Environmental Compliance Navigator 2024™

Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Environmental Compliance Navigator 2024™ will kick off each day with a keynote presentation by a different career EPA enforcement professional who is now retired and ready to share their perspectives on enforcement from regulatory agency perspective, the relationship between regulators and the regulated community, and their personal observations of patterns and root causes among facilities that have found themselves the subject of enforcement. This context sets the stage for our lineup of speakers who will address a variety of technical, management, and regulatory issues faced by those responsible for environmental compliance.

Scot Adair

Scot Adair

Special Agent in Charge (Retired)

Retired from EPA in 2024 after more than 28 years in criminal enforcement, Mr. Adair was invited to share his experiences, along with perspectives and observations on how organizations can avoid compliance issues.

Scot Adair

Scot Adair was with the EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division from 1995 until 2024. He retired from the agency as the Special Agent in Charge of the West Coast Area Branch (California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, Alaska, Washington, Idaho, and Oregon).

Scot was a street level investigator for 18 years and worked as a regional supervisor for 10 years. As a Special Agent, he was the lead case agent on complex criminal investigations involving violations of the major federal environmental protection statutes, including the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and the Safe Drinking Water Act. Many of his investigations uncovered evidence of other crimes, including bank fraud, laboratory fraud, smuggling, public corruption, and other federal Title 18 offenses. As the Special Agent in Charge, he had oversight of many high-profile investigations that involved major pollution events, worker deaths, and threats to public health.

Scot’s criminal enforcement experience allows him to share his perspectives and observations on conditions that have allowed serious compliance challenges to emerge. Scot will share his thoughts on how many of these challenges can be avoided through improved decision making and internal controls.

Scot enjoys fly fishing, mountain biking, working in his shop, and spending time with family and friends.

Scott Gordon

Scott Gordon

Deputy Director of Enforcement (Retired)

Retired from EPA after 36 years in civil enforcement, Mr. Gordon was invited to share his experiences, observations on environmental compliance management strategies, and the relationship between regulators and the regulated community.

Scott Gordon

Scott Gordon is a retired professional of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s southeast regional office (Region 4) in Atlanta. EPA Region 4 covers the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Mr. Gordon earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Louisville. He was with EPA for 36 years and has worked in compliance and enforcement areas such as the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) program and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA - Superfund) program, the Underground Storage Tank Program, the Clean Water Act (Sections 402, 404 and 503) and the Safe Drinking Water Act (Drinking Water and Underground Injection Control). Additionally, Mr. Gordon served as the Enforcement Coordinator for Region 4 and as the Deputy Division Director of the Water Management and the Environmental Accountability Divisions, and served as the Chief of Staff for the acting Regional Administrator for two years.

Mr. Gordon has received numerous awards for enforcement work including national commendations for work on the City of Atlanta sewer problems, Jacksonville Showcase Community efforts and regulatory approaches to Combined Animal Feeding Operations. He also received EPA’s 1999 Best Practices Award for outstanding innovations in enforcement and compliance assurance for Publically Owned Treatment Works Management Operation and Maintenance Self-Audit Initiative.

Scott retired from the US EPA in January 2020 as Deputy Director of Enforcement. Post retirement he was nominated and received the Ira Leighton, Jr. Lifetime Leadership Award, the Agency’s highest career achievement honor, four months later. He will share his perspective on the relationship between regulators and the regulated community, and his observations on common interaction mistakes.

Session Speakers

Gene Guildford

Gene Guilford

Gene Guilford is the Executive Director of the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM), responsible for guiding the growth, promotion, and recognition of its certifying credentials.

Gene Guilford

Executive Director, IHMM

Gene Guilford is the Executive Director of the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM), responsible for guiding the growth, promotion, and recognition of its certifying credentials. He is a Certified Association Executive (CAE), with more than 25 years of successful experience on Capitol Hill, Executive branch agencies, and in state legislatures leading government relations programs. He has a comprehensive understanding of how credentials are valued by private industry and government sectors, from his experience as executive in the business, government, and political environments, particularly in navigating challenges in highly regulated and scrutinized industries with intense media attention. Gene is an expert in national and international energy markets across biofuels, renewables, solar, wind, electricity, nuclear, oil, natural gas. Serves as the organization’s primary spokesperson to the local, state, regional, national, and industry media.

