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Gary Flentge, LEHP, MPH

Vice President, Business Development

Gary came to EDI in 2008 with more than 20 years of experience managing multifaceted environmental and public health and safety regulatory programs. His background includes regulatory compliance for diverse environmental laws and regulations for airborne toxins and other environmental contaminants; hazardous substance abatement at hazardous waste and construction/ demolition sites; environmental health assessments; and Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations.

Prior to joining EDI, Gary directed and managed statewide environmental health programs for the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) including asbestos and lead activity in Illinois. His in-depth knowledge and understanding of the regulatory standards and practices ensure quality compliance for EDI clients.

In September 2019, Gary was named Vice President, Business Development and is involved with the firm’s business development efforts across all business units, while maintaining technical review for EDI’s Industrial Hygiene clients.

Gary has worked on several exciting and memorable projects at EDI. One of them was a major roof rehabilitation project at the largest capacity potable water treatment facility in the world (Jardine Water Treatment Facility). EDI handled the assessment, survey, design and remediation oversight of hazardous and toxic materials over the water filtration gallery. Gary also had the opportunity to work on a project where EDI provided environmental assessment, design, and remediation oversight in a fully operational US Federal district courthouse in Chicago (Everett M. Dirksen Federal Courthouse). Both projects provided Gary with great experiences and memories of project challenges and success.

Gary currently sits on the Kendall County Board of Environmental Health, which oversees and reviews environmental public health services to Kendall County Illinois. He also participates and supports several not-for-profit groups targeted at fund raising for cancer awareness and treatment. Gary is a member of the Illinois Chapter of the American Industrial Hygiene Association.

Gary is a Licensed Environmental Health Practitioner (LEHP). He is also a licensed IDPH Asbestos and Lead Professional. Gary holds additional Asbestos and Lead licensure in Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

  • Master of Public Health, University of Illinois
  • Bachelor of Science, Environmental Design, University of Oklahoma

Gary’s advice for someone who is in college, or looking to start a career in Industrial Hygiene:

“For those in college, seek out a career that you are happy in and can provide a learning experience each day. Every day and every challenge is a new opportunity to grow and learn. Understand that there are no ‘dumb’ questions, but each question is a learning opportunity and should be considerate of your need to learn and grown and the resource that you are seeking the information from. Know your audience and be prepared to present your understanding of a task or job assignment before asking, “how do I do that?”