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Responsive and Accountable Service

At Ingenium, we pride ourselves on being the industry leader in providing sustainable hazardous waste management solutions. We go beyond traditional transportation and disposal with a commitment to being a responsive and accountable partner to our clients by working together to increase sustainability and reduce cost and liability in every possible area.

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Ingenium started in 2006, and our vision has grown to encompass a broad approach to waste management along with a redoubled focus on achieving sustainable solutions in support of zero landfill.

Our clients value that perspective and it has helped us become one of the most trusted companies in our service sector. Our philosophy has real and significant effects on budgets. For example, one Ingenium project resulted in over $300,000 annual savings to one of our customers and the recapture of significant revenues by identifying recoverable value in what was once managed as hazardous waste. Looking for opportunities to benefit our clients is something we do every day. It’s Pure Ingenium.

The Ingenium team is made up of educated professionals with years of experience in the environmental industry. Our field chemists are highly trained in chemical compatibility segregation, profiling, DOT packaging, and shipping guidelines. Ingenium personnel are also knowledgable in all the issues surrounding the management, packaging, shipment, disposal and recycling of hazardous, non-hazardous, biological, universal and radioactive waste.

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Meet the Ingenium Management Team

Heather Dody-Litt, Chief Executive Officer

Heather Dody

Chief Executive Officer

Heather Dody

Heather Dody has over 20 years of expertise in the hazardous waste management industry as a C-level executive, Sales/Marketing Director and Account Manager. As a seasoned entrepreneur who has launched several existing waste management firms, Heather is a founding partner of Ingenium and currently serves as its Chief Executive Officer.

Heather’s innovative vision into sustainability for regulated waste management has positioned Ingenium as an industry leader in innovative waste to energy programs. This has led, in part, to Ingenium’s recognition by Inc. 5000 for six years in a row as one of the fastest growing waste management companies in the country.

Heather is well known for her participation in the industry, including her past presidency of BioNet, a non-profit association devoted to biological safety.

Heather sits on the board of Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, an organization that transforms the lives of disadvantaged infants, children and teens with physical deformities caused by birth, accidents, abuse or disease through the gift of reconstructive surgery and related healthcare services.

A sought-after speaker on the topic of women in leadership roles, Heather’s presentations include the UCSD Rady School of Management and California State University San Marcos.

Heather holds a degree in Business Administration from California State University San Marcos.

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Ken Aghjayan, Chief Technical Officer

Ken Aghjayan

Chief Technical Officer

Ken Aghjayan

Ken has an extensive career in environmental services and has been in the waste management industry since 1991. He has held the positions of Environmental Project Manager, Safety Compliance Officer, and has founded two waste management companies, the most recent being Ingenium where he holds the title of Chief Information Officer. Ken is based in Ingenium’s Milpitas office.

Ken is a member of the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the ASPCA Guardian Program. He enjoys hiking and camping in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Bay Area foothills.

Ken holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies with an emphasis on Chemistry from San Jose State.

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Gary Lundstedt, Chief Financial Officer

Gary Lundstedt

Chief Financial Officer

Gary Lundstedt

Gary started his career in the industry working household hazardous waste events to help put himself through college. He later joined a local hazardous waste management company in the San Francisco Bay area, and eventually became its Director of Southern California operations. Gary left that company in 2001, and joined another hazardous waste management company as Vice President and part owner. He was instrumental in that company’s success by re-designing its failing business model and turning the company to profitable performance, while simultaneously running its southern California operations. In 2006, Gary, along with the other principals of Ingenium, left that company and started Ingenium. Gary formerly served as Executive Director of Ingenium, and now serves as its Chief Financial Officer and Chief Strategic Officer.

Gary has sat on Boards of Directors, most recently SEEDS, a not-for profit company promoting sustainable solutions in the life sciences sector. He has a BS from Cal State, San Jose, with post-graduate work at the University of San Francisco. He and his wife reside in Encinitas, CA, where they enjoy the beach life, and he enjoys his reef aquarium hobby.

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Michael Johnson, CHMM; Chief Operations Officer

Michael Johnson, CHMM

Chief Operations Officer

Michael Johnson, CHMM

Mike began his career in the Navy where he was attached to the Naval Nuclear Power Program for six years. Utilizing his expertise in working with hazardous materials, Mike has served as a Chemical Specialist and also co-founded two waste management companies, one of them Ingenium.

Mike has 20 years of experience in the hazardous waste management industry, with over ten of them at Ingenium. In addition to serving as the Chief Operations Officer and leading operations corporate wide, Mike also manages Ingenium’s Radiological Services division. Qualifying him to do so is his ongoing education and certification as a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM), and as the company’s Radiation Safety Officer (RSO). Mike is a participant in the Pacific Southwest CHMM chapter, along with the San Diego Chapter of the Health Physics Society.

Mike is active in youth sports and has held the position of Secretary and Equipment Manager for the Escondido National Little League, and also contributes to other community and cause marketing efforts.

Mike is a true outdoorsman and enjoys hiking, biking, and watching his sons play sports. He also participates in a men’s hockey league.

Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering Technology from Thomas Edison State College.

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Scott Rendleman, MS, CHMM; Chief Compliance Officer

Scott Rendleman, MS, CHMM

Chief Compliance Officer

Scott Rendleman, MS, CHMM

Scott has over 25 years of experience in the hazardous materials and safety arena working with companies in the biotech, computer, military, automotive, real estate, governmental, and educational fields. He has co-founded two companies, one where he was responsible for environmental, health and safety as well as regulatory compliance company wide. The other was Ingenium, where today he is Chief Compliance Officer and is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM).

Scott and his wife, Leila, are active supporters of the March of Dimes, and Leila operates a charity called “Pirate Power” that assists families with children who are in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) of hospitals.

Scott has a BS in Environmental Biology and a Minor in Chemistry from San Jose State University, and holds a Masters in Environmental Management from University of San Francisco.

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