Our Team.

 

Executive Team

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Steve

Cummings

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Cummings co-founded Nova Group in 1987 and under his guidance and leadership the company has grown to become one of the largest and most respected firms in the environmental and engineering industry. Always keeping the focus on our clients’ needs, Steve has guided Nova in developing and expanding the company’s services. With a vision to go global, Steve has made strategic acquisitions over the past decade to expand our reach and make Nova what it is today.

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Neil

Archibald

Senior Vice President,

Business Development

Mr. Archibald manages accounts for Nova’s domestic and international platform and oversees Nova’s Business Development division. Since joining Nova in 2010, he has helped rapidly expand Nova’s footprint by focusing on operations, revenue opportunities, customer service, and strategic partnerships. He brings over 15 years of experience in real estate, and the commercial real estate due diligence industry.

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Cary

Asper

Senior Vice President,

Capital Markets Group Manager

Mr. Asper manages Nova’s National Client Program. He provides senior technical review of deliverables to ensure all aspects of the scope are met. As an SVP with Nova, he has extensive client contact, including state and nationwide project management; program implementation; QA/QC; and liaison with federal, state, and local regulatory agencies. Mr. Asper focuses on innovative problem solving with clients to assist transactions to a successful close.

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Ben

Bohline

President & Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Bohline oversees the Finance/Accounting and Human Resources functions of Nova. Mr. Bohline works closely with the other members of Nova’s executive team and helps provide information to make operational, financial, and strategic decisions. He is also responsible for corporate insurance, audit and tax, employee health and welfare plans, and banking relationships. Mr. Bohline has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). His previous work experience is in public accounting performing financial statement audits.

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Allan

Busse

Director, Nova Ambiente

Mr. Busse founded Ambiente in July 2005 before merging the business with Nova Group, GBC to create Nova Ambiente. He’s a geologist with a Master’s Degree from the Aachen Institute of Technology in Germany and has a 28-year history in environmental consultancy throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas specialising on transaction advice and developing the environmental management service line. Allan focuses primarily on business and product development. He also regularly takes a Project Director role and continues to maintain a keen interest in all of the company projects.

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Robert

Hird

Senior Vice President,

Chief Operations Officer

Mr. Hird has over 27 years of experience in the due diligence, environmental and engineering industry. As Chief Operations Officer, Mr. Hird is responsible for the development and implementation of Nova’s operational services to support our clients’ needs. This includes working with clients to delineate appropriate scopes, objectives, budgets and priorities to meet their project needs as well as working with staff to ensure that they are properly trained and that quality assurance programs are properly followed.

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Paul

Johnson

Senior Vice President,

Director of Operations

Mr. Johnson directs the international efforts of Nova Group, GBC. He works closely with the group managers and office managers of Nova’s branch offices. Mr. Johnson has more than 30 years of experience in environmental consulting. He has managed technical service groups, contracts, sales and marketing initiatives, and has developed many of Nova’s technical programs and standard operating procedures.

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Tom

Warn,

LEED AP

Senior Vice President,

Sustainability Services

Mr. Warn has over 35 years of experience in conducting environmental, energy, and engineering services. His responsibilities have included project management for state and federal agencies, as well as commercial and industrial facilities, on tasks involving sustainable construction, development, and redevelopment; energy audits; environmental site assessments, investigation; remedial action; risk assessment; compliance audits; and regulatory impact analysis.  

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Keely Felton, CEA, CMVP

Vice President,

Nova Energy Group

Ms. Felton oversees all Freddie and Fannie green loan reports and other deliverables completed by Nova Energy Group. In this capacity, she reviews High-Performance Building reports and Green Assessment reports for these programs while working closely with Nova’s clients to make sure that all pertinent information is communicated throughout the process. Keely is a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional. She is highly experienced with utility data analysis, including Portfolio Manager and benchmarking.

 

Business Development Team

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Neil Archibald

Senior Vice President,

Business Development

Mr. Archibald manages accounts for Nova’s domestic and international platform and oversees Nova’s Business Development division. Since joining Nova in 2010, he has helped rapidly expand Nova’s footprint by focusing on operations, revenue opportunities, customer service, and strategic partnerships. He brings over 15 years of experience in real estate, and the commercial real estate due diligence industry.

