In 1841, his ancestors emigrated from Germany to the United States and in 1992, Craig Franzel moved from Michigan back to his German roots. He has a Master of Science in environmental management and is an experienced consultant for environmental due diligence projects and audits. For 20 years, he has assessed environmental risks (soil and groundwater) in numerous vendor and acquisition projects. Moreover, he evaluates alternative measures for pollution prevention and waste minimisation and monitors environmental compliance. At CDM Smith, Craig Franzel works as a senior project manager in the International Clients Group (Europe), where he leads international projects throughout Europe and the world. Currently, he is leading seven site investigations for automotive industry production in Tokyo, Japan, and manages multiple European projects for the protection of natural and cultural resources awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Why CDM Smith? I have tried two other big engineering firms. I like CDM Smith because we are still privately owned and are in the driver’s seat of our own destiny rather than being purely at the mercy of our shareholders.
What is your favorite part of your job? The opportunities I have had for international travel over the last two decades as well as the meaningful work I have completed over the years to manage and mitigate soil and groundwater impact at industrial and military sites.
What does “listen. think. deliver.” mean to you? Being proactive and anticipating client needs before they tell you, proposing these ideas and soliciting their feedback on these ideas, and then following through with the agreed plan of action.
Excellence, teamwork and shared commitment lay the groundwork for good customer relations.
M.Sc. in Environmental Management - Business Concentration, University of Maryland (US)
B.Sc. with Majors in Biology and Earth Science, Minor in Natural Resources, Central Michigan University (US)
Expert for environmental due diligence and audits