionals both within and intersecting the environmental industry.
Paola, and her Signal Hill colleague Ben McVeigh (both pictured) attended a recent PEMA-sponsored holiday fundraiser tocollect donations for non-profit organizations such as Toys4Tots. Charities sponsored by PEMA—St. Vincent Meal-on-Wheels and the YMCA Community Services—were presented with checks (totaling $22,500) for proceeds raised by PEMA’s various committees at their annual events.
Apex’s Ben McVeigh stated, “PEMA is an impressive organization and this was a great event. This year’s charitable donations will help deliver meals to the elderly and help the YMCA provide community services. It was an honor to witness the groups’ sincere appreciation and hear how the funds will be used.”
After the event, representing Apex, Paola attended her first board meeting. Sharing her thoughts, she added, “PEMA has had a long relationship with the St. Vincent Meals-on-Wheels. A St. Vincent nun who had worked with the PEMA board for several years passed away this year and I noticed a few board members were wearing angel pins she had given them during past holiday events. Clearly it is relationship they valued and a cause that is special to them. I enjoyed seeing how passionate they were about the charities they support."
Regarding joining the PEMA board, Paola said she’d been looking to make a contribution in the environmental field with an organization that would positively impact her work at Apex with fellow colleagues, clients, and regulators. "PEMA does a good job of combining the very technical aspect of our industry with the practical side of the work we do. I’m looking forward to building my network and becoming involved with the various seminars and fundraising PEMA has started planning for the new year."
Apex Companies, LLC, a water resources, environmental services, and industrial hygiene firm announced today its acquisition by Sentinel Capital Partners (“Sentinel”), a private equity firm that invests in promising companies in the lower midmarket.
Apex offers comprehensive professional and field services to assess, prevent and cure environmental issues related to water, ground, facilities and air quality. The Company serves a large and diverse client base, spanning public and private sectors and a broad range of end markets, including energy, retail, real estate, telecom, manufacturing and industrial. Apex’s client-centric operating model, nationwide presence and industry reputation as a leader in environmental compliance and risk management is the foundation of its impressive blue-chip client base and 30-year history.
“Partnering with Sentinel provides us a tremendous opportunity to accelerate our growth, while preserving the agility and flexibility that is so highly valued by our clients and employees,” said David Fabianski, Apex President and CEO. “Our management team and staff are thrilled to be aligned with the team at Sentinel.”
“Apex is a leading growth platform in the highly attractive environmental services market,” said Michael Fabian, a Sentinel Partner. “With a highly capable, passionate management team and a dedicated team of employees, we believe Apex is well-positioned to continue its history of growth, both organically and through acquisition. We are extremely excited about the opportunity to partner with the Apex team.”
Houlihan Lokey served as financial advisor to Apex on the transaction.
About Sentinel Capital Partners
Sentinel specializes in buying and building businesses in the lower midmarket in the United States and Canada in partnership with management. Sentinel targets aerospace and defense, business services, consumer, distribution, food and restaurants, franchising, healthcare, and industrial businesses. Sentinel invests in management buyouts, recapitalizations, corporate divestitures, and going-private transactions of established businesses with EBITDA of up to $65 million. Sentinel also invests in special situations, including balance sheet restructurings and operational turnarounds. For more information about Sentinel, visit www.sentinelpartners.com.
We’re proud to have been recognized by Zweig Group as a 2018 Hot Firm, noted within their prestigious list honoring the US fastest-growing firms in the architecture, engineering, and environmental consulting (AEC) industry.
“It is important for us to celebrate growth and success in this industry,” said Zweig Group CEO Chad Clinehens. “This list recognizes those firms that are achieving a real metric of business success: growth, which fuels job creation and builds the communities they serve."
Conducting intensive contaminant investigations—something our talented teams do daily—is hard work. Now picture that same work in a busy, industrial section of downtown Los Angeles with narrow streets that can barely fit the necessary drill rigs. Factor in multiple utilities and a highly-pressurized gas line to contend with. Pepper in some extra maneuvering to ensure that all the property tenants’ businesses are as minimally impacted as possible. And add the challenges of helping the property stakeholders understand the application of the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) consent order that prompted the project in the first place. That’s what our Apex team is impressively addressing as they finish conducting an investigation of a former metal plating site riddled with tetrachloroethene (PCE) from decades of degreasing operations.
Our team’s investigation—across the site’s former plating areas, a wastewater treatment system, metal coating operations, chemical storage areas, linear floor drains, and a soak cleaner pit—assesses the extent of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the soil gas and groundwater beneath the site, and as necessary, in the public right-away. This includes drilling up to seven borings, collecting soil samples, installing groundwater monitoring wells, installing multi-depth soil gas probes, and collecting soil gas and groundwater samples. Our team has recommended soil vapor extraction (SVE) as the remedial approach and we will be proceeding with that as another adjunct project stemming from this one. SVE, an approach our team is adept at using, involves drilling extraction wells into contaminated soil and connecting a blower or vacuum pump to pull the vapors through the soil and up the well to the ground surface for treatment. Apex will be installing as many as four additional SVE wells to capture VOC contamination in soil more than 160 feet deep.
We’re proud to do our part. Just one more way we’re helping to make a difference in our communities.
The Water Report—a monthly newsletter focused on water law, water rights, and water quality in the Western United States—recently published Apex Stormwater Program Manager Sean Porter’s article titled, “Stormwater Capture and Reuse: Stormwater Management Options in California.”
Interested in learning how to reduce surface water pollution through volume reduction? We encourage you to read Sean’s article and discover the compliance management approaches designed to help.
Recognized for Industry Leadership and Community Involvement
ROCKVILLE, MD—August 22, 2018—Apex Companies, LLC—a leading water resources, environmental services, and industrial hygiene firm—announced today that Apex Senior Engineer Carmen Owens has been named by the Daily Journal of Commerce (DJC) as one of their “2018 Women of Vision.” Each year, the publication recognizes select women for their valuable contributions to the building industry in Oregon and Southwest Washington. The award specifically honors those, such as Carmen, who have exhibited outstanding industry leadership and community involvement with a solid commitment to diversity, inclusion, and mentorship.
“Carmen simply shines, personally and professionally,” stated Apex Division Manager Adam Reese. “Whether she’s managing environmental remediation projects, overseeing asbestos removals, securing the habitats of endangered species, or promoting our company’s sustainability program, she always adds tremendous value. Protecting and preserving our environment is important to her. But it’s her positivity and her ability to lead with kindness and inspiration that enables her to truly make a difference. We’re excited that, as a DJC award recipient, she’s receiving the recognition she most certainly deserves.”
This year’s DJC honorees will be recognized at an award ceremony on October 18, 2018 at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront hotel. For more information about the award or reception, please click here.
With a MS degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Iowa, Carmen has eight years of environmental consulting experience providing a wide range of services including site assessments, due diligence, hazardous building materials remediation, feasibility studies, wetland delineation and mitigation, permitting, and source control. Recently, her work has focused on contaminated sediment while managing the assessment and remediation of multiple waterways within the Portland area. Her community work is equally impressive. As one of the leaders of Apex’s sustainability program, she helped the Portland office go ‘green,’ demonstrating our company’s commitment to environmental and social responsibility. Carmen also serves as a mentor within the Women in the Environment professional group, expanding its membership to include representatives from government agencies, the non-profit sector, and other industries; as a coordinator at the Columbia Slough Watershed Council School, teaching classes about sustainability, cleanup, and development; and as a volunteer with Friends of Trees.