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Our Team

R. Thom Hess

President & Founder of ACM Services, Inc.

Founded ACM in 1990

Email: thom@acmservices.com

Thom Hess entered the environmental field in 1984, beginning as an Industrial Hygienist performing asbestos surveys, site monitoring, and project compliance oversight of projects in the United States and abroad. In 1990, he founded ACM Services, Inc. as President and Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for the general supervision and control of all business activities. Thom oversees all operational duties and is involved in many phases of each project. His environmental career encompasses over 30 years of asbestos abatement, demolition, construction, and project engineering for private, local, state, and federal agencies.

Thom holds five environmental licenses and certifications, including Management Planner & PLM Microscopy.

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Dale R. McGuire

Vice President of Operations

Joined ACM Services in 1993.

Email: dale@acmservices.com

Beginning with his service in the United States Air Force (USAF), Dale has been in the environmental/construction industry since 1977. As Vice President of Operations for ACM Services, he is responsible for overseeing all operational tasks and is involved in every facet of the project lifecycle, from bidding to closeout. His career encompasses 30 years of environmental/construction supervision for private, local, state, and federal agencies. He is experienced in multiple task order and large-scale projects. Dale holds a degree from the University of Maryland, and is currently working toward his master’s degree. Dale received an honorable discharge from the USAF in 1982.

Dale holds 17 environmental licenses and certifications, including Inspector & Management Planner.

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Laxman Mahar

Chief Accounting Officer

Joined ACM Services in 2019.

Email: laxman@acmservices.com

Laxman joined ACM in 2019 and currently serves as the Chief Accounting Officer. He brings to the company years of progressive finance and accounting knowledge, with specialization in the construction industry. Laxman has extensive experience with corporate accounting, job costing, financial planning, analysis, and financial reporting. His experience includes ten years as a Business Manager with Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, Inc. and its subsidiary, and three years as Accounting Manager with M.C. Dean, Inc. As the Chief Accounting Officer at ACM Services, Laxman handles all accounting and financial matters, including oversight of the accounting team and regulatory compliance. Laxman has a bachelor’s degree in finance (Mumbai, India) and is a Certified Public Accountant.

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Gary Grinvalsky

Project Manager/Estimator

Joined ACM Services in 1997.

Email: gary@acmservices.com

Gary joined ACM Services in 1997, bringing with him a strong background in sales and marketing for environmental remediation and mechanical insulation. Gary’s project experience includes lead paint removal, asbestos abatement, mold remediation, demolition, turnkey renovations, and hazardous waste reclamation projects. With 25 years of experience in environmental work managing large-scale, multidisciplined projects, Gary has gained in-depth knowledge of National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CRCLA) regulations.

Gary holds two environmental licenses and certifications.

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Kyle Neubauer

Environmental Division Manager

Joined ACM Services in 2001.

Email: kyle@acmservices.com

After graduating from Western Maryland College, Kyle began his environmental career with ACM Services in 2001. As an Assistant Project Manager, he was involved in the oversight of all projects and field operations. In 2003, Kyle advanced to Project Manager, responsible for estimating and managing projects. Kyle’s project experience includes lead paint removal, asbestos abatement, mold remediation, demolition, turnkey renovations, and hazardous waste reclamation projects. He has managed large-scale, multidisciplined projects with versatility to accommodate all project aspects.

Kyle holds eight environmental licenses and certifications, including Lead Supervisor & Mold Remediation Supervisor.

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Ed Metcalfe

Operations Manager

Joined ACM Services in 2011.

Email: ed@acmservices.com

After graduating from Widener University in 1988 with a degree in Business Management, Ed worked in and around the DC Metro area managing businesses ranging from large hotels to sports and health clubs. The personnel management experience he gained across multiple departments has given Ed the ability to direct a wide range of employees working toward different missions. That vital experience has made Ed an essential team member with ACM Services, where he functions as the center of all field, equipment, and personnel operations, at times directing over 100 of ACM’s employees.

Ed holds three environmental licenses and certifications.

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Evelyn Juarez

Office Manager

Joined ACM Services in 2009.

Email: evelyn@acmservices.com

Evelyn earned her degree in Business Administration from the University of Mariano Galvez in Guatemala in 2004.

Evelyn began working for ACM Services in 2009 as an Administrative Assistant, utilizing her degree and previous experience to support and perform a variety of administrative tasks. Through years of experience and dedicated performance, Evelyn was promoted to Office Manager. She is currently responsible for all office procedures and uses her organizational skills to ensure smooth operations in a busy work environment. In addition to the traditional tasks of an Office Manager, Evelyn renews ACM’s company business and environmental licenses, tracks and maintains personnel training certifications and trade licenses, and generates final reports for completed abatement and demolition projects.

Since Evelyn joined ACM, she has been instrumental in communicating day-to-day operations between the office and field staff. Evelyn is a Certified Spanish-English Interpreter and an active member of the American Translators Association.

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John McGraw

Project Manager/Estimator

Joined ACM Services in 2011.

Email: john@acmservices.com

John graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Frostburg State University and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Policy and Management from American Military University. John has extensive knowledge and experience in managing day-to-day field activities on environmental/construction projects. His project experience includes lead paint removal, asbestos abatement, mold remediation, demolition, turnkey renovations, and hazardous waste reclamation projects.

