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2009 Industry Update: Understanding Past Successes and Navigating
Through Change in the New Century


The Best Practices Group continues to offer training in 2009 with a 1-day Industry Update Training Workshop. The training will focus on current events and updates within the environmental remediation industry. The Training Session would provide Project Managers with practical information on: cost saving strategies at both multi-party and single party sites (site portfolio cost avoidance strategies), past successful case studies and lessons learned, and future regulatory changes and how these changes could potentially impact the environmental industry.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Elizabeth Fontana Schell
Project Navigator, Ltd.
Phone: 917-653-7570


General Information

August 6th, 2009 (Thursday)
8:00am - 5:30pm (Please check back as these times may change.)

Pennzoil Building
Shell Facility
711 Louisiana Street
20th Floor, Conference Rooms: 20014 and 20020
Houston, Texas 77002

Click here to download the 2009 Industry Training Workshop Map

Registration Fee:
Please check back for registration fee details.

Registration includes:
Breaks, luncheons, refreshments and handout materials.

Registration fee does NOT include:
Airfare, hotel & related expenses, dinner or transportation.

Hotel Suggestions :
* Please contact the hotels directly for reservations.

  1. DoubleTree Hotel - Houston
    400 Dallas Street
    Houston, Texas 77702
    Phone: 713-759-0202

  2. Hyatt Regency - Houston
    1200 Louisiana Street
    Houston, Texas 77702
    Phone: 713-654-1234




August 6th, 2008

  Please click here for the 2009 Industry Update Workshop Download. This includes directions, agenda and speaker bios.



Dr. Ian A. Webster is President of Project Navigator, Ltd., which he formed in 1997, after working at Unocal Corporation on major projects for 15 years. Ian's key strengths are in project management, negotiations, and design and construction. One of his core activities is in working with clients to understand their goals and drivers, then devising both immediate and long-term project strategies, which are formulated to achieve compliance and save money.

Ian spends much internal time assuring that Project Navigator's commitment to deliver quality, innovative product on schedule, is upheld. He also works to assure that the creative solutions track record that Project Navigator has developed with its clients will be maintained and improved, in parallel to the organization's growth.

Ian has a particular interest in the use of creative visual and web-enabled techniques to facilitate the drive towards project solutions.

All of Ian's degrees are in chemical engineering. He has a B.Sc. (1st class honors) from University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland), 1976; a M.S. from Cornell University, 1979; and a Sc.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1984).

He has authored, or coauthored, over 30 publications in the field of reaction engineering and environmental site remediation.

Ian's last assignment at Unocal, prior to forming Project Navigator, Ltd., was as chief engineer, Superfund projects, in which he managed $10MM's of the company's liabilities.


  • Sc.D. MIT, 1984
  • M.S. Cornell University, UK, 1979
  • Strathclyde University, UK, 1976


  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering and Material Science, University of Southern California

Bob is a senior project manager at PNL, which he joined in May 2007. Bob's primary role is representing PRP groups at large complex remediation sites. He has been responsible for managing overall project strategy development and day to day oversight of RI/FS, RD/RA, and OM&M activities.

Bob is a registered professional geologist with twenty years of diversified environmental project management experience at both multi-party and single-party sites. He brings demonstrated success in building and managing offices in the environmental service field. His experience includes environmental projects under Superfund, RCRA, DOE, and state regulatory frameworks. He has been involved in all project stages, from initial site assessment/risk evaluation, through remedial design/remedial action and redevelopment of the site. Bob's project experience includes soil and groundwater remediation, sediment sites, and management of both RI/FS activities and remedial actions, including; landfill construction and capping; drum removals; waste stabilization; NORM; building and tank decon and demo; and extensive experience with in-situ remedial techniques. His use of Adaptive Site Management strategies has proven an effective technique to allow rapid and flexible work at sediment sites, and his oversight of design-build work has saved PRP groups significant time and money.

Bob has a B.S. in Geological Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo and is a member of the Association of Ground Water Scientists and Engineers. Bob has published a number of technical papers and has been an invited lecturer at technical sessions and presentations.

