Experience and Excellence Leads to Success

With diverse backgrounds and a wide range of cross-disciplinary experience, the Apex leadership team is a group of dynamic and energetic executives who blend competence with care. Our hands-on approach and focus on strategic thinking, innovation, action, and accountability is essential in shaping a culture of trust, ensuring a safe and healthy workplace, and serving our clients—all part of our commitment to putting people first.

Executive Leadership

Dave Fabianski

Dave Fabianski

Chief Executive Officer

Dave is widely regarded for his authentic, inspirational leadership style and his achievements leading strategic growth, business transformation, and organizational success. As CEO, Dave blends strategic vision with a pragmatic, disciplined approach to business execution; an unwavering focus on customer excellence; and a commitment to maintaining a healthy culture and a talented, vibrant, and engaged workforce. Prior to Apex, Dave served as president of Rite-Solutions, Inc. and senior vice president and general manager at Vangent, Inc. He holds an MBA from Northeastern University and a BS in workforce development and education from Southern Illinois University. He also served honorably for 10 years with the US Naval Submarine Force and continues his affiliation with the armed forces as a member of the Veteran Mentor Network and Homes For Our Troops. In his free time, Dave enjoys volunteering with USA Hockey, supporting Autism Speaks, and spending time with his wife and three children.

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Donell (Doni) Murphy, MBA

Chief Strategy & Growth Officer

Known for her dynamic, strategic, and results-oriented approach, Doni brings over 20 years of experience in growth, operations, and sustainability technical leadership in the industry. As CSGO, Doni leads Apex’s commercial growth strategy, including sales, marketing, and client development, as well as acquisition pursuit and integration. Doni earned her BS in forest biology from Colorado State University and her MBA at the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business. Prior to joining Apex, Doni served as global director and managing partner of new business integration for the global consultancy Environmental Resources Management (ERM), where she led mergers and acquisitions (M&A) integration strategy. During her 13 years at ERM, Doni served in various leadership positions, overseeing commercial and operational growth initiatives, and working closely with business stakeholders to integrate strategy throughout all functions of the organization. In her spare time, Doni enjoys running, kickboxing, and volunteering.

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Bruce Maisel, MBA

Chief Human Resources Officer

With over 30 years of experience in the environmental engineering and consulting space, Bruce brings deep expertise in both human resources and business operations to his role as CHRO. Passionate about employee engagement and building a people-focused culture, Bruce taps into his multi-faceted background to align talent strategy with organizational goals. Bruce started his career as a technical program manager, utilizing his degree in chemistry from Brandeis University, and his MS in chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to direct environmental management projects for both private sector and government clients. After earning his MBA at Boston University and taking on a series of operational leadership roles, Bruce pivoted to focus on the human resources function. In the past 17 years, Bruce has served in various talent leadership roles for both large and mid-sized organizations, helping to drive growth-focused human resources strategies that deliver value and impact for employees, organizations, and clients. When he isn’t working, Bruce enjoys skiing and hiking with family and friends.

Jim Cochrane

Jim Cochrane, CISSP

Chief Information Officer

As CIO, Jim combines his background in both information technology and his passion for innovation and leadership with over 28 years of diverse industry experience. Jim’s vision, and ability to enhance, adapt, and implement technology in both a secure and reliable manner ensures efficient and effective technical solutions for Apex. Before joining Apex, Jim implemented cutting edge solutions for the Orange County Tax Collector’s office as their CIO, benefiting hundreds of thousands of residents in Florida. Prior to that, he served as IT director with General Dynamics where he led several national and international projects focusing on technology infrastructure, cloud solutions, security, and innovation. He holds an MS in management of information systems from Florida Institute of Technology and a BS in computer science from the University of Central Florida. Jim enjoys hiking, running, and spending time with his wife and three daughters.

Matt Hardesty

Matt Hardesty, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Matt brings over 14 years of financial management experience to Apex. As CFO, he oversees all financial and accounting responsibilities including financial planning and analysis (FP&A), corporate accounting and reporting, tax, compliance, and risk management, as well as Apex’s data management capabilities through the build-out of an enterprise wide KPI reporting solution. He also provides leadership in Apex’s mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activities including sourcing and evaluation of acquisition candidates, and management and support of all phases of diligence, deal execution, and integration. Prior to joining Apex, Matt spent the first six years of his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in the transaction services, advisory, and assurance practices. Matt received his BS in accounting and finance from Virginia Tech. When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and four young children.

Regional Leadership

Amandeep Kang

Amandeep Kang, PE

Regional Business Unit Leader

Amandeep has 20 years of experience in engineering, environmental consulting, and operations management. As Apex’s vice president of the West region, he is responsible for operational and business development across a footprint that spans from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean. Adept at both mentoring and developing staff and solving complex technical problems, Amandeep earned his BS in civil engineering at Thapar Institute for Engineering and Technology, India; an MS in civil/environmental engineering at Texas Tech University; and an MBA at the University of Texas McCombs School of Business. Amandeep is based out of our Dallas office and is a Texas-registered professional engineer (PE). When he isn’t working, Amandeep enjoys playing cricket with his two sons and a variety of outdoor activities with his family.

Ryan Trahan

Ryan Trahan, PE

Regional Business Unit Leader

Ryan has over 20 years of experience in infrastructure, specializing in water infrastructure, environmental, stormwater, and owner’s project management services. He also brings a vast background in municipal drinking water supply, treatment, and distribution; his project experience includes planning, studies, design, assessments, permitting, bidding assistance, construction contract administration, and operations assistance for a variety of infrastructure facilities. Ryan has also provided engineering review services for local and state government for various subdivision, site plans, and Chapter 40B developments, as well as civil engineering design and construction supervision for various land use, drainage, and water resource projects. A certified professional engineer in the states of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Maine, Ryan is a Massachusetts Soil Evaluator, and an alum of Northeastern University where he majored in civil engineering and minored in business administration. Additionally, Ryan volunteers his time by serving on the Board of Directors for the Plymouth County Water Works Association, and is a member of the AWWA, NEWWA, NBM Highway, MWWA, and MHA.

Corporate Leadership

Stephen Choi

Stephen Choi


Stephen brings over 18 years of financial and accounting experience to Apex. As the controller he oversees all financial and accounting responsibilities including project accounting, accounts payable and receivable, corporate accounting, income tax reporting, and other areas that focus on the quality and accuracy of Apex’s financial results. Prior to joining Apex, Stephen served as chief financial officer and chief accounting officer for the Washington Football Team where he led all aspects of financial management, budget and forecasting, risk management, and strategic planning. Prior to that, he began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in transaction services and in the assurance practice where he earned his CPA designation. Stephen received his BS in accounting from the University of Maryland College Park. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, two children, and two dogs.

Jay Strauss

Jay Strauss

Executive Director, Health & Safety

Jay is a skilled quality, health, safety, and environment (QHSE) leader with over 30 years serving in both industry and professional settings. Prior to joining Apex, his career focused on improving QHSE performance for large, complex industrial clients through the implementation of innovative operational management systems and systematic audit processes. At Apex, Jay is responsible for ensuring that health and safety (H&S) are at the top of mind for all employees, leading our internal H&S team, tracking, and measuring H&S leading and lagging indicators, and reinforcing a spirit of continuous improvement with Apex’s WorkSafe program. Jay is known for his approachable and interpersonal leadership style, and his ability to engage stakeholders at all levels of the organization. Jay holds an MS in environmental science from Johns Hopkins University and a BS from Ohio State University. When he isn’t working, Jay enjoys spending time outdoors with his family and friends.

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