Nicole Spieles Named Managing Director of Greeley and Hansen’s Midwest Operations

Greeley and Hansen President Receives Leadership Award from National Diversity Council

Greeley and Hansen Opens New Office in Bogotá, Colombia

Greeley and Hansen Hosts the Mayor of Cape Town in New York Office

Global Business Leader Ana Dutra Joins Greeley and Hansen Board of Directors

Celebrating 100 Years of Designing Better Urban Environments

Fernando Sarmiento Appointed as New Director of Latin American Operations

Greeley and Hansen Receives Corporate Leadership Award from Upwardly Global

Greeley and Hansen Names John C. Robak as President

Greeley and Hansen CEO Receives Outstanding Service Award from AWWA

Greeley and Hansen Participates in Commerce Department Trade Mission to Latin America

Greeley and Hansen Participates in Global Observance of Earth Day 2013

Greeley and Hansen Recognized for Engineering Excellence

Greeley and Hansen Sponsors Instituto del Progreso Latino Event to Support Diversity

Michael J. Hope Named Office Director

Kim Tanner Named Managing Director of Southwest Operations

Greeley and Hansen’s Ballotti Fellowship Awarded to Two Purdue University Engineering Students

Greeley and Hansen Supports Environmental Sustainability Through America in Bloom Sponsorship

Bauner to Serve as 2012-2013 Chair of NYSAWWA

Greeley and Hansen CEO to Lead Discussion on Sustainable Water Management and Use

Greeley and Hansen Supports Sustainable Infrastructure Organization

Greeley and Hansen Partners with Gateway Green Chicago to Sponsor a Local Expressway Garden

Greeley and Hansen Joins Chicago United to Further Promote Workplace Diversity

 

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Nicole Spieles Named Managing Director of Greeley and Hansen’s Midwest Operations

December 1, 2014Nicole Spieles has been named the new Managing Director of Greeley and Hansen’s Midwest Operating Group.  Spieles, a principal, has nearly 17 years of experience with the firm, serving as the project manager for a wide variety of water and wastewater projects in the Midwest, as well as for other clients across the country.  In addition, she most recently served as office director for the firm’s Detroit operations.

“Nicole has extensive project experience and a proven ability to successfully lead business development activities, which will be valuable assets in her new role,” said John C. Robak, Greeley and Hansen President and Chief Operating Officer.  “As the Managing Director, Nicole will lead all of the firm’s Midwest business operations, including  providing high-level project oversight as well as driving  our business development efforts in the Midwest  to advance Greeley and Hansen’s overall long-term growth strategy.  She is certainly very qualified for these expanded responsibilities and will play a key role in the firm’s ongoing success.”

“In this leadership position, Nicole’s deep understanding of current market conditions and the evolving issues and challenges facing clients in the region will also be instrumental in helping to grow our client base and business operations in the Midwest,” added Paul Vogel, Executive Vice President, Western Operations.

A registered Professional Engineer and a certified Envision™ Sustainability Professional, Spieles holds a masters degree in Environmental Engineering and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  She is an active member of the American Water Works Association and the Water Environment Federation, and also serves on the boards for the Public Lighting Authority of Detroit and the Water Access Volunteer Effort, a Detroit-based non-profit that raises funds to assist low-income families and seniors with paying their water bills.

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Greeley and Hansen President Receives Leadership Award from National Diversity Council


November 5, 2014 – The Illinois Chapter of the National Diversity Council recently presented John C. Robak, President & Chief Operating Officer of Greeley and Hansen, with a Leadership Excellence Award at the organization’s 2014 Inaugural Leadership Conference in Chicago. Robak was one of six Leadership Excellence Award honorees and was selected based on his effective and efficient management, vision and innovation, and overall professional leadership. The conference provides a forum for empowering multiculturalism and leadership to support the organization’s mission to enhance appreciation for and understanding of the value of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Former U.S. Secretary of State General Colin Powell, the keynote speaker at the awards program, spoke about his experiences as a leader and congratulated all award honorees for their demonstrated leadership in advancing workplace diversity. 

“I very much appreciate being honored by the Diversity Council with this award, because I believe it underscores Greeley and Hansen’s long-standing commitment to creating a truly diverse, multicultural workplace environment,” said Robak. “We certainly recognize and value the benefits that a diverse staff brings to our firm and our clients, particularly in helping us to grow and succeed in a global marketplace.”

“Our Leadership Excellence Awards are given to individuals from various fields who exhibit exceptional leadership qualities based on specific criteria,” said Dennis Kennedy, Founder and CEO of the National Diversity Council. “We’re very proud to recognize John C. Robak for his outstanding leadership as a champion of diversity and inclusion at Greeley and Hansen and the business community at large.”

About the Illinois Diversity Council
The Illinois Diversity Council is a non-profit organization committed to fostering a learning environment for organizations to grow in their knowledge of diversity. The council affords opportunities for organizations to share best practices and learn from top corporate leaders in the areas of diversity and inclusion. www.illinoisdiversitycouncil.org.