Bob brings extensive project management capabilities to the PNL team and is instrumental to PNL in servicing its expanding client base.


  • B.S. Geological Science, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1980

Mr. Hall is the Chief Executive Officer of NewFields, LLC, a firm that specializes in comprehensive data analysis for the purpose of characterizing contaminant sources and transport mechanisms, and the holistic design of remediation strategies. His strategies have been implemented at numerous Superfund and RCRA sites for both the private sector and DOD across the U.S. Mr. Hall’s experience over the past 35 years includes roles as lead consultant, project manager and principal investigator for all phases of hazardous waste characterization, design, and remediation, solid waste disposal and water and land resources planning. Mr. Hall specializes in probabilistic decision analysis for innovative in-situ management and treatment of hazardous wastes. He has been instrumental in achieving Record of Decision (ROD) amendments and Explanations of Significant Difference (ESD) producing over $100 million in remedial action cost reductions. He has been involved in over 100 Federal Superfund sites across the U.S. as well as numerous RCRA projects. Mr. Hall has hazardous waste experience in over 40 states in the U.S. as well as Africa, Europe, the Far East and the Middle East.

Mr. Hall and Dr. Shahrokh Rouhani established NewFields in 1995. The firm currently has 20 offices and an International Division with projects in over 70 countries. The firm was established to focus on resolution of environmental issues involving the interaction of multiple disciplines and complex extensive data histories. Prior to founding NewFields, Mr. Hall was a Partner in the international engineering firm of Dames & Moore.


  • B.S. Georgia Institute of Technology, 1974


  • Professional Engineer, State of Georgia, Alabama
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • American Society of Professional Engineers Adjunct Professor

Richard (Dick) A. Schwartz is a trial lawyer involved in every area of the firm's practice. He has handled, tried, and won numerous cases in both state and federal courts. Dick graduated from the University of Texas in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. In 1979, he received his law degree from the University of Houston.

Dick is admitted to practice in all Texas state courts, the Supreme Court of Texas, the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas, the Fifth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Dick has also handled many cases in state and federal courts outside of Texas.

Dick is a member of numerous professional organizations and has authored and lectured at numerous legal education programs. He co-authored "Unfair Claims Settlement Practices" for the Continuing Legal Education Section of the Houston Bar Association; lectured on "Terminating the Subcontractor" at a seminar on developments in construction and engineering law; lectured and co-authored "Recent Court Decisions in Admiralty Law: An Update," which he presented at the Greater New Orleans Barge Fleeting Association's River and Marine Industry Seminar; lectured on "How to Prepare for Your Deposition" and "Current Issues in Bad Faith - Defendant's Perspective" for the Houston Claims Association; lectured and presented papers on "Umbrella Insurance" and "Advanced Civil Litigation/Insurance Litigation - Coverage Disputes" and "Expert Discovery Under the New Rules" for the Continuing Legal Education Program at the University of Houston Law Center.

Dick is the former Executive Director of the Garland Walker American Inn of Court and former President of the Federal Bar Association, South Texas Chapter. He is a fellow of the Houston Bar Foundation and Texas Bar Foundation. He also is a chairman and member of the District 4J State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee.


  • J.D., University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas, 1979
  • B.A., University of Texas, Austin, Texas, 1975


  • Founding Fellow, American Inns of Court
  • Fellow, Houston Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation

Dr. Keith has directed and participated in numerous projects involved in shoreline redevelopment, remediation of sites environmentally impacted by contaminated surface water, groundwater, soils, sediments, and other geologic materials, and in addressing problems associated with non-point source pollution in storm water runoff. He has conducted hydrogeologic and geochemical investigations at local and regional scales, geochemical evaluations of contaminated sediments, soils, industrial wastes, and mining wastes. He has participated in remedial investigations and feasibility studies at RCRA/CERCLA sites, preparation of Environmental Impact Statements/Environmental Assessments as required by NEPA, and in the design of reclamation and closure plans for mine and other industrial sites.

