External Consultants


DianeCreel Diane Creel
Senior Consultant

Diane joins EFCG as Senior Consultant, following a five-year stint as CEO of Ecovation, a water filtration and processing firm, that she built from $2 million to $50 million, and sold for $200 million. However, she is best known in this industry for having served for 12 years as CEO of Earth Tech, which grew from $50 million to $1.5 billion under her leadership. Diane also currently serves on boards of several major corporations, universities and charities. She holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in journalism from the University of South Carolina, from which she also received their Most Distinguished Alumna award from the College of Journalism. Diane resides on her ranch in Texas. At EFCG she specializes in strategic advice, leadership development, board of director participation or support, and helping firms achieve long term growth and value appreciation, through marketing strategies and acquisition programs.

Email: dcbayshore@aol.com

TedLower Ted Lower
Senior Consultant, HR Practice

Ted Lower joins EFCG as Senior Consultant, following 18 years of experience in the a/e/c industry, after a similar period at Union Carbide, where he had a number of executive line leadership roles, initiated the company’s environmental businesses and served as the corporate officer responsible for strategic planning. While in the a/e/c industry, he was President and COO of EA Engineering, and then EVP of ICF Kaiser, both positions he held in the 1990’s, and for which he is known for development of global alliances. He has since been consulting primarily in the leadership and organizational development areas, which is his focus at EFCG. Some of Ted’s specialties include strategic planning and assessment, executive development and board governance, executive teamwork and mentoring, and the importance of organizational culture in leadership success. He has a PhD in Business Administration from the NYU Stern School, as well as two masters degrees (business administration, computer applications) and four undergraduate degrees (civil engineering, law, business administration and Spanish/economics). While functioning globally, he resides in Las Vegas. Ted and his wife have two grown sons, the older of whom is in medical technology development and commercialization and the younger is the team photographer for the Arizona Cardinals.

Email: tlower@efcg.com

Kevin-McMahon-BW.jpg Kevin McMahon

Kevin joins EFCG following a successful career at Jacobs. He integrated and grew the Asia Region for Jacobs, subsequent to the Jacobs acquisition of SKM which Jacobs completed in December 2013. As Group Vice President, Asia, Kevin oversaw major projects in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Thailand, Hong Kong and the Philippines. The team of 2500 employees performed Engineering and Construction Services in the Chemicals, Oil and Gas, Pharmaceutical, Power, Infrastructure, Buildings and Mining sectors. Kevin joined Jacobs in 2007 when Jacobs acquired Edwards and Kelcey, a major North American Engineering firm where he was Chairman and CEO. At Edwards and Kelcey (EK), Kevin led a transformation which saw EK grow significantly and increase profitability five fold over an eleven year period. From 2007 through 2013, Kevin was the leader of the North American Infrastructure group for Jacobs, leading the transformation for Jacobs to becoming one of the largest Infrastructure firms in North America. He oversaw major projects for Highways, Rail, Aviation, Telecom, Water and Utility clients. Kevin is well known and active in the Industry as a member of the Moles, Past President of the Design Professionals Coalition, and Board Member of The Construction Industry Round Table. He has an MBA from Seton Hall University where he received the Paul Stillman Leadership Award. He received a B.S. from The State University of New York in Business/Economics. Kevin has acquired/integrated approximately twenty-five firms and sold once. He is adept at developing pragmatic strategic development and performance improvement options as well as creative solutions to recurring problems. Kevin resides in New Jersey with his wife and has two children living in Manhattan.

Email: kmcmahon@efcg.com

BobBeinstein Robert M. Beinstein, P.E., ENV SP
Director of Sustainability

Bob joined EFCG in 2014. He works with the firm’s Chief Information Officer conferences and with EFCG’s work with the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at Harvard, in addition to supporting the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure in Washington, DC. Prior to EFCG, Bob earned a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Connecticut, and held technical and managerial roles at CH2M.

