Employee Spotlight: James Alvarez


Employee Spotlight: James Alvarez

Passionate People Building and Revitalizing Our World. This is who we are. SME's Employee Spotlights provide a glimpse into the passions that drive our team members to build a better world. 

What is your hidden talent?
I've been coaching soccer for 18 years! Rec, travel, high school, boys and girls...I've coached them all. I enjoy being a positive role model and encouraging kids to embrace the responsibility to team, and what they can accomplish when they play for each other.

Why did you choose this profession?
This profession chose me. Being a graduate in geology in the 80s, there wasn't much work for geologists. When regulations for underground storage tanks went into effect in 1988, environmental consulting really took off. This was really interesting to me and was where it all started. As a Senior Consultant and Licensed Professional Geologist, I enjoy working with my colleagues and clients to solve problems, and identify opportunities for continuous improvement. The variety of work that I'm exposed to changes daily, keeping me engaged.

How do you recharge after a long week?
I take time to appreciate my wife and our three children. Whether we are sitting around the fire pit or watching episodes of Andy Griffith (talk about life lessons that still apply today!), I am truly blessed to have them in my life.


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