Ron Marnicio, Project Manager of the Month, on Maintaining Successful Munitions Response Projects
Tetra Tech CEO Dan Batrack created our Project Manager (PM) of the Month award to honor PMs who demonstrate excellence in supporting our clients and perform projects to the highest standards of quality and fiscal discipline.
“Ron has provided excellent service on a major remediation project in Boston for well over two decades. He has made this project a tremendous success for Tetra Tech due to his persistence, perseverance, and of course, a lot of hard work.”–Jonathan Weiss, Unit President
Ron is Tetra Tech’s March 2023 PM of the Month. He has more than 38 years of experience in the environmental consulting field and is a national risk assessment lead at Tetra Tech. Ron has provided technical support and project management to a broad range of environmental consulting and hazardous waste site restoration projects in the United States and overseas.
“Ron has provided excellent service on a major remediation project in Boston for well over two decades,” said Jonathan Weiss, Unit President. “He has made this a tremendous success for Tetra Tech due to his persistence, perseverance, and of course, a lot of hard work.”
He earned his PhD in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering & Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University and is a registered professional mechanical engineer.
“It is an honor just to be considered for this award and an even bigger honor to have been selected when there are so many great Tetra Tech projects with great project managers,” said Ron. “This project continually reaffirms my appreciation for the depth and breadth of Tetra Tech’s capabilities in so many areas.”
We talked with Ron about navigating technical, regulatory, and institutional challenges to deliver safe, successful munitions response projects.
What impact do your projects have on the environment and communities you work in?
We are making significant progress in reducing explosive hazards and human health risks to the public and reclaiming once beautiful and desirable areas of our communities. These projects also have a positive impact on the areas where we operate by supporting the restoration of the natural habitat and promoting biodiversity.
What is your approach to managing a successful project team?
As a lead scientist, I always emphasize the importance of the peer review process and ensure that projects or tasks are done the right way and with the best available information. Hazardous waste site remediation projects involve a lot of technical collaboration and consensus building, so efficient communication is key to keep folks on track for important due dates, delegate tasks, and work through any challenges.
I am also a big supporter of getting new staff involved and promoting the professional development of all my staff members. Although I juggle many projects at once, I maintain an open door policy and always make myself available to answer questions, explore alternate approaches, or offer support. Building a successful project team also requires prioritizing the health and safety of my staff at all times.
How do you maintain client satisfaction across a variety of complex projects?
Understanding client goals and respecting stakeholder concerns enables you to find win-win options and execute work in a way that exceeds expectations. Our teams work to develop practical, economical, and scientifically sound plans and field implementation strategies that are tailored to the unique project conditions.
We often engage in projects for decades, so I have built strong client and stakeholder relationships over the years, which enables us to grow the support we provide our clients and build on our collective knowledge and experiences.