Dr. Keith has a wide range of experience in leading the development of conceptual site models as they relate to ecological and human health risk evaluations and risk management strategies at sites with contaminated sediments. He has particular expertise in evaluating the geochemical characteristics of metals, including mercury in aqueous environments, and has developed and implemented detailed field investigations to determine the solid and liquid phase speciation of mercury to support fate and transport analyses in groundwater and sediment/soil systems using combined hydrogeologic and geochemical modeling approaches. Representative projects locations include, Patrick Bayou, TX, Lavaca Bay, TX, Bellingham, WA, Calcasieu Estuary, LA, Pensacola, FL, Wilmington, DE, Portland, OR, San Diego Bay, CA, and Richmond, CA.


  • Ph.D. Geochemistry, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado, 1994
  • M.S. Geology, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, 1991
  • B.S. Geology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, 1983

Ken is the Regulatory Affairs Manager for Chevron Environmental Management Company. In this role, Ken works with Chevron Corporation’s Government Affairs Managers to develop and implement the regulatory advocacy efforts of CEMC. He also represents CEMC with industry associations and coalitions focused on the development of remediation practices in the US. Ken also assists CEMC project managers with regulatory negotiations when they encounter agency disputes or the inconsistent application of policy. Over the past year, Ken has been leading a CEMC team that is looking at the value of incorporating Sustainable Remediation Practices into the remedial decisions at CEMC remediation sites.

Ken began his Chevron career with upstream assignments in natural gas production, first as an operations assistant at the Carter Creek Gas Plant in Evanston, Wyoming and then as a Supply and Sales Coordinator for natural gas from the Rocky Mountains and California in San Ramon, California. In 1991, Ken began his environmental career in Chevron’s Superfund Team, where he helped establish the processes and strategies for reducing the environmental liabilities presented by these complex sites.

During the next 10 years, Ken managed Chevron's liability at many complex sites, including PAB Oil, Tex-Tin, Sparks Solvent/Fuel Site, Casmalia, and Portland Harbor. In 2001, he joined the Chevron's Government Affairs organization as a Senior Environmental Policy Analyst, where he continued to work on environmental waste and remediation issues until he joined CEMC in his current role in March of 2006.


  • M.S., Environmental Management, University of San Francisco, 1998
  • Chemistry, Eastern Montana College

Sam is currently the Director of the Superfund Division in Dallas. In this assignment he manages a wide array of complex regulatory and remediation projects, for example; response actions, including the remediation of abandoned hazardous waste sites to protect human health of people and promote the reuse of the property; emergency response activities, such as, coordinating EPA response to natural or man-made disasters, oversight of clean-ups, and removal of accidental spills and releases of oil and hazardous materials; EPA’s Regional Emergency readiness/preparedness and counter-terrorism programs; and Public participation in activities relating to abandoned site clean-up, including, comprehensive community involvement plans and communication strategies to educate and involve the public and elected officials. He served as EPA’s Senior Federal Official during the Federal response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Sam began his career with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers in Fort Worth, Texas as an engineering intern. He worked his way through the ranks with the Corps managing complex multi-million dollar construction projects ranging from dams and spillways to Army Reserve Centers. In 1984 he accepted a position in Seoul, Korea. While in Korea, Sam worked as the Resident Engineer for the Demilitarized Zone and the area known as the Western Corridor which included the Panmunjom Peace Village. Upon returning to the United States in 1987, Sam was named the Resident Engineer for Ray Roberts Resident Office in Sangar, Texas. He continued his career with the Corps, ultimately being named Assistant Area Engineer for North Texas.

Sam sought new challenges in 1989 when he accepted a position with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Dallas, Texas. He began his EPA career in the Hazardous Waste Enforcement Branch. In 1993, Sam accepted a position in Washington, DC which led to his appointment to the Federal Senior Executive Service in 1995 as Deputy Director of the Office of Site Remediation Enforcement. He returned to Dallas in 1995, as the Director of the Compliance Assurance and Enforcement Division, where he served until his current assignment in 2003.