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Greeley and Hansen Opens New Office in Bogotá, Colombia

September 17, 2014 – Committed to a long-range vision for international expansion, Greeley and Hansen has opened a new office location in Bogotá, Colombia, to strengthen the firm’s presence in Latin America.

This new office will be under the leadership of Fernando Sarmiento, Managing Director of the Latin America Operating Group.  “From this new location, we will be better able to provide even more focused service and stronger local support to our current Colombian clients,” said Sarmiento.  “It will also provide the opportunity for Greeley and Hansen to extend our services to other emerging Latin American markets.”

 “As we celebrate our 100th anniversary this year with a focus on future growth, it's very fitting that Greeley and Hansen continues its long history of committed service to our clients by opening this new office location in South America,” said John C. Robak, President and Chief Operating Officer.  Robak, who is also the firm’s Director of International Operations, added, “the opening of our Bogotá office is another key step in our strategic plans for expansion of our business operations in Latin America and other high-growth markets for water infrastructure across the globe.”

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Greeley and Hansen Hosts the Mayor of Cape Town in New York Office

July 10, 2014 – Greeley and Hansen hosted Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille of Cape Town (the second-most populous city in South Africa) and her business delegation for a private meeting in the firm’s New York City office during their recent visit to several U.S. cities.

 “We were honored to meet Mayor de Lille and the delegation and to talk with them about the continuing growth and economic development in their city,” said Greeley and Hansen President and COO, John C. Robak.  “The visit also provided a great opportunity to discuss the infrastructure and related engineering needs of this growing region, as well as the water, wastewater, solid waste and sustainability trends that could impact this dynamic city in the coming years.  Greeley and Hansen’s growth strategy includes expansion of our operations in promising international markets for water and wastewater infrastructure,” added Robak, who is also the firm’s Director of International Operations.

“Sustainability is one of the foundation stones of development, and every major decision we face as a city government should begin by asking what is in the best interests of the city according to a balance of needs,” said Mayor de Lille. “The discussion we had with Greeley and Hansen related to their unique approach to sustainable water and wastewater infrastructure was extremely valuable given Cape Town’s growing needs in this area.”

Patricia de Lille was elected the Mayor of Cape Town in 2011 and was named the world’s best mayor for May 2013 by City Mayors, a publication that monitors the work of mayors who have served their communities well and who have made contributions to the well-being of cities nationally and internationally.

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Global Business Leader Ana Dutra Joins Greeley and Hansen Board of Directors

June 10, 2014 – Greeley and Hansen announced that Ana Dutra, the CEO of Mandala Global Advisors, a strategy and leadership consulting company, has been elected to the firm’s Board of Directors as an independent director.

“Ana is a highly accomplished business leader with a wealth of experience in helping companies effectively execute growth strategies,” said Andy Richardson, Greeley and Hansen chairman and CEO, “and we’re so pleased that Ana has joined our board.”

Dutra, a Brazilian native with over 20 years of experience in P&L management, business growth, and “C-level” business consulting in over 30 countries, is also currently a Senior Global Advisor for Humantelligence, a technology solutions company based in Miami Beach.  Most recently, Dutra was the CEO of Korn/Ferry Consulting, where she grew a $30 million domestic business unit to an approximately $300 million global line-of-business through a combination of organic growth, acquisitions, innovative go-to-market approaches, better incorporation of technology, and the digitalization of products and services. She has also led and advised businesses in the technology, manufacturing, retail, and professional service industries, including Accenture and Mercer Management Consulting (currently Oliver Wyman), among others.
 
“Ana is truly a citizen of the world and her broad experience across various types of industries will bring a valuable perspective to our Board of Directors,” said John C. Robak, Greeley and Hansen President and COO.  “We look forward to her sharing her insights and tremendous expertise with us to help Greeley and Hansen achieve our long-term vision for sustainable growth, particularly in our expansion efforts in Latin America and other key global growth markets.”

“Greeley and Hansen has been a prominent leader in the water and wastewater industry for 100 years,” said Dutra. “I’m genuinely honored to serve on their board and to have the opportunity to contribute to the future direction and continued growth of this prestigious global engineering and architecture firm.” 

Dutra is a member of the boards for Lurie Children’s Hospital Chicago, Governors State University, The International Women’s Forum, Kellogg Alumni Advisory Board, Academy for Urban School Leadership, and Humantelligence.  She received an MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and a Juris Doctor from the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She is also frequently featured in the Harvard Business Review online, Forbes blog, CEO Magazine, and other business publications, and is a frequent speaker for the Global Competitiveness Forum, World Economic Forum, and other global conferences.

