Providing Expert Environmental and Property Condition Assessments for Commercial Lenders and Property Owners
As demand increases from national clients for assistance with commercial real estate due diligence services outside the United States, AEI appoints David Hodge as director of European Operations.
WALNUT CREEK, Calif., September 24, 2015 — AEI Consultants, a leading environmental assessment and engineering firm that provides commercial lenders and property owners with consulting expertise and services, has expanded its client services into the European market, by establishing a subsidiary – AEI Europe B.V., in the Netherlands. David Hodge has been appointed as director of European operations.
Mr. Hodge brings more than 15 years experience in business process management and production process and sustainability auditing/evaluation in wide variety of sectors, including: real estate, manufacturing, consulting, chemicals, food and beverage, water and wastewater, heavy engineering, oil and gas, mining, leisure, and waste management. He has held global, regional and national environmental and technical management roles, and has an exemplary track record in the delivery of high-value, complex environmental projects in highly demanding, business environments under tight delivery timeframes. Mr. Hodge has performed as an expert witness in transaction disputes, acted as an environmental expert in transaction teams and represented FORTUNE 50 clients in tribunals and with regulatory bodies for development applications and construction projects.
The establishment of the European team and network positions AEI to provide environmental consulting, assessment and risk-management services throughout Europe. This base in Europe builds on the firm’s existing operations in Mexico, Puerto Rico and Latin America, and provides AEI’s North American clients with service continuity across a several continents.
“As the commercial real estate industry experiences buoyant demand globally, we are seeing increasing requests from our domestic clients to manage their projects abroad so they can minimize risk and maximize contract value,” said Holly Neber, president of AEI Consultants. “We’re delighted to welcome David to the team – he brings a wealth of experience in this sector along with an impressive network of connections in related fields.”
The employee-owned firm, which now has more than 20 offices nationwide, has experienced exceptional demand for its services in the United States, and has added 54 new hires this year, bringing total headcount to 270. In addition to strong growth in the United States, AEI is increasingly engaged by its U.S. clients to provide expert consulting services internationally.
One such example is Torre Mayor in Mexico City, a high-profile project centered on Mexico’s tallest building. AEI Consultants performed initial due diligence, property condition, and seismic analysis to both the lender and the owner/developer. As the project progressed, AEI remained closely involved to help secure financing on several tranches, and assigned a multi-disciplinary team to ensure smooth passage of the financing.
AEI is currently assisting clients in Turkey, Romania and the United Kingdom with seismic studies and environmental assessments.