September, 2013

Why EPN? Why Now?

Why EPN?  Why Now?

Why have we formed Environmental Professionals Network (EPN)?  Does the industry need another environmental company?  Obviously, we feel it does?  But why?

I am Dr. Wayne Dorband, and I feel unbelievably fortunate enough to be one of the Founders of EPN.  I have been an environmental professional for over 40 years.  Yes, you read that right – 40 years.  So what does an old guy know?  Well, I know what I have seen and experienced in those many years – CHANGE! after Change after Change!

I know that I saw an industry that barely existed when I  was a junior in college at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and I was one of a handful of thousands of Biology and Chemistry majors that were not pre-med.  My classmates all told me I was crazy to be thinking about going into the environmental industry – it would never last!

I know that I developed a curriculum for an environmental studies program at Augustana College as a young PhD professor and was laughed at by colleagues who said no-one would ever take those kinds of courses. Hundreds of universities and colleges around the world today have environmental studies majors.

I know that business people in South Dakota (OK it is not New York) laughed at me when I founded ATC Environmental in the late 1970’s,  and asked what kind of business did we plan to do?  Today ATC (now ATCCardno) has thousands of employees with offices around the world.

I vividly remember colleagues grimacing when I told them I was co-founding an environmental insurance company (the ERIC Group) in the late 1980’s.  You can’t write insurance for environmental risk – can you?  Yes, you can, and today it is a mainstream insurance industry.

And finally, in the mid-1990’s when I co-founded a company to intentionally buy environmentally contaminated properties (Cherokee Investment Security) my “professional” colleagues all thought I had completely gone crazy.  A group of us formed the National Brownfield Association in about 1996 and we joked that we would be lucky if 300 people ever joined this organization.  In the mid-2000’s over 7000 professionals attended the National Brownfields conference in Denver, CO.

Yes, there is an environmental industry, and there are hundreds of thousands, maybe millions of environmental professionals.  So now it is almost the mid-two-thousand-teens, and it is time for another dramatic Change – a dynamic cooperative membership group for environmental professionals.  So here I am a “young” sixty year old guy who is ready to listen to many more doubters, scowl at more laughs and jeers, but is determined to fight on for maybe one last time to build a truly game changing, paradigm shifting, industry influencing Environmental Professionals Network.  Please give us some contact information in the box next to this post, so we can start getting you some free information about EPN and you can be a part of this Environmental Revolution!

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