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Celebrating 100 Years of Designing Better Urban Environments

January 29, 2014 – When Samuel A. Greeley founded his namesake engineering firm in 1914, he focused on addressing one critical challenge – improving sanitary conditions and water quality in growing urban areas to create safer environments and protect public health.  Now, as the firm marks its 100th year in business, Greeley and Hansen celebrates this ongoing legacy as a leading global civil and environmental engineering firm in the water and wastewater industry. 

“Over the course of our long history of assisting municipalities with some of the most challenging and complex projects, Greeley and Hansen has earned a reputation for serving our clients as a trusted advisor to address their needs with sustainable solutions,” said Andy Richardson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We’re truly grateful to all of our current and past staff members for their passion and commitment to meeting the needs of our clients, as well as to all of our clients who have entrusted our firm to assist them with their evolving water and wastewater requirements and challenges over these many years.”

“While this is certainly a time to celebrate our heritage and the countless contributions our firm and our staff have made to our clients and their communities, it’s also time to look ahead to new and exciting project opportunities as we continue to grow the firm and expand our business operations in developing global markets,” said John C. Robak, President and Chief Operating Officer.

“We look forward to continuing to serve our client partners as we enter our next century remaining consistently focused on quality, vision, and the future, the same guideposts that have brought us to this remarkable 100th anniversary milestone,” added Robak.

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Fernando Sarmiento Appointed as New Director of Latin American Operations

December 3, 2013Greeley and Hansen has named Fernando Sarmiento as managing director of the firm’s new Latin America Operating Group.  Sarmiento most recently served as office director for the Phoenix location of the firm.  He has more than 16 years of professional engineering experience with Greeley and Hansen, managing a diverse range of water and wastewater programs and facility upgrade projects for municipal utilities and agencies.

 “Over the last two years, Fernando has been instrumental in continuing to advance our firm’s strategy for expanding business operations in high-growth Latin American markets,” said John C. Robak, Greeley and Hansen president and chief operating officer.  “In this new leadership role, Fernando will be able to better focus and direct our efforts in this important and growing region for water, wastewater and solid waste engineering services.  With his strong technical and project management background combined with his in-depth understanding of current Latin American markets, Fernando is highly qualified to lead this new international operating group for our firm.”

“Since I’m originally from South America, I am particularly excited to be in this new position to lead Greeley and Hansen’s Latin American expansion efforts, and I’m eager to strengthen our business relationships with clients in the region to secure key infrastructure projects that will support continued anticipated growth in these countries” said Sarmiento.  “This is certainly an exciting time to be at Greeley and Hansen, and I’m honored to take on this new assignment for the firm in Latin America.”

A registered Professional Engineer and Project Management Professional, Sarmiento is a Fulbright Scholar with  a masters degree in environmental engineering from Arizona State University  and a  bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from National Polytechnic School, Quito, Ecuador.  He is also a Board Certified Environmental Engineer of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and is a member of the Water Environment Federation, the Arizona Water Association, the Project Management Institute, and the Association of Mechanical Engineers, Ecuador. 

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Greeley and Hansen Receives Corporate Leadership Award from Upwardly Global

September 25, 2013 – Greeley and Hansen was honored to receive the Corporate Leadership Award from Upwardly Global at its 2013 Chicago Passport to Possibilities Awards and Gala. The award recognizes Greeley and Hansen’s long-standing commitment to workplace diversity and leadership in creating the innovative Global Engineers in Residence (GEIR) program in partnership with Upwardly Global, a national award-winning nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating employment barriers for skilled, work-authorized immigrants in the United States.

GEIR is a unique six-month apprentice-type program designed by Greeley and Hansen to provide skilled immigrants with the opportunity to gain valuable on-the-job engineering experience and mentoring to help them integrate into the U.S. professional workforce.  Upwardly Global provides direct access to this trained talent through its extensive network of immigrant professionals who are already authorized to work in the U.S., but are often employed well below their educational skill sets. 

 “By inviting skilled and experienced global engineering professionals to join their Global Engineers in Residence Program, Greeley and Hansen is demonstrating innovative ways companies can meet their talent needs and helping new Americans regain the dignity and pride that comes from working to their full abilities,” said Adolfo Hernandez, Director of the Chicago Mayor’s Office of New Americans. “ Congratulations to Greeley and Hansen’s President, John C. Robak, for receiving Upwardly Global’s 2013 Corporate Leadership Award and for helping to make Chicago a more immigrant friendly city.”

“I’m pleased to accept this leadership award on behalf of Greeley and Hansen,” said Robak.  “Our partnership with Upwardly Global has been built on our shared commitment to providing meaningful employment opportunities for skilled immigrant engineers and other professionals already authorized to work in the U.S. and living here in Chicago. We believe Upwardly Global’s pool of trained candidates is a beneficial resource for addressing the ongoing technical talent shortage experienced by many companies in the U.S.  The GEIR program can be easily adapted beyond the engineering profession to just about any organization or technical industry facing similar labor shortages.”

