Ed has a keen passion for water conservation in the Southwest and aims in his CSU Board role to influence key decision makers to improve our water usage to ensure a long-term sustainable community and environment here in Southwest Utah. Working with talented people by removing barriers to allow them to succeed to do their best work characterizes Ed’s career leadership style.
Trained as a chemical engineer, Ed took the opportunity very early in his professional career to move from a traditional petroleum refining career path into an environmental remediation and compliance one, spending nearly 35 years working in numerous roles in the environmental space. He has crisscrossed North America and the globe directing teams of some of the brightest engineers and scientists to solve some of the most challenging environmental problems.
Notable successful projects are the remediation and development of a former refinery in Casper, Wyoming; PCB removal, dredging and restoration of 40 miles of the Hudson River; and dredging and capping of a large finger lake in Syracuse, NY environmentally impacted by historical lake disposal of mercury and other industrial wastes. All three projects required multidisciplinary expertise to develop a feasible solution; close coordination with public and regulatory stakeholders; technical pilot trials prior to full-scale implementation, and took upwards of a decade to complete at significant project cost ($250 million to more than $1 billion each).
Ed lived in Delaware, New Jersey, California, Virginia, and most recently Pennsylvania before coming to Utah, and has visited 47 states and 40 countries in his professional and recreational travels. Partly as a result of Ed’s work in the 90s in Wyoming, he returned to the West in 2020, purchasing a permanent residence in Ivins, Utah, where he lives with his wife Susan and their two, 6-year-old Weimaraners Pax and Ellie. Ed and Susan are also blessed with two grown, prospering children who reside on the East Coast but enjoy visiting our many gorgeous state and national parks in Utah and in nearby states.
Ed earned his engineering degree from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA and his master’s degree in business from UCLA in Los Angeles, CA.