Most of ASTI's Directors have over 20 years professional experience. ASTI Directors are active in the development and review of Federal and State of Michigan standards for environmental assessment, and in training and education. ASTI's Directors participate in the definition of professional environmental practice.
ASTI staff certifications including the following;
• Certified Asbestos Building Inspector
• Certified Management Planner
• Certified Project Designer (Michigan)
• Certified Asbestos Hazard Evaluation Specialist (Ohio)
• Certified Environmental Professional (CEP)
• Certified Environmental Trainer (CET)
• Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM)
• Laboratory Quality Assurance/Quality Control Training Certification
• Certified Hazardous Waste Contractor
• Certified Radon Measurement Specialist
• Certified Dust Sampling Technician
• 36 CFR Part 61 Qualified Architectural Historian
• Certified RCRA & DOT Trainer
• Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager
• Certified Storm Water Operator
• Certified Underground Storage Tank Professional (Michigan)
• Certified Professional Geologist (CPG)
• Certified Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS)
• Certified Waste Treatment Plant Operator for Constructed Wetlands
• Certified Forester
• Professional Wetland Scientist
• Registered Environmental Property Assessor (REPA)
• Registered Professional Engineer (MI, IL)
ASTI Directors bring more than 20 years of professional experience in their respective areas of expertise.
Mr. Thomas Wackerman
President and founder of ASTI Environmental, Thomas Wackerman, is also the practice leader for our Brownfield Redevelopment Group. In addition, Mr. Wackerman is the Chairman of the University of Michigan/Urban Land Institute Real Estate Forum that has highlighted real estate best practices in Michigan since 1986. He has been instrumental in the technical and policy aspects of Brownfield Redevelopment and obtaining incentives for projects across the state, including the redevelopment of the 206 acre Steelcase Campus. Mr. Wackerman earned his degree from the University of Michigan. He is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (Masters Level), Certified Environmental Trainer, and Licensed Real Estate Instructor.
Ms. Dianne Martin
Director of the Resource Assessment and Management Group, Ms. Martin, is an ecological expert with 16 years of experience serving clients throughout the Midwest. Since arriving at ASTI Environmental in 1998 she has completed numerous projects ranging from Threatened and Endangered Species Surveys to Wetland Delineations. She is a graduate of Western Michigan University where she earned a B.S. in Biology and Ms. Martin holds an M.S. from Eastern Michigan University. Ms. Martin is a member of the Society of Wetland Professionals.
Mr. David Amir
Director of the Site Redevelopment Services Group, Mr. Amir, has more than 23 years in the environmental industry in a variety of areas including Phase I environmental site assessments (ESAs), Phase II ESAs, baseline environmental assessments (BEAs), underground storage tank (UST) investigations and closure activities, soil and ground water evaluations, and hazardous materials inspections and abatement projects. He has a B.S. in Geology from Eastern Michigan University.
Mr. Bruce Bawkon, P.E.
Director of Industrial Compliance Group, Mr. Bawkon, has over 30 years of experience as a professional engineer. He is successful in managing technical staffs and large scale projects pertaining to regulatory compliance, facility design, permitting and complex investigations for both single- and multi-site operations at solid waste management and industrial facilities. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Michigan and Illinois, a Certified Storm Water Management Operator and a member of the Washtenaw County Consortium for Solid Waste Management. He oversees all of ASTIs compliance and permit programs, and various compliance monitoring projects for solid waste and industrial sites in Michigan and Illinois. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, with a Masters in Engineering and Bachelors in Natural Resources.
Mr. Richard Welsh
Director of Property Services Group, Rick Welsh, is an Environmental Professional, a Certified Project Manager, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology with over 25 years of experience in assessment and remediation. He has experience in developing and leading multi-disciplinary teams. His technical expertise covers a variety of disciplines including: contaminated site investigation and remediation, environmental due diligence, human and ecological risk assessment, toxicology and litigation support, and permitting and impact assessment. He has a M.S. in Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology from University of California, Davis, and his B.A. in Biochemistry & Phisiology from the University of California, San Diego.
Mr. Doug Brown
Director of Development, Doug Brown, connects clients to strategic real estate opportunities and is also responsible for client satisfaction and growing the ASTI brand throughout the Great Lakes Region. Mr. Brown led the most successful Brownfield Transaction Forum ever and has received numerous awards for excellence in economic development and real estate, including Commercial Inc. Magazine's "Elite Eight," the Michigan Economic Developers Association President's Award and the Horizon Award Trophy from Detroit Fusion - The Detroit Regional Chamber's Young Leader's Organization.
Mr. Gary Bindus
Director of Operations, Mr. Bindus, Has over 30 years of experience in financial operations and management. He is responsible for all support operations. Mr. Bindus earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration majoring in Finance and Accounting from Eastern Michigan University.
Mr. George Kandler
As a Senior Adviser to ASTI, George has over 43 years of experience in the environmental business. After retiring from ASTI, he will continue to consult on special ASTI projects. George is a certified environmental professional and a member of the Building Industry Association of Southeast Michigan, American Society of Testing Materials, and a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager. Mr. Kandler received a B.S. in Biological Science from Michigan Technological University before obtaining an M.S. in Limnology from Michigan State University.