Meet Eli Holland, PG, Principal

Eli Holland envisioned a business set apart from the masses by both the level of service it provides to clients and its ability to foster community, family and growth among its employees.

As a founding Principal of ONE Environmental Group, he wanted to create something unique.

“It came down to building something that services the clients better, and that’s there 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Eli says. “We really try to pick the best of the best employees and really want to put them in a position to succeed.”

Eli embraces what he calls the “trickle up” mantra. “We’re not top-down,” he says. “We guide. We rely heavily on our employees and the relationships we have with them. If they’re doing good work and they’re succeeding, they’re happy mentally, physically and emotionally, then ultimately that serves our clients and projects well.”

The professional geologist who earned his bachelor’s degree at Oklahoma State University embraces his role in business development and client relations. It’s a side of himself he discovered when he thought veterinary medicine might be his future. While working as a vet technician, Eli realized he was drawn more to the finance side of the business than the science.

“That fostered the business side in me, and I could probably draw a line to my interest in that on the consulting side of things, too,” he says.

Eli recently left the Raleigh office for the Asheville one, ideal given its proximity to clients in both Carolinas and Atlanta. He’s regularly on the road and in the field and enjoys a career where no two days are alike.

In his free time, you’ll find Eli mountain biking, camping and hiking in the Asheville mountains. He and his wife, Lindsay, have two daughters, Gemma and Mazzy, in addition to what he calls “a zoo”: two dogs, a cat and two fish.

Meet Austen Meyer, Environmental Consultant

Austen Meyer works mainly with industrial clients at ONE Environmental Group, where his specialties include state and federal reporting and the impact of refrigerants and ozone depleting substances on the environment. He enjoys the company culture that fosters a team approach.

“We’re small, but we’re just as competitive as any firm because everyone focuses on different areas, and we all have our overlaps,” he says. “All of us know generally about all environmental topics, but if there’s a specific question I don’t know, I can just pick up the phone and get the answer right away.”

The Chicago native grew up cognizant of the need to recycle and do his part to better the planet for the next generation. He earned a bachelor’s in environmental studies from Texas Christian University and a master’s in environmental planning and management from Johns Hopkins University.

Prior to starting at ONE in September 2019, Austen worked for three years at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia focusing primarily on air quality.

Austen and his wife, Terryn, are parents to a toddler, Wesley. They enjoy exploring Charlotte’s parks and trails in their free time.

Meet Jenny Tang, Environmental Consultant

Jenny Tang specializes in due diligence for property acquisitions at ONE Environmental Group, a role that enables her to travel frequently.

“Our clients purchase nationally, and that requires me to hop on flights regularly,” she says. “This job has definitely brought me to different cities that I never thought I’d have a chance to see.” Denver and San Diego have become favorites.

When not traveling, Jenny immerses herself in the research component of the job, which calls for her to examine any potential environmental liability that could fall to the client. She worked remotely long before it became the new norm.

“I really enjoy the flexibility of the job,” she says. “The people in the company are a tight-knit group. We’re pretty particular when we hire because one person can cause a ripple effect across the whole group, and we really lean on each other to collaborate on all of our projects.”

Jenny followed the pre-veterinary tract at North Carolina State University prior to shifting directions her  junior year. “I decided I wanted to help the environment they live in instead,” she says. She graduated with a bachelor’s in environmental technology and management.

The Rockville, Maryland, native is fluent in Laos and Thai. During her off hours, Jenny romps outdoors with her beagle/corgi mix, Bailey, and her pit bull terrier, Brodie. She doesn’t miss an opportunity to ski, fish or camp.

Meet Jeff Duncan, PG, Principal

Jeff Duncan heads the Tidewater offices located in Norfolk and Poquoson for ONE Environmental Group, where he focuses on business development, industrial compliance, industrial hygiene, due diligence and site characterization and remediation. The scope of projects appeals to the professional geologist, who started at ONE in 2012.

“I wear many different hats,” Jeff says. “We’re all really supportive of each other and we work really well as a team. I like that we’re client-focused and solution-driven.”

The company’s Norfolk office is located near Jeff’s alma mater, Old Dominion University, where he earned a bachelor’s in geology before completing his master’s in environmental science at Oklahoma State University. He managed a consulting firm in Atlanta prior to returning to the Hampton Roads area to work for ONE. Jeff became a principal in 2016.

The Poquoson resident and his wife, Amy, are parents to three athletic children, Scott, Madelyn and Abigail. When not following their pursuits, Jeff enjoys cooking with his pellet smoker, fishing, boating and improving his golf game.

Meet Owen Lohner, Environmental Consultant

Owen Lohner started his career at ONE Environmental Group in 2015, the summer after he graduated from Virginia Tech. From day one, he has worked alongside the company owners and touts a culture that enables him to form personal relationships with each of them.

As a geologist, he focuses on groundwater sampling and remediation — a satisfying role that appeals to his environmental consciousness.

He is also part of projects that involve industrial hygiene and hazardous materials.

Owen doesn’t miss an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors in his free time.

“I have a fondness for helping protect the nature I enjoy,” he says.

On weekends, he heads for the hills to hike or ride his mountain bike. Every chance he can, he goes whitewater kayaking on the James River.

He and his wife, Hannah, also enjoy spending time with their dog, Porter, a Miniature Pinscher mix.

The avid Virginia Tech fans enjoy trekking to Lane Stadium, where they have season tickets for Hokies football.

“We Work As One.” Meet Amy Stephens.

Amy Stephens, who joined ONE Environmental Group in 2015, enjoys being part of a company that embodies teamwork.

Meet Amy Stephens

“There’s no one left behind here,” she says. “We look out for each other. We work as one.”

The Carrsville native previously worked for a private accounting firm in Smithfield and prior to that, spent a decade on the assembly line at the Ford plant in Norfolk.

She took multiple businesses classes at Christopher Newport University after graduating from Windsor High School.

Amy enjoys everything about beach living and travels often to “anywhere that’s hot and sunny.”

The Ivor resident has two adult children, Brandon and Brittany.