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Nova’s Executive Team

Steve Cummings | CEO

Mr. Cummings co-founded Nova Consulting Group, Inc. in 1987 and under his guidance and leadership the company has grown to become one of the largest and most well respected firms in the environmental engineering industry. Always keeping the focus on our clients’ needs, Steve has guided Nova in developing and adapting the company’s services, thereby growing the company and serving as a trusted adviser to our clients.

Ben Bohline | Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Bohline oversees the Finance/Accounting and Human Resources functions of Nova. Mr. Bohline works closely with the other members of Nova’s executive team and helps provide information to make operational, financial, and strategic decisions. He is also responsible for corporate insurance, audit & tax, employee health and welfare plans, and banking relationships. Mr. Bohline has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). His previous work experience is in public accounting performing financial statement audits.


Robert Hird | SVP, Chief Operations Officer

Mr. Hird has over 27 years of experience in the due diligence, environmental and engineering industry. As Chief Operations Officer, Mr. Hird is responsible for the development and implementation of Nova’s operational services to support our clients’ needs. This includes working with clients to delineate appropriate scopes, objectives, budgets and priorities to meet their project needs as well as working with staff to ensure that they are properly trained and that quality assurance programs are properly followed.


Paul Johnson | SVP, Director of Operations

Mr. Johnson directs the international efforts of Nova. He works closely with the Group Managers and Office Managers of Nova’s branch offices. Mr. Johnson has over 30 years of experience in environmental consulting. He has managed technical service groups, contracts, sales and marketing initiatives, and has developed many of Nova’s technical programs and standard operating procedures.


Patricia Hanseder | SVP, Organizational Development

Ms. Hanseder has over 25 years’ experience in operations, human resources management, and organizational development. Leveraging her external experiences, Patricia works with other members of Nova leadership to positively impact the organization’s culture, climate, change management, and systems and tools. Her ultimate goal is to help Nova create an environment where its employees feel they are “best in class,” to help build and retain a superior workforce, and to improve efficiency as Nova continues to grow into the future. Patricia’s previous business experience includes operational and HR roles in the retail marketing industry and global engineering and design/construction management consulting industry, where Patricia held both domestic and international responsibilities.


Jim Gott | Director, Nova Ambiente

Mr. Gott is responsible for overseeing Nova’s European operations. As a civil and structural engineer with over 25 years of experience, Jim has spent his career supporting numerous International companies with acquisition and divestiture projects. Additionally, Jim has successfully led brownfield site assessment and redevelopment projects as well as assisted debt providers with property due diligence and construction loan management.


Allan Busse | Director, Nova Ambiente

Mr. Busse founded Ambiente in July 2005 before merging the business with Nova Consulting to create Nova Ambiente. He’s a geologist with a Master’s Degree from the Aachen Institute of Technology in Germany and has a 27 year history in environmental consultancy throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas specialising on transaction advice and developing the environmental management service line. Allan focuses primarily on business and product development. He also regularly takes a Project Director role and continues to maintain a keen interest in all of the company projects.


Cary Asper | SVP, Capital Markets Group Manager

Mr. Asper manages Nova’s National Client Program. He provides senior technical review of deliverables to ensure all aspects of the scope are met. As a SVP with Nova, his work involves extensive client contact, including state and nationwide project management; program implementation; QA/QC; and liaison with Federal, State and local regulatory agencies. Mr. Asper focuses on innovative problem solving with clients, in order to assist transactions to a successful close.


Neil Archibald | SVP, Business Development

Mr. Archibald manages national accounts for Nova’s domestic and international platform as well as overseeing Nova’s Business Development division. Since joining Nova in 2010, Neil has helped rapidly expand Nova’s footprint by focusing on operations, revenue opportunities, customer service and expanding strategic partnerships. He brings over 15 years of experience in real estate and in particular the commercial real estate due diligence industry.


Jessica Doerner | SVP, Marketing and Client Relations

Ms. Doerner has spent the last decade working with lenders and institutional investors in the commercial real estate industry. She works closely with Nova’s clientele in the Northeast to improve customer relations and share best practices. Jess also reports on property due diligence trends via Nova’s bimonthly newsletter and oversees Nova’s marketing and brand management.