ROCKVILLE, MD—January 4, 2018—Apex Companies, LLC—a leading water resources, environmental services, and industrial hygiene firm—welcomes Sean Porter, QISP, ToR, CPSWQ, QSD as their new West Regional Stormwater Program Manager.

Backed by three decades of water resource experience, Apex is building a more robust stormwater program across the Western region of the United States. Sean will lead this growth initiative, helping federal, state, local and industrial clients across Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Idaho, and Arizona solve their water infrastructure, efficiency, and reuse challenges. Sean comes to Apex with nearly 20 years of experience spanning industrial water quality permitting and compliance, Clean Water Act requirements; stormwater capture and reuse; Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) allocation and monitoring; wastewater, groundwater and surface water programs; structural water treatment systems; hydrology study implementation; erosion control; sediment monitoring program design; as well as urban and natural landscape watershed and emerging contaminant studies.

Prior to joining Apex, Sean served as the Principal Scientist and Client Service Manager for Brown and Caldwell and the National Stormwater Partner for SCS Engineers. As the Principal Scientist for Caltrans, he provided TMDL training and monitoring for the US Navy and Scripps Institute of Oceanography. He has also conducted Industrial General Permit (IGP) stormwater compliance training for the University of California, the Industrial Environmental Association (IEA), and multiple municipalities across California. He holds his Masters of Science degree in Hydrogeology and Ocean Floor Fluid Geochemistry.

“We’re excited to have Sean join Apex,” stated Roger Nordlinger, Apex’s Senior Vice President of National Programs. “His proven leadership and extensive stormwater expertise will help our clients maximize the effectiveness of their programs with resilient, reliable, and sustainable results.”

ROCKVILLE, MD—October 16, 2017— Apex Companies, LLC—a leading water resources, environmental services, and industrial hygiene firm—welcomes Scott Shannon as their new Vice President of National Sales. 

Prior to joining Apex, Scott served as the Vice President and Area Leader for ARCADIS where he led multi-year, multi-million dollar sales growth; developed the water and infrastructure design, delivery, and consulting services for the municipal and industrial markets; and managed a $36M capital program that included the design, construction, and acquisition of state and federal funding for drinking water, reclaimed water, and stormwater drainage and treatment systems. His expertise spans utilities program management and engineering design, coastal resiliency planning, water/wastewater treatment and conveyance, and stormwater management. In addition to his technical experience, Scott has expertly led and coached teams to meet the ever-evolving needs of government, oil and gas, chemical, pharmaceutical, mining, and power generation clients nationwide.

Scott has also served as a National Accounts Manager for Environmental Systems Corporation where he directed the marketing and sales for the power generation market, as an Owner’s Agent for Malcolm Pirnie (now ARCADIS) where he led public-private partnerships for municipal waste-to-energy plants, and as a Power Engineer for Florida Power & Light where he improved the reliability and efficiency of fossil-fueled power plants. A registered Professional Engineer (PE), he holds a Master of Engineering degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida.

“Scott’s a proven leader with excellent people skills and an impressive track record in the environmental services industry,” said David Fabianski, Apex CEO. “Delivering sustainable organic growth depends heavily on the talent and depth of the team and we are thrilled to add Scott to ours.”

ROCKVILLE, MD—September 19, 2017—Apex Companies, LLC—a leading water resources, environmental services, and industrial hygiene firm—welcomes Bill Fontenot as their new Texas Division Manager.

With over 20 years of experience supervising teams of engineers, geologists, and field technicians and managing complex programs and projects for multiple oil and gas clients in numerous regulatory jurisdictions, Bill’s leadership is a natural fit for Apex. As Division Manager, he will strategically align Apex’s teams within their Aztec, New Mexico; Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Midland, and San Antonio, Texas offices; increase market traction; and drive future growth across the region.

Prior to joining Apex, Bill served as the East Texas and Oklahoma Regional Manager for ATC Group Services LLC, Senior Manager for AECOM, and Regional Manager for Cardno ERI. His extensive experience spans remediation/bioremediation, Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs), wetland restoration, oil spill investigations, construction management, legal claim analyses/litigation support, landfill gas services, construction oversight, permitting, and due diligence. Bill has extensively served the retail, upstream, and midstream sectors during his career with projects that include managing a large portfolio of sites requiring groundwater and soil assessments; providing petroleum hydrocarbon remedial strategies and clean-up; overseeing UST removal and demolition; managing the operations and maintenance of soil vapor extraction, air sparge, and pump and treat remediation systems; and assessing a chlorinated solvent plume for a divested asset with retained liability. He holds a BS degree in environmental and sustainable resources from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

John Glabach, PE, Apex’s Central Regional Manager added, “Bill joined us in the middle of our Hurricane Harvey Response where he was able to see Team Apex at its best. He jumped right in with overall response coordination and added immediate value. As we strengthen our team and embrace both Bill’s leadership and the impressive talent we have overall, we are as much of a force to be reckoned with in the environmental industry as Harvey was in the region.”