Email: rbeinstein@efcg.com

Shayne-Smith-2.jpg Shayne Smith
Senior Consultant

Shayne Smith became an EFCG External Consultant after 8 years at Tetra Tech, most recently as Vice President, Government and International Relations. Previously, Shayne was the Chairman and CEO of Wardrop Engineering, Inc. (an employee-owned, Canadian-based engineering consulting firm focused on the energy, infrastructure and mining markets, with over 1,100 staff in Canada, USA, China, India, UK and Chile), which was acquired by Tetra Tech in January 2009 (EFCG initiated and advised Wardrop on this transaction). Prior to being acquired, Shayne worked with his executive team to reform the company and quadruple its value, doubling both revenue and profitability, eliminating bank indebtedness, improving operational performance, re-architecting a comprehensive shareholder’s agreement, introducing external directors to the board, and securing a multi-year alliance agreement with their major customer. At EFCG, Shayne aims to help clients by developing and working with highly effective teams that are passionate about what they do, but are willing to undertake the difficult and challenging decisions that maximize performance. Welcoming diversity, seeking to understand stakeholder perspectives, sharing the benefits of success, and being authentic, are leadership traits that he values and tries to inspire in others. Shayne is active within the business community and serves on various non-profit boards. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Canada (since 2008), serves as a member of EWB-USA’s Corporate Leadership Council, and is actively supporting the reformation of EWB-International. Shayne received a B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo in 1988 and is a Professional Engineer in Canada. Subsequent studies include nuclear engineering programs at the University of Toronto and various management seminars at Harvard University and MIT/Sloan.

Email: shayne.smith39@gmail.com

LesBuck_temp Les Buck

 Les Buck joins EFCG following his recent retirement from Halcrow, where he spent a total of 31 years, including the last 13 as a main board director, and continues to serve as a Trustee to the Halcrow Trust. During his career at Halcrow, he operated as the Managing Director of the transportation business group, the President and Regional Managing Director for North America, and a main board director with the responsibilities of major project development; risk, health, and safety; and sustainability and technical development. In the mid-1980s, he spent four years with CH2M Hill, and became a PE in the State of Florida. Les gained his BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Leeds in 1972, and became a chartered civil engineer in 1976. He became a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1976, a Fellow in 1992, and has recently been nominated as the Vice Chairman of the Management Panel. With EFCG, Les will concentrate on business strategy, operational management support, and mergers and acquisitions advisory work. Now based in Oxford, England, he is married with three sons in their twenties. Les has worked mainly in the UK, but has also worked in the United States, Canada, the Middle East and Latin America.

Email: bucklg2005@yahoo.com.uk

PaulDougas_temp Paul Dougas 

Paul is partnering with EFCG following his 15-year tenure as CEO of Sinclair, Knight Merz (SKM), in order to help develop our practice in Australia and Asia Pacific, where he’s had 40 years of experience in the e/c industry. He stared his career at Melbourne Water as a process engineer. In 1978, he joined SKM, where he held ever increasing management responsibilities, culminating in him becoming CEO in 1996. During his time as CEO, SKM has grown from $60 million to $1.2 billion in revenue, and while revenue increased 20 times, profits increased 30 times in this period, making SKM one of the most profitable and fastest growing firms in the industry. He has lead SKM in identifying, completing and integrating over 60 M&A’s. Paul has a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from Melbourne University, and a Masters in Engineering Science from University of New South Wales. He also has also completed executive education courses from Stanford and Harvard. Paul serves as our partner in Australia to advise our North American and European clients expanding in Australia and Asia-Pacific, as well as to advise Australian and Asia-Pacific-based e/c firms looking to grow and expand internationally, needing assistance in benchmarking, improving profitability and organizational effectiveness, dealing with ownership and leadership transitions, valuations, and capital raising.

Email: pdougas@gmail.com

KimEarly_temp Kim Early 

Kim joined EFCG in 2007 and has recently taken on a senior executive position in the industry. Prior to that, Kim served as CFO of Earth Tech for 15 years, where he negotiated and oversaw the acquisitions and integration of over 20 engineering/consulting firms. He also served as President of Earth Tech’s global water business. Kim earned a BA degree from Ohio State University, and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He is based in Long Beach, California where he is married and has a son who is an attorney. Kim specializes in strategic and financial advice to a/e/c firms and merger and acquisitions work.

