About

Covington is a proven multidisciplinary professional team that was started in the early 1990’s. Every member of our team is committed to achieving excellence, and creating progress for you; our client. Whether your project is within normal boundaries or requires a new understanding of complex situations, the Covington team will identify solutions that are tailored specifically to meet your needs.

We offer program management; planning, design and engineering; environmental consulting and scientific support; independent monitoring and prudence reviews; construction and operations management; land and resource rights services; and grants management, compliance and oversight. We invite you to learn more about our team and services.

Covington’s business is focused on seven key market sectors: Federal, State, Local, Oil & Gas, Infrastructure, Commercial, and Industrial.
Headquartered in Gulfport, Mississippi, Covington Civil and Environmental, LLC is privately owned.

Our Team

Founder and Principal

G. Rimmer Covington

A Gulf Coast native, Rimmer Covington founded his original company, Covington & Associates which ultimately transformed into its nexus: Covington Civil & Environmental, LLC. He is a senior operational plan manager for the company. Internally, Covington provides executive oversight and monitors compliance with contractual obligations, ethics, IT policies and procedures, document management and controls.

Rimmer has 23 years of experience conducting environmental due diligence and coordinating engineering and environmental business activities at CCE. Rimmer served on the ASTM Main and Sub-committees that developed ASTM Practice E1527-05, which has become known as ‘All Appropriate Inquiry’ and the most recent “Standards and Practices for All Appropriate Inquiries” 40 Code of Federal Regulations, Section 312 which drew heavily from ASTM E1527-05.

Land Acquisition and Right of Entry is sometimes a considerable component of our clients programs and projects. He is an expert in acquiring land rights that are necessary as the means to establish Right of Entry and control of land for various industrial and energy objectives. He possesses more than 34 years of experience in matters of title research and abstracts of title, all forms of land conveyances, servitudes and right-of-ways, negotiations for settlements, title curative documents, and compiling and merging data for GIS mapping. Rimmer is a Certified Professional Landman and served as president of the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL) in 2009 and 2010.

Chief Executive Officer

Todd Hairston

Todd Hairston is Chief Executive Officer of the Covington firm and serves as the Executive Team Leader of the Covington Restoration Team. Todd provides daily management of firm activities and is the lead client and partner liaison. He has 10 years of experience working with clients to achieve creative, sound solutions to environmental, real estate development, and program management projects. Todd holds a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science from Delta State University. He and his wife Lacey, along with their two daughters, live in Gulfport and are active in community and economic development initiatives.

Business/Project Manager

Bob Gist

Bob currently serves as our Senior Business Liaison and assumes all Project Management duties within Covington Civil & Environmental, LLC. He recently joined the firm after nine years of serving as the Chief Operations Officer with P&L responsibilities for a full service general contractor located on the Gulf Coast performing estimated revenues of $300M – $500M annually. He directs corporate strategic planning and has more than 30 years’ experience in the commercial construction industry. Bob provides oversight on all initial budgeting, bid packages, procurement, constructability issues, safety concerns and quality control measures as they relate to construction start-up and close out. As well, he maintains a substantial base of contractors and sub-contractors and has performed projects through construction management, design-build, design-assist and bid/build procurement strategies. Bob and his wife Sharon, have been residents of the Mississippi Gulf Coast for the past ten years.

Restoration Program Manager

Stephen Parker

Stephen Parker is founder of Adaptive Management Resources, LLC and is a program manager with 20 years of experience in project management for environmental planning, permitting and ecosystem restoration projects. He has been working directly with MDEQ on all aspects of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill since its inception and has played an integral role on the assessment with technical working groups as well as the early restoration planning / project development of $185 million dollars in projects for MDEQ and its partnering federal trustees. Stephen was at the negotiating table with MDEQ and BP for all early Mississippi restoration projects.

Principal Engineer

John F. Szabo P.E.

John F. Szabo, P.E., is the Principal Engineer of Covington Civil & Environmental, LLC. He has more than 39 years of experience in both civil engineering and environmental consulting and is licensed as a Professional Engineer in Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Texas. John is the lead engineer for the Covington team.

