University of Southern California Viterbi 2015 Awards

usc-viterbi-2015-awardsACT was pleased to be a 2015 sponsor the University of Southern California Viterbi awards. During this wonderful evening at the Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles; Master of Ceremonies Dean Yannis Yortos presented awards to: Andrew Liveris: CEO of Dow chemical, Dr. Sultan Amed Al Jaber: UAE Minister of State, and Feng Deng Co-Founder of Northern Light Ventures for their vast contributions to society as engineers. The leadership, entrepreneurship, and vision of these men has not only been shining examples for USC engineering, their accomplishments have made our world a better place for many. These types of advances in engineering are at the forefront as the worlds population rises and resources are diminished. ACT is proud to support all the great USC engineers and entrepreneurs that are meeting this challenge.

ACT Merced responding to an Emergency response of a rolled over big rig!

act_mercedOur Merced office responding to an Emergency response of a rolled over big rig. The truck leaked diesel into a storm drain and released to a creek leading to the Delta. As always our staff did a great job as you can see below in the email from our customer (also vendor).

-Brian Trefault

“‘…Containers Unlimited would like to sincerely thank you for the exceptional customer service you and your team exemplified in our time of emergency and need yesterday. We were thoroughly impressed and very grateful for your follow thru, servicing you guys for some years now on your container needs; act_merced3response time and communication throughout the process. As your vendor that has been the role was reversed and we quickly became the customer and felt the high level of act_merced2service that ACT provided. It was truly awesome. We appreciate your hard work and professionalism and it will stay with us for some time as we reflect back on the incident that occurred yesterday.’

Can’t thank you enough!

Andrea Ocanas & Mike McGuire
And the entire Containers Unlimited Team!

Arizona’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

On Saturday March 7, The City of Apache Junction, Arizona held their annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day. Oversight and support was provided by Advanced Chemical Transport’s Phoenix branch. This year’s event attracted the largest number of residents in the program’s 8-year history.

We want to thank everyone who participated in this year’s event.

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New Sales Program Development Team (SPDT)

On Feb. 17, 2015 ACT’s SPDT held a Challenge Meeting designed to express ways to strengthen ACT’s presence in the market place in a proactive and strategic manner.

For more than 7 hours, the team exchanged ideas and opinions centered around:

Strategic Selling & Growth Roles and Responsibilities

  • Professional Development
  • Process Improvements
  • Consistent Branding
  • Marketing
  • Customer Service Excellence

Many of these ideas will be introduced to the full sales force at ACT’s Annual Sales Meeting in April 2015.

ACT wants to thank all of the team members for their open and honest input and on a job well done!!


Team Members (Left to Right)
First row: Andrea Contreras, Bryan Hoadley, John Bige, Brian Trefault, Vince Cavaliere, Adam Brandin, Jeanna Wilhelm
Back row: Zane Gentzler, Pasquale Paduano, Bruce Wescott, Danny Carpentier, Spencer Pfaff, John Smrdeli, Annette Peck
Missing Walter Singer, Jason Catalano, Mariana Sabich

Four Vistage members named to Los Angeles Business Journal 2014 Best Places to Work

San Diego, February 5, 2015— Four Vistage members were recently named to the Lost Angeles Business Journal’s list of Best Places to Work in 2014. Best Places to Work in Los Angeles is a survey competition to determine which participants are the best employers. The process is managed by Best Companies Group (BCG) and winners are published in the Los Angeles Business Journal.

To be eligible for consideration, companies must be a for-profit or not-for-profit business or government entity, be a publicly or privately held business, have a facility in Los Angeles County, and have a minimum of 15 employees working in Los Angeles County. They must also have been in business a minimum of one year.