About Upwardly Global
Upwardly Global, founded in 2000, is a national, nonprofit organization with offices in Chicago, New York, and San Francisco. Upwardly Global helps work-authorized, skilled immigrants rebuild their professional careers in the U.S. by providing professional job-search training and access to employers with global talent needs.  For more information about the organization, please visit http://www.upwardlyglobal.org

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Greeley and Hansen Names John C. Robak as President

September 19, 2013 John C. Robak has been named president of Greeley and Hansen.   In this newly created position, he will be responsible for all internal operations and business affairs of the firm and will also direct international business operations.  Robak is a principal of the firm and will continue to serve as Chief Operating Officer.  He is also a member of the Greeley and Hansen Board of Directors.

“John has been appointed to this new position of president within our firm to add a stronger business-centric perspective within our solidly focused engineering and technical environment,” said Chief Executive Officer Andy Richardson.  “With his diverse prior international business experience, extensive people-focused capabilities, and broad, holistic business perspectives, John is highly qualified to help advance our strategic vision for sustainable growth, as well as our international footprint in targeted markets.”

“It’s both exciting and challenging to take on this new role at Greeley and Hansen as the firm continues to drive forward with a dynamic growth-oriented business model,” said Robak. “I’m particularly honored to serve as president of the firm as it heads into its 100th anniversary in 2014.  I look forward to building on that long-history of success by helping to drive high performance in our internal operations and to expand our business operations across the globe.”

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Greeley and Hansen CEO Receives Outstanding Service Award from AWWA

June 13, 2013 Andrew W. Richardson, Chief Executive Officer of Greeley and Hansen, received the Outstanding Service Award for his exceptional leadership and contributions to the water industry at the American Water Works Association (AWWA) annual conference in Denver, Colorado.

Richardson, a member of the AWWA since 1983, sat on the AWWA's Board of Directors and Executive Committee from 2001-2007, including serving as the association's President in 2005-2006.  While President of AWWA, he initiated and chaired the first meeting of the officers from all major water and wastewater associations to collaborate and develop a single, consistent message to the public, on behalf of the water industry, about the value of water to public health, safety and welfare.  He also served as the AWWA Vice-President and in other key leadership positions. In addition, Richardson has led and participated in committees for the international development of AWWA and has been a contributing author for three AWWA publications on water reuse. 

"I’m honored and humbled to receive this prestigious award from the American Water Works Association," said Richardson. “Over the years, I’ve been truly inspired by the dedicated professionals who have supported the advancement of AWWA through their tireless service, and I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work together with so many of them.  As a proud member of this notable organization for more than 30 years, I look forward to continuing our mission to improve the quality of the world’s drinking water supply and to serve as the first-line resource for the water science and education community."

Richardson and his late father, William H. Richardson (president of AWWA in 1983-84), who received the award in 1988, are the first father-son combination to receive the award in the AWWA's 132 year history.

About the American Water Works Association
Established in 1881, the American Water Works Association is the oldest and largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to safe and sustainable water in the world.  With more than 50,000 members worldwide and 43 sections in North America, AWWA advances public health, safety and welfare by uniting the efforts of the entire water community.

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Greeley and Hansen Participates in Commerce Department Trade Mission to Latin America

May 28, 2013John C. Robak, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Greeley and Hansen, accompanied U.S. Acting Secretary of Commerce Dr. Rebecca Blank on an infrastructure business development trade mission to Brazil, Colombia, and Panama from May 12-18, 2013.

The governments of these countries have each outlined ambitious infrastructure development projects for the years ahead, including plans to build roads, bridges, and water and wastewater treatment facilities and systems.  “These growing Latin American economies represent a tremendous opportunity for Greeley and Hansen,” Robak said. “I was honored to represent Greeley and Hansen and the local business community in these important talks, and I’m confident the discussions we had during the trade mission will initiate ongoing relationships with key infrastructure decision-makers.”

Robak was one of 20 business leaders from U.S. companies that were part of this trade delegation. It is also the third time in the past year that Robak has accompanied the Commerce Department to promote U.S. exports abroad. Robak previously participated in successful talks with high-level government officials and business leaders in South Africa, Zambia and Egypt, three other potential growth markets for U.S. goods and services and for Greeley and Hansen.

“This trade mission was very helpful and worthwhile for us, as Greeley and Hansen is eager to grow its business footprint in Latin American markets,” Robak said. “Greeley and Hansen has deep experience in this region, having previously completed water infrastructure projects in each of these countries during the course of our nearly 100-year history.”

