Adam Davis is a Managing Partner for Ecosystem Investment Partners (EIP), a private equity fund manager that acquires and manages high priority conservation properties across the United States. EIP delivers competitive returns to its investors through the use of land-based environmental offsets for unavoidable impacts.
He previously served as Director of the Environment Division for EPRI Solutions, a consulting firm owned by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) where he worked with a team of economists, biologists and hydrologists to develop decision tools, appraisal methods and tax strategies to enable market based conservation choices. This then led him to start his own consulting practice, Solano Partners, Inc., where he worked with a broad array of corporate, government and NGO clients on environmental investment and conservation finance issues. One core client was the online information service called Ecosystem Marketplace, which he cofounded and where he served as Editor-in-Chief. Davis received the 2002 Ecological Society of America Corporate Award for his contribution to the understanding of connections between recycling, resource recovery and ecosystem health.
Donald H. Ross
EarthBalance - 2579 N. Toledo Blade Boulevard, North Port, FL 34289
(941) 426-7878 | earthbalance.com
Don Ross founded EarthBalance (originally Florida Environmental, Inc.), an ecosystem restoration and environmental consulting company based in Florida, and has served as Chairman-of-the Board there since 2009. For more than 30 years, EarthBalance, dedicated to maintaining and growing the Earth’s natural capital for the benefit of people, has worked throughout the southeastern United States and the Caribbean deploying teams of environmental scientists and trained technicians who are experts in designing, constructing, restoring, and managing upland and wetland habitats.
Ross is a professional wetland scientist with a master’s degree in Ecology from the University of Tennessee Knoxville and has been a leader in environmental issues and ecosystem services in the state of Florida for three decades, serving on the Charlotte County Board of Commissioners, the Florida Environmental Regulation Commission, as Chairman of the Florida Environmental Regulation Commission, and as President of the Florida Association of Mitigation Bankers in 2012-2013.
Falling Springs, LLC - 6243 River Road, Suite 7, Richmond, VA 23229
(804) 330-8092 | fallingspringsllc.com
James Parker is Manager of Mitigation Sales & Acquisitions for Falling Springs LLC and has been with the company since its inception in 2007. Parker oversees mitigation sales and services in order to provide mitigation solutions for Falling Springs’ clients & customers. He is also responsible for and assists his management team with business development opportunities, financial analysis, underwriting, due diligence, acquisition, and management of the company’s mitigation banking assets. Prior to and coinciding with his work at Falling Springs, Parker was a Real Estate Project Manager for Tredegar Corporation where he managed the corporation’s real estate holdings & investments from 2007-2012.
Previously Parker was an account manager with the sports marketing & licensing agency CLC in Atlanta for four years and holds a M.B.A from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and a B.A. in business administration from James Madison University.
Applied Land Restoration - PO Box 7901, Little Rock, AR 72217
(479) 200-0504 | alrland.com
Page Shurgar is the President and founder of Applied Land Restoration (ALR), a design/build stream and wetland restoration firm specializing in mitigation. She began her professional career as a forester with the Peace Corps in West Africa. Her service continued through over a decade of non-profit activity including working with The Nature Conservancy, the Kings River Watershed Partnership, and various other local watershed initiatives. Prior to ALR, Shurgar co-founded Streamworks Mitigation Services, LLC. During her time there she designed and developed multiple large-scale mitigation projects, primarily for the oil and gas industry.
In addition to environmental consulting and contract restoration, ALR owns and operates a mitigation bank in central Arkansas. Shurgar holds a M.S. in Biological Engineering from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and a B.S. in Natural Resources from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN.
Pamela Fetterman is the managing member and Principal Scientist of ecoGENESIS, LLC, a cutting edge environmental consulting business founded on the principles of the care and stewardship of the ecological systems which sustain humanity. ecoGENESIS provides feasibility analysis, wetland delineation, environmental permitting, endangered species surveying and permitting, contract management, land management, mitigation, monitoring, ecological valuation and ecological design services to wetland mitigation bankers, land developers, single-family residential homeowners, federal, state and local governments, non-governmental organizations, and other regulated industries.
