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Management

Team for First Carbon Solutions' (FCS) Environmental Consulting Services

In addition to the executive team at ADEC Innovations, FCS is comprised of experts in environmental, sustainability, and energy management who collaborate with clients to develop the solutions that drive the highest return on investment.

Robert Francisco
President, North America

Robert oversees and leads the North American businesses of FCS, and the American and European companies of ADEC Innovations and affiliated ADEC Group business interest, partnering with the ADEC Group CEO, country leaders, business line leaders and other team members to help ensure overall group success while having a positive impact on Environmental, Social and Governance topics as they relate to the core mission of the group, to make a difference in the world we live in. Robert works closely with other business leaders in the Public, Private and Non-governmental sector on some of the most pressing issues facing the planet and its inhabitants, including the 17 key topics and sub-topics identified by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

After serving his country as a Sergeant in the First Battalion, Fifth Division of the United States Marine Corps where he was an infantry platoon leader, Robert achieved his undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Biological Sciences from Sacramento State University. He spent much of his early career focusing on technical issues related to wildlife and habitat issues. He has worked on some of the most complicated and controversial wetland issues in the western U.S., with an emphasis in wetland mitigation/restoration and regulatory compliance as implemented through the federal Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act, California Fish and Game Code, and Regional Water Quality Control Board regulations.

Prior to leading FCS and ADEC, Robert was the Chief Operating Officer for Michael Brandman Associates (MBA), which FCS acquired in 2012. Prior to MBA, Robert was the Northern California Regional Director and Principal for Jones & Stokes Associates (now ICF/Jones & Stokes). He also served as the head of the regulatory compliance group while maintaining his field biology and wetland ecology skills.

Michele Carchman
Director, Sustainability

Michele has nearly 25 years of experience in marketing, sales operations, enterprise software, and software as a service.  Ms. Carchman is responsible for ADEC’s Sustainability Practice.  As a key member of ADEC’s senior leadership team, Ms. Carchman leads the strategic vision of the team and the introduction of innovation as market and customer needs evolve.  As the Director of the Sustainability Practice, she is responsible for managing solutions across energy and carbon management, supply chain sustainability, life cycle assessments, corporate social responsibility, data processing and management, and software solutions. Ms. Carchman brings extensive experience at the intersection of environmental sustainability and technology. She served in a variety of executive and marketing positions at AT&T, Lucent, ChemConnect, Enviance, and NTN Buzztime.

Michele holds an M. B. A. in Marketing from Rutgers Graduate School of Management and a B.A. in Computer Science, graduating Cum Laude with a certification in Science Management from Rutgers University.

Mary Bean, AICP
Environmental Planning Project Director, Northern California

Responsible for ensuring high quality, cost-effective project delivery, Mary oversees FCS' North American professional services team. As a former County planner from Santa Barbara, Mary brings more than 20 years of experience in land use planning, in both the public and private sectors and specializes in streamlining the environmental process through careful scrutiny and tailored analyses to produce concise and defensible documents. Mary is particularly effective in strategizing with clients about the most efficient approach to CEQA and/or NEPA clearance at the local, state, and national levels.

Mary spent a few years working in South Africa as it transitioned from the apartheid era into a true democracy. Her work focused on redevelopment and housing of residents living in apartheid townships, and directing community surveys for the government to identify the amount of federal support that could be provided to each family as they began to rebuild their lives.

Prior to Joining FCS, Mary was a principal at Circlepoint, where she lead the environmental services group, focusing on land use and transportation projects.

Mary is a member of several professional planning organizations, including American Planning Association, Association of Environmental Professionals, Women's Transportation Seminar, and the Urban Land Institute. By invitation she serves on panels to educate and inform planners about the ever changing landscape of CEQA regulations.

Mary earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she majored in Environmental Studies and Planning

Jason Brandman
Environmental Planning Sales Director

As Vice President of Business Development for FCS, Jason is responsible for working with clients around North America to provide them with solutions that meet their needs. With more than 26 years of experience, Jason has been providing his knowledge and expertise in planning, environmental impact assessment and public policy analysis for major corporations, attorneys, various business entities, and state, regional, and local jurisdictions throughout California and the western United States.

As a recognized leader in his field, Jason has worked on a wide range of complex and controversial projects including: downtown revitalization plans, major mixed-use developments, large to small scale residential developments, regional transportation corridor and utility transmission line studies, and commercial and industrial developments.

Jason is also a recognized expert in the management and analysis of Environmental Impact Reports, Environmental Impact Studies, Environmental Assessments, and Mitigated Negative Declarations, Specific Plans and water/wastewater resource and hazardous material studies, planning land use, aesthetic analysis, transportation/circulation, geology, hydrology, public services, utilities and cultural resources.