To learn more about the trade mission to Brazil, Colombia, and Panama, see Robak’s blog entry at: http://www.commerce.gov/blog/2013/05/15/greeley-and-hansen-plans-increase-infrastructure-export-opportunities-latin-america

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Greeley and Hansen Participates in Global Observance of Earth Day 2013

April 22, 2013 – Greeley and Hansen joins over one billion people and companies from around the world in celebrating Earth Day 2013 today. As a civil and environmental engineering and architecture firm, Greeley and Hansen is deeply committed to collaborating with municipalities and agencies to develop sustainable solutions to their water and wastewater challenges.  “Through the work we do for our clients,” said John C. Robak, Chief Operating Officer, “Greeley and Hansen’s staff takes action every day toward protecting the environment, our communities, and the most critical resource on the earth – water.”

In recognition of this global observance of Earth Day, this year Greeley and Hansen is participating in an Earth Day initiative, called “Earth is Good Business,” being hosted by the U.S. Embassy in Colombia in partnership with the U.S. – Colombia Bilateral Chamber of Commerce (Am Cham).  The “Earth is Good Business” link on the embassy’s website offers environmentally conscious U.S. companies the opportunity to share best practices for protecting the environment and to highlight the green programs, services, and technologies they provide.

“The embassy’s Earth is Good Business site is a unique concept that highlights the importance and value of collaborating with environmentally focused businesses,” said Robak.  “Our participation in this site allows us another opportunity to emphasize our commitment to developing sustainable water resources programs and to the growth of our international business in this important market area.”

For more information about “Earth is Good Business,” visit: http://usbusiness-opportunities-embassybogota.com/2013/04/19/earth-day-is-good-business/

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Greeley and Hansen Recognized for Engineering Excellence

April 17, 2013 – The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) recognized Greeley and Hansen with several 2013 Engineering Excellence Awards for innovative projects the firm recently completed for clients.

The ACEC Michigan presented its top level award, the Honor Award for Engineering Excellence, to Greeley and Hansen and the City of Ann Arbor for the residuals handling improvements project at the city’s 30-year old wastewater treatment plant. The project required upgrading and retrofitting the existing biosolids handling facilities to improve process efficiency and performance, and to provide operational flexibility to meet future regulatory requirements. This project also received a National Recognition Award from the ACEC.

As part of the tri-venture design team for the Newtown Creek South Battery Upgrade project of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP), Greeley and Hansen, its tri-venture partners, and the NYCDEP received a Platinum Award for Engineering Excellence from the ACEC New York.  For this highly complex project, the tri-venture team developed an innovative design concept, called the Track 3 Process, that completely eliminated the use of large primary tanks to achieve required secondary treatment standards at the water pollution control plant.

Greeley and Hansen also earned two merit awards from the ACEC Indiana for engineering excellence. The new water/wastewater laboratory project that the firm completed at the City of Anderson’s water pollution control facility incorporated many safety and energy-efficient design features that will allow for accurate testing of potable water during its treatment and delivery and the testing of discharge from the wastewater treatment plant to the White River.  The new CSO interceptor project along relocated US 231 for the City of West Lafayette was also recognized with an award. This interceptor diverts up to 1.8 million gallons per day of wastewater for complete treatment and will provide city-wide economic benefits for decades to come.

“Receiving these awards reflects and reinforces Greeley and Hansen’s commitment to working collaboratively with our clients as their trusted advisor,” said John C. Robak, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.  “It also highlights our proven ability to develop creative yet practical project solutions through dedicated, high-quality service to meet the unique needs of each client and the communities they serve.”

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Greeley and Hansen Sponsors Instituto del Progreso Latino Event to Support Diversity

April 10, 2013 – As a title sponsor of Alta Cocina: A Spring Chefs Gala, Greeley and Hansen is pleased to support this annual fund-raising event for Instituto del Progreso Latino, a non-profit community-based organization serving over 11,500 participants and families in Chicago annually.  This year, the dinner and live auction gala event will be held at the Radisson Blue Aqua Hotel Chicago on Saturday, April 13, 2013.

Greeley and Hansen’s commitment to fostering workforce diversity is well aligned with Instituto’s overall mission to contribute to the fullest development of Latino immigrants and their families through education, training, and employment that fosters full participation in the U.S. society while preserving cultural identity and dignity.

John C. Robak, Greeley and Hansen Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, notes “Greeley and Hansen shares Instituto’s vision and belief that education is a transforming power for real change.  As a company headquartered in Chicago for nearly 100 years, we are pleased to partner with Instituto to help develop the next generation of future leaders and to further promote workforce diversity.  We are proud to support Instituto’s important efforts as a title sponsor of Alta Cocina.”

“Instituto del Progreso Latino has been changing lives and strengthening communities in Chicago for 35 years,” said Juan Salgado, President and CEO of Instituto. “And, we are grateful to have the support of companies like Greeley and Hansen that recognize the value of our mission to Chicago and in providing education and development to help Latino immigrants and their families increase self-sufficiency.”

