August 4, 2015

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Geosyntec Announces the Appointment of 12 New Principals

The Geosyntec family of companies is pleased to announce the promotion of 12 individuals to the position of Principal. Each of these new Principals has made significant contributions to delivering outstanding projects to first-class clients, developing strong relationships with those clients, building our practices, leveraging their own expertise and experience of their colleagues, recruiting outstanding staff, and working collaboratively with their co-workers. Please join us in congratulating them on achieving this career milestone.

Paul Brookner, P.G.

Minneapolis, MN

Paul is a hydrogeologist with more than 20 years of experience in site investigation, feasibility studies and alternatives analyses, and the design, implementation, maintenance, closure, and litigation of environmental remediation projects. He also specializes in providing environmental liability valuations for his commercial clients. Paul is currently the Client Manager and Project Director for a large client with projects in the United States, Europe, and South America. Under his leadership, this portfolio has grown to more than 12 projects that are supported by nine Geosyntec offices. Paul has led the development of several clients for Geosyntec and is a co-lead of the firm's participation in the American Bar Association Section for Environment, Energy, and Resources. Paul earned his B.A. in Geology from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1982 and his M.S. in Geology from the University of Nebraska in 1986. He earned his M.B.A. from the University of Minnesota in 2001.

Peter de Haven, P.E.

Kennesaw, GA

Pete is a senior engineer with more than 10 years of experience in addressing investigation and remediation administrative orders under CERCLA, as well as executing and managing projects under RCRA and state-regulated and non-regulated frameworks. He also focuses on subsurface vapor intrusion and contaminated sediment management projects. Pete is currently the Project Manager for two very large, multi-year contaminated site projects involving multiple offices and practices in New Jersey and West Virginia. Pete has developed a longstanding relationships with several clients and was a key contributor in securing two major contaminated sediment projects for the firm. For these projects, he has assembled and led a six-person Conceptual Site Model development team. Pete has led the Kennesaw ground water department for 11 years. Pete earned his B.S.E. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Princeton University in 1996 and his M.S. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University in 1997.

Cuneyt Gokmen, P.E.

Kennesaw, GA

Cuneyt is a senior geoenvironmental engineer with more than 20 years of experience with specialized expertise in the management of large multi-disciplinary projects and programs. Cuneyt is the Deputy Program Manager for the Robins AFB project in Georgia, where he has been a key contributor in expanding it from a single service project into a multiple service project. Cuneyt has been involved with a number of Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) projects, and is currently our TVA Program Manager. In collaboration with Geosyntec colleagues, Cuneyt has overseen the expansion of our scope of services to TVA, specifically dam safety projects for Blue Ridge Dam in Georgia, and John Sevier Dam and Wilbur Dam in Tennessee. Under his direction, the TVA Kingston Peninsula Disposal Site received both the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) 2014 Engineering Excellence Georgia Grand Award and the National Recognition Award based on Geosyntec's engineering and project delivery excellence. Cuneyt earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Dokuz Eylül University in Turkey in 1990 and his M.S. in Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering from Louisiana State University in 1995.

Michael Hasson, C.Eng.

Northern Ireland, UK

Michaels practice focuses on blast engineering, major hazards modeling and characterization, dense-phase carbon dioxide hazard modeling, crisis response and support engineering, and expert witness services. Michael is one of the four original founders of MMI UK and manages the Northern Ireland office, an office he founded in 2007. He has developed a number of key clients and has advanced MMI's practice leadership by being the first employee to undertake computational fluid dynamics modeling for carbon dioxide in the context of carbon capture and storage projects, and contributing to the analysis, design, and fabrication oversight of blast walls, crushable buffer systems, wire rope systems for impact arrest, and process design for calciners. Michael earned his B.Eng. with honors in Structural Engineering from the University of Manchester in 1996.

Bruce Marvin, P.E.

Oakland, CA

Bruce is an environmental engineer with more than 15 years of experience that centers on site investigation and remediation projects, with a focus on contaminated groundwater, subsurface vapor intrusion, and contaminated sediment sites. He is a subject matter expert in the area of innovative in situ remediation, with particular emphasis on chemical oxidation technologies. Bruce serves as our Client Manager for a number of clients in United States and Australia. His practice leadership is evident in his development of our ex situ bioreactor technology portfolio, his development of an innovative persulfate activation method, and his service as the ISCO practice leader. Bruce volunteers with both the California Groundwater Resources Association (GRA) and the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC), where he has co-authored three ITRC guidance documents in six years. Bruce earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University in 1993 and his M.S. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University in 1997.

Raymond McDirmit, CPA

Boca Raton, FL

Ray is the Controller for the Geosyntec family of companies and leader of the Accounting, Finance, and Taxes (AFT) department, a position he assumed four months after joining our company. As Controller, Ray is responsible for firm-wide financial reporting and analysis, as well as internal financial controls. As the leader of the AFT department, he is responsible for the financial and accounting services provided to our firm-wide operations, for ensuring that proper financial processes and safeguards are in place, and for managing the firm's banking relationships, annual audit, and insurance program. Ray's business knowledge was instrumental in the structuring of our acquisition of both EnviroGroup and Ford Consulting Group, as well as the structuring of our sale of OptiRTC. Under Ray's leadership, the AFT department has undertaken a number of initiatives to increase the efficiencies of various processes. Ray earned his B.S. in Accounting for the University of Central Florida in 1992. He is a licensed Certified Public Account (CPA) in the State of Florida.