Senior Consultant

Anthony Damiano

Tony Damiano has over 26 years’ experience as an environmental consultant. He has conducted environmental permitting, compliance investigations and remediations at numerous industrial facilities (including primary and secondary lead battery facilities, railroads, and coal fired power plants) throughout the continental United States. He has also conducted permitting and compliance activities under: the Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule under the CWA and OPA; Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWP3) requirements under the NPDES stormwater program; permitting and investigations under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and under the Comprehensive Environmental Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA)-“Superfund”; Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA); Environmental Assessments (EAs) under the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA); Section 404 permitting under the Clean Water Act; Indoor Air Quality under OSHA and various federal/state authorities; and Asbestos under National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutant (NESHAP), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) “Asbestos in Schools”.

Principal Engineer

Ben Benvenutti, PE

Ben Benvenutti is a lifelong resident of South Mississippi. At Covington, he conducts modeling, data evaluation, field verifications, detailed design, permitting, detailed plans and specifications development, project management, construction management and management of subcontractors.

He has spent his professional engineering career permitting, designing and managing projects along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Ben is a Mississippi Professional Engineer with civil and environmental engineering experience providing permitting, design, planning, bidding and construction engineering for industrial, municipal, federal and private clients.

Senior Geologist

Alane C. Young, RPG

Ms. Young is Senior Geologist and serves as environmental science project manager at Covington. She has held the position of project manager/senior geologist throughout her 27-year career, with key responsibilities of conducting Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments (ESAs), site characterizations, soil and groundwater assessment and remediation projects, Brownfields assessments, NEPA environmental assessments, and regulatory permitting.

Her experience includes site assessment, characterization and remediation at sites ranging from underground storage tank (UST) sites to RCRA facilities. She has extensive experience in managing NEPA compliance programs to satisfy federal funding requirements, including FEMA disaster recovery projects, HUD CDBG and entitlement funding projects, transportation projects for MDOT and FHWA, and projects related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Her Brownfields experience includes managing three-year U.S. EPA Brownfields assessment grants for two cities in Mississippi. Alane is a Registered Professional Geologist in Mississippi and Tennessee, and is also certified to close USTs in the state of Mississippi. She is also Lousiana Professional Geoscientist #448.  She is a graduate of Leadership Gulf Coast and the Mississippi Gulf Coast Business Council Masters Program.

Attorney and Landman

Lee Hayden, Jr.

Lee Hayden, a licensed Attorney in Mississippi, manages land acquisitions and right of entry components of our clients programs and projects. During the seventeen years since Lee Hayden began working with Covington he has been in charge of securing right-of-entry permits, title research, negotiations with landowners, damage settlements, acquisitions of land, and preparing various instruments such as Oil, Gas and Mineral Leases, Right-of-Ways Deeds, Surface Use Agreements for various purposes, Seismic Permits, and title curative.

He earned a BBA (accounting) from Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1976 and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1981. Lee Hayden is a licensed Attorney in Mississippi, Member of the Mississippi and Hancock County Bar Associations. Mississippi Bar Number 2128. He is a Registered Professional Landman with the American Association of Professional Landmen and a member of the American Association of Professional Landmen, Mississippi Association of Professional Landmen and Petroleum Landmen Association of New Orleans. Lee Hayden is a highly valued asset on the Covington Team. He is a resident of the state of Mississippi.

Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Robert Kroger, PH.D. PWS

Dr. Robert “Robbie” Kröger, Ph.D. PWS, is the Chief Scientific Officer for Covington Civil & Environmental, LLC. He is currently one of the lead scientists for the Mississippi Coastal Restoration team in charge of science strategy for coastal restoration in lieu of the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

Prior to Covington, Dr. Kröger spent nine months as the Science Coordinator for the RESTORE Council serving as the science liaison and standing up the science component of the Gulf-wide restoration strategy. Dr. Kröger also served as a professor at Mississippi State University for six years, where he established himself as one of the nation’s lead researchers and extension specialists in water quality management. He has engaged multiple state and federal agencies, and NGO organizations up and down the Mississippi River Basin, at multiple administrative levels. Dr. Kröger understands implications of permitting for water quality, the forces driving management implementation in industry settings, and the understanding of how the two systems integrate to the benefit of both. With extensive grant administration experience, Dr. Kröger is recognized for ensuring that program results and outcomes meet program missions, and integrating science with meaningful partnership engagement.

Chief Operating Officer

Camille Covington Smith

Camille Covington Smith is the Chief Operating Officer for Covington Civil & Environmental, LLC. She manages the day-to-day operation of the firm and provides direct oversight of the firm’s human resources and financial functions. Camille oversees program and project management with an emphasis in client relations and program coordination.