Email: kearly@cox.net

ChipElitzer_temp Chip Elitzer 

Chip and Paul have worked together as clients and colleagues, for over 30 years. Chip has been a member of the EFCG team since its inception, specializing in merger & acquisition (“M&A”) assignments, and over his career has been involved in over 100 such assignments. Formerly of Rothschild Inc., and with over 30 years of investment banking experience, Chip also holds an MPA from Princeton and a BA from Dartmouth College. His office is based in western Massachusetts. He is married, and has three grown boys.

Email: celitzer@efcg.com

DickEllison_temp Dick Ellison

 Dick joins EFCG after 45 years of building Environmental and Waste Management Engineering and Consulting firms. In 1970 he formed one the country’s first full service environmental groups when he morphed the world class geotechnical firm, D’Appolonia Consultants to include a full array of environmental engineers and scientists. This change was in response to the increasing public/regulatory focus on environmental and health impacts. In 1984, D’Appolonia’s Environmental and Waste Management Group was sold to IT Corporation as the foundation of that firm’s growth as a leader in the rapidly evolving environmental market. Dr. Ellison then formed Environmental Solutions, Inc. (ESI), which grew to be a dominate firm for large Superfund, RCRA, Mining and Landfill sites in Western US. TRC acquired ESI in 1994. Dick became TRC’s CEO from 1997 until 2005. Dick is currently working with small to medium Engineering / Consulting companies to strategically position their founders to sell at maximum value. His focus is on: identifying and capturing market segments of most interest to acquirers; creating the image that reflects the company’s unique position; and improving operational procedures to get key Principals in front of potential clients; increasing staff enthusiasm and utilization; thus raising revenue and margins.

Email: rdellison1@cox.net

JosephHighland_temp Joseph Highland 

Joseph Highland joined EFCG as Senior Consultant, following 27 years with Environ, which he helped found in 1982, and served as CEO from 1990-2008. Upon his retirement, Environ had grown from an initial 6 employees in 1982 to 1400 employees, in 16 countries around the world. During the time Joe was CEO, ENVIRON was identified by EFCG as being one of the five fastest growing and most profitable firms over a five year period in this industry. He resides in Princeton, NJ, with his wife and has two grown children. Prior to joining ENVIRON he held a senior research position at Princeton University. He holds an BA degree in chemistry and biology from Hofstra University and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Minnesota. He is also serves on a number of environmental industry, health and scientific advisory boards. His focus at EFCG is on Leadership, Organization, Strategic Planning, Dispute Resolution and Sustainability Initiatives.

Email: jhighland@aol.com

RichardJennings_temp Richard Jennings, FAIA 

At EFCG, Richard specializes in architecture and engineering firm management consulting and mergers and acquisitions. A Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, he has extensive experience in the management of architectural and engineering firms. Formerly a principal and Division Director of 3D/International, a global architecture, engineering and construction management firm, he later co-founded and served as CEO and Managing Principal of Sikes Jennings Kelly & Brewer, a nationally-operating architecture and planning firm. Richard holds doctorate and masters degrees from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design where he currently teaches professional practice, project management and integrated project delivery. He also holds March, MBA and BS degrees. Richard works from Boston, Massachusetts and Austin, Texas.

Email: rjenn@msn.com

DanMcCarthy_temp Dan McCarthy 

Dan joins EFCG as a senior advisor after a 35 year career with Black & Veatch Corporation, the last ten years of which he initially led their North American water business, and eventually their global water business as president and CEO. Upon the acquisition of MJ Gleeson’s water business in 2006, the water business passed the $1B level in engineering and design/build revenues. During the last seven years of his tenure, he served as an executive director on the board of Black & Veatch Holding Company, which focuses also on the Energy, Telecommunications, and Federal markets. Dan is an advisor to Singapore International Water Week and serves on its nominating committee for the Lee Kuan Yew water prize. He serves as board Chairman for WEF Publishing, UK Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Water Environment Federation. He is a board member and co-chair of the legislative committee for the WateReuse Association, and a past board member of the American Water Works Association. He is a frequent speaker at many water industry conferences and at a range of business, civic and political forums globally. He has been an expert guest on many television programs focusing on global business issues including Bloomberg TV’s Asia Confidential, Channel News Asia, CNBC Europe Squawk Box, CNBC Strictly Money and CNBC Asia Pacific Squawk Box.