  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Prairie View A&M University, 1977

Janeen Judah is President of Chevron Environmental Management Company based at Chevron’s corporate headquarters in San Ramon, California. Chevron EMC provides project management and technical expertise for environmental cleanup, remediation and decommissioning for Chevron’s upstream and downstream properties in more than 50 countries around the world. Projects include well, offshore platform and pipeline decommissioning and abandonment, site remediation and cleanup for refineries, service stations and terminals. The company has about 200 employees, over 2500 contract employees, and managed an annual spend of ~800MM$. Janeen is also a member of Chevron’s Management Committee.

In her prior position, Janeen was General Manager of Reservoir and Production Engineering for Chevron Energy Technology Company in Houston, responsible for reservoir and production engineering services for Chevron’s fields worldwide. She was also the technical services manager for Chevron’s Latin America Business unit. Prior to the Chevron-Texaco merger, she worked for Texaco and ARCO in various upstream petroleum engineering positions.

In addition to her work at Chevron, Janeen has held many leadership positions in the Society of Petroleum Engineers, starting as a student section officer at Texas A&M, chairing both the Gulf Coast and Permian Basin sections and most recently served on the international Board of Directors as Director for the Gulf Coast North America Region. She is a member of the Chemical & Petroleum Engineering advisory board at the University of Southern California and has also been a member of the Texas A&M Petroleum Engineering Advisory Board since 1996, and is currently its chair.


  • J.D., Law, University of Houston Law Center, 1994
  • MBA, Management, University of Texas of the Permian Basin, 1987
  • B.S./M.S., Petroleum Engineering, Texas A&M University
  • Penny Fottrell
  • Environmental Project Manager, Chevron Enviromental Management Company

Penny Fottrell is a registered professional engineer with over 15 years of environmental management experience. Her experience includes management of environmental assessment and remediation projects; regular engagement with regulatory agencies and third parties; strategic and technical planning; and communication of business and technical detail to various levels of management and stakeholders.

In her current position, Penny is a technical project manager and Chevron representative for multi-party liability sites. Penny is a sponsor participant and CVX representative for a multi-party site safety group which includes Shell, BP/Arco, and ExxonMobil participation. The group has promoted the sharing of safety best practices, lessons learned, near misses, and incidents among four major California landfill sites that have similar characteristics.


  • M.S., Environmental Engineering, University of California Berkeley
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, University of California Berkeley

Jonathan Gledhill is the President of Policy Navigation Group. He has advised trade associations and Fortune 100 clients on regulatory policy issues for over ten years. Prior to founding Policy Navigation Group, Mr. Gledhill worked at The EOP Group in Washington, DC.

Prior to The EOP Group, Mr. Gledhill worked in the Natural Resources Branch of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for over four years reviewing regulatory, policy, and economic issues. Mr. Gledhill was the primary analyst for all hazardous and solid waste regulations and policies for OMB. Other issue areas included Superfund, the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, housing standards, and underground injection regulation. Mr. Gledhill was recognized and awarded for outstanding professional achievement each year of his employment at OMB.

Mr. Gledhill received a Master in Public Policy degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University with concentrations in science and public policy and the environment and public policy. Mr. Gledhill graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Science of Engineering degree in Civil Engineering. Mr. Gledhill also worked as an environmental engineer designing and operating drinking water and water treatment facilities.






  • Held varied positions within Exxon Refinery in Baton Rouge from first-line supervisor to Electrical and Instrument Engineer.
  • Two year assignment in Venezuela, SA for Exxon Services Venezuela supplying technical assistance to the Lagoven Refinery with start up of Flexicoker.
  • 15 year assignment with an Environmental Remediation company (NPC Services, Inc.) of which ExxonMobil owns a majority interest. Positions include Operations Manager and President.

Dawson Interprises, Inc. (2004 – Present)

  • Owner of an Environmental Remediation Consulting Company where I continue as President of NPC Services, Inc. and oversee the remediation of a Superfund site in North Baton Rouge


  • Engineering Management, Louisiana State University


  • Holds U.S. Patent on Environmental Recovery System
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