Working together, our Thousand Oaks and San Diego offices achieved site closure from the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board and kudos from our client. Well-deserved considering this was a highly-complex and challenging site investigation and corrective action project.

For many years, our team operated a high-vacuum dual-phase extraction system (HVDPE) to remove contaminants at the World Oil Chula Vista, California site. During the project, we discovered and determined that the site's petroleum contaminant plume was commingled with a neighboring former gas station's UST release.

After World Oil and the identified contributing responsible party reached an agreement, the site was entered into California's UST Cleanup Fund's Commingled Plume Account (CPA). With that funding and commingled arrangements in place between the parties and involved agencies, we began work on a broader plume-wide investigation and cleanup approach. We replaced wells; assessed the commingled groundwater plume including wells on several neighboring properties and the City right-of-way; ensured public safety with detailed evaluations; and prepared investigation reports, a Conceptual Site Model, and an updated Corrective Action Plan (CAP). With the agency oversight of the commingled plume CAP, we were able to remediate the sites to meet the State's low-threat criteria, facilitate agency negotiations, remove dozens of wells and treatment equipment, restore the sites to acceptable conditions, and achieve no further action letters for the commingled cases within seven years of entering the CPA.

Leading QHSE expert to help clients increase operational performance and decrease risk

ROCKVILLE, MD — July 31, 2017— Apex Companies, LLC—a leading water resources, environmental services, and industrial hygiene firm—welcomes Jay Strauss as their new National Compliance Program Manager.

Jay brings over 25 years of oil and gas industry experience where he has led complex quality, health, safety, and environment (QHSE) initiatives for companies such as Maersk Oil, BP, and ExxonMobil within production and development facilities including refineries, offshore drill rigs, chemical plants, pipelines, terminals, wind farms, and biofuel plants. His expertise spans all facets of air, water/wastewater, waste, release reporting, permitting, marine sound, environmental impact assessments, due diligence, ISO 14001, and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Safety and Environmental Management (BSEE SEM) regulations. As Maersk Oil’s Head of QHSE Audit in Denmark, Jay built their audit program and used it to streamline compliance and spearhead policy and procedural improvements. Prior to Maersk, he served as the Corporate Audit, Assurance, and Environmental Director for Ocean Rig in Greece. He also served as BP's Upstream Environmental Manager and Senior Compliance and Risk Auditor where he helped develop an internal global management system audit program that identified Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) risks to their top 100 assets and projects valued up to $10B. At ExxonMobil, Jay held multiple EHS roles in both downstream headquarters and refineries covering air, water, and waste regulations, and implementation of the Operations Integrity Management System (OIMS) program.

Jay holds a masters degree in environmental science from Johns Hopkins University and is IRCA, ISO Lead Auditor, 14001 and OSHA 18001 Lead Auditor certified.

Apex Senior Vice President Roger Nordlinger stated, “By developing a world-class compliance program leveraging Jay’s proven expertise, we’ll help our clients reduce risk while increasing their operational performance.”

Apex Participates in ‘Beauty and the Beach’ Coastal Cleanup 

Recently, the Apex team sponsored the 17th Annual ‘Beauty and the Beach’ Cleanup in El Segundo, California. Together, with over 300 other local community members, our Signal Hill office staff pitched in to scour the beach, collecting and disposing of trash and other debris.

This event hosted by NRG El Segundo Power, El Segundo Kiwanis, and the ED! Foundation, brings awareness to the importance of eliminating beach pollution and its detrimental impacts. Beyond endangering wildlife—hundreds of species are harmed or killed by the trash we toss into the seas—coastal debris also causes marine engine/fishing vessel damage. However, since the community event’s inception in 2000, more than 1,500 pounds of trash have been collected along the El Segundo Beach coastline, helping to turn the tides on this disturbing trend.

Caring about El Segundo community where they live and work is important to the Apex team. Recently, the Signal Hill, California team provided stormwater services for the El Segundo power plant to help ensure regulatory compliance while protecting the adjacent Santa Monica Bay watershed. Please click the links to learn more about Apex’s Stormwater or Power Plant services.

‘Beauty and the Beach’ Coastal Cleanup Event Photos

Apex cleanup crew
A few of the Apex cleanup crew pose for a picture.

Cleanup efforts underway.

Apex team member proudly shows the piece of trash he cleared off the beach. 

ROCKVILLE, MD — June 7, 2017— Apex Companies, LLC—a leading water resources, environmental services, and industrial hygiene firm proudly announces that their Zweig Group 2017 Hot Firm List ranking jumped to #41 this year, increasing from #64 in 2016.

This list represents 100 of the fastest-growing architecture, engineering, planning, and environmental consulting firms in the US, based on growth and profitability over the previous three-year period.

The distinction of making it on Zweig Group’s Hot Firm List is a great accomplishment. In an environmental consulting industry comprised of over 100,000 companies, these firms have demonstrated their ability to thrive and succeed. This ranking, established nearly twenty years ago, is the only list celebrating and honoring impressive growth in this competitive industry.

Go to top