EBC Seminar Series on Ownership Transition


Date: November 14, 2005


Phone: (617) 505-1818

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EBC Seminar Series on Ownership Transition

November 14, 2005 @ 6:00 am - 8:00 am

You are invited to one or all three of the upcoming seminars that are part of an EBC special Seminar Series on Ownership/Leadership Transition Lessons from your Peers. These seminars have been especially developed for owners and principals of environmental and design companies.

Probably the biggest decision faced by many environmental and design firms is how to carry out its ownership and leadership transition. There is likely no time when your business is as vulnerable. The decision involves money, power, survival and the future. It is less about the documents (although they are very important), and much more about trust. In this program we explore with experienced leaders in our industry three aspects of ownership transitions.

November 14, 2005: Seminar One – Succession Planning – How To Do It And How Not!
This program will highlight different ways of succession planning from a company sale, to an ESOP to a generational model. You ll hear insights from the panelists on how their model developed; what worked, what lessons they ve learned and what lessons they are still learning.

January 30, 2006: Seminar Two – Exit Strategies – Be Prepared!
This program will highlight different exit strategies owners choose and how they implement the strategy. It will cover the control that they do and don t have over the decision-making, the need for flexibility and the delicate issue of getting the whole leadership team to reach agreement.

March 13, 2006: Seminar Three – Developing New Leaders
The lifeblood of any ownership/leadership transition is developing new leadership. This program showcases both leaders who ve developed new leaders and new leaders who have been through a grooming process. It will provide their insights on what has to happen for an orderly ownership/leadership change.



Elizabeth K. Levin
President, Liz Levin & Company
48 Appleton St.
Boston, MA 02116

Liz Levin is President of Liz Levin & Company, a management consulting firm that serves the transportation, engineering and environmental community. The firm specializes in positioning a company’s people, services and organization for success. The firm is built on Liz’s strong belief that client-based organizations can create exciting opportunities – and can fulfill their promise – in good times and bad. Liz provides services in integrated marketing and sales, organizational development and leadership. Her services focus on strengthening an organization’s foundation–its core values, vision, strategy, client relationships, product and pricing. Prior to her own business she was a Senior Vice President at Rizzo Associates, which was sold to TetraTech. She has led many nonprofit organizations including serving as National President of the Women’s Transportation Seminar and Chair of the Environmental Business Council of New England.


Robert S. Brustlin, P.E.
President & CEO,  Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.
101 Walnut Street, P.O. Box 9151
Watertown, MA 02471

Mr. Brustlin was elected President and Chief Executive Officer by VHB’s Board of Directors in December of 1999. Prior to becoming only the second President in VHB’s history, he served as a highly involved Chief Operating Officer, who was responsible for numerous major land development projects. He has a dual background in land planning and infrastructure engineering and experience in Development Planning, Civil Engineering, and Environmental Permitting. He has been involved in some of the firm s largest and most complex land planning and infrastructure projects.

Pamela S. Hall
President,  Normandeau Associates, Inc.
25 Nashua Road
Bedford, NH 03110

Pamela S. Hall is President of Normandeau Associates, Inc, a nationally recognized natural resources management firm founded in 1970. She has been instrumental in leading the effort to develop the business from a small regional firm with annual sales of $2.5M to a $15.5M employee-owned specialty firm doing business throughout the U.S. Pam lead the buyout of Normandeau Associates from Thermo Electron. Since the buyout, the stock has risen significantly. Before becoming President in 1987, Pam held several other positions in the company over the years, including Senior Vice President, Vice President, Operations Manager, and Director of the company’s Marine Laboratory. She has over 30 years of experience in the environmental industry. Pam is also very active in the-not for-profit sector. She serves on many Boards and strongly supports community outreach and volunteerism.

William J. Rizzo, Jr.
Rizzo Associates, Inc., a Tetra Tech Company
One Grant Street
Framingham, MA 01701-9005

Bill Rizzo is the founder and former CEO and President of Rizzo Associates, a civil and environmental engineering consulting company, for which he is currently serving as a consultant. He grew the business to a $30M, 300 employee company and sold it in 2000 to Tetra Tech, Inc., a publicly-traded company. Bill serves as Chairman of The Engineering Center, a consortium of engineering, environmental and surveying societies in Massachusetts.


November 14, 2005
6:00 am - 8:00 am


November 14, 2005
6:00 am - 8:00 am

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