Patrick A. Barnes, Founder, Limitless Vistas, Inc

Patrick A. Barnes, P.G. holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Geology from the State University New York at Stony Brook and is a graduate of the Crummer Executive Management Program of Rollins College and the TUCK Executive Training Program at Dartmouth College. He is a licensed Professional Geologist in Florida and North Carolina. He is President/CEO and founder of Barnes, Ferland and Associates, Inc. (aka BFA Environmental).  BFA is the largest African-American owned utility engineering, environmental and geological services firm based in the southeast US. As President/CEO and founder, he is responsible for the overall management of business finances, operations, strategic planning, and client liaison and market development.  He also directly manages the needs all of BFA’s federal clients such as the Navy and the Army Corps of Engineers and oversees several of their state and municipal clients such as the Cities Orlando, Tampa, Ormond Beach, Titusville, Riviera Beach, Longwood, Wildwood, Orange County and the South Florida and St. John’s River Water Management Districts.  He is responsible for direct management of work in the Louisiana and North Carolina markets.

Barnes has also designed and managed several large-scale and complex engineering, environmental construction, resource management and remedial design projects, as wells as water resource development projects.  He has also designed and performed hydro-geological investigations for numerous properties.  The projects he’s managed included the $25 MM USACE debris removal services for the New Orleans, LA District, the $13 MM Detoxification design and construction of the Warren County, NC PCB Landfill, and the $4.3 MM Dade Environmental Resource Management contract for remedial design through out the Miami, FL area.  For these and several of BFA’s large contracts, Patrick has personally and effectively endeavored to reach out and engage local at-risk youth from the community in the construction process.   Over his 26-year career he has worked extensively in the black community and on groundbreaking environmental justice projects.  In 2006 he founded and provided $200,000 to seed a non-profit organization, “Limitless Vistas, Inc,” dedicated to training at-risk youth as environmental field technicians.

Over the past 5 years “Limitless Vistas, Inc.” with operations in Louisiana and Florida has provided job training and certifications, to over 260 young adults ages 17-25 in New Orleans to help that community recover from the ravages of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  As the Founder, he has worked extensively with the EPA, the Corps Network, and the City of New Orleans, WIA to provide environmental, green jobs, and coastal restoration job experience/service learning to the at-risk local residents. LVI’s training currently includes modules in Water/Wastewater Operations, Brownfield Site Assessment /Remediation, Environmental Sustainability, Home Weatherization and GIS Mapping.   EPA administrator Lisa Jackson has personally recognized LVI and Mr. Barnes’ approach as a model for what’s needed to engage youth in environmental stewardship.  Mr. Barnes also currently serves as Senior Advisor to under represented EJ communities and is a founding member of several community and business organizations including: the National Society of Black Engineers, Central Florida Alumni Extension, Restore Orlando, the African-American Chamber of Central Florida, and the Florida Association of Professional Geologists. Patrick is dedicated to making the connection between the growing needs of environmental monitoring and ecosystem restoration industry and the job training and service learning needs of at-risk populations.

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