Accounting Manager

Jessica Zatopek

Jessica Zatopek is the Accounting Manager for the Covington firm. Jessica oversees the firm’s daily accounting and financial operations. She provides financial analysis statements including monthly income statements, WIP, and actual to budget variance analysis. She is the liaison between the Covington firm and the company’s CPA. She assisted in the development and implementation of policies and procedures relating to financial management, budget, and accounting. Jessica has eight years’ experience and earned a BA (Accounting) from University of Southern Mississippi in 2011. She is currently working toward earning her CPA.

Office Manager

Julie Daughdrill

Julie Daughdrill is the Office Manager for Covington Civil & Environmental, LLC. She is responsible for planning, organizing, and controlling the clerical aspect of the CCE organization, including the preparation, communication, coordination and storage of data that supports production and other important operations of this professional establishment. Ms. Daughdrill provides input to management on the development of policies and procedures for human resources, risk management, records management, and forms management. She has worked in the engineering environment for 15 years and has a degree in Computer Science.

Project Manager

Shane Monroe, CFE

Shane Monroe is a project manager with over 7 years of governmental financial monitoring and compliance experience. He currently oversees all financial, project management, planning, and compliance related duties for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation funded projects related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion. Previously Shane served in a project management position working with state and local governments to identify and resolve issues associated with governmental grant compliance specifically related to the Stafford Act. Shane served as the project manager of a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funded Community Development Block Grant housing project where he worked with local officials to write policies and procedures that ensured compliance with federal, state and local regulations. He worked with multiple teams, including construction and environmental professionals to ensure that all applications met environmental and financial standards set forth in the adopted policies and procedures. Due to the nature of this project he had to work closely with state and local officials to meet pre-determined benchmarks to ensure that over 600 homes were either repaired or reconstructed within the allowable time frame.

Mr. Monroe’s direct experience includes:

  • Compliance specialist for Hancock County (Mississippi) Hurricane Katrina FEMA claims
  • Team lead for Harris County (Texas) Hurricane Ike FEMA projects
  • Project manager for Galveston County (Texas) Housing and Urban Development funded housing project
  • Project manager for over 30 Texas municipalities (including Galveston County) Hurricane Ike and Rita FEMA projects

 Mr. Monroe’s Professional Affiliations:

  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
Senior Program Manager

Jack Norris

Jack Norris is a Senior Program Manager with Covington Civil and Environmental, LLC and serves as the team lead for the firms RESTORE Act project management activities. Jack has more than 15 years of experience in managing federal and state public policy and funding initiatives.

Previously, Jack served as President of the Gulf Coast Business Council – a regional non-profit corporation which represents top business executives on issues and projects important to the economy of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Jack also served in the office of Governor Haley Barbour as Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Recovery and Renewal, coordinating Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts for the Governor’s Office. 

Prior to joining the Governor’s Office, Jack served on the staff of former Senator Trent Lott in Washington DC for eight years as Projects Director and Policy Advisor. 

Jack serves on the Mississippi State Port Authority Board of Commissioners and the Southern Rail Commission.

Biologist

Morgan Wilson

Morgan is a biologist for Covington Civil and Environmental, LLC. She is a recent graduate of Texas A&M University, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology and a master’s degree in Urban Planning. As a student, she was a graduate assistant researcher for the Center for Texas Beaches and Shores and the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center. Her research at Texas A&M focused on flood risk reduction, structural and non-structural wave based flood mitigation techniques, and continuing the maintenance of the Galveston Bay Status and Trends databases.  She has also studied with the Southeast Environmental Research Center at Florida International University integrating hydrology, plant ecology and biogeochemistry to understand ecosystem-level structure, process and change in the Florida Everglades.

Morgan has experience with project management, spatial analysis, community engagement, and comprehensive plan development.

Senior Scientist

Thomas Strange

Mr. Thomas Strange serves as Senior Scientist for Covington Civil & Environmental, LLC. Thomas has spent most of his professional career assessing and managing natural resources in the northern Gulf region. He provides science support, including restoration planning, data analysis and management, and science strategy for the Mississippi Restoration Team led by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) related to the 2010 DWH oil spill.

Mr. Strange currently leads technical tasks for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) Mississippi Comprehensive Restoration Plan that encompasses watershed-level conservation and restoration planning, criteria and metric development, data collection, geospatial modeling, and stakeholder engagement. Additionally, Tom has worked closely with MDEQ and strategic partners to develop Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA), RESTORE and NFWF restoration projects and provide data analysis for project planning, design, and NEPA compliance. He has been integrally involved in numerous programs to assess and monitor biological and physical coastal resources with NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) system and the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBNEP) including oyster resource and SAV inventories, ecological assessments, coastal habitat mapping, and sea level rise/coastal erosion monitoring.

