David Stegink has been with Envirologic since 1991, joining the team only two years after it was first incorporated. Being with the company since almost the beginning, he is part of a group of dedicated employees that is responsible for shaping many of Envirologic's standards. David's sense of ownership in the company has driven him to stay for the past 27 years and strive to continually improve Envirologic. He explained this during an employee meeting earlier this year: "I absolutely love this place. . . . I feel a lot of pride in the organization, in what it does now, because I know I had a role in helping to construct that."
In June of 2018, Envirologic announced David's promotion to Vice President and Manager of Redevelopment Services. In his new role, he plans to focus on enhancing our client's experiences through an expansion of our redevelopment services, additional employee training, and an emphasis on business development and marketing. It's not unusual to see David working on a variety of tasks around the office. From drafting reports and grant proposals, fielding client calls, and developing strategies for project implementation to tromping around in the field to inspect project sites, David does it all. According to him, his main job is to manage chaos, but he wouldn't have it any other way; it's the most fun when every day is different and brings new challenges.
Working at Envirologic over the years has given David numerous opportunities to participate in various conferences, regulatory workshops, and other industry-related events. One of the more unique experiences has been his involvement in Western Michigan University's nationally renowned Hydrogeology Field Course; since 1996, David has been the instructor for the course's Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) module. Being a part of the field course is particularly important to Envirologic, as it allows us to partner with a university in Kalamazoo (our own backyard). Beyond that, it's a chance for David to interact with, and impart his 30 years of experience to, 20 - 30 students from across the country and international community who are eager to get into the business. The environmental business community in Michigan is relatively small and close-knit, so David will sometimes run into former students on the job. It's especially rewarding for him to be reminded that he helped to launch some of their careers through the field course.
David met his wife of 30 years, Julie Stegink, while working together in Muskegon. Julie is an office manager for the Visiting Vet, a traveling veterinary service that provides medical, surgical, dental and preventative health care for companion pets. Dave and Julie have one son, Denver, who is spending his summer working for College Hunks and a basset hound named Forest. Outside of work, David has an intense passion for cooking. When asked what his signature dish is, he said that he doesn't have one. Instead, he likes to cook something different each time, affording him the chance to constantly explore a variety of cuisines and ingredients. He also enjoys being outside in nature; the calming surroundings provide him a chance to briefly escape and unwind. His other hobbies reflect his love for the outdoors and include hiking, fishing, and photography.
A self-proclaimed college football fanatic, David is one of several University of Michigan fans in the office. Never one to miss a game, David has become my go-to source for all things football. Competitive tension can run high in the office once football season begins, but everyone joins in the resulting good-natured fun.
David has been a part of the Envirologic family for 27 years; he is one of the many valued staff members who has worked for the company for over 25 years. We are proud of the retention of our team and appreciate the exceptional work they do for our clients. Thank you, David, for your leadership, expertise, and strong work ethic. We are proud of the client relationships you have built and maintained over the years and look forward to watching you grow in your new role.
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