The following Vistage members were recognized on the list:

  • Advanced Chemical Transport, Inc. – Walter Singer, President, Vistage member since 2012; and Pasquale Paduano, Director of Operations, Vistage member since 2013
  • Aerotek – Ayman Hamid, Executive Director of Human Capital Solutions, Vistage member since 2012; Jeff Colvin, Director of Business Operations, Vistage member since 2010; Kim Sneeder, Director of Business Operations, Vistage member since 2013; and Brian Quinn, Director of Operations, Vistage member since 2014
  • BNY Mellon Wealth Management – Larry Miles, President, Vistage member since 2010
  • Bryan Cave LLP – Steve Sunshine, Partner In Charge, Vistage members since 1992; and Jennifer Jackson, Managing Partner, Vistage member since 2010
  • Cassidy Turley BT Commercial – Greg Findley, Partner, Vistage member since 2011
  • CBIZ MHM, LLC – Steven Nicokiris, Managing Director, Vistage member since 2014
  • Cresa Chicago – Mark Montana, Managing Principal, Vistage member since 2014
  • Financial Finesse Inc. – Liz Davidson, CEO, Vistage member since 2014
  • Giroux Glass, Inc. – Nataline Lomedico, CEO/President, Vistage member since 2015
  • Guidance Solutions – Jon Provisor, Owner/CTO, Vistage member since 2008
  • Insperity – Business Performance Advisors: Dewayne Sode, Vistage member since 2006; Kay Oder, Vistage member since 2008; Nick Rodites, Vistage member since 2013; Rebecca Stewart, Vistage member since 2013; and Ron Dallas, Vistage member since 2014
  • Moss Adams LLP – Kerry Gordon, Managing Partner, Vistage member since 1988
  • Pango Group – Jeff Russell, President, Vistage member since 2005
  • Pariveda Solutions – Bruce Ballengee, CEO, Vistage member since 2008
  • Prosum – Ken Aster, President, Vistage member since 2009
  • Sky Zone – Stella Downie, CEO, Vistage member since 2015
  • Solver – Nils Rasmussen, CEO, Vistage member since 2013
  • Taskus – Jaspar Weir, President, Vistage member since 2013
  • The1stMovement – Ming Chan, CEO, Vistage member since 2011
  • TrueCar – Bernie Brenner, Co-founder and EVP of Business Development, Vistage member since 2011
  • Wong Doody Advertising – Ben Wiener, CEO, Vistage member since 2008


The Best Places to Work in Los Angeles program is a countywide program managed by BCG. The process includes two surveys to gather detailed data about each participating company. BCG conducts the surveys, analyzes the data and determines the winners and rankings. Best Companies Group is an independent research firm specializing in identifying and recognizing great places to work. BCG manages programs worldwide, including in the US, Canada and the UK.

about Vistage International
Founded in 1957 and headquartered in San Diego, California, Vistage assembles and facilitates private advisory boards for CEOs, senior executives and business owners. Vistage members participate in monthly, Chair-led private advisory board meetings. More than 19,000 members in 16 countries also have access to one-to-one executive coaching, expert speakers, and our global network of business leaders.

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Katie McWeeney
Vistage International


Russ Cowperthwiate joining ACT as the newly created Corporate Transportation Manager

I am excited to announce Russ Cowperthwiate joining ACT as the newly created Corporate Transportation Manager. Russ comes to us with over 28 years’ experience in the transportation services sector. In his most recent position, he was the Fleet Manager over-seeing 500 commercial vehicles. His areas of expertise include; fleet maintenance, purchasing, training, Driver safety, and transportation compliance. Along with his extensive management and administrative experience Russ has direct hands-on experience as a mechanic, heavy equipment technician, and Class A Driver with doubles and tanker endorsement.

On a personal note, Russ resides in Merced with his wife of 22 years and has a son in college.

Russ will be responsible for developing and overseeing numerous transportation maintenance, compliance, logistics, and driver safety programs. He will be working very closely with Krista, myself, and the Branch Managers. As this is a Corporate wide operations position Russ will be reporting directly to me.

Please all welcome aboard Russ to our ACT family.

ACT Merced helps with donations to the less fortunate!

20141221_145808It is with great pleasure I am able to share that ACT Merced working with Merced County Rescue Shelter was able to donate a total of four 55 gallon drums full of food, clothes and toys for the less fortunate of Merced County. I am very proud of all my staff for the way they showed the “giving spirit” and donated this much needed assistance to the local needy ,homeless and working poor of Merced County. In addition a few of our employees will be taking our families to help serve these families and less fortunate at the Merced County Rescue Mission’s annual free Christmas dinner. I cannot say enough about the generosity of our staff and how proud I am of all of them.

