The Silicon Review
Whether it’s safeguarding and maintaining critical infrastructure, helping communities recover from natural disasters, enabling our armed forces and first responders, reducing carbon and energy use, making cities more resilient against the threats of a changing climate, or restoring contaminated ecological systems, Louisiana-based APTIM goes to work each day knowing that they are making an impact on the world. These are huge responsibilities, and APTIM takes them seriously.
APTIM’s relevance and its societal impact derive from the challenges and opportunities facing communities and their clients. The company’s robust suite of services and deep understanding of their clients’ positions allow them to develop innovative and comprehensive solutions to help their clients navigate today’s dynamic environment.
APTIM offers the best women and men in the world who focus on making the natural and built environment more resilient to the effects of climate change for our communities now and future generations. Here are some of APTIM’s current projects:
We interviewed Mark Fallon, Chairman and CEO of APTIM, to know more about the company’s work and what makes APTIM unique. Read on for the excerpts from the interview.
Q. What was the motivation behind starting APTIM? How has your journey been so far?
APTIM was formed when Veritas Capital purchased CB&I’s Capital Services business in 2017. Our headquarters is in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with operations across the United States, Canada, and Peru. Our journey has been one of commitment. APTIM is committed to accelerating the transition towards a clean and efficient energy economy, building a sustainable future for our communities and natural world, and creating an inclusive equitable environment that celebrates the diversity of our people.
Q. What do your award-winning consultancy services focus on?
APTIM delivers six categories of services: Critical Infrastructure, Technical and Data Solutions, Environmental, Program Management, Resilience, and Sustainability and Energy Solutions.
Q. What markets do you cater to?
At APTIM, we do amazing work. APTIM provides services to both the public and private sector. In the public sector, we serve federal clients including the US Departments of Defense, Energy, and Commerce as well as city and state governments and agencies. In the private sector, we serve a range of retail, energy, logistics, hospitality, and industrial clients. In this work, we welcome the opportunity to partner with clients who are also doing great things, supporting our government and commercial clients and the communities that we collectively serve. We are grateful to them all.
Q. What has helped the company distinguish itself and its services from others?
The way that APTIM behaves as a company and as a community is inseparable from the way that we serve our clients. Two things make APTIM unique: our mission and our people. We help communities and clients to keep faith with our obligations to future generations by restoring the natural environment and making the built environment more sustainable, reliable, and resilient. We seek out people who want to be part of our mission. APTIM’s people are deeply invested in this mission and in the communities where we live and work.
Q. What does the APTIM culture focus on?
Our culture is built on two ideas: commitment and collaboration. We have established a Commitment Compass that outlines our most basic obligations to one another as human beings, to the communities and clients that we serve, and to our investors. When we join APTIM, we agree to honor these commitments. We also train every employee in The Collaborative Way®, a rubric for how we interact and the commitment we make to Being For Each Other. We begin every meeting in our company with a conversation about how we can make our company safer for everyone. Being able to give voice and opportunity to people of all different backgrounds is what we stand for. The way we behave is intrinsic to the way we work and our value proposition.
Q. What does innovation mean to you?
At APTIM we don’t stop at “solved.” We think beyond solution to creation and imagination.
Q. How do you preserve the culture of innovation at APTIM?
It starts with a culture where every idea and every “ideator” is valued, and they know they are valued. Next, we value talent and creativity over tenure and domain expertise, and finally we hire curious people, and we empower them to make a difference not just a living.
Q. How was it working through the pandemic? Could you tell us about it?
Our people and our company did amazing work during the pandemic. For three reasons, I think. First, collaboration was already an essential aspect of our culture, and we worked very hard at it through the pandemic. Second, our people are so committed to our mission that the positive impact that they made was affirming. Finally, we acknowledge the complexity of the lives of our colleagues. APTIM’s goal is to be a flexible employer taking the necessary steps to adapt and serve the needs of our employees, above else focusing on their physical and mental wellness, while at home or work.
Q. What does the road ahead look like for APTIM?
It is super exciting. We are addressing some of the monumental issues facing our world, our communities, and our clients. This is great for APTIM in three ways. First, it is work worthy of the talents of our people. Second, it makes a positive difference for the communities and clients who we serve. Third, it creates significantly growing demand for our core services: Critical Infrastructure, Technical and Data Solutions, Environmental, Program Management, Resilience, and Sustainability and Energy Solutions. APTIM is committed to meeting the demands of today while building a better world for tomorrow.
Mark Fallon, Chairman and CEO
Prior to joining APTIM, Mark served as the President and CEO of both Envirocon, a national remediation and decommissioning contractor, and Modern Machinery, a distributor of heavy construction and mining equipment. He previously worked at CH2M where he served on the Board of Directors and held various leadership roles including President of Global Regions, President of the Global Nuclear Business, and Managing Director of the Europe Region. Mark began his career at the U.S. Department of Energy where he served as an advisor to the Secretary of Energy. Mark is a member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Environmental Management Advisory Board. In 2013, he was appointed to serve on the Advisory Committee to the Export Import Bank of the United States.