About Instituto del Progreso Latino

Instituto del Progreso Latino was incorporated in 1977 to meet the needs of Latino immigrants to learn English, find employment, accustom their children to the U.S. educational systems, and adjust to life in Chicago in a myriad of ways.  Today, Instituto is recognized as a leading educational center serving more than 11,500 families annually to advance their educational horizons, encourage civic participation by becoming U.S. citizens who vote, and provide employment and career advancement opportunities that lead to secure economic futures.  For more information, visit http://www.idpl.org/

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Michael J. Hope Named Office Director

February 19, 2013 — Greeley and Hansen has named Michael J. Hope, P.E. as Office Director of the firm’s Philadelphia location.  Hope, who most recently served as a Client Service Manager and Senior Project Manager for CDM Smith, has broad experience in planning, design, and project management for a wide range of water and wastewater treatment facilities.

As Office Director, Hope will help lead efforts to advance the firm’s strategic initiatives and business performance goals in the Northeast. He will also be responsible for overall office operations, including coordinating resources, project staffing, and other human resources and financial management activities.

“Greeley and Hansen is committed to promoting a high-performance culture through leadership that is focused on client service,” said John C. Robak, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.  “Mike brings proven industry experience to our firm, as well as a genuine interest and enthusiasm for building collaborative relationships with our clients.” 

“We’re glad to welcome Mike to our team,” said Cliff Pomerantz, Managing Director, Northeast Operating Group. “He will play a key role in managing our Philadelphia operations and in developing new business to help us meet our overall growth objectives in the region.”

Hope is a registered professional engineer and is a New Jersey Certified Municipal Engineer. He holds a B.S. in civil engineering from Widener University and was named an Outstanding Young Professional Engineer by the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers.  Hope is an active member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Water Works Association, and the American Society of Civil Engineers and has served as an officer and committee chair for the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers, the Professional Engineers Society of Mercer County, the New Jersey Water Environment Association, and others.

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Kim Tanner Named Managing Director of Southwest Operations

December 5, 2012— Greeley and Hansen has named Kim A. Tanner as Managing Director of the firm’s Southwest Operating Group.  Mr. Tanner, who most recently served as Vice President in the Arizona Operations for Kennedy/Jenks Consultants, has more than 35 years of broad experience with engineering operations and project management in the water and wastewater field.

“Kim’s depth of technical expertise and his proven leadership experience in operations management along with his client-focused and performance-driven consulting approach will be extremely valuable in this key role within our organization,” said Andy Richardson, Chief Executive Officer.  “We’re very pleased that Kim has joined our firm and will be working with us to achieve our strategic business goals.”

As a Managing Director at Greeley and Hansen, Tanner will have broad responsibilities for directing day-to-day business operations, as well as developing and implementing the annual marketing and business development plan and budget for the firm’s Southwest offices. “With his in-depth experience and understanding of client needs and market conditions in the Southwest, Kim is certainly primed to help grow our operations in that region,” said Paul Vogel, Executive Vice President, Western Operations.

“I’m looking forward to working with our clients and staff in the Southwest and to advancing Greeley and Hansen’s long-range strategy for sustained growth,” said Tanner. 

A registered Professional Engineer, Tanner holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Kansas State University.  He is a member of the American Water Works Association.

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Greeley and Hansen’s Ballotti Fellowship Awarded to Two Purdue University Engineering Students

October 16, 2012 – Two Purdue University students, Yue Hu and Dan Su, were awarded Greeley and Hansen’s Elmer F. Ballotti Memorial Fellowship at the Purdue School of Civil Engineering’s annual Scholarships and Awards Program on October 12, 2012.  The event also marked the 125th anniversary of the School of Civil Engineering.

The memorial fellowship, which was established by Greeley and Hansen in 1996 to honor the distinguished engineering career of Elmer F. Ballotti, a Purdue alumnus and a long-time partner of the firm, is presented annually to exceptional Purdue graduate students pursuing studies in environmental engineering.  Greeley and Hansen’s Bethany Wallin presented the awards to Hu and Su, who were selected for the fellowship based on their academic performance and strong leadership abilities.

“Greeley and Hansen is proud to support these promising students as well as the School of Civil Engineering’s outstanding academic program,” said John C. Robak, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.  “We certainly share the school’s dedication to promoting engineering excellence, and we believe the Ballotti fellowship is a meaningful way to continue our partnership with Purdue to develop the best engineering talent for the future.”

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Greeley and Hansen Supports Environmental Sustainability Through America in Bloom Sponsorship

May 1, 2012 – Greeley and Hansen is the newest sponsor of America in Bloom (AIB), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting nationwide beautification through education and community involvement by encouraging the use of flowers, plants, trees, and other environmental and lifestyle enhancements.  As an environmentally focused technical firm, Greeley and Hansen supports AIB’s mission and annual beautification program for cities and towns of all sizes, which provides a framework for continuous improvements by planting pride in communities.  Over the past 10 years, nearly 200 cities from 38 states have experienced the many benefits that the AIB program has brought to their communities.

