Gainesville, Florida, April 2, 2019 – ANAMAR Environmental, a woman-owned small business (WOSB) offering a variety of environmental services to government, industry, and private enterprises, announced today that Michelle Rau has been named as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Kathryn Thomas, who has been acting CEO for the last 17 months, will move into a business development role and Ross Thomas, who has been ANAMAR’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO), will move into the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO).
Michelle Rau has been an integral part of ANAMAR’s success since 2002 and will be applying her first-hand knowledge and collaborative skills to her role as CEO and President. “I am honored to serve as ANAMAR’s CEO and excited to continue learning from my experience and to building my knowledge to better expand services for our clients.” Michelle holds a B.S. in Natural Resource Conservation and an M.S. in Soil and Water Science from the University of Florida. As CEO of ANAMAR, she will continue delivering excellent service to clients, building partnerships, and working as a senior project manager.
Ross Thomas has been acting as ANAMAR’s CFO since November 2017 and will take over Ms. Rau’s former position of COO. Prior to his role as CFO, Ross came from serving on active duty as a Naval Officer flying maritime strike helicopters. During his time in the Navy, Ross gained significant experience in process improvement and risk management. As COO, he will continue improving procedures for the organization, including financial matters, technology, and contract management. Ross is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and holds master’s degrees in National Security Policy and Business Administration from Georgetown University and the University of Florida, respectively.
Kathryn Thomas will shift from CEO to Vice President of Business Development. Since starting with ANAMAR in November 2017, Kathryn has seen the need for matching the best person to the job and feels that Michelle will better serve ANAMAR as CEO. “I am proud of the work I achieved during my time as CEO, and I am excited for the future. Michelle has been part of ANAMAR for 17 years. She has seen the company grow and has been in close contact with our clients since 2002. She is the best person for the job." Being able to focus on business development will empower Kathryn with time to apply her skills collaborating with private businesses and governmental agencies.
“ANAMAR has built a strong reputation for performing high quality environmental compliance work and has become nationally recognized for its key services related to dredge material testing, management, and monitoring. The shift in job titles will not change the important work we do," stated Nadia Lombardero, founder of ANAMAR Environmental Consulting, Inc.