Alliance was founded in 1991 by our Principal Hydrogeologist and President, Mr. William “Bill” Smith, P.G. Mr. Smith is the former Director, Chief Operating Officer, and Senior Vice President of Technology for the former Groundwater Technology, Inc. (GTI). Under Mr. Smith’s direction, GTI had flourished from a two-man company into an international $150 million environmental consulting firm. In 1991, Mr. Smith formed Environmental Alliance, Inc. His goal was to create an environmental consulting firm dedicated to superior customer satisfaction while providing a positive and rewarding work environment for employees in an effort to restore the environment.
The two principals of the firm, William Smith, P.G. and Paul Miller, P.E. have managed the firm together since 1993 (over 20 years). Being an employee-owned firm, we are acutely aware of just how important each and every customer is to the future of the firm. Alliance thrives on the challenge of living up to the standards of our larger competition while delivering a rare, personal touch. Our senior managers each have over 25 years of soil and groundwater assessment and remediation experience on a range of project types. Several customers source Alliance for all of their environmental needs, no matter where the site is located. Our mid-level managers average over 10 years of professional experience, directing the field operations at a level rarely seen at most firms.
Alliance started in Delaware servicing the Mid-Atlantic region in 1991, and opened its first branch office in Middlesex in 1997 due to client demand. Since 1997, Alliance has opened three other branch offices and is currently looking to expand into the northern New York and North Carolina environmental markets.
Audrey Randall always comes to work with a smile on her face, and usually carrying fresh baked goods to share with her colleagues. She has been highly adaptive, stepping into a field geologist role, task management, and assisting our data team. She is always willing to take on new challenges, and continues to grow as an environmental professional. It’s rare for a manager to get so much unsolicited positive feedback on an employee that is less than a year into their career, but that’s been the case with Audrey. Her attitude, execution and communication have been great, and she is a worthy recipient of the Key Contributor Award.
Since arriving at Alliance, Stephanie “Steph” Frith has exceeded expectations in every facet of her role. Steph was hired as a field geologist, and shortly after joining the team, she was asked to support the data group, and quickly had to familiarize and understand the intricacies of EQuIS, the processing of data in a timely fashion, and working with multiple project managers to meet deliverable deadlines. She supports projects via her time in the field as a geologist, generating soil boring logs, processing data deliverables, and most recently contributing to our due diligence group with the development of Phase I Environmental Site Assessments.
She comes in early when needed. She stays late on a regular basis to keep projects moving along, which avoids bottlenecks in the reporting process. More so than logging some long hours in the office, Steph has excelled in data presentation and has developed efficient technical report writing skills. Steph helps out in any way she can, and has been a true team player.
In December 2015, John Shannon fulfilled the licensing requirements to obtain his asbestos Project Monitor License for the State of Delaware, and was successful in helping the company attain certification as an Asbestos Professional Services Firm! This was a lengthy and tedious process, and took several years of his commitment to continuing education courses, refresher trainings, shadowing other asbestos service firms, and his own work experience to achieve this goal. In addition to being a certified Asbestos Inspector, John is a Lead Risk Assessor, qualified to inspect for lead based paint in dwellings, and also certified as a Radon Measurement Technician. These qualifications have expanded our environmental due diligence services that we are able to offer to our existing and prospective clients, and have allowed Alliance to be more competitive in the marketplace. In addition to his dedication to self-improvement, John has done a fantastic job managing our Phase I projects.
Over the last several months, Mr. John Yerkes “Harley” has stepped up in a big way, and took on new responsibilities in relation to our Brownfields, Debris Pit Remediation, and DNREC-SIRS projects. His professionalism, work ethic and accountability have been noticed by several senior managers at Alliance in this capacity. During various client meetings and conference calls, he has taken the lead and has been responsive to our clients and their needs / concerns.
He truly exhibits our commitment to providing quality, responsive service to our clients by maintaining good communications with our customers, and providing a knowledgeable, professional approach.
On Sunday, August 10th, 2014, Simon mobilized to a client site in Paterson, NJ and oversaw emergency response contractors (all while dealing with a broken foot). According to the client and the compliance company brought in to assist with the tank line repairs, Simon worked around the site the entire time…gauging wells, documenting field conditions, and staying involved in the emergency response. He remained on site for a few days, and our client was very happy with his professionalism and involvement in the project. Simon consistently exhibits our commitment to providing quality, responsive service to our clients.
In the past six months, Mark has shown many leadership skills in his new capacity, including: ideas to improve procedures, integrity, delegation skills, and a unique ability to inspire other staff members. Starting with his 6-year anniversary this past December, Mark is now qualified to conduct Phase I reports and has eagerly accepted the responsibility. In this past 6-month period he has completed approximately 8 Phase I reports, 5 of which resulted in additional Phase II work for which he was responsible for planning and implementation.
Over the past year, Mark has transitioned from the field to more of an office/management role and has gained a better understanding of productivity, quality, project timelines, budgets, and priorities. His range of services has included: maintaining site databases for remediation systems, statistical analysis, report writing, proposal/budget writing and scoping, and acting as an overall task manager for multiple projects with multiple tasks. Mark received his Green Card (MD equivalent of TWIX) and has also (on his own time) successfully completed CPR training.