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Tom

Warn, LEED AP

Senior Vice President,

Sustainability Services

Mr. Warn has over 35 years of experience in conducting environmental, energy, and engineering services. His responsibilities have included project management for state and federal agencies, as well as commercial and industrial facilities, on tasks involving sustainable construction, development, and redevelopment; energy audits; environmental site assessments, investigation; remedial action; risk assessment; compliance audits; and regulatory impact analysis.  

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Sara

Kelm

Vice President,

Business Development

Ms. Kelm has a track record of success in sales and marketing with over 20 years of experience, 17 of which are in the commercial real estate industry, particularly in Chicago and the Midwest. She has a reputation within the industry for integrity, dependability, and exceptional customer service.

Jack

Cummings

Vice President,
Business Development Team Lead

Mr. Cummings works with lenders and institutional investors in the commercial real estate industry. Based out of New York City, Mr. Cummings’ priorities are fostering relationships with Nova’s Northeast clientele, sharing best practices as well as offering best in class solutions enabling our clients to achieve their most critical goals. Prior to joining Nova Group, he worked at Cushman & Wakefield as a member of their advisory team in their office brokerage department.

 

Capital Markets Group

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Cary

Asper

Senior Vice President,

Capital Markets Group Manager

Mr. Asper manages Nova’s National Client Program. He provides senior technical review of deliverables to ensure all aspects of the scope are met. As an SVP with Nova, he has extensive client contact, including state and nationwide project management; program implementation; QA/QC; and liaison with federal, state, and local regulatory agencies. Mr. Asper focuses on innovative problem solving with clients to assist transactions to a successful close.

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Ray

Hutchinson

Vice President,

New York, NY

Mr. Hutchison has over 20 years of experience in the engineering and environmental science fields. He has been involved in the details of thousands of real estate transactions and understands the specific needs and scopes of work required for the different parties involved in the transaction.

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Greg

Murphy

Vice President,

San Francisco, CA

Mr. Murphy offers over 20 years of experience in the real estate assessment field. He works with a wide variety of clients across the country and has managed the successful completion of over 15,000 due diligence projects throughout his career, including Phase I and II environmental assessments, property condition assessments, and seismic studies.

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Hitesh

Patel

National Account Manager,
New York, NY

Mr. Patel has over 22 years of consulting experience in the environmental and engineering industry. He has assisted a wide range of clients, including CMBS lenders, insurance companies, national and regional banks, REITs, agency lenders, and equity firms with their due diligence needs.

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Kristin

Tate

Vice President,

HUD Program Manager

Ms. Tate oversees all of the HUD/FHA reports and other deliverables completed by Nova Group’s HUD Program. In this capacity, she reviews all Property Condition Needs Assessment (PCNA) reports and CNA e-Tools while working closely with project managers and conducting final reviews on all environmental due diligence to assure all federal, state, and local agencies were contacted and the appropriate information is relayed to the client in a timely manner.

 
 

Equity Group

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Doug 

Knight

Vice President, 
Equity Group Director

Mr. Knight is Director of the Equity Group. He has over 25 years of experience in the consulting engineering business, with a focus in environmental services. As a project professional, he has been involved with the identification, quantification, and mitigation of environmental and facility defects on a wide variety of commercial, residential, and raw property projects. Mr. Knight has experience in over 1,000 environmental and facility projects, including Phase I and II ESAs, hazardous substances (asbestos, lead, and radon), remedial investigation/delineations, PCAs, and building envelope commissioning. Mr. Knight earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Centre College in Kentucky and is based out of Columbus, Ohio. 

 

Construction Group

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Joseph DiBernardo

Vice President,

Construction Services Group Manager

Mr. DiBernardo, with a background in Civil Engineering, has over 25 years of experience in engineering design, consulting, construction monitoring, and project management. More recently, he has focused on construction loan risk management for national and international lenders, commercial banks, real estate investment trusts, private equity investors, tax credit unions, bridge lenders, CMBS’s, and developers. He is currently responsible for the management of technical staff including: architects, engineers, construction specialists, and professional associates. His duties include department operations, department sales/marketing, preparing proposals, client interface, and construction administration reporting nationwide while providing high level construction services and minimizing construction loan risks for clients.

Nova Energy Group

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Keely

Felton, CEA, CMVP

Vice President,

Nova Energy Group

Ms. Felton oversees all Freddie and Fannie green loan reports and other deliverables completed by Nova Energy Group. In this capacity, she reviews High-Performance Building reports and Green Assessment reports for these programs while working closely with Nova’s clients to make sure that all pertinent information is communicated throughout the process. Keely is a Certified Energy Auditor as well as a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional. She is highly experienced with utility data analysis, including ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager® and benchmarking.

