Key Personnel

Our key personnel are experienced professionals with extensive government contract experience and long tenures in the environmental industry. They have the authority and the expertise to overcome any challenges and deliver high quality performance. Most of our staff have high academic and professional credentials including graduate degrees, professional certifications, or both.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer:
Mr. Mike Bilodeau
Our CEO, Mr. Mike Bilodeau, is a certified service-disabled veteran with over 18 years of experience in environmental clean up and compliance.  After completing his service in the US Coast Guard, he joined the USACE Seattle District working for 5 years as an Environmental Project Manager working all aspects of Environmental Remediation.  He then transferred to USACE, Europe District for a 5-year tour with duties ranging from drafting the German Final Governing Standards, to being deployed in Kosovo during the war and chairing source-selection boards for both Environmental and Construction contracts totaling over $200 million.  Mr. Bilodeau finished his government career as a Remedial Project Manager and environmental compliance specialist with NAVFAC SW.  His military and government experience lends itself to an in depth understanding of environmental compliance and remediation at federal facilities.  Mr. Bilodeau has specific Military Munitions Response Program (MMRP) and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) project experience including technical writing and review, remedial investigation/feasibility studies, Record of Decision support, in-situ remediation, source removal actions and site sampling, consensus building, and positive regulatory agency interaction.  Mr. Bilodeau provides expert project management and superior technical services for all phases of the Environmental clean-up process.  In addition, Mr. Bilodeau’s experience in oversight of environmental construction projects, site investigations, laboratory testing, and GIS services offers a diverse knowledge of the Industry.  Mr. Bilodeau maintains direct communication with the Program Manager and his Project Managers.  This direct chain of communication is critical to resolving issues quickly and ensuring projects receive support and resources.  Contact:

Consulting CFO

Sam Simpkin 

Sam Simkin is a seasoned entrepreneur and financial executive with over 30 years of experience in building, growing, and selling businesses.

Mr. Simkin is licensed as both an Attorney and a Chartered Professional Account. After moving to San Diego from Winnipeg, Canada, Mr. Simkin cofounded Newgen Results Corporation, a leading provider of customer retention services to the automotive industry. Mr. Simkin served as Chief Financial Officer of Newgen from inception, as the company grew to revenues of almost $100 million with 600 employees.  During Newgen’s growth phase, Mr. Simkin raised over $14 million in venture funding.  He helped take Newgen public in 1999, driving the process with investment bankers, professional advisors, and investors. Mr. Simkin was also extensively involved in day to day operations, and became Chief Operating officer of the company in 2000.  Newgen was sold to Teletech in late 2000 for $200 million.

After leaving Newgen, Mr. Simkin cofounded and served as CFO and COO of SportsGiant LLC, which grew to become the leading e-tailer of hockey equipment in the United States.  The company grew rapidly, and Mr. Simkin was responsible for providing the financial and operational infrastructure necessary to support the growth.  Mr. Simkin exited Sportsgiant in 2008.

In 2010, Mr. Simkin joined X-1 Audio Inc. (FKA H2O Audio Inc.) ,a small, venture backed company in a turnaround environment. Under his financial and operational leadership, the company went from a net loss in 2010 to EBITDA profitability.  Mr. Simkin left X-1 Audio in 2015.

Mr. Simkin currently works as a Consulting CFO for TGG Accounting, where he helps small businesses scale profitably.  This also allows him to spend a significant amount of time with his family, and pursue other business interests.

General Manager PNW

Brad Coury

Mr. Brad Coury has 31 years of direct, on-scene field experience in civil construction; wetlands stream restoration; oil, petroleum, and chemical cleanup; hazardous chemical waste site cleanup and disposal activities; and heavy equipment operation.  Mr. Coury has been instrumental in the cleanup of some of the nation’s largest hazardous waste and Superfund sites.  He has directed 500 environmental and construction projects involving a wide range of work involving thermal treatment, incineration, demolition, stream restoration, construction of natural gas drill rig locations, onsite water treatment, underground utility installation, underground storage tank remediation, contaminated soil excavation requiring complex shoring specifications, toxic substance spill emergencies, and transportation and disposal of hazardous waste.

