About Us

THE ELM CONSULTING GROUP INTERNATIONAL LLC has five offices in the US, five international offices (Mexico, Venezuela, Argentina, New Zealand and Indonesia), and a joint venture in China. In addition, Elm maintains an affiliate network of over 100 hand-selected HSES professionals in 22 other countries.  Elm provides superior client service in HSES auditing, program development, risk reduction, as well as leading our industry in innovations such as iPad implementation and supply chain traceability.

Our expertise is assisting our clients with the development and deployment of effective EHS management, compliance and risk reduction programs.

In addition to understanding HSE compliance requirements and management systems, we are experts in integrating “risk management” tools and perspectives into HSE activities and functions.  Unlike most engineering consultants, ELM has substantial experience developing and implementing tools/strategies that directly connect EHS management to risk reduction – in terms relevant to the client’s own internally-established and credible risk valuations and benchmarks.  One example of our risk management tools can be viewed here.

We have also created an impressive team of sustainability experts who are former in-house corporate sustainability program managers for Dell Computers, Canon America, Delta Airlines and Mattel.

Read more details about our specific experience and expertise or visit our Current Engagements page.

Our Principals are senior-level experts who are well-known in the HSE management industry.

Mr. Patrick J. Doyle, Managing Director – Connecticut

The primary focus of Mr. Doyle’s professional work is international HSE management system development and implementation, including HSE auditing. Mr. Doyle has performed numerous HSE diagnostic assessments at industrial operations worldwide and facilitated the development and implementation of effective HSE management systems to address program gaps and deficiencies. Mr. Doyle has over 20 years of professional experience in the HSE management field, having participated in over 450 comprehensive HSE audits, most as an audit team leader at a wide range of industries, including consumer products, petroleum, automotive, aerospace, pharmaceutical, public utilities, and manufacturing facilities across the globe, including Africa, Asia, Australia (Oceana), Europe, North America, and South America. Mr. Doyle is fluent in Spanish and has a working knowledge of Portuguese.

Mr. Robert Bray, CPEA, Managing Director – California

Mr. Bray has more than 25 years of experience in regulatory compliance and HSE management, supporting clients from the energy, petrochemical, aerospace, manufacturing, primary and secondary metals, pharmaceutical, food, printing, textile, electronic and utility industries. Mr. Bray’s specific HSE management experience includes assisting numerous corporations in the design and implementation of auditing programs and HSE management systems by conducting training, developing state/industry-specific audit protocols, developing audit report formats, designing databases to store and track audit information, and leading audit teams in the field. Mr. Bray has conducted more than 450 compliance/management systems audits worldwide. He has also assisted clients in the development and implementation of compliance management systems which promote long term compliance and HSE improvement.  He is currently serving his second term as the President of The Auditing Roundtable, an international association of professional HSE auditors.

Joseph B. Cotier, CPEA, Director – Connecticut

Mr. Cotier has completed more than 350 EHS audits and management systems consulting projects in more than 35 states and 20 countries.   He has experience in a wide range of industries including petroleum refining and chemical manufacturing, electric utilities, breweries and consumer and pharmaceutical products manufacturing. Mr. Cotier is an air emissions expert with particular strengths in emissions inventories, leak detection and repair, and a wide variety of MACT programs.  Joe his has performed inspections and managed compliance orders as a Senior Air Pollution Control Engineer for the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. He is a BEAC Certified Professional Environmental Auditor and recently completed his fifth year on the Board of Directors for The Auditing Roundtable, the leading professional association for HSE auditors.   He served as Secretary, Vice President and President, and now serves the Roundtable as Director on the Board.

Mr. Gary Dahms, Associate Director – Texas

Mr. Dahms has 35 years of industrial experience in the petroleum industry of which 26 years was in regulatory compliance, process safety management, and HSE management. The primary emphasis of his professional career is both domestic and international compliance auditing and HSE management system assessments of drilling operations, oil and gas production, refining operations, oil and grease manufacturing, retail marketing, and co-generation operations. Additional work experience includes conducting audit/assessment team member training, development and maintenance of compliance and management system protocols, and tracking identified issues through closure.

Mr. Lawrence Heim, CPEA, Director – Georgia

Mr. Heim has over 25 years of experience with environmental compliance, auditing and risk management, serving clients from the forest products, metal manufacturing, utility, aerospace, and general manufacturing sectors.  He has provided innovative solutions for permitting, regulatory compliance and business issues.  Areas of focus include environmental compliance audits/assessments, risk identification, integrating risk concepts into environmental program development, and liability mitigation programs.  Mr. Heim has conducted more than 400 compliance/management systems audits in the US, Canada and Latin America.  He has led and performed many aspects of environmental management activities, including interdepartmental and management-level coordination, communication and training, EHS performance measurement, cost accounting, economic valuation and product/branding strategy.  Mr. Heim has a working knowledge of Spanish.

Our affiliate selections are built upon our first-hand professional experience with specific individuals, not entire companies.  In this way, our clients are assured of the expertise and quality of the team members.  ELM’s international experts have assisted a broad range of clients from a cross-section of industry.

Let us know how we might be able to help you.  You can visit our website at www.elmgroup.com or call us.

Connecticut (New Haven): +1 203 562 3567

Connecticut (Glastonbury): +1 860 430 1653

California: +1 949 858 5868

Texas: +1 281 351-8147

Georgia: +1 678 200 5220

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