 “While our direct line of business is focused on water, wastewater, and infrastructure engineering and architecture, ultimately, at Greeley and Hansen we create better urban environments by collaborating with municipalities to develop sustainable water resources programs for their communities,” said John C. Robak, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “Our focus on environmental sustainability is in lockstep with the mission and work of AIB, and we’re proud to support their important efforts as a national sponsor.”

“We’re delighted to partner with Greeley and Hansen, a technical firm that supports our overall mission and truly understands that America in Bloom is about much more than just aesthetics,” said Marvin N. Miller, PhD, President of AIB.  “We know there are many positive economic, sociological, psychological, and environmental impacts when a city adopts the AIB program as its own.  These range from reduced vandalism and other crimes to improved recreation and related health benefits.  Many mayors and other officials of participating cities have told us that the program unified their city into a real community in ways they never thought possible,” he added. 

City of Lafayette, Indiana Mayor Tony Roswarski experienced the benefits of participating in the AIB program first-hand. “America in Bloom is a wonderful program that helps promote and support neighborhood pride, quality of life, economic development, and a genuine sense of community,” said Roswarski. “Based on our city’s experiences with the program a few years ago,  I’ve found that it brings people together and helps with that old fashioned neighbor-to-neighbor interaction, with residents rolling up their sleeves and working together to make our city and the environment better for everyone.  I am extremely pleased to see Greeley and Hansen as a sponsor of AIB and their commitment to helping to build strong foundations for stronger communities.”

 About America in Bloom
America in Bloom is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization encouraging nationwide beautification programs, personal and community involvement, educational programs, and the challenge of a friendly competition among participating communities across the country. The AIB program provides a framework for continuous improvements in communities. For more information, visit www.americainbloom.org.

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Bauner to Serve as 2012-2013 Chair of NYSAWWA

April 23, 2012Amanda Bauner, P.E., an Associate of Greeley and Hansen, became the Chair of the New York Section American Water Works Association (NYSAWWA) at the organization’s Annual Water Event & Expo recently.

An active member of the NYSAWWA, Bauner most recently served as Vice Chair and as a member of the executive committee.  She is also the Chair of the 100th anniversary committee and is the liaison to the Membership Committee and Young Professionals Committee.

“Greeley and Hansen encourages and supports the active participation of our staff in professional  and industry organizations, because we believe it’s extremely fulfilling and beneficial  for them to network and collaborate with a broad spectrum of their peers about industry issues, concerns and challenges,” said  Andy Richardson, Greeley and Hansen Chief Executive Officer and a past president of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), an international nonprofit educational association dedicated to safe water.  “It’s wonderful to see how Amanda has continued to progress in her involvement with the NYSAWWA, and we’re certainly proud of her leadership and her genuine commitment to helping advance the mission and goals of this important industry organization.”

About the NYSAWWA
The New York Section of the American Water Works Association is the state's largest organization dedicated to plentiful, high-quality drinking water. NYSAWWA provides professional development and training, technical resources, and advocacy for the Section’s more than 2,000 members -- water treatment plant operators, distributors, consulting engineers, contractors, students, and government officials. For more information, visit http://www.nysawwa.org/

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Greeley and Hansen CEO to Lead Discussion on Sustainable Water Management and Use

March 15, 2012 – In conjunction with the annual international observation of World Water Day on March 22, 2012, Greeley and Hansen’s Chief Executive Officer Andy Richardson will be a featured speaker and moderator of a panel discussion on Sustainable Water Management and Use at the 2012 Chicago World Water Day Symposium.

The symposium brings together local leaders in the global water and wastewater industry to promote discussion about critical water-related topics.  As moderator of the panel, Richardson will lead a discussion on the triple bottom line approach of balancing people, planet, and profit for sustainable water management.  “At Greeley and Hansen, we always take a triple bottom line, life-cycle cost approach to our facility projects, focusing on long-term maintenance and operating costs along with consideration of potential impacts on both renewable and non-renewable resources,” said Richardson.  “With the ever evolving concerns about sustaining critical water resources for the future, I’m looking forward to participating in the discussion of this timely and highly relevant topic during the symposium.”

The event will be held on March 22 at the Allerton Hotel, 701 N. Michigan Avenue, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.  For more information about the Chicago World Water Day Symposium visit (http://cornerstone-international.net/blue-tech/). 

About UN Water’s World Water Day 2012

International World Water Day is held annually on March 22nd as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating March 22, 1993 as the first World Water Day. Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater. For more information about World Water Day 2012 visit http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday/

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Greeley and Hansen Supports Sustainable Infrastructure Organization

March 9, 2012 – Greeley and Hansen has joined the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) as a Charter Member and will participate in the ISI Advisory Council and ISI Infrastructure Forum to support and help advance the mission of the institute.  ISI is a non-profit organization established to develop and promote a sustainability rating system and tool for civil infrastructure in the United States.

