Environmental Services

An effective loss control program helps policyholders reduce claims and assists insurance companies to mitigate losses through safety and risk management information and services. VERTEX is instrumental in identifying conditions or situations associated with our clients’ projects, structures, and business operations that present a possibility of loss, whether or not an actual loss occurs.

Carrier Representation

Preparation is our forte.  From simple broker / insured meet and greets; to detailed risk presentations; to litigation – expert witness support services, VERTEX will seek out client feedback to provide commensurate levels of effort / presentation.

Loss Control Surveying

Depending on the perspective of the client, VERTEX will often prepare surveys that may include the following: a brief history of the company; hazard exposure analyses (i.e., material handling, ladders, mold-water intrusion, etc.); company-location specific exposure statistics; mitigation program evaluation.

Policy Review

By staying abreast of changing state / federal policies and statutes (as well as within Canada / Mexico), we are able to anticipate emerging risks and advise clients accordingly.  An example would be our ongoing nationwide gasoline station / fuel storage regulation and compliance database that we maintain and provide to clients as a guidance tool.

Risk Management

We understand risk management and financing, and continue to keep pace with this emerging and dynamic field through education and strategic hires. We can work in conjunction with clients seeking solutions in the traditional insurance realm, as well as entertain ramifications of non-insurance risk transfer and retention.

Technical Interpretation

Our greatest skills in this arena are often described as: the ability to extract relevant risk exposures, from a myriad of information sources, in an expedited manner, for reasonable cost.

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Key Personnel

Dave Strzempko

Dave Strzempko, ARM, CPCU

Vice President, Loss Control

Dave Strzempko is a Vice President and Head of Loss Control. Responsibilities include: internal corporate risk management; management of teams providing private sector Loss Control assistance (underwriting) and Loss Control / Risk Management services on active construction OCIP and CCIP risks; and management of environmental insurance accounts (claims). Mr. Strzempko has 30+ years of experience in the environmental industry with the last 15 years focused on the insurance industry and attendant Loss Control services.  Mr. Strzempko has served as an expert witness providing litigation support and/or actively participating in several environmental insurance legal matters based on his education, training, and extensive experience in the remediation of releases of oil and hazardous materials, understanding of costs for remedial activities, and knowledge of compliance and reporting requirements. Mr. Strzempko’s legal support proceedings have included depositions, interrogatories, mediation, arbitration, and trial testimony. 

News

VERTEX Awarded ENR Mountain States Best Small Project of 2019 for SugarSquare

October 17, 2019

VERTEX is proud to be part of the ENR Mountain States 2019 Best Small Project winning team as the structural engineering consultant on the SugarSquare project in Downtown Denver, CO. Congratulations to Urban Villages, Semple Brown Design, P.C., Jordy Construction and IMEG Corp. (formerly MKK Engineers). SugarSquare is a four-story, 11,400-sq-ft building in Denver’s LoDo…

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VERTEX Acquires Compliance Environmental International, Inc. (CEI)

October 1, 2019

Michael Plainte, VERTEX, and Archie Barrett, CEI (October 2019) The Vertex Companies, Inc. (VERTEX) is pleased to announce the acquisition of Compliance Environmental International, Inc. (CEI). The agreement was signed in the presence of senior leadership of both organizations including Archie Barrett, President and Owner of CEI; Jaron Frieden, Managing Director of VERTEX; Michael Plainte,…

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VERTEX's CEO Bill McConnell Featured in Civil + Structural Engineer Magazine

September 12, 2019

As VERTEX’s CEO, Bill McConnell, states, “Education has no finish line.” Bill has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Maine, a J.D. degree from the University of Denver, a M.S. degree from Columbia University, and he is working towards his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado. He also completed…

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VERTEX Wins 2019 WebAward

September 10, 2019

VERTEX is proud to be named the 2019 Best Environmental Website by Web Marketing Association. Now in its 17th year, the WebAward program is the longest running annual website award competition dedicated to naming the best websites in 96 industries while setting the standard of excellence for all website development. The WebAwards are recognized as the…

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VERTEX's Bill McConnell and Mark Degenaars to Present at Pearlman 2019

September 3, 2019

VERTEX’s Bill McConnell, CEO, and Mark Degenaars, Managing Director of Construction Services, are presenting at the 26th Annual Pearlman Conference in Woodinville, WA on September 5th, 2019. Bill will be presenting on “Privilege Issues in the Surety’s Initial Claim Investigation” and Mark will be presenting on “Thinking Outside the Box: Utilizing a Surety’s Own Account…

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Blog

Environmental Data - Management and Visualization

May 9, 2019

Data – we rely on it every single day to make decisions for our clients. Data insights are influential and persuasive when they are reliable and accessible. We rely on data – on its precision and accuracy – as it drives our regulatory compliance decisions and our evaluation of complex environmental systems. Environmental Data Management…

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PFAS (PFC) Contamination in the Environment

August 3, 2018

What are Polyfluorinated and Perfluorinated Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)? Polyfluorinated and Perfluorinated Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) are a class of man-made chemicals that were discovered in 1938 and were utilized in the manufacture of a multitude of consumer products including non-stick cookware, protective coatings (consumer stain treatments, waterproof fabrics, etc), food wrappers (pizza boxes, sandwich wrappers, popcorn…

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A Case for Pre-Acquisition Environmental Due Diligence in Real Estate Transactions

July 24, 2018

After a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment identifies a Recognized Environmental Condition (REC), the next step in the Environmental Due Diligence process may include conducting a Phase II Subsurface Investigation. An environmental subsurface investigation is when VERTEX evaluates the subsurface condition of a site, which can include evaluation of soil, groundwater, and soil gas. For…

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MTBE/TBA/Ethanol in Soil and Groundwater

May 7, 2018

This blog provides details about Lead, BTEX, MBTE, TBA and other gasoline additives and how gasoline plumes are identified in soil and groundwater. Also, get a glimpse of how this knowledge and expertise allows VERTEX to successfully investigate and remediate gasoline station insurance claims. Fuel Oxegenators Oxygenators have been added to gasoline in the United…

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Ladder Safety Training Video

April 11, 2018

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), over 500,000 people are treated each year for ladder related falls. Whether you use a ladder out in the field, in your workplace or at home, safety should always be your number one priority.  At VERTEX, safety is part of our culture. We recently hosted…

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