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June Employee Spotlight: Darrell Oman

Tell us a bit about yourself:
I was born in Ironwood, Michigan, and grew up on a family homestead on Lake Superior. My family has been at that location since 1904 (there’s a creek that flows into Lake Superior named after my family). A true Yooper. I graduated in 1982 from Michigan Technological University with a B.S. in Mining Engineering, spent a couple of college summers working for the U.S. Bureau of Mines in the Twin Cities Research Center and started in the Environmental Consulting industry with Twin City Testing Corporation in 1984. Over the years, I worked for several other national and regional environmental, engineering, and consulting firms (many of which W&M and BIC consultants have worked at) and practiced as an independent consultant for several years. I entered the healthcare industry in early 2008 at Stericycle, Inc., and quickly transitioned to be their lead externally facing EH&S consultant.

What has been your most exciting project?
I’ve had many, many interesting projects but one of the most fun, energetic, and demanding was a business acquisition due diligence project in the PVC Pipe Manufacturing and PVC Resin (i.e., Vinyl Chloride Plant) industry. Besides the upfront risk management and environmental due diligence work and the post site visits/audits reporting work I traveled for six days all across the U.S. with the corporate chemical engineer (the acquiring company environmental leader) to plants in PA, FL and OK(2) on 9 flights working about 16-20 hours per day.

Favorite pastimes?
First would be being with my wife, two sons (now 27 and 24), my daughter-in-law anywhere, anytime, and especially on family travels and adventures. Second would be traveling the U.S. and to other countries with my wife, Connie. Third would be anything related to basketball: coaching, officiating games, playing, watching, and betting. Golf, boating, and bourbon would be in the next tier….

Darrell has more than thirty years of consulting and management experience in the Environmental, Health and Safety (EH&S) field. Darrell has led the development and implementation of training programs in environmental auditing, information management systems, business management and organizational performance, team-building, and strategic planning for Clients. Darrell also has extensive experience in waste management plans for medical facilities, as well as environmental risk management consulting to hospital and hospital systems in accordance with USEPA, state or local hazardous waste regulatory programs.

“I’ve known Darrell for over 30 years and his environmental expertise is well known nationally, and I’ll also point out he’s a great father and husband (his wife wanted me to point that out),” remarks Gene Murray, Principal Environmental Consultant for the Braun Intertec South Region. “He has established a practice in the medical industry that has allowed him to provide excellent service to that field.”

Darrell will be helping lead development of EH&S compliance and consulting services to the healthcare industry and providing senior technical, services development and account management support to all the Braun and W&M Environmental consulting business. Please welcome Darrell!

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