presenters

ALEX FLACHSBART, President & CEO

Opportunity Alabama

Alex Flachsbart is President and CEO of Opportunity Alabama, the nation’s first nonprofit organization to create a marketplace for Opportunity Zone investment in a particular state.  He received his B.A. and M.A. in Economics from the University of Alabama before attending Washington & Lee University where he received his Juris Doctorate.  Prior to founding Opportunity Alabama in 2018, Alex was an Associate Attorney at Balch & Bingham in Birmingham.

RENEA HALL, Environmental Engineer

United States Environmental Protection Agency

Renea Hall is an Environmental Engineer at the  US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Region 4 Staff Lead for PFAS Emerging Contaminants, and the Alabama Drinking Water Program Liaison.  Renea received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1998 and has been with the EPA since 2011.

JOHN HOLLAR, Principal

Geosyntec Consultants

John Hollar is a Principal at Geosyntec Consultants providing EHS Compliance and Management, Due Diligence, and Remediation Services.  John is a Registered Professional Engineer and received his B.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Northeastern University in 1991.  Prior to joining Geosyntec in 2017, John was a Partner with Environmental Resources Management in Atlanta. 

CHARLIE DENTON, Partner

Barnes and Thornburg LLP

Charlie Denton is a Partner with the national law firm of Barnes & Thornburg LLP and represents a wide array of clients in Environmental and Toxic Tort Litigation, Environmental Enforcement defense, Environmental Regulatory Compliance solutions, and Pollution Insurance Coverage Disputes, as well as serving as an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Neutral.  He received his B.A. in Government from the University of Ohio before attending the University of Michigan Law School where he received his Juris Doctorate.  

BUDDY COX, Partner

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

Buddy Cox practices Environmental, Toxic Tort, Natural Resources & Brownfield Redevelopment Law at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP. For almost thirty years, Buddy has represented clients facing a variety of environmental and natural resource problems. His practice involves a variety of regulatory compliance and enforcement matters under federal and state law and environmental and toxic tort litigation in federal and state courts.  Buddy received his B.A. in Economics from Vanderbilt University before attending the University of Virginia Law School where he received his Juris Doctorate.  

DARYL HERNANDEZ, Associate Principal

EnSafe

Daryl Hernandez is an Associate Principal with EnSafe in San Diego, California.  He is a Registered Professional Engineer in California and his specialties include brownfield redevelopment, K-12 new school environmental permitting and assessments, environmental site assessments and investigations, environmental risk management, redevelopment planning, and environmental compliance.  Daryl received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Cal State Fullerton. Prior to joining EnSafe in 2017, he was Principal Engineer and Founding Partner of E2 ManageTech in Foothill Ranch, California.

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