1-616-836-3535 James Smits is the founder and CEO of Frontier Solutions, a service contractor specialized in environmental regulatory compliance. His experience and unique capabilities in installing, maintaining and removing (when desired) a broad spectrum of SWPPP BMPs, both on conventional construction sites as well as during brownfield remediation, has rapidly established Frontier Solutions as a…
Dennis J. Gebben is a seasoned environmental consultant with 30 years of experience. A geologist by trade, Mr. Gebben began his career in 1972 with Williams & Works of Grand Rapids, MI, a public works civil engineering firm. In the 1970’s, when new environmental laws and regulations were being promulgated, Mr. Gebben was quickly elevated to the front lines of the nation’s and state’s most vexing environmental projects, acquiring a broad spectrum of capabilities specifically tailored to help industrial clients responsibly manage their environmental affairs. In the early 1980’s, Williams & Works became WW Engineering & Science Inc. (WWES). Mr. Gebben, and two others, led the formation of WWES’ Environmental Services Division to specifically serve the evolving environmental services market for both the private and public sectors. From 1989 to 1993, Gebben was the chief executive of the Environmental Services Division that grew to 135 employees and 15 million in annual revenue.
In the 1990’s, when WWES was acquired by Earth Tech, Inc., Mr. Gebben returned to his consulting roots doing business development and overseeing projects for major industrial clients. He also developed and directed a highly successful, nationwide services program to railroads, primarily CSX Transportation, Norfolk Southern and Canadian National. Mr. Gebben retired from Earth Tech, Inc in 2000.
From 2000 to the present, Mr. Gebben has been semi-retired, accepting selected part-time consulting assignments related to environmental issues.
Mr. Gebben’s commitment to public service is equally impressive, with two, four-year terms as a Councilman for the City of Zeeland, Mich., and a five-year post as Commissioner of the Zeeland Board of Public Works. Now a resident of Holland Township, Mr. Gebben is currently a member of the Holland Charter Township Planning Commission, a position he has served since 2001.