John began his environmental career in 2008 as an Industrial Hygienist at Boggs Environmental Consultants, Inc., where he performed hazardous materials inspections; remediation oversight; Phase I, II, & III environmental site assessments; and building surveys for hazardous construction materials including lead-based paint, asbestos, mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls, mold, and biological contaminants. In 2010, John was hired at URS Corporation (now AECOM) as an Environmental Scientist, where he conducted Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) health and safety oversight, subsurface soil testing and analysis, groundwater sampling and analysis, and river sediment sampling. Additionally, John was responsible for the hazardous characterization and disposal of soil tailings from geotechnical investigations. In 2011, John joined ACM Services as an Assistant Project Manager.

In 2013, John was promoted to Project Manager for ACM Services, where he specializes in both commercial and residential properties. Additional responsibilities include supervision of respiratory protection programs and perchloric fume hood testing and decommissioning. With eight years of experience in environmental work managing large-scale, multidisciplined projects, John has gained in-depth knowledge of National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CRCLA) regulations.

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Susan Hix

Controller

Joined ACM Services in 2011.

Email: susan@acmservices.com

Susan joined ACM in 2011, bringing with her 20 years of accounting experience. She has served as a Controller for industries including IT, construction, restaurant, and logistics. This experience has given her an array of accounting knowledge. She received her Accounting degree from Towson University and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Susan is responsible for day-to-day accounting activities including account receivable, account payable, payroll and human resources.

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Michael Heywood

Demolition Estimator/Project Manager

Joined ACM Services in 2013.

Email: mike@acmservices.com

Mike graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He began his career as a lead and asbestos inspector for an environmental remediation firm in Richmond, Virginia. After several years in the field, Mike was promoted to Estimator/Project Manager and temporarily relocated to the Washington, DC, area to manage a four-year renovation project at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new headquarters. Upon completion of this project, Mike relocated permanently to the DC area and was offered a new position as the Senior Project Manager and Demolition Estimator for a nationwide demolition and environmental remediation firm.

Mike is currently a Demolition Estimator and Project Manager at ACM Services and is responsible for turnkey estimating and project management of demolition projects in the DC Metro area. His weekly duties include attendance at pre-bid meetings, quantity takeoffs, estimate preparation, submission of bid proposals, and pricing negotiations.

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Gary Scholze

Safety Manager

Joined ACM Services in 2014.

Email: garys@acmservices.com

Gary graduated from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies. He began his environmental career in 1987 as an Industrial Hygienist, performing a variety of workplace environmental surveys such as asbestos assessments and air sampling, indoor air quality (IAQ) studies, noise dosimetry, water testing, and chemical exposure sampling. In 1989, he moved into the demolition and abatement industry for 24 years, holding positions as Construction Manager, Operations Manager, General Superintendent, and lastly, Branch Health and Safety Officer.

At ACM Services, Gary currently reports directly to the President, Vice President, and Operations Manager. Duties include enforcement of the company’s safety program, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance, safety inspections involving job site visits, training, Activity Hazard Analysis/Job Hazard Analysis (AHA/JHA) preparation, development of job-specific Health and Safety Plans (HASPs), and other duties that would help enhance ACM’s continued effort to provide a safe working environment for all of its employees, customers, and the surrounding public.

Gary holds training certifications in asbestos, lead, Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HASWOPER), OSHA 30, and PCM Microscopy.

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Eric H. Woodruff

Demolition Project Manager

Joined ACM Services in 2017.

Email: eric@acmservices.com

Eric leverages over 30 years of experience in the construction, demolition, and remediation industry to secure the bottom-line objectives for his clients, partners, and subcontractors. Eric enjoys a hard-earned reputation among leading area and national contractors for his dedication, knowledge, and professionalism in providing service and demanding quality on projects big and small.

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Danitza Ricaldy

Administrative Assistant

Joined ACM Services in 2019.

Email: danitza@acmservices.com

Danitza’s multilingual communication skills and her drive for outstanding customer service are assets to the ACM team. Danitza brings with her a background in business administration and a thorough knowledge of many different areas of corporate administration and management. Danitza speaks three different languages, which gives her the ability to communicate with a diverse group of customers, vendors, and staff.

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Todd K. Scharf Jr.

Demolition Division Manager

Joined ACM Services in 2020.

Email: todd@acmservices.com

Todd began his career in construction working as a carpenter while attending the University of Maryland, where he earned his degree in Geography with a focus on Environmental Science. While in college, Todd was given the opportunity to intern, and later return to a full-time, at an environmental consulting firm that performed asbestos, lead, and mold inspections. It was during this time that Todd was first exposed to the environmental remediation and demolition industry. After graduation Todd worked for 6 years at a Maryland based demolition and asbestos abatement company, rising to a high level managerial role. While there he performed a vast array of complicated demolition and environmental remediation projects while increasing the company’s annual revenue by 100% over 3 years’ time.

As ACM Services Demolition Division Manager, Todd is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the division, ensuring client relations are maintained and serviced at ACM’s highest level of standards. He reviews demolition estimates and proposals, as well as coordinates large projects with the company’s Environmental Division and with outside subcontractors.

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New to the Management Team

Carlos Valenzuela

Assistant Project Manager

Joined ACM Services in 2013.

Email: carlos@acmservices.com

Sean Hess

Assistant Project Manager

Joined ACM Services in 2017.

Email: sean@acmservices.com

Jack Metcalfe

Assistant Project Manager

Joined ACM Services in 2019.

Email: jack@acmservices.com

Erick Urrutia

Project Manager

Joined ACM Services in 2020.

Email: erick@acmservices.com