Norbert Barszczewski, President, JP NetQuest, Inc.
Norbert Barszczewski is the president of JP NetQuest, Inc. The company was founded in 2007 and specializes in web development, online marketing, e-commerce, and general IT services. In addition to running the company, Norbert serves as chief web developer and marketing expert. He also frequently presents online marketing educational courses for local businesses and professionals.
Between 1999 and 2020, Norbert worked as a research associate at the Center for Biomedical and Toxicological Research at the Florida State University (FSU) in Tallahassee, Florida. In 2006 he obtained his second Master of Science degree from Florida State University. While at FSU Norbert was involved in organizing large-scale international environmental conferences, multiple projects for NATO, US Department of Energy, NASA and EPA. He also served as the IT manager for the center.
Norbert currently resides in Northbrook, IL and is a father of two twin boys. Hobbies include international relations, outdoors and travelling. Norbert speaks Polish, Spanish, Russian and German.
Eugene (Gene) Jones, Executive Director, Southern Waste Information eXchange, Inc.
Gene Jones serves as Executive Director of the Southern Waste Information Exchange (SWIX), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which has been operating since 1981 assisting businesses and municipalities with their waste management and remediation issues.
In addition, Gene is a serial entrepreneur and brings over 40 years of experience with waste management and recycling in senior executive level positions. Over the past 40 years, he has successfully founded, built and sold several businesses including Environmental Management & Consulting Services, Inc., Advanced Derived Fuels, LLC, Hazardous Substance and Waste Management Research, Inc., Environmental Industry Conference Management, LLC, FieldClean of Florida, LLC, Landcare Equipment Sales and Services, LLC. and his latest venture Florida Industrial Hemp Company, LLC.
Gene is based in Florida and specializes in building strategic relationships with waste recycling firms and brings a vast network of associations in the recycling sector from his work in organizing conferences such as;
• the Agricultural Plastics Recycling Conference & Trade Show,
• the Waste Conversion Technology Conference & Trade Show,
• the Southeast Recycling Conference & Trade Show,
• the New Life for Closed Gas Stations Conference and Exhibition,
• the International Symposium on the Redevelopment of Manufactured Gas Plant Sites,
• the National Conference on Waste Exchange and Resource Reuse,
• Florida Medical Cannabis Conference & Exhibition,
• Florida Industrial Hemp Conference & Exhibition,
• Cannabis in Sports Conference, and
• Florida Remediation Conference.
• Florida Agricultural Plastics Recycling Cooperative
• Florida BioFuels & BioEnergy Association, Inc.,
• Recycle Florida Today, Inc.,
• International Society of Technical & Environmental Professionals, Inc.,
• Florida Brownfields Association, Inc., and
• Keep Florida Beautiful, Inc.
Gene is a Martial Arts practitioner and has his 8th degree black belt in Shaolin GoJu and a 5th degree black belt in Nisei GoJu. Gene is also the Author of Instant Self-Esteem: Empowering Self-Confidence.
Gene is also the inventor of the Soap Bag Saver, which he designed for the reuse of leftover soap bars.
Michael R. Goldstein, Esq., Managing Shareholder, The Goldstein Environmental Law Firm, P.A
Michael R. Goldstein, Managing Shareholder of The Goldstein Environmental Law Firm, P.A., and a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent and Chambers and Partners rated attorney, practices exclusively in the areas of environmental law and environmental redevelopment for a broad range of clients, including retail, residential, and industrial developers, public and private companies, real estate funds, lenders, and local governments. A major aspect of Mr. Goldstein’s environmental legal practice involves support of real estate and business transactions, including managing pre-acquisition and pre-leasing due diligence investigations; structuring, negotiating, and drafting environmental provisions in purchase, lease, and development agreements; and assisting lenders evaluate and limit the risk of exposure to environmental liability in connection with new loans and potential foreclosures. In addition, he works closely and extensively with real estate development principals and engineering, planning, and design professionals to help coordinate federal, state and local regulatory approvals for complex retail, industrial, residential, mixed use, and marina related projects throughout the State of Florida.