We are all very thankful that Advanced Chemical Transport has afforded us the opportunity to be in the position to help our community. Merry Christmas to all.

Warmest Regards,

Brian Trefault
Advanced Chemical Transport, Inc.
Merced CA

ACT Sunnyvale continues the Holiday Giving!

When Nichole Torres, Marta Prada and Janice Gogue heard about ACT’s generous donations this year they decided to do some giving themselves. They called around to the local Food Pantry and family shelters to find out what they could do, and The Sunnyvale Food & Toy Drive was on! The 3 women went out picked up 2 large barrels for food and 2 large barrels for toys, each barrel has been filled several times.

When Marta announced the food and toy drive team ACT Sunnyvale stepped up big, employees donated enough food and toys to make a few trips to the local Food Pantry and Family Shelter so that no one would go hungry or without a toy this year. Founder & President Walter H. Singer & client/partner AMAT made cash donations to each of the drives.


Nichole, Marta and Janice hope this becomes a Holiday tradition at all ACT branches around the US.

ACT wraps up Holiday Cheer with donations!

This Holiday Season ACT has generously donated over $50,000 to several different charities around the US! Organized by the entire team at ACT this years contributions provide a message of hope & joy to every corner of the disadvantaged from The Toys for Tots program to The Wounded Warriors project to name a few. ACT hopes this year no one will be left homeless, without food, or without any resources for a truly happy holiday season!
Girl in Santa HatOn Christmas morning no one wants to be left alone, hungry and with no where to go or call their own. A yearly donation is part of Advanced Chemical Transports way of giving back to our community that has helped Act become a leader that it is today.

“The opportunity to make these donations of cash to each of our 11 charities is an honor and a privilege,” said Walter H. Singer Founder & President of ACT. “The look on child’s face, or a US Military veterans face when the donations are given is heartwarming and is a big reason we donate every season. Every year we try and make donations to several charities no matter how big or small the amount or the charity.”

These are the charities we have chosen to help this year and we challenge each of you to do the same:

Toys for Tots
Wounded Warriors Project
Make A Wish Foundation
American Red Cross
Breast Cancer Research
Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
NHL, Hockey Fights Cancer
University of Southern California
Sacred Heart Parish

“How Clean is Clean?”

Have you ever wondered what level of surface contamination from a given contaminant was “acceptable” for a situation? For example, what level of chromium contamination in a plating shop would represent a health hazard to workers? Or maybe, for a facility that used cadmium, what surface levels would be acceptable when the facility was being closed or vacated? In both cases, we would like the level to be “zero”, but that is not always practical, or even achievable.

DC_presentation_JimEH&S professionals are frequently asked to measure indoor surface contamination in order to evaluate the potential for worker exposure, to verify the effectiveness of control measures or to determine whether a structure is “clean” after use of hazardous materials has been discontinued.  Unfortunately there is little regulatory guidance to determine how clean is clean.  OSHA regulations (where applicable) require areas to be “as free as practicable” of removable contamination, without providing a definition of that term.  Environmental regulations have been established for soil and other media, but those standards do not apply to indoor areas.  Other commonly used approaches, including HUD levels for lead and DOE beryllium standards are limited in scope and difficult to apply to other contaminants.

Jim Kapin, manager of EH&S consulting services for ACT, taught a ½-day workshop on this subject for attendees at the American Industrial Hygiene Associate (AIHA) Fall Conference, held in Washington D.C. from 10/18/14 – 10/22/14. More than 50 conference attendees from around the country as well as several international attendees learned about the strengths and weaknesses of several commonly used approaches for evaluating indoor contamination as well as when to choose one approach over another. Wipe test methods, sampling strategy and even laboratory methods were also discussed and the session finished with hypothetical “case studies” where participants were given a set of facts and were asked to develop their own strategy.

Do you have any questions regarding surface contamination or decontamination?
If you have any questions, comments or concerns, or if you would like assistance with facility decontamination or similar projects, please contact Jim Kapin, Manager of EH&S Consulting for ACT, at 619-990-5955 or