Land and Water Resources, Inc. - 9575 W. Higgins Road, 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.
Travis Hemmen - Vice President
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.
James Parker - Treasurer
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.
Sara Johnson - Executive Director
Ecological Restoration Business Association - 8270 Greensboro Drive, Suite 700 Tysons, Virginia 22102
(703) 584-8375 | ecologicalrestoration.org
Sara Johnson is the Executive Director of the Ecological Restoration Business Association. She is an attorney with a background in and passion for conservation and economic solutions to public environmental issues. Prior to her position with ERBA, Johnson worked in the environmental compliance office of Patuxent River Naval Air Station on the Chesapeake Bay and as a law clerk with the Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division in Washington, D.C. Johnson holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Richmond and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia, where she served as the Articles Development Editor of the Virginia Environmental Law Journal. She is licensed to practice law in Virginia.
Donald H. Ross - Immediate Past President
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.