Junior Civil and Environmental Engineer

Tabor Kraft

Tabor Kraft is a Junior Civil and Environmental Engineer at Covington. Tabor is a graduate of Mississippi State’s Civil Engineering program and was born and raised on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. At Covington, Tabor works to provide site designs, subdivision planning, and construction management. In addition, Tabor is assigned with assisting the senior engineer in daily operations at Covington, including field verification, modeling, and stormwater analysis.

Senior Project Manager

Felicity Edwards

Felicity is a Senior Project Manager at Covington. She is a Certified Public Accountant, holds a B.S.B.A. with an emphasis in Financial Information Systems from The University of Southern Mississippi, and a Graduate Certificate in Economic Development from The University of Southern Mississippi.

Felicity has extensive experience in financial administration and compliance oversight for state and federally-funded projects, including CDBG, FEMA, HMGP, CIAP, FAA AIP, MDOT State Aid, and RESTORE funding streams. Her prior experience includes serving as Chief Administrative Officer for a county economic development agency, and later as County Administrator. She is a graduate of Leadership Hancock County and is participating in the Mississippi Gulf Coast Business Council Masters Program.

Senior Engineering/Design

Andrew Levens, PE

Andrew Levens is a Senior Civil and Environmental Engineer at Covington. Andrew is a graduate of University of South Alabama. He is licensed in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, and Texas with over ten years of civil and structural engineering experience. His work experience in civil engineering includes water, sewer, roads and drainage design and construction. Involvement in designing and preparation of contract documents, master plans by analyzing existing systems, identifying deficiencies, prioritizing repair of deficiencies for water, sewer, drainage and road projects. Additionally, involvement in monitoring the construction of various projects, including construction of a pre-cast bridge, utility installation, lift station installation, water well installation and sewage treatment lagoon upgrades. His work experience in structural engineering includes design and construction using steel, concrete and timber materials. Responsible for preliminary design of pre-cast/pre-stressed members.

Our Services

Program Management

Covington provides management, oversight and support services for all levels of activity in programs of various scales. Covington’s program management team ensures program goals and outcomes are achieved by providing services such as program coordination and planning , contract and document management, compliance monitoring, design and construction support and other critical support services.

Engineering

Covington addresses each client’s specific project needs which often begins with discussing project concepts and carries through to the completion of construction. This kind of expertise and understanding results in relationships that span decades. We build dedicated teams around clients and projects in order for our clients to make only one call to obtain support for their entire project development. Our team works as consultants and master planners; surveyors, engineers and technical advisors; and as your representative during construction.

Scientific Support

One of Covington’s unique services is the diversity of scientific support we offer clients. With one of the industry’s most highly regarded scientists on staff, we are able to augment and provide the vast variety of work we perform for our clients with specialized scientific services including research analytics and data analysis, strategic coordination and critical thinking, implementing creative constructs for problem solving, and scientific writing. Our ecological expertise provides knowledge and management solutions for coastal and inland habitats, as well as agriculture, forestry, and wetland systems.

Environmental

Covington helps clients navigate through the maze of complex regulatory challenges by offering services and assistance with a full spectrum of needs frequently encountered. From asbestos, indoor air quality and mold inspections to NEPA Environmental Assessments and Environmental Impact Statements, and from remediation planning and negotiations to wetlands permitting, Covington is fully equipped and highly experienced. Our range of services also includes Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessments, Soil and Groundwater Assessments, Spill Prevention Countermeasure and Control Plans, and Sustainability and Restoration.

Construction

Covington provides a full range preconstruction, construction and construction management services. From engineering, design, construction, commissioning, and start up for projects, we have the necessary capabilities and professional talent to offer fully-integrated project services that maximize quality, value, timeliness and cost efficiency. We also pride ourselves on utilizing sustainable construction methods to meet our clients’ needs while preserving and protecting resources and causing less pollution and waste.

Land

Covington applies our extensive experience in land matters to our clients’ projects as required. These services include compiling due diligence, surface and mineral rights ownership, and rights of way/easement/utility reports, as well as providing a complete range of acquisitions services from conservation easements (servitudes) to title curative services.

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