The Right Environment for Growth: Michael Davis Joins Wantman Group, Inc. as Senior Vice President (November 2014) | WGI

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November 2014

Michael Davis, a veteran federal policymaker responsible for Clean Water Act wetlands policy and senior author of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), joins Wantman Group, Inc. (WGI) as Senior Vice President. Bringing over three decades of public and private sector experience, Michael will help position WGI for the many exciting opportunities associated with the company’s rapid growth and continued success.

michael-davis-svp-wgi.jpg“Michael has an amazing background,” said David Wantman, PE and president of WGI. “He comes to us with tremendous high-level experience in water resources, environmental policy, legislation, and government relations. He served in a senior capacity in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the United States Department of the Interior. “

“Michael will not only help WGI grow its Environmental Division at the local, national, and federal levels; he will also bring his strategic and executive-level leadership experience to bear on corporate initiatives relating to our internal growth, responsiveness, and accountability.” Mr. Wantman noted, “If he could help lead 35,000 employees while serving as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, heading up the Army Corps of Engineers, we’re sure he can bring a level of executive leadership and management skills that will benefit every associate in this firm.”

“I am very excited about joining David Wantman and the WGI Team,” said Michael Davis. Through David’s leadership and vision and the very talented team of professionals, WGI is on the move. The future is very bright for our firm and our clients.”

Mr. Davis began his career with the federal government as an entry level biologist, serving as a Clean Water Act enforcement officer for the Corps’ Nashville District. Through hard work and perseverance, he eventually became a senior executive working for the President of the United States. His list of accomplishments while in the public sector include (but are not limited to)  serving for five years as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, responsible for policy and legislation for the Army Corps of Engineers civil works program. During that tenure, he led the development and authorization of the CERP and three Water Resources Development Acts. Mr. Davis served as Associate Director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), the agency responsible for the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), served as Chair of the White House Wetlands Working Group, and as the Department of the Interior’s Director of Everglades Restoration.

Vice President Al Gore noted in a letter to Michael, “You have been a key participant in virtually all of CERP and I especially thank you for your leadership as the point man for the federal government in shaping the final plan.”

Since entering the private sector, Mr. Davis was appointed by a Florida governor to the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council where he serves today as Secretary/Treasurer. He is currently President of the Marshall Foundation for the Everglades, Co-Chair of the FICE Water Resources Committee and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Pine Jog Environmental Education Center. An avid sports car racer, Michael has a full competition license. Before joining WGI he was previously vice president and principal of Broward County-based Keith and Schnars.

About Wantman Group:

As a multidisciplinary consulting firm, WGI has six offices throughout Florida and is comprised of eight separate divisions devoted to the following disciplines: Civil Engineering, Municipal Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Surveying and Mapping, Subsurface Utility Engineering, Construction, Environmental, and Planning/Landscape Architecture services. WGI is among the 437 private growth companies that were Hire Power Awards honorees for 2013 and is featured in the 2nd annual edition of Inc. Hire Power Awards, recognizing the private businesses that have generated the most jobs since 2012. ZweigWhite ranked WGI #41 on the “Top 100 Fastest Growing Companies” list, as well as the “Best Firms to Work For” list. Additionally, The South Florida Business Journal recently ranked WGI number 6 on the “Top 25 Engineering Firms in South Florida” list and ranked #3767 on the 2014 Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America. For more information, call (866) 909-2220.


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