Steve Hilfiker MS, LEP

Founder and president of Environmental Risk Management Steve is a former two-term president of the Florida Environmental Assessors Association and has served as Environmental Committee Chairman for the Florida Petroleum Marketers Association and Florida Retail Federation.  He was a founder of the ASTM Subcommittee E50.06 on Environmental Forensics, and he is on the Board of Directors of the Florida Ground Water Association. He is on the technical and legislative committees of the Florida Brownfields Association. Steve graduated from Geneseo State University of New York and the University of Florida with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Environmental Studies, respectively.


President, Environmental Risk Management

  • Founder, Director, Owner of ERMI, a licensed engineering & geology firm specializing in Phase I/II Environmental Site Assessment (ESA), site assessment, remediation and forensic consulting
  • 1 of 2 Environmental Forensic Contractors for the FDEP 2006 – 2016
  • FDEP Agency Term Remediation Contractor since 2014 (renewable 5-year terms)
  • FDEP Qualified Assessment & Remediation Contractor No. 542 since 2000
  • 2015 – 2016 – Chair, Environmental Committee, Florida Petroleum Marketers Association/Florida Retail Federation. Member of Committee since 2001
  • 2011 – 2012 – Member of FDEP/Industry Joint Environmental Committee
  • 1999, 2000, 2008, 2009 – President, Florida Environmental Assessors Association (FEAA)
  • 1991 – 2010 FEAA Board of Directors
  • 2005 – 2006 – Co-Chair, Environmental Committee, Florida Petroleum Marketers Association
  • 2005 – Founding Chairman, ASTM Sub-committee on Forensic Environmental Investigations
  • Member, Florida Brownfields Association, Florida Ground Water Association and Environmental Professionals of Florida
  • Expert witness on 11 cases since 1999.

Coastal Engineering Consultants, Inc. – Naples, Florida

  • General Manager, Environmental Division; Responsibilities included project management, technical oversight, research, quality assurance and quality control, and coordinating a staff of geologists, engineers, toxicologists, biologists, risk assessors and environmental specialists.

University of Florida, Graduate Program, Teacher’s Assistant

  • Taught Physical Geography, Aerial Photographic Interpretation and Remote Sensing courses. Developed a Geographic Information System (GIS) tutorial package for the University of Florida.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

  • Bureaus of Fisheries and Wildlife, and Regulatory Affairs.


  • Licensed Environmental Professional



State University Of New York, Geneseo, NY
B.A. Physical Geography & Environmental Science, 1988


University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
M.S. Climatology, Environmental Science, & Hydrology, 1990