Mr. Goldstein’s practice has a heavy emphasis on the remediation, financing, and beneficial reuse of contaminated sites and involves a broad array of Brownfields related transactional, administrative, regulatory, legal, legislative, and policy work for clients in both the private and public sectors. He has developed a national reputation as one of the leading and most innovative Brownfields practitioners in Florida, working on important and precedent establishing projects as well as heading up or participating in numerous local, regional, state, and federal environmental restoration initiatives. On a statewide level, Mr. Goldstein was the founding Chairman of the Florida Brownfields Association and served as its Chairman and/or President for the first five years of the organization’s existence. Mr. Goldstein’s tenure as Chairman and President was distinguished by his commitment to elevating environmental justice and public health as critical areas of emphasis for business, community, regulatory agency, and local government stakeholders. In 1996, the Miami-Dade County Commission appointed him Chairman of the Miami-Dade County Brownfields Task Force, a post that he held until the committee’s business was completed in 2004. In January 2006, Mr. Goldstein was appointed to serve on the Advisory Board of the Bureau of National Affair’s highly respected Environmental Due Diligence Guide, which serves as a national reporting, editorial, and opinion forum for environmental transactions and related Brownfields and policy matters. In 2008, he founded and funded the Goldstein Brownfields Foundation, which is dedicated to empowering economically and health disadvantaged individuals and communities with scholarships, programming, and resources to restore polluted land, revitalize neighborhoods, and protect public health. The Goldstein Brownfields Foundation also focuses on increasing the ethnic and gender diversity of lawyers working in the environmental arena through academic scholarships, educational and career programming, and professional mentoring. In 2009, Mr. Goldstein was appointed to the Executive Committee of the National Brownfields Coalition, an affiliation of private and public sector stakeholders working in the U.S. Congress to advocate for improvements in environmental redevelopment policy and legislation.
Stephen F. Hilfiker, MS, LEP, President, Environmental Risk Management, Inc.
Steve Hilfiker, founder and president of Environmental Risk Management, Inc. (ERMI), has served in a variety of industry association roles since 1991. Currently, he serves:
Steve received a Master of Science from the University of Florida in 1990. Based in Ft. Myers, he has been conducting environmental assessment, risk management, forensic and remediation services throughout Florida since 1991. Perhaps most significantly, Steve is well connected in Tallahassee and is actively involved with the development of environmental policy and legislation in Florida.
Steve is a trusted, authoritative advisor to business owners, developers, financiers, real estate agents, educators, and legislators. As a result, he has been invited to speak at conferences and meetings of numerous professional organizations, including:
His articles have appeared in The Florida Specifier, the CCIM Newsletter, various industry trade publications, and multiple Florida newspapers.
James Langenbach, P.E., Senior Principal Environmental Engineer, Geosyntec Consultants, Inc.
James Langenbach is a Senior Principal Environmental Engineer based in Florida with more than 20 years of experience focused on assisting clients with environmental assessments; remediation design and treatment system optimization; environmental management systems; sustainable remediation designs; and regulatory compliance.
For decades, a wide range of industries have used chlorinated solvents as degreasing agents and for similar commercial applications. In many places throughout the world, these solvents have seeped into the ground near work sites, either through spills or as runoff, creating dense plumes of contaminants that can threaten aquifers and ecosystems. Jim is at the forefront of practitioners developing novel solutions to these issues in this field.
As a consultant, Jim is recognized for using innovative approaches in the planning and execution of projects that are grounded in practical applications of existing and emerging technologies. His clients include federal, state, municipal, and industrial sites throughout the Southeastern United States. He specializes in the management of multi-party PRP group sites, and the characterization and remediation of complex manufactured gas plant (MGP), and chlorinated solvent sites with non-aqueous phase liquid (NAPL) source areas using the latest, proven assessment tools and remediation strategies to achieve exit-strategy focused remedial goals. Jim has served as Geosyntec's engineer-of-record on a number of key projects at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, in addition to managing remedial actions at multi-party PRP sites such as the Orlando MGP Superfund Site. He also has served as Geosyntec's lead engineer on projects in Florida's Dry-Cleaning Solvent Cleanup and Hazardous Waste Program, during which he has completed assessments or remedial designs for more than 30 solvent, metal, and petroleum-impacted sites.
