Bruce Schmucker, a geotechnical engineer, has been involved with hazardous, construction and demolition debris, solid waste landfills, composting facilities, transfer stations, solid waste resource recovery projects, landfill gas collection and energy generation projects, and construction quality control since 1982 at over fifty landfills in twenty-three different States. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from The University of Akron in 1984 and his Masters of Science in Geotechnical Engineering from The University of Akron in 1987.
Mr. Schmucker is currently employed by Pioneer Environmental & Engineering as its managing member and principal engineer where he manages environmental and solid waste projects in Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia and Ohio. He has worked in the private sector as both an environmental and solid waste consultant, a Division Engineer for the second largest solid waste collection and disposal company, Vice President of Engineering and Environmental Affairs for an independent waste company, and as the Corporate Director of Engineering and Environmental Affairs for one of the largest privately owned solid waste companies in the United States.
In 1994 he received the Innovative Environmental Solution Award from Browning Ferris Industries, Inc. for his work on using pulverized glass as an alternative drainage material to natural occurring sands and gravels for leachate collection zones in sanitary landfills. Mr. Schmucker has contributed to one book and has co-authored four publications. In 1994, Ohio EPA selected Mr. Schmucker to develop a Landfill Operators Training and Certification program for the State of Ohio. Mr. Schmucker has served as the Vice-Chairman for the Ohio Chapter of the National Waste and Recycling Association since 1998.
Vice President, Construction Services
Tim Thoma has over 35 years of experience in the remediation and construction industry. He began his career by serving in the United States Navy as Nuclear Machinist Mate. After an Honorable Discharge, Mr. Thoma went to work in city government as a Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator where he studied waste water treatment plant design and operation. While working for the city, he earned his Ohio Wastewater Class I, II, and III licenses.
Mr. Thoma left city government work and went to work in the environmental remediation construction and operation field as a laborer. He worked his way up through the field ranks in an open shop environment where he learned the skills of many craft trades. Mr. Thoma became the youngest Superintendent in the company. He went on to become Construction Manager and then Project Manager over the next seven years with focus on troubled or difficult projects.
At the age of 41, Mr. Thoma went to the University of Cincinnati and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management and an Associates Degree in Applied Science. During his college career, Mr. Thoma continued to work part-time as Project Manager and later as Managing Member of his own company. Two years before graduation, Mr. Thoma accepted an opportunity as Manager, Project Services where he led the estimating, scheduling, supply chain, and project controls departments for a large environmental remediation firm. Upon acquisition of that firm by a larger firm, Mr. Thoma was named Vice President, Preconstruction Services where he continued to lead those departments. Mr. Thoma currently serves as Vice President, Construction Services where he is responsible for preconstruction and construction services across many sectors and clients.