Fetterman has 23 years of experience in environmental and ecological resource management, permitting, and water use regulations. She has focused on the fields of evaluation of impacts to wetland structure and function, delineation and verification of wetland and surface water boundaries jurisdictional to Florida and the United States, large scale wetland restoration and mitigation banking, ecological restoration, natural lands management, and conservation banking.
Preston W. Smith is a Partner and Vice President with Wildwood Environmental Credit Company, LLC (Wildwood), a strategic team focused on sustainable land use. At Wildwood, Smith has specialized in the generation of mitigation and conservation permitting strategies for clients across a variety of industries and states. He currently manages the sales and marketing for Wildwood’s over 25,000 acres of mitigation projects, while aiding in the regulatory permitting of new projects.
Smith has extensive experience in strategic development for ecosystem marketplace opportunities, venture capital raises and the ability to deliver unique marketing solutions. He played a critical role in the acquisition of Pineywoods Mitigation Bank, one of the country’s largest mitigation banks at 19,075 acres. He holds a BA from Southern Methodist University and is a member of numerous conservation minded organizations including the Society of Texas Environmental Professionals.
Land and Water Resources, Inc. - 9575 W. Higgins Rd., Suite 801 Rosemont, Illinois 60018
(847)-692-7170 | lawrinc.com
Randy Vogel is Manager of Operations for Land and Water Resources, Inc., a mitigation banking firm based in suburban Chicago. Land and Water Resources
has mitigation banks in the Midwest, West and Southeast. Vogel has over 35 years of professional experience in natural resource planning, impact analysis
and permitting, and habitat restoration.
His educational training was as a plant taxonomist and ecologist and he brings a broad range of experience and expertise to ERBA. Previously Vogel served
as Vice President and Director of Consulting Services for Applied Ecological Services where he was actively involved in natural resource inventories,
natural community restorations, and mitigation banking. Previously, Vogel worked in the not-for profit sector on issues related to urban forestry,
invasive plants, (including development of protocols for quarantine and testing of new ornamental plant introductions), and accidental exotic insect
introductions. He also has a regulatory background having served in a State regulatory capacity where he supervised review of surface mining permits
and development of environmentally and ecologically sound reclamation methodologies.
Resource Environmental Solutions, LLC - 701 E. Bay St. Suite 306 Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 619-4468 | res.us
Randy Wilgis is Chief Solutions Officer at Resource Environmental Solutions LLC (RES) and leads RES efforts to develop solutions for complex mitigation challenges. In South Carolina, Mr. Wilgis led the development of the Carolina Heelsplitter Mitigation Bank and the Waccamaw Mitigation Bank, both precedent-setting projects for the region, along with overseeing multiple turnkey mitigation projects for major economic development initiatives in the area.
Wilgis is a past President of the National Mitigation Banking Association, currently chairs the Partnerships Committee for the South Carolina Mitigation Association, is an instructor for the Conservation Leadership Network, and speaks at a multitude of industry events. Prior to joining EBX, Wilgis was a Senior Vice President with TESSCO Technologies, where he founded three service businesses with combined annual revenues of over $250 million in 2004. He received his BSE from the Duke University School of Engineering, and MBA from the University of Virginia-Darden School of Business and is currently residing in South Carolina.
Westervelt Ecological Services - 1400 Jack Warner Parkway NE, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404
(205) 562-5000 | wesmitigation.com
Mr. Hemmen serves as Vice President with oversight of the Business and Market Development for Westervelt Ecological Services (WES). Mr. Hemmen coordinates with private and public clients on project specific mitigation and manages sales of existing bank credits. Mr. Hemmen identifies potential site acquisitions, analyzes market information to ensure the finished mitigation banks are a viable product.
Mr. Hemmen has a background in environmental consulting and regulatory permitting and compliance for a national home builder. As a consultant, he has managed small- and large-scale projects, including state and federal permitting of projects by local water agencies, port redevelopment and dredging programs, and development of master planned communities. Mr. Hemmen has a B.A. degree in Biology with an emphasis in Ethics from the University of Northern Iowa, and a M.S. degree in Environmental Law and Policy with an emphasis in Alternative Dispute Resolution from Vermont Law School.