 

Industrial Hygiene & Hazardous Materials Group

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Rick

Leines,

REM, CESCO

Vice President - Industrial
Hygiene (IH) & Hazardous Materials Group

Mr. Leines is Vice President of the IH & Hazardous Materials Group, working out of Lenexa, Kansas. He has spent his 25+ years of experience in the environmental, health, and safety (EHS) industry serving clients by managing a wide variety of EHS projects at industrial, commercial, state, and federal facilities throughout the United States. He is responsible for business development, contract and project management, industrial hygiene and safety-related services, project oversight, training of clients and staff, regulatory review, and reporting.

 

Regional Group

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Mark Perry

Corporate Vice President,

Environmental Assessment & Remediation Group Leader

Mr. Perry has more than 25 years of experience conducting and managing environmental investigations, brownfield redevelopment/remediation, and property site assessments, including: Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESA), Property Condition Assessments (PCA), Property Zoning Reports (PZR) and Hazardous Materials Surveys. Mr. Perry also has experience with the coordination and oversight of Geotechnical Evaluations and aspects of Construction Loan Monitoring projects, including upfront construction document reviews, monthly site inspections, and pay application/draw reviews.

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Vanessa Chambers

Senior Vice President, Southern Region

Mrs. Chambers currently serves as a Senior Vice President and Nova’s Southern Regional Manager. Mrs. Chambers is proficient in a variety of environmental services and oversees geotechnical and facilities services for several client accounts. In addition, Mrs. Chambers directs the client development and technical delivery functions of the region.

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Mike Minett

Vice President,

Atlantic Region

Mr. Minett has been involved with environmental projects for more than 22 years. His responsibilities have included client communication and scope development. He specializes in providing due diligence consulting services to banks and financial institutions prior to acquisition.

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Rich George

Regional Client Manager

Mr. George is a Regional Client Manager based out of Jacksonville, Florida. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and Hydrology, Rich is a licensed PG and LSRP with over 23 years of experience providing due diligence in the environmental and engineering field. Rich is responsible for managing due diligence investigations for property acquisition and financing, including environmental site assessments (ESAs), property condition assessments (PCAs), subsurface site investigations, site characterizations, remediation and other due diligence-related services. This includes providing expert-level managerial, technical and operational project coordination and managing client relations in the development and implementation of Nova services. He works directly with clients to delineate appropriate scopes, objectives, budgets and priorities that meet their project needs.

Telecom Group

Dave Akerblom

Director,

Telecom NEPA

Mr. Akerblom is Director, Telecom NEPA with Nova’s Telecom Group, which provides environmental and regulatory due diligence to the wireless infrastructure development industry. Mr. Akerblom has 19 years of consulting experience, specializing in Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews for the telecommunications industry. He is an expert in completing and managing National Environmental Quality Act – Categorical Exclusions Screenings & Environmental Assessments, State/Local Environmental Quality Review Analyses, Wetland/Floodplain Consultation, HUD, and other related services.

Rob

Wilkens

Director,

Telecom Due Diligence

Mr. Wilkens is the Director of Due Diligence in Nova Group’s Telecom division. Mr. Wilkens brings 20 years of due diligence experience helping wireless carriers and tower builders assess their site installations for background environmental conditions and regulatory compliance clearance prior to tower and building sites going “on-air”. He has conducted Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reports for a wide range of local and national clients, including wireless carriers, tower builders, government agencies, banks, law firms, and property owners.

 

Zoning Services Group

Alicia
Taylor

Nova Zoning Group Lead

As the Nova Zoning Group Lead, Ms. Taylor’s role is to develop the Zoning Services offered at Nova Group, GBC. Her duties include creation of the Nova zoning report and database, end-to-end production of quality zoning reports, efficiently communicating and mentoring internal Client Managers to drive growth, and building relationships with external Clients to extend services. Ms. Taylor started her zoning career at the age of 22 and now has more than 12 years of experience in the Zoning industry. She has written over 2,500 and managed over 5,000 Zoning Conformance Reports of various project types, including office, retail, industrial, multifamily, hospitality, assisted living, skilled nursing, medical, mobile home communities, self-storage, and shopping centers. 

 

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