Email: danmccarthywater@gmail.com

GerrySalontai_temp Gerry Salontai 

Gerry brings to EFCG over 40 years in the a/e/c industry, including 11+ years as CEO of Kleinfelder, the $300 million San Diego-based employee-owned e/c firm until he retired in 2009. Under his leadership revenues grew 5 times, and the firm was transformed from a small regional firm, to a nationally diversified firm, through a combination of internal growth, acquisitions, systems integration, and management development. Gerry holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Civil Engineering and has completed an Executive Management Program in Business. He is based in California, and has 3 grown children and 7 grandchildren. At EFCG, Gerry specializes in the areas of strategy, business performance, organizational effectiveness and leadership. His consulting experience has included helping companies ranging in size from less than $10 million to over $1 billion in annual revenues. He has consulted with both domestic and global companies. Gerry helps companies profitably grow revenues and profits in order to increase shareholder value through his experience of how to execute on strategy, create high performance cultures and drive operational excellence. He is recognized for his visioning capability, strategic thinking skills, business acumen, organizational capacity and learning agility.

Email: gerry@salontai.com

MurliTolaney_temp Murli Tolaney 

Murli Tolaney is Chairman Emeritus of MWH Global, Inc., a worldwide, employee-owned environmental engineering, management, technology and construction company with $1.5B of revenue. He joined the firm in July 1973 as a Senior Engineer and progressively moved into the position of Department Head, Office Manager, Regional/Group Manager, Chief Operating Officer, served as Chief Executive Officer from 1992 to 2001, and Chairman of the firm from 2001 to 2008. During his tenure as CEO, he led the company from $200M revenue to $1B revenue, including 13 acquisitions, tripling the number of offices in 30 countries and increasing the number of employees by more than five times. Mr. Tolaney received a B.S. in Civil Engineering and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Kansas; and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program, Harvard Business School.

Email: murli.tolaney@mwhglobal.com

BobWilson_temp Bob Wilson 

Bob has been working with EFCG for over 10 years as a Senior Consultant. He specializes in OCCP’s, IOT’s and A/R Management Improvement assignments. He has 35 years of experience in the a/e/c industry, including 25 years as CFO of Woodward Clyde, through its merger with URS. He also serves on a number of boards of directors of a/e/c firms, including from time to time serving as chairman. He holds a BS Degree from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a licensed CPA and a member of AICPA. Bob is based in Northern California where he lives with his wife Leslie. They have four children and 9 grandchildren.

Email: robertkwilson@aol.com

PaulWoodruff_temp Paul Woodruff 

Paul is best known in our industry as the founder of ERM, one of the most profitable and successful environmental consulting firms in the world, with gross revenues approaching roughly $700 million in 2010. He started in 1977 and served as CEO until his retirement in 2001. The dozens of activities that he is undertaking in his “retirement” include boards of many community, banking, educational, charitable, and professional enterprises and foundations, in addition to a number of ongoing entrepreneurial activities. He is the recipient of dozens of professional awards and honors for his efforts and accomplishments in the field of civil and environmental engineering. His home is Malvern, PA, and he and his wife, Dr. Marcia Woodruff, an ordained Presbyterian minister, have six children and 20 grandchildren. About 15 years ago he launched The ERM Foundation as a 501(c)3 public charity and continues to serve as a Director. He is particularly focused on promoting sustainability and corporate social responsibility for our industry, and has offered to help in the dissemination of information between e/c firms interested in benefitting from this communication.

Email: pwmistwood@aol.com

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