Jeffrey Kissell

Jeffrey Kissell

Jeff Kissell is an environmental engineer with more than 25 years of industrial water and wastewater process consulting and operations experience. Mr. Kissell advises manufacturing and other industrial clients in understanding their often complex wastewater issues and managing wastewater projects.

Jeffrey Kissell

Senior Managing Consultant, Ramboll

Jeff Kissell is an environmental engineer with more than 25 years of industrial water and wastewater process consulting and operations experience. Mr. Kissell advises manufacturing and other industrial clients in understanding their often complex wastewater issues and managing wastewater projects. He assists clients with improving operations of existing facilities by providing training and data management tools, and with implementing new treatment systems or upgrades to existing treatment systems by helping the clients define and manage their projects, including developing the design basis, evaluating technology options, preparing bid documents and specifications for required equipment and services, and interpreting submittals, as wastewater treatment is usually very different than the client’s core business. Mr. Kissell is a technology expert and an exceptional problem solver who can objectively evaluate each client’s facilities to identify sources of perceived issues and/or opportunities to improve performance and operability while reducing costs. Mr. Kissell has also served as a course instructor for Educational Training Courses on NPDES permitting. He has worked for both domestic and international clients representing many types of industries, including food and beverage; home and beauty care; petroleum refining; chemical manufacturing; metals finishing; electronics manufacturing; iron and steel; aluminum; power generation; oil and gas; petroleum and coal coke production; chloralkali; rum distilling; munitions manufacturing; and landfill leachate. Mr. Kissell is a Senior Managing Consultant with Ramboll, a global architecture, engineering, and consultancy company founded in Denmark in 1945.

Jeremy Clark

Jeremy Clark

Jeremy Clarke is a nationally recognized Architecture / Engineering / Consulting (AEC) recruiting and retention strategist bringing deep insight and experience into helping AEC firms and HR teams to integrate forward-thinking recruiting and retention programs.

Jeremy Clark

Zweig Group

Jeremy Clarke is a nationally recognized Architecture / Engineering / Consulting (AEC) recruiting and retention strategist bringing deep insight and experience into helping AEC firms and HR teams to integrate forward-thinking recruiting and retention programs. Notably, Jeremy’s 25+ years of critical thought-leadership in the areas of recruiting strategic planning, metrics design, selection process flow, compensation strategies, retention program development, employee referral programs, interview methodologies, ATS integrations, and Recruiter Training programs have helped to bring about game-changing talent outcomes for AEC clients across the country. Jeremy is a Certified Targeted Selection Administrator (CTSA), and Competitive Intelligence Professional (CIP). He is also a decorated Air Force combat veteran and holds a B.A. in Business from American Military University.

Jeremy is the Director of Recruiting & Retention Advisory with Zweig Group, a leading management consulting firm providing strategic advisory services to help AEC firms improve their operations, performance, and market position. He will share the latest data from Zweig Group’s “Best Firms To Work For” employee survey and its latest Total Compensation and Salary reports to gain understanding of what environmental professionals are seeking in their next position, compensation trends and benchmarks, and strategies firms are using to recruit and retain the best talent.

Joel Eagle

Joel Eagle

Joel Eagle is a partner in Thompson Hine’s Environmental practice in Cleveland. As an environmental attorney with more than 18 years experience with EPA and in private practice, Mr. Eagle represents public and private entities in the industrial, commercial, and manufacturing sectors.

Joel Eagle

Partner, Thompson Hine

Joel Eagle is a partner in Thompson Hine’s Environmental practice in Cleveland. As an environmental attorney with more than 18 years experience with EPA and in private practice, Mr. Eagle represents public and private entities in the industrial, commercial, and manufacturing sectors. He focuses his practice on all aspects of environmental law including regulatory development, site remediation, and risk management counseling for PFAS and other emerging contaminants.

John Kumm

John Kumm

John is an environmental regulatory compliance specialist with over 40 years of experience in industry and consulting. 

