With an ever-growing population, an increased need for cost-effective and efficient energy systems and a trend towards greener living, it’s no wonder that environmental science is a growing field.
One business on the Hamilton-Robbinsville border has joined that movement and is receiving accolades for doing so. PARS Environmental, Inc., an environmental consulting firm, was recently featured on the Women Presidents’ Organization’s annual list of top 50 Fastest-Growing Women-led Companies, ranking No. 21.The group designed the list to “improve business conditions for women entrepreneurs, and to promote the acceptance and advancement of women entrepreneurs in all industries,” according to the mission statement.
The company was chosen among more than 300 businesses, according to a press release. Companies that made the list had to have a “minimum 2006 revenue of $500,000 or more and 2010 revenue of at least $2 million.” Last year, PARs ranked no. 49.
Kiran Gill, the company president and CEO, who is in her early 30s, got her start in the environmental industry after graduating from New York University in 2003. The continued growth and recent accolade is one the Robbinsville resident is proud of, she said.
“It certainly feels good,” Gill said. “I think it shows that we’re growing, and I think a lot of that growth has been because of the type of work that we do and the quality of work has helped us gain additional clients and also continue to do work with them. It is certainly a testament to the team we have here. We have a lot of good people at PARs, and we’re adding some good people too.”
Last year, Gill was named the federal Small Business Administration’s Minority Small Business Person of the Year in New Jersey. She is also the winner of the 2009 Asian Women in Business Young Entrepreneurial Leadership Award.
For Gill, the environmental science industry is one that offers many opportunities.
“I think one of the cool things about the environmental field is that it’s growing,” she said. “Myself, I’ve done anything from compliance work to site remediation to looking at different environmental technologies. [PARS is] more recently doing environmental planning projects all over the U.S. Just the variety of projects that we have or that you could get involved with in this field, there’s a lot of diversity, and that makes it exciting.”
Gill had an interest in the field since she was a young girl and eventually chose to follow in the footsteps of her father, who bought the business in 1999. Gill began interning at the company while a New York University undergraduate as well. She purchased the company in 2003.
PARs Environmental, Inc. was established in 1984. The business focuses on environmental compliance, environmental research, health and safety, environmental planning, remedial investigations, risk assessments, industrial hygiene, treatment system design and construction and maintenance. The company utilizes various state-of-the-art technologies, including its own propriety systems, to service clients’ needs and takes a “pragmatic approach,” Gill said.
Today, the company continues to spread its services across the country with clients as far away as Phoenix.
“We basically help clients find solutions to their environmental issues,” she said. “One area, for example, that we’re strong in is environmental investigation and remediation. We can work with you to make sure you are implementing the most cost-effective, efficient way to clean up the site, which could be a variety of methods.”
PARs has served as a consultant for the Environmental Protection Agency on residual water management techniques. The company has also served as an environmental planning consultant on the Army Reserves’ “Grow the Army” program.
On the environmental health and compliance side, PARS works with a number of different school districts to develop compliance software that helps ensure state and federal environmental regulations are met. Among those clients are Hamilton school district, she said. The schools may use the software to keep track of environmental health and safety concerns.
“One of the things we’re noted for is being innovative and combining newer solutions; whether it be working with universities, new technologies, new technical practices in the field, or just helping our clients evaluate their options and coming up with the best solution,” she said. “I think that’s something that I want to continue to be known for; we’re going to continually keep up with the trends and be on the forefront of what’s going on in the field.”
Gill’s personal business philosophy is centered on giving the client something of value and also centers on differentiation, she said. One of the areas where PARS seeks to differentiate itself from the competition involves looking into nanotechnology and its applicability to environmental issues for remediation, Gill said.
It is her hope that the company will continue to grow and offer a wider variety of environmental services.
While being recognized for financial success and growth is an honor, she said, successfully completing projects that satisfy the clients and help the environment is the greater reward, she said.
“It’s nice to get the feedback that we’re doing well,” she said. “I think that to me the awards that mean more are the ones that are based on our actual project work because those are the awards where the testaments are from our clients that are familiar with our work in the industry.”
She had this advice for young entrepreneurs.
“Try to differentiate yourself and follow through, “ she said. “Get your name out there.”