Practitioner Spotlight--Todd Gift

Practitioner Spotlight--Todd Gift

November 1st, 2018

Todd Gift, environmental liability management practitioner at Antea GroupName:

Todd Gift

Office:

Austin, TX

Practice Area: 

Environmental Remediation

Area(s) of expertise: 

Environmental Liability Management

About Me in 140 Characters: 

I grew up in a small farm community in Indiana, joined the Air Force, traveled across Europe, attended Ball State University, and previously worked at Delta Environmental (the company that became Antea Group). Now I'm married with four children, retired from BP, and operating a non-profit that raises goats for charity (“Gifted Goats”).

Favorite Thing about Being an Environmental Remediation Practitioner: 

Taking a business liability and developing a solution that drives sustainable value. The greatest reward is watching the business value take shape and developing relationships along the way. It is truly about the journey and watching something go beyond your expectations. 

What areas of Environmental Remediation are you most interested in? Why?

I am interested in the sustainability aspects of environmental liability management. Early on in my career, this was termed “prevention,” and was tied to asset lifecycle management. I would like to think we were ahead of our time, but the client and regulatory focus was on resolving the past. It is great to see businesses and governments focus on the future.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

Creating opportunities for others. It sounds cheesy, but it makes me happy and motivates me.

What do you consider your biggest professional achievement so far?

Where I am now, I can’t believe where I am today from where I started. I remember my freshman year in college, I sold everything I owned to pay for the first year of college. I drove to Ball State University in my Chevy S10 pickup truck, slept in the cab a few days, then sold it in the dorm parking lot and moved in. The rest is history...

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A professional basketball player—then I found out you needed to be fast. I could shoot, jump, and defend, but just not in a quick fashion.

If you had one month off, where would you go or what would you do?

I would like to go hiking and camping in the mountains with friends I’ve met throughout my life. It would be an interesting trip—and my version of “Burning Man.”

What historical or fictional character would you most like to work with?

Singer-songwriter, Neil Young. He is somewhat historical! 

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