Mr. Coury served as Owner and President of a civil construction, environmental consulting/remediation, and construction equipment rental business. He provided overall management of the company and controlled financing, insurance, capital expenditures, health and safety, bid and proposal preparation, contracting and direction of the company.  Mr. Coury also oversaw Port of Seattle aviation and marine contracts for environmental monitoring and environmental agent support for Port’s capital improvement projects, including construction of a $1.3B runway. He also managed hydrogeologists, geologists, environmental scientists, equipment operators, technicians, accountants, and office support staff. Mr. Coury oversaw bids for private, federal, and local municipality projects.

Mr. Coury was Zone Program Manager for a $300M EPA ERRS West Contract for Regions 6, 8, 9 and 10 from 1997 to 2001 and for $140M EPA ERCS 4B Contract for Regions 9 and 10 from 1990 to 1996. He was the single point of contact to EPA, with authority to obligate funds up to value of the contract. He supervised a resource network of 15 team subs and 180 management, operations, and technical staff; supervised and supported 30 project managers; and communicated with EPA OSCs, Deputy Project Officers, and Contracting Officers. Mr. Coury negotiated all subcontracts and oversaw procurement and managed a profit center and oversaw cost estimating and budgeting. Mr. Coury was responsible for assigning personnel and equipment to projects ranging in value from $50K to $10M and acted as a project manager in Regions 9 and 10; was accountable for 250 project-specific orders.

Senior Project Manager:
Mr. Gary Vargas, RG, CHG
Mr. Gary Vargas offers over 27 years of extensive professional environmental experience as a senior project manager in hydrogeology and geology including engineering and construction services with the U.S. Marine Corps. He conducts, manages, and supervises staff both in the office and in the field with tremendous practical expertise. Specific environmental experience includes landfill studies, water quality studies, storm water management, groundwater modeling, site assessments, feasibility studies, remedial investigations, and litigation support. His water resources experience includes groundwater supply and development, construction dewatering, and water balance estimates. His military background provided experience in engineering, construction, planning, and demolition projects. Mr. Vargas has worked as a project manager subcontractor on NAVFAC SW facilities such as Camp Pendleton, Miramar, EI Toro, Tustin, and Port Hueneme. With sharp attention to detail Mr. Vargas has supported well-known experts in the environmental field in deposition and trial preparation. He is registered as a Geologist and certified as a Hydrogeologist in California, and he maintains Qualified SWPPP Developer (QSD) certification in California.
 Federal Program Manager

Karen Collins

IO’s Federal Program Manager, Ms. Karen Collins, brings over thirty years of professional experience in environmental consulting, project and program management, marketing, and business development.  Ms. Collins has served as Program Manager for multiple DoD environmental service and remediation contracts, and as Senior Technical Manager on NAVFAC SW’s $75M Technology EMAC.  She was an early partner with U.S. EPA Technology Innovation Office in advancing the Triad methodology for expedited site characterization and cleanup.  Her successful application of real-time measurements, systematic planning, and dynamic work strategies in Triad investigations at DoD facilities yielded cost and schedule savings on various projects. Ms. Collins’ professional experience includes the collection, evaluation and interpretation of environmental data, preparation and review of technical reports, presentation of data and information to regulatory agencies and public, litigation support, identification and evaluation of potentially responsible parties for cleanup cost allocation, decision document preparation, performance of environmental site assessments for real estate transactions, and administration of corporate health and safety program.  Her programmatic experience includes management of sites under CERCLA, RCRA, UST, and MMRP in partnership with regulators from US Environmental Protection Agency, US Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Toxic Substances Control, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, and various local governments.