John Kumm

PE, BCEE, CC-P, CEM, LEED-AP

John is an environmental regulatory compliance specialist with over 40 years of experience in industry and consulting.  He is a registered Professional Environmental Engineer (PE), Board Certified in Air Pollution Control (BCEE), a Certified Climate Change Professional (CC-P), a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), and a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED-AP).  John holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and an M.S. in Engineering Management from the University of Maryland, and an M.E. and Post-Master’s Advanced Certificate in Environmental Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University.  He is currently a Senior Engineer/Senior Project Manager and Technical Chief of Environmental Health, Safety and Sustainability at EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc., PBC in Hunt Valley, Maryland. He specializes in environmental regulatory compliance management, and sustainability.

Mark Howard

Mark Howard

Mark Howard is an Environmental Scientist with the Headquarters Office of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM), Regulation Implementation Division (RID) in Washington D.C.

Mark Howard

EPA SPCC National Program Manager

Mark Howard is an Environmental Scientist with the Headquarters Office of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM), Regulation Implementation Division (RID) in Washington D.C. He is the Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) National Technical Subject Matter Expert (SME). He also serves as the SPCC Team Leader, national project manager for the Inspector’s Training Program, the Oil Program representative/instructor for the OSC academy, and the lead for the Oil Program Technical Workgroup. He also was the lead technical member of the SPCC rulemaking workgroup and is one of the authors of the SPCC rule (40 CFR part 112).

Mr. Howard served as the OEM lead for reviewing the Keystone Pipeline Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Agency Hydraulic Fracturing Study. Mr. Howard was consulted by the National Academy of Sciences on their diluted bitumen paper. Mr. Howard is an active voting member of the STI SP001 committee. Mark also is the EPA executive Committee representative for the International Oil Spill Conference. EPA has awarded Mr. Howard with a 2018 National Notable Achievement Award for inspector training, a silver medal and several bronze medals.

Prior to his Federal service he worked ten years as a State oil/Haz-Mat responder and AST inspector with the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality. Mr. Howard holds a Master of Science Degree in Biology (Specializing in Environmental Science and Policy) from George Mason University. He holds Virginia Emergency Services certifications as a Hazardous Materials Specialist and Incident Manager. He is most proud of his relationship with his wife Christine and daughter Hope.

Ray Coss

Ray Coss

Ray Coss is a Consulting Counsel with Latitude Legal, a global flexible legal staffing company.  He is a seasoned attorney with over 35 years of experience, most of which was as an EHS in-house counsel at four Fortune 500 companies.

Ray Coss

Esq.

Ray Coss is a Consulting Counsel with Latitude Legal, a global flexible legal staffing company.  He is a seasoned attorney with over 35 years of experience, most of which was as an EHS in-house counsel at four Fortune 500 companies.

After college, Ray served in the U.S. Marine Corps, first as a Bombardier/Navigator in the A-6 Intruder, an all-weather attack jet aircraft.  After attending law school, he was a criminal prosecutor and civil law advisor.  Following active duty in the Marines, Ray attended George Washington University and received a Master of Law (LLM) degree in Environmental Law.  During his time at GW, Ray was a graduate law intern at U.S. EPA (Toxics Litigation Division) and U.S. DOJ (Environment and Natural Resources Division). 

Ray has experience with all matters EHS, mostly in manufacturing and big box home improvement retail.  He enjoys getting out on the manufacturing floor to ‘go and see’ and talk with the operators who are actually over the processes.  In 2008, Ray retired from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve as a Colonel.  Ray retired from Nissan North America, Inc. in 2018. 

Sean Grady

Sean Grady

Sean Grady is a Director of the Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals (AHMP) and the Midwest Earth and Environment Local Business Leader at WSP, a leading provider of consulting and engineering solutions for various sectors and projects worldwide.

Sean Grady

CHMM

Sean Grady is a Director of the Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals (AHMP) and the Digital Market Leader for EHS and ESG with GHD, a multinational technical professional services firm providing advisory, architecture and design, buildings, digital, energy and resources, environmental, geosciences, project management, transportation and water services. He is an environmental professional with more than 25 years of experience in environmental regulation, consulting, business development, and digital innovation. Sean is passionate about delivering thought leadership through podcasting, video blogs, and support of AHMP.

Environmental compliance experts are invited to submit abstracts for consideration as speakers at the Environmental Compliance Navigator 2024™, to be held in Nashville, Tennessee, on September 9-10, 2024.

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