Adrienne Nemura, P.E.

Ann Arbor, MI

Adrienne is a water resources engineer with more than 25 years of experience in evaluating the impacts of pollutant sources on watersheds and waterways and on addressing her client's technical and policy issues associated with the compliance requirements of the Clean Water Act (CWA). She is recognized for her expertise in assisting municipalities with implementing U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) integrated planning framework for wastewater and stormwater, and for assisting clients in developing long-term control plans (LTCPs) for sewer overflows and other requirements. She has assisted more than 40 cities and wastewater utilities in these efforts during her career. Adrienne's practice leadership is evident through her leadership of Geosyntec's Clean Water Initiative and as the firm's representative to the U.S. Conference of Mayors' Mayors Water Council, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), and the Association of Clean Water Administrators (ACWA). She is one of only two external advisors that is routinely asked to present to the Mayors Water Council. Adrienne earned her B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1984 and 1986, respectively.

Dale Prokopchak, CIH, CSP

Richmond, VA

Dale is the Director of Health and Safety (H&S) for the Geosyntec family of companies and is responsible for the company's H&S functions and for growing our behavior-based safety program. Under his leadership, Dale and his team have developed more than 400 H&S procedures, and revised our medical monitoring program to provide employee screening and eliminate unnecessary employee testing. He developed practical field safety training and established an online resource library to better provide training resources for our geographically diverse and growing firm. Since Dale joined Geosyntec, both our company's recordable injury rate and our workers' compensation experience modification rate have seen decreases, which is evidence of our outstanding H&S performance under Dale's leadership. Geosyntec has been recognized by third-party firms as having a best-in-class H&S program. The client qualification firms PICS and ISN rate our program as "excellent," and our captive insurance company's loss-control firm evaluates us at 98%. Dale earned his B.S in Microbiology and Public Health from Michigan State University in 1978 and his M.S. in Industrial Hygiene from Wayne State University in 1981.

Allen Sandy

Boca Raton, FL

Allen is the Director of Information Technology (IT) for the Geosyntec family of companies. As the Director of IT, he is responsible for the general strategy and direction of IT-related service and support within the company. His department develops and administers the operational elements of the company's computing infrastructure and works closely with our corporate and practitioner community to further enhance, optimize, and improve our IT efficiency and organization. He continues to improve our IT infrastructure and support systems while maintaining both financial prudence and a high level of client service. Allen routinely assesses departmental operating standards in an effort to continuously improve operational efficiencies at technical, project management, and customer service levels. Allen received his Bachelor of Music from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1985.

Brandon Steets, P.E.

Santa Barbara, CA

Brandon is a water resources engineer with more than 10 years of experience in surface-water quality issues, including pollutant fate and transport modeling, monitoring program development, and stormwater treatment system analysis and design. In 2013, the biofilter Brandon utilized on a project earned an Outstanding Stormwater BMP Implementation Award from the California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA). Brandon's practice leadership is evident in his development of microbial source tracking (MST) as a new practice area within the company. He also is a peer reviewer for the journal "Water Research," a member of California's Clean Beaches Task Force, and a member of ASCE's Urban Water Resources Research Council subcommittee on pathogens in urban stormwater systems. Brandon leads our southern California surface-water monitoring practice and the Los Angeles region's industrial stormwater practice. Brandon earned his B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1998 and his M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2000.

Gary Wealthall, Ph.D.

Guelph, ON

Gary is a hydrogeologist with more than 20 years of experience in contaminant hydrogeology, high-resolution site characterization, and the development of conceptual site models for selection, design, implementation, and performance assessment of groundwater remediation systems. Gary has served as a Project Manager and Project Director for clients in North America, South America, and Europe. Gary is a recognized subject matter expert and is regularly invited to speak at leading conferences, including as session keynote speaker for both CleanUp 2015 in Australia and RemTEC 2015 in Colorado, as a panelist at Battelle's Remediation Conference in Monterey in 2014, and as the keynote speaker at the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences in 2012. He is an instructor for International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) workshops on the investigation and remediation of nuclear and non-nuclear contaminated sites, and an adjunct professor of environmental engineering at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. Gary has co-authored best practice documents for the UK Environment Agency, CL:AIRE, and the Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council (ITRC). Gary earned his B.S. in Chemistry from Nottingham Trent University in 1990 and his M.Sc. in Hydrogeology from the University of Reading in 1993. He earned his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Sheffield in 2002.

Veryl Wittig, P.G., CHG

San Diego, CA

Veryl is a hydrogeologist with more than 20 years of experience in on site characterization, remediation, vapor intrusion, due diligence, landfill monitoring and assessment, water quality and availability studies, human health risk assessment, and expert testimony and litigation support. Veryl has developed a strong client base, which includes a number of utilities, municipal and government entities, and law firms. As the Project Director for large utility's project, he was instrumental in creating additional opportunities for the firm beyond the original Phase I ESA that we were contracted for in 2009. Since then, he and our San Diego team have developed the project into a flywheel project for which we have contracts in place through 2019. Veryl is the Operations Manager of San Diego's Site Assessment and Remediation Department. Veryl earned his B.S. in Geological Sciences from San Diego State University in 1991.