As an active speaker at seminars and conferences, Jason regularly provides informative presentations to public agencies, private organizations and the public at large.

Jason earned his Bachelor's degree in Urban Geography from California State University at Fullerton.

Greg Scandrett
Director, Product Development

Greg has worked in the environmental, health, safety and sustainability data management industry for more than 20 years with several software firms, including EnviroMetrics, Essential Technologies, Environmental Support Solutions and Enviance. During his time at those companies, Greg held a variety of progressive positions, including product development, project management, implementation services, consulting services and account management.

Most recently, Greg was the VP of Product Development at AutoPilot, where he had end-to-end business responsibility for launching a new disruptive software product into the government market.

Greg received a Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Civil/Environmental Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and an MBA from the Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston.

Patrick Schultz
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Patrick is responsible for working collaboratively across all FCS operations and business units to deliver outstanding services and products to our clients worldwide. With over 25 years’ experience in operations management, process improvement and project management, Patrick most recently joins FCS from First American Corporation, where he was the Vice President of Strategy, responsible for management and oversight of over $40 million in capital projects. Prior to that, Pat held positions including Divisional Chief Operating Officer, Vice President of Operations and Vice President of Business Development at First American.

Patrick is a native of Washington state and now resides in Orange County, California. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington.

Frank Coyle, REA
Environmental Planning Project Director, Southern California

Frank brings more than 25 years of experience in urban and regional planning to FCS, having worked in both the private and public sectors. He has prepared and managed a wide variety of high-quality policy planning and environmental documents, achieving an impressive record of accomplishment in successfully managing projects through the entitlement process. Frank possesses a strong knowledge and understanding of development economics, governing agencies and bureaucratic procedures. He was the Deputy Planning Director for the County of Riverside from 2011 to 2014, managing both the Current Planning and Advanced Planning divisions, respectively. As such, he has reviewed and processed various specific plans and environmental impact reports, managed a wide variety of site-specific projects through the CEQA process, evaluated general plan amendments, zone changes and subdivision requests, prepared and presented reports, and made recommendations to various planning bodies. His thorough knowledge of CEQA and expertise in the principles and practices of urban and regional planning, zoning and subdivision concepts makes him a leader in the industry and a tremendous asset to the FCS team. Frank was appointed to the City of Redlands Climate Action Task Force by the mayor of Redlands. This group was responsible for identifying strategies for the City to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and comply with the requirements of SB 375. Frank earned his B.S. in Community and Regional Planning from Iowa State University.

Jennifer M. Guenther, Esq.
General Counsel/Director

As FCS' General Counsel, Jennifer ensures that the company maintains the highest level of quality and standards while assisting clients in developing sustainable business practices that allow organizations to grow and operate, improve environmental compliance, and boost their bottom line. Prior to FCS, Jennifer spent 14 years as a land use and environmental attorney and a partner/shareholder in the law firm of Gresham Savage Nolan & Tilden. She represented clients in the entitlement and development process for commercial, industrial, residential, transportation and government-related real estate projects. As a result, Jennifer is experienced in all aspects of commercial and residential real estate development, including land use applications, zone changes, General and Specific Plan requirements, and environmental compliance and review.

She has represented international and Fortune 500 commercial clients, community college districts, special districts, counties and cities, and residential and industrial developers, as well as clients in the mining, railroad, and transportation industries. Jennifer has extensive litigation experience defending clients in actions related to CEQA, NEPA, real property and environmental matters. She has also represented clients on compliance matters in administrative hearings and negotiations with the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Jennifer is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Women Lawyers. She is a Professor at the University of California, Riverside, teaching Environmental Law and Policy, a required course for the Environmental Science major.

Luis Fernando Navarro
Environmental Services Project Director

Luis is an environmental professional and business leader who delivers creative, scientifically sound solutions to client challenges. He has more than 18 years of professional services/consulting experience, primarily focused around sustainable water management and managing environmental liabilities through strategies that include technical and financial solutions, as well as stakeholder management. Luis’ recent experience is focused around operational leadership, consistently driving growth that outpaces the market through strategic deployment of a focused and motivated staff, while working with clients to derive and communicate the business value of sustainability, environmental and social investments. At FCS, Luis brings his passion for adding value, working with clients to solve complex problems, and working with the team to consistently deploy engaged, creative and pragmatic project teams to the business.

Luis holds a Master of Science, Geology from Northern Arizona University, an M.B.A.  in International Business from Thunderbird School of Global Management, and Bachelor of Science Degrees in Geological Sciences, and Marine Sciences from University of Miami.