We recently spoke with Tim Lenway, Senior Vice President for Upper Midwest Environmental Consulting, to learn more about his new leadership role, what has been the most rewarding in his Braun Intertec career, how he solves client problems and advice he has for people entering the environmental consulting profession.
What is your current role at Braun Intertec?
I lead the Upper Midwest Environmental Consulting group which covers Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. Together, Nic Andreani and I lead the Environmental Consulting group for Braun Intertec. The Upper Midwest Environmental Consulting group specializes in environmental investigation and remediation services, but we’re also steadily growing our permitting, compliance and natural resources service lines.
In addition to leading the Upper Midwest Environmental Consulting group, I also joined the Braun Intertec Board of Directors earlier this year as an internal director. I’m excited to be part of the group who guides our company and works to build a successful future for our employee owners.
What is your professional background?
I have worked in the environmental consulting industry for over 20 years, 13 of which have been at Braun Intertec. My primary practice area is within brownfield redevelopment and securing environmental investigation and clean up grants.
I earned my Bachelor of Science in environmental science and urban planning at Minnesota State University in Mankato and my Master of Public Health degree in environmental health at the University of Minnesota. I’m also currently enrolled in the executive education program at the University of St. Thomas Opus School of Business.
What interested you about your profession?
I liked the idea of working outdoors and being able to work on a variety of projects across the United States. I realized that no two projects were alike and I appreciated that variability in my day.
What is your favorite aspect of your role or the most rewarding part of what you do at Braun Intertec?
The most rewarding part of my job at Braun Intertec is letting our clients know that I have a team of talented scientists and engineers who can solve just about anything. Without these extraordinary folks, the projects would not get done.
What is your favorite thing about working at Braun Intertec? What do you feel makes it unique?
One of my favorite things about working at Braun Intertec is that we do not need to win all of our projects based on price. Our technical skills and client relationships drive our ability to get paid based on value and service. Not many firms can say this.
What is your approach to client problem-solving?
My approach to client problem-solving hinges on our ability to interpret technical results into actionable business solutions. Not everyone has the time, nor are they qualified to properly read project reports. As trusted advisors, we are positioned to partner with clients as they navigate complex regulatory environments and make critical business decisions.
What traits do you look for in your team members?
Above all, I look for responsive team members who are willing to learn and collaborate on the job. Our projects are always in flux and a good consultant will be ready to tackle any of the unexpected conditions we might encounter on a project site.
What should new Braun Intertec employees know about working here? Do you have a piece of advice for someone entering your profession?
My advice is to provide clients with options and corresponding outcomes rather than making business decisions for them. If you are effective, they typically make the right choice and appreciate having dialogue during the process.
What are some of your hobbies, or things you like to do outside of work?
My five kids keep me busy after work with sports and school events, but when I do have time, I enjoy bow hunting, fishing, golf and checking out new restaurants.