10C — October 30 - November 12, 2020 — Women in Business — M id A tlantic Real Estate Journal


Women in Business

Marianne Payne, CPEA, CFSQA Associate Principal with GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.


and manufacturing clients on environmental permitting, auditing, and EHS compliance obligations at their facilities, including air compliance pro- grams, regulatory reporting, Resource Conservation and Re- covery Act (RCRA) programs, stormwater management, Spill Prevention, Control and Coun - termeasure (SPCC) plans, EHS training, and much more. I have also worked with a range of GZA clients—including at - torneys, building owners and developers—on issues pertain- ing to their own regulatory obligations, or addressing EHS requirements resulting from

the type of tenants occupying their properties, including stormwater management, life safety code compliance, and emergency response planning. I have also managed industrial hygiene projects and hazard- ous materials concerns, which are critical issues for building owners. Why did you choose this field/profession? EHS com - pliance is a dynamic, ever- changing field: new regulatory requirements are continually introduced and existing regula - tions are often updated. As an EHS consultant, I work on a vast array of regulatory issues across multiple sectors, and I find this to be refreshing pro - fessionally. What was your greatest professional accomplish- ment in 2020? This year, I accomplished my goal to obtain the Certified Food Safety and Quality Auditor credential. With this certification, GZA has broadened the regulatory auditing services we offer, al - lowing us to even more compre- hensively manage our clients’ compliance needs. For example, for a long-standing industrial client in New Jersey for whom we were already providing EHS compliance and ISO manage- ment system auditing services, we are now handling food safety auditing, resulting in a more integrated and cost-effective approach to the client’s overall auditing program. What makes you most successful in your profes- sion? I have been a regulator in a state agency, ran my own successful consulting business for nearly twenty years, held an executive level position in a privately-owned chemical company, and am currently an Associate Principal with GZA. My wide-ranging background gives me a unique perspective as I have essentially worked on all sides of the EHS compliance equation and can apply that insight to my clients’ projects. What was the most defin - ing moment for you in your career? I chose to walk away from an EHS job that was not a good fit for me and started my own consulting business at a young age. This led to nearly twenty years as a sole practitio- ner and business owner, during which time I was introduced to, and worked closely with, GZA. That successful working rela - tionship led me to my current role. MAREJ

ell us how and when you began your ca- reer: I beganmy career in Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) compliance in the early 1990s as an Air Quality Specialist with the Pennsyl- vania Department of Environ- mental Protection. I learned the regulatory framework of indus- trial facilities in sectors such as pharmaceutical, petroleum refining, printing & packaging, chemical, and a wide variety of manufacturing facilities. What is your current po- sition? I am an Associate Principal with GZA, working in both the Philadelphia, PA and

Marianne Payne, CPEA, CFSQA Associate Principal GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. Years with company/firm: 1 Years in field: 28

Fairfield, NJ offices, specializ - ing in EHS compliance. I am a Certified Professional Environ - mental Auditor (CPEA) with certification in Environmental Compliance, Management Sys - tems, and Responsible Care. I am also a Certified Food

Safety & Quality Auditor and an OSHA §1910 Authorized General Industry Trainer. I work extensively through - out the Mid-Atlantic states and with GZA clients who have a national footprint. I work directly with industrial



A tenant may expose a building owner to unforeseen environmental risk based upon the nature of its operation and what is stored or used on-site. GZA can identify those unexpected liabilities: stormwater permitting, fire code requirements, emergency response planning, and life safety code compliance. We can also address your indoor air quality and industrial hygiene needs. GZA assesses the environmental hazards and regulatory compliance requirements that may impact you as the building owner—and offers solutions to reduce or mitigate the concern.

For local, state or federal Environmental, Health and Safety Compliance needs in the Mid-Atlantic region or elsewhere:

Marianne Payne, CPEA, CFSQA GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. marianne.payne@gza.com 856-776-0455 www.gza.com

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