To advance the state of the practice, Jim's work emphasizes sustainable remediation approaches to the design or optimization of soil and groundwater treatment systems. Examples include his efforts to transition sites from energy-intensive, mechanical treatment systems to passive, in situ biological treatment and flux control approaches. He also designed and created a solar-powered groundwater recirculation system at Kennedy Space Center for the enhanced in situ treatment of a chlorinated solvent plume.
Gary Rose, MGP Program Manager, Sevenson Environmental Services, Inc.
Mr. Rose has over 30 years’ experience in site remediation. For the past 20 years he has served as Sevenson's Program Manager for former Manufactured Gas Plant (MGP) projects. Mr. Rose received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Studies from State University College at Fredonia, NY. His project experience includes implementation of innovative and traditional construction methodologies on HTRW sites which required excavation and earthwork; steel sheeting and protective shoring systems; materials handling, processing and treatment; solidification and stabilization; sediment remediation; temporary and portable wastewater treatment; and containment systems construction.
Joseph L. Applegate, P.G., Sr. Principal Hydrogeologist, Geosyntec Consultants, Inc.
Joe Applegate is a Sr. Principal Hydrogeologist in the Tallahassee, FL office and has 35 years of experience and has managed multiple USEPA CERCLA, RCRA, and FDEP environmental contracts and programs and has managed federal, state, and industrial sites including petroleum, dry-cleaning facilities, chemical manufacturers, fire training facilities, landfills, former MGPs, and pesticide manufacturers and applicators.
Joe is a recognized regulatory expert with extensive knowledge of federal and state environmental rules, regulations, and permitting processes allow him to meet the clients and regulatory community needs quickly and efficiently. Joe has managed numerous State of Florida Superfund, State Hazardous, Drycleaning Solvent, State Owned Lands and Site Investigation, Brownfields, Petroleum, and Former Manufactured Gas Plants. He has managed multiple conditional closure projects and developed RC packages for private client projects as well as for the FDEP. He has also managed projects with emerging contaminates, including 1,4 Dioxane and PFAS. He has presented at multiple conferences in Florida on industrial uses of these compounds, physicochemical properties, fate and transport of PFAS in soil and groundwater, as well as general assessment and remedial approaches.
Dr. Christopher M. Teaf, Ph.D., Director Emeritus, Center for Biomedical & Toxicological Research, Institute of Science & Public Affairs, Florida State University
Dr. Teaf is a Board-certified toxicologist and risk assessor with over 40 years of environmental and public health experience specializing in soil, water and air quality, toxicology, risk assessment, and environmental health issues for solvents, petroleum, pesticides, polyfluorinated compounds (PFAs), metals, radionuclides, particulates, and bacteria/molds. Chris is Director Emeritus of the Center for Biomedical & Toxicological Research at Florida State University, and Director of Toxicology for Hazardous Substance & Waste Management Research in Tallahassee. He has experience with industrial facilities, waste management sites, power facilities, agricultural sites, mining operations, educational institutions, and products in general commerce. He has directed research and taught environmental toxicology and risk assessment at the University level, for USEPA, the World Health Organization, NATO, ATSDR, many state/local agencies, and the private sector. He serves as co-Editor-in-Chief of Soil and Sediment Contamination and sits on editorial boards or as peer reviewer for a variety of scientific journals. Chris has testified in many state and federal courts, as well as state administrative hearings.
Chad Northington, P.E., Southeast District Technical Manager, REGENESIS
Mr. Northington is a professional engineer with over twenty years of experience in the environmental field in the areas of site investigation, remediation engineering and construction, project management, and technical assistance. He received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in environmental engineering from Michigan Technological University. Mr. Northington currently serves as the Senior Technical Manager with Regenesis. In this capacity, he provides technical support for application of soil and groundwater remediation solutions. Mr. Northington works directly with environmental firms and end users to develop turnkey remedial approaches for in situ-applied strategies across a broad spectrum of technology classes.