Business Achievement: Small Firms (less than $10 million)


Gold Medal ► Baer Engineering and Environmental Consulting Inc. for growing revenues 180% in 2015 to exceed $5 million. The increased revenues are primarily the result of a new practice area in cultural resources and hazardous materials management for the U.S. Military. Baer Engineering and Environmental Consulting, headquartered in Austin, Texas and with offices in Houston and San Antonio, was founded in 1992 and provides facilities, chemical, civil, water resources and environmental engineering, and industrial hygiene, safety and health services to institutional, governmental, commercial, and industrial clients.

Gold Medal ► HSG LLC (Las Vegas, NV), doing business as Herndon Solutions Group for game-changing growth due to its October 2015 win of a $101-million contract with NASA. HSG is an SBA 8(a), woman-owned business that was established in 2008 as a professional services firm developing and implementing practical solutions and services in environmental, safety, emergency planning, and sustainability management. HSG is the majority owner and managing member of Integrated Mission Support Services LLC, an SBA Joint Venture that was awarded the $101-million, five-year NASA Kennedy Space Center Environmental and Medical Contract, making HSG a Prime Contractor for the nation’s premier multi-user spaceport. HSG transitioned from a company of 25 staff members to a workforce of over 140 with the addition of the JV and expects revenue to increase over 150% in 2016.

Silver Medal ► Evista (Newport Beach Calif.) for consistently high growth in the past several years, including 33% in 2015 to reach $4.9 million in revenue. Evista provides environmental consulting services to the property insurance and restoration industry, specializing in indoor air quality, asbestos and lead, mold, sewage contamination and an environmental cost and quality (ECQ) management practice. In 2014 Evista’s three-year growth was more than 600%, ranking it 759 on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies. In 2015 Evista’s three-year growth rate was 352% to $4.9 million (and 24 jobs added), ranking it 1192 on the Inc. 5000 list.

Bronze Medal ► Environmental Management and Planning Solutions Inc. (EMPSi, San Francisco) for exceptional revenue growth and profitability over its 10-year history. From 2010-2015, gross and net revenues grew by over 200%, or a compound annual growth rate of 20%. In 2015, EMPSi grew gross revenue by 10%, net revenue by 37%, and EBITDA by 106% and is approaching the $10 million revenue mark: Hard contract backlog is more than $11 million. Energy, pipeline, transmission, mining, and water resource clients, along with key Federal and state agencies, entrust EMPSi with some of their most complex and high-profile environmental permitting and compliance projects. In 2015 EMPSi led planning efforts across the west to help the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finalize land use plans to conserve key sage grouse habitat. These plans were critical in helping the Forest Service to conclude that the rangeland bird no longer warrants protection under the Endangered Species Act. The firm was awarded key water protection contracts including $2 million to prepare environmental compliance efforts for the Truckee Canal for the Bureau of Reclamation and a study to examine river operations for the Rio Grande River.