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Phil D. Benson accepted a position at CH2M Hill in 1984, after earning his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Stanford University. He is currently a vice president within the industrial, energy and mining portion of the Water Business Group. As vice president, he assures that the group achieves its business goals. In 2011, he developed the Water Business Group’s international strategy, and worked with clients in support of major projects and proposals.
He also acted as executive sponsor for the Bantrel Surmont 2 project in Alberta, the CSN program in Brazil and the Climax Mine project in Colorado—three of the group’s biggest projects. Benson cares about the environment, and realizes the importance of preserving the earth for future generations. He helps coordinate the recycling program for his 9-year-old daughter’s school, and participates in science fairs and community projects. “My career has been largely oriented towards projects that improve the world’s environment or allow industrial activity without degrading the environment,” Benson said.
During his 28 years with the company, Benson’s path has been anything but ordinary; taking several twists and turns—all of which he credits with strengthening his career.
“At CH2M Hill, my career has gone through a number of incarnations. First, I learned my craft,” Benson said. “I was a good student, not a great one—but some good people at CH2M Hill helped me learn how to excel professionally.”
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