Employee Spotlight: Brad Cord

Each month, EnviroForensics nominates their colleagues for employee of the month. In July, Brad Cord, our Field Technician was recognized as our employee of the month. Get to know Brad inside and outside of EnviroForensics.

Question: What’s your background and career path?
Answer: “I’ve worked for over 16 years in construction and the design and maintenance of industrial and mechanical piping systems–ranging from hydronic heating and cooling systems to residential and commercial vapor mitigation systems. I did a 5-year apprenticeship with the United Association of Plumbers, Steamfitters, and HVAC Service Technicians and have installed over 1,000 vapor mitigation systems in homes and businesses across Indiana, Wisconsin, and Michigan. I’ve also worked on large scale projects in the Indianapolis area including Lucas Oil Stadium where the Indianapolis Colts play, Eskinazi Hospital and Cummins provider of diesel and natural gas-powered products.”

Q: How do you feel about being named Employee of the Month?
A: “I’m very proud to have been nominated as the employee of the month. And am truly thankful
for the kind and empowering things that were said about me. This past month of projects has been a challenge to say the very least, but the thing we should all recognize is that it was a team effort. Everyone who has had anything to do with the workings at the two schools has always brought their “A” game. Let’s keep it up!”

Q: What do you enjoy about working at EnviroForensics?
A: “I enjoy the challenges that Enviroforensics brings me. Whether an issue with a soil vapor extraction (SVE) system or a massive piping system I have to make appear out of thin air, I love it all. [Environmental engineering is] an avenue for my trade and skillsets that I never knew existed, so I get a great sense of satisfaction when I overcome a challenge. But the best part is that I don’t face those challenges alone. Everyone at EnviroForensics is always willing to help whether it be with brainpower or hustle and muscle power, someone is always there.”

Q: What is one of your most exciting projects at EnviroForensics?
A: “We have a vapor intrusion mitigation project at multiple commercial buildings where I’ve worked long hours to get the work done to our high standards and completed on time. It was a custom build system and it was unique because it has a lot of high elevations. I’m proud to contribute my skills and craftmanship to this project because it’s rewarding to work with top-notch professionals.”

Q: What is your life like outside of EnviroForensics?
A: “Outside of work, I spend a fair amount of time playing ‘Mr. Fix It’ for my friends and family, but most of all I spend as much time as possible enjoying my little ones. With a one-year-old and a three-year-old that’s about all we can do. But when we can, my wife and I like to host barbeques and game nights with friends and if I’m extremely lucky, I might spend a day fishing.”