The ISI rating system is founded on the “triple bottom line” concept of sustainability, which includes environmental, economic, and social considerations, and is designed to identify the benefits of sustainable practice for owners, regulators, and practitioners.  It represents the only comprehensive assessment system that strives to improve a project’s social and environmental performance, while also accounting for economic benefits and creating a better long-term value for the community.

“Greeley and Hansen is committed to incorporating sustainable design principles to provide municipal utilities and agencies with technical solutions that effectively balance environmental and cost considerations while also enhancing the quality of life in their communities,” said Andy Richardson, Greeley and Hansen Chief Executive Officer.  “As a long-time leader in water and wastewater engineering, we certainly understand the critical need to develop holistic approaches that will provide safe and reliable water systems for a sustainable future, and we’re committed to supporting the ISI in its efforts to develop a comprehensive system for measuring the sustainability of infrastructure projects.

About the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI)
The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization structured to develop and maintain a sustainability rating system for civil infrastructure in the United States.  The organization was founded by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), the American Public Works Association (APWA) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
For more information about ISI visit http://www.sustainableinfrastructure.org/.

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Greeley and Hansen Partners with Gateway Green Chicago to Sponsor a Local Expressway Garden

February 16, 2012 – Greeley and Hansen is partnering with Chicago Gateway Green, a non-profit organization dedicated to greening and beautifying Chicago’s expressways, gateways, and neighborhoods, to sponsor a new expressway garden that will be installed along the I-90 Kennedy Expressway at the Bryn Mawr exit. Last year, Chicago Gateway Green celebrated its 25th anniversary of transforming city roadways into landscaped parkways and green spaces.

“These public-private partnerships with firms like Greeley and Hansen have helped Chicago truly become a garden within a city and serve an important environmental purpose,” says Chicago Gateway Green’s Executive Director, Heather Korpella.  “By partnering with us, these companies show their spirit of collaboration and commitment to a collective vision for a sustainable city.”

“The efforts of Gateway Green are strongly aligned with our overall company mission of designing better urban environments,” says John C. Robak, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of Greeley and Hansen.  “As a national firm headquartered in Chicago for nearly 100 years, we’ve prided ourselves on working to develop sustainability programs that serve the needs of urban communities.  That’s why we’re genuinely enthused about partnering with Gateway Green to support the important work they do to improve the environment.”

About Chicago Gateway Green
Dedicated to greening and beautifying the region’s expressways, gateways and communities, Chicago Gateway Green was founded in 1986 to benefit the environment and improve the quality of life for millions of Chicagoland residents and annual visitors. A  non-profit organization, Chicago Gateway Green makes an impact in the community with three key programs: Expressway Partnership, transforming city roadways into landscaped parkways; the International Sculpture Program, beautifying gateways through the installation of public, international art on expressways; and the Tree Partnership, a large-scale tree planting initiative that transforms unused land into green spaces. The organization has broad support across the region’s business and civic community and serves as a model for effective public-private partnerships. For more information visit www.gatewaygreen.org.

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Greeley and Hansen Joins Chicago United to Further Promote Workplace Diversity

December 27, 2011 Greeley and Hansen is pleased to have recently joined Chicago United, an advocacy organization promoting multiracial leadership development in corporate governance, the leadership pipeline and business partnerships. As the newest member of Chicago United, Greeley and Hansen joins a host of companies that have a shared investment in the City of Chicago and in building sustainable diversity in the workforce and leadership.

“Chicago United’s members range from emerging businesses to Fortune 500 corporations, representing some of Chicago’s brightest leaders,” said Gloria Castillo, President of Chicago United.  “We’re glad to welcome Greeley and Hansen to our membership. Our members are among the nation’s thought leaders in developing sustainable diversity in a way that strengthens the corporate community, the broader economy, and society as a whole,” she added.

John C. Robak, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of Greeley and Hansen, said “With our long-standing commitment to cultivating a diverse employee population, Greeley and Hansen is pleased to be a part of this visionary organization and to share best practices in diversity and inclusion with other area businesses.”

“At Greeley and Hansen, we view diversity as an important strategic business imperative and believe that having a broad multicultural employee base drives innovation and creativity throughout our firm by providing new perspectives and thinking,” Robak said.  “We’re excited to collaborate with Chicago United to promote diversity within the Chicago business community and beyond.”

About Chicago United

Chicago United promotes multiracial leadership in business to advance parity in economic opportunity. Chicago United supports the business community’s need to maximize the use of corporate and entrepreneurial talent and brings together diverse senior business leaders to break through barriers to realize the benefits of diversity and inclusion.

Chicago United is the premiere organization creating an environment where racially diverse CEOs and executive level management can share common experiences to promote multiracial leadership in governance, management, and business partnerships while delivering best practices for diversity practitioners and building relationships among leaders who share common values. Visit Chicago United online at: http://www.chicago-united.org/

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