Leadership team

ESE has a multi-disciplined team of world-class environmental professionals

Bryan Gay

CEO

Bryan Gay is one of ESE’s Principal Scientist and the CEO of the firm.  Mr. Gay has over 23 years of environmental consulting and executive leadership experience.  After receiving a degree in Bioenvironmental Science from Texas A&M University, he worked as an environmental consultant providing site assessment and remediation services to the commercial and industrial real estate markets and oil and gas industry.  His primary technical experience is in the areas of environmental due diligence, remediation, bioremediation and risk based corrective action.  Additionally, he has extensive experience in leading Brownfields reclamation efforts.

 

Mr. Gay co-founded ESE Partners in 2007 in Houston, Texas.  He has led the strategic growth of ESE Partners from a four-person due diligence practice to a multi-million-dollar, multidisciplinary firm with office locations in Houston, Austin and San Antonio, Texas.  He has also served on numerous boards including Managing Director for IRC Environmental, President of Texas A&M University’s Bioenvironmental Sciences Professional Board, Director for Harris County MUD 171 and Cinco Southwest and a member of the Quality Planned Development Committee for the West Houston Association.

Jason Binford

COO, Industrial Hygiene Business Unit Leader

Jason Binford is an environmental consultant with more than 20 years of experience in environmental consulting and laboratory industry. Mr. Binford has diverse and wide-ranging experience in program and project management, field operations, regulatory interactions, negotiations, due diligence, and technical reporting in support of soil and groundwater assessments associated with risked-based regulatory closure programs. Representative clients have included commercial/industrial developers, multifamily developers, various industrial interests, financial institutions, federal agencies, municipalities, and county agencies. Mr. Binford is also highly experienced and proficient in providing asbestos, mold, and lead consulting services inclusive of material hazard identification, evaluation, management, specification development, abatement/protocol design and oversight, bid solicitation, and flood/disaster related response.

Joseph Hoelzen

Principal Sales Consultant

Joseph Hoelzen is ESE’s Principal Sales Consultant and head of business development for the firm.  Mr. Hoelzen has over 14 years of business development and sales leadership experience.  After receiving a degree in Business Management from the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University, he worked for a 4.5-billion-dollar global recruiting and staffing agency focusing on the environmental, civil, construction, and HSE oil and gas industry sectors by placing industry leaders in their next career path.  At ESE, Mr. Hoelzen is accountable for identifying, evaluating, developing, negotiating and procuring Master Service Agreements for the upstream, midstream, energy, chemical, manufacturing, industrial, developers, private equity, financial institutions, attorneys, commercial real estate, and government agencies across 5 business units within ESE. In addition, Mr. Hoelzen is responsible for over 30% of the company’s sales goals while overseeing and managing the marketing division and the day-to-day activities for sales and marketing department.

Mr. Hoelzen started in 2012 in Houston, Texas and has helped assist with ESE’s strategic operational, sales, quality, and cultural growth of ESE Partners that has turned ESE from six-person due diligence and corrective action practice to a multi-million-dollar, multidisciplinary firm with office locations in Houston, Austin and San Antonio, Texas.

Tim O’Neil, PE

Principal Engineer, Remediation Business Unit Leader

Tim O’Neil is ESE’s Principal Engineer and manages the firm’s Corrective Action Group.  Mr. O’Neil has over 26 years of environmental consulting and engineering experience.  After receiving a BS degree in Civil Engineering and MS degree in Environmental Engineering from Auburn University, he worked as an environmental consultant providing site assessment and remediation engineering services to industrial, commercial, oil and gas, and public sector markets.  His primary technical experience is in the areas of environmental due diligence, remediation, risk based corrective action, engineering/demolition design, and technical specifications.  Additionally, he has extensive experience in leading Brownfields reclamation efforts.  Mr. O’Neil is a licensed Professional Engineer in Texas and Alabama.

Kathryn O’Gorman, PG

Due Diligence Business Unit Leader

Kathryn has over 8 years of experience with environmental due diligence and environmental compliance assistance. Ms. O’Gorman is responsible for managing the Due Diligence Group and conducting site assessments and due diligence investigations on undeveloped, residential, commercial, industrial, and oil and gas properties through performance of various types of Environmental Assessments including Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs). Ms. O’Gorman oversees the coordination and delivery of wetland determinations, threatened and endangered species reviews, and cultural resource reviews. Additionally, Ms. O’Gorman’s responsibilities encompass all aspects of remediation of groundwater and soil on contaminated sites.

Vidhi Singhal

Compliance Business Unit Leader

Vidhi Singhal is a Senior Chemical Engineer and the Business Unit Leader for the Compliance Group of ESE Partners, LLC.  Ms. Singhal has over 10 years of environmental consulting and project management experience.  After receiving a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, Ms. Singhal worked as an environmental, health and safety specialist for Continental Carbon Company.  Ms. Singhal also worked as an environmental consultant with Trinity Consultants.  Her primary environmental consulting experience is in the areas of permitting and compliance. This experience includes preparation of air permit applications, spill prevention and facility response plans, stormwater and industrial wastewater applications, environmental compliance and reporting, field inspections, carbon footprint assessments, safety and industrial hygiene, and multimedia auditing.  Ms. Singhal is a certified ISO 14001 lead auditor and has received six sigma green belt certification.

Patrick Kainer

Natural Resource Business Unit Leader, Central Texas Managing Director

Patrick Kainer is the Manager of ESE’s Central Texas Region and a Natural Resources Project Manager.  He has over 13 years of environmental consulting experience and 5 years of regulatory experience at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).  After receiving a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University, he worked as an environmental consultant for 8 years, providing environmental site assessment, ecological, and pipeline inspection services.  He transitioned to the TCEQ and served as a Remediation Project Manager and Manager of the Municipal Setting Designation program.  He rejoined the private sector again 8 years ago and joined ESE in September 2017.  His primary technical experience is in